Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease, known as the great imitator, can mimic a variety of different diseases.  This makes being knowledgable about Lyme Disease and self-advocacy extremely important.  It is not enough to place full trust in your family physician, emergency medical personnel, or diagnostic tests with Lyme Disease.  Act with reservation and learn possible symptoms of this disease so that you or your loved ones can receive better help.

 

Common Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Here are a list of common symptoms of Lyme Disease:

  • Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing 
  • Unexplained weight change (either loss or gain) 
  • Fatigue, tiredness 
  • Unexplained hair loss 
  • Swollen glands 
  • Sore throat
  • Irritable bladder, Bladder dysfunction 
  • Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido 
  • Upset stomach 
  • Change in bowel function (constipation or diarrhea) 
  • Chest pain or rib soreness 
  • Shortness of breath, cough
  • Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
  • Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse 
  • Joint pain or swelling 
  • Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
  • Neck cracks, neck stiffness
  • Muscle pain or cramps 
  • Twitching of the face or other muscles 
  • Headaches 
  • Tingling numbness, burning or stabbing sensations 
  • Facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy) 
  • Eye/vision disturbances: Double, blurry, floaters
  • Eyes/hearing: Buzzing, ringing, ear pain 
  • Increased motion sickness, vertigo 
  • Light-headedness, wooziness, poor balance, difficulty walking
  • Tremor 
  • Confusion, difficulty thinking
  • Difficulty with concentration or reading
  • Forgetfulness, poor short-term memory 
  • Disorientation: Getting lost, going to wrong places
  • Difficulty with speech or writing 
  • Mood swings, irritability, depression 
  • Disturbed sleep: Too much or too little or early awakening 
  • Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol 
  • Men: 
    • Testicular pain 
  • Women: 
    • Pelvic pain 
    • Unexplained menstrual irregularity  
    • Unexplained milk production 
    • Breast pain 

The Secret to Solving Your Health Problems that Doctors have Never Told You

With all of my patients, I recommend that they check their temperature twice per day.  This information has been invaluable for determining — and then solving! — the root cause of a variety of symptoms, especially when problems have been going on for years, and even decades!  

Why check your temperature?

When doctors take your temperature, they’re typically looking for if someone has a fever.   However, it is very common for someone to have a low temperature.  The optimal temperature is 98.6 F.  If you routinely have a temperature of 97.5 F or below, then your body doesn’t have enough functional energy to sustain normal physiology.  This can start contributing to or creating various symptoms in the body.  In fact, leading endocrinologists are now making a hypothyroid diagnosis when the core temperature is routinely 97.5 or below.  

The thyroid regulates multiple functions in the body and acts like the core metabolism.  When your temperature is 97.5 F or below, the digestive fire of the entire metabolism is low. Digestive enzymes are not activated to break down food properly.  You may start to gain weight more easily, feel fatigued, have pain that you have no explanation for, and notice other dysfunction and imbalances in the body.  These symptoms are occurring because you are not getting proper nutrients from the food you eat - even if you’re eating all the right foods!  If the core temperature is low, you will not extract nutrients from food, regardless of what you are eating. 

Some Eastern Medicine specialists have noticed a correlation between the first and second morning temperatures.  In a Western medical lens, this indicates that the day and night hormones are out of balance, leading to a major root cause for chronic disease and ongoing pain.  Most importantly, by discovering and correcting this root cause, we can not only dramatically improve symptoms, but often resolve these symptoms forever!

The good news?  We have found we can reliably increase the core temperature and then stabilize it so that it stays at the higher level, significantly reducing — or completely eliminating — chronic pain and disease!

How & when to check your temperature

I recommend checking your temperature orally over the next several days to see if your temperatures are in the right range, indicating the proper hormone balance.  Your temperature needs to be checked at two different times: 

The first time is right in the morning, before getting out of bed but just after waking.  Have a thermometer on your nightstand by your bed.  At this time, your temperature should be between 97.5 and 97.9 F.  

The second temperature should be taken 30 to 60 minutes later after you have gotten out of bed as you participate in your normal morning routine.  This temperature should increase by half a degree from the first recording.  The increase in temperature results from a surge of warming and energizing hormones for the day.  Often, people find that their temperature does not rise the full half a degree that is expected, and their temperatures may actually decrease.  This indicates that your body wants to stay in bed, and does not have enough energy to get through the day.  

