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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the application of specific pressure by the use of the practitioner’s hands, thumb or fingers, to reflex points precisely located on the feet and hands as well as on the ears. These reflex points are specific points which correspond to various organs, glands and structures of the body.

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis and the TCM View

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. This disease is twice as likely to occur in women and seen more often among persons living or from the northern hemisphere.

The Immune System “Wei Qi”

When the immune system is functioning properly the body should not experience illness. The immune system viewed through traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) consists of two parts, one being the external system and the second being the internal system.

Stress: A Woman’s Enemy

Stress can affect virtually all aspects of a woman’s health: emotional, physical, mental, chemical, and even spiritual. Stress breaks down the body’s natural defenses and can cause disharmonies that may affect the body as a whole. These disharmonies can ultimately lead to disease, health disorders or a decline in general well being. It certainly can decrease the quality of life by making life less enjoyable.

Smoking Dependency: Finding a Way Out

A smoking addiction can be a very difficult habit to overcome. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines an addiction as compulsive drug seeking and use, even in the face of negative health consequences. Smoking has been directly linked to many health conditions and diseases.

Seasonal Depression

It is during this time of year that many people are affected by a seasonal depression, the days are shorter and nightfall comes earlier. The daylight has disappeared before we get home from work. SAD or seasonal affective disorder, affects more than 10 million Americans.

Premenstrual Syndrome and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the emotional and physical symptoms that occur before menstruation. Some of these symptoms may include irritability, depression, outbursts of anger, breast tenderness, anxiety, lethargy, aggressiveness, change in appetite, changes in libido, skin eruptions, crying, loss of concentration, changes in bowel movements, low back pain, clumsiness, distention of the abdomen, and insomnia.

Post-Natal Depression

It is estimated that 50-70% of women experience the “blues” after childbirth. These “blues” can last from a couple days to two to three weeks. An estimated 1 out of 10 women experience more prolonged depression after childbirth. This prolonged depression is termed post natal depression (PND).

Plantar Fasciitis

Summer is on its way, but is a painful heel preventing you from enjoying this time of the year to its fullest? Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis, means inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar is an anatomical term that means the bottom of the foot and the fascia refers to a fibrous tissue that covers, supports and separates the muscles.

Overcoming Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain that radiates from the low back, down through the buttock and along the back of the leg. Pains from sciatica may be as mild as a slight discomfort or cramp to completely debilitating. From a Western Medicine perspective sciatica is usually due to a structural deformity of the bones that make up the spine, the discs between the vertebrae, or muscular tension.

Insomnia and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that affects 1 in 10 Americans and around 50% of seniors. It is often more prevalent in women. Since September 11, 2001 these estimations have increased. Insomnia covers a range of sleep patterns including; inability to fall asleep, waking up during the night, restless sleep, waking up early in the morning, and dream disturbed sleep.

Hyperthyroidism and Traditional Chinese Medicine

The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck, surrounding the trachea. This gland is important in the maintenance of overall health. It secretes thyroid hormone that affects metabolism, growth and maturation, digestion and nutrient absorption, ultimately influencing all body tissues.

Hot Flashes and Acupuncture

Hot flashes affect an estimated 85% of menopausal women. Increasing numbers of women are searching for alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms, especially with the recent concern regarding hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Hepatitis C and Acupuncture

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is only one of several forms of hepatitis. This form of hepatitis is transferred through the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C affects more than 4 million Americans, and symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, muscle aches, and loss of appetite, as well as light colored stools, abdominal distension, and often a yellowing of the skin and white part of the eyes.

Finding Help for Fibroids

Uterine fibroids (also known as fibroid tumors, leiomyomas, myomas, or fibromyomas) are growths found within or on the uterus. These growths are benign with only 0.1 % of benign tumors turning malignant. It is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of women will develop these growths. Although the causes are unknown, fibroids are usually found in women between the ages of 35 and 45 and are three times more likely in African-American women.

Fibromyalgia and Acupuncture

Fibromyalgia is a pain syndrome that affects approximately 5 to 6 million people in the United States. This condition is more common in women between the ages of 30 and 50. Fibromyalgia can be very frustrating for those who have it. There is no test that confirms its diagnosis with complete certainty; instead it is often diagnosed by ruling out other diseases.

Female Urethral Syndrome and Acupuncture

If you are a female that suffers from or has suffered from urinary frequency, urgency, burning or irritated bladder symptoms, this article should be of interest to you. How many times have you thought you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI) but the tests come back negative?

Endometriosis and Acupuncture

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, endometriosis affects approximately 5 to 7 million American women. Most of the women affected are between the ages of 30 and 40. Some women are debilitated by this condition, while others may have mild or no symptoms. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including acupuncture and herbs, has been used successfully in treating a wide range of female health disorders including endometriosis.

Endometriosis and Acupuncture

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, endometriosis affects approximately 5 to 7 million American women. Most of the women affected are between the ages of 30 and 40. Some women are debilitated by this condition, while others may have mild or no symptoms. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including acupuncture and herbs, has been used successfully in treating a wide range of female health disorders including endometriosis.

