An MOQi, or alternative health check up

Louise Stevens, Weymouth AcupunctureWhat are we without our health?
Our health IS what we are and we should take the time and inclination to protect this.
If we were able to look into the future would you make small changes now to ensure a healthier life?
Chinese medicine always seeks to look for the cause of the problem and this allows us to potentially 'see' where our health could be enhanced to avoid future issues.
An MOQi, or alternative health check up, could provide you with some useful tools to improve and maintain your health and well being, keeping you 'fit for life'!
A recent patients experience of an MOQi

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Painful Obstruction Syndrome

Painful obstruction syndrome is acute or chronic pain and stiffness in the musculoskeletal system.  There may also be swelling, numbness, parasthesia and decreased range of motion.  The symptoms primarily affect joints and their related soft tissues.

The main features of any painful condition is the disruption to the normal distribution of qi and blood.  This disruption may be due to a number of different factors, including physical blockage from scarring, trauma, obstruction by pathogens (Heat and Cold), sluggish flow of qi and blood, increased blood viscosity and a general lack of circulatory momentum.

Chinese medicine, as always, seeks to identify the root cause of any condition and by inserting needles we can aid circulatory function and regulate the blood and qi.  When a needle is inserted, it releases endorphins, which are our bodies natural painkiller cells.  Recently, detailed MRI scans of specific acupuncture points reveal brain deactivation of the limbic area of the brain, which is the area associated with pain!

Thyroid Disorders & Chinese Medicine

The main function of the thyroid gland is maintenance of basal metabolic rate.  Thyroid dysfunction is one of the most common endocrine imbalances seen in clinic, with hypothyroidism and its many complications such as infertility, weight problems, depression and chronic tiredness the most frequent.  

The two main clinical syndromes of the thyroid are over activity and under activity.  Like with many chronic conditions Western medicine only seeks to control the symptoms and not address the underlying problems.  Overall Chinese medicine treatment aims to correct the constitutional imbalances that led to the disorder in the first place.

The main causes of hyperthyroidism is Graves disease, and accounts for 75% of cases.  Autoimmune in nature, with a genetic and familial link. There are several factors that consistently emerge in the genesis of hyperthyroid disorders but the overwhelming pathogen is Heat and this need to be cleared as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the body.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.  It is due to the loss of thyroid tissue from autoimmune destruction.  Treatment of an underactive thyroid is based on supplementing and warming yang qi.  If there is  no functional thyroid tissue, the patient  must always take thyroxine, but we can improve their general constitutional wellbeing and overall health.  When patients are taking thyroxine but there is still functional thyroid tissue, (as may be seen in cases of recent onset and in subclinical hypothyroidism), Chinese medical treatment can restore thyroid function sufficiently so the dose requirements of any exogenous thyroxine may change.

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