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Alternative Herbal Acupuncture Homeopathy Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Herbal Treatment Acupuncture methods and Homeopathy may play role in controlling high blood pressure

 

Nutritional Supplements

Consult your physician for proper individualized selection of supplements that is right for you, as well as proper dosing. Potassium should not be taken with certain diuretics. Any nutrients which lower blood pressure will reduce your need for blood pressure medications. Anyone taking blood pressure medications should only undertake a supplement plan under the supervision of a nutritionally-oriented physician.

  • High potency multivitamin. This will be an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and microminerals which are essential for cardiovascular health, blood vessel integrity, blood sugar control, and more.
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CO-Q10). Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient that plays a supportive role in cardiovascular health and has been shown to have a significant effect on blood pressure.
  • Minerals: Magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Increasing these minerals has been shown to be effective in the treatment of hypertension. Some of these minerals are depleted by blood-pressure reducing medications.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Shown to reduce blood pressure in people with mild hypertension.
  • Other nutrients such as vitamins C and E, and amino acids TaurineArginine, and L-Carnitine are also effective in the treatment of high blood pressure.

Botanical medicine 
There are a variety of botanical medicines that are effective at lowering blood pressure.

Consult your physician for assistance in selecting the most effective herbs for you. Some herbs are toxic in higher doses and must be dosed very carefully. Also, it's essential to make sure that herbal medicines are safe with any pharmaceutical drugs you may be taking.

Garlic is an extremely safe herb that lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and lowers clotting. Consult a physician before taking garlic if you are on blood-thinning medications such as coumadin.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicines are effective in the treatment of high blood pressure. Homeopathic medicine is highly individualized to a specific patient. Consult a physician with training in homeopathy for assistance in selecting the homeopathic remedy that is right for you.

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture for CFS

http://www.acupuncture-dfw.com/energy.html

Dr. Zhou, of Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine of Dallas, understands the chronic fatigue, pain and other symptoms you are experiencing are a physical illness, not a mental one. They are real symptoms, and they have causes. More importantly, she can help! Her goal is to activate your own inner energy and self-healing abilities by working with your specific symptoms. She will also work to greatly enhance your immune function, so that you can regain vitality, have better overall health and enjoy your life more fully.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating and complex disorder, which involves a number of different symptoms and unidentified causes for which there are no specific diagnostic tests. Currently, conventional medicine has no successful treatment for the syndrome as a whole.

Fortunately, acupuncture and herbal medicine, taken as a complementary and alternative medicine, effectively treat the various symptoms associated with chronic fatigue. In addition, Chinese medicine can explain the cause of each specific symptom and individual personal imbalance. Further, acupuncture and herbal medicine can treat the underlying, root causes of conditions and prevent severe diseases.

From the perspective of Chinese medicine, chronic fatigue is considered a Qi deficiency. Qi is the life force energy of the body and mind, and gives us a measure of the vitality of a person. The level and quality of a person’s Qi depends on their physical, mental and emotional balance. Acupuncture works as a complement to Chinese medicine. It is, in itself, an energy medicine, acting on the body’s own subtle energy system to clear obstructions and maximize the flow of energy and blood through the healing mechanisms of the body; including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, which enhance the body’s own innate healing capacity and lead to an overall increase in energy and vitality.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has mixed underlying and multiple interacting factors. It is like a domino effect, in that each problem can trigger another. Dr. Zhou’s emphasis is to determine the root cause of the condition based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of person’s organs. Treatment may involve acupuncture and herbal medicine for the purpose of strengthening a weakened immune function, such as boosting vital energy, nourishing the blood, increasing lymph circulation and natural killer cells, promoting proper elimination of toxins, and improving deep relaxation as well as renewing mental function and spiritual healing. Dr. Zhou’s experience leads her to believe that most of the symptoms of CFS resemble a lingering infection; she therefore focuses treatment on expelling the pathogens (viruses, yeast and parasites) by cleansing the blood and eliminating the body’s excessive heat (toxins), thus helping patients avoid a vicious circle. Her impression, after treating many patients, is that prolonged systemic stress diminishes immunity and obstructs energy flow; she employs treatment to support the adrenal glands and relieve adrenal exhaustion. Dr. Zhou treats many women with gynecologic problems, such as irregular menstrual cycles, PMS and menopausal syndrome. Studies have found that 75% of all CFS sufferers are women. She therefore designs treatment to regulate hormonal function in order to lower the high risk of CFS (see Women). In addition, Dr. Zhou helps her patients identify any food allergies, which can play a significant role in worsening CFS symptoms. Severe allergies show common factors, which can exacerbate CFS symptoms and make them worse (see Allergies).

