Incontinence and overactive bladder

Acupuncture can be used to treat bladder conditions.

Urinary incontinence is treated by targeting certain points in the leg, and lower abdomen, and sacrum, and stimulating the points with a special TENS unit for acupuncture needles.

A research study in 2009 indicated the use of electroacupuncture to specific points in the lower abdomen, spine, and leg have beneficial effects on neuro-modulation of pain as well as bladder control for up to 3 months following acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture stimulation of the sacral vertebra, lower abdomen, and leg has a suppressive action on patients with leakage, incontinence, and overactive bladders. 

Acupuncture improves symptoms of urge incontinence, and stress incontinence. 

Several controlled studies find acupuncture both safe and effective for reducing the amount of urine leakage and frequency of uncontrolled urine leakage. 

The studies reveal that acupuncture outperforms medication

A set of twelve weekly treatments is recommended for best results

12 set of Treatments for OA, or Stress incontinence

Acupuncture stimulation of the sacral vertebra, lower abdomen, and leg for patients with overactive bladders resulting in stress and urge incontinence.

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13 Ghosts

13 GHOST POINTS 

Sun Si Miao (c. 7th century) developed the concept of “Phlegm” as the cause of mental disorders, it’s treatment is said to transcend space and time!

The use of ghost points has been changed in modern Chinese medicine to mean “points used in the treatment of mood disorders” however, this is not the original meaning. The original intent of the points was to treat a  literal ghost invasion. A possession if you will. 

Furthermore, there are other and more complex treatments for ghosts invasions, besides Sun Si Miao’s 13 ghost points, the spirit world is indeed deep and mysterious in the ancient Chinese medical traditions. 

Usually a set of 3 Ghost points is needled in one session.

“The four Trinities,” plus the 3rd Eye Point:

(Each trinity relates to the progression of disease)

In the 1st Trinity, there’s the initial build-up of “Phlegm”, characterized by the beginnings of psychological dysfunction  and disorientation towards world, and sore throat. These points are used mainly for Heat and Wind conditions 

Du 26 – (Ghost Palace)

Often used for inter generational trauma, spontaneous laughing for no reason.  Associated with inheritance of ancestral genetics, as well as the human legacy: Humanity. Used for inappropriate laughter or crying. Epilepsy. Fatigue.

Lu 11 – (Ghost Faith) 

This acupuncture point is perfect, when a vow, contract, or an important agreement is broken, and anger results. Good during or after divorce, or breakup. Associated with the World (worldly affairs) Epilepsy . Sore throat. Clears Heat in channel. Jing-well point

SP 1 – (Eye of the Ghost)

Bleeding SP 1 is generally used for patients who have poor body image and “eating their feelings” (eating disorders).  Associated with Earth (which is associated with one’s body in Chinese ancient medicine) Used for feelings of disorientation in the world. Epilepsy. Resuscitates . Jing-well point.

In the 2nd Trinity, Wind is an issue. Wind can either cause excessive movement, or paralysis. Life attitudes begin to become inflexible and rigid. People become set in their ways, or there’s a lot of indecisiveness.

PC 7  – (Ghost Heart) Earth of Fire 

This acupuncture point is the “protector of the heart”, which makes it the perfect point to needle for those who are emotionally upset, broken hearted), after a break up. Also deals with material desires causing alternating and frequent laughing or crying, and irritability. Ghost is at the Pericardium, trying to get into Heart; this is characterized by intense cravings for material objects (Dampness and Phlegm harassing Heart,)

BL 62 – (Ghost Path) 

Long standing childhood trauma related to sexual abuse. Anxiety and/or depression as an adult.  Opening point for Yang Chiao Mai. Deals with how you walk in the world. You begin to believe the same thing and walk the same path as the Ghost. Epilepsy. Paralysis. Headache.

Du 16 – (Ghost Pillow) (a.k.a. Feng Fu – Warehouse of Change) Deals with flexibility and ability to adapt to change. Because of its location, Du 16 is often overlooked because it is a dangerous point, but it’s a good point for patients who resist change and are inflexible.Ghost gains access into brain. (Ghost Pillow = sleeping with Ghost.) Ridged tongue. Lock Jaw. Loss of voice. Headache

In the 3rd Trinity: This is the level at which people with alcohol or drug addictions get stuck at. They use drugs to get their Fire going. 

ST 6 – (Ghost Bed) 

This point is  perfect for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Patients with PTSD have tendency to clench their jaw, so ST 6 acts as a jaw relaxer as well. Deals with being able to look at suffering and not ignore it. Think of the ability to “chew” the world . Lockjaw. Neurological conditions like deviation of mouth and trigeminal neuralgia. At this point, the person is fully possessed by the Ghost 

Ren 24 – (Ghost Market)

This is a great acupuncture point for people who are always worried and are consumed by ruminating dark and negative thoughts, people who don’t  smile or laugh. Deals with one’s ability to appreciate one’s own resources. At this point, the Ghost is absorbing. Wasting diseases, the body begins to get thin and to deteriorate. Body is consuming most of its water. Dark urine. Nosebleeds.

