Selection of acupuncture points

Selection of acupuncture points

Traditional Chinese medicine has divided the body into 12 major anatomical sections called meridians or channels  Simply speaking, a meridian or channel refers to a grouping of certain blood vessels, nerves and muscles. Each of these meridians also includes associated acupuncture points (acupoints).

The 12 major meridians of the body are named for the organ to which they connect, and are called:

  • Lung
  • Spleen
  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Pericardium
  • Liver
  • Large Intestine
  • Stomach
  • Small Intestine
  • Bladder
  • Triple Burner
  • Gallbladder

Acupuncture treatment consists of the application of a few points at specific places on the body. Thus, the selection and combination of points in an acupuncture treatment is most important. Since selection of points along the channels is guided by the theory of Zang-Fu organs and channels, it is essential for practitioners to have a full understanding of the following so as to be able to choose the correct points:

  • physiology and pathology
  • the course of the channels
  • the Exterior-Interior relationship of Yin and Yang
  • the function, and difference and characteristics of the points

Selection of points along the course of the channels is one of the basic principles of acupuncture treatment, and is performed according to the theory that disease is related to channels. In general, the selection of treatment points is based on the multiple uses and actions of various points. In practice the points are selected from the channel to which the affected organ is related; or from related channels according to the relations between the Zang-Fu organs and channels. They can be used locally to treat specific conditions, reduce inflammation in an area, etc. or distally which are often chosen based on broader acupuncture theory and by utilizing the acupuncture point categories.

There are three principles for point selection: local point selection in the vicinity of the pain, distal point selection and symptomatic point selection. Each may be used in combination, or independently of the others.

Before selecting acupuncture points for treatment you should already have established a diagnosis based on Chinese Medicine principles. The diagnosis is drawn from utilizing TCM diagnostic examinations such as the tongue and pulse among others. One of the benefits of Chinese Medicine is the inherent flexibility of the system. With this, however, comes the need to reduce many treatment options into the most effective set of points

 

Local point selection:

Local area points are generally used to reduce inflammation, ease pain, and to improve the circulation of Qi and Blood in a specific area. This is the selection of points in the locality of the pain—for instance, pain in the head, forehead, neck or arm can be treated by using the points in the vicinity. in the case of low back pain you may use the huatuo points to treat inflammation and pain near a herniation. This method also includes selection of adjacent points close to the pain. Adjacent points may be applied independently or in combination with the local points.

Adjacent Point Selection

Adjacent points are chosen due to their proximity to the area of injury or for the clinical significance. For example, CV 17 for disorders of the breast, lung, or throat areas.

Distal point selection

Distal points are chosen by either clinical usage, by their relationship to points you are using locally, or in relation to one of many synergistic point groupings such as extraordinary vessel master/couple pairings. For example, in the case of asthma you may use Dingchuan as a local point, and LU 7 and KD 6 which both have valid clinical usages as distal points individually.

Acupuncture Point Selection Based on Symptomology

some diseases are not local but systemic in nature, and can be treated at those points that have long been associated with relieving a particular disease. Acupuncture points are often selected simply by their clinical indications. Within this category are the empirical points that are often used within treatments regardless of the system you are using to choose points. Examples are ST 36 for Qi Deficiency, SP 1 for uterine bleeding, or ST 40 for dampness in the body, GV-14 Dazhui is used for reducing fever.

Acupuncture Point Selection Based on TCM Diagnosis

Within this group you select points based on your tcm diagnosis. For example, someone experiencing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may have a TCM diagnosis of Yang Deficiency with Qi Stagnation. You would then choose points to build the Yang energy of the body (KD 3, KD 7, UB 23) and to resolve Qi stagnation (LI 4 and LV 3 as the “four gates” pairing used empirically to move qi within the body).

