Fire Cupping

Fire Cupping

Cupping is a unique therapy that is widely used by many different practitioners today. It is a therapy in which a jar (cup) is attached to the skin surface, which in turn pulls on the tissue underneath it. Some practitioners may only use cupping as a soft tissue therapy to relieve pain. Acupuncturists have been trained in the many different uses of cupping.

Types of Cups: We use two types of jars (cups). A glass cup, which is transparent so you can see the level of local congestion you are causing and control treatment accordingly, or a plastic cup which is also transparent. Other types of cups that may be used are made of bamboo, or other substances (animal horns were used as cups in ancient times).

Methods: At True Health & Wellness we use two techniques when cupping therapy is performed.

Fire Cupping: This method is used with glass jars to create a negative pressure and adhere the jar to the skin. The cups can be left in one spot (over acupuncture points), moved along acupuncture meridians, or quickly adhered to the skin & removed repeatedly. This method usually lasts 5 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes. The fire used creates a warming function during the cupping therapy. Fire cupping may be used by an acupuncturist for tight, sore, or cold muscles. This method may also be used to help with symptoms of cold/flu, coughing, wheezing, muscle sprain/strains, fibromyalgia, and more!

Stationary Cupping: Plastic jars are used with a pump, which creates a negative pressure to adhere the cup to the skin. This method is used when many areas are being targeted at once, when areas like the knee/shoulder are involved, or when a warming function is not required. This method can last anywhere from 5-15 minutes or as needed.

Indications: The cupping therapy has a function of warming and promoting the free flow of qi and blood in the meridians, which is why it is a great therapy for soft tissue issues (sprains/strains). Cupping therapy can also be used for dispelling dampness, and diminishing swelling and pain. It can be used to treat symptoms of pain in the low back, shoulders, and legs. It is also used for gastrointestinal disorders including stomachache, vomiting, and diarrhea. Cupping can also be applied to cases of lung disease with symptoms of coughing and asthma.

Precautions: Cupping is not used on patients with certain pre-existing conditions (edema, ulcers, high fevers, or pregnant women). There will be a bruise in the area where the therapy was done which may last several days. Sometimes small blisters may occur. Be sure to see a licensed acupuncturist to get the most out of your cupping therapy!

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All About Zika Virus

Zika Virus

With a state of emergency being declared in four counties in Florida, the Zika virus has been thrust into public eye. Here is what we know about it so far:

What it is: It is a virus that is mostly mosquito born and shares a lot of characteristics with West Nile Virus (WNV). Remember we have seen a large rise in WNV cases here in Orange County California, with Santa Ana being at the outbreak epicenter. Zika is not a new virus, but it is starting to spread.

Symptoms: Fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis, headache, and muscular pain. Less than 50% of those who are exposed develop symptoms. It is unlikely to cause death, according to the CDC.

Where it’s located: Right now it is seen in Central America, Africa, South Africa, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, with some cases of exposed people bringing it into the US.

Why the scare? Brazil has seen a rise in cases of babies born with microcephaly, which leads to developmental issues. Officials think that the two issues may be linked. It may also be associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Best Medicine: Avoid mosquitos & being bitten. If you are pregnant, rethink travel to these areas if it is a concern.

For more info go here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

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Mammogram Research

Questions Surround Mammograms

There is a lot of news surrounding the use of mammograms for early detection of breast cancer and whether they help save lives. Many studies on this subject have been showing that mammograms have not lowered the rate of cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

The incidence of metastatic breast cancer that spreads to other areas of the body has remained almost unchanged since 1975. Data from the National Cancer Institute shows that the rate of new cases of this type has held steady at 20 per 100,000 women.

The idea behind screening for cancer is that you are able to catch tumors when they are smaller, and relatively easier to treat with positive outcomes. If this holds true then we should see fewer cancers after they have already spread. In the case of early detection for prostate cancer, this is true.

What may be happening: 

  • Perhaps mammograms are not good enough to detect metastatic cancer before it spreads.
  • By the time cancer can be detected, it has already become a systemic disease.

More studies and research need to be done to be sure screening programs are helpful, and are not exposing patients to unneeded and ineffective tests.

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REF:

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