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The Secret To Beauty & Longevity That Top Performers Are Using

by Friselina Locadia, LAc

The Secret To Beauty & Longevity That Top Performers Are Using, Flashpoint Acupuncture, Quakertown, PA in Quakertown, PAMovie stars demand it. Professional athletes swear by it. And now the masses are discovering the ancient “secret” to enhanced beauty, a stronger immune system, increased mental and physical performance, and drugless recovery from chronic illness. Often regarded throughout the West as a mysterious form of pain relief, acupuncture is so much more than that! Here are just a few celebrities who love acupuncture, and why they use it.

Sandra Bullock reportedly demands that acupuncture be included in her contract with studios, whether she's at home or on set. Studios gladly foot the bill for her thrice-a-week treatments. According to one source, Bullock has needles placed in her forehead, face, stomach, and feet, and believes it helps her look more youthful and feel healthier in general.

Cosmetic acupuncture, a specialized method of acupuncture that aims to reduce wrinkles, balance oily or dry skin, clear acne, eliminate shadows under the eyes, get rid of puffiness, and bring a healthy color to the face by stimulating circulation, is hot among a number of celebs (as well as ordinary people who just want to look as great as their favorite celebs). Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, and Madonna keep looking gorgeous in the spotlight thanks to their acupuncturist!

In addition to helping celebrities look youthful without going under the knife, acupuncture also helps them get slim and trim or events where paparazzi are sure to be snapping photos of everybody's bare triceps as they wave. Jennifer Lopez used acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help her lose 15 pounds. According to OK Magazine, one source revealed that Lopez has “been gushing about how obsessed she is with acupuncture and herbs.” Acupuncture can assist with weight loss by stimulating the body to balance its hormones and stimulate a sluggish metabolism. The relaxation brought about by acupuncture can greatly improve sleep quality, which assists with building lean muscle and reducing a voracious appetite for unhealthy foods.
Robert Downey, Jr., told one source that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has impacted all areas of his life a several years. “I confess that I am as close to being a Chinese-American as any Caucasian ever could be in his life,” he said. In addition to acupuncture, Downey utilizes Chinese herbal medicine and practices qigong.

For Gwyneth Paltrow, acupuncture is not just about the physical benefits. According to her, acupuncture has brought her to a higher state of consciousness. The positive influence of acupuncture on her mental and spiritual well-being has helped her in her marriage, and it has helped her cope with her father's death. Paltrow told Oprah, “I have been a big fan of Chinese Medicine for a long time because it works.”

Supermodel Elle McPherson eschews new fads for tried and trusted ancient remedies. She sees a Chinese Medicine doctor or acupuncture on a regular basis, and she prefers to use herbal preparations for her ailments instead of reaching for pills. McPherson reports that she looks after her body from a Chinese Medicine perspective, which she believes promotes optimal health.
Celebrities and top performers are not going to waste their time on therapies that simply don't work. The fact that many of Hollywood's elite take advantage of the healing and restorative powers of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a sign that it's a superior method of healthcare.

The spectacular news is that acupuncture and herbs are very affordable to the average American.

Acupuncture Plus Massage Stops Vertigo

Researchers conclude that acupuncture combined with massage is effective for the treatment of cervical vertigo. This condition is a type of dizziness often caused by abnormalities in neck proprioceptors or by vascular compression.

Patients experience a feeling of spinning. Cervical vertigo may be caused by head or neck trauma, neck arthritis, surgery to the neck, Meniere’s disease, inner ear disorders and other issues.

Common treatments include physical therapy, medications including muscle relaxants, cervical blocks and surgery. In this new acupuncture continuing education study, the combination of acupuncture and massage is shown to produce significant positive patient outcomes with a total effective rate of 95%.

Cervical vertigo differs from other types of vertigo in that this diagnosis refers to cases wherein proprioception of the neck is disturbed. Proprioception is the ability to sense the body’s position, motion and equilibrium. For example, a blindfolded individual can sense if their leg is lifted or their hand is raised above their head. Disturbances in proprioception of the neck may lead to dizziness, cervical vertigo. Intensity may range from mild to severe. Associated symptoms include loss of balance, lightheadedness, blurry vision, nausea and vomiting.

Researchers from the Rehabilitation Department of No. 2 People’s Hospital of Linhai City (Zhenjiang) randomly divided 84 patients with cervical vertigo into two groups. Group #1 received standalone Chinese medicine massage treatments. Group #2 received a combination of acupuncture and massage treatments. After two weeks, patients in group #2 achieved an overall effective rate of 95% compared with 79.95% for group #1. Based on the clinical outcomes, the researchers conclude acupuncture combined with massage is a highly effective approach for the treatment of cervical vertigo.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) categorizes cervical vertigo as a disease of dizziness. TCM differential diagnostics identify several underlying syndromes giving rise to cervical vertigo including qi and blood stagnation, liver and kidney yin deficiency, qi and blood deficiency and vascular issues causing insufficient blood supply to the brain.

The combination of acupuncture and massage is identified by the researchers as having several beneficial effects: improved blood oxygen supply, enhanced microcirculation of blood to the affected region, reduced muscle spasms and pain.

Transcranial Doppler (TCD) measurements confirm that the combination of acupuncture and massage increase blood flow in the vertebrobasilar arteries and brain. In addition, TCD measurements confirm that needling the acupoint Jingming (UB1) significantly improves cervical vertigo patients’ speed of blood flow in the vertebrobasilar arteries.

