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Auriculotherapy: Chinese & Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture

By Khiuk Pui (Acupuncturist)

Have you heard about ear acupuncture, or Auriculotherapy? This technique was originated from China, and developed by a Frenchman, Dr Nogier in 1956. The modern auricular therapy is a micro-system acupuncture which uses ear for the detection and reflexive treatment of bodily disharmony via specific zones on the ear.

It has been proven that Auriculotherapy is indicated for the treatment of many disorders: pain, inflammation, endocrine metabolic and urogenital system problems, disorders of a functional nature, chronic and infectious-contagious diseases, etc. It is indicated in cases where the patient has a need for immediate pain relief, or when they have stinging, acute and chronic pains, mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression, distress, lack of concentration, dizziness, stuttering, disorders of the autonomic system, or intoxication from drug, tobacco and medication use. Conventionally, auricular acupuncture employs semi-permanent or systemic needles as instruments to stimulate the points.

I usually apply both body and ear acupuncture in my routine practice to achieve a positive outcome as this combined techniques can make the difference between an effective and ineffective outcomes, auricular acupuncture can also be used as a stand-alone practice.

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Cosmetic Acupuncture

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Cosmetic acupuncture aims to correct the signs of ageing by using a local treatment. It has semi-permanent results on wrinkles, sagging chins, and bust lines, and can reduce the signs

of ageing by up to 15 years.

It lifts the skin by about 7 millimeters in order to remove fine lines around the eyes, lips, and nose.

What are the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture?

 It is painless. 

—You cannot feel any pain on face at any time.

It is drug-free and safe.

— All by natural therapy.

It is the most economic treatment.

A series of 10 treatments is recommended. Two treatments per week on the first two weeks and the remaining 8 treatments on every week.

Taking the whole series, and get the eleventh session free and private health fund rebates may be available to you.

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Plantar Faciitis

What is plantar fascia?

Plantar fascia is a ligament band running from your heel to the ball of your foot. This band raises the arch of your foot as it pushes off the ground.

If your foot moves incorrectly, the plantar fascia may become strained. The fascia may swell and its tiny fibers may begin to fray, causing plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms

The bottom of your foot may hurt when you stand, especially first step in the morning.

Pain usually occurs on the inside of the foot, near the spot where your heel and arch meet. Pain may lessen after a few steps, but it comes back after rest or with prolonged movement

The pain spreads along the bottom of the foot towards the toes.

You may have pain after being stationary for a while, late in the day, while doing certain kind of activity or when you get out of the bed in the morning.

Causes

  1. Physical injury to the foot, arch or heel.
  2. Excessive walking, standing or exercise.
  3. Obesity.
  4. Poor fitting, hard-soled uncomfortable shoes.
  5. Abnormal calcium deposits

Treatment

  1. Rest / Stretching
  2. Night splints
  3. Anti-inflammatory medication
  4. Massage therapy and Acupuncture
  5. Injection of corticosteriod
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Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis?

The most common type of joint disease

Degenerative joint disease

You may have stiffness, pain, loss of joint movement, stability and deformity.

 

Causes:

  1. Trauma
  2. Repetitive injury.
  3. Congenital abnormality
  4. Aging

Treatments:

  1. Exercise to strengthen muscles around affected joints.
  2. Medication: acetaminophen, salicylates, NSAIDs, tramadol.
  3. Glucosamine – can get from chemist without prescription.
  4. Steroid injection.
  5. Surgery
  6. Acupuncture for pain relieve
  7. Remedial massage to strengthen muscles around affected joints.
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Hay Fever

What is hay fever?

 

Hay fever is usually caused by an over-reaction of your body when it fights the allergens such as grass, dust, pollen, animal dander.

Symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, irritability, depression, insomnia and loss of appetite. Standard treatment includes antihistamines and steroid.

How does acupuncture and Chinese herbs help?

 

We treat the symptoms as well as prevent its onset. From a traditional Chinese medicine view, hay fever is caused by exposure to wind in combination with internal energetic imbalances.

A research from Charite-University Medical Center, Germany, found that hay fever sufferers who underwent 12 acupuncture sessions experienced fewer symptoms and required less medication.

Most patients experience relief after 30 to 40 minutes of acupuncture.

Directly after an acupuncture session you may notice:

  • Less heavy in sinus region
  • Clearer eyes, less itchy.
  • Reduced sneezing.
  • Easier to breath.

 

    • Calm.
    • Better sleep.
    • emotional balance and clarity

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It is time to prevent and treat hay fever!!!

We do herbs and Acupuncture.

 

What is hay fever?
Hay fever is usually caused by an over-reaction of your body when it fights the allergens such as grass, dust, pollen, animal dander.

Symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, irritability, depression, insomnia and loss of appetite. Standard treatment includes antihistamines and steroid.

 

How does acupuncture and Chinese herbs help?

We treat the symptoms as well as prevent its onset. From a traditional Chinese medicine view, hay fever is caused by exposure to wind in combination with internal energetic imbalances.

A research from Charite-University Medical Center, Germany, found that hay fever sufferers who underwent 12 acupuncture sessions experienced fewer symptoms and required less medication.

Most patients experience relief after 30 to 40 minutes of acupuncture.

Directly after an acupuncture session you may notice:

  • Less heavy in sinus region
  • Clearer eyes, less itchy.
  • Reduced sneezing.
  • Easier to breath.

 

  • Calm.
  • Better sleep.
  • emotional balance and clarity
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Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of bursa. Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that surround tendons and muscles over bony prominences. They cushion bones, tendons and ligaments to reduce friction.

There are more than 150 bursea in your body. The shoulder, hip and knee joints are the most commonly involved joints. Bursitis occurs when a joint is overused, injured or stressed for a long period of time. It often develops due to strenuous activity, so normally affect manual workers and athletes.

The symptoms include pain, inflammation, swelling and tenderness in the area. Pain is most severe when using the joint and can be serious at night.

Treatment includes prevention of aggravating condition, rest, ice packing, elevation, compression, NSAIDs, local steroid injection, acupuncture to reduce pain and inflammation or massage surrounding muscles and tendons to reduce symptoms.

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Headache

Migraines, Tension Headaches Respond To Acupuncture.


Two new systematic reviews have found that acupuncture therapy can provide patients an alternative treatment for their pain.

Tension headaches are the most common headache, and cause mild to moderate pain. As they are so frequent, they usually require treatment. Migraine headaches, in contrast, can be disabling and severe. Accompanying symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.

Reviews appear in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates research in all aspects of health care. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing trials on a topic.

Klaus Linde, lead reviewer of the Center for Complementary Medicine Research at the Technical University of Munich said the therapy is popular in Germany. “Acupuncture is frequently used for headache,” he said. It has also gained popularity in the United States. A 2002 National Health Interview Survey of complementary and alternative medicine use found that about 8.2 million U.S. adults had ever used acupuncture in their lives, and an estimated 2.1 million had used acupuncture the previous year.

The director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine in Baltimore, Brian Berman, M.D said that acupuncture is definitely becoming a more popular treatment option for Americans. “There is more evidence coming out showing acupuncture is safe and often effectiveand should be considered as part of a multidisciplinary approach for chronic pain,” he said.

Feel like losing weight is an impossible challenge?

One simple natural tip to reduce your appetite!

Do you have terrible tolerance for carbs?

It is pretty obvious to most people by now that you are overweight because you are eating too much carbs. However, it is so hard to say no to bread, pasta, muffin, cakes, cookies, sushi and soda.

Here is a simple tip to reduce your appetite, so that you can easily say no to Carbs!!

What?

A acupressure point to help you to lose weight by decreasing your appetite.

Where?

This point located just one thumb below your belly button, in the middle of your body.

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How?

Do this while you are lying in bed. Do in the morning and before bed.

First, use your 2 thumbs to press on the point until you feel your pulse. You should not feel any pain.

Then, use your right palm and press on the point, rotate clockwise for 100-200 times. Use your left palm and repeat.

Do this every day for 1-2 weeks and you will find you are no more craving for food!

Feel like losing weight is an impossible challenge?

One of the reason for why most weight losing efforts fail is that most people put unrealistic restrictions on how they eat and how they exercise. Either strict diet control and aggressive exercise bring you painful disappointment.

 

This simple and natural massage could help you to flush out the junks in your body and lose your belly fat.

What?

It is an Acu point to help to get excessive water and fat out of your body and thus reduce weight.

Where?

When you lie in the bed, the point is about one thumb above your belly button, in the middle of your body.

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How?

While you are lying in the bed, put your palm on the point and rotate clockwise for 100 to 200 times. It takes about 5 minutes.

Do this everyday for 1-2 weeks and you will lose your belly fat in a healthy way!

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Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint that can be experienced on one side or on both sides of the neck. In many cases, the upper back and the back of the skull are also affected.

Below are some of the common problems:

  1. Simple stiff neck which normally appears on waking up. It is related to stress.
  2. Aching pain from postural strain, such as prolonged reading, computer use, studying or any other activities that require sustained muscle contraction.
  3. Cervical sprain from Whiplash injury, heavy lifting or sudden movement that precipitate a cervical sprain.
  4. Compression of cervical nerve root or spinal cord.
  5. Fibromyalgia.

We provide acupuncture and massage combination treatment.

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STRESS

Needle This: Studies show Acupuncture Works to Relieve Stress

All of us experience stress. It is a healthy response to events in our lives. When we are healthy and the stress is short-lived, we are usually able to recover without too much wear and tear to our overall health. When the stress is extreme, or if it lasts a long time, our emotional health and ultimately, our physical health begin to suffer.

Needles may not seem like the best tool for treating stress, but acupuncture could be tapping into basic biological systems that keep stress under control. Reporting in the Journal of Endocrinology, researchers led by Ladan Eshkevari, assistant program director of the nurse anesthesia program at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, proves acupuncture can alter stress hormones.

In a highway system, when there is road construction or an accident, traffic may be also backed up on other secondary roads that feed into or out of the affected area. This is true in the body, too. Stress, like accident, may affect many other parts of the body, most notably digestion, the ability to sleep, pain conditions, and blood pressure. Stress can also aggravate an already troublesome health condition.

Through acupuncture, theses energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points serve as the on and off ramps to the energy highway, and can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

From a Western viewpoint, acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule, the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes inflamed and stiff, greatly restricting motion and causing chronic pain.

Frozen shoulder is a painful and disabling condition that often causes great frustration for patients and caregivers due to slow recovery. Movement of the shoulder is severely restricted. Pain is usually constant, worse at night, and when the weather is colder; and along with the restricted movement can make even small tasks impossible. Certain movements or bumps can cause sudden onset of tremendous pain and cramping that can last several minutes.

The major factor, according to specialist, is trigger points in the subscapularis muscle. Acupuncture can eliminate these trigger points, wiping out frozen shoulder without causing any side effect and offering people an alternative to the common—yet usually only temporarily effective—protocol of pain killers, cortisone shots, and surgery.

Massage, especially Remedial massage loosens up the muscles, tightened by Frozen Shoulder Syndrome around the shoulder girdle. A good massage using specific techniques increases the effect of the stretching. You can’t do this on your own; you’ll need a partner here. Massaging relaxes you and thus the guarding and tightening of those affected muscles are reduced. Mobility is improved even before you begin to stretch.

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