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What is IBS?

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also known as spastic colon or mucus colitis. Involves a group of symptoms that varies for each individual.

, it is a motility disorder (involving abnormal movement) of the small and large intestines. Symptoms of IBS include abdominal cramping and pain, and constipation and/or diarrhea (often in alternating episodes). IBS may also be accompanied by other gastrointestinal problems, such as flatulence, bloating, and nausea. Symptoms are almost always aggravated by stress. Episodes may also be aggravated by eating, and are frequently relieved after a bowel movement. An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of all Americans are affected by symptoms of IBS, with three times as many women as men being affected.

The cause of IBS is not yet known. However, we do know what does not cause IBS. IBS is not a structural problem, meaning there is no anatomical change, nor is it biochemical or infectious in nature. Researchers are exploring the theory that there are direct links between the brain and the gastrointestinal system, which would explain why flare-ups of IBS are sometimes triggered by emotional upsets or stress.

IBS according to Chinese Medicine

While other patterns may be present, IBS is almost always considered a disharmony between the liver and the spleen in traditional Chinese medicine. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of substances throughout the body. This flow can be upset by emotions or stress, causing stagnation of Qi (energy) or blood. Traditional Chinese medicine views the spleen as being associated with the function of digestion and transforming food into energy (Qi and blood). The spleen can be weakened by a number of factors, including overeating unhealthy foods, overwork, too much worry, fatigue, and lack of exercise. When the spleen is weak and the liver is not moving smoothly, the liver overacts on the spleen and can manifest as symptoms of IBS.

A liver/spleen disharmony is similar to the short-term loss of appetite or a bout of diarrhea that occurs during an occasional emotional upset. With IBS, however, the phenomenon occurs in slow motion; the emotional trauma or stress takes place over a long period of time, and the digestive symptoms of IBS can last for years.

Practitioners of acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine may use a variety of modalities to correct a liver/spleen disharmony. They may use acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary therapy and lifestyle changes to facilitate healing of this condition. The herbal formula Tong Xie Yao Fang addresses the disharmony between the liver and spleen, and might be a starting point with modifications for each individual case.

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How Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can treat Uterine Fibroid Tumors.


How Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can treat Uterine Fibroid Tumors.


If you’re reading this then chances are you either suspect you have, or have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids.

What are uterine fibroids in conventional medicine?

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors composed of smooth uterine muscle and connective tissue.

The uterus is the site of the most common tumors of the muscle to occur.

Uterine fibroids are lumps that grow on your uterus. You can have fibroids on the inside, on the outside or in the wall of your uterus.Conventional Western medicine believes that estrogen may cause fibroids and fibroids grow faster.Estrogen triggers the myometrium (the smooth muscle layer of the uterus) to grow and thicken, which is the location of the fibroids.

Fibroids are very common in women in their 30s and 40s. But fibroids usually do not cause problems. Approximately 30% of all women develop fibroids by the time they reach 35. Many women never even know they have them.     You do not need to do anything about them unless they are causing problems.

Sometimes fibroids can make it harder to get pregnant. Or they may cause problems during pregnancy, such as going into early labor or losing the baby (miscarriage).

What are the symptoms?

 Often fibroids do not cause symptoms; the symptoms may be mild, like periods that are a little heavier than normal. If the fibroids bleed or press on your organs, the symptoms may make it hard for you to enjoy life. Fibroids make some women have:

  • Long, gushing periods and cramping.
  • Fullness or pressure in their belly.
  • Low back pain.
  • Pain during sex.
  • An urge to urinate often.

Heavy bleeding during your periods can lead to anemia. Anemia can make you feel weak and tired.

How Chinese Medical Approaches to Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, and PCOS

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used to manage associated symptoms of gynecological disorders for the last 3,000 to 4,000 years.

Chinese Medicine has been used to treat many types of dysmenorrhea such as pelvic pain, irregular menstruation, pain during intercourse, intestinal irregularity, low back pain, infertility, and other related symptoms and conditions related to these syndromes.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes fibroids are caused by obstructions in blood flow, and therefore are alleviated through processes, which remove those obstructions.

Other pattern is Chinese Medicine:

  • Blood and Qi Stasis in the Lower Jiao: Abdominal masses often indicated as Blood and Qi Stagnation. Pain type would be fixed stabbing and pain relief after passing blood clots can be present.
  • Liver Qi Stagnation Leading to Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis, or PCOS. In Chinese medicine, the Liver organ is closely related to Uterine Blood and the menstrual cycle and governs over the movement of menstrual Blood.
  • Cold Phlegm Obstructing the Flow of Blood and Qi in the Lower Jiao. Dampness can develop due to Spleen Qi Deficiency, as the Spleen helps to control Dampness in the body.
  • True Cold in the body may be due to Kidney Yang Deficiency and is often indicated with cramping pain. Exposure to cold climates for prolonged periods would also contribute to an external invasion of cold and the body’s inability to protect itself through the Weir Qi (the immune system). The pain will be sharp in nature and aggravated by cold conditions. Other symptoms include back during period, pain relieved by the application of heat, dark clots, and a desire for warm drinks.

