April is IBS Awareness Month!

It is estimated that by the American College of Gastroenterology that 10-15% of the adult American population suffers from some form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, otherwise known as IBS.

IBS can range in severity from mild discomfort and irregularity to full-blown disability.

Acupuncture can provide relief in many IBS cases. Acupuncture can regulate and harmonize abdominal functions such that the bowel functions more normally and comfortably.

In Chinese Medical theory, many cases of IBS come from a disharmony or blockage in the proper function of the abdominal region. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work to restore this function and soothe and ease the source of the disharmony.

As with many chronic conditions, sufferers notice that their symptoms can be exacerbated or increased with stress. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine also work to help individuals cope more effectively with stressors. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can allow you to be more like yourself.

IBS

IBS sufferers know that this condition can disrupt your life.

March 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Even the New England Journal of Medicine is getting onboard with Acupuncture!

Well, while some folks are easily convinced of the clinical efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, others are substantially harder to convince. Many, while not all (we have some great advocates among the population of MD’s in this country), Medical Doctors seem to fall in this category. This is fine as far as the likes of Acupuncturists are concerned in that we don’t need double-blind, randomized, multi-clinical trials to know that this stuff really works for our patients.

HOWEVER, it is really nice when a few folks from the Western medical community bite their upperlip and admit that the patients who see results are really what matters, not whether or not one can “explain” acupuncture in Western medical terms.

I have always hoped that more and more doctors in this country will be willing to collaborate on behalf of the patient and with the patients’ best interest in mind.

Why not try acupuncture? It doesn’t hurt, it has no side effects, it won’t leave you feeling like a zombie like many medications can, and it doesn’t involve even the smallest scalpel.

All that aside, the New England Journal of Medicine (a stakeholder in all things medical in this country) has recently gotten onboard and realized that they really have nothing to lose in embracing the science and art of acupuncture.  Here is a link to a recent publication from them, reviewing acupuncture in low back pain, something that truth be told, and many folks painfully know, that Western medical treatment does not always treat well.

image courtesy of Pure Acupuncture; poole, UK

August 3, 2010 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Welcome to Growing Health Acupuncture!

Hello! I am very glad that you have found Growing Health Acupuncture.

Here I hope to provide interesting tidbits, advice, and hints about what you can do to improve you or your family’s health. Take a bit to chew on, think about it til later, whatever fits your needs.

I am a licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, and I truly love to help people and aid them in taking responsibility for their own health.

After all, if we don’t have health, it makes it much more difficult to appreciate the beauty and wonder in life.

So please, come by and visit again soon. I hope this will find you well.

The greatest wealth is health.  ~Virgil

August 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Acupuncture and Tension Headaches

Who on earth has never had a skull-clamping, mind-numbing, eye-twitching tension headache? Be it after a long stressful week at a high-pressure job or a few months of not enough sleep with a new baby? Or even worse… Both.

Research is being done more and more frequently to help validate the field of Chinese Medicine in the Western world.

A team of researchers, building on previous studies, have now done a new course of trials in which acupuncture was tested on tension-type headaches. The acupuncture treatments proved to be very successful in reducing pain level, duration and frequency of the headaches.

Great! There are very few Western treatments available for headaches of almost any sort, aside from NSAIDs and the like, which are great in the moment of pain, but rarely get to the source of the problem. Wouldn’t it be great if we could reduce not only the pain associated with headaches, but also help them to happen less and less frequently so that they may stop interrupting your life!

Click here for a view of the abstract from Centre for Complementary Medicine Research: Acupuncture for tension-type headaches

August 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment


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