Allergies

Acupuncture for allergies in combination with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are a drug-free, safe, natural and effective treatment. This type of natural treatment has also been shown a way to eliminate hay fever and the common cold.

According to Chinese medical theory, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and Organ Systems of the body (see diagram below). These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

Over time, if imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the Organ Systems. Some of these Organ Systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”). According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, it is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating around the body in order to stay healthy and prevent allergies.


What is Wei Qi, and how does it relate to allergies?

The Chinese concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions to protect and defend the body against foreign substances, that if not caught can lead to allergies. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy.

When the supply of Wei Qi becomes deficient, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen. People who have a Wei Qi deficiency are prone to allergies and frequent colds.

Using acupuncture for allergies and Chinese medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi. By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it through the body, symptoms and signs related to allergies could be greatly reduced or eliminated.


How Acupuncture for Allergies Works

Your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset will conduct a thorough exam, taking a complete health history. They will then develop a unique treatment plan that will address your specific concerns.

The goals of the treatment plan will be to eliminate visible symptoms and signs, while addressing the root cause(s) and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of Wei Qi.

Acupuncture treatments may be combined with herbs, dietary changes, massage (tuina), or exercise. These therapies accelerate the healing process in order to balance, build, and support the body’s Wei Qi.

Allergies can be due to a variety of factors. Below are some of the more common TCM diagnoses that Jenny may discover and treat:

  • Wei Qi deficiency
  • Spleen weakness
  • Kidney deficiency
  • Lung deficiency

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Anxiety

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective and safe treatment for a multitude of anxiety disorders.

In many Western schools of thought, anxiety disorders are considered to be dysfunctions in a person’s brain chemistry. An acupuncturist does not view anxiety as a brain dysfunction, but rather as an imbalance in a person’s organ system.

The role of acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset is to investigate the underlying causes of the anxiety by carrying out a thorough diagnostic evaluation in order to determine which organ system has been affected and is out of balance.

The acupuncturist will then seek to restore the imbalance by inserting fine, sterile needles into the points correlating to those organs.

Additionally, acupuncture helps to reduce stress, ultimately encouraging and supporting a greater sense of well-being and balance.

For example, a clinical study conducted in China in 2010, has concluded that acupuncture is a “safe and effective” treatment for mood disorders including depression and severe anxiety, in some cases proving to increase the effectiveness of medication-based treatments.

Additionally a 2009 study, again in China, determined that acupuncture alone could help patients who suffer from anxiety but cannot be chemically treated due to intolerable side-effects of medications.

 

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can effectively treat the following types of anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Bottom line: Treating your anxiety disorder with acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help you bet your best and get your emotional well-being back into a balanced state.

Jenny is an incredible acupuncturist, but more importantly, she exemplifies everything an excellent practitioner should be. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible, genuinely caring and compassionate, and offers the best holistic care I’ve experienced.

Jenny is resourceful, and is great about offering advice and recommendations on anything that might help her clients. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
– Miriam M., Redwood City


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Resources:

http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

http://www.acupuncture.com/newsletters/m_july10/anxiety.htm

Zhang (2010). “The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture therapy in depressive disorders: Systematic review and meta-analysis”. Journal of Affective Disorders, 124, 1-2, July 2010.

Wen (2009). “Combination of acupuncture and Fluoxentine for depression: A randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial”. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15, 8, August 13, 2009.

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Arthritis

Acupuncture for arthritis has been proven to be an effective and safe alternative treatment. In combination with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it can be a powerful addition to any other type of treatment plan without the harmful side effects.

Western Medicine Treatment vs. Acupuncture Treatment:

Unlike acupuncture treatment, western treatment generally focuses on only relieving pain and preventing further joint damage. Often this is done through the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications, as well as through self-care and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may even be needed.

Acupuncture treatment for arthritis, on the other hand, focuses on a whole-body approach to relief.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, arthritis is caused by:

  • Weakness or deficiency of the internal organs
  • Constitutional imbalance
  • Physical injury and/or trauma
  • Changes with the quality and quantity of Qi
  • Invasion from external factors such as Wind, Cold and Heat
  • Unresolved emotional upset, mainly related to stress and anxiety

How Treating Allergies with Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health. According to these theories, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness.