Emotions from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective

Emotions have powerful effects on our mind and body. Under normal circumstances emotions are not the cause of disease. They are normal and natural mental stimuli that affect most human beings. However, excessive and prolonged emotions can create disease.

Correcting Breech Presentation with Moxabustion

It is estimated that 3-4 % of babies are in breech position when the mother goes into labor. If a woman enters labor with the baby in breech position, she is almost always delivered by cesarean section. Breech presentation means that the baby is in a position where the head is the last to emerge, and the buttocks or feet are the first to emerge during delivery.

Common Cold and Chinese Medicine

As the weather changes from summer to winter and the temperatures become cooler, we may begin to notice a change in our own health. Runny nose, cough, sore throat, watery eyes, headache, and sneezing are all common signs often associated with a cold.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is becoming a more common condition in today’s society. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is due to compression or damage of the median nerve, located in the wrist. It is estimated that 1.2 million people consult a physician each year for this condition. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects mainly women between the ages of 30 and 60.

Bed-wetting and Chinese Medicine

Enuresis (“en-yer-ee-sis”) is the medical term for bed-wetting. This term applies to children who wet the bed at night when they are sleeping. By the age of 5, most children stop urinating in their sleep, however it is estimated that 1 in every 5 children that are 5 years old, wet their beds. This condition affects more boys than girls.

An Introduction to Chinese Medicine Part II: Herbology

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is becoming a more popular form of medicine in the United States. A growing number of people find themselves searching for natural approaches to medicine and preventative healthcare. Traditional Chinese Medicine is composed of three main forms of practice including: acupuncture, herbology, and oriental massage. This article will focus on herbology.

An Introduction to Chinese Medicine Part 1: Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is becoming a more popular form of medicine in the United States. A growing number of people find themselves searching for natural approaches to medicine and preventative healthcare. Traditional Chinese Medicine is composed of three main forms of practice including: acupuncture, herbology, and oriental massage. This article will focus on acupuncture.

An Intro to Chinese Medicine Part III: Chinese Massage

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is becoming a more popular form of medicine in the United States. A growing number of people find themselves searching for natural approaches to medicine and preventative healthcare. Traditional Chinese Medicine is composed of three main forms of practice, including: acupuncture, herbology, and massage. This article will focus on Chinese massage.

An Intro to Auriculotherapy

Auriculotherapy is a therapy used to treat a wide range of health concerns through treatments on the ear. The term auriculotherapy refers to therapy on the auricle, or the outer portion of the ear. Theories indicate that specific points on the external part of the ear correspond to various organs and regions of the body. By stimulating certain points, numerous health conditions can be alleviated.

An Effective Treatment for Morning Sickness: Acupuncture

Approximately fifty to eighty percent of women experience morning sickness during the first three months of pregnancy. Some women continue to have it during their entire pregnancy. Despite its name, morning sickness can occur during anytime of the day and can be quite debilitating.

Acupuncture Gaining Popularity & Acceptance

After many years of skepticism and reluctance by the western medical system, acupuncture is becoming a more accepted form of medical treatment in the United States. More and more doctors are referring their patients for acupuncture, and in the past few years hospitals offering acupuncture treatments have more than doubled.

Acupuncture for Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a condition where the lateral or outer part of the elbow becomes painful and tender. The term “tennis elbow” may sound a little misleading since this condition is not limited to tennis players. The most common cause of tennis elbow is due to the overuse of the muscles that attach to this area of the elbow known as the lateral epicondyle.

Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can be painful and debilitating, affecting nearly 16 million Americans. It is estimated that nearly all people over the age of 60 have osteoarthritis, but fewer then half experience any symptoms. Osteoarthritis is a non inflammatory arthritis. Osteoarthritis develops in a joint when the tissue or the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wear down.

Acupuncture for Hypertension

More then 60 million people have hypertension in the United States. The U.S. Public Health Service reported that hypertension affects more than half of Americans over the age of 65. Forty to sixty percent of those with hypertension have a family history of high blood pressure.

Acupuncture for Hypertension

More then 60 million people have hypertension in the United States. The U.S. Public Health Service reported that hypertension affects more than half of Americans over the age of 65. Forty to sixty percent of those with hypertension have a family history of high blood pressure.

Acupuncture Facelift

By now, most of us have probably heard of the many benefits of acupuncture, but an acupuncture facelift? Actually, this is becoming a more popular treatment for those who want to maintain younger, healthier-looking skin. Many people are utilizing acupuncture to reduce the evidence of aging without surgical procedures.

Acupuncture and Infertility

Infertility can be very devastating to those who have it and to their partners. It affects 10% to 15% of all couples in the United States. Seventy percent of these cases are due to female infertility. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of having regular intercourse without contraception.

Articles authored by Christina Morris, L.Ac., of Element Natural Healing Arts.