Often due to chronic stress, digestive disorders in the body can be a result of endocrine and nervous system hyperactivity. Symptoms of digestive disorders may include concentration difficulties, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, anaemia, muscle cramps, low energy, and weight loss.
Specific acupuncture points increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation and reduce gastric acid secretion, making acupuncture beneficial in treating general gastrointestinal symptoms. In conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine and stress reduction techniques, acupuncture can nourish related organs, minimize symptoms and contribute to medication-free digestive system health maintenance.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common, difficult and upsetting disorder. It often begins in early adulthood, causing abdominal pain along with a host of other symptoms including constipation, diarrhoea, belching, bloating, and irritability. More women than men suffer with IBS and there is a close link to stress levels and the onset of symptoms. It is a purely functional disease, meaning that no known physical cause exists. Standard treatments can provide some symptomatic relief, but do not address the root cause, and cannot give permanent results.
Both the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization have recognized the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating the symptoms associated with IBS including abdominal pain and cramping, constipation and diarrhoea. In addition, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can also treat causative factors surrounding the disorder, those that may ‘trigger’ IBS including anxiety, insomnia, acid reflux, premenstrual syndrome, fatigue, etc.
Diarrhoea may be due to many different causes, but it is always related to our body’s inability to digest our food in the proper manner. It can be from stress or emotional upset, or it may be caused from a diet of heavy, rich or greasy foods, or it may be a side effect of medication. When treating diarrhoea we try to bring the body back into balance and determine the root cause so that the body may heal. When your food gets properly digested, you can pull more energy out of the food to be used by the body resulting in an increase in energy, and general improvement in all the body’s systems.
There are generally two types of constipation, one in which the stool is hard and dry indicating heat or a deficiency of fluids in the body, and one in which the stool is difficult to express which indicates a qi deficiency of the body. Acupuncture has excellent clinical results in helping to regain normal bowel function and relieve the symptoms of constipation by either clearing the heat and nourishing the fluids, or by tonifying the qi.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic gastrointestinal inflammatory disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. It has no known cause. Crohn’s is difficult to live with, causing such symptoms as abdominal pain, diarrhea and ulcerations of the mouth. At Seapoint Acupuncture we will take time to do a full review of your specific symptoms/manifestations of this disease. A treatment plan can then be made which almost always constitutes the use of acupuncture together with Chinese herbal formulas. Chinese medicine has a good track record at treating this debilitating and painful disease
Acupuncture pain management has and still is being studied in clinical trials. It is believed that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. Others theories are that acupuncture increases circulation in the body, speeding healing at the site of pain, and that electrical activity in the body is greatly increased after an acupuncture treatment, again helping the healing process.
Regardless of the mechanism, the effects are seen in patients every day. They notice a reduction in their pain from the first treatment. Where they once had trouble standing, walking or moving certain areas of their body, they now have greater range of movement without increased pain.
One marked difference between acupuncture for pain management and other more traditional methods is the lack of side effects. Acupuncture has been considered a medical treatment by the FDA for the last twelve years. Any side effects that do exist are related to injection site reactions, which are no more than you would experience with a hypodermic needle.
There are no drugs involved. The needles are placed through the skin along meridian lines that lie under the skin and conduct the body’s energy. Placement of the needles is important to unlock what is causing the flow of qi (body’s energy) to be impeded in the first place.
Acupuncture is safe to use for your pain management regimen. Side effects are minimal and no drugs are involved. At Seapoint Acupuncture, we will recommend a treatment schedule based on your level of pain and the type of pain you are experiencing.
Insomnia can be caused by many different factors. Acute insomnia often results from stress, environmental disruption (such as excess light, sound or temperature), medication, food (especially food containing caffeine or other stimulants), emotional struggle, time change, illness and physical discomfort such as a healing broken bone. Chronic insomnia possesses more of a challenge inasmuch that it can result from deep emotional stress such as chronic depression, anxiety or chronic physical challenges.
Conventional medicine widely accepts acupuncture as a legitimate medicinal remedy. Scientific research suggests that acupuncture is most helpful to people with anxiety-related sleep disorders. Acupuncture appears to increase night-time production of melatonin, which helps to ensure a proper night’s sleep. It may also have a calming effect on the central nervous system, as it can be used effectively to treat pain.
What You Can Expect:
Most patients report that receiving acupuncture immediately makes them feel very relaxed. This can be a great relief if you haven’t had a good night’s sleep for a while, as your body will tend to be full of tension even when resting. Consequently, people often sleep very well the night after treatment, but remember that several treatments are likely to be needed in order to enable the body to readjust properly.
Acupuncture is well known for its effectiveness in reducing most types of pain, including sports-related injuries.
