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February 16, 2012 from WPLN
In a fluorescent-lit exam room, Col. Rochelle Wasserman sticks ballpoint-size pins in the ears of Sgt. Rick Remalia.
Remalia broke his back, hip and pelvis during a rollover caused by a pair of rocket-propelled grenades in Afghanistan. He still walks with a cane and suffers from mild traumatic brain injury. Pain is an everyday occurrence, which is where the needles come in.
"I've had a lot of treatment, and this is the first treatment that I've had where I've been like, OK, wow, I've actually seen a really big difference," he says.
'Let's Give It A Shot'
Army doctors have been told by the top brass to rethink their "pill for every ill" approach to treating pain. For the 47,000 troops who've been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of the new options include less tried and true methods, like massage and chiropractic treatments. The military hopes to win over skeptics, many of them in uniform.
Wasserman is the top doctor for the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Campbell, Ky. To her own surprise, she's also now the unit's physician trained to do acupuncture.
"I actually had a demonstration of acupuncture on me, and I'm not a spring chicken," she says, "and it didn't make me 16 again, but it certainly did make me feel better than I had, so I figured, hey ... let's give it a shot with our soldiers here."
In recent years, military doctors have turned to acupuncture in special pain clinics and for troops in battle zones. Last year, the Army surgeon general began making the alternative treatments more widely available.
Remalia says his headaches have disappeared, and he's relying less on his cabinet full of pain medication. To Col. Kevin Galloway, that's mission accomplished. He's in charge of carrying out recommendations from the Army's Pain Management Task Force, which focused heavily on unconventional therapies.
"You can throw fairly cheap pharmaceuticals at the problem now and push the problem to someone else later if you're not really working on what the genesis of the pain is," he says.
Galloway says if soldiers get hooked on high-powered painkillers, the Department of Veterans Affairs may be dealing with the side effects for decades to come. Already, at least 40 percent of veterans entering the VA system are coping with pain.
New academic studies from places like Duke University back up acupuncture as an alternative to medication.
But Harriet Hall, a former Air Force flight surgeon, shares the skepticism found in many corners of the medical community.
"We call that 'quack-ademic' medicine when it gets into medical schools," she says.
The way she reads the science, acupuncture does no more than a sugar pill. To offer a placebo, she says, is unethical.
"The military has led the way on trauma care and things like that, but the idea that putting needles in somebody's ear is going to substitute for things like morphine is just ridiculous," Hall says.
A Chance At Normalcy
As some top medical officers put it, though, there's nothing like pain to make someone open-minded. Staff Sgt. Jermaine Louis says he's tried it all.
"Physical therapy, occupational therapy, PTSD group, anger group, stress group ... everything," he says.
Louis is trying to overcome a traumatic brain injury that followed him home from Iraq five years ago. He's still dependent on medication, and the soon-to-retire infantryman says he's scared.
"[Scared] that I have to be on it for the rest of my life and [that] I will get accustomed just to taking them, and I don't want to be that way," Louis says. "I want to be normal like everybody else."
But if being normal depends on regular acupuncture treatments, the Defense Department has more convincing to do. TRICARE — the military's own health plan for service members and retirees — still doesn't cover acupuncture.
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Anxiety and Acupuncture
Many people struggle with anxiety, a persistent feeling of dread, apprehension and impending disaster or tension and uneasiness, often experiencing a constant chatter in their heads. This makes it difficult to relax and to deal with stressful situations. This can also lead to insomniaand low energy. Anxiety can be a constant struggle, the brain never turns off and every reaction can trigger a fight or flight response. This has become more of a problem in the modern age with more work and less relaxation.
How can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture helps to relieve anxiety and stress by causing brainwaves to change to the relaxation and meditative wave frequency. Acupuncture also helps the brain to release Melatonin dopamine and other neuro-chemicals resulting in a feeling of relaxation and well being.
What to Expect
After the acupuncture needles are strategically placed painlessly into the skin, usually about 10-15 minutes later a sense of deep relaxation begins to take over. As you become more relaxed you may begin to daydream or fall asleep. During the treatment your sympathetic nervous system will start to rebalance. During anxiety, it is the sympathetic nervous system that reacts with a fight or flight response. By resetting this response your brain will not respond to situations with the same amount of apprehension or stress.