Acupuncture Point Selection Based on Meridian/Body Pairings

Within this group you can choose points as Yin/Yang pairs. For example, SP 6 and ST 36 for Blood Deficiency. You may also choose points based on hand/foot meridian relationships. Related to the hand/foot meridian relationships is the symmetry or cross-needling method.

acupuncture for depression

acupuncture for depression

Depression is recognised as a major public health problem that has a substantial impact on individuals and on society. As a quick summary, depression is an illness characterized by certain symptoms, and not just sadness or the blues. The most common symptoms are listed below:

  • losing interest in our usual activities
  • having negative thoughts and worrying about the future
  • feeling irritable, tired, or agitated
  • being unable to sleep or sleeping too much
  • feeling hopeless about the future
  • having thoughts of suicide

While depression is most commonly treated with medication, therapy, or a combination of the two, increasingly complementary treatments are being used and sought out by persons with depression. People with depression may consider using complementary therapies such as acupuncture, and an increasing body of research has been undertaken to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for treatment of individuals with depression.

Acupuncture for depression based on clinical research:

Acupuncture for depression:

The reduction in severity of depression was less when acupuncture was compared with control acupuncture than when acupuncture was compared with no treatment control, although in both cases, results were rated as providing low‐quality evidence. The reduction in severity of depression with acupuncture given alone or in conjunction with medication versus medication alone is uncertain owing to the very low quality of evidence. The effect of acupuncture compared with psychological therapy is unclear. The risk of adverse events with acupuncture is also unclear, as most trials did not report adverse events adequately. Few studies included follow‐up periods or assessed important outcomes such as quality of life. High‐quality randomised controlled trials are urgently needed to examine the clinical efficacy and acceptability of acupuncture, as well as its effectiveness, compared with acupuncture controls, medication, or psychological therapies.

Acupuncture for Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis:

A significant correlation between an increase in the number of acupuncture treatments delivered and reduction in the severity of depression was found. Conclusions: Acupuncture may be a suitable adjunct to usual care and standard anti-depressant medication.

How does acupuncture work?

In TCM, your “qi” is the flow of energy through your body. Qi streams through your body on energy channels known as meridians.

It’s believed that if your energy becomes blocked or stopped up, it may result in illness. This could present with physical symptoms, such as an aching back, or emotional symptoms, such as stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture is believed to help remove blockages and restore energy flow, balancing your organs, mind, and body.

However, research Trusted Source does show that the needles from acupuncture treatments release endorphins in your body. Endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers. An increase in these hormones could provide a natural boost to your body and brain.

Does acupuncture relieve depression itself or just associated symptoms?

Acupuncture may help ease depression symptoms, as well as treat the underlying condition, although more research is needed to confirm.

In another study,  researchers examined the effect of acupuncture on sexual dysfunction, one of the most common antidepressant side effects. Both men and women in this study showed significant improvement after 12 weeks of acupuncture treatment.

Although you could use acupuncture as a solo treatment, it’s considered more effective when used in combination with antidepressants and other clinical treatments

Where does it fit in a typical treatment plan?

Acupuncture studies use variable frequencies of treatment. They range from once a week to six days a week. No studies have compared how often treatments are given to discover what’s likely to produce the best response in people with depression.Very frequent treatments may be difficult because of the time and money required. Work with your provider to find a pace that best meets your physical, emotional, and financial needs. It’s very possible you’ll visit your acupuncturist frequently in the beginning. After you’ve been treated, you may reach a level where you don’t need regular visits.

Are there any side effects or risks?

Acupuncture is safe for most people. It rarely causes any serious side effects. Even mild side effects are unusual.

When side effects do occur, they include:

  • itching at the area of treatment
  • allergic reaction to needles
  • soreness
  • bleeding from needle point
  • bruising around needle point
  • muscle twitching
  • tiredness
  • drowsiness

 

In summary, acupuncture and Western medicine (antidepressant) drugs can treat depression. However, acupuncture therapies almost give none of side effect compared to antidepressant, and every patient with depression can try acupuncture notexcluding the pregnant woman.

chronic fatigue syndrome and acupuncture

chronic fatigue syndrome and acupuncture

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise

Causes

Potential triggers include:

  • Viral infections. Because some people develop chronic fatigue syndrome after having a viral infection, researchers question whether some viruses might trigger the disorder. Suspicious viruses include Epstein-Barr virus, human herpes virus 6 and mouse leukemia viruses. No conclusive link has yet been found.
  • Immune system problems. The immune systems of people who have chronic fatigue syndrome appear to be impaired slightly, but it’s unclear if this impairment is enough to actually cause the disorder
  • Hormonal imbalances. People who have chronic fatigue syndrome also sometimes experience abnormal blood levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus, pituitary glands or adrenal glands. But the significance of these abnormalities is still unknown.

 

Risk factors

Factors that may increase your risk of chronic fatigue syndrome include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome can occur at any age, but it most commonly affects people in their 40s and 50s.
  • Women are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome much more often than men, but it may be that women are simply more likely to report their symptoms to a doctor.
  • Difficulty managing stress may contribute to the development of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Complications

Possible complications of chronic fatigue syndrome include:

  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Lifestyle restrictions
  • Increased work absences

How is CFS treated?

There’s currently no specific cure for CFS.

Each person has different symptoms and therefore may require different types of treatment to manage the disorder and relieve their symptoms.

Making some lifestyle changes may help reduce your symptoms. Limiting or eliminating your caffeine intake can help you sleep better and ease your insomnia. You should limit or avoid nicotine and alcohol, too. Try to avoid napping during the day if it’s hurting your ability to sleep at night.

Typically, no one medication can treat all of your symptoms. Also, your symptoms may change over time, so your medications may have to as well.

Acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, and massage may help relieve the pain associated with CFS.

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

A growing body of research now suggests, though, that acupuncture may be able to help alleviate some of its many symptoms.

A fair amount of research has been done since the early 2000s. Acupuncture isn’t a cure and it’s not likely to bring complete symptom relief, but, when combined with other treatments, it may be part of a regimen that helps you regain functionality and quality of life.

Several studies show that acupuncture may improve both physical and mental fatigue as well as:

Health-related quality of life2

General mental health

Physiological function3

Some have also shown improvements in:

Social function3

Pain sensation

Various studies listed improvements in:

Energy

Anorexia

Insomnia

Amnesia

Diarrhea

General pain

Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis:

To evaluate evidence for the efficacy of acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Sixteen studies with 1346 subjects were included. Most studies had low methodological quality. Our review indicated that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture and other interventions (Chinese herbal medicine, mainly), but no firm conclusion could be reached owing to limited data, poor quality and potentially exaggerated effect size evaluation.

Acupuncture in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome based on “interaction of brain and kidney” in TCM: a randomized controlled trial:

A total of 68 patients were randomized into an observation group and a control group, 34 cases in each one. In the observation group, on the base of the theory as “interaction of brain and kidney”, acupuncture was added to Baihui (BL 20), Fengchi (GB 20), Pishu (BL 20), Shenshu (BL 23), Sanyinjiao (SP 6) and Taixi (KI 3). The treatment was given once a day, 5 treatments a week, with 2 days break. Acupuncture therapy relieves the fatigue symptoms and the potential symptoms and improves the sleep quality in the patients of chronic fatigue syndrome. The effect mechanism is probably related to the decrease of the levels of IL-6 and INF-γ in serum.

acupuncture for ear infection

acupuncture for ear infection

Ear infections are very common in children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. It is estimated that more than 10 million children are treated for ear infections each year in the United States.

Alternative ear infection treatments abound on the internet and in books and magazines. They include chiropractic adjustments, homeopathy, herbal eardrops and others. Perhaps you’re seeking alternative treatments for your or your child’s ear infection because you’re concerned about using antibiotics or because your doctor has recommended watchful waiting. While antibiotics should always be considered in acute life-threatening conditions, for non life-threatening conditions trying Chinese herbs before resorting to antibiotics will help reduce the trend of antibiotic overuse and the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

In most cases, however, researchers haven’t studied alternative ear infection treatments adequately using widely accepted scientific methods. For this reason, alternative ear infection treatments aren’t generally recommended for use in children.

Homeopathy. A controversial treatment for ear infection, homeopathy involves using highly diluted preparations of natural substances, typically plants and minerals, to treat symptoms of illness.

Study results have been mixed, and it remains unclear whether this treatment is of any benefit. Many such products aren’t monitored and are subject to limited regulatory oversight by the Food and Drug Administration.

Chiropractic treatment. This involves manipulating the body so that the skeleton is in alignment. Proponents of chiropractic treatment claim that certain manipulations can prevent or cure ear infections.

No rigorous long-term studies have proved the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for ear infections.

Xylitol. Found in many fruits and used as a natural sweetener in chewing gum, xylitol has been found in some studies to help prevent ear infections but not treat them. To be effective, xylitol needs to be taken in high doses. Abdominal pain and diarrhea are common side effects.

Probiotics. Certain strains of these “good” bacteria, which occur naturally in the body, may help prevent ear infections in infants and children. Studies have been done on both oral probiotics and nasal sprays with mixed results. Probiotics generally are considered safe and are not known to cause side effects.

Other alternative ear infection treatments that show some possible effect include traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture, and herbal eardrops.

Ear drops: make or buy a mixture of olive oil with garlic and mullein and put 1 drop in the affected ear before bed or with pain as needed up to 1x/4 hrs. We also use moxa to stimulate drainage and soothe pain. Moxa is an herb, mugwort or artemisia vulgaris that is burned like an incense stick near the ear (not directly on the child), that promotes more circulation in the area.

Acupuncture can help reduce inflammation and mucus, relieve pain and circulate the lymph to increase drainage, as well as boosting the immune system to recover from and prevent further ear infections. According to acupuncture, the body’s energy force, chi (qi), differentiates a corpse from a live human being. Few studies concerning acupuncture for the treatment of OM in humans have only been published, but not in English. However, since the reported type of otitis is unclear, and given that otitis externa usually affects canines, these conclusions may not be attributable to humans.

Clinical Study on Otitis media with effusion by Acupuncture:

Objective: This study is designed to evaluate the changes of clinical symptoms after the therapy of acupuncture in the 18 patients with Otitis media with effusion who were treated at our hospital from June 1th, 2000 to June 30th, 2001. Methods: The patients received acupuncture on the points of TE5, G41, TE6, SI5, G38, K2 and venesection on the part of posterior ear. Results: The results of treatment with acupucture showed that 4 of 18 patients achieved excellent recovery and 12 achieved good recovery. Total 16 of 18 patients, except 2, improved clinical symptoms after the therapy as a result. Conclusion: Acupuncture successfully improved conditions of the patients with Otitis media with effusion.

acupuncture for wrinkles

acupuncture for wrinkles

Facial acupuncture, or “cosmetic acupuncture,” as it’s sometimes called, is “a little bit more beauty-focused in that we are putting needles in the face to stimulate collagen production, improve skin quality, help heal acne, help heal acne scars, but we are also still using body points,”

A typical facial acupuncture treatment involves about 40 needles in the face and 12 needles on the body, though that can vary depending on an individual’s skin goals. However, the exact amount of needles needed for the procedure depends on each patient’s needs. Needles are left in the skin for about 20 to 25 minutes. Typically, a session will last about 45 to 90 minutes however; each clinic has its own packages that not only include facial acupuncture but a full body treatment too. Generally, a course of treatment consists of 10-12 sessions. The effects become most noticeable and lasting on or about the sixth to seventh session. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her condition and lifestyle prior to and during the treatment series. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results for five to ten years.

But how can needles inserted into your face help rejuvenate your skin?

Each needle that is applied to your face will cause a positive micro-trauma in your skin. This positive trauma sends signals for your skin to increase the blood flow to the affected areas and naturally produce collagen. The increase in blood and oxygen to your face will not only help your skin repair itself, but many patients have found the treatment to be incredibly relaxing! By increasing blood flow to certain areas through acupuncture, the skin appears to look more youthful, radiant, and toned.

