Acupuncture Eases Hot Flashes

acupuncture for hot flashes

Video featuring Dr. Sanjay Gupta | Follow @DrSanjayGupta Many menopausal women complain that hot flash is too mild a word for an experience that they say is more like jumping into a furnace. Hot flashes can include feelings of intense heat, profuse sweating and rapid heartbeat. Nausea, headache, dizziness and anxiety are also possible. Polly Gilgenbach was getting more than a dozen hot flashes a day when she went for acupuncture treatment at the Mayo Clinic . Im down to two or three a day, she reports. Several studies have confirmed the anecdotal evidence from women like Polly who say acupuncture has eased their menopause symptoms. What’s still unclear is how it works. In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is intended to affect the life-energy, called Chi, that runs through the body along specific pathways. That explanation does not satisfy modern scientists, but they cant argue with acupunctures effectiveness, which can be proven with modern scientific methods.To show that the placebo effect was not behind acupunctures apparent success, at least one study used fake needles on half the women in the trial.
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Option for veterans: Acupuncture can treat pain and PTSD

“Working with veterans within the Veterans Hospital is a true system of integrative care,” she wrote. “For example, many of them see their physician who then provides them with a referral for acupuncture for pain relief. This is especially common when veterans are looking to decrease or eliminate their pain medication or if their pain medication is no longer working. The majority of veterans come to me seeking pain relief.” The most common conditions she treats especially among veterans is lower-back and neck pain “PTSD is another common condition that I treat with acupuncture, especially when it comes in the form of anxiety, depression, stress, irritability, insomnia, lack of energy and/or nightmares,” she wrote. Having multiple areas of pain is typical with PTSD, and then keeping muscles tense can cause problems such as sleeplessness and anxiety, Cregger said. bayview sheppard chiropractic In Chinese medicine, it is believed that pain can stir up the memories of it’s origin, Ferlitch wrote. “When they are pain free, most of them are able to go back to living a normal life without PTSD as their pain is no longer an active reminder of the past,” she wrote. “Often after just a few acupuncture treatments, those with PTSD will notice symptoms like irritability, foggy memory, insomnia, pain, and fatigue are dissipating by bringing balance within the body. Acupuncture is very safe, does not have any side effects and is virtually painless.” Lifeworks is offering a discounted rate to veterans: $10 off a $65 hour-long session and $5 off a $40 half-hour session, Cregger said.
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Acupuncture practice offers sliding pay scale

Instead, it has established a payment system with a sliding scale ranging from $20 to $50 per treatment, depending on what the individual feels he or she can afford. The system is based on trust there is no means testing or inquiring into an individuals accounts. This system allows me to spend my time with my patients and allows them to receive the right amount of treatments because it is affordable, Linquist said. The practice also offers Chinese herbal consultations and massage. Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture is at 1140 Lake Park Blvd., Suite I, in Carolina Beach. Contact Linquist at 202-4718 or Community News: 343-2364 Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture owner Jeremy Linquist puts a needle in the foot of patient Ellen Rothermel on Sept. 24 at the clinic…. October 15, 2013 10:58 PM

Acupuncture is at the heart of traditional Chinese medicine and involves placing thin needles onto the body at strategic points. Its popularity has rapidly grown in the Western world over the past few decades.

However, not all medical insurance companies will pay for this alternative treatment.

Jeremy Linquist wants to make sure people can afford the services of Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture.

Linquist became a licensed acupuncturist in 2008 after graduating with a master’s degree in traditional Oriental medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego.

He initially established his practice in California, where 75 percent of his clients were paying through insurance companies. Many of the remaining 25 percent, he said, often felt they couldn’t afford the appropriate number of treatments.

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is not always a quick fix. As it is healing the root of the ailment and not just the symptom, it can take a few sessions, Linquist said. I found myself spending far too much time dealing with paperwork in order to be paid by the insurance companies, and was often unable to treat my self-paying clients as effectively as I wanted to due to financial issues.

I knew there had to be a better way of ensuring that acupuncture was accessible to everyone, he said.

In 2010, Linquist moved to Wilmington with his wife and son to be closer to his parents.

He established a full-time community acupuncture service in Carolina Beach.
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Acupuncture: The Best Treatment for Back Pain

This national day of observance, recognized by the thousands of licensed acupuncturists, as well as AOM leadership organizations, was spearheaded by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 2002. (Photo: ) In the United States the use of AOM is at an all-time high. In fact, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, an estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative therapy; however, misconceptions about this respected form of medicine still exist. AOM Day’s primary purpose is to educate the public about the benefits of AOM therapies. NCCAOM has established, and recently updated the AOM Day website at . This website is an important vehicle for practitioners to promote their individual AOM Day events to gain the attention of the public. The AOM Day website also provides educational resources such as fact sheets, marketing tools, and statistics on the profession. Visitors to the AOM Day can also locate certified AOM practitioners who are in good standing through the Find a Practitioner tab on the AOM Day website. AOM Day events will be hosted throughout the country and internationally and many providers will be offering heavily discounted or free services to promote and educate consumers about the countless benefits of AOM. Practitioners who wish to showcase their event may submit their information via the Submit an Event tab on the AOM Day website.
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National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day Aims To Educate Consumers About Benefits Of Using Certified and Licensed Practitioners

She explained that one of the instant effects of acupuncture is pain relief, caused by the endorphins released during the process. The acceptance of the medical community to acupuncture as an option for pain relief treatment is a huge step. Especially considering it has previously been regarded as a myth. Acupuncture is a traditional medicine practice that originated from China more than 2,000 years ago. Today, more US clinics are including acupuncture in their services menu to address a patients chronic back pain. Some users are also testifying about the effectiveness of acupuncture in curing their migraines. “I think what inspires people the most about this alternative medicine is the hope of being permanently free from their chronic pains after regular acupuncture sessions,” said Campbell. She further confirmed that there are already significant cases of acupuncture sessions that have successfully addressed back pains of the patient in the long-term. However, Campbell is also not fully discounting the risks involved with acupuncture. “To be certain, it is very crucial to look for an accredited acupuncture practioner to avoid the dangers involved. It is very important to target the right points, because failure to do so may result to severe side effects,” Campbell warned.
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