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TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »

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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/

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/

Mental and Emotional Aspects of the Lungs

mental aspects of lungs - chinese medicine acupuncture

As an acupuncturist, I am constantly assessing. Before my patients answer a single question, I am taking in cues as to what types of imbalances might be going on. In five-element acupuncture, the five major organ systems are the kidney, liver, lung, heart and spleen. When any of these systems are out of balance, certain physical, mental and emotional issues can manifest. Even if you aren’t experiencing a specific health issue, however, you will likely display particular personality traits that fall within these five organ systems. In the five-element world, the lungs are connected to the element of metal. continue reading »