What is a “disease process?”

Let’s talk about the concept of “disease process”.

Disease is defined as: “a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.”

Process is defined as: “a natural or involuntary series of changes”

Putting this together, when we look at the definition of “disease process,” we would say that it is “a series of natural or involuntary changes that caused a disorder of structure or function, which produces symptoms.”


 

One of the things that makes our treatment style unique is the fact that we treat the underlying cause of the problem. After we develop a diagnosis of the underlying cause (or disease process), we treat that to resolve the symptom(s). A term that could be used to explain in broad terms that underlying cause of a symptom would be the term disease process.

Let’s use an example of high blood pressure: We view high blood pressure as a symptom of an underlying disease process. A person has long-term emotional stress, which leads to a breakdown of liver function. The liver (known in Oriental medicine as intimately connected to stress in day-to-day living), may have a negative effect on the heart. This, in turn, leads to tension in the blood vessels, increasing the pressure (due to less elasticity) of the fluid in the inside of the blood vessel. Hence, high blood pressure.

Outlined above is obviously one of many potential causes of high blood pressure, however is relatively common and illustrates the fact that a disease process will often lead to a symptom. If a person treats the symptoms only, it will never fully resolve.

Nothing in this document is tended as a replacement for a medical doctor’s diagnosis or treatment.

What’s best: Ice or Heat?

Knee injury

We treat A LOT of injuries. The one question gets brought up every time: “Should I use ice to help treat my injury?” The answer isn’t always simple.

In the West, healthcare providers often times recommend applying ice to areas of swelling and/or inflammation. Sometimes that is the best thing to do, but not always. Other people only apply heat, and, again, it may help in some cases, but not in every case.

To help decide what is best for you and your specific situation, here is some basic data about injuries and pain:

  • First, in our clinical experience, we have seen that inflammation (swelling) after an acute injury to a joint is generally the body’s attempt to immobilize the joint to prevent further damage. Therefore, in simply applying ice to eliminate that inflammation, one is also reducing the body’s healing ability.
  • Next, it is important to realize that different pain conditions are either worsened or improved by hot or cold. Sometimes, cold makes an injury better. Other times, heat can make an injury heal faster.
  • Another useful piece of information is to understand that cold generally reduces circulation whereas heat increases circulation.

It is our stance that each case needs to be taken individually. Talking to an acupuncturist would help to guide you in the decision-making process. As a general rule, you could probably most safely alternate applying hot and cold. In cases of significant inflammation, ending with cold may be best.

Athletes and Acupuncture

athletes who use acupunctureAthletes and acupuncture go together very well. Even famous athletes have seen the benefits of acupuncture. (See this tweet from Kobe Bryant here). Over the years we have helped many people that participate in many sports, including basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, running, baseball, golf, swimming, rowing, and people who go to the gym regularly.

Acupuncture is good for three different areas when we deal with athletes:

  • Sports injuries: the athlete who has injured him or herself “in the line of exercise duty.”
  • Injury Prevention:  athletes who want to prevent injury, which acupuncture is particularly good at helping with.
  • Performance enhancement: athletes who want to improve their performance naturally. Patients often notice improved hand/eye coordination, smoother muscle function, improved muscle control, improved cardiovascular function, increased lung capacity and quicker recovery times after intense activity.

By stimulating circulation throughout the body, acupuncture can help heal injuries, prevent injuries, and enhance performance.

If you have any questions, you can always ask. Email (info@milwaukeeacu.com) or call (414) 332-8888.

What is  the difference between acupuncture and acupressure?

The answer to that is quite simple. Acupuncture affects your body in a very precise way and on a deeper level then acupressure. Acupuncture can stimulate as deep as the organ system, for example the liver or the kidneys. When we place an acupuncture needle into a specific point, say on the top of the foot, it can actually cause a functional change in the liver.

acupressure

Acupressure, although potentially powerful, may not cause as deep and as precise of a change. As a result, acupuncture’s results tend to be more permanent than acupressure.

We find that in certain cases, you may get much faster results utilizing both scopes of practice. With some patients, we recommend continued stimulation of certain acupuncture points outside of the clinic for best results, although in many cases, it is not necessary.

In short, one is neither better or worse than the other. Depending on the condition, they can both be very helpful.

If you have any questions about acupressure, we’re always here to help. Give us a call or shoot us an email and we’d be happy to assist you.

Do antidepressants have limitations?

 

antidepressant medicationPatients often times report to us that the antidepressant medications they are taking have limitations.

Western medicine oftentimes looks at problems such as depression as merely a problem related to brain chemistry. While clinically it seems to be accurate the brain chemistry is involved, our experience shows that particular theory simply scratches the surface.

The following seems to be a bit more accurate:

  • A person may have some kind a predisposition, based upon many possible factors including trauma and other previous experiences. Genetics may play some part possibly.
  • There is a potential breakdown and function internally under those stresses which changes liver function, the liver being very important when it comes to a person’s emotional outlook and the ability to deal with the mental and emotional stresses of life, according to ancient and accurate findings of Chinese medicine.
  • When the liver loses function, many symptoms may arise, including depression, irritability, frustration, angering easily and/or impatience.

From everything we have seen, the reason that occurs lies in the liver’s relationship with blood leading to a change in blood chemistry and therefore a reduction in the number of amino acids going to the blood brain barrier (those amino acids would normally convert into chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain that apparently give one a particular outlook on things).

So, as you can see, it is possible that in certain cases addressing only brain chemistry is simply looking at the tip of a very large iceberg.

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Acupuncture and Children

Kids often times respond very well to Oriental medicine!

happy-group-of-kids

In our clinic, we perform acupuncture on children five years of age and older. Often times, they can receive additional benefit from Chinese herbs.