What is Point Injection Therapy?

What services do we offer:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture point injection therapy
  • Chinese herbs
  • Cupping therapy
  • Moxa
  • Diet therapy

What is acupuncture point injection therapy?

Acupuncture point injection therapy involves the injection of small amounts of saline solution or sterile water administered by a qualified acupuncturist. Like acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into acupuncture points or trigger points just under the skin or into muscles.

As the name suggests, this therapy evolved from acupuncture and has long been a therapy used by acupuncturists in China.

How does it work?

Saline solution is an isotonic solution containing the same salt concentrations as our cells, blood and interstitial fluid (the fluid between our cells). In cases of chronic illness or acute injury the interstitial fluid may become congested with the waste products of inflammation from injured tissue, preventing the efficient nutrient and waste product transfer between the cells and the bloodstream.

The injection of saline may improve the quality of the interstitial fluid allowing nutrient and waste product transfer between the cells and bloodstream to occur efficiently again. Saline, being pH neutral, may have its own particular effects on alkalising local connective tissues, optimising conditions for the body’s own self healing mechanisms.

Acupuncture point injection therapy does not simply suppress or mask pain, but rather prompts the body to treat the cause of the pain via self healing mechanisms.

What does it treat?

Acupuncture point injection therapy is effective in treating acute sprains and strains but is ideal for treating chronic conditions that have failed to respond to other forms of treatment. It can be used to treat:

  • Sports injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Neck and hip pain
  • Lower back pain and sciatica
  • Wrist and hand pain
  • Knee, foot and ankle pain
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Achilles pain
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Winter has officially started

Winter teaches us that the only way to fully enjoy the season is to surrender to it and learn from what it has to offer us and retract within.

Winter let’s us look into our depths, to reconnect to our inner being, to befriend the darkness within and around us and just be still.

Seasonal changes can greatly influence how we feel. In the theory of acupuncture moving from one season to the next is a significant event.

The legendary Yellow Emperor, considered to be the founder of Traditional Chinese Medicine, states in his ancient text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.

 “In winter all is hidden.

 Winter is the season of retirement into depth, because of the cold outside.

 At this time you must not disturb or disperse the yang (Fire, active) energy so that you can allow the yin reserves to be re-established within you.”

 Each season has an associated natural element, organ and emotion. Acupuncturists can examine these during a consultation and give you the appropriate treatment outcome

Symptoms Associated with imbalances in Water:

  • Lower back pain

  • chronic or acute knee pain and weakness

  • Problems with urinary retention

  • Fatigue and shortness of breath

  • Vertigo or dizziness

  • Sexual problems, including lack of excitement, premature ejaculation, vaginal dryness

  • Anxiety and excessive fear, Inflexibility and resistance to change

  • High blood pressure and/or occipital headaches

   Fear is the emotion for winter Emotion

Fear is the emotion associated with the Water Element. In a healthy way, fear is an emotion that moves and directs us to remain alert and attentive to our surroundings and situation.

When Water is out of balance, fear becomes an obstacle to movement.

These physical reactions feed our fear and create a vicious cycle: Traditional Chinese Medicine says that excess fear injures the Kidney energy while a dysfunction in the Kidney energy, in turn, further increases our fear.

Depleted Kidneys and/or Water imbalances often appear in conjunction with fear, the emotion associated with winter.

Fear is a normal and expected emotion. We need it in order to measure risks and make wise decisions. In winter, people may feel extra cautious about things that at other times seem less daunting.

Fear that limits a person to the point of severely affecting his ability to socialize or develop trust is worthy of further inquiry.

Seasonal affective disorder is common for patients who have a tendency to retract in the colder, darker months.

Be Kind to Your Kidneys

The organ system associated with Water and winter is Kidney.

Physical symptoms that are related to Kidney—and hence, tend to be more common in winter—include low back pain, knee pain, hearing impairment, painful or difficult urination, teeth and gum problems, erectile dysfunction and infertility.

In acupuncture theory, the Kidneys are considered the most vital source of energy, the root of all else. When the Kidney system is out of whack or depleted, it can wreak havoc on any other system throughout the body, and vice versa. All roads somehow connect to Kidney.

This means we have to be especially careful in winter. By nature, it’s a time for rest and restoration. When we ignore that by continuing about our go-go-go lifestyles In winter, our Kidneys are more likely to get zapped.

How to Keep Healthy and Joyful During Winter

 Practice Self-acceptance:

We all have fears; fears freeze us so that we feel stuck and hopeless, but observing our fears without judging them can liberate us from the stagnation that fear sows. We need to learn the gentle art of “witnessing” to ourselves without judging ourselves.