Additionally, try taking your temperature a third time in between 1-3pm.  This is your mid-day temperature.  People often experience a “crash” in their energy level in the mid-afternoon.  If their temperatures are low during the mid-afternoon, then this can explain their decrease in energy and spike in symptoms!

By taking your temperature in this fashion over a series of three days, you can calculate the average first temperature and second temperature to understand how your body generally functions.

I’m interested in your findings!  Email me your results, along with any questions, comments, and concerns, to acupuncturebyariel@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

What is Lyme Disease?

What Is ‘Lyme Disease’? 

Lyme Disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.  Lyme Disease is caused by four main species of bacteria: Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia afzelii, Borrelia garinii, and Borrelia mayoniiBorrelia burgdorferi is most common in the United States. 

The most common way of transmission is through the bite of an infected black-legged tick, commonly called the deer tick.  Lyme bacterium is a spirochete, which literally translates as “coiled hair”.  The corkscrew structure helps the Lyme spirochete worm its way through the tissue until it reaches the destination that it wishes to colonize.  Lyme spirochetes have over six perfect of their genetic makeup designated to motility, making them are highly mobile.  Lyme spirochetes love collagenous tissue, and are most commonly found in synovial fluid in the joints, aqueous humor in the eye, meninges in the brain, and collagenous tissues throughout the body, such as the skin, knees, and heart tissue.  

Borrelia rapidly rearranges their gene structure, which allows them to hide from antibiotics and better fit themselves into new hosts (such as humans and animals) by avoiding the immune system.  Different genomic composition results in different symptoms, making Lyme Disease extremely difficult to diagnosis and treat. 

Lyme spirochetes are patient and opportunistic, and will slowly destroy the body, without the host necessarily being aware of it.  Lyme spirochetes grow extremely slowly, every 8-12 hours (instead of every 20 minutes like most bacteria).  There are three stages of Lyme Disease: Early (days to weeks after initial infection), early-disseminated (weeks to months after initial infection), and late (months to years after initial infection).  The later treatment occurs, the harder it is to get rid of the disease.  When the host’s immune system weakens, either from the Borrelia or another source (such as the common cold or stress), Borrelia attacks the weakened body and spreads further in the body.  

Unlike popular belief, some of the ticks that pass this disease are so small that you may not even be aware of getting bitten by a tick, or be able to see the tick embedded in your skin.  Also contrary to popular belief, Lyme Disease only causes the stereotypical ‘bullseye rash’ (erythema migrans (EM)) that comes to mind when people think of Lyme Disease in about one third (37%) of the population infected with Lyme Disease.  Since tick bites can go unnoticed by the host, it is especially important to pay close attention and thoroughly examine your body for ticks if you live or spend time in grassy and heavily wooded areas.  

Stay Tuned: In the next posts, we’ll go into different symptoms to look out for with Lyme Disease so that you can be aware of what to look out for if you suspect you may have Lyme Disease.

 

“…Lyme disease has been ignored or trivialized by the medical profession for more than a quarter of a century.” ~ Dr. Richard I. Horowitz, MD.

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  • Always tired
  • Always hurting somewhere
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle pain and/or weakness
  • Mind is in a fog
  • Difficult concentration
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches / migraines
  • Difficult sleep (insomnia)
  • Cardiac irregularities
  • Hands and feet are numb or tingling
  • Mood swings
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Visual disturbances (blurred, double vision, floaters)
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Sugar cravings
  • Vague sense that something is wrong

Do these symptoms make it difficult just to get through each day?

You may have Lyme Disease or other chronic diseases

According to the CDC, there are over 329,000 new cases of Lyme Disease each year.  This disease is still poorly understood and wildly mismanaged by the medical community.  As someone who suffered from Lyme Disease for decades, I dedicate my life to the treatment of Lyme Disease and other chronic medical conditions.  

 

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6 Reasons Why Every Athlete Should Have an Acupuncturist

6 Reasons why Every Athlete Should have an Acupuncturist

September 30, 2016

Traditional Chinese Medicine can help athletes in a variety of ways.  Below are six examples of how acupuncture can benefit athletes.  

1. Faster Recovery.

Sometimes injuries occur, even after you have done everything correctly to take care of your body.  This is especially true for athletes.  Sometimes the body receives a hit, twists, overextends, is compressed, or goes through a repetitive motion too many times... Resulting in INJURY!

