Mental Health Before, During, And After Acupuncture

Before

I looked for an acupuncturist to treat my aching muscles. I found the best one in town online, but they only had an available slot a week after I called. I grabbed it at once because I genuinely wanted to stop taking pain relievers whenever my muscles ached. I even wrote the date, address, and time on my calendar so that I would not miss it.

As soon as I ended the call, though, that’s when it hit me. I just agreed to have a stranger – albeit a professional – to prick me with God knows how many needles!

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My brain began to come up with a million and one things that could go wrong during the process. What if someone comes in to surprise the acupuncturist while the needle is close to my skin and ends up pushing the needle deeper than intended? What if his hand begins to shake or he has a moment of doubt and pricks me at the wrong point? What if he had an awful assistant and forgot that the needle they prepared had already been used?

Of course, I refused to believe that professionals could ever do that, but doesn’t the saying go, “To err is human”? This thought kept me on my toes for days.

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During

I was scheduled to meet the acupuncturist at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on a Wednesday. I initially wanted to go there alone; none of my family members even knew that I was set to get acupuncture. I did not think that they would agree to it, especially since I came from a family of doctors. However, I genuinely needed moral support, so I called my best friend, who always had a support-first-ask-questions-later attitude. I gave her the clinic’s address, and she called in sick at work to be there for me. (I got super lucky in the BFF department, I know.)

My best friend’s presence soothed my nerves enough to push myself to take a step towards the reception desk in the lobby. Once I confirmed my appointment, we sat at the farthest line of chairs to wait for them to call my name. Neither of us had been in a facility that offered traditional Chinese medicine, so we were both surprised to realize that the clinic was inside a mini-hospital, complete with nurses in scrubs. Everything was white and clean; everyone smiled kindly. The TV even showed the various treatments they offered there.

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At precisely 2 o’clock, I went to the second floor, where the acupuncturist’s clinic was located. Upon getting my vitals, the elderly man informed me that he was not only an acupuncturist but also a medical doctor who specialized in joints and muscles. That eased my mind as I thought, “He must know what he’s doing.” But then, the nerves flared up when he said that he would use 20 acupuncture needles on me. 

Not two but 20! My best friend could only squeeze my hand in assurance as the doctor led me to a table where I was supposed to lie down while getting acupuncture. He was nice enough to pull up a chair for my best friend so that she could sit down, but she stood up right away after realizing that it brought her at eye level with the needles. 

Before the first prick, the doctor even showed me the needles he would use up close. They seemed thinner than most I had seen. Then, he positioned a needle on top of the knee and gave it a little tap. 

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I expected a sting – as if several ants bit me. However, the needle barely entered my skin, so it would not hurt unless I started moving. The doctor asked how I was doing, and I said I was fine, so he continued placing needles all over my lower body. I even saw a couple of them on the tip of my toes. 

My anxiety was almost non-existent at this point. I did not know that I fell asleep until the doctor tapped me on the shoulder to say that he would take the needles out. The process was quick and practically painless, too, and I was scheduled for another acupuncture session two weeks later.

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After

It had been a couple of months ever since my first acupuncture session. After that, I had the confidence to go on my own and share my experience with my family. I thought they would think I was crazy for getting acupuncture, but it turned out that my father was friends with my acupuncturist from med school. Once or twice, Dad accompanied me to the clinic, and he got the same treatment for his migraine and joint pain.

As for the efficacy of acupuncture, I would say that it worked on me. The jury was still out about it for some, but I would not mind getting acupunctured a couple of times a month, especially now that I was no longer scared of the practice.

 

Help For The Family: Acupuncture And Pediatric Care

 

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Have you heard of acupuncture? It is a form of alternative medicine that utilizes therapeutic needles to target pain points in one’s body for the purpose of pain relief and relaxation. Does this apply to everyone in the family, including children? Yes, it actually does.

The pediatric acupuncturist helps children improve several conditions by creating an appropriate treatment plan that is tailored for your child’s behavior and other needs. Frequently, these treatments are aimed at alleviating or curing problems that you may not have even know that your own child has, including anxiety, stress, insomnia, or allergies. The acupuncturist utilizes a whole-body strategy that typically entails massage, herb intake, acupuncture, and lifestyle modification.

