Arthritis Pain Relief In King Of Prussia, PA - Complementary Healthcare

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions in America

So common in fact, that about one in seven people have it. While it’s considered to be a disease of the elderly, the reality is that people of all ages suffer from arthritis. The term arthritis is used to describe over 100 different illnesses, but most types of arthritis fall into two general subsets, based on their underlying cause.

-Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by inflammation in the joints, and can affect people of all ages. It is often associated with autoimmune issues.

-Osteoarthritis is most commonly related to the aging process, and is caused by the deterioration of the cartilage in your joints from age, overuse, or injury.

Conventional treatments for Rheumatoid arthritis may include anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medications, and dietary and lifestyle changes. For Osteoarthritis, treatment includes pain medications, controlled exercise, and for some, joint replacement surgery.

Arthritis is painful and can negatively affect your quality of life, and in many cases conventional Western treatments don’t offer much relief. As a result, many people who suffer from this condition turn to acupuncture and Chinese medicine for help—for good reason. Recent research, including that done at the Mayo Clinic, has documented that acupuncture can offer pain relief for a variety of conditions, including joint pain.

The Chinese medicine approach to arthritis

In the realm of Chinese medicine, your arthritis is considered to be something called a Bi Syndrome—a term that describes the obstruction of circulation, loss of range of motion, and pain in the joint. To your acupuncturist, not all Bi Syndromes are created equal, and your treatment plan would depend on the underlying cause of the problem. For example, if your arthritis feels more painful and heavy in the cold and damp weather, your treatment would involve a different strategy than if your arthritis was producing hot and swollen joints. In addition, your achy joints don’t exist in a vacuum; the overall state of your health is also considered when being treated by Chinese medicine. Treatment for arthritis depends on your specific set of symptoms, and may include acupuncture (with or without electric stimulation), Chinese herbs, dietary therapy, heat therapy, and lifestyle changes.

In addition, there are some things that you can do at home to help you feel better, based on the philosophy of Chinese medicine. They include:

  1. Move your body. For most people, exercise keeps your joints moving and improves your range of motion. Also, being in better physical shape helps decrease your pain. One caveat: if the exercise you’re doing aggravates the pain, stop and find an activity that’s gentler on your joints.
  2. Warm it up. In Chinese medicine, pain relief is all about increasing your circulation. When you apply heat, it opens up the blood vessels in the area and loosens up the surrounding muscles. Try applying a heating pad or a warm moist towel to your painful joints for about ten minutes.
  3. Pay attention to stress. High levels of chronic stress aggravate your pain, tense up your muscles, and increase your levels of inflammation. Do whatever it takes—meditation, music, or an enjoyable hobby—to help manage the stress in your life.
  4. If you’re overweight, think about slimming down. The pressure from excess weight can aggravate your pain and increase the damage to your joints, and is considered to be a risk factor for developing osteoarthritis in the first place.

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Headache And Migraine Acupuncture Treatment By Dr. Marco DiBonaventura

What You Need to Know About Acupuncture and Headaches

Many people who suffer from chronic headaches want to know if acupuncture can help them. This is the case for people who get tension headaches, migraines, and everything in between. The reality is that no two headaches are alike, and in Chinese medicine, it’s the unique nature of your particular headaches that help in diagnosing them. For example, the quality of the pain, frequency, location of the pain, changes in body temperature, and whether or not your head feels better being touched are all clues as to the source of your headache.

Some common causes of headaches in Chinese medicine, include:

-Stress and stagnation. Very stressful circumstances or even relief from a great deal of stress can cause a whopper of a headache. In most cases, these headaches are caused by tightness in your upper back, shoulders, and neck. The tightness hampers the circulation in the area, as well as that in your head, causing a classic stress headache. In Chinese medicine, the tightness and hindered circulation is considered to be something called a blockage or stagnation—in that something is not moving as it should be. It’s important to note that stagnation, even in the absence of stress, can cause this kind of headache, such as during cyclic hormonal changes or from high blood pressure.

-Depletion. When you become very run down, your body is short on energy, healthy blood, and nutrients. This shortage is often felt most profoundly in your head, where your brain needs these vital substances to fuel its activity. Headaches caused by depletion typically are frequent, dull, and may be accompanied by fatigue.