For children under the age of five, a Chinese herbal prescription is best (without the acupuncture).

We also train parents on pediatric massage and give specific dietary recommendations that can be life-changing for the child. Kids generally respond very well to treatment. Our theory is that they haven’t had as much stress as your average adult, therefore there’s less to sort out internally, leading to a faster response.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding treating children with Oriental Medicine, do not hesitate to ask us. We can give you our recommendations and then you can make an educated decision for your specific situation.

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

Treating Acne Naturally

Basic definitions:

Acidophilus: A microorganism that is added to dairy products or prepared as a dietary supplement, is part of the normal intestinal and vaginal flora, and is used therapeutically especially to promote intestinal health. (In Chinese Medicine acidophilus has a “cooling” nature. Meaning, if taken for long periods of time it will cool the digestive system, reducing metabolic function.)

Bifidum: A type of “friendly bacteria” that helps maintain health in the large intestine. Increases the acidity of the region it inhabits and makes the area inhospitable to dangerous bacteria.

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary, © 2007 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

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There are some critical components to skin health. Here are some ways to treat acne naturally:

Incidentally, for individuals dealing with acne,

  1. Build function-Acupuncture and herbs,
  2. Seasons change: cleanse (we recommend the “ultimate cleanse” by Nature’s secret),
  3. Acidophilus/Bifidum complex,
  4. Tea tree oil gently applied in small dosages to lesions.

One of our acupuncturists, David, recommends the following:

The two types of Echinacea (Angustifolia and Purpurea) taken regularly through the course of the day will fight the bacterial cause of acne.

  1. Take 1 (Augustafolia) every 2 hours.
  2. Alternate with 1 Purpurea every two hours.

Mix 8 oz. of carbonated spring water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda every morning to help alkalize the blood, which helps to prevent acne breakouts.

Note: it seems with acidophilus, like many supplements, it is important to chose the highest quality available where you shop. When shopping at a health food store for such a thing make sure it’s in the refrigerator. It seems the more expensive versions use products with a wide variety of different intestinal flora, including at least acidophilus and bifidum. For example, we’ve seen patients do very well after a course of antibiotics by taking an entire  60 capsule bottle (say, 2-4 capsules per day), using the recommendations on the bottle. The good news is if you get acidophilus that was not refrigerated and happens to be dead there is no negative effect. It simply passes through the digestive system causing no positive or negative effects.

Best of health to you! If you have any questions on this topic or anything else, don’t hesitate to call. 414-322-8888

 

 

Note: Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

Acupuncture Flu Shot

Annually, we field questions from many concerned patients regarding flu shots for themselves and their children.

This may be a difficult decision to make; what follows are viewpoints to help you in the decision making process:

“There are three main types of flu virus, and each type can mutate, or change, from year to year. Thus, there are literally thousands of possible strains. (Each strain is thoroughly analyzed and given a proper name, often a title associated with the place where it was initially discovered.) Every year health officials produce a new flu vaccine containing three mutated strains of flu virus. To determine which strains to use, officials travel to China at the beginning of the year to assess circulating flu viruses in that region of the world. They try to guess which strains will reach the United States by the end of the year. Production begins, and the new vaccine is usually available by October.”*

We, unfortunately, treat quite a few people each year for the side effects of the flu shot.

*Source: http://thinktwice.com/flu_lie.htm

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

This year, we wanted to provide you with a way that you can boost your immune system naturally at home. In this video, Mindy explains a technique called “The Acupuncture Flu Shot.”

Your Thyroid! Free Workshop on May 6th

thyroid workshop

Many Americans suffer with thyroid gland imbalances. Often, they are treated with Western pharmaceuticals that only superficially address a much larger problem having to do with the kidney/adrenal system. To solve the problems of a malfunctioning thyroid, you must address the cause of the problem!

What follows is the actual sequence of body activities related to thyroid function:

The kidney/adrenal system stimulates Pituitary gland function; in turn, the Pituitary gland releases Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to the Thyroid. While TSH is being released, iodine in the blood stream is used in the Thyroid to create Thyroxin.

Thyroxin (T4) is 20:1 with Triiodothyronine (T3) in the blood; eventually T4 converts into T3. T4 regulates metabolism and affects growth and rate of function of other body systems.

Triiodothyronine (T3) regulates growth, development, metabolism, body temperature and heart rate.

Overall, the Thyroid controls how the body uses energy, how the body makes proteins and the body’s sensitivity to other hormones. The Thyroid also releases Calcitonin which causes calcium in the blood to be deposited in the bones.

Be sure to attend our FREE Workshop on May 6th to learn more about natural remedies to boost thyroid function!

In this workshop, you will learn:

-What factors play into thyroid function
-What causes your thyroid to malfunction in the first place
-How conventional doctors treat thyroid malfunction
-Natural and healthy alternatives to treat thyroid function, which will ultimately prolong your life!

When: Tuesday, May 6th @ 6:30 pm
Where: Whitefish Bay Public Library
5420 N Marlborough Drive
Milwaukee, WI 5321

Call Anna by Monday, May 5th to reserve your seat!

(414) 332-8888

Who is speaking: Curry D. Chaudoir, Diplomate in Acupuncture

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

New Chronic Pain Treatment

In our clinic, we are constantly investigating and learning new techniques for the treatment of health problems. There is one thing that about half of our patients have in common: chronic pain. 50% of people who come into our clinic! While we get GREAT results using acupuncture, it sometimes takes a long time to treat the extremely difficult or extremely chronic conditions. Our staff has recently undergone training to deliver a new technique called The Rapid Release Technique.

Watch the following video to learn more about this cutting edge technique for natural pain relief:

If you are in pain or are suffering in any way, please call us. Even if we are not in  your area, we may know someone near you who can help with your condition.