3 Principles of Cosmetic Acupuncture:

Qi & Meridian: Regulation of Qi, Balancing Organs, Vitalize Skin Tone

Skin Tissue: Local Circulation, Tissue Reconstruction

Muscle and Fascia: Facial Symmetry, Reducing Dynamic Wrinkles

Acupuncture for cosmetic use: a systematic review of prospective studies:

Two randomized controlled trials and 5 single-armed prospective trials with 216 participants (150 from randomized controlled trials, 66 from single-armed studies) were included. This systematic review suggests that a few trials regarding acupuncture for cosmetic use have incorporated rigorous designs. Although the studies reported generally positive results with tolerable safety, the methodology of the trials should be updated in a rigorous manner, including the use of randomized, sham-controlled studies with standardized interventions, in order to provide sufficient evidence regarding the effects of cosmetic acupuncture.

Effect of thread embedding acupuncture for facial wrinkles and laxity: a single-arm, prospective, open-label study:

This single-arm, prospective, open-label study recruited participants who were women aged 40–59 years. Fourteen participants received thread embedding acupuncture one time and were measured before and after 1 week from the procedure. In this study, thread embedding acupuncture showed clinical potential for facial wrinkles and laxity. However, further large-scale trials with a controlled design and objective measurements are needed.

Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture

Reduce fine lines and diminish wrinkles

Reduce eye bags

Eliminate puffiness

Lift droopy eyelids

Minimise double chins

Moisturise the skin with increased blood circulation to the face

Increase collagen production

Reduce of stress evident in the face

Firm skin and muscle tone

Firm jowls

Tighten large pores

Brighten the eyes

Improve hormonal balance to help acne

Bring out the innate beauty and vibrant glow of an individual

 

Acupuncture was first mentioned and recorded in documents dating a few hundred years BC. Earlier instead of needles, sharpened stones and long sharp bones were used around 6000 BC for acupuncture treatment.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the complete meridian/organ system converges in the face. The proper functioning of the body’s meridian system directly affects the aging process and facial appearance.

When the internal system is balanced and abundant in Qi and blood, the essence is then distributed everywhere in the body and the face tends to have a healthy glow or ‘qi flow’. Cosmetic acupuncture needles create stimulation to areas of facial tissue by increasing the circulation of blood flow to the wrinkles and thus producing more collagen production, resulting in less wrinkle formation. When the internal system is unbalanced however, it will reflect poorly in the face from the overall color, condition and feel which can cause acne, premature wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, dull, dry and flaking skin or pale skin in appearance.

 

Reference:

https://www.newidea.com.au/cosmetic-facial-acupuncture-can-acupuncture-remove-wrinkles

https://blossoming-healthbeauty.com/facial-rejuvenation-acupuncture

http://www.jcosmetmed.org/journal/view.html?uid=34&vmd=Full

https://tpawellness.com/how-facial-acupuncture-removes-wrinkles/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213422017301270

stress eating

stress eating

There is much truth behind the phrase “stress eating.” Stress, the hormones it unleashes, and the effects of high-fat, sugary “comfort foods” push people toward overeating. Researchers have linked weight gain to stress, and according to an American Psychological Association survey, about one-fourth of Americans rate their stress level as 8 or more on a 10-point scale.

In the short term, stress can shut down appetite. The nervous system sends messages to the adrenal glands atop the kidneys to pump out the hormone epinephrine (also known as adrenaline). Epinephrine helps trigger the body’s fight-or-flight response, a revved-up physiological state that temporarily puts eating on hold.

But if stress persists, it’s a different story. The adrenal glands release another hormone called cortisol, and cortisol increases appetite and may also ramp up motivation in general, including the motivation to eat. Once a stressful episode is over, cortisol levels should fall, but if the stress doesn’t go away — or if a person’s stress response gets stuck in the “on” position — cortisol may stay elevated.

Stress also seems to affect food preferences. Numerous studies — granted, many of them in animals — have shown that physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both. High cortisol levels, in combination with high insulin levels, may be responsible. Other research suggests that ghrelin, a “hunger hormone,” may have a role.

Eating activates the parts of the brain that are associated with the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the relaxation response. As soon as we start eating, we begin shifting into a state of relaxation on some level.

You can change nervous eating habits, and I suggest below how to deal with emotional eating.

