What We Treat

Pain: Opiates or Acupuncture

 

Every day 40 Americans die from overdose on doctor prescribed opiates and an estimated 1.9 million others are addicted. For the first time in history, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be issuing guidelines to primary physicians for prescribing opiates (Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc.) for chronic pain management. If they must be prescribed then doctors are encouraged to start at the lowest dose for the shortest time possible. Why now? Because decades of evidence show us that addiction and overdose are so widespread with these products that the risks far outweigh the benefits of their use. The other issue at hand is thee is no end the pain/pill cycle. In today’s world we know of many ways to treat the root causes of pain without introducing toxic chemicals into the body.
This is where I come in. I am a expert in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupressure. My goal is to not only ease pain in my patients but also to discover and eliminate the root cause(s). 73% of patients I see are here because they suffer from pain of some kind and want relief without using a chemical that simply masks pain.

What conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture?
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Headache
Knee pain
Low back pain
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Sprain
Tennis elbow

In 1958 news was made with the first ever surgery performed without anesthesia of any kind. Acupuncture alone was used to block the pain of a tonsillectomy. Between 1958 and 1986 more than 2 million procedures were done successfully using “acupuncture anesthesia” including operations on the brain, face, neck, chest, abdomen, and limbs.

Armed with this information, if you (or someone you know) are using prescription medications (opiates, narcotics, over the counter, etc.), please call my office for a free consultation on how I can help you through a natural, holistic and non invasive
Methods I can use to help you.

**Please note – Do not stop (or start) ANY medication(s) without first consulting with your medical physician as adverse potentially severe reactions could occur. We are committed in working with Western medicine to provide you with the best possible care.

Diabetes

Approximately 25.8 million men, women and children have diabetes. It is one of the biggest health concerns in the U.S. today. Treatment for diabetes requires keeping close watch over your blood sugar levels (and keeping them at a goal set by your doctor) with a combination of medications exercise, and diet.

 

Common symptoms of diabetes:

Urinating often

Feeling very thirsty

Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating

Extreme fatigue

Blurry vision

Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)

Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

 

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing complications.

 

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. With type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance.

 

Diabetes Drugs

If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need insulin in the form of injections or through use of a continuous pump By checking your own blood sugar levels, you can track your body’s changing needs and work with your doctor to figure out the best dosage.

 

For some people with type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise are enough to keep the disease under control. Other people need medication, which may include insulin and an oral drug.

 

 

Acupuncture and Diabetes

A theory has arisen as to how diabetes progresses. The disease begins with a deficiency of yin. However, patients in the early stage of diabetes actually have a hyperactive metabolism that does not provide useful energy. Food nutrients are not successfully utilized; This yin deficiency generates heat and parches the yin. The imbalance of yin and yang eventually degrades and inhibits the qi (chee), so that qi and yin deficiency co-exist. At this point, secondary effects may begin causing many serious symptoms. Without proper nourishment of qi and yin, yang eventually becomes impaired, and the patient, now with advanced disease, has a combined deficiency of qi, yin, and yang.

 

 

How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treats Diabetes
In treating diabetes, Oriental medicine offers a way to address each patient individually to eliminate the symptoms associated with diabetes and reduce the need for insulin.  The practitioner may choose to use a variety of techniques during treatment including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine can be an important component to the treatment of diabetes.  Different formulas may be effective for different people, so practitioners may try several different approaches

 

Remember, prevention (and laughter) is the best medicine, so why don’t you call me at (561)272-7816 and arrange for a free consultation and personalized wellness treatment program or treatment for diabetes and any other health issue.

 


Edward Scarlett of Alive and Well Acupuncture Clinic

 

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Edward Scarlett has been serving the Delray Beach community by spreading wellness through multiple Acupuncture styles and Body Work techniques. He is the founder and lead physician at Alive and Well Acupuncture Clinic. Specializing in managing acute and chronic pain conditions with the use of Acupuncture, Acupressure, Moxibustation, and Deep Muscle Therapy, Dr. Scarlett has built a reputation for achieving excellent results. He believes it is most important to treat the cause of people’s health issues while focusing on achieving relief.

Is Acupuncture For Me?

It seems that the answer these days is a resounding “YES!” Western medicine relies on hard facts, and with the US Library of Medicine listing more than 23,000 studies on acupuncture, the evidence of acupunctures efficacy is undeniable. Another part is the desire/need for alternative treatments that are holistic, non-invasive and painless solution to a variety of health issues.

 

How does it work? A typical treatment involves the painless insertion of very thin needles on key points of the body in order to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. These key points run along channels called meridians in which energy known as Qi (chee), flows to all parts of the body including our organs. When a meridian is blocked, the organ at the end experiences distress and can cause pain or illness. Unblocking the meridian causes the body to release natural chemicals like endorphins, serotonin and relieves inflammation.

 

What are some common health issues that acupuncture can help?

 

Chronic back pain affects about 80% of us at one time or another and is the second most common cause of disability in America according to a study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Another study showed that patients arriving at an Emergency Room in Melbourne Australia showed that patients treated with acupuncture experienced the same amount of pain relief as the ones that were given drugs.

 

With headaches, acupuncture has a long track record for relieving pain from migraines and tension headaches. A recent study showed that acupuncture cut in half the number of day’s patient experienced migraines. When they did have one, the pain was greatly reduced.

