Nutrition has played an important role in China's traditional medical system for many centuries and continues to do so today. Chinese physicians have always regarded food as medicine. Eating a balanced diet was how the body was kept in harmony. Changing weather conditions throughout the year were taken into account by adjusting the diet accordingly and choosing the appropriate ingredients. Today, nutrition is still firmly rooted in public awareness and is regarded as an essential element in achieving a long and fulfilled life. The Chinese diet is a preventive diet. External climate factors determine daily food choices. In times of extreme cold, dishes using acrid spices provide increased nourishment for the body. in winter, the emphasis is on warming and hot dishes, while in times of extreme external heat, the body is calmed with cooling dishes. Such a preventative diet can be practiced any where. It requires no special expertise other than a general understanding of Chinese nutritional principles. Healing diets that address imbalance, however require a clear diagnosis and development of a therapy strategy. Remember "let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" Hippocrates, ca. 460-ca.370 BC More to follow
Women's Health Cont.
TCM has a long history of treating women's health problem. In review the Traditional Chinese monographs, women's diseases are commonly classified under categories of menstrual disorders, pregnancy, abnormal uterine bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge, postpartum(after delivery).
Menstrual disorders include: amenorrhea (missed periods), menstrual irregularity, dysmenorrhea (premenstrual syndrome), menopause.
Amenorrhea--is classified into two categories primary and secondary amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is a condition in which the patient had not any menstrual periods by age 18. Secondary amenorrhea occurs when a patient was previously menstruating, but then stopped having periods for 6 months and
are not due to physiological factor such as pregnancy and menopause.
PMS-symptom occurs one or two weeks before menstruation. the symptoms are headaches, migraines,breast distention and tenderness, abdominal bloating and cramping, backaches, anxiety, irritability,depression.
Menstrual Irregularity-including shortened cycles, lengthened cycles and cycles of unpredictable length. Abnormality in menstrual cycles often coexists with abnormal quantity of menses--profuse or scanty menstrual bleeding.
Menopause-is the cessation of the menstrual periods which usually happen between 45-55 years of age. Its symptoms: heavy menses, periods lasting longer than usual, spotting between periods, shorter or elongate periods, depression, anxiety, irritability, crying without reason or warning, hot flashes, disrupted sleep.
Abnormal uterine bleeding- is either a heavy discharge of blood from the vagina, or a constant dribbling of blood from vagina during or beyond the regular menstrual period.
Vaginal Discharge also called "Leukorrhea"-which cause by dampness or damp heat due to organs disorder. Symptoms:abdominal distention, dry mouth, profuse red/ yellow discharge with strong odor, irritability, fatigue, itching in genital area.
Back pain is a common problem affecting 80% of Americans at some point in their lives. Acupuncture is very effective for treating neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, knee pain and sciatica. The pain can result from.
Stagnation blood- pain worse with press and massage, and is often linked to sudden, severe, stabbing pain in a fixed location, aggravated at night.
Cold--severe pain in a joint or muscle with limitation of movement, usually unilateral.
Damp obstruction- is pain, soreness and swelling in muscles and joint with a feeling of heaviness of the limbs, the pain is fixed in one place and worse with cold or damp weather.
Deficiency- Dull pain that improves with rest and massage, is achy.
Once the underlying cause is assessed we can formulate a treatment strategy to restore balance to your body. Because of it's holistic approach to health, Acupuncture can even be more effective than other forms of treatment. It is an all natural form of treatment with no side effects. If you or someone you know is suffering from body pain refer them in for a free 15 minute consultation to find out how acupuncture and therapeutic massage can help.
We also treat, Headaches & Migraines, elbow pain, Carpal Tunnel and many other Pain & Stress problems--anxiety, sleep problems, depression, irritability, etc...
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