It flows through pathways called meridians (see chart below), providing nourishment for every cell, tissue, muscle and organ. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms may result.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

During treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupoints along the meridians in order to unblock any obstruction and allow Qi to flow freely.

Your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset may also recommend herbal remedies, massage, and stretching. Be sure to discuss any new medications with your doctor to avoid any potential interactions.


Just like any other type of treatment, using acupuncture for arthritis can be highly effective, but is not meant to be a “quick-fix”. However, there are lifestyle changes you can make while being treated that will help you experience quicker results and relief faster:

  1. Exercise – will help strengthen muscles and bones as well as with blood flow
  2. Diet – eat unprocessed foods whenever possible
  3. Stress Relief – try practicing regular breathing exercises or meditation
  4. Maintain Balance – find time for rest and relaxation

“Visiting Jenny came from an urgent need for help with a painful arthritic condition. The treatments were helpful in two ways; one, it enabled me to evaluate my overall health and explore what aspects of my lifestyle could be affecting my condition, and it helped me get much needed rest. The latter being critical to my physical and emotional well-being.” – Cecilia H., Executive Coach


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References:
Berman BM, Lao L, Langenberg P, Lee WL, Gilpin AMK, Hochberg MC. Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy in Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2004; 141 (12):901-910.
What is Osteoarthritis? National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. September 2006.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. May 2005.
Joswick, Diane L.Ac. Acupuncture for Arthritis. 2006.
Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet. Arthritis Foundation. 2005.

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Asthma

When acupuncture is used for treating asthma, it takes a holistic, or whole-body approach in order to determine what areas of the body are affected and out-of-balance and contributing to the attacks.

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. Caring for a chronic condition such as asthma can sometimes be frustrating, but it’s important to remember that it can be controlled. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be powerful allies in the management of asthma, and they work well in conjunction with other types of treatment.


Western Medicine Treatment Viewpoint

Generally, the available approach of asthma treatment is to try and prevent attacks. This is usually done with regular use of anti-inflammatory medications, inhaled steroids and leukotriene inhibitors. Once an asthma attack is underway, quick-acting medications like corticosteroids may be able to relieve it.

Most of these medications can cause side effects such as nausea, headaches, muscle tremors, and insomnia. However, many people have found that acupuncture treatment may help reduce asthma attacks, improve lung function, and even lower the amount of medication needed.

Acupuncture & TCM View of Asthma

In acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), asthma is known as “Xiao Chuan”, which means “wheezing” and “shortness of breath”. It is caused by a variety of factors that involve an imbalance with Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”), and an imbalance with one or more of the organ systems, generally the Lungs, Spleen or Kidney.

Asthma according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) goes beyond a simple diagnosis of “asthma”.

Below are some of the more common TCM diagnoses that Jenny may discover and treat.

  • Invasion of Wind
  • Lung weakness
  • Kidney weakness
  • Spleen weakness
  • Liver imbalance
  • Liver Heat
  • Wei Qi deficiency
  • Phlegm/damp in the Lungs

Since acupuncture and TCM take into account your overall well-being, Jenny may also address other issues that may be contributing to your asthma, such as exercise, diet and stress. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and pain-free approach to many conditions, and you may find that your overall health improves along with your asthma symptoms.


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References:
Asthma. U.S. National Library of Medicine Medical Encyclopedia. 10/30/2006. Link
Alternative Therapy for Asthma. WebMD. 12/1/2006.
Chen, J., Pharm, D. Treatment of Asthma with Herbs and Acupuncture. Acufinder.com Acupuncture Learning & Resource Center.
Facts about Asthma. American Lung Association. 10/2006.

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Autoimmune Disease

Lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Crohn’s disease…You may have heard of these conditions, but do you know what they have in common? They are all types of autoimmune disease and they are all lifelong conditions.

