Month: February 2021

Introduction to Asthma Therapy

Introduction to Asthma Therapy

Aim of therapy: Asthma cure?

Whenever an asthmatic patient consults a doctor he always wants to know whether asthma will be cured or not? Though symptoms of asthma can be cured for varying periods tendency of the disease continues in the body silently. Worldwide studies on the subject suggest the following patterns: 

  • Approximately one-third of the children complaining of asthma get a complete cure but the remaining two-third have to live with the disease in adulthood as well. 
  • Asthma cure in adulthood is less clearly understood, still, it has been suggested that much less proportion of patients get complete cure. However, there are many symptoms-free periods. 
  • It is not uncommon to see the patients having severe attacks for 4-5 years and then remain symptom-free for years, sometimes even for decades. But even such patients also have a tendency to have asthma if exposed to very high levels of dust mite and other strong trigger factors. When asthmatic patients shift from one town to another many become symptom-free for many years. The majority of patients have symptoms-free periods of 4-6 months when they do not require any medicine and become symptomatic during the period of August-September and February-March.  

The doctors of alternative medicine do claim a complete cure of all types of asthma but it has never been substantiated by any of their studies.

Why tendency of asthma persist in the body?

Asthma is an allergic disease. In order to understand the answer, you have to understand the nature of allergic diseases. Cold, urticaria, eczema, and asthma are caused by allergens and termed atopic diseases. Around 25% of people of the general population have a predetermined genetic tendency to have atopic diseases, called atopy. Atopy is inherited through genes and it is a body tendency since birth.

When an atopic person comes in contact with an adverse environment he may suffer from an allergic disease. Though 25% of the general population is atopic yet asthma or other atopic diseases develop only in half of the atopic subjects. The tendency of developing asthma is inherited through the atopy gene. Hence it depends on the genes of the parents. However, a number of patients develop asthma even without an obvious history of atopy in their long chain of family.

The majority of asthmatic patients have mild asthma and remain symptom-free even without drugs for months, provided trigger factors are tackled properly. The tendency of developing asthma can be reduced by proper care. Since the tendency to develop asthma is inherited through genes, it can not be lost altogether hence it would persist.   But you should not feel depressed because having asthma tendency in the body is not a serious problem. There are many people who have inherited asthmatic tendencies even without having asthma once in their life.

If not cure what are realistic goals?

Minimal goals of asthma therapy should be as follows,

Symptom-free lifestyle

You should not have asthmatic symptoms during work or rest. You should not feel cough, wheeze, or breathless during exertion or exercise.

Acupuncture treatment can have a positive effect on your lung functions if paired with a healthy lifestyle and asthma maintenance. Visit AB Acupuncture to learn more.

Normal lung functions

Morning and evening records of peak flow should be normal.

To achieve these goals following therapeutic modalities are adopted.

Long-Term Manifestations of Stroke

Long-Term Manifestations of Stroke

Common Symptoms and Signs Related to Neuroanatomy

Stroke can be associated with permanent neurological changes and disability. The nature of the impairment depends on the location of the stroke in the brain.

Stroke is a condition of neurological change when part of the brain is deprived of its blood supply. This can occur with obstruction of blood flow (ischemic stroke) or bleeding out of the vessels (hemorrhagic stroke). Depending on how soon the problem is addressed, a patient may have full recovery or neurological impairment from an irreversible brain injury with little recovery. The location of the stroke determines the type of impairment.

Motor and Sensory Deficits

Motor and sensory functions involve two areas of the brain separated by a groove called the central sulcus. One is the motor cortex in charge of generating all voluntary muscular movements from head to toe. The other is the primary somatosensory cortex allowing the person to sense pressure, temperature, and pain. The nerve pathways from both cortices cross to the other side so that the left side of the brain deals with motor and sensory functions for the right side of the body, and vice versa.

A stroke affecting these cortices or their pathways, whether a large stroke or a small deeper stroke (lacunar infarct), results in motor and sensory deficits in one side of the body, either partially or completely. Motor and sensory functions for the head, including the eyes and the throat, can also be affected by injury to the brain stem where the responsible cranial nerves originate. Such patients may require physical therapists to train in movements that get around physical limitations and to determine the need for wheelchairs and other special equipment. Additionally, occupational therapists can assist stroke patients with fine motor skills and activities of daily living, particularly when the arm is affected. If the ability to swallow has been impaired, speech therapists can help retrain the throat muscles and determine which foods are safe to swallow.

Language Impairment

In general, one hemisphere of the brain is considered more dominant than the other. About 95% of people who are right-handed have a dominant left cerebral hemisphere. The dominant hemisphere holds two key areas for language and communication. Broca’s area is located below the motor cortex and enables one to form the words and sentences that are spoken or written. Wernicke’s area, located a short distance from Broca’s area towards the back of the brain, is responsible for understanding written and spoken language. The non-dominant hemisphere has areas corresponding to Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas that deal with rhythm and intonation (prosody) in expressive and receptive communication, respectively.

Stroke injury to Broca’s area results in Broca’s aphasia (a.k.a. expressive aphasia, motor aphasia, and nonfluent aphasia) in which the patient struggles to form clear sentences, often communicating one word at a time. Wernicke’s aphasia (a.k.a receptive aphasia, sensory aphasia, and fluent aphasia) is characterized by difficulty with understanding language and communicating in a nonsensical way, although with grammatical structure relatively intact. For the non-dominant hemisphere, injury to the corresponding areas results in the inability to express tone (motor dysprosody) or recognize tone in communication (sensory dysprosody).

Dementia

The frontmost portions of the brain perform various cognitive functions, including concentration, judgment, and decision-making. Stroke injury to these and other areas can impair cognition (vascular dementia or multi-infarct dementia) very much like other causes of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Final Words

The preceding is an overview of common stroke manifestations, serving as an introduction to neurological impairments from stroke rather than a complete list. In addition, several functions rely on multiple areas of the brain and a stroke involving one blood vessel territory essentially results in multiple impairments. The primary take-home message is that the brain is such an important organ that neurological deficits from a stroke can be disabling and life-changing.

Prevention with a healthy lifestyle continues to be an important measure. Whole foods paired with regular exercise are a recommended method of preventing stroke. If you’re having difficulty with exercise due to muscle pain, you can book an appointment at AB Acupuncture for a pain-relieving acupuncture treatment performed by an experienced professional.

Acupuncture for Depression

Acupuncture for Depression

In today’s fast-paced world, many people are too busy concentrating on their working lives and spending hours at the office in stressful surroundings. Sleep becomes restless, and to add to that, many do not pay enough attention to their emotional and physical being. All these factors can lead to depression.

Depression is a known and much-researched mood disorder that is classified by both physical and psychological indications. These two elements can be damaging to one’s normal day-to-day functioning. People who are depressed often are traumatized by terrible sleeping habits, (insomnia) unexplained crying episodes, anxiety, constant worry, terrible memory, incapable to focus, physical aches and pains, and completely uninterested in the outside world. In incidents that are considered extreme, individuals feel a sense of hopelessness, and visions of suicide become everyday thoughts.

Contemporary medicine normally medicates depression with forms of psychotherapy and combined with anti-depressant drugs. In the United States, the DSM-IV is the primary diagnostic apparatus utilized to carefully classify psychological disorders. DSM-IV is used prominently in the prognosis and diagnosis for depression treatment.

A fresh new study conducted by the University of Arizona has ascertained that acupuncture might just be the alternative answer to habit-forming anti-depressant drugs. This research is especially more targeted for women, as they are more prone to depression. Depression is actually more common than people think, and in the United States, it is among the top ten medical conditions diagnosed. Reports show that half the people who seek help via psychotherapy and treatment tend to not complete the course. The ones who do get better will eventually suffer a relapse within the year. This indicates that alternative methods may be able to assist in decreasing or curing depression.

The research conducted by Arizona University utilized 38 women volunteers who have all been diagnosed with mild to average depression. Acupuncture treatments were rendered utilizing the modus operandi of traditional Chinese medicine, each treatment specifically tailored according to the severity of the condition. These volunteers were treated twice a week for one month and followed by once a week for the second month, which totaled twelve consistent sessions.

After the twelve sessions ended, 70% of the volunteers reported an average of 50% reduction of symptoms. This result is compared to those acquired through seeking modern medicine and treatment. This is a crucial study because it is the first one that was conducted in random, controlled, and double-blinded research of acupuncture’s healing properties, which was subsequently published in Western medical journals.

Depression is a condition experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives. Usually, the cases are mild and can be controlled. In moderate cases, help can be obtained by counseling. For severe conditions, doctors would prescribe anti-depressants and psychotherapy. For some, this method produces results and they can once again lead normal lives. For those who have tried everything and still wake up sad and for no apparent reason, then acupuncture may just be the ideal treatment. Results are not instantaneous, but if the procedure is followed through from beginning till the end, depression levels will decrease.

Finding the right acupuncturist can make all the difference. Visit AB Acupuncture to book an appointment with trained professionals.