A doctor told a patient he had six months to live. The patient couldn't pay his bill, so the doctor gave him another six months. - Henny Youngman
The first year of my practice I had a young woman come to my office who had become a paraplegic from an auto accident three months previously. She was a junior in high school when the accident had occurred and her doctors had told her that she should prepare herself for being in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. The doctors had stopped her physical therapy because they had determined that her condition would not improve. This young woman was of the mind that her doctors were wrong and that she would once again walk. She was determined to walk again. I decided to keep an open mind and told her, and her father, (her mother was out of the picture) that I would work with her and we would see if the treatments would be of any benefit. After putting one needle in her leg, there was a small, yet perceptible, contraction. There was clearly a response in her lower extremities to the needle and this was an encouraging sign.
Three months later, she was able to contract her quadriceps enough that her medical team decided to give her an aggressive physical therapy regime. By the end of one year, with both acupuncture and the physical therapy, she was able to walk with leg braces and crutches. What happened here?
Her determination was fierce. She was an exceptional individual. The fall of her senior year of high school, at a high powered prep school, she became senior class president, applied to colleges, maintained a stellar academic record, maintained a social life and was accepted to Stanford in the spring. She did this while dealing with the trauma of becoming paralyzed at age 17. I had decided at that first appointment with her, to not get in her way of realizing her goal of being able to walk. I would not tell her that her odds were slim. I did not want to interfere with what I felt was her most powerful asset towards her progress- her absolute belief that she would walk. Perhaps she was naive. However, if she had accepted her doctor's original prognosis, she would have not pursued the path she did, which was to seek another way. She would not have worked as hard as she did. She would have been wheelchair bound. The doctors would have been "right."
Our medical/legal system is incentivized towards giving individuals a poor prognosis. If a prognosis is poor and the patient does better, then everyone is happy. If the prognosis is good and the patient does not do well, the doctor gets sued. Our medical culture is fearful of creating false hope. Instead, what is created is false no hope, or a nocebo. Nocebo is the opposite of placebo, where the expectation is negative and the outcome becomes worse than the current condition.
Ted Kaptchuk has recently become the director of Harvard's Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The concept of the program is to explore the possibility of having placebos become a valid medical therapy. The idea is to apply rigorous scientific method to the concept of placebo as a therapy. An article by Michael Specter, "The Power of Nothing," in the December 12, 2011 issue of The New Yorker, thoroughly explores this venture.
The project is, of course, controversial. Medicine loves precision and the art of placebo is by nature unpredictable. There are too many variables. Not everyone responds the same way to a given suggestion. Not every practitioner can create the same level of expectation for the patient. Placebo is as much a relationship as well as an environment that combines to generate a certain response in the patient's body/mind to produce an outcome. Fundamental to this process is a belief, held by both the practitioner as well as the patient, that there is value to the interaction. These beliefs can be conscious, as well as unconscious. What Kaptchuk is setting out to achieve, is how to study an art form using scientific method.
How Kaptchuk came to this position is an interesting story. Early in his career as an acupuncturist, a woman came to him with chronic bronchitis. He treated her once, and then sometime later the woman contacted him, and with deep gratitude explained that she also had ovarian pain and was going to have surgery for that, but his treatment had cured her. Kaptchuk was incredulous about his acupuncture affecting her ovaries to that extent. This was the beginning of his serious inquest into what really transpired.
Kaptchuk stopped practicing acupuncture about 20 years ago. He had already affiliated with Harvard, and according to Specter, "Kaptchuk is the first prominent professor at Harvard Medical School since Erik Erikson with neither a medical degree nor a doctorate." He basically self-taught and apprenticed his way into becoming one of the world's foremost experts on the topic of placebo. In addition to his research skills, Kaptchuk believes that he was, "a damn good healer."
Kaptchuk noted "..if you needed help and you came to me, you would get better. Thousands of people have. Because, in the end, it isn't really about the needles. It's about the man."
Now this is really an interesting sentiment. When he was working as an acupuncturist, did he actually believe in the efficacy of his modality, or did he believe he was creating a powerful placebo affect? If he didn't believe in the modality, how did he create the placebo affect? Was his belief necessary in being able to be an effective healer?
A study done at UCSF in 1978 showed that the placebo affect, when applied to perception of pain, most likely is mediated by endogenous endorphins. Levine, Gordon and Fields used naloxone, a drug that blocks the opiate receptors in the central nervous system, to block the placebo response in a group of dental surgery patients who previously demonstrated a placebo response. This was a particularly powerful study that was one of the first to show a possible biochemical mechanism of how perception of pain can be mediated by one's own expectations.