If you are afraid that the process of acupuncture will hurt, please do not worry, as that is not the case at all. Although a majority of people have reported no pain in their experience with acupuncture, there are also other alternative approaches that are less daunting. Cold lasers are among the treatments that are usually considered, as these are used through machines that activate the skin without needle use.

Below we will learn more about how acupuncture therapy, Chinese medicine, and massage can positively affect some common childhood conditions.

Insomnia

Insomnia in children often leads to other worse issues. Lack of appropriate sleep will reduce your child’s ability to focus, recall, and be as active as he wants to be. Since a lot of these conditions can present with a lack of energy and fatigue, parents initially won’t know whether or not their child hasn’t been sleeping very well. Childhood insomnia can be efficiently treated with a combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture by first looking for the original cause of the problem without using addictive or life-threatening medications.

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Anxiety

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are quite common for treating adult anxiety, but they can actually even be as effective for childhood anxiety as well. Each child deals with stress uniquely, and their stress levels rise up or go down as children grow. Acupuncture treatments help achieve a relaxed and improved state of mind that can possibly be for the long-term if only the treatments are consistent.

ADHD And Other Behavioral Conditions

ADHD, among other behavioral conditions, is typically managed with mood medications. But with the popularity of acupuncture and Chinese medicine combined, people have proven that it is safer and equally effective. An acupuncturist can recommend changes to the child’s eating habits, including his diet and the kinds of supplements that he is taking. These combined therapies are something that one should look into.

Bedwetting

This is one of the most common issues in children when they are being potty-trained. Bedwetting can lead to stress in the child much more in the parent. Most kids learn to control their bladder effectively when they reach five, but this is not constant. Each child is different and we blame hormones and neurological problems might be the case.

Asthma

For kids afflicted with asthma, the acupuncturist can efficiently help reduce the phlegm and wheezing symptoms. This will even be more effective if complemented with Chinese medicine use. The acupuncturist will try to identify the primary causes of asthma as well, and this includes allergies.

Allergic Reactions

Children’s immune systems are not as strong and developed compared to that of adults, and this makes them more susceptible to common conditions such as allergies. A lot of ailments are caused by allergies, including skin infections, asthma, insomnia, and digestive problems. These conditions can be alleviated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine use, bringing quick and efficient relief. Children have been shown to respond pretty well with acupuncture, especially when they are also treated with massage and acupressure.

Colic

An infant suffering from colic cries for hours, is fussy and is inconsolable for no reason at all. This usually occurs when the infant is two weeks old. Colic can be very stressful for the child as well as for the parents, who can’t seem to know what to do in order to pacify their baby. Apparently, studies have proven that acupuncture and acupressure therapies can help reduce the instances of colic in infants.

Additionally, acupuncturists can work with the parents in finding possible causes, including food allergies or sensitivity to a particular substance in her diet, which could actually accumulate in her breast milk and affect her infant. Parents who have tried asking help from acupuncturists can attest to the quick relief that their babies get from acupuncture.

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Digestive Problems

The sad truth is that infants are born with frail, immature digestive systems. Problems like hyperacidity, colic, and food allergies can be distressing for babies and can possibly affect their sleep. Pediatric-approved Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and acupressure have shown to help relieve minor problems in the digestive system and actually help it grow and develop normally.

Conclusion

With all the conditions mentioned above, we can say that acupuncture does help children in more ways than one. Your child may still be growing in the womb, a newborn, or a young child, these alternative medicines provide a safe and efficient solution and would make a great complement to their pediatric care. You only need to find the right acupuncturist that can work harmoniously with your children’s pediatrician in making sure that they are healthy and free from harm.

 

 

Drug Treatment Guidelines For COVID-19

Living in this pandemic time where we are all dealing with COVID-19, everyone worries mainly about the treatment options available in taking care of the virus. Unfortunately, we don’t have any access to the possible drug that can prevent or cure the disease. Though some countries claim to have found the effective drug, these are not approved and not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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But since it is our human nature to be curious, we want to try and work on something instead of wasting time waiting. That explains why some licensed physicians consider using certain drugs to treat COVID-19 patients. Honestly, these experts cannot wholeheartedly say that the drugs they recommend are the ones necessary for the specific purpose of getting rid of Coronavirus. But with regard to results, most of these drugs show a potential advantage.