Acupuncture can be used to help decrease swelling, spasms and inflammation. Additionally, it can be used to control pain, increase range of motion and help promote healing. Because of its broad range of applications, acupuncture can be used during any of the phases of injury. The focus is not only to treat the injury but also to treat any underlying conditions that may predispose an individual to injuries. This is especially important when treating chronic or recurrent injuries that interfere with life activities or athletic performance.
Injuries occurring from sports are mostly due to trauma or overuse syndromes involving the musculoskeletal system and its soft tissues. Trauma to these soft tissues, including ligaments, tendons and muscles are generally the result from falls, blows, sprains/strains, collisions, compressions crushing and disruptions of the healing processes due to inflammation.
Some commonly treated sports injuries include:
• Muscle Pull
• Neck Pain
• Shoulder Impingement
• Tennis Elbow
• Lower Back Strain
• Groin Pull
• Hamstring Strain
• Runner’s Knee
• Shin Splints
• Ankle Sprain
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Arch Pain
Back pain, whether caused by chronic sciatica, a bulging disc, or arthritis is very painful and can be disabling. Sciatica is a condition where pain extends from the lower back along the back of the thigh and runs down the back of the leg and is probably caused by some compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve route. There are other causes, but all are connected with the large sciatic nerve.
Patients suffering from acute Sciatica, often have a prolapse of the lumber inter-vertebral disc, but there are other forms of sciatica. A patient suffering from Sciatica can experience mild to severe pain/numbness in the lower back and legs, pins and needles in the feet, together with other symptoms. Acupuncture will help to improve mobility, reduce pain and a course of treatments is usually recommended to produce the best results.
People who seek out acupuncture for smoking cessation are usually highly motivated to quit smoking. Acupuncture can reduce the cravings and lessen the withdrawal symptoms. Since the first month of quitting is probably the most difficult, an acupuncture program can ease you through this time. The treatments focus on any physical or emotional withdrawal symptoms that may arise, and also aid in relaxation. Acupuncture has been very successful in treating chronic smoking addiction, drug dependence and other addictions.
Auricular (ear) acupuncture is used to treat addictions. Each acupuncture point on the outer ear relates to a strategic point in the body. When a point is stimulated with a needle, it sends an electrical signal to the brain which then correspondingly stimulates the part of the body the point is related to. As such stimulating the points can be helpful in relieving joint and muscle aches, and energizing the necessary organs through stimulating the brain.
Auricular acupuncture for addictions is a useful tool in relieving the symptoms of withdrawal, including decreasing the severity of cravings, palpitations, body aches, headaches, nausea, sweating and muscle cramping.
Stress has been linked to most health problems, including heart attacks and strokes. It can also lead to low work performance, sleep issues, absent-mindedness, decreased interest in life, addictions, and many other undesirable results.
Are you experiencing the signs of stress?
According to Chinese medical theory, energy flows through our body through a network of “roads” or channels. Stress, anger, or any intense emotion acts like a traffic jam, blocking the free flow of energy in the body. For example, many people who are very stressed out complain of upper back, shoulder and neck pain. This is because stress is causing tension in those areas, blocking the free flow of energy, causing pain, tightness, and often leading to headaches.
In a traffic system, when there is road construction or an accident, traffic may be also backed up on other secondary roads that feed into or out of the affected area. This is true in the body, too. Stress may affect many other parts of the body, most notably digestion, the ability to sleep, pain conditions, and blood pressure. Stress can also aggravate an already troublesome health condition. Acupuncture can unblock these energy blockages.
From a conventional viewpoint, acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
An anxiety disorder is much more than feeling nervous or edgy. An anxious person will experience repetitive negative thinking and a strong identification with fear. The fight-or-flight response kicks into overdrive.
A constant state of stress means that the body is always in “high alert” mode. This can manifest in many different ways – palpitations, stomach cramps, diarrhoea/ constipation, memory loss or night sweats. Our minds may be constantly racing and it can be difficult to just switch off or get a good night’s sleep. We struggle to concentrate, and never really feel relaxed. The slightest thing can set us off into a temper outburst, or a crying fit. In recent times, more and more sufferers of anxiety and depression are finding the courage to speak up about their issues, and are increasingly seeking solutions other than medication and anti-depressants.
Studies have shown that a combination of Acupuncture and Mindfulness is extremely effective in treating anxiety and stress. Over the course of the programme, our experts can help you to systematically and effectively reduce the anxiety and stress responses in your body, and give you the tools and strategies you need to minimise stress and anxiety on your mind.
Throughout the individually-tailored programme, you will be working with two highly qualified and accredited therapists, a Mindfulness therapist and an experienced TCM acupuncturist.
Our goal is to bring you peace of mind, and less tension and anxiety in your body. We aim to minimise or extinguish altogether any panic attacks, and give you the tools you need to react more positively to stress and anxiety when necessary. Contact us now for a confidential discussion on 087-984 0280 or firstname.lastname@example.org