Approximately 50 million Americans are living with an autoimmune disease. If you are facing one of these conditions, you know how crucial it is to have a treatment plan in place to help you manage your symptoms and live the healthiest, most active life possible.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be powerful allies in living with an autoimmune disease. They can help:

• Strengthen your immune system
• Relieve painful symptoms
• Reduce your stress, and
• Bolster your overall health

Perhaps most importantly, your practitioner will focus on YOU as an individual. Your care will be tailored to your specific needs and symptoms, so you won’t ever receive a “one-size-fits-all” treatment.

When the immune response goes wrong

To understand autoimmune disease, we must first understand how the immune system works. The immune system generally acts as the body’s protection against foreign substances and microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. When the immune system is working properly, it can tell the difference between the body’s own tissues and outside organisms.

In the case of autoimmune diseases the immune system stops being able to differentiate, and begins to attack the body’s own cells, tissues, and organs. This immune response causes harmful inflammation that eventually leads to an autoimmune condition. There are about 80 recognized autoimmune diseases, and several other conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia that are currently believed to have an autoimmune component.

Autoimmune conditions are often difficult to diagnose and treat because their symptoms and progression can vary from person to person. These conditions may either affect many organs or target one specific part of the body. The symptoms may be persistent, get progressively worse, or go into remission with occasional “flare-ups,” and can range from being mild to so severe that they become disabling.

The exact causes of autoimmune diseases are unknown, but since many conditions run in families, it’s believed there is a genetic relationship. Since women are at a much higher risk for many autoimmune diseases, hormones may also play a part.

Treatments generally rely upon a variety of medications, which can help to relieve symptoms, but may have uncomfortable side effects.

How acupuncture can help

Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic, or whole body approach to healing based on the idea of Qi, or vital energy. Qi flows through pathways called meridians to nourish all of the body’s organs, protect us from illness and keep us healthy. When the flow of Qi becomes diminished or blocked, disease can result.

The goal of treatment will be to find and treat the underlying imbalances that are affecting the flow of Qi. By addressing the root cause of the disease, TCM can help your body regain balance and help improve your overall health. Acupuncture and TCM can also help reduce inflammation, soothe uncomfortable symptoms, relieve side effects from medication, and increase your energy levels.

During treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridians in order to unblock any obstruction and allow Qi to flow freely. Your practitioner may also help improve your nutrition, reduce your stress, or start you on an exercise program.

In addition, your practitioner may recommend herbal remedies and supplements designed to support your health and boost your immune system. It’s important to communicate with all of your health providers in order to maximize your healing potential.

Acupuncture and TCM have proven effective against a wide variety of health concerns. By incorporating these powerful tools into your treatment program, you’re making the decision to support and nourish your body and take control of your autoimmune condition.

References:
Autoimmune diseases: overview. The National Women’s Health Information Center. Link
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. WebMD. May 17, 2007. Link

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Back Pain

Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective and safe alternative treatment for back pain.

Back pain is a very common problem–one that will strike four out of five Americans at some time in their lives. In fact, it’s one of the top reasons people seek medical care. Unfortunately, back pain isn’t always easy to diagnose or relieve. Low back pain in particular can become a chronic or ongoing problem.

There are many possible causes for back pain, including strained muscles or ligaments, often caused by improper lifting, sudden movements or traumatic injury. Other culprits can include arthritis, structural abnormalities of the spine, or the disks between the vertebrae bulging or rupturing and pressing on a nerve.

Depending on the specific diagnosis, back pain is generally treated with medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and in some cases, surgery.

More and more people are finding relief for both acute and chronic back pain through acupuncture and TCM.

Acupuncture for back pain in combination with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are very effective in treating back pain naturally. They can also be used together with traditional Western treatments to maximize your healing and recovery.

An acupuncturist will not only work to relieve your symptoms, but will also work to find and treat the underlying cause of your pain. In a study conducted at a Swedish hospital, doctors concluded that acupuncture provided long-term relief along with improvements in physical activity levels, quality of sleep and the diminished use of pain medication.