Results from the treatment, in many cases, have been achieved in just a few weeks. Often within five to ten minutes of the insertion of the needles, patients achieve a deep state of relaxation. Science has reported that such deep relaxation helps regulate the autonomic nervous system, which can help reduce stress and anxiety, rebalance immune system, and expand a sense of well-being. About 80-90% of Dr. Zhou’s patients experience significant improvement within 3-4 months, and remain in good health. She encourages her patients to persevere in treatment monthly as a preventive therapy if they live and/or work in a high stress environment. She also believes that continued treatment can much more quickly restore imbalances if any mild symptoms develop. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Zhou recommends regular exercise, such as stretching movements (Yoga and/or Tai Chi), as well as dietary and lifestyle changes.

Dr. Zhou carefully addresses the specific needs of those individuals who suffer from chronic fatigue, determines a treatment program that is best each person, and helps her patients start feeling more energetic so that they can live life to the fullest.

Acupuncture Cured MY CFS

My chronic fatigue was so debilitating that I thought I might never be able to lead a normal life or return to work again. Simple tasks such as taking a short walk down the street or driving to the nearby grocery store for a few items were impossible for me. My husband had to do all the housework, buy groceries, cook my meals, and sometimes help me with daily activities such as taking a shower. Just getting dressed was a major ordeal. I had trouble sleeping. My thinking was often unclear that I had trouble completing simple tasks. When I tried to help in the kitchen, I burned pots until they melted, placed clean items in the refrigerator instead of the shelf and frequently dropped dishes. I was desperate! I consulted numerous medical specialists, took various prescriptions, followed strict diets. Still there was no increase in my energy level. I felt as if my life had been drained out of me... >> Read More

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MDs in order to Detox PBC they will to commission Acupuncture Doctors

Call to use PBC to commission acupuncture
Tom Moberly, GP newspaper, 21 August 2009, 00:00am


http://www.healthcarerepublic.com/news/927249/

Regulatory body urges practices to take the lead on making savings after PCT efforts stall.

GPs should develop acupuncture schemes through practice-based commissioning (PBC) to help implement NICE's recent back pain recommendations, the British Acupuncture Council has said.

NICE guidance issued in June recommended that a course of up to 10 sessions of acupuncture should be offered as a treatment option to patients with low back pain.

Mike O'Farrell, chief executive of the British Acupuncture Council, said he was keen for individual GP practices to take a lead in developing referral schemes.

'PBC would be the way we would love it to go,' he said.

Mr O'Farrell said that he would like to see PCTs commissioning services directly, but that attempts to set up services were more likely to be successful if they were led by practices.

'PCTs are simply not able to go down to the level of detail that is necessary to see what the potential savings are at a practice level,' he said. 'This is not a criticism; it is just a fact.'

Mr O'Farrell believes GPs are more likely to be able to assess potential savings and put together a business case for funding through PBC. 'We will be willing to talk to as many GPs as we have to about the potential benefits to them,' he said.

The British Acupuncture Council has begun to look into the possible cost savings for individual practices.

'GPs and PCTs may not have had a chance to look at the NICE guidance yet, but there is a potential cost saving there,' he said. 'We have begun work with GP practices to identify, at a lower level, what those savings might represent to them.'

The council will be meeting a group of practice managers over the next month or so, he said.

Previous research by the council has shown that use of acupuncture on low back pain can lead to savings of up to 40 per cent in spending on anti-inflammatory drugs, he said.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com.

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