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine increases the body's ability to heal itself.  Studies have shown that athletes who used acupuncture recovered twice as quickly as those who did not use acupuncture.  Not only do athletes recover more quickly, but they also recover completely, which decreases the possibility for the injury to become chronic or recurrent.  

2. Pain Relief.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine reduce pain experienced after injury or surgery.  Research studies have shown that acupuncture is more effective than any pain-relieving medication that is out on the market (including intravenous morphine!)... And has no side effects!  Acupuncture stimulates endorphins that reduce pain, while also stimulating the body's healing capacity.

3. Maintaining Strength & Endurance. 

Athletes are always asked to go the extra mile.  They push their bodies to the limits throughout their season.  Eventually, performance suffers as a result of these high demands.  The teams who perform best in playoffs are usually the teams that have the most gas left in the tank by the end of the season.  

Traditional Chinese Medicine can help players 'refuel' so that their endurance is as strong at the end of the season as it is after the off-season, where they have allowed their bodies to adequately rest and recover.

4. Injury Prevention.

Every sport requires the body to be used in a repetitive manner.  Over time, repetitive movements and high intensity performance without adequate rest weaken the human body.  When the body is weakened, injuries occur.

For example, think of an elastic band.  When you repetitively use this elastic band over time, eventually it becomes overstretched, causing it to snap and break.  The tendons, ligaments, and muscles, which support the skeletal framework of your body all act in a similar fashion.  Over time, the integrity of the parts of your body cannot maintain the demands placed onto your body, which results in injury.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has always been used to maintain wellness.  Through regular acupuncture treatments, taking Chinese herbal medicine, and consumption of foods that uniquely support your overall health, your body will respond and adapt to the physical demands of sports.  This will allow the elasticity of your tendons, ligaments, and muscles to remain intact, and your joints and bones to remain healthy and strong.

5. Prevention of Common Ailments.

Through receiving regular acupuncture treatments, your overall health will be improved.  Common ailments, such as the common cold and flu, can be prevented.  If such a problem does arise, Chinese medicine will allow you to recover quickly from these ailments so that you can get back in the game.

6. Mental & Emotional Support. 

Athletes are known for their physical and mental toughness.  Confidence intimidates opponents and helps athletes stay at the top of their game.  However, it can be difficult to remain in 'competition mode' all the time.  This may lead to problems such as performance anxiety, agitation, restlessness, or insomnia. 

We understand athletic mentality, but we also understand that when you are mentally and emotionally supported, physical performance is enhanced.  We are here for you.

We understand the high performance demands that athletes experience on a daily basis.  We are committed to helping you maintain your health so that you can remain in the game. 

Why Acupuncture Should Be Included in Every Detox

According to an ancient Chinese text, “a superior healer is one who treats a disease before it shows symptoms, while an inferior one treats a disease only after it has manifested pain or discomfort,” (‘Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor, 100 B.C.).  Therefore, the focus of Traditional Chinese Medicine is on preventing illness from occurring, instead of treating illness after it has occurred.  Don’t get me wrong — Traditional Chinese Medicine stimulates the body’s intrinsic healing resources, and can therefore be used to treat nearly any illness (for more information on what acupuncture can treat, visit http://www.acupuncturebyariel.com/conditions-treated/ or visit the World Health Organization directly).  However, acupuncture can help the body remain strong, even for those who are not ill or injured. 

In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, I want to take a moment to talk about how acupuncture can be used to detox the body.  It is important to note that the body is self-cleaning, and, when treated properly, toxins do not accumulate in the body.  Traditional Chinese Medicine has two guiding principles to steer treatment in the correct path: 1) Supplement that which is deficient; and, 2) Drain that which is excessive.  Detox diets and products often drain the body to remove “excess”.  This can potentially exasperate the problem, or just perpetuate the underlying weakness from the digestion organs, and make the person feel the need for another cleanse further down the road.   

The problem lies in the fact that most people who are seeking detox are said to be deficient in a Chinese Medicine lens.  This deficiency is indicated by symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, poor sleep, body aches, bloating, indigestion, irregular bowel movements, foggy-headedness, headaches, and emotional instability.  Sound familiar?  According to Chinese Medicine, we believe that these symptoms have less to do with toxins in the body, and more to do with weakened digestion.  Of course, the body can have difficulty with digestion because junk food (including alcohol) and taxation has damaged the organs in charge of digestion.  Many of the “detox diets” involve cold, damaging foods that purge the bowels.  While this may make a person feel “good” in the short term, it can further weaken the digestive organs. 