 

“Acupuncture represents a highly promising and effective treatment option for chronic back pain. Patients experienced not only reduced pain intensity, but also reported improvements in the disability that often results from back pain, and therefore in their quality of life.” – H. Endres, MD


How Acupuncture for Back Pain Works

Acupuncturists view back pain another way. An acupuncturist will not only work to relieve your symptoms, but will also work to find and treat the underlying cause of your pain.

In a study conducted at a Swedish hospital, doctors concluded that acupuncture provided long-term relief along with improvements in physical activity levels, quality of sleep and the diminished use of pain medication.

Acupuncture and TCM are based on the concept that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows through the body in channels called meridians (see diagram below).

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

If Qi becomes stagnant, unbalanced or deficient, symptoms such as back pain, ache and inflammation can result. This can happen for any number of reasons, from injury and illness to stress or external invaders such as wind or dampness. Back pain can arise from disharmonies such as:

Stagnation – type pain that is often linked to sudden, stabbing, severe pain and related to sprains, strains or trauma. It can be accompanied by stiffness and tightness and becomes worse with rest. If it occurs often in the same area(s) it may reflect an underlying deficiency.

Cold, damp obstruction – type pain that is generally worse in the morning and exacerbated by cold or damp weather. This type of pain condition may be associated with numbness, swelling and a sense of “heaviness.” Heat improves this condition.

Deficiency – type pain that is usually
a chronic condition that presents with
a “dull” pain and improves with rest.


Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain Helps Restore Balance

Once your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset has determined the cause(s) of your back pain, she will create a specific treatment plan designed to address your concerns and boost your overall health and vitality.

During acupuncture treatments, your acupuncturist will insert fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways in order to restore the balance and flow of Qi. He or she may also perform acupressure or other types of therapy, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

The acupuncturist who is treating you for back pain may also suggest lifestyle changes and self-care techniques, especially if you struggle with chronic pain. These may include:

Improving your posture – Examine your posture in a mirror. Try to stand with your head up, shoulders back and pelvis in a neutral position. When sitting, try to sit upright with your feet flat on the floor and your knees and hips level. Try to balance your weight evenly when walking and standing.

Exercising – Keep your back and abdominal muscles strong with regular exercise. Yoga and Qi Gong are both gentle and effective. Consider adding aerobic exercise as well to improve your overall health and reduce stress.

Managing stress – Stress can take a real toll on your health and contribute to muscle pain. Meditation or deep-breathing techniques can help you stay calm and relaxed. Massage is another great way to help relieve stress and loosen tense muscles.

More and more people are finding relief for both acute and chronic back pain through acupuncture and TCM. If you or someone you love is struggling with back pain, call Jenny Bisset today to find out how acupuncture can help.


Jenny Bisset, a licensed acupuncturist in San Carlos, CASchedule an appointment with Jenny today
(650) 206-8116
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References:
Back pain. MayoClinic.com. Feb. 8, 2008. Link
Sollars, David W. L.Ac. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Acupuncture and Acupressure. Alpha Books, 2000.
Stone, Al. L.Ac. Chinese Medicine for Back Pain. Acupuncture.Com. Link

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Cancer Care

Acupuncture treatment and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be effectively and safely used to naturally support your body and mind as you undergo conventional cancer treatments.

In fact, in many cancer cases it’s recommended as a way to soothe and reduce side effects. According to the National Institutes of Health1, acupuncture has been found to be effective in relieving:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Post-surgical pain

Acupuncture and TCM can also help relieve stress, depression, and anxiety, which can greatly improve your quality of life during this challenging time.

The American College of Chest Physicians even recommends that acupuncture be used for patients who experience fatigue, dyspnea, chemo-therapy induced neuropathy or to soothe symptoms of pain or nausea and vomiting. Especially in patients who have cancer of the lungs.


Chinese Medicine View of Cancer

Cancer treatment according to Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on Fu Zheng Gu Ben principles.

Fu Zhen means strengthening what is correct.

It is an immune enhancing herbal regimen using specific herbs. The objective is to support and stimulate deep energy systems within the body to make it stronger and more resistant to degