Acupuncture for asthma management, in collaboration with a patient’s physician, can be supplemented with other treatments, either conventional or alternative.
Asthma is characterized by bronchial hyper-responsiveness and chronic airway inflammation and accompanied by episodic wheezing, chest tightness, breathlessness, and cough.
Asthma treated with Acupuncture
Auricular acupuncture can also be applied. In recent years, acupuncture is one of the most widespread therapeutic methods, has received international recognition and is taught in many countries worldwide. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a therapeutic method with a wide range of applications, including asthma and bronchial diseases, which encompasses good results, safety and ease of application.
Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has a beneficial effect on insomnia!
Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders, with a prevalence of 40% in adults. Patients with insomnia may feel tired, tense, lazy, or have delayed reactions, distraction, or headache. Thus, the problem is perpetuated over time, causing chronic fatigue and increasing the likelihood of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, depression, emotional instability and more.
Signs and Symptoms of sleep disorders:
How Does Acupuncture treat Insomnia?
Not only does acupuncture help with better sleep but also can address those symptoms that are keeping you up at night and get to the root of why those symptoms are occurring in the first place. Traditional acupuncture accesses distinct points on the body to restore balance, alleviate pain, stress and anxiety, enhance sleep, and improve overall well-being. When systemic balance is restored, symptoms disappear and greater overall health is achieved. Acupuncture helps release substances in the brain such as noradrenaline which has an antidepressant action, serotonin which controls stress, β-enkephalin which has a strong analgesic effect etc. Thus, blood pressure and tachycardia are balanced, relaxation is induced and patients feel well and calm. Therefore, the quality of sleep is significantly improved.
Research has recently denoted that junk food can lead to neurological changes in the brain that may lead to obesity.
An article published in the journal of Cell Metabolism, noted these findings in an experiment conducted on mice that were fed a high-fat diet. The researchers discovered that these mice had hypothalamic inflammation that caused changes in the microglia of the brain.
The cells receiving energy from the food they ingested were much smaller in these animals. Research suggests that this leads them to consume larger amounts of food in order to gain adequate energy levels.
These changes in turn affect the ability of the hypothalamus to regulate energy and glucose homeostasis which could lead to higher food consumption and obesity.
Neurological disease has been linked to changes in microglia, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The researchers said noted that there are specific brain mechanisms that are activated when exposed to certain types of foods. This is a mechanism that can be important from an evolutionary perspective. However, when foods high in fat and carbohydrates are constantly available, this has a negative impact.
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils from plants, medicinally, to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
Aromatherapy has been incorporated in healing methods for more than 5000 years and is thought of as both an art and a science. Recently, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine.
A few drops are enough to stimulate and rejuvenate our body.
Aromatherapy activates smell receptors, which send messages through the nervous system to the brain. The oils may activate certain areas of the brain such as the limbic system, which controls emotions or they may impact the hypothalamus, which may respond by creating feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin.
Essential oils may be dispersed in the air for inhalation, sometimes they are dissolved in bath water and sometimes mixed with water and used as compresses. If they are medically certified essential oils, treatment can also be taken orally, with a few drops sublingual. Dissolved in base oils such as almond oil they may be applied through massage.
Kicking the tobacco habit offers some benefits that you’ll notice right away and some that will develop over time. These rewards improve most peoples’ day-to-day lives a great deal:
According to recent research, one cigarette is adequate to lead one to adopt smoking as a daily habit. At least 3 out of 5 people who try a cigarette become daily smokers.
The findings come from 215,000 respondents from Britain, the US, Australia and New Zealand. The rate of conversion from ‘first time smoker’ to ‘daily smoker’ is unexpectedly high – helping to confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation.
Researchers estimated that 60.3% of respondents said they smoked a cigarette and 68.9% of them commenced smoking on a daily basis.
Researchers note that the decline in smoking rates over the past 20 years is probably due to reduced experimentation among adolescents.
The findings were published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
We are all familiar with the pain of a simple headache , which can often easily be treated either by going out into the fresh air or taking a mild painkiller.
Many headaches, on the other hand, are much more painful and difficult to manage. Such headaches are migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches. These headaches may disrupt ones quality of life due to their intensity and frequency.
Acupuncture is a non-pharmacological and totally acceptable treatment method for the management of primary (and other) forms of headache. Researchers have found that acupuncture offers significant benefits in preventing and treating these headaches (1). There is a spectacular improvement in the quality of life in people who suffer from frequent, intense headaches and choose acupuncture for their treatment. Studies suggest that acupuncture should be incorporated into the existing migraine treatment protocols.
An overactive immune system may possibly help to explain the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Scientists studied 55 patients with hepatitis C who were given a drug that causes a similar reaction to a virus.
18 of them had an overactive immune system and developed symptoms similar to those of chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a long-standing illness with extreme fatigue.
King’s College scientists have selected 55 patients with hepatitis C. The usual treatment for the disease is the interferon-alpha that causes the immune system to cause a severe infection. The researchers measured fatigue and immune markers before, during, and after treatment, monitoring people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
In the 18 patients who developed symptoms similar to chronic fatigue syndrome, the researchers found a much stronger immune response to the drug.
These patients also had an overactive immune system prior to initiation of treatment.
For the first time, researchers have shown that people with a tendency for diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome have an overactive immune system before and after a challenge
A new study suggests that exercise, even a little of it, can lengthen your life.
Exercise, even a little of it, can lengthen your life.
The Norwegian researchers also found that too much sitting was associated with a higher risk of early death.
Developing ways to limit sedentary time and increase activity at any level could considerably improve health and reduce mortality.
In the study, the team analyzed data from eight studies that included more than 36,000 adults, aged 40 and older, who were followed for an average of almost six years. During follow-up, nearly 6% of the participants died. After adjusting for other factors, the researchers concluded that any amount of physical activity, regardless of intensity, was associated with a significantly lower risk of early death.
Death rates fell sharply as total activity increased to an amount that was similar to average activity levels in U.S. men and about 10% to 15% lower than activity levels in Scandinavian men and women, the findings showed.
A similarly steep decline in death rates was associated with increasing amounts of light physical activity up to about 300 minutes (5 hours) a day, and moderate-intensity physical activity of about 24 minutes per day.
The largest difference in early death risk (about 60% to 70%) was between the least and most physically active, with about five times more deaths among inactive people than among those who were most active, according to the report.
The researchers also found that spending 9.5 hours or more each day sitting was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of early death.
The research was published in BMJ. Ulf Ekelund, a professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, said the findings reinforce evidence that any amount of exercise is beneficial.