Did you know? Acupuncture can help Osteoporosis!

By Bradley Stiles, L.Ac.

 

Do you suffer from Postmenopausal Osteoporosis?  Acupuncture can help!

 

In a recent study acupuncture with moxibustion has been shown to outperform a supplementation of calcium added into the diet.  The study used three groups, a calcium supplement control group, an electro-stim acupuncture group, and an acupuncture and moxibustion group.  If you are not familiar with electro-stim, it is exactly what it sounds like.  Acupuncture is applied and then an e-stim machine is attached to the needles and applies electrical current through the needles.  Moxibustion is the burning of the herb mugwort, also known as Moxa, at the location of an acupuncture point.  Warm needle acupuncture is moxa applied to the needle so that the needle itself is warmed up.

Receiving treatment once a day for 30 days, data was gathered on visual analog scale pain scores.  Additional data was logged in the form of the biomarkers serum insulin growth factors (IGF-1), serum interleukin 6 (IL6), and tumor necrosis factor a (TNF-A).  Acupuncture points that were chosen were BL 11, BL 23, and GB 39 and were “proven to produce subjective and objective results” through the study.

If you are interested in knowing more information or the specific details of the study please read the study itself which can be found below.

 

If you suffer from postmenopausal osteoporosis and are interested in getting acupuncture please schedule an appointment with us, the link can be found in the header at the top of the page!

https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1896-acupuncture-found-effective-for-postmenopausal-osteoporosis?fbclid=IwAR01PhKcJFGa2ORS01ZD3wsUyNu7uGgcCN3boaOiqPUzzeHM2mv6X90UuMA

Bradley Stiles, M.Ac., L.Ac.

 

Bradley’s Timonium Hours:

Monday       … 7am – 12 pm

Tuesday      … 7am – 1pm

Wednesday… 7am – 12pm

Brad is ready to see patients with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and Aetna plans in Timonium.

 

Bradley’s Kent Island Hours:

Thursday    …10am – 5pm

We do not accept insurance at our Kent Island location.

 

Read more about Brad & Watch Brad’s Video! at https://cloud9acuclinic.com/bradley-stiles-acupuncturist/

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How Acupuncture Can Help You with Your Chronic Pain

By Bradley Stiles, L.Ac.

Can acupuncture help you with your chronic pain?

YES!

The National Institute of Health (NIH) believes so saying “Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.  Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. “

When I started writing this blog post there were over 700 studies on the relationship between acupuncture and chronic pain on PubMed (short for Public Medical Database, an online resource that complies verified scientific data on all different kinds of research experiments).  This positive relationship is well documented and well known.  The science behind acupuncture and its reductive effect on pain is one of the reasons most insurances cover acupuncture today. (Thank Goodness!)  New scientific research is coming out all of the time!

It is even being used in many hospitals and even in some Emergency Rooms/departments.  Below I’ve linked two studies that have shown positive changes that were statistically significant in Pain management outcomes through the use of acupuncture.  This means that acupuncture performed better than a placebo effect.  Please read the studies below if your interested in knowing more.

With the current opioid epidemic if you know someone that is interested in coming off of their pain meds we at Cloud 9 would love to work together with their doctor to manage the patient’s pain levels with the goal of their doctor either suggesting a reduction in their amount of medication or (with physician supervision and approval) the patient is able to come off medications altogether because symptoms have disappeared by completing a series of acupuncture treatment protocol .

Links Related to This Article:

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction

Acupuncture as a Nonpharmacologic Treatment for Pain in a Pediatric Emergency Department- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Acupuncture+as+a+Nonpharmacologic+Treatment+for+Pain+in+a+Pediatric+Emergency+Department&fbclid=IwAR1EeOIxp4nj2AhbHd938KRgYIqokY-9lnLeWaUrX9kS8ktIWszlbZajxlc

Effect of Integrative Medicine Services on Pain for Hospitalized Patients at an Academic Health Center –

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Effect+of+Integrative+Medicine+Services+on+Pain+for+Hospitalized+Patients+at+an+Academic+Health+Center&fbclid=IwAR1ptcXg7lqa_FM3HOWOfiI5g5up2epSRz0h02y15CR-x_1WaSdyAGV8r5o

 

Bradley Stiles, M.Ac., L.Ac.

 

Bradley’s Timonium Hours:

Monday       … 7am – 11am

Tuesday      … 7am – 12pm

Wednesday… 7am – 11am

Brad is ready to see patients with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and Aetna plans in Timonium.

 

Bradley’s Kent Island Hours:

Thursday    …10am – 5pm

We do not accept insurance at our Kent Island location.

 

Read more about Brad & Watch Brad’s Video! at https://cloud9acuclinic.com/bradley-stiles-acupuncturist/

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Your Symptoms As Your Teacher

Acupuncture and the automotive mechanic: the business of recognizing symptoms before they become costly

By: Chris Fadgen, M.Ac., L.Ac.

 

Your car is an investment that you want to last. So when the check engine light comes on or the car temperature gauge lights up, you know it’s time to call the mechanic. Sure, sometimes we can push through and delay appropriate service, but that comes with potential risk of damage and more costly repairs.

As an acupuncturist, I request you look at our body in the same way. It goes without saying that it is your greatest investment but the challenge is, it didn’t come with an owner’s manual.

 

Just like a car dashboard has signals alerting us of mechanical issues, the human body offers messages can help direct us. These messages are usually subtle and require some keen observation. To begin to reach a deeper understanding of their “signals”, I advise my patients to observe and report on 5 symptoms that “come and go”. These can be simple things like “tired eyes”, a small headache or body ache, that odd knee or back pain that seems to come out of nowhere.

Often these seemingly unrelated symptoms begin to take a certain pattern. It takes a little time and observation, but eventually a patient will find that when one symptom comes and the appropriate remedy is not provided, another, more pronounced symptom surely follows. The onset and severity of the symptoms rise to match the medical issue whereby each “signal” that is ignored results in a stronger and more unavoidable message until the issue is so problematic that costly medical intervention become a necessity.

 

In short, if we don’t recognize and intervene appropriately, the problem escalates until it is critical enough to correspond directly to modern medical diagnosis. This usually means trouble (and costly repairs).

 

Regular acupuncture treatment delivers the ability to see the signals offered by our body. The question is, “Will you choose to disregard your body’s signals and allow the issue to escalate toward more drastic medical intervention OR will you observe, recognize and take effective action to remedy the issue?”

 

My acupuncture process empowers you to take control of your health and wellness usually in small and easy ways to avoid more costly repairs. I look forward to seeing you in our White Marsh office. Schedule a FREE 15 minute consult or book your first appointment today at Cloud9AcuClinic.com.

 

Chris Fadgen, M.Ac., L.Ac.

 

Chris sees patients at our White Marsh location on:

Mon.    8:30am – 7pm

Tues.    12:30pm – 7pm

Wed.    8:30am – 12:30pm

Thurs. CLOSED

Fri.       8:30am – 7pm

Sat.      8:30am – 12:30pm *Every Other Saturday*

Chris is in network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and Aetna plans.

Read more about Chris at https://cloud9acuclinic.com/chris-fadgen-acupuncturist/

 

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Physical Aspects Related to The Lungs

In the world of Traditional Chinese medicine, the lung is probably the organ whose TCM functions overlap the most with its Western functions. Respiration, the immune system and the skin are all systems heavily influenced by the lung, both in acupuncture and in Western medicine. continue reading »

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Are you waiting for your life to be better before you embrace and enjoy it?

By Emily Herman, L.Ac.

Many of us have this relationship to life and don’t even realize it. It is ingrained in us to be always striving for improvement; more money, better relationships, better health. I’m not saying to abandon self-improvement, but don’t let the imperfection of this moment ruin the moment. This is life. It will always not be perfect (sorry). Life can be hard, for all of us in different ways. And whether you are in a good place now, or whether you are struggling, you can benefit by learning to appreciate and enjoy your life as it is in this moment.

 

Here are three practices that you can start today, which will help you to let go of the expectation that life be perfect before you fully embrace it, and enjoy life more in this moment;

 

  1. Practice gratitude. Studies have shown that practicing gratitude positively impacts the brain (increasing levels of activity in the hypothalamus, and increasing the neurotransmitter dopamine – the “reward” neurotransmitter). It has been proven to help relieve anxiety and depression. So you may choose to keep a gratitude journal, writing down 5, 10, or even 20 things each day that you are grateful for. Some people like to do this before bed as part of their evening rituals. Or you can simply remember to think of things each day you are grateful for. They can be small things, like being grateful that you enjoyed a cup of tea, or large things like being grateful for a person in your life, or the roof over your head. Even the process of searching for things to be grateful for has shown to be good for you.
  2. Be in the moment. Yes, yes, you’ve probably heard this one again and again. But the great philosopher Lao Tzu was really on to something when he said; “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” This one can take a lot of practice, but remembering to practice being in the moment, especially during stressful times, is half the battle. Some things you can do include simply noticing your physical surroundings. What does the room you’re in look like? What sounds do you hear? What sensations do you feel? These things can also be done meditating – and that is a wonderful tool for being present, but you don’t have to be meditating to be present. Taking a deep breath wherever you are, whatever you are doing, can also help bring you back to this moment.
  3. Turn your focus outwards. During stressful times, we can get lost in our own worlds of trouble. But it can be helpful to know that A. You are not alone, everyone struggles with some things and B. You can be there for other people, and that feels really good! Volunteering is a great way to connect with and help others, but you don’t have to volunteer to help others. In your every day interactions, practice good listening. Are you listening to respond, or really hearing what people are saying to you? Practice empathy. Notice, and acknowledge people when they do something well – we are all starved for acknowledgement. Ask yourself at the start of each day – how can I be a gift to someone today, however small? Maybe you acknowledge the cashier’s skillful scanning, or you visit an elderly relative in need of company. At the end of the day, helping others can help you become happier too.
Emily Herman,
Licensed Acupuncturist

Emily sees patients in our Timonium location on:

Wednesdays… 4pm – 8pm

Saturdays …. 2:30pm – 6pm

Emily is in network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and Aetna plans.

Read more about Emily at https://cloud9acuclinic.com/emily-herman-acupuncturist/

 

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