Acupuncture has been used to alleviate symptoms like dizziness and vertigo for hundreds of years. For many patients, acupuncture is a safe, alternative method to help with their vertigo and imbalance when traditional medications or prescriptions do not provide the relief they need.
Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness that refers to a spinning sensation, as if the room is moving around the patient or the patient is moving around himself. The patient may feel that he is leaning to one side or that he is about to fall.
Acupuncture alleviates symptoms of Vertigo
Many reports and ongoing research shows that acupuncture is an effective alternative treatment for vertigo. The biochemical changes that occur with acupuncture treatments tend to affect the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thereby promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Science has concluded that, as early as the first acupuncture session, patients report a significant improvement in their symptoms, and over the course of treatments the improvement becomes more noticeable and more permanent.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest therapeutic techniques implemented. In many developed countries of the Western world, in recent decades.
Research portrays that acupuncture regulates and balances the:
Furthermore, it has anti-inflammatory effects that are constantly being studied in many pathological conditions. It is a treatment that has immediate and long-term effect, as optimum healing results last months or even years.
Acupuncture is completely safe and has no side effects when administered by properly trained practitioners. Three-dimensional anatomical areas of the skin and muscles are the acupuncture points, which are usually located along the course of peripheral nerves and nerve endings. The anatomical, electrical, chemical and metabolic properties, of these specific anatomical areas, are responsible for the specialization, individualization and functionality of acupuncture points.
Many different techniques are implemented at Satory center. Always depending on the holistic approach, the pathology and the patient:
Acupuncture can be traced back at least 4000 years in China. The theory and practice of acupuncture originated in China and was first mentioned and recorded in documents dating a few hundred years before the Common Era.
Earlier instead of needles sharpened stones and long sharp bones were used around 6000 BCE for this treatment.
History of Acupuncture
From the 17th century on, the interest in this tradition declined and was considered irrational. The Emperor’s decree in 1822 excluded acupuncture from the Imperial Medical Institute.
With rise of Western medicine in the 20th century, Traditional Chinese of needle insertion practices further fell into disrepute. In 1929 it was outlawed in China along with other forms of traditional medicine.
The Communist Government in 1949 revived the traditional forms of medicine including acupuncture. Research institutes were established in the 1950s throughout China and the practice became available in several hospitals.
European physician Ten Rhijne who worked for East India Company described the practice medically in around 1680. Within the first half of the 19th Century both America and Britain developed interest in this ancient therapeutic form.
It was in 1971 that a member of the US press corps was treated with acupuncture during recovery from an emergency appendectomy in China which he was visiting. He described the experience in the New York Times and created interest in the success of the procedure.
Acupuncture was finally accepted in the USA when an NIH consensus conference reported that there was positive evidence for its effectiveness, at least in some conditions.
Brain-imaging studies have helped to illuminate what occurs inside the hypnotized brain, though much still remains a mystery.
Imaging studies observing the general effect of the hypnotic state have found that observable changes occur in the brain during hypnotherapy (1,2). Areas and systems involved in:
Brain Imaging during Hypnotherapy
During hypnotherapy, activity in a brain region that aids people switch between tasks quiets down. This same region seems to disconnect from another area responsible for self-reflection and daydreaming—which may be why hypnotized people aren’t worried about who they are or what they’re doing. Researchers have also found that hypnosis can calm different regions that help control autonomic functions like heart rate, blood flow, and breathing. This is likely what leads to the physical relaxation that’s a hallmark of hypnosis.
In hypnotherapy the brain enters the alpha (light hypnosis) and theta (deep hypnosis) states, and one is highly focused on suggestions and imagery while suspending the ordinary thinking processes of the beta state. In the alpha and theta states, suggestions are integrated into the mind more easily, and memories become more accessible.
Clinical hypnotherapy can be thought of as a “connector” linking your subconscious mind to your conscious mind and thus glean the therapeutic benefits.
Many studies have portrayed that clinical hypnotherapy consistently produced significant decreases in a variety of chronic-pain issues (1). Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists for at least 6 months or longer and may cause considerable suffering and distress. Clinical hypnotherapy that involved practitioner-lead instruction (during a session) as well as self-hypnosis education for the patient (outside of a session) helped in reducing pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, physical disability, lower back pain and even cancer.
Clinical hypnotherapy assists individuals struggling with anxiety and depression by improving physical and emotional control, reducing self-consciousness and channeling focused attention (2).
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
One of the most popular uses for Clinical Hypnotherapy is in the management of phobias and fears. A phobia is defined as “a marked and persistent fear of the presence or anticipation of an encounter with a specific situation”, for example flying, spiders, large crowds…etc. For sufferers, this may elicit a sense of panic and/or anxiety accompanied by physical symptoms such as sweating, heavy breathing and an increased heart rate.
A 2008 study in California, USA, found all participants receiving hypnotherapy for a set of specific phobias including the fear of snakes, driving and heights experienced an average 56.46% decrease in symptoms in comparison to their baseline score. Many published articles from the American Psychological Association found that “both common and uncommon phobias have been treated successfully with hypnotherapy” usually involving image-based therapy and suggestive de-sensitisation techniques.