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Remdesivir – It is a drug that has a wide range of antiviral activities that slow down viral replication. Meaning, it is a drug that helps in the premature termination of RNA transcription. It also has in-vivo and in-vitro activity against related Coronavirus diseases. Honestly, it is a drug that is still under trial but is proven to have retroactivity against certain conditions such as severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS. Remdesivir contains the necessary chemicals that can help the respiratory system. It went in progress to an evaluation to check the efficacy of the drug for moderate and severe COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, despite its promising capabilities, its clinical stand is not well-understood.

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Tocilizumab – It is a drug that is most widely used by clinicians that are given through the form of injection.  Tocilizumab contains IL-6 receptors responsible for reducing cytokine and acute reactants that are beneficial for fighting Coronavirus infection. Though many clinicians are now engaged in providing the Tocilizumab shots to the patients with mild and severe cases of COVID-19, it is still under investigation. Fortunately, it reached a phase 2 clinical trial so that it can be a promising sign. But then again, it is too early to conclude that this drug holds the future since there is possible drug dependency.

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Chloroquine/ Hydroxychloroquine – These are oral prescription drugs that are used for treating malaria and other certain inflammatory conditions. Both of the drugs have an in-vitro and in-vivo activity against SARS Co-1 and SARS Co-2, the COVID-19. The use of Chloroquine associates with a decreased duration of the virus’s symptoms. It is entirely promising since the CNHC or China National Health Commission already included it in their drug and treatment guidelines. Hydroxychloroquine, which contains a relatively high potency in treating COVID-19 compared to Chloroquine, reaches more clinical attention. However, there is no published supporting data that can back up this claim. If in case there are some, those are pretty limited.

Lopinavir/ Ritonavir – These two types of drugs appear to have little to no role in the treatment of Coronavirus infection. However, the combined Proteus inhibitor, which is primarily used for treating HIV infections, has in-vitro activity against SARS. Thus, it becomes the reason to consider Lopinavir/ Ritonavir to be included in the possible drugs for COVID-19. But most clinicians do want to consider it as practical use for hospitalized patients with severe Coronavirus cases. Unfortunately, the setting is unclear as of date because there is no clinical improvement. Aside from that, these drugs do not show promise in the recent scientific trial in China, where they test recent pneumonia cases in a limited number of patients.

All these drugs may show valuable results. But it is important to note that you can’t take it directly from the counter.

The Toxic Side Of Self-Development

In the last 2019 trauma conference, I wanted people to think that the way I am handling myself after a painful loss is now better than before. I decided to forward to visualizing my ambitions and goals. I started reading a lot of books, I also managed to eat healthy foods, and I tried exercising more. I felt more confident and motivated compared to the last time I checked myself. I told myself that this is it. I am now progressing and developing by taking positive actions. Everything was perfect. That was at least what I thought.

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The world of self-development already changed a lot of things in my life. However, contrary to what other people think, it is not butterflies and roses. Self-development also has its glaring issues that I had to overcome face-to-face, and it is not easy. Sometimes, instead of things motivating you, self-help can destroy your emotional and mental capabilities. That is because of the process of forcing yourself to become better even if you already tried enough. You will still want more because you do not understand the level of contentment and satisfaction you have had to experience. Therefore, even if you focused on doing productive things in life, you still end up empty and mind-boggled with all the pain and suffering from the past.

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Improving your life after a traumatic situation is entirely challenging. That is especially when you want to prove something to yourself. You may understand the necessary actions you have to take to achieve overall improved health. But you also need to consider the process of maybe giving up and changing everything for the sake of creating a better you. There are no short-cuts in self-development, and that is the first thing you should need to consider. After understanding that, that is the time you can slowly begin the process of altering your life.

 

Madagascar Herbal Remedy That Promises To Cure COVID-19

After the Coronavirus outbreak, medical experts in the pharmaceutical fields all over the world are trying their best to come up with a cure. Whether it can be a vaccine or any other type of drug. However, since no one expects the fast-approaching spread of the diseases, an expert can only contribute to the study of the cause of the virus and compare it to the previous ones that affect lives in the past years. However, to every country’s different testing and experiments, one country claimed to have found a cure.

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Will It Be The One To Stop COVID-19?

Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina, along with the country’s Institute for Applied Research (IMRA), recently unveiled a cure to the Coronavirus diseases. COVID-Organics, or most known as CVO, is a bottled drink derived from Artemisia plant that widely grows in Madagascar. It is a plant used for a wide range of medicinal purposes across Africa’s country. In some studies, other species of the said herbal plant proved to contain anti-malarial properties as well.

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According to the makers of the herbal product, CVO promises to both cure and prevent COVID-19 infections. It was said that all trials and tests conducted were effective and reliable in eliminating the signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus. However, not all people are interested and convinced by the new COVID-19 cure. And despite the government’s consistent promotion of the herbal product, the world has no interest in it. Because aside from having only a little available information about the herbal drink, the World Health Organization and other big pharmaceutical companies see no relation of this herbal medicine in curing the COVID-19 virus. That is because there have not yet been any scientific proof that the herbal remedy can surely cure patients with COVID-19 infections, let alone prevent people from getting infected.

However, since April 22 of this year, the CVO Company already handed out the herbal products for free to most schools in Madagascar. It has become a requirement for all students to consume it. The schools’ principals and heads agreed to the obligatory consumption because they believed it is their duty to introduce and encourage students to appreciate the benefits of the said herbal remedy. And for the parents of the students, well not all of them instantly agreed on the obligatory consumption. Other parents are still hesitant until now, while some already allowed their kids to try it.

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The Current Status Of The Herbal COVID-19 Remedy

It was believed that Madagascar’s Academy of Medicine already warned the public of the products’ mass distribution. Health professionals emphasize that there is no scientific evidence that proves the drink to be effective. And at some point, consuming it will more likely cause actual health problems, particularly to children. The academy was firm on their stance on that one, but not after meeting with the president. And now, they managed to provide a different approach to CVO. That the academy does not entirely oppose the use and consumption of the herbal product, however, they pointed out that they leave the judgments to the people and reminded them to submit to compliance with an indicated dosage. That is mainly for children.

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Takeaway

Whether there is entirely a benefit to this CVO production, a lot of people are still not convinced by it. They somehow called out the government by putting too much effort into promoting it as laudable as possible, especially to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts believe that this situation is a health problem. Thus cure should be based on the medical analysis.

Why Should You Visit Seattle’s Tacoma?

In the 2017 Tacoma conference, the event organizers ensure that there are always a lot of things to do when you visit Tacoma. This small town in Seattle offers many beautiful places and safe neighborhoods. It sustains a comfortable way of living that most people there genuinely like. And aside from its average rainfall and temperate climates, it offers vibrant art and culture. Now, to proceed with the city’s specifications, let’s find out the reasons why you should visit Tacoma.

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Transportation Options – Tacoma is one of America’s friendliest and accessible cities. That is due to their public transports that offers a safe and convenient ride. As for the trains, people do not have to worry too much about missing the trip because it is always on schedule. People also love the streets as they use their bikes to roam around.

Chambers Bay – The Chamber bay is one of the municipal golf courses in America. It has been the home of the 2015 US open golf tournament. The place has a rich history of purposes such as becoming an industrial center, a regional wastewater treatment plant, a railroad center, as well as preservation and recreational area. And now, it is known for being a world-class 18-hole championship golf course.

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Dining And Nightlife – Tacoma offers a lot of amazing restaurants where you can find certified chefs. Some of them made headlines to the national press. They offer the best food in the city that will surely make you come back again. Aside from that, they offer nightlife where you can expect great music and friendly people.

Museum District – If you love a world-class art, Tacoma offers it in the Museum District. You can find there different art creations made by some of the known artists in the United States. It is also an excellent location for shopping and dining due to its proximity to each other. You can ensure a hassle-free visit to the city at any time.

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Point Defiance Park – If you want to experience a touch of nature in the middle of an urban city, you need to visit Point Defiance Park. You can go hiking in the green spaces and attractions it offers. You can also visit the beach, the zoo, and gardens. You can also attend the best festivals there. And if you want a quiet time, you can have beautiful and comfortable conversations with friends while sitting in the grass.

