Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Acupuncture for Allergies

Below is an excerpt from a news site local to the Philadelphia (PA) area, published earlier in the week. This spring as tilling and planting begins, and flowers are blooming, many members of our community suffer from allergies that can be debilitating. Congestion, watery eyes and fatigue are just a few symptoms patients describe. Fortunately, making an appointment at Health On Point means you'll receive not only acupuncture, but we will also discuss at home care to minimize suffering this spring and summer! You may bring home materials for sinus cleanse, herbal remedies, and handouts reviewing easy diet and lifestyle changes that will certainly improve quality of life during the season.

Aniko Foldi and Marty Rudolph said they have battled severe allergy symptoms for years with no relief.

"You name it, I have every kind of symptom," Aniko said.
"I have had surgery, I've gone to an allergist's office two times a week for shots," Marty said.

Both of them desperate for help they turned to acupuncture as a last resort and both said it worked.

"It absolutely mitigates the impact," Marty said.
"It's just amazing to me it's like a 100% improvement," said Aniko.

Dr. Marshall Sager in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County practiced traditional medicine for years before becoming a certified acupuncturist. He said he's seen great success treating allergies with the ancient technique.

"If you believe that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself what acupuncture does is enhance that ability," said Dr. Sager.

But Dr. Edward Schulman, an allergist at Drexel University's College of Medicine, said there is no proof acupuncture can help allergy symptoms... But Dr. Schulman said there are very few risks for trying acupuncture. However, if you choose to do it, both he and acupuncturists said you should tell your doctor and try to work it into your overall therapy.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lowering Stress Improves Fertility Treatment

In an interesting article last week, Tara Parker-Pope (a NYTimes blogger) writes about stress and infertility. In particular she explores the role that stress reduction may play in improving a couple's ability to conceive.

“It’s not that it’s all in your mind,’’ Dr. Domar said. “If you’re really stressed out and depressed, the body seems to sense that’s not a good time to get pregnant. There’s something about practicing relaxation techniques or being with other women who understand what you’re going through, probably a combination of everything, that makes a difference. It isn’t just about relaxing.”

At Health On Point Acupuncture, we strive to treat the whole individual. Treatments supporting one's reproductive health not only underlying Western Medical diagnosis, but the individual well - this includes mental and emotional well-being. If you would like a consult with me, or to learn more about what our clinic offers, please contact us.

Read the full article here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

US NEWS: Acupuncture May Help Ease Hot Flashes Tied to Prostate Cancer Treatment

The International Journal of Clinical Medicine just published a research paper that considers acupuncture treatment to manage the side effects of prostate treatment. We've made the complete article available online for you here. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and are undergoing treatment please call for a consult or to schedule your acupuncture treatments. (Keep in mind that my dad has been a practicing urologist since I was two years old - I feel very comfortable utilizing my skills as an acupuncturist to support complaints for men in particular.)

HealthDay News -- Acupuncture might help reduce the hot flashes that frequently affect prostate cancer patients while they're on hormone therapy, a small study suggests.

"Our study shows that physicians and patients have an additional treatment for something that affects many men undergoing prostate cancer treatment and actually has long-term benefits, as opposed to more side effects," said lead author Dr. Hani Ashamalla, a radiation oncologist at New York Methodist Hospital, in a news release from the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Acupuncture, a popular form of alternative medicine, involves inserting ultra-thin needles into the skin.

"We are now designing a randomized clinical trial to further evaluate acupuncture after prostate cancer treatment," Ashamalla added.

Hormone therapy designed to reduce levels of testosterone in the body is one of the standard treatments for prostate cancer. However, about half of patients who undergo hormone therapy suffer from hot flashes similar to those that women experience during menopause.

"It is a definite nuisance. I've seen reports that upwards of 60 percent of men will get hot flashes," said Dr. Stephen Freedland, an associate professor of urology and pathology at Duke University, in an interview. "Usually it's mild and self-limiting and improves with time. But there are some men who really have it bad."

In the study, researchers followed 14 men who were taking hormone therapy for prostate cancer and suffered from hot flashes.

They received acupuncture twice a week for 30 minutes over four weeks. Their reported level of hot flashes dropped markedly.

The question is whether the acupuncture reduced the hot flashes or a placebo effect played a role, said Freedland, who's familiar with the study findings.

It's also possible, he said, that the symptoms went away on their own, which commonly happens to men on hormone therapy.

However, "clearly these men described getting better, and it happened over a very short period of time," he said. "The symptoms don't (normally) get better by that much that quickly."

The study, published in the April issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, also found that acupuncture relieved the heart palpitations and anxiety often associated with hormone therapy for prostate cancer. You can download the article, including abstract, from our resources site.
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