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According to a Harvard Health Blog posted January 7/2017

 

Approximately 30% to 40% of women with breast cancer report persistent hot flashes and night sweats. A new study conducted by researchers from the United States and Canada indicates that electroacupuncture might provide some relief.

The researchers studied 58 breast cancer survivors who reported sleep disruptions from hot flashes. They randomly assigned half the group to receive electro-acupuncture (the application of a pulsating electric current) and half to take a daily 900-milligram dose of gabapentin (Neurontin), an antiseizure medication frequently prescribed for hot flashes that cause sleep disturbances. At the end of the eight-week study, the electroacupuncture group reported significant improvements in hot flashes. They were also getting to sleep faster, noticing fewer sleep disturbances, and sleeping longer. Moreover, they felt more alert the following day. In comparison, the gabapentin group reported significant improvements only in hot flashes, in sleep disturbances, and in the duration of sleep.

Larger studies are needed, but the results, which were published online Nov. 22, 2016, by Menopause, indicate that electroacupuncture may be an effective alternative for better sleep, not just for breast cancer survivors but for other women troubled by nocturnal hot flashes.

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For some people, constipation is a constant and puzzling struggle. If a person has no more than two bowel movements per week and there's no underlying condition or medication responsible, the problem is known as chronic severe functional constipation (CSFC). A study published online Sept. 12, 2016, by Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that electroacupuncture may be a treatment option for people with CSFC. The therapy uses acupuncture needles and tiny amounts of electrical current to stimulate precise points on the body. The study involved about 1,000 people with CSFC. The re-searchers randomly assigned half to electroacupuncture sessions and the other half to fake (sham) acupuncture sessions. After 28 sessions over eight weeks, 31% of the people in the treatment group had three or more bowel movements per week, compared with 12% in the sham group. The effects appeared to last an additional 12 weeks for both groups. About 6% or fewer people in both groups experienced side effects such as pain or bleeding. The results are encouraging, but the study doesn't prove that electroacupuncture is effective for CSFC. More studies are needed to confirm the results.

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Acupuncture has long been known to bring relief from pain, help people break free from addictions to alcohol, drugs or smoking, improve immune system deficiencies, ease the discomfort from menopause, cure allergies, and much more. But did you know there are things you can do to improve the acupuncture session? Here are five great ways to improve your acupuncture sessions and what you need to know if you are new to acupuncture treatments.

Be honest with your practitioner about your health. It’s important for him or her have a clear picture of your symptoms and the ultimate goal. Things such as lifestyle and behaviors are important in determining the best course of treatment, determining how many sessions will be needed to bring healing and relief from the health issue. You will be asked about your medical history, symptoms you are experiencing, etc. Sleeping patterns, digestion, appetite and emotional contentment are all things which may seem to be unrelated to your condition, but all the information you give your practitioner will help to formulate a more thorough picture of your lifestyle and overall health. Show up for your initial consultation with a list of questions you may have. This is especially helpful if it is your first experience with acupuncture as it enables your practitioner to explain how the treatment words and to address your concerns.

1. It is important to let your practitioner know if acupuncture is something that is completely new for you. This will ensure your practitioner knows to take some extra time explaining what will happen and make certain you are completely comfortable with the whole process.

2. Avoid having a big meal within the hour of your scheduled appointment, however it is also recommended that patients not show up on an empty stomach. The digestive process alters the pulse pattern, and chances are you might need to lay on your stomach depending on the acupuncture pressure points needed for your session.

3. Because part of the consultation process includes checking the color of the tongue, refrain from having foods or drinks that will color the tongue. Things like strong tea, coffee and alcohol should be avoided before your session.

4. Wear comfortable as well as loose fitting clothing. This will ensure the acupuncture points are clearly accessible. This is especially important when it comes to the lower limbs being freely accessible. You may be asked to disrobe to give your practitioner better access to the acupuncture points, however wearing loose fitting clothing can help those who are not comfortable disrobing from the need to do so.

5. Try to show up for your appointment a few minutes early. To achieve the most beneficial session, it’s important to be relaxed. Showing up a few minutes early will give you time to relax and calm your mind before the treatment. It’s important for the body to be in as natural a state as possible during the sessions. Because being in a natural state is important, if you are on any type of pain medication avoid taking it immediately before your session.

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It’s been around for ages and to this day, acupuncture still remains one of the oldest and most comprehensive approaches to treatment out there. Some might feel squeamish at the idea of having small needles inserted at key points of their bodies, but the fact remains that acupuncture has been a viable solution for those seeking pain relief in a natural way. Here are 6 reasons you should give acupuncture a try to relieve what is ailing you.

1. Stress relief
Stress can tear you apart from the inside out. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to chase away the painful side effects of stress. It stimulates the production of serotonin, a hormone that helps you feel happy.

2. Releases tight muscles
Many people that work in offices spend a great deal of time sitting behind a desk all day. This can cause pressure and tightness in the muscles in your upper legs and your shoulders because the blood flow to these areas is being restricted. Acupuncture can help increase the blood flow to these areas which means your muscles are being properly nourished by your body and you will soon stop feeling pain in these areas.

3. Faster recovery from injuries
If you’ve suffered a recent injury, a natural way to recover faster is to seek out acupuncture. It will improve blood flow and trigger your body’s natural healing abilities, allowing you to get back to your life sooner.

4. Lower back pain relief
The lumbar area of your spine, better known as the lower back, is one of the most commonly painful parts of the body. More people in America miss work due to lumbar pain than any other reason. Acupuncture reduces inflammation and helps to stimulate the production of endorphins, the hormones that naturally occur in your body that serve as all-natural pain relief.

5. Digestive system relief
Digestive issues can be very painful. Suffering through stomach aches, constipation, diarrhea or constant bloating is unnecessary. Acupuncture can help balance your metabolism and rid you of these painful stomach situations.

6. Regulation of the menstrual issues
For women, menstruation is a painful time each month. Some women experience monthly pain akin to the pains associated with child birth. For those who seek a natural way of relief, acupuncture is the best option. It can help regulate the menstrual cycle and treat pesky cramps that tend to go with it.

There are plenty of other reasons you should seek out acupuncture for a natural way of healing what ails you. This practice has been done since ancient times and has always yielded positive results without the use of harmful drugs. If you have pain that needs attention, consider the many benefits of relieving it the holistic and natural way with acupuncture.

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