Acupuncture for Chronic Illness and PainWhen 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. Integrative Med Solutions (IMS) works with the healing potential of acupuncture and naturopathic medicine to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic illness and pain.

Acupuncture: Addressing Stagnant Chronic Energy
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, Dr. Lisanti will determine the best individual treatment for your specific chronic illness challenge. Popular 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.

Botanical Medicine: Fight Chronic Fatigue 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.

Nutraceutical Supplementation: 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 IMS can implement into your healing protocol. Some successful nutraceutical supplements for chronic illness and pain are: Coenzyme Q10,  L-Carnitine, Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH) and Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

Homeopathy: Addressing Deep Layers of Chronic Illness
Another Centuries old remedy, homeopathy has the ability to tap into healing chronic struggles from within. A 6 year university-hospital outpatient study of 6,544 participants (United Bristol Healthcare, National Health Service Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom) concluded that “Homeopathic intervention offered positive health changes to a substantial proportion of a large cohort of patients with a wide range of chronic diseases.”  Dr. Lisanti can add homeopathy to your healing regiment targeting specific inner vibrations to help combat your chronic illness and pain.

Using acupuncture and naturopathic medicine for chronic ailments and their symptoms is a useful tool in allowing your body to embrace healing from within. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you.  In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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