But depending on how nervous you are as well as the intensity of your nervous eating experiences, you may benefit from professional help. I

Ways to Deal With Anxious Eating

  • a hot bath
  • a massage
  • listening to relaxing music
  • lavender candles or essential oils
  • meditation
  • watching the waves at the ocean
  • basking in the sun
  • snuggling a pet

Acupuncture produces results by subtly altering and enhancing physiological functions, i.e. soothing and calming the nerves while simultaneously curbing the appetite, and raising the metabolic rate while increasing energy and eliminating excess fluid.  Thus, acupuncture presents a more balanced gentle alternative to harsh, one-sided obesity control techniques more commonly available.

Reference:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/why-stress-causes-people-to-overeat

How to Deal with Nervous Eating and Curb Cravings

tips to reduce cellulite

tips to reduce cellulite

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a skin condition that affects up to 98% of women. It involves multiple systems in the body—making it hard to treat—but on a basic level: It is caused by fibrous bands that connect muscles to skin. When fat deposits push against the skin, it causes a rippling or bulging effect since those fibrous bands are pulling the skin down in the dimpled areas. It primarily appears in the thighs, buttocks, or stomach. Even though the condition has to do with fat cells, it is not only present in those who are overweight; you are also genetically predisposed to it.

Can you reduce it naturally?

Because it’s genetically linked and because of the tricky structure explained above, completely eliminating or preventing it is nearly impossible.

Caffeine creams or scrubs

Caffeine, however, is thought to dehydrate cells, making the appearance less bumpy. In this small study, researchers found that applying water-soluble caffeine twice daily has the ability to penetrate the dermis, reducing the appearance of cellulite within six weeks. Caffeine is thought to help by improving blood flow to the area and tightening skin, although the exact mechanism is not understood.

Topical retinoids

Another topical ingredient that’s been studied on the area is retinoids, an active derived from vitamin A best known in skin care for targeting aging and acne. However, in this study, volunteers who used the 0.3% topical cream showed improvement—increased blood flow and improved skin density were also both reported.

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic massage techniques seem to be incredibly effective at reducing the appearance, as shown in two studies involving manual and mechanical lymph massage. Since lymphatic stimulation increases circulation throughout the body, that likely has an effect on the skin condition. It required patients to undergo at least three treatments a week, with one study’s treatment lasting for four hours per daily session.

Bioactive collagen peptide

In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, women who had moderate cellulite took a daily dose of 2.5 grams of bioactive collagen peptides (of porcine derivation, so not suitable for vegetarians), which led to a statistically significant reduction in the appearance of waves and dimples. Within the study, it took about six months to see full results.

Toning muscles and weight loss

This is a tricky one: We know that any size of person can have cellulite, and that even though this has to do with fat cells, it’s not directly related to a person’s weight. However, research does suggest that improved muscle definition and weight loss in the area can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. But that same research also shows that in some cases weight loss increased the appearance of cellulite, as the skin was looser, especially in women with a lower initial body-mass index.

Natural self-tanners

Purely anecdotal, but many women claim that having tanned skin helps blur the appearance of cellulite.

acupuncture

An acupuncture treatment for cellulite will aim to improve blood circulation, reduce stress, and drain and detoxify the body by improving the metabolic functions of the cells in the body. Acupuncture will attempt to target the cellulite at its source, by nourishing connective skin tissues inside and out

Reference:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5479/7-Tips-to-Naturally-Reduce-Cellulite.html

https://oureverydaylife.com/285712-acupuncture-cellulite.html

Dark Circles Under Your Eyes: Causes and Treatments

Dark Circles Under Your Eyes: Causes and Treatments

Dark circles under the eyes are a common complaint of both men and women, although they can occasionally be seen in children. As people age, the skin becomes thinner and collagen is lost, sometimes enhancing the appearance of blood vessels beneath the eyes and making the area appear darker. Dark circles under the eyes are not necessarily a sign of tiredness, but stress and fatigue seem to worsen the facial appearance of many people, including their tendency to develop dark circles

Conditions like fluid imbalance or local swelling that lead to puffy or swollen eyelids can cause shadows that make the area under the eyes appear darker.

Staring at your television or computer screen can cause significant strain on your eyes. This strain can cause blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. As a result, the skin surrounding your eyes can darken.

Allergic reactions and eye dryness can trigger dark circles. When you have an allergic reaction, your body release histamines as a response to harmful bacteria. Other than causing uncomfortable symptoms — including itchiness, redness, and puffy eyes — histamines also cause your blood vessels to dilate and become more visible beneath your skin.

Allergies can also increase your urge to rub and scratch the itchy skin around your eyes. These actions can worsen your symptoms, causing inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels. This can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes

Dehydration is a common cause of dark circles under your eyes. When your body is not receiving the proper amount of water, the skin beneath your eyes begins to look dull and your eyes look sunken.

Overexposure to the sun can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin, the pigment that provides your skin with color. Too much sun — particularly for your eyes — can cause pigmentation in the surrounding skin to darken.

Family history also plays a part in developing dark circles under your eyes. It can be an inherited trait seen early in childhood, and may worsen as you age or slowly disappear. Predispositions to other medical conditions — such as thyroid disease — can also result in dark circles beneath your eyes.

Treatment for dark eye circles depends on the underlying cause. However, there are some home remedies that can help manage this condition. Some of the more common methods include:

  • Apply a cold compress. A cold compress can help reduce swelling and shrink dilated blood vessels. This can reduce the appearance of puffiness and help eliminate dark circles.
  • Get extra sleep. Catching up on sleep can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles.
  • Elevate your head with a few pillows to prevent fluid from pooling under your eyes which can make them look puffy and swollen.

Medical treatments

  • chemical peels to reduce pigmentation
  • laser surgery to resurface the skin and enhance skin tightening
  • medical tattoos to inject pigment into thinning skin areas
  • tissue fillers to conceal blood vessels and melanin that are causing skin discoloration beneath your eyes.
  • fat removal to remove excess fat and skin, revealing a smoother and more even surface

Cosmetic acupuncture consequently promotes better flow of energy throughout the body and promotes the good functioning of the circulatory system.

In acupuncture, if any of your body organs are not functioning optimally, it obstructs the proper circulation of blood and oxygen, causing a build-up of energy that is unable to flow through your body. In the case of your eye bags and dark circles, these definitely may be caused by poor blood and oxygen circulation, causing nerves around your eyes to bulge and bodily fluids to leak and get stuck under and around your eyes.

In this case, undergoing a cosmetic acupuncture for dark circles may help in ridding your eyes of those unsightly dark circles and tired eyes.

Reference:

https://www.medicinenet.com/dark_circles_under_the_eyes/symptoms.htm

https://www.healthline.com/health/dark-circle-under-eyes#treatment

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/eye-skin-care/can-acupuncture-help-to-treat-dark-circles-under-eyes.html

Catgut embedding the beauty of your skin is guaranteed

Catgut embedding the beauty of your skin is guaranteed

Acupuncture specialists and surgeons in Russia and then in other countries created a valuable and new style in acupuncture. This method often is effective and impressive. A particular advantage of catgut embedding, for example, instead of regular evaluation sessions at 2 or 3 times a week, can visited once a month.

Catgut Embedding

Catgut embedding method also called Embedding of thread, we use of resorbable surgical thread. Thread in a small size and with a simple process, implanted under the skin and absorbed in the body between 21 to 30 days later.

During this time, planted threads, with continuous stimulation of the acupuncture point, the needles are doing their work. without the need for repeated visits.

Catgut Embedding and skin rejuvenation

The planting absorbable suture instead of repeated sessions of acupuncture is a new technique of acupuncture that today, in many countries such as Korea, France, America and so has found many fans among doctors and clients. Embedding thread is delivered to the appropriate position of the skin by different types and shapes of beauty needle. Embedding thread into skin tissue can stimulate collagen production, that is, the regeneration of protein affecting skin compactness, thereby improving skin.This thread will absorbed in the body after two to three months but until this time has been able to stimulate weave of collagen and Fibroblast in a way that we need. Also creating transparency and setting pores, will treated wrinkles, lines and sagging as well as an admirable. The strategic value of this method is its natural and formation of collagen. Actually, the natural of skin provides therapeutic response and that is because of the low toxicity and side effects of face Embedding method. This technique caused treatment is 20 to 30 sessions of acupuncture.

