Q&A with the Doctor… Can Acupuncture Help Me Quit Smoking?

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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John Barnet, AP answers questions about Acupuncture to Quit Smoking.

1.) Can acupuncture really help me to quit smoking?

Yes, but the person has to be ready to quit. Sometime I see people in the clinic that have been peer pressured into coming by their spouse or loved one, and they’re not really ready to quit. Generally, I tell patients to be tobacco-free for at least 24 hours before their first consultation. If they take that step, it tells me they have the mindset to be tobacco-free for good.

2.)How does it work?

The goal of acupuncture in this case is to reduce the cravings you have for the nicotine itself. It also helps relieve the stress, mood swings, fatigue, and irritability involved with quitting. It gives you a feeling of wellbeing which is something you definitely don’t feel during the withdraw stage.

3.) How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies for everyone as acupuncture is very individualized. However, I usually start by seeing my patients two to three times a week in the beginning. Then the visits taper to once a week as the withdraw symptoms fade. Eventually, the visits discontinue altogether as they become tobacco-free.

4.) Are there herbs that can help me?

Yes. I have a full herbal pharmacy in my clinic and I actually specialize in creating individualized herbal formulas for my patients. Herbs are a great addition to the acupuncture in that they help it be more effective. They can help with any anxiety they might be feeling and also help detoxify the body. However, they are not necessary when treating patients to quit smoking.

5.) Does insurance cover it?

This is a tricky question as everyone’s plan is different. We do work with all major insurance companies and a lot of our patients are using their insurance to cover their visits. What we do is offer a Free Consultation at the clinic, at which point my insurance specialist will call and verify your coverage. Then while you are here I will go over your benefits in detail with you. We will then put a plan in motion to get you tobacco- free. To schedule this Free Consultation with me, click the link in the sidebar or call us at 407-673-6700. I look forward to meeting with you.

3 Ways to Raise Your Energy Levels Today

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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1.) Get a good night’s sleep!

Today, people are so busy working on their laptops and smart phones until the wee hours of the night and then wonder why they can’t fall asleep. Creating a night time routine to get your body ready for rest is imperative to sleeping soundly. Turn off the computers, televisions, and phones for at least an hour before bed. Take a hot shower or bath, light a candle, or meditate. This will help prepare the body for rest and what better way to help with feeling fatigues than a good night’s sleep.

2.) Vitamin B12 and B complex vitamins.

B vitamins play a critical role in beating chronic fatigue because the body uses them to metabolize energy. And since many people today suffer from B vitamin deficiency anemia, supplementing with B complex vitamins, and vitamin B12 in particular, can make all the difference in alleviating tiredness and sustaining high energy levels.

3.) Acupuncture

Acupuncture is proven to stimulate endorphin production which gives you a feeling of well being. It also gently stimulates your adrenal glades which will give you that extra energy everyone is looking for. Best of all it lowers cortisol levels, which is a major contributor to feeling fatigued. All in all, acupuncture is one of the best ways of battling fatigue. To find out for yourself, give us a call at 407-673-6700 or click the link in the side bar for a Free Consultation.

5 Ways Acupuncture Can Help You Where Drugs and Surgery Can’t!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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1.) Acupuncture treats your whole body

Acupuncture is a holistic approach to medicine, meaning it isn’t directed toward a particular disease or condition. It works instead by activating the body’s self-healing ability. This is why acupuncture can address everything from digestive systems, to back pain, to the side effects of chemotherapy.

When you get an acupuncture treatment for back pain, your back pain will go away but it’s also likely that you’ll see improvements in other areas. The headaches you’ve had for the last five years may get better, you may have more energy, you may be better able to handle stress, and you may even sleep better.

2.) Acupuncture cures disease

According to Webster’s Dictionary a cure is: something that stops a disease and makes someone healthy again. Acupuncture, unlike most drugs, has the potential to cure disease. How? As I mentioned above, acupuncture stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanisms and the body’s ability to heal itself far surpasses anything western medicine has to offer.