After and during the treatment you should feel immediate relaxation and a sense of calm peacefulness. This new calm feeling may last around three days to a week and gradually diminish. It is usually suggested to return weekly for a few sessions so that the effects last longer over time.
Research on Acupuncture and Anxiety
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Weight loss Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology
The struggle to loose weight is a long and difficult battle and everyone in this fight could use some extra help. Many people have changed their diets and started exercise routines but the results just haven’t been enough or have come too slow. For an extra boost try Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.
How does Acupuncture help weight loss?
Acupuncture helps by reducing appetite, curbing cravings, increasing metabolism, improving digestion, regulating hormones that cause obesity and fat production, and by allowing the body to absorb nutrients from food more efficiently.
Research has shown that acupuncture significantly helps in weight loss. A 2003 study shows that people who received acupuncture lost three times more weight than the control group.
Another study shows that 95% of people receiving acupuncture experienced appetite reduction which leads to weight loss.
Acupuncture has been shown to decrease ghrelin, a hormone that controls hunger and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism.
There are many reasons why people become overweight - hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common. Acupuncture provides a method to treat all of these problems simultaneously with no side effects. Acupuncture also helps with emotions and calms the mind and spirit.
Weight loss and Chinese Herbology
Chinese Herbal formulas are a safe and effective way to achieve significant weight loss with no side effects. The herbal formulas used help in digestion, boosting metabolism, improve elimination and by enhancing the body’s ability to transform food into energy more efficiently.
The main herbal formula used is a blend of seven Chinese herbs. These herbs aid in the digestion of meat, fat, alcohol, rice, vinegar, and starch. They also reduce cholesterol and curb food cravings and reduce appetite. In my clinical experience most people loose 2 pounds per week.
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Acupuncture for infertility
In my practice I have treated many people for infertility.Most people who seek out acupuncture for infertility are women but I have also treated men and couples. Acupuncture is also very effective on the day of embryo transfer during IVF. In this posting I will focus on Acupuncture for women experiencing infertility.
Acupuncture works in many ways, with infertility there are afew strategic things that acupuncture helps with.
The first is hormone balance. Acupuncture is believed to send signals to the brain, with infertility acupuncture sends a message to the brain and resets the hormone levels to their normal and natural state. Among these hormones are luteinizing hormone (LH) and its partner, follicle stimulating hormone(FSH).
The second area of focus is Ovulation. I have observed that many women are unaware of their exact ovulation time. Being unaware of the ovulation time may cause a couple to miss the window of opportunity for fertilization. I have also seen that many women do not ovulate or may only ovulate on one side. This can reduce your success rate by 50%. Acupuncture promotes circulation of energy and blood and can help unblock the fallopian tubes so ovulation is viable.
The third area of focus is relaxation. The pressure and worry of infertility can be very stressful to both partners. Acupuncture provides a moment of relaxation to help reduce the stress and pressure. This is emotionally beneficial to both partners and allows nature to take its course but stress is also physically detrimental. Stress hormones can inhibit other hormones that are necessary for optimal fertility and stress can obstruct the flow of Qi/energy and blood altering the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
Acupuncture is a safe and relatively inexpensive option to those looking for help with infertility. In my practice I have had great results and find that there is success after 4 to 6 normal menstrual cycles. Results vary depending on age, menstrual history and physical problems.
Here is some research from NIH on studies of acupuncture and infertility.
Please feel free to contact me by phone at (202)253-0670 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the Five Element Chinese system, spring is a time to nourish the liver and gallbladder organs. These organs do many helpful things for our health including filtering toxins from the external environment and our food, as well as assisting in the breaking down of fats in the body. In general, winter is a time when the liver and gallbladder get overloaded, especially in our culture that emphasizes extra socializing, large meals and decreased exercise during the dark winter months. To restore balance after winter and begin your spring cleanse, these Yin poses channel liver chi through the inner legs and gallbladder chi through the outer leg meridians.
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Suffering from seasonal allergies?
Use Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology to relieve head aches, sniffles, sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and cough. Avoid the side effects of western medicine and enhance your bodies wellness and immunity with the ancient art of Chinese Medicine.
|Posted by H. Frank Neely L.Ac. on January 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Acupuncture is a natural, safe, inexpensive and relaxing treatment for many common problems that occur with pregnancy. Most pharmaceuticals are contraindicated during pregnancy and many expecting mothers wish to use natural ways to deal with issues that arise during this time.