Hypnotherapy has been described as a “psychological or mental healing process (that may be used) to achieve desired goals like changing current feelings or behaviours”. These feelings or behaviours can often involve the negative attitudes, beliefs and values we have of ourselves and our relationships; which can be detrimental to our growth and/or success. Using suggestive techniques, you will begin to positively change the way you:
Hypnotherapy is a completely natural state of mind. However, there are some possible contraindications, and patients who fall into these categories should not be referred or recommended for hypnotherapy. For the majority of patients, though it is extremely beneficial and relaxing.
Clinical hypnotherapy, is a state of deep relaxation, heightened focus and suggestibility. It is a state that heals the mind, body and emotion while enjoying a level of relaxation between sleep and wakefulness. Hypnosis is therefore, completely intertwined with personal development and can provide solutions to many problems in a completely safe way.
Contraindications for Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a changed state of awareness and increased relaxation that allows for improved focus and concentration. It is an induced increase in parasympathetic tone in order to create “a non-judgmental immersive experience”, as is noted by Dr. David Spiegel, a Stanford University psychiatrist. Clinical Hypnotherapy is usually induced with the guidance of a health care provider using verbal repetition and mental images. During hypnotherapy most people feel calm and relaxed.
Initially, you’ll usually have a talk with your therapist at Satory to discuss what you hope to achieve and agree what methods your therapist will use.
Relaxation During Hypnotherapy
The induction commences, which will lead you into a deeply relaxed state.
The therapist will use your agreed methods to help you towards your goals – for example, suggesting that you do not want to carry out a certain habit (e.g Quit Smoking).
Afterwards, the therapist will gradually bring you out of the relaxed-like state. Most people feel refreshed and relaxed.
You’re fully in control when under hypnosis and do not have to take on the therapist’s suggestions if you do not want to.
If necessary, you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state at any time you wish.
Hypnosis does not work if you do not want to be hypnotised.
Clinical hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to induce a state of deep relaxation and promote positive change. Medical hypnosis is a safe and effective complementary technique for use in medical procedures and in the treatment of many conditions.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), Hypnosis is defined as “a state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.” Hypnosis changes the state of consciousness of a person and allows unconscious experiences to become a modified way of looking at reality.
A trained and certified hypnotherapist at Satory, will guide you into this deep state of focus and relaxation with verbal cues, repetition and imagery. When you’re completely relaxed, this intense level of concentration and focus allows you to ignore ordinary distractions and be more open to guided suggestions to make changes to improve your health.
Hypnotherapy may help treat any number of medical conditions in which psychological factors influence physical symptoms.
Common uses include:
Behavior control issues including:
Furthermore, other common medical uses include:
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a common, chronic progressive, neurodegenerative disorder slowly resulting in dementia. Its etiology and pathogenesis is complex, with many genetic and environmental risk factors including stress and insulin resistance.
The main morbid hallmarks in Alzheimer’s disease have long been recognized as extracellular amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques and intraneuronal hyperphosphorylated tau protein, which are the main contributors to the development of pathology.
Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the therapeutic use of red or near-infrared light (Low Level Laser Therapy LLLT) to stimulate healing, relieve pain and inflammation, and prevent tissue from dying. PBM has been applied for a diverse range of brain disorders, frequently applied in a non-invasive manner, that is by shining light on the head.
Transcranial PBM can enhance ATP biosynthesis, regulate mitochondrial homeostasis, and facilitate neurogenesis and/or neuroplasticity .
In addition, the clinical studies found that LLLT could improve cognition and decrease depression, anxiety, headache and insomnia in patients with chronic traumatic brain injury [2,3,4].
Several clinical studies have demonstrated its value in raising neurometabolic energy levels that can improve cerebral hemodynamics and cognitive abilities in humans .
LLLT can decelerate neurodegenerative disease progression and reduce amyloid β levels in the cortex .
A sudden paralysis of the face or part of the face is known as Idiopathic facial paralysis or Bell’s palsy. It is a unilateral paralysis of your face caused by dysfunction of your facial nerve, which may be preceded by pain behind the ear or taste disorders. It may result in either partial or complete paralysis of the facial mimics.
This condition may also be accompanied by symptoms like loss of taste, an inability to control salivation, and reduced sensations in the skin of the face.
Most often, there are no obvious reasons, despite detailed clinical and laboratory testing, for facial palsy onset.
Facial Paralysis Treated with Acupuncture
The symptoms of Bell’s Palsy can be minimized and a quicker recovery may be seen when Acupuncture therapy is applied. Treatment for paralysis of any part of the body usually involves electro-acupuncture to help stimulate the muscles and nerves in the paralyzed area.
Acupuncture treatment is a holistic approach which addresses any imbalances, deficiencies, or excesses in the body in order to restore function to the facial nerve and muscles
The literature has demonstrated the efficacy of this therapy, using electromyography, to confirm that acupuncture combined with electrical stimulation can reverse peripheral facial paralysis in a short period of time.