It has been reported that Alzheimer's patients do not respond to placebos, which may have to do with the loss of pre-frontal lobe function, an indication that rational thought must be a contributing factor toward creating a placebo effect. Men have been known to respond differently than women to placebos. Different conditions have different percentages of placebo response. Motivation is a factor in whether or not someone responds to suggestion. All of these factors lead to a muddy picture. Nevertheless, the fact that the power of the mind can create a healing response, whether consciously or not, has to be taken seriously and is certainly a worthwhile endeavor of study. It is heartening to know that an institution such as Harvard is willing to be the bellwether for such a controversial topic.
Today there are many more studies, especially using functional MRI to demonstrate brain response to different thought processes, feelings and emotions, that have validated the power of the mind. Still placebo is generally thought of in a negative light. It seems as if there are parallel universes when it comes to what the purpose of medicine is all about. There are those who feel that objectifiable, measurable outcomes are the only meaningful ways to judge outcome. There are others who are willing to cast a wider net and accept the patient's own perception of well being as a legitimate evaluation of the treatment. If someone feels better, reports less pain, experiences fewer symptoms, are they not better off? And here we have the "Republicans" and "Democrats" of the medical world.
Objective signs can often be misleading. For example, a patient can show up to the ER with acute back pain. An X-ray can reveal "degenerative disc disease" in the lower lumbar. Given that the same degenerative condition would have been present a day earlier when there was no pain, and the X-ray, if taken a day earlier, would have shown the same condition; why is there pain today and not yesterday? The objective data, in this case the X-ray, is not able to explain this essential question, which is, what is the real cause of the pain? It is merely a piece of the puzzle. It could also be a puzzle piece that sends the clinician off track. Imagine how differently this patient would be treated if the X-ray had shown nothing. Taking into account signs, which are objective and symptoms, which are subjective, is what a holistic physician would do.
A question for any practitioner is not so much whether or not placebo exists, but how best to take advantage of it. One must at least, according to the Hippocratic principle of not creating harm, avoid creating a nocebo effect. Hopefully, the research that Harvard's Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter can reveal is that medicine needs to start leaning back toward its artistic side, not at the cost of science, but because of the it.
By Andrew Rader, LAc, MS
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How will your eating habits and workout stages impact with your fertility? I use the Chinese perspective way that what they do, eat and think affects the balance of the Chi or power in our body systems. To experience proper balance and wellness, we need to start with assessing our health by proper exercise and diet plans. If we have deficiencies in any parts of our body, then we will be experiencing inconvenience or other unwanted effects. The main factor is that once you put something into your mouth, it efficiently becomes part of your well being. It is divided up, absorbed, saved, and used. What we eat technique has a very big impact on our fertility by eliminating your libido stages. When we eat right, we can decrease signs due to our poor nutritional workouts.
Here are the right tips and stages that can give value to your way of thinking and life activities:
Tip 1: Prevent using artificial sweetening, additives, and androgenic hormone broker (androgenic hormone or testosterone).
These drugs cause fertility problems from unwanted estrogen, such as polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, hormonal imbalances, fibroids and a lot more.
When you prevent intake of artificial sweetening, additives, and androgenic hormone broker (androgenic hormone or testosterone) in your body, then you can pretty much prevent dangerous meals that increase our sugar stages, leach calcium and vitamin nutrient from our system, control blood activity, and eliminates or destroys the pancreas. A lot of plants and animals are fed up with medications that eliminate the good and bad bacteria. They are also given unwanted estrogen which makes them quicker to grow and fatten up. These drugs cause significant libido problems from unwanted estrogen popularity, such as endometriosis, polycystic sex human glandular, fibroids, and hormone broker deficiency of balance.
Tip 2: Avoid inflammatory agents, including dairy products, gluten, soy and corn products.
Reason: Avoiding inflammation appropriate solutions, such as dairy products, gluten, soy and corn products can help re-balance the hypothyroid and can also decrease symptoms of endometriosis. We often depend on dairy products as a calcium nutrient and vitamin source, but it is also numerous in other meals resources, such as nuts and oats, which are also much easier to process in the body. Gluten intolerance is often connected with sterility and miscarriages, but this can often be managed by keeping a gluten-free diet system technique.
Women who go on a gluten-free diet system technique often shed unwanted weight, obtain more emotional and actual power, have a lower amount of belly pain and gas, less abdominal issues, and become less disappointed. We should also keep in mind that not all gluten-free meals are healthy. Always make sure that they are not prepared, sweet or pre-packaged.
Tip 3: Concentrate on the requirements for a proper diet. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and foods rich in amino acids should be on top of your list. Include meat which are grass fed and fresh seafood.