-Migraines are in a category all by themselves. Not actually considered a headache, but rather a neurological event, migraines typically go through several stages and are frequently felt on one side of your head. The pain associated with migraines is often described as sharp, stabbing, or throbbing and very painful. Often, people who are suffering from a migraine will feel heat in their head or find that they feel better applying cold to the area. These headaches can be caused by stagnation of blood, as spasms and constriction of the blood vessels in your head are causing your pain. However, in Chinese medicine, if your migraine is accompanied by a hot head or wanting to apply ice, there is also an element of heat rising upward in your body.

While there are many nuances in diagnosis and treatment in Chinese medicine, the above are three patterns that are commonly seen in patients with chronic headaches. It’s also important to note you’re your headache may be caused by a combination of patterns. There are also many other causes for headaches, such as illness, a head injury, hormonal changes, high blood pressure, and withdrawal from caffeine.

Your practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine can determine the exact source of your headache and develop a plan as to how best to treat it. They may use a combination of acupuncture, a Chinese herbal formula specific to your headache, food therapy, and lifestyle changes. The good news is that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer very effective treatment for your headache.

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Natural Treatment for Fatigue in King of Prussia, PA - Complementary Healthcare.

Everybody gets tired from time to time, usually the result of overdoing it mentally, physically or both. The usual fix is a little down time and better sleep. However, if you’ve had plenty of R & R and still feel tired, it may be time to figure out why.

Fatigue is a common problem for many people, but it can show up in different ways. Fatigue can run the gamut from just feeling tired in the morning to being so completely exhausted that it’s difficult to get through the day. Some people are able to get things done, but have a tough time finding the energy to be motivated. Others define fatigue by the changes they’re experiencing, such as sleeping more or the inability to get through their regular workout at the gym.

There are a wide variety of conditions in Western medicine that can cause fatigue. They include:

  • Anemia
  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Depression
  • Poor sleep, or the Epstein Barr virus that is responsible for chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Certain medications may cause fatigue as a side effect.

If those diagnoses have been ruled out, your doctor may be stumped as to why you’re feeling so tired.

In Chinese medicine, when a patient comes in complaining of fatigue or exhaustion, a practitioner’s first thought is a depletion of energy, or Qi. This is the energy your body needs to fuel all of its complicated functions, and is made from the food you eat and the air you breathe. When you’re not eating well, digesting poorly, or using up more energy than you have, you’re going to feel tired.

There are many other patterns, however, in Chinese medicine that may account for your fatigue. This can include a depletion of some other vital body substance (Blood, Yin, Yang, or Essence), or a blockage that’s impeding flow and binding up your energy. A common example of a blockage is caused by excessive stress, which occupies your mind, makes your muscles tight, shuts down your digestion, and can be utterly exhausting.

7 Things You Can Do for Yourself to Help Boost Your Energy Naturally.

  1. Eat well. This means lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and good quality proteins.
  2. Pay attention to your digestion, too. If you’re having any symptoms, such as heartburn, stomachaches, bloating, nausea, or bowel issues, your digestion needs some attention. Enlist the help of your acupuncture practitioner; they have a number of healing strategies to get your digestion back on track.
  3. Close your mouth when you breathe. Remember that in Chinese medicine, your energy is partially made up from the air you breathe. Often mouth breathers are also shallow breathers, and closing your mouth helps you take in fuller breaths. Consciously taking in a few deep breaths several times during the day may also help you feel more energized.
  4. Get your stress under control. Unrelenting stress uses up a lot of your energy. In addition, it negatively impacts your digestion and makes it harder for your body to build up more energy and make the nutrients you need for good health. Do whatever it takes to find some calm in your life.
  5. Are you getting enough sleep? If you’re constantly feeling fatigued, it’s likely that your body needs more rest and good quality sleep. If sleeplessness is an issue, it’s also a good reason to see your practitioner.
  6. Exercise, but just a little. Moving your body gets things flowing; your heart and lungs, blood, and ultimately your energy. Just make sure you don’t overdo it. Also, avoid exercising close to bedtime, as it’s likely to interfere with good sleep.
  7. Finally, enlist the help of a practitioner of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. They can help you pinpoint the source of your fatigue and help you develop a plan that combines acupuncture, herbs, diet, and lifestyle to help you have more energy. Your body will thank you.

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