The massage treatments were administered with patients in a supine position. The therapist, seated near the patients’ heads, applied massage therapy to relax local muscles of the neck, shoulders and upper back. Points of tenderness received special attention along with acupressure to acupuncture points Fengchi (GB20), Jianjing (GB21), Baihui (DU20) and related points for 1 - 2 minutes per each acupoint. In some cases, the therapist applied upward static force pull-outs for 15 seconds per pull. The duration of each massage was 30 minutes. The massage treatment was applied every other day with one week comprising one course. The entire treatment lasted for two courses.

The patient took a prone posture with head slightly leaning forward and neck muscles relaxed. One cun filiform needles were used. Acupuncture needling was applied to Fengfu (DU16), Baihui (DU20) and Xuanzhong (GB39) bilaterally with even reinforcing and reducing manipulation methods. The depth of insertion was 15 to 25 mm and the retention of needling was 30 minutes per acupuncture session. The treatment was applied once daily for a course of two weeks.

After two weeks, both groups demonstrated positive clinical outcomes. The massage group had 17 patients cured, 8 patients having made remarkable improvements, 5 patients having made moderate improvements and 8 patients having made no improvements. The combination group had 80 patients cured, 5 patients having made remarkable improvements, 8 patients having made moderate improvements and 2 patients having made no improvements. Based on the above outcomes, the researchers conclude that the combination of acupuncture and massage is safe and effective for the treatment of cervical vertigo.

Jin, Jian, Lingdan Zhao. “The effect of massage and acupuncture on elderly patients with cervical vertigo.” Chinese Journal of Gerontology 34.9 (2014): 2403-2405.
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Qigong Helps Balance Body Weight for Diabetics

Among the many Traditional Chinese Medicines is a movement oriented practice called Qigong which involves movement exercises and breathing control. Acupuncture is another Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM.

A recent study at Bastyr University in Washington tested the results of having type 2 diabetics do Qigong in groups on a regular basis as well as on their own at home. The results were very intriguing as not only did overweight patients lose weight while performing Qigong but dangerously underweight patients actually gained weight. These results are preliminary but seem to suggest that Qigong exhibits a sort of homeostatic effect on patients where their bodies respond by balancing out their body mass to a healthier level.

This type of research lends a lot of credence to Qigong and TCM in general which until recently was shunned by the mainstream medical community. The advent of intense acupuncture research has also brought TCM into the mainstream.


Electro-acupuncture can help reduce blood pressure

A study conducted on rats, by Dr. Longhurst, at the University of California, concluded that raised blood pressure was reduced as much as 50% with the use of electro-acupuncture.

The doctors conducting the study artificially inflated blood pressure in rats. Afterwards, acupuncture was applied to specific points on the forelimbs. These specific points were the equivalent to acupuncture points on our forearm.
When acupuncture was used alone, there were no significant changes; however, when a subtle electrical current was passed through the needles, blood pressure went down between 40 – 50%.

According to Dr. Longhurst, “this suggests that acupuncture can be an excellent complement to other medical treatments (including a healthy diet), especially for those treating the cardiac system."

Tjen-A-Looi, S.C., Li, P., and Longhurst, J., Medullary substrate and differential cardiovascular responses during stimulation of specific acupoints. Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of California, APRIL 2004.

Acupuncture is an excellent remedy for osteoarthritis of the knee.

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that acupuncture produces significant pain relief and improved function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

In the study, the subjects who experienced acupuncture had a greater reduction in pain and stiffness, improved functioning and a higher quality of life than the placebo group.

Berman, BM., et. Al., Effectiveness of acupuncture as adjunct therapy in osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, DEC. 21, 2004; 141(12)901-910.

More Doctors Recommending Acupuncture to Patients

by Friselina Locadia, LAc

A lot of people unfamiliar with acupuncture are hesitant to try it for a number of reasons. Some are afraid of needles or have been turned off of the idea by their doctors, who insist that acupuncture is a sham, have turned others off of the idea.

A wealth of scientific research into the efficacy and biological outcomes of acupuncture over the past few years has shocked western medicine by revealing that acupuncture can vastly improve quality of life in a number of cases. Cases ranging from depression to stress, to nausea and chronic pain (to name a few) have been proven to be treatable with acupuncture.

Several studies have also concluded that acupuncture, as an adjunctive to pharmaceuticals for ailments such as migraines and other chronic headaches, is very effective in treating these ailments.

In the face of such overwhelming evidence, Doctors are changing their tune and are starting to come around on acupuncture.

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Acupuncture & Insomnia-Some Tips & Tricks

by Friselina Locadia, LAc

Acupuncture can help: Acupuncture has shown to help achieve a relaxing and sound sleep. Two powerful points in the ear can send you off to dreamland.

Take a moment: Make some time in your schedule for a pre-sleep relaxation ritual. Taking a hot bath just before bed has been shown to promote a deep, restful sleep. You can also add a handful of hops to the bathwater or place a small amount of dried hops wrapped in a cloth inside your pillow case. Hops are used to reduce restlessness during sleep.

Turn off the screen: Set a time to complete your hand held gadget communications. Turn off the phone, Ipad and computer/laptop. If you need a light in the room, a night light can do the trick.

Aromatherapy: Put a few drops of chamomile essential oil on your pillow just before bed. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to disperse the scent around your bedroom.

Relax your soles: Tap the soles and both sides of the feet gently with a hairbrush for five minutes, paying special attention to the point below the ball of the foot in the center, about one-third the distance between the toes and heel.

Evening snack tips: If you choose to eat before bed, a light snack should consist of mostly carbohydrates with a small amount of protein. This combination increases the availability of tryptophan to the brain. Try eating a small bowl of low sugar oatmeal.. A handful of nuts can also do the trick. Avoid large amounts of protein before bed, it may keep you from falling into a sound sleep.