Reason: A natural diet technique without processed meals will decrease the toxins from hormones and pesticides. I encourage people experiencing this kind of problem shop for clean foods. It will have more power or qi if the fresh fruit and fresh vegetables were selected lately, rather than saved for several days.
Fertility and overall health can be enhanced by proper diet and exercise. Like Hippocrates once said: “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”
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What is it?
Qigong is known as "Ch'i Kung" which is a highly effective program of treatment, healing and energy medicine from China. Its history started about 4 thousand years ago during the Tao Yao periods and was known to be a way of dancing.
It is the art of healing and preservation of health. The art of using respiration methods, soothing activities, and relaxation to detoxify, enhance, and calm the body and mind. The Qigong exercises cause better health, energy and relaxation.
Different Traditions and Intents
Maintains and preserves the physical human body and great quality virtue. Many Taoist experts or masters experience long lives and definitely enjoyed it. There are over 3600 techniques and approaches that are mentioned and described throughout its history.
This is the most popular of all types. It aims to free the mind, develop quality and to obtain intelligence. Our body system is considered a tool for getting enlightenment. There are over 84000 techniques that are described in its history.
Healthcare qi-gong focuses on the free flow and balance of qi which is the vital energy in our bodies. The main purpose of this treatment is to heal sickness or heal a disease. Practitioners learn how to use the inner qi for analysis and treatment.
4. Martial Arts
It teaches our bodies to provide lethal strikes that are improved with qi or vital energy. It also trains our bodies to be protected from cuts by weapons and attacks using the four limbs.
It aims to provide great ethical personality, positive character and intellectual capability.
What are the health benefits of this kind of treatment?
- Used for self defense and improves your defense mechanism
- Requires little space for practice
- Easy to learn
- Develops self discipline
- Increases intelligence
- Improves physical activities
- Develops inner peace and a sense of calmness
- Improves concentration
- Improves will power
- Increase and develop mind powe
More benefits of the treatment:
- relieves arthritis
- decreases tension
- reduce stress
- eliminates chronic fatigue
- strengthens immune system
- lubricate joints for pain free activity
- improves food digestion and elimination
- improves metabolism
- weight control
- anti aging and youthfulness
- healthy energy or qi
- anti allergies
- improves blood circulation
- restore body system
- improves oxygen
- improves and soothes neurological system
- improves health and well being
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What are the benefits of acupuncture? What are the different treatments we can get from it?
Traditional Chinese medicine is efficient and effective for a lot of circumstances, while proof indicates it may have an efficient healing value for many more.
Here is a list of Treatments from Acupuncture
• Pain after surgery
• Painful prominent scars
• Wrinkles or bagginess of face and eye lids
• Acne, pimples, blackhead,
• Boils and Eczema
• Excessive Perspiration
• And other various skin diseases and disorders
• Hay Fever and Rhinitis
• And other types of allergies
• Bronchitis and Emphysema
• Recurring tonsillitis
• Mouth ulcers
• Early prostate enlargement
• Non-specific urethritis
• Gastric and stomach ulcer
• Stomach inflammations
• Aching varicose veins
• Cramps and Restless legs
• Intermittent claudication or pain when walking and running
• Internal and External Hemorrhoids
VIII. NEUROLOGIC – The Nervous System
• Migraine and headaches
• Trigeminal neuralgia and other face pains
• Bell's palsy or paralysis on the face
• Anxiety and depression
• Fears and claustrophobia
• Meniere's disorder
• Post herpetic or Shingles
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Travel sickness or dizziness
• Phantom limb pain
• Cerebral thrombosis or Paralysis of leg or arm after a stroke
IX. MUSCULO – The Skeletal System
• Neck and lower back pains
• Frozen shoulder
• Tennis elbow
• Painful joints of rheumatoid
• Arthritis and Osteoarthritis of knees, hips and other joints
• Heel spurs
• Acute sports injuries
• Wound healing
• Menstruation and pelvic pains
• Flushes especially menopausal
• Painful nodular breasts
• Endometriosis Preparation for childbirth
• Irregular or excessive menstruation
• Vaginal Pain
XI. A LOT MORE
• Persisting weakness after a severe illness or operation
• Tired eyes
• Pterygium Retinitis
• High blood pressure
• other illnesses
Knowing the list of treatment can be very helpful in identifying what this type medicine can do for you. It really helps a lot with reducing pain and varieties of diseases.
By Brian Musial
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What Should I Consider First?