Advantages Catgut Embedding

Skin rejuvenation with using catgut Embedding method (Which is sometimes also called Embedding) is popular for several reasons:

  • High durability of the effects of acupuncture
  • Simply perform this procedure
  • Thread planting, only in one or two treatment sessions
  • The remarkable therapeutic powers in skin wrinkles and sagging facial treatment
  • Absence of significant side effects

Areas where can Catgut Embedding

Today skin rejuvenation with using catgut embedding method done both to treat and to prevent skin aging process in developed countries and best age for this method is from 25 to 55 years. Facial Rejuvenation thread can used in the following areas:

  • Laughter line
  • The top lip line
  • Bottom lines lips
  • Sadness line
  • The lines above and below the chin
  • Frown lines
  • Side and around of eyes lines
  • Drooping of eyebrows
  • Drooping of chin and cheeks

Reference:

http://tebsoozani.com/en/catgut-embedding/ 

http://www.suturescn.com/beauty-needle/pdo-beauty-needle/embedding-thread.html

What methods have you tried to lose weight?

What methods have you tried to lose weight?

Consider all of the different ways that losing weight may improve your social life, your medical and psychological health. studies show that just a 5 to 10 percent decrease in your weight can change your health. Health Benefits of Losing Weight:

  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Decreased risk of heart disease
  • Decreased risk of certain cancers
  • Decreased joint pain and back pain
  • Decreased risk of stroke
  • More active social life
  • Greater confidence
  • Better sleep
  • Decreased stress
  • Improved body image

Four popular weight loss strategies 

  • Cut calories

Some experts believe that successfully managing your weight comes down to a simple equation: If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight. When you cut calories, you may drop weight for the first few weeks, for example, and then something changes. You eat the same number of calories but you lose less weight or no weight at all. That’s because when you lose weight you’re losing water and lean tissue as well as fat, your metabolism slows, and your body changes in other ways. So, in order to continue dropping weight each week, you need to continue cutting calories.

  • Cut carbs

A different way of viewing weight loss identifies the problem as not one of consuming too many calories, but rather the way the body accumulates fat after consuming carbohydrates—in particular the role of the hormone insulin. Most low-carb diets advocate replacing carbs with protein and fat, which could have some negative long-term effects on your health.

  • Cut fat

It’s a mainstay of many diets: if you don’t want to get fat, don’t eat fat. Not all fat is bad. Healthy or “good” fats can actually help to control your weight, as well as manage your moods and fight fatigue. Unsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts, seeds, soy milk, tofu, and fatty fish can help fill you up, while adding a little tasty olive oil to a plate of vegetables.

  • Follow the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating good fats and good carbs along with large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish, and olive oil—and only modest amounts of meat and cheese. The Mediterranean diet is more than just about food, though. Regular physical activity also major components.

Acupuncture for weight loss

Acupuncture is an ancient traditional medicine that involves inserting thin, filiform or solid needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture needles are typically inserted into the skin about 1/4 of an inch deep, up to 1/2 an inch, depending on the style of acupuncture and the desired effects to improve the flow of Qi (energy) through the body. Advocates of acupuncture for weight loss believe that acupuncture can stimulate the body’s energy flow (chi) to impact factors that can reverse obesity such as: increasing metabolism, reducing appetite, lowering stress and affecting the part of the brain that feels hunger. Weight gain, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is caused by body imbalance. That imbalance, according to ancient teachings, can be caused by a malfunctioning: liver, spleen, kidney, thyroid gland, endocrine system.So, for weight loss, acupuncture treatments commonly target these areas of the body.

While acupuncture can treat a myriad of health conditions, for weight loss, acupuncture along with a healthy diet and lifestyle shows a measurable effect over health and lifestyle alone.

Reference:

How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

https://www.healthline.com/health/acupuncture-for-weight-loss#takeaway

https://www.organicfacts.net/acupuncture-weight-loss.html

https://www.verywellfit.com/benefits-of-losing-weight-3495571