When the term chronic is used it is usually applied to symptoms lasting beyond a three month period. Some examples of a chronic condition or disease often accompanied by various levels of pain include: arthritis, cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and HIV/AIDS. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic disease accounts for approximately 60% of overall deaths and 90% of senior citizens suffering with at least one chronic illness. White Lotus Acupuncture & Holistic Services works with the healing potential of acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and movement therapeutics to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic illness and pain.
Acupuncture: Addressing the Pain, Physical Imbalances, Habitual Neurological Response, and Mental Challenges of Chronic Diseases
A 2009 study by the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center published in the Journal of NeuroImage shows evidence that acupuncture affects the brains long term pain management. It proved that acupuncture enhanced the available binding mechanism of mu-opoid receptors (MOR) in areas of the brain that tamps down pain signals. In fact, this process naturally increased by acupuncture, is the same process that occurs when conventional painkillers are ingested, namely morphine and codeine. Licensed acupuncturist, Ms. Fraser will determine the best individual treatment for your specific chronic illness challenge. By addressing the patient’s symptomShe treats the whole personPopular points used to alleviate chronic illness and pain, include: Spleen (SP4 – Gongsun), middle of the inner bottom foot; Pericardium (PC6 – Neiguan) lower, middle, inner forearm; and Stomach (ST34 – Liangqiu) outside upper leg just above the knee.
Herbal Medicine and Supplements: Fight Chronic Fatigue and Symptoms with Herbs
Chronic fatigue is a common chronic illness that is associated with the pain of struggling with a constant lack of energy. IMS offers many herbal formulas that can help this condition depending on specific individual reaction. Ginseng has been considerably studied to validate its alleged Centuries old therapeutic effect on fatigue. One such study out of The University of Iowa found that out 155 participants 56% cited ginseng as a more helpful and effective treatment than conventional therapies.
Nutrition Therapy: Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes and Amino Acids
Several nutritional deficiencies can be linked to various bouts with chronic illness. Using vitamins, minerals, enzymes and/or amino acids that connect with specific symptoms is something that White Lotus Acupuncture can implement into your healing protocol. Some successful nutraceutical supplements for chronic illness and pain are: Coenzyme Q10, L-Carnitine, colloidal minerals, and bone broth (broth that is rich in collagen, minerals, and protein.