So, what can be done?  Here are some suggestions. 

  1. Eat a cleaner diet!  This doesn’t necessarily require you to take steps to purge away all of the junk food that you consumed over the holidays.  Just start eating a cleaner diet today!  Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that you should eat based upon the season.  Since it is winter and we live in a cold environment, warm soups with cooked veggies and tea is a good starting place.  Try to avoid dairy, processed foods, and too much raw food, all of which are difficult to digest and weaken the digestive organs.  
  2. Receive acupuncture!  Acupuncture can have multiple benefits when a person has the goal of “detoxing” the body.  For starters, acupuncture has a natural diuretic effect and stimulates the bladder.  By increasing urination, more toxins are released through the urine.  Acupuncture also regulates the bowels, which is another way that the body releases toxins.  Acupuncture also strengthens the body’s digestive organs, which allow the body to digest the good nutrients in foods, and get rid of the toxins.  This treats the root cause of the problem. 
  3. Promote a healthy lifestyle!  When your body is on a regular schedule, it will function better.  Eating properly at regularly scheduled intervals and sleeping at the same time every night will help your body learn what it is supposed to do at what time.  Also, moving your body through exercise will help eliminate stagnation in your body.  

No matter how you choose to ‘detox’ your body, I am here to support you!  

 

Best Wishes, 

Ariel 

 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    While there are similarities between Eastern and Western philosophies when it comes to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), there are many differences as well.  Often, Eastern and Western medicine have the same thoughts, but are using different languages to express these ideas.

    One similarity is that there is a genetic and environmental component to MS.  For instance, MS is more common in individuals who grew up in northern areas, suggesting that there may be a relation to cold weather.  The question of why some people are afflicted with MS and others are not (even amongst family members!), or why the same disease has so many different trajectories for different people, can be explained by TCM philosophy. 

    Part of TCM diagnosis is diagnosing one’s constitution.  In TCM, the “constitution” refers to the body’s general state BEFORE being affected by disease.  By knowing, understanding, and honoring your own constitution, you can know what illnesses to expect and how to combat these illnesses.  The term ‘constitution’ can be further broken down into one’s innate constitution, which is one’s genes that are given by the parents, and one’s acquired constitution, which is affected by environment, diet, and emotions.  See my previous blog titled, ’Why are identical twins so different?’ to learn more about the theory of constitutions. 

    Diseases like MS are different for so many people, even those who are from the same family and have similar genes, mostly because of one’s acquired constitution.  This means that by changing your acquired constitution (through diet, emotions, and environment), YOU have the power to change the path of a disease!  You no longer have to fall victim to a disease and believe, “Well, this is just how it is”.  

    Both Chinese and Western medicine believe that MS has an emotional component.  As I previously mentioned, emotions are part of the acquired constitution.  The Chinese and Western philosophies have a, “What comes first — The chicken or the egg?!” phenomenon occurring.  Chinese medicine believes that MS originates from a combination of spiritual and emotional factors.  The “trigger” for the disease can be an infectious disease or high fever, but this is only after someone has been weakened by an emotional imbalance.  If the emotions are not corrected, there will be continuous disruption and weakening of the body.  Therefore, Chinese medicine believes that it is imperative to heal the emotions and spirit in conjunction with treating the physical symptoms of MS.  Western medicine believes that the emotions occur only after a person is diagnosed with the disease as a reaction to their diagnosis.  In this way, TCM places the human experience above genetics and biology as causative factors, while accepting that there are genetics and biology at play as well.  

    It is also important to note that TCM does not require a formal diagnosis of a Western disease.  While Western medicine spends a lot of time, money, and effort in diagnostic tests, TCM treats what comes into the office.  As a TCM practitioner, I do not require a formal Western diagnosis.  This is important to remember because there is often a lag time in Western medicine where symptoms become visible and treatment actually begins.  This period of ‘lag time’ can last anywhere from days, weeks, months, or even years.  