If you're considering trying traditional Chinese medicine, you'll want to discover a fertility acupuncturist. Given the reputation of traditional Chinese medicine, discovering an acupuncturist shouldn't be too challenging. However, discovering an acupuncturist who's qualified to work with inability to conceive sufferers isn't always simple. Know your acupuncturist more especially his background and experience.
How Is Acupuncture Related To Infertility?
Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the most well-known types of substitute treatment used to enhance fertility and possibly cure inability to conceive. But how exactly will it be adhering little tiny needles into the body expected to help you get pregnant?
Traditional Chinese medicine has been used in the therapy of inability to conceive for hundreds of years. If you're interested in trying acupuncture, you'll want to find a fertility acupuncturist. An acupuncturist can help you with a procedure called “Auricular Acupuncture”.
What Should I Expect?
A fertility acupuncturist can provide you with the necessary details on how to get started. Typically for your first session, you will set aside 40 minutes for your consultation. You can ask any questions you would like to know and the acupuncturist will freely answer them. After the consultation, you can now proceed with the procedure or get your next appointment. The procedure or the actual acupuncture treatment will be about 30mins.
A lot of people who have done the procedure agree that acupuncture enhances relaxation and decreases stress levels. It reduces pain and helps you feel much better than before.
What Are The Different Reasons For Infertility?
There are a lot of reasons that cause infertility. Different types of diseases such as cervical mucus problems, cancer treatments, sperm disorders, retrograde ejaculation, diabetes, central nervous system problems, and a lot more. Some other medications for blood pressure and heart disease can also be risk factors for infertility. Too much intake of drugs, alcohol and also smoking can be reasons for people to have inability to conceive. You can ask more details about this matter to your acupuncturist.
Are There Any Disadvantages From Acupuncture?
There are no side effects from acupuncture. It will definitely cause you no harm. Acupuncture is a safe and effective method that will be provided by licensed acupuncturist.
Where Can I Check A Good Acupuncturist?
Given the popularity of acupuncture, finding an acupuncturist shouldn't be too difficult. However, finding an acupuncturist who's trained to work with infertility patients isn't always easy. You can check out Acupuncture Integrative Natural Care in Naperville Illinois.By Brian Musial
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Now days, more and more people are getting infertility problems. This is because of what they eat, what they do, and where they are. The cause of infertility is taken from various illnesses and diseases taken from different places. Now, people are getting interested with a solution to infertility. To conceive is a very important factor in life especially to married couples and all we need to know is what actions we can take to gain fertility. We must also be concerned about factors on how to get rid of infertility problems. Prevention is better than cure.
How Does Infertility Affect Us?
Infertility has a huge impact in our emotional life. It causes emotional breakdown, emotional distress, and may strongly affect us psychologically. A huge number of individuals who learn they are unable to conceive or are “barren “often experience the upsetting and distressing emotions similar to those who are mourning to a loss. Common side effects of infertility are depressive disorder, anger, rage, desperateness, and frustrations. Some lose focus and concentration that eventually lead to affecting their relationship and also affecting their social and everyday life. It causes couples to battle with anxiety and sometimes marriage disputes.
Acupuncture as Treatment to Infertility
From all the well known available therapies for inability to conceive, traditional Chinese medicine isn't always one that individuals usually think of first. As you can see here, acupuncture is actually one of the most secure and most efficient therapies for inability to conceive known to contemporary technology for over 4,000 years since it began.
Infertility isn’t usually a fertility problem but instead it is often a problem related to our bodies’ energy circulation and the vitality of body organs most especially the reproductive organs. Enormous healing changes can cause a rebalancing of our bioelectric programs which helps out the reproductive organs to function.
If you somewhat find yourself suffering from infertility, do not lose hope. There is a great chance of dealing with your inabilities and it would be best and very helpful for you to consult a Licensed Acupuncturist. Your acupuncturist can educate you about the miraculous ability that acupuncture treatments can do especially with your infertility problems.
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Endometriosis awareness month:
What is Endo? Endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and problems getting pregnant.How can it be helped? First off change in diet is huge, reducing the intake of sugars, dairy and gluten is one of the best thing to do.I classify this as an autoimmune disorder and reducing these three subsets of food reduces the inflammatory response and can reduce pain while having a monthly cycle.
Acupuncture has been shown to greatly reduce the pain, using a combination of acupuncture and herbs can have a women significantly reduce the pain. I personally also use a technique of electro-acupuncture to help stop the pain.
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I've gotten some questions regarding acupuncture and IVF or IUI.
Studies have shown that using acupuncture while doing an IVF or IUI cycle increases the chance of conception.
Acupuncture helps with egg production, quality of eggs, stress, and side effects from fertility medicines.
IVF and IUI can be pricey, so many turn to acupuncture to prepare the body to give the most success.