The discovery of antibiotics is certainly one of the greatest achievements of medicine (though not without problems, as the recent phenomenon of antibiotic resistance indicates.) However, the body is capable of spontaneously healing wounds, regenerating tissue, neutralizing toxins, and keeping cancer cells at bay.

3.) Acupuncture prevents disease

Acupuncture and the other branches of Chinese medicine (nutrition & herbal therapies) restore homeostasis and keep the body functioning at an optimal level. When the body is functioning at an optimal level, it is far less likely to get sick, and far more likely to recover quickly when it does get sick. Another way to put it is that, acupuncture is an effective method of healthcare.

Healthcare, which may be defined as a method of promoting and maintaining health, is not the focus of our current medical system. A more accurate term for the focus of Western medicine would be disease management. Disease management is important and we certainly need it in the modern world. Yet it is a mistake to confuse disease management with healthcare. They aren’t the same thing at all.

4.) Acupuncture makes your life better

The goal of Chinese medicine is to improve your quality of life and keep you healthy right up until the end. This means you’re rock climbing, skiing, playing with your grandchildren, or doing whatever else you enjoy until you pass away in your sleep at a ripe old age.

Western medicine, on the other hand, is focused on the treatment of serious, life-threatening conditions. It is an unsurpassed intervention for trauma and acute emergencies. Doctors can achieve almost miraculous feats to keep people alive, including reattaching severed limbs and literally bringing people back from the dead. So we are certainly not “against” Western medicine. However, if you were to develop type 2 diabetes, you should begin by changing your diet and receiving acupuncture treatments to reverse the development of the disease. Not taking medications that will just help you control the symptoms while you continue to become sicker.

5.) Acupuncture won’t kill you or make you sick

“First, do no harm” this is one of the principals of medical ethics that students are taught in medical school. Another way to state this principle is, “given an existing problem, it may be better to do nothing than to do something that risks causing more harm than good.” Somewhere along the way this important principal got swept under the rug. While western medicine has made tremendous contributions to disease management, it has also proven to be dangerous to our health as well. We may have the most advanced system in the world, but the US is far behind most other industrialized countries when it comes to health.

Hopefully this blog post has helped you to understand the power of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and its relevance as a genuine system of healthcare. When it comes to your health only YOU can be held accountable for being the healthiest version of yourself. You have to take control and take care of your body as no one else is going to do it for you.

If you are interested in finding out more about how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you with any health concerns you may be dealing with, click here or call our clinic for a Free Consultation.

Does Acupuncture Really Help with Stress?

Posted on: October 8th, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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             According to The American Institute of Stress, there are over 50 common signs and symptoms of stress. From things as small as headaches and grinding of the teeth to things as large as frequent colds and heart palpitations. While stress is something we cannot really avoid, learning how to handle our stress is especially important to our overall health and well-being.

A new study done by Ladan Eshkevari, the assistant program director of the nurse anesthesia program at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, found that stimulating certain body points with acupuncture can alter stress hormones.

The body’s stress response is triggered by two main pathways, one is the HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis) in which these areas of the brain are activated to release peptides and proteins such as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone). They then launch the production of other hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine that rev up the anxiety meter. Once these are activated, the system causes the heart to beat faster and the senses to go on alert. It also diverts the body’s energy away from other operations, such as digestion, to prime and fuel the muscles into a state of readiness.

All of this is normal and necessary for protecting ourselves from potential threats. However, when stress becomes chronic and starts beating us down, it is no longer helpful and can become harmful. People will start to see long term symptoms such as memory impairment, depression, digestive problems, obesity, sleep problems, and heart disease.

However, in Eshkevari’s study, it was found that when the subjects were pre-treated with acupuncture there was no spike in stress-associated hormones after they were exposed to chronic stress. In the stressed subjects that received acupuncture, stress hormone levels were similar to those in the control subjects that were not under chronic stress, which suggests the ancient healing modality helps to normalize stress hormone levels.

