- Published: Friday, 09 October 2015 09:36
- Written by Louise Stevens
Almost everyone will experience a headache at sometime or another but when persistent or recurrent then intervention is required. Most chronic headaches have an internal and external component. An underlying internal balance is often complicated by myofascial lesions in the soft tissues of the neck and upper back. These 'knots' or 'bands' can cause pain to be referred to various areas of the head and are commonly known as 'trigger points'. Successful treatment of chronic headache usually involves both constitutional treatment and removal of as much tension and trigger point activity as possible. Other causes of headache include:
External pathogens like at the onset of flu, emotional factors, diet, overwork/stress, constitutional make-up and trauma.
The location of a headache and its characteristics give the Chinese medicine practitioner a good indication as to the internal disharmony and thus how to treat accordingly with acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Most patients will be taking some medication to ease symptoms and the hope is to reduce the need for these drugs as they can impede diagnosis and treatment. A slow withdrawal is essential to prevent rebound headaches.
- Published: Wednesday, 09 September 2015 11:24
- Written by Louise Stevens
Lingering Pathogens (LPs) are pathogenic influences that remain in the body and provoke a persistent immune response: this includes living organisms like viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites or allergens, chemicals, drugs and environmental toxins.
LPs manifest in a number of ways. An infection from the past may still make its presence felt with recurrent symptoms often arising when the patient is stressed or run down, or perhaps detectable as persistent antibodies or other markers in blood tests.
In clinic we often suspect a LP when the patient presents with a history that begins "I have never been well since...", sometimes it may not be apparent. Examples include Recurring infections, Glandular fever, Chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, Allergies, Chronic infections, Rheumatoid arthritis, Graves and Hashimotos thyroiditis, Herpes infection and Malaria.
Signs and symptoms include low grade fever or heat sensations, chills/fever, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, abnormal sweating, muscle/joint aches, low energy levels, skin lesions and rashes, recurring pains.
So why are we likely to get an LP?
- Published: Monday, 20 July 2015 17:37
- Written by Stuart Stevens
We all work hard and we all have busy lives, our modern lifestyle is 24/7. Whether we are running children around, earning money, cooking and cleaning, exercising, answering Emails or Facetiming our friends. It creates a 'toxic' environment for our bodies. Anxiety, depression and stress are commonly encountered and it's hardly surprising that sometimes we feel we cannot cope with our everyday life.
Having a break or a holiday allows us sometime to nurture ourselves and reflect on where we are at. Congratulate yourself on your achievements and how much you have accomplished. Many people have low self esteem and tend to focus on past negative events and give themselves unrealistic goals that are set to fail. Make your targets reasonable and stop giving yourself a hard time.
Having R&R allows us to catch up on sleep and with our loved ones, connecting with family and friends, enjoying nourishing food and simply enjoy being.
So AcuHerbs is closing its doors, just for 2 weeks, for a well earned break in Greece (with lots of cash strapped to us!). We will be open for business again on August 10th 2015.