    So, what do we do?  TCM treatments aim to strengthen the body and rebalance the body’s internal environment.  This can be done through diet, herbs, and lifestyle changes, all of which are included within TCM modalities.  Acupuncture is used in order to improve circulation to organs, muscles, and tissues.  In addition, underlying spiritual and emotional distresses are worked on in each session.  Since there is so much variety between each person’s experience, treatments are individualized based on each person’s needs.  Regular treatment may last from anywhere between two months and two years, depending on each individual presentation of illness.  This includes taking Chinese herbal formulas daily and acupuncture treatments three to four times per month (and more frequently after flareups of MS symptoms).  A scalp microsystem, called Zhu’s Scalp, has been shown to be very effective for patients with MS or MS-like symptoms. 

    Once the acute flareup of symptoms are under control, MS symptoms can be controlled by consistent use of Chinese herbal formulas.  In order for Chinese herbal formulas to be successful, patient compliance is a must!  Although this requires the patient’s commitment, the benefits outweigh the daily difficulties that may be experienced through those with MS.  Additionally, dietary therapy and lifestyle modifications will be recommended.  These changes will be individually modified to meet the needs of each patient.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine requires participation from patients.  While the practitioner works very hard to restore wellness in each patient, the practitioner also gives the patient “homework” to do during or outside of treatments.  This helps hand the power of one’s health back to the patient.  The list below can help acupuncturists be more effective during treatment: 

  1. Acupuncture

While using Zhu’s Scalp, it is most effective when the affected body part attempts to participate in the task of difficulty.  For example, if a patient with MS has difficulty with walking, then the patient will be assisted and asked to attempt to walk while steadied by others.  Often, the practitioner will stimulate the needles while the patient is attempting to make their affected body part more functional. 

Additionally, the practitioner may assign the patient or the patient’s family with acupuncture points to press (a technique known as ‘acupressure’) in between treatment sessions.  The practitioner will demonstrate where the points are located and may mark the area. 

  1. Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine can have a powerful impact on physiological functioning of the body.  In many instances, Chinese herbal medicine can be a proper substitute for drugs with fewer side effects and a broader range of positive impact on the body.  Many of these herbs are simply food substances (licorice, yams, and goji berries, just to name a few).  Although Chinese herbs are immensely powerful, they do not have a 100 percent success rate.  One of the most fundamental reasons of why herbs are not always successful is because of poor patient compliance.  In order to truly experience the power of Chinese herbal medicine, a patient MUST be compliant with taking the herbs at the assigned dosage.

  1. Dietary Changes

Dietary changes and nutritional supplements may help combat disease processes and alleviate symptoms.  Just by adding and taking things out of the diet, many patients with MS have been able to begin to eliminate symptoms, or even become asymptomatic!  As is with all of Chinese medicine, these dietary and supplemental recommendations will be individualized based on the specific constitution of the individual and the presentation of illness.

  1. Lifestyle

Remaining physically and mentally active is an important part to regaining and maintaining health.  Tai Ji exercises are able to enhance balance, strength, and emotional stability.  Swimming and yoga increase range of motion, maintain nervous system function, and increase muscular strength while eliminating spasms.  

Eliminating harmful activities is an essential step towards wellness.  These activities may include habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, insufficient sleep, social isolation, toxic environments and harmful relationships.  By eliminating these activities, you will regain more power and move towards a healthier you! 

Click here to watch a testimonial about a patient with MS as he was treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OJ71lnrrtA

 

Be Well! 

Ariel

 

Vickers, Edythe, and Dharmananda, Subhuti. “Traditional Chinese Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis.” Institute for Traditional Medicine. N.p., July 1996. Web. 08 Dec. 2015. <http://www.itmonline.org/arts/ms&tcm.htm>. 

Dharmananda, Subhuti. “Maximize Your Results: Suggestions for MS Patients.” Maximize Your Results: Institute for Traditional Medicine. N.p., July 1996. Web. 08 Dec. 2015. <http://www.itmonline.org/arts/maximize.htm>.

Why are identical twins so different?

Have you ever wondered why identical twins, who have the same genes, are so different?  Well, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has an answer for you! 