 

Essential Oils Save The Night

 

Living in a 24-hour society has taken its toll on our health and quality of sleep.  Working shifts means going against our body’s natural rhythm.  At night, we are supposed to be in deep slumber in the comfort of our bed, but night workers like my husband and I have to stay active, awake, and alert.  During the day, while all others are busy in their works, it is time for us to tuck ourselves in bed, but hours have passed, and we are still wide awake, making us feeling restless and listless.

 

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St. John’s Wort And Counseling In Fighting Depression

There is nothing easy for two strangers to live together and be in a marriage.  The relationship will always be complicated, and although some were able to make it look easy, it never was. Between love and work, love is far more complicated and even more challenging. “The truth is that mature love is developed through daily feeding of the marriage and devotion to the relationship, which provide the oxygen that allows partners to survive and thrive in the vicissitudes of life,” explained by Stan Tatkin Psy.D.

 

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Acupuncture For Couples Troubled By Erectile Dysfunction

My husband and I are married for almost seven years now. We have been together since college.  The intimacy and sex between us have never been a problem.  However, there are some articles we read where couples have issues with their sexual life and can sometimes cause their relationship to fail.

 

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Ancient Healing Saving Lives In Modern Times

 

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Some people are hooked on healing brought by ancient practice such as jade rollers, meditation, yoga, and even astrology.  They like going back to trying old methods of healing despite all the modern technology science brings.  They are seeking wisdom in wanting to connect with nature and finding the essence of their humanity.

 

Even our scientists of today continue working to discover how they can combine modern technology with the ancient practice for the advancement of the medical field.  That then led to the creation of a new branch of science, ethnopharmacology, which focuses on the study of traditional medicine.

 

In 2015, the Nobel Prize was awarded for discovering a medicine from ancient herbal recipes.

 

Dr. Tu Youyou, along with other Chinese scientists, discovered the anti-malarial artemisinin from wormwood.   This drug has saved millions of lives around the world for 40 years.

 

Opium morphine, codeine, and heroin all come from the opium poppy plant.  Such drugs are all used as narcotics.

 

Quinine drugs are used to cure malaria and babesiosis is derived from the cinchona tree.

 

Digoxin is found in every part of the plant foxglove – the leaves, flowers, nectar, sap, and seeds.

 

Aside from the drugs mentioned above that are extracted from plants, there are more that have been used since the ancient times that are widely used and have been very helpful in saving lives in our modern times.

 

Milkweed (also knowns as petty spurge), is used for the treatment of warts as described by an ancient herbalist and botanist, Nicolas Culpeper.  Though it can cure warts, it can also cause irritation if you are not knowledgeable on how to use it.

 

Subsequently, in 1997, Dr. Alyward found an active component, ingenol mebutate, that he discovered was toxic to quickly duplicating human tissue.  Moreover, most recently, clinical trials derived gel from milkweed sap that is said to be effective in preventing lesions from developing into skin cancer.

 

Leeches were popularly used and considered as a more improved method of bloodletting which has become a big business in 1830 in Europe.  They were also used to treat many ailments.   However, due to advances in rational science, the use of leeches as a method of bloodletting was set aside.  Then with the recent modernization in the field of surgery, leeches are now back in the laboratory.  Some hospitals like University College London Hospitals use leeches in draining excess blood post microsurgery.  This method helps promote natural healing.

 

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Leeches can also be used for the postoperative care of skin grafts.  It generates the protein that prevents blood clotting and provides time for the small veins to knit themselves back together.

 

A farm located in Wales supplies tens of thousands of medicinal leeches to different hospitals all over the world, making Wales the center for leech therapy.

 

The Willow tree bark was used during Ancient Egypt and also by Hippocrates to relieve pain.  However, it was in 1915 when Bayer, a giant pharmaceutical company, began selling it as over-the-counter aspirin, and used not only as a painkiller but also to reduce the risk of strokes and help prevent cancer.

 

Snowdrops are where galantamine is extracted from.  Galantamine is a supplement, and the only remedy found yet that can aid dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  The drug was first separated from snowdrop in the early 1950s by a Bulgarian pharmacologist and was officially approved for use as a drug in Bulgaria in 1958.

 

 

Ancient healing with the use of medicinal plants may have saved many lives in our modern times, but using it to self-medicate is not safe.  It cannot work just by simply extracting the active ingredients from these plants.  It can save lives when used appropriately but can also pose harm if not handled correctly by experts because it can also be poisonous.