For thousands of years Acupuncture and herbology have been used to promote a happy, healthy and comfortable pregnancy.
Special acupuncture points can insure a healthy mom duringthe different stages of gestation and at the same time prevent toxins from flowing from the mother to the fetus. This is an ancient traditional acupuncture prescription known as “the beautiful baby points,” and are believed to help calm anxiety and stress and tonify the blood of the mother while increasing the immunity of the fetus.
Acupuncture can also be used during pregnancy to treat pre-existing conditions of the mother these include emotional issues, stress,fatigue, headaches, migraines, pain and many other conditions.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that Moxabustion corrects Breech Presentation by stimulating fetal movement. Moxabustion is a traditional Chinese Medical technique that uses the dry herb mugwort which is burned over acupoints. The heat generated from the burning herb stimulates the point and increases fetal movement.
Prenatal Conditions Treated With Acupuncture
For induction of labor, Acupuncture is a natural and safe option for expecting mothers who seek a natural child birth and wish to avoid toxic medication that can be passed along to the baby. Acupuncture causes the release of the bodie's own hormones oxytocin and prostaglandins that cause uterine contractions and dilation of the cervix.
Acupuncture during labor and delivery can help relaxation and relieve pain while shortening overall labortime. During labor special Acupuncture points are used that release prostaglandinsand oxytocin which increase dilation of the cervix and uterine contractions shortening time spent in labor. This can significantly reduce pain.
General treatment plan for pregnancy
During the first trimester Acupuncture is used to stabilize the fetus to prevent miscarriage and to treat morning sickness and fatigue.
Acupuncture during the second trimester focuses on relieving discomfort and pain. Treatments also focus on promoting relaxation and relieving stress while treating any complications or preexisting conditions.
During the final trimester Acupuncture prepares the body for birth by boosting immunity and relieving stress. At this time treatment for breach presentation and induction of labor can be done.
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Breech presentation is when the baby’s head fails to descend into the pelvis. Usually by 36 weeks the baby begins to turn in preparation for delivery, three to four percent of baby’s remain feet down and do not turn There are several methods used to induce the right position and Acupuncture andMoxabustion are a safe, effective, fast and comfortable choice for the expecting mother and soon to be born baby.
Acupuncture and Moxabustion stimulate a special point located next to the nail of the small toe. This point is believed to release hormones that signal the fetus to move to the proper head down position.
Acupuncture and Moxabustion have a 75% success rate and it usually takes one to four treatments. In my practice the results have been immediate. After applying the needles the expecting mothers felt the baby move and a slight pulling pressure in the pelvis. Sonograms 24 hours after the treatment revealed that the baby’s had all moved to the correct position for birth.
Here you will find a link to research on the efficacy of Acupuncture and Moxabustion for Breech Presentation.
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I recently was certified in Battlefield Acupuncture. It is amethod of acupuncture that immediately reduces or eliminates pain up to 80%. It is fast and effective and usually only takes about five minutes to provide immediate relief.
Battlefield Acupuncture was createdin 2001 by United States Air Force Colonel Dr. Richard Niemtzow the only full-time active duty acupuncturist in the military. This method was originally intended to be used to eliminate a soldier’s pain on the battlefield.
Battlefield Acupuncture is currently being used in the military at Walter Reed, Landstuhl Regional MedicalCenter in Germany, Andrews Air Force Base and in the field in Afghanistan and Iraq.Its benefits are quick administration and rapid relief of pain without the common side effects or complications associated with medications.
Battlefield Acupuncture has evolved from its original idea of being used on the battlefield to being used to help chronic pain conditions and phantom limb pain.
Within minutes of insertion of the Acupuncture needles into the ear patients, pain is immediately reducedup to 80%. This is al done with no side effects or complications and minimal discomfort.
I have recently used Battlefield Acupuncture to treat saveer low back pain, tendonitis, knee pain and elbow Pain. With all treatments the pain was totaly eliminated.
So if your suffering from chronic pain or an injury that just wont go away or if you are an athlete who needs pain relief for performance, come in and try Battlefield Acupuncture.