TCM has a the term known as ‘constitution’.  Constitution refers to the natural state of the body before illness occurs.  Knowing your constitution is useful because it allows you to know what to expect from an illness.  For example, if you start to begin to feel sick with the common cold, what is the common trajectory that happens next for you?  Will you break out into a sweat and develop a fever with a sore throat?  Or will you become chilled with muscle aches, a stiff neck, and a headache?  By having an awareness of your constitution, you don’t have to “just deal with it” and suffer through a cold.  Instead, you can act quickly and receive acupuncture or take Chinese herbal medicine that is designed specifically for your constitution at the moment where you start to feel “off”.  The constitution can help determine anything from the path of the common cold to susceptibility of more serious illnesses, such as a stroke or cancer, for example.  By having this awareness, a person can realize their own strengths and weaknesses and prevent diseases from occurring through diet and lifestyle modification.

So, the next question is: What determines one’s constitution?  In TCM, we believe there are two branches that create the entire constitution.  The first is the innate constitution — Essentially, this is our inherited health that we receive from our parents.  In other words, the innate constitution is our genetic makeup.  In the case of identical twins, their innate constitution is the same.  The innate constitution determines our body’s strengths, weaknesses, and appearance.  It is what determines things like why one person may become sick more than another, why one person is tall and another is short, why one person tends to lose weight while another gains weight easily, etc.  Since these are the genes that are passed on to us from our parents, this is difficult to alter.  However, by learning about our innate constitution, we can learn to live better with what we’re given through making appropriate dietary and lifestyle choices. 

The second branch of the constitution is called the acquired constitution.  The acquired constitution refers to the way the body develops, interacts, and defends itself from the environment based upon the air, food, and drink that the body takes in.  The acquired constitution is impacted by the dietary and lifestyle choices that we make.  The acquired constitution is what differentiates identical twins from one another.  One of the five modalities of TCM is dietary therapy.  TCM values eating based upon your constitution, as well as eating to combat any disease processes that are occurring in your body.  TCM believes that one’s diet can prevent and cure diseases.  The air that we consume also affects the constitution and should be considered as a possible pathogenic factor that is causing disease.

Other factors, such as emotions, trauma, disease, and lifestyle, can change a person’s constitution.  Emotions are able to change a person’s health and cause disease processes to begin.  Each of the seven basic emotions (grief, anger, anxiety, pensiveness, fear, joy, and fright) affect the body differently.  In excess, any emotion can cause specific diseases.  Therefore, emotional balance is essential to preventing illness.  Trauma that fails to resolve, such as an old fracture that still causes pain, or even the common cold that you just “work through” and have frequent recurrent colds afterwards, can alter our constitution.  An unbalanced lifestyle, such as excessive activity or excessive inactivity, can weaken one’s constitution and cause disease.  “Everything in moderation” is a very valuable saying to live by!!  As a TCM practitioner, I educate my patients so that they are more equipped with knowledge and tools to remain well.  

At its root, TCM is preventative.  This means that, as a TCM practitioner, I assess your constitution and treat based upon my assessment.  By using your constitution to guide treatment, I strive to keep your body strong and healthy before you become sick.  This decreases the likelihood of a potential illness from occurring.  When you do begin to become sick, I have an idea of the path that the disease is going to take, even before symptoms appear.  By remaining well and receiving regular maintenance acupuncture appointments anywhere between once a month to once a season, your body will remain strong and have enough energy to fight off illnesses.   

Remember — It’s a choice to stay well!!  I’m here to help give your body the boost it needs to stimulate your immune system so that you remain healthy and happy!! : ) 

Be Well! 

Ariel

IS TCM SAFE?

IS TCM SAFE?

Acupuncture is a minimally invasive technique that is considered to be very safe.  

A systematic review published by Adrian White in 2004 states, "the risk of serious events occurring in association with acupuncture is very low, below that of many common medical treatments." (White, A. 2004). A cumulative review of the range and incidence of significant adverse events associated with acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine, 22(3): 122-133. White, A. (2004). 

The full article can be found at: http://aim.bmj.com/content/22/3/122.full.pdf+html

  

A 2004 study (Birch, et al) stated that acupuncture is comparatively safe when administered by trained acupuncturists. (Birch, S, Hesselink, JK, Jonkman, FA, Hekker, TA and Bos, A. Clinical research on acupuncture. Part 1. What have reviews of the efficacy and safety of acupuncture told us so far? J Altern Complement Med, 2004, 10 (3): 468-480.)

The full article can be found at: http://thblack.com/links/rsd/JAltCompMed2004_10_468_ClinResAcuI.pdf