Rather than attempting to overcome our fears, we can learn to recognize and accept them. Self-awareness and self-acceptance burns and thaws our fears so that we become “unstuck” and can move on healthfully.

 Take Time to Listen and Recharge:

Winter is a time to recharge; so learn to listen. listen to what others have to say and listen to your heart speaking to you.

 Nurture Yourself Inwardly:

Imagine that the ideas and images that have been planted and are germinating within you, as in a garden, will begin to sprout in the spring.

Nourish Yourself Well:

Nourish yourself with warm food and drink lots of water.

It is very important to hydrate by drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of fresh water daily. Eat warming foods such as root vegetables, whole grains, and small amounts of meat or fish protein.

Keep Warm:

Prepare for the weather, and dress accordingly. Chinese medicine says that the neck and shoulder areas contain the “Wind” points through which pathogens can enter, so keep these areas protected; wear a scarf and keep your neck covered.

       Stay warm and enjoy being still…………..

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After an acupuncture treatment how to take care of yourself?

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After an acupuncture treatment how to take care of yourself?

It is important after acupuncture to take care of yourself. Often, people ask me what they should do after a acupuncture treatment. I usually tell them, listen to your body and take time out for yourself, self-care is important.

After acupuncture treatment things get moving, potentially causing your body to react in ways that it’s not used to. Sometimes you may feel a bit tired or you may feel your symptoms have gotten worse, this is a normal process and it is a way the body begins to heal itself. Just allow this process to occur and be kind to yourself by listening to your body’s needs.

Here are a few ways to take care of yourself after an acupuncture treatment:

  • Rest
  • Gradual movements
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol
  • Eat healthy
  • Switch off from mobiles, TV and computers

Rest

Take it easy.

Do nothing too strenuous.

Take a nap or just relax and rest.

Stop to rest physically and emotionally to allow the acupuncture treatment to continue and restore your body to balance.

Gradual movements

Gradual movement nothing too strenuous just be gentle on yourself you just a treatment. You don’t have to push yourself to run a marathon. Do a gentle exercises pilates or yoga classes just gentle slow movement.

Use heat if you have pain

Blockages occur when things are not moving smoothly through the channels, causing pain. Acupuncture restores flow, helping to eliminate these blockages and move the blood and qi (energy) flow.If you are experiencing pain eg lower back then just use a wheat pack or take a hot Epsom salt bath to help relax the muscles.

Avoid alcohol and coffee

 After acupuncture toxins can be released into your system. Staying hydrated helps flush out these toxins. Since alcohol and coffee both cause dehydrating effects on the body, they should be avoided after acupuncture.

Alcohol and coffee mess with your bodily awareness. One of the main goals of acupuncture is to bring greater clarity and awareness to how we really feel, both can potentially counteract the effects of acupuncture.

You don’t have to eliminate these things from your life, but steer clear for a day or two after acupuncture.

Switch off your mobile, computer and TV for 1 day.

Acupuncture helps bring you to relax and bring you to a place of harmony and balance.

Your mind is calmer and clearer, enjoying a respite from the over stimulating world in which we live today.

Eat healthy

Avoid processed foods and sugar acupuncture helps bring the toxins out.

After acupuncture, eat the foods that would make you feel nourished and healthy. Avoid fast food and other junk.

                       We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

Preventative’s to keep your body healthy during the cold and flu season.

Seasonal changes affect the body’s environment. When the hot days of summer give way to cooler temperatures, we become more susceptible to colds, flu and aches and pains – especially if we’ve forgotten to take a jacket or sweater to work with us.

Acupuncture for prevention

Acupuncture offers many services that are preventative to keep your body healthy during the cold and flu season.

If you are feeling the first signs of cold symptoms it is best to call right away so that the intensity and duration of you illness will be lessened.

Acupuncture can prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways. These points are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy and for consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin and muscle so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them.

Seasonal treatments just four times a year also serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems.

At Turning Point Acupuncture we recommend you come in for a preventative treatment to strengthen your immune system before winter hits. March/Late Autumn is the best time for this treatment.

Acupuncture  

  It is recommended to get quarterly seasonal “tune-up” acupuncture treatments so that your body will transition naturally into the next season without the upheaval of getting sick.

Herbal Medicine

There are many great herbal formulas that can boost your body up when everyone around you is falling down. It is important to work with your therapist to choose the correct formula for your body.

Gua sha or cupping

Are great way to nip a cold in the bud. Using a tool to gently scrape the skin or cups that create a vacuum like suction to open the pores allowing the wind-cold or wind-heat to leave the body.

Gua sha or cupping is often a wonderful adjunct to acupuncture and herbal therapy when treating a cold.

Dietary advice

In Chinese medicine there are certain foods,which reflect the qualities of autumn, flavors and cooking methods.

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