To experience this for yourself. Give us a call at 407-673-6700 or click button on the right for a Free Consultation.

Did You Know… Acupuncture Treats Arthritis Pain?

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by John Barnett
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Arthritis is a pervasive disease that causes pain and inflammation in joints and can be widely spread throughout the body. Arthritis isn’t just one disease, it is a complex disorder that comprises more that 100 distinct conditions and can affect people at any stage of life. The common thread among arthritis symptom is persistent joint pain and inflammation of the joints. While arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages, with the aid of acupuncture and Oriental medicine the pain can be managed to a greater degree and improve functioning.

The relief of arthritis pain through acupuncture has been studied many times. Results indicate that the use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be an effective form of pain management. Many studies throughout the world have been given on a range of arthritis sufferers- from patients awaiting full-hip replacements, to knee surgery patients, as well as people suffering from the affects of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. In most studies, the patients are split into groups- one group participating in acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments in conjunction with a self-help course for managing their condition and conventional therapy; the other group receiving only the conventional therapy and self-help course information. The studies indicated that between 25-40 percent who received acupuncture in conjunction with the conventional and self therapy had a decrease in pain and a noted improvement in function of arthritic joints.

The latest study by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one of the largest and longest clinical trials to show such conclusive effects and patients who underwent acupuncture treatment reported a 44% average reduction in pain and a 40% improvement in mobility.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world, with its origins dating back to China more than 2,000 years ago. When properly administered, it can have an amazing ability to naturally relieve arthritic conditions: pain and inflammation of the joints.

What is Restless Leg Syndrome & How Does Acupuncture Treat It?

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by Orlando Acupuncture
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Restless Leg Syndrome is an irresistible urge to move one’s body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. The symptoms from RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) can range from just annoying to a serious health issue because it disrupts one’s normal sleep cycle.

–Please understand that the terminology used by Chinese Medicine to describe the physiology (functioning) of the human body is slightly different than Western Medicine, but the conclusions are the same.–

Why do people get Restless Legs Syndrome?

In Chinese Medicine, RLS is an example of Feng or “Wind” disease caused by too much Re, “Heat” and/or not enough Xue, “Blood”. So what does that mean in English? It means that there is an imbalance in the neurotransmitters (chemicals that control muscle function). Either there are too many stimulating neurotransmitters such as Acetylcholine (too much “Heat”), and/or not enough inhibitory neurotransmitters such as GABA (“Blood deficiency”)
How Does Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture help Restless Legs Syndrome?
If you have the excess (too much “Heat”) type of RLS or PLMD, Acupuncture can help to balance or reduce the neurotransmitters that are causing the excess muscle movements and pain. This balancing effect also helps if you have the deficient type of RLS, although supplementation may be needed to get the levels of inhibitory neurotransmitters back to normal. Sometimes nutritional supplements such as Natural Calcium, Iron, or Magnesium may be very helpful for RLS patients who are low in these nutrients. Other times a Chinese Herbal formula may be needed to resupply the nutrients needed to make enough inhibitory neurotransmitters to get rid of the restless leg problem.
Are there any studies that show Acupuncture can help?
Yes there are! In one study titled, “Observation on Therapeutic Effect of Acupuncture on Restless Legs Syndrome” 158 RLS patients were randomly divided into two groups. Of the 79 patients who received acupuncture plus a Infrared therapy (which is commonly used during acupuncture treatments at Orlando Acupuncture). Forty two patients were deemed “cured”. Another thirty cases treated with the acupuncture were deemed, “effective”. The other group was treated with L-Dopa. Both groups received treatment for thirty days. At the end of the study, the group on medication had a 30% effectiveness rate, while the acupuncture group had a 91% effectiveness.
Another study, done by YL Shi and YM Wang in 2003, had 120 RLS patients. This study also compared acupuncture therapy to western medications given over a thirty day period. The findings here were that the acupuncture group had a 48% “cure” rate (all symptoms were gone), and a 75% effectiveness rate, meaning some or all symptoms were gone or reduced.

 

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