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In my practice I often have patients come in to lose weight. Traditional Chinese medicine theory attributes excessive weight gain is caused by an imbalance in the body due to a deficiency in the Stomach/Spleen and liver organ systems. As an acupuncturist I would stimulate points to facilitate hormonal rebalance and target the kidneys and endocrine systems to treat water retention. When weight gain is due to menopause or PMS there are meridians used to help the adrenals and reproductive system, which will bring balance to the body and help with weight loss.
I also use Chinese nutritional theory, which would uses food as medicine. There are certain foods, which can speed up the metabolism and do specific things such as dry damp or move stagnation. An example would be radish, which is used to clear damp. Damp is a major culprit in weight gain.
Acupuncture relieves stress and promotes energy that alone can precipitate weight loss. I have patients who find weight loss to be a by-product of their treatment and they have not even tried to lose weight.
Acupuncture along with a food plan and exercise is a safe and reliable way to lose weight.
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By Margery Keasler
While doing my residency in China, I witnessed an unforgettable moment. I was sitting in on an intake with a very learned Acupuncturist when a rugged and strong Chinese man came in the clinic for urinary difficulty. He stood around 6' 3″ and was quite broad. The doctor asked the usual questions about his sleep, energy, digestion, etc. before asking him, “What are you afraid of?” The man’s expression shifted to that of a small boy and he answered, “The dark.”
I was intrigued by the Acupuncturist’s question and asked why he asked that. He explained that the five major organs all correspond to an emotion and that each organ is affected by its related emotion.
The kidneys are associated with fear. Fear makes qi descend, which can cause urinary trouble. Think of the expression I was so afraid I peed in my pants. The liver: anger. Anger makes qi rise quickly, so most symptoms are felt in the head as dizziness or headaches, perhaps. The Spleen: rumination. Rumination affects digestion, so signs and symptoms include bloating, distention, and gas. The lungs: grief. Greif manifests with colds or pneumonia. The heart: excessive joy. Joy can manifest as mania or depression.
Emotions are, of course, a natural part of being human. It is when these emotions become excessive or are repressed and turned inward that they can become a pathology and cause disease. In the above-mentioned man, fear of the dark was not the main cause of his urinary difficulty. But the emotion of excess fear is strongly considered when coming up with a diagnosis. The emotions are considered as a piece of the puzzle when ascertaining what we call a pattern in traditional Chinese Medicine.
Chinese medicine is both scientific and poetic. The humanity that took place in that intake reiterates why I love this medicine so much. The connection that took place when that man opened up to the practitioner and the dialogue that transpired was remarkable. The whole person was considered with both a very human and scientific approach, which I found both fascinating and profound.
Menopause is difficult. Walking outside in the heat of the day is debilitating. Our Moods shift quickly from fine to miserable. Depression, fatigue, and insomnia are the main complaints I hear in my office.
Chinese Herbal Medicine works miracles. Formulas are geared to Clear Fire and Calm Spirit. I have seen this medicine work and work well for the symptomologies of menopause.
At the end of my Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs study I went to the same University as my teacher in Harbin China there I focused on Women's issues during an internship. Women were tearing up their western medicine prescriptions and asking to be treated by Chinese herbal formulas. I was so impressed by the efficacy of these very well thought out concoctions.
These formulas since I attended school in China are so much easier to take. They come in the form of tiny pellets which are easy to carry and take. My patients often expect a convoluted formula which is time-consuming to make and not palatable, that is not the case. Some of the formulas names are translated from Pin Yin and are titled Calm Spirit or Build Immunity. Menopause is treated by Clearing Fire, Heart Fire, and Kidney Fire specifically.
A study (March 2011) tested the efficacy of acupuncture in treating the symptoms of menopause. The study placed women who were suffering from a variety of menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, into two groups. The control group received ‘sham’ treatments consisting of blunt needles that were not inserted into the body. The other group received acupuncture at 10 specified points. The trial consisted of treatment for 20 minutes, 2 times a week for a 5-week course of treatment. Patients in the control group enjoyed significant reductions in the severity of their symptoms when compared to the control group.
This comes as no surprise to anyone who has studied Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine has a history of treating gynecological conditions that date back over 2000 years. While acupuncture by itself can be effective in treating many conditions, the overall efficacy can often be increased by adding the prescription of Chinese herbs.
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By Sara Calabro
Here comes the latest installment of “Why Are You Doing That Point?”, an ongoing series that explains popular acupuncture points. This time we’ll look at Yintang.
Yintang is considered an extra point, meaning it does not correspond with any specific acupuncture meridian. There are several extra points throughout the body, but Yintang is unique in that it does actually fall along a meridian—the Governing Vessel—yet it’s not considered part of that meridian. The reasons for this are unknown.
Yintang, whose English translation is Hall of Impression, is its own entity. It’s a single point located between the eyebrows, just below the area known as the third eye (see below).
Acupuncture’s Chill Pill
The most common use for Yintang in modern acupuncture clinics is to calm the mind. Acupuncturists choose it for people who complain of anxiety and related symptoms, such as insomnia due to over thinking.
Yintang alleviates what’s sometimes referred to as monkey mind, the non-stop emotional treadmill on which many of us find ourselves. Unsettled, agitated, anxious about things we can’t control, mind spinning, unable to focus—that’s monkey mind. Yintang takes the edge off this kind of emotional restlessness and anxiety.
This Acupuncture Point Causes You to Chill Out
For this reason, Yintang is frequently called upon for acupuncture goers who are nervous about needles. Anxiety around needles has a tendency to peak upon assuming the position on the acupuncture table. Starting a treatment with Yintang can be a great way to calm a person down, paving the way for greater receptivity to the remaining points.
Yintang Benefits the Outer Head, Too
Yintang’s benefits are not limited to what’s going on inside your head. This acupuncture point is used for anything head and face-related, especially issues with the nose.
People suffering from stuffiness, post-nasal drip, sinus congestion and nosebleeds are likely candidates for Yintang. The point also is used for eye disorders as well as frontal headaches, dizziness and vertigo.
Due to its calming function and accessible location, Yintang compliments almost any acupuncture treatment or self-care acupressure regimen.
For pain conditions, try pressing Yintang in combination with Large Intestine 4. This will be especially helpful for pain on the head or face because Large Intestine 4 is on a meridian that travels to that region. For anxiety and related conditions such as insomnia, press Yintang on its own using firm pressure.
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