PC 8 – (Ghost Cave) Fire of Fire

This is a good point for patients who have lost their sense of self, are manic, have hallucinations, are anxious and are experiencing paranoia. Also deals with acknowledging your true passion in life. At this point, they begin to get paranoid. Here, the Ghost makes one become self-destructive. Fevers Sweating. Heat in nutritive Blood.

In the 4th trinity, there is no longer any communication with the outside world. Unconciousnes and COMA 

Du 23 –(Ghost Hall)

For unresponsive people who have years of phlegm misting the mind, and become catatonic, such as Alzheimer’s patients in later stages. About embracing self. Here, the Ghost has taken over . This point has access to the pituitary gland. Severe nasal congestion. Poor vision. Dizzy spells. Alzheimer’s. Phlegm is blocking the internal pathways.

Ren 1 –  (Ghost Store) 

For patients who are ashamed of their body and their sexuality, and especially for women after childbirth, who suffers from urinary incontinence and low libido, or can’t reach orgasm. About embracing self. Ghost eats up all of Yin Urinary/defecation blockage or incontinence. Menstrual issues. Prolapse This point is also used for drowning. 

Li11 – Ghost Leg

clears heat and balances the digestive system. It’s used for patients who like to be in control, and get diarrhea or suffers from IBS when  they feel out of control. Earth of Metal. Deals with the world as a reflection of the self. (you are responsible for your own emotions, your own outlook, and overall place in society) High fever . Vomiting.

With all trinity combinations:

Yin Tang – (3rd Eye Point) This 13th Ghost point is controversial. In some text, extra point Gui Feng (under the tongue) is deemed a Ghost point, but because of its location, Yin Tang has been used instead in the West. Both are used for enlightening the mind, seeking knowledge and wisdom. Deals with Enlightenment. Schizophrenia.

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Cupping therapy

Cupping is a type of bodywork therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, like an inverse of massage.The suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force, or vital energy.

Cupping helps balance yin and yang within the body. Restoring balance between these two help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.

Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

What are the different types of cupping?

Cupping was originally performed using animal horns. Later, this evolved to bamboo and eventually ceramic, “cups”. The suction was created through the use of fire, to generate a vacuum, and then applied to the skin. As they cooled, the cups drew the skin inside.

Modern cupping is often performed using silicone cups and a vacuum pump

When the cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure.

The cup is set in place for between 5 and 10 minutes.

Cupping is sometimes performed along with acupuncture treatments.

What conditions can cupping treat?

Cupping has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pain, but cupping can also be effective at treating lung issues, digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure.

There aren’t many side effects associated with cupping. The side effects you may experience will typically occur during your treatment or immediately after. Cupping usually leaves circles on your skin for a few days.

Cupping is a long-practiced treatment that may help ease the symptoms of both temporary and chronic health conditions.

As with many alternative therapies, keep in mind that there haven’t been extensive studies performed without bias to fully assess its true effectiveness.

Gabor Mate, The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power, Ted Talk

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Seven steps of the law of attraction

Intense Desire

 

Know what you want through knowing what you don’t want. In your distress, feel what it is that you don’t like, and what it is that you don’t want.

What is the opposite of that? Look at the exact opposite of the distressing feeling / situation.

The opposite of the distress is what you want, if you can’t figure out what the opposite is, use a thesaurus! Go online, and type in the word for  what you don’t want, and look for an antonym to the undesired word, and then use that antonym to look for synonyms to that word until you find a word that you feel best describes what you do want.

This is your desire.

Get specific, and get detailed about your desire if you can.

If what you want is an item, try to find the feeling behind wanting the item. Focus on the feeling just as much as the item itself.

If your desire is to feel a different feeling, it may be helpful to find a list of emotions to choose from, until you find what feels exactly right to you.


Imagination and Conceptualization

 

Use the word that you discovered here, create scenarios where this desire is yours. This is where you visualize. See in front of you as if you already have what you desire. Create a daydream scenario where you have what you desire.


Affirmation

 

Create positive affirmations, remember that they have to reflect as if you already have what you want by keeping the sentences in the present moment, in other words, don’t use sentences like “i’m going to….” or “ I will…..” because that keeps your desire always in the future.  

If it feels unnatural and filled with resistance, try to play with the sentence in different ways until it feels resistance-free.

You can also come in the back door, so to speak,  by phrasing it “Wouldn’t it be nice if (desired sentence)”, or “Everybody knows that ( desired sentence)” and work up to a resistance free positive affirmation.  

Remember that you already have what you want.

 

Focus with Confidence

 

Stay in the wish fulfilled, don’t slip into negative thought patterns, don’t ruminate on the present actual situation, but rather maintain a living from the end mindset. Live with the feeling as if your desire has come true.


Profound Belief

 

Let go of all doubts that it could not happen. Believe one hundred percent that it will happen, if you believe in God, believe that he/she will lovingly and happily bring you exactly what you want.


Gratitude

Be grateful that it has already happened, phrase affirmations “ I am so grateful for (desired sentence) If you believe in God, phrase your prayers as if God already gave you what you wanted, “ Thank you God for giving me (desired sentence)


Manifestation

 

No explanation needed 🙂  Enjoy the moment, extract the maximum amount of joy from your manifestation.

 

Find another, new  desire

 

🙂

 

There are more universal laws beyond the law of attraction, remember that this is just one small piece of the puzzle and it is not a solution for everything`

Belonging

BELONGING

 

Do you sometimes feel like an outsider?

Do you feel like you don’t belong?

Like you are separate from everyone else?

 

The reason is because your ego is constantly comparing and separating you from your energetic family. The truth is that we are all one, and to really feel this connection is of benefit not only the world, but also to ourselves as individuals.

 

Do you long to really feel connected and to feel a sense of belonging, and do you intellectually understand that we are all one, but yet you feel alone?

 

Start by noticing, that without trying, with no effort at all your mind is constantly scanning the world around you and everything in it for differences.

 

Then, consciously, switch to trying to find similarities in the world and everything in it.

 

There is no button that you can push and just stop comparing, so instead, use your ego in order to compare itself with the world to your advantage instead of to your disadvantage.

 

Use your mind to compare itself to things and consciously find similarities instead of differences.

 

Find as many similarities with as many people, animals, and objects as you can.

Find similarities with people that you feel really different from.

Finally, find similarities with people you hate.

Ask yourself “ how am I similar to ________?”

 

You will start to feel a sense of belonging while your ego will still feels unthreatened.

 

Namaste

 

Acupuncture Frequency

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STEPS OF CARE:

Feeling healthy goes beyond acute or chronic illness. Often, we don’t acknowledge our health until it is compromised, only then do we seek to regain it. ​

Some steps to care are:​

  • Relief care​
  • Corrective care​
  • Maintenance care​

 

RELIEF CARE:

Relief care is where most people begin their acupuncture treatments. A quick relief of pain, acute or chronic pain, where other methods have failed. Relief care visits are frequent, from to several treatments per week.

 

CORRECTIVE CARE:

The next step is corrective care. This is where signs and symptoms are reduced, and your visits will be less frequent. During this phase the progress you have made is supported, and a deeper healing is achieved. During this phase it is important to continue care, and even a simple activity could cause a relapse.

 

MAINTENANCE CARE:

This type of care preserves the progress you have made, and visits may be monthly, or every other month, or seasonal. Maintenance care is the root of healing, and combined with exercise, a healthy diet and other good habits you can keep feeling your best

Trigger points and referred pain

If you are suffering from any of the following, you may have referred pain from the upper trapezius trigger points:

Headaches on the temples or tension headaches, facial, temple, or jaw pain, pain behind the eye, dizziness or vertigo (in conjunction with the sternocleidomastoid muscle), severe neck pain, a stiff neck, or limited range-of-motion and intolerance to weight on your shoulders.

What referred pain means is, that even though the origin of the pain is for example at  the top of your shoulders, about midway between the neck and the shoulder joint, the pain is experienced elsewhere, such as the head, eyes, or jaw.

 

 

 

There are 200 paired muscles (skeletal muscle) that’s a total of 400 muscles, any one of which can develop trigger points.

Trigger points develop as a result of muscular injuries, strains, and trauma. This causes knotted fibers which restrict the fresh blood supply needed by the muscle cells. In addition, there is often a shortening of the muscle fiber to protect itself from further injury. Trigger  points can also develop as a result of structural imbalances, improper body posture, poor nutrition and stress. Over time the muscle learns to avoid pain by limiting its movement. This results in a loss of range of motion of the joint and the probability that the muscle and associated structures will develop trigger points. When treating trigger points there is often a sense of release accompanied.

 

 

Image: levator scapulae.

Levator scapulae trigger points causes Neck pain, which may extend to the head causing a headache, pain and restricted range of movement, deep, achy pain and tightness on the upper back along the top of the shoulder blade or neck.

Treating Trigger Points:

Acupuncture is a treatment that involves a very thin needle being pushed through the skin to stimulate for example a trigger point. Acupuncture may release the tight muscle bands associated with trigger points and lead to decreased pain and improved function.

Electroacupuncture uses the same principles as acupuncture, and the same trigger points as the traditional needling method, but it adds a microcurrent to the needle.

 

 

Image: Quadratus Lumborum Trigger points and referral pain pattern

 

Athletes might also see some promising results from electroacupuncture. Electroacupuncture can help with optimal performance and recovery from training sessions thanks to how effectively it releases trigger points.

 

With a trigger point technique, you can get the muscle to twitch and then relax. The outcome is a more balanced muscle structure and pain or tightness relief in that particular area. This pay-off usually occurs after one to three sessions.

 

 

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Quit smoking

Smoking cessation

To stop smoking plan ahead, set a date for when you officially quit. Decide ahead of time if you’re going to gradually cut down, or going cold turkey.

Make an appointment for regular acupuncture treatments as you go through the process, research shows that it helps the success rates.

Support Person – The decision to stop smoking can elicit uncomfortable emotions. Ask someone who is available to you in the next few weeks to act as a sounding board and provide encouragement when needed.

Affirmation – An affirmation is a positive statement repeated often to create desired changes in your life. Repeating the affirmation helps not only to remind you why you are no longer smoking but imprints a new image of health so that the body can then produce health.

Examples:

“ I make healthy choices in my life.”

“I remember when I used to smoke, I feel so much better now”

Setting Boundaries – Set up contracts with other smokers to refrain from smoking in your presence. This includes spouses. When possible stay away from smokers until you feel more confident with your nonsmoking health status.

Drink water – Research shows that dryness causes cravings. Sip water frequently throughout the day.

Refrain from drinking coffee – Research shows that coffee causes cravings and dehydrates the body.

Food choices – Eat a lot of carrots. celery and other vegetables throughout the next few days. Candies upset blood sugar level, which can aggravate smoking-withdrawal symptoms. Sugar substitutes such as NutraSweet are sweeter than sugar and cause further sugar cravings.

Managing cravings – Cravings feel like they will last forever but actually fade in two minutes. Plan what you will do during a craving. Examples: Take your herbs; repeat your affirmation; breathe deeply; walk to another place; sing a song; dance; call your support person.

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Infatuation, the “Hollywood” stage of relationships

Wellness is not just about relieving back pain and other physical symptoms. Wellness is also emotional health and spiritual health. Relationship health falls into the emotional wellness category, and if there is a feeling of unwellness in your relationship, it has a negative and pervasive effect on the rest of our lives.

 

 

In my practice it is becoming clear to me how common it is to not feel completely well in our relationships and marriages, it seems to be more common to be struggling than to be well. Furthermore, it is becoming clear to me, how many people are living in abusive relationships without being aware that it is abusive because it isn’t physically abusive…

 

Relationships go through a series of stages, some stages you go in and out of for the length of the relationship.

 

The first stage of a relationship is the infatuation stage. This stage can last for up to two years, usually somewhere between one month and two years.

In movies, the lead up, the conflict of the story usually brings us to this moment, this part of a relationship. The tingles and flutters, the feeling that you are soulmates, that you are meant to be together, even a feeling that physical touch is electrical, it all happens here. If you are being sexual, sex is effortlessly exciting and magical in this phase.

During this phase, it is easy to ignore red flags, especially if you don’t come from a place where you understand codependent issues, or the different forms of abuse. I have witnessed friends in this stage, completely ignore the fact that they are with an obvious control freak, abuser, or criminal. I have myself ignored multiple red flags in this phase. This is why education about abuse and codependency is so important, if you go in prepared, armed with knowledge, you will still be able to make healthy choices during this stage.

 

Being in love is much like a drug, it is very powerful, and it is as if the whole world stops just for you two. It can feel like your relationship was designed by fate, and that you have known each other before, and often it feels like coming home.  Although being in love is a world apart from “real” “actual” or “true” love, it certainly feels like it is.

 

The infatuation stage requires no work to maintain the feelings of love, excitement, romance and desire. Maybe it was love at first sight, maybe it wasn’t, but at some point, perhaps during the first conversation, there was a spark, and a knowing that you would fall in love. There is no pretending that you don’t like each other, like there might be during dating.

In Swedish, the word for in love, or infatuated, is “förälskad”, the word “för” means “pre” or “before” and “älskad’ means loved. In other words, “before love”. I think this is a good word for it, because if all goes well, this stage is what leads to true love.

 

Infatuation is intense, and yet, it is superficial, and one day you will inevitably wake up, and the magical intensity is gone, and thank goodness for that. Imagine again, that love is like a drug, and what would happen if you stayed high forever more… It is completely unrealistic, and furthermore, it would be damaging to you body in the long run. What this stage does, is creating a bond that takes you both to the next level. Eventually, if the two of you are right for each other, it will take your love to a place where it can deepen.

 

Relationship health is worth investing your time in, you will never regret becoming more aware of yourself, and more aware of potential pitfalls like abuse or codependency. True love will make both of you better people, but dysfunction will make both of you miserable, or worse.

 

To read more about the different stages of relationships, follow this link   to Agape-aid.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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