 

With asthma and allergies over 25 million Americans have asthma. That includes 6.8 million children. Research shows that ongoing treatment reduced asthma symptoms and use of inhaled steroids. When acupuncture treatment stopped, symptoms and inhaler use returned to previous levels. Similar results were found in a separate study on allergies and antihistamine use. Of particular note was that if a health problem is controlled in childhood it is less likely to become chronic in adulthood. As a plus, acupuncture for children rarely requires the uses of needles. Since their Qi flows very close to the surface of their skin, usually all that is required is a light brushing or rubbing along the meridian path to get things flowing along. Kids usually love it and respond very well.

 

With digestive problems, acupuncture has been used successfully to treat colic in babies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), morning sickness, and post operative nausea caused by anesthesia and chemotherapy. The World Health Organization notes that acupuncture relieves nausea better than atropine injections.

 

Continued Wellness takes a lifelong commitment to fitness, acupuncture should be used on a therapeutic level for one’s life. Doing this will ensure a lifetime of maintaining good health and keeping our bodies operating at optimum levels.

 

Why Acupuncture for Treating Back Pain

Americans spend at least $37 billion annually on back pain. There are many patients with this painful condition who are unsatisfied with the traditional medical care. A lot if these people seek help from complementary and alternative care providers, including acupuncturists. “Back pain is one of the leading reasons for visits to licensed acupuncturists. Trained acupuncturists consider acupuncture an effective treatment for back pain.

Chronic Back Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. It has been estimated that up to 80% of the world’s population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, with the lower back as the most common location of pain. Though most occurrences of back pain last less than two weeks, research has shown that recurrence rates for low back pain can reach as high as 50% in the first few months following the first episode.

The use of acupuncture to treat back pain has increased dramatically in the past few decades. The results of a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain provide further proof that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for low-back pain, and that acupuncture can maintain positive outcomes for periods exceeding six months or longer without producing the negative side-effects that often accompany more traditional pain remedies such as anti-inflammatory steroids or medication.

The most common back pain conditions are Lumbar muscle strain or strain, ruptured disk, Discogenic back pain, Spinal stenosis, Lumbar spine arthritis, Spondylolistesis. These conditions can all be helped to a large degree or another with acupuncture. There are many different acupuncture patterns that contribute to the development of these conditions. As a acupuncturist in order to optimize the treatment we must determine the underlining dysfunction to the condition. Once we have determined the underlying oriental medicine pattern we can begin to treat the whole person in an addition to the symptoms.

Because of how complex and holistic the medical approach of Oriental medicine is we must look at the bodies overall function or lack of it. We use diagnosis systems to evaluate organ function or the lack of them to determine the correct treatment approach. This comprehensive diagnosis process is a important part of why Oriental medicine has been a very effective treatment modality for back pain. When we assess Kidney, Liver, Blood, vitality, Coldness and Heat levels in the body we can determine the correct and most effective treatment approach for back pain conditions.

My clinical opinion is that people and their conditions are a manifestation of the choices they have made over weeks, months, and sometimes years. Buy treating the individual as a whole not only the symptom, Oriental medicine can help dismantle the errors in choice that create Back pain. Choose well.

Landmark Study Finds Previously Unknown Link Between The Brain And Immune System

Neuroscientists have uncovered a previously unknown direct connection between the brain and the immune system — a finding that could have significant implications for the treatment of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and autism.

The discovery came as a surprise to Dr. Kevin Lee, chairman of the University of Virginia’s neuroscience department.

“The first time these guys showed me the basic result, I just said one sentence: ‘They’ll have to change the textbooks,’” Lee said in a press release Monday.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Jonathan Kipnis of the University of Virginia’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia, echoed the sentiment.

“When we discovered the lymphatic vessels we were very very surprised, because based on the textbooks — these vessels do not exist,” Kipnis said in an email to The Huffington Post.

A direct connection. While previous research held that there was no direct connection between the brain and the lymphatic system, the new findings, which were recently published in the journal Nature, present a model of the lymphatic system that includes the brain.

Though not a part of the immune system, the lymphatic system carries lymph, a clear fluid filled with white blood cells that helps remove toxins from the body. The lymphatic system is connected to every other system in the body, and was believed to end at the base of the skull.

But the researchers noticed something strange while looking through their microscopes at slides containing the membranes of mice’s brains. They saw lymphatic vessels, which had never before been observed above the base of the skull.

brain immune system

An old map of the lymphatic system (left), and a new map updated to reflect the discovery of the brain’s lymphatic vessels (right).

Why have they never been observed before? Kipnis explained that the vessels are “well hidden” behind a major blood vessel to the sinuses in an area of the brain that’s difficult for scientists to image.

While the observation was made in mice, the same anatomy is believed to exist in humans as well.

New questions. A next step of the research is to determine how the vessels might be involved in diseases involving the brain and the immune system, such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.

“We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role,” Kipnis said.

Though the findings are preliminary, the researchers hope they’ll open up a number of new possibilities for treating these and other neurological disorders through therapies that target the lymphatic vessels of the brain.

For example, Kipnis explained that the findings could shed light on why large protein chunks accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. “We think they may be accumulating in the brain because they’re not being efficiently removed by these vessels,” he said.

Other members of the scientific community have expressed excitement about the discovery, while cautioning that the findings have not yet been replicated or confirmed.

“With further research, the findings could help scientists to target inflammation in the brain, which is a factor in many neurological conditions,” James Nicoll, professor of neuropathology at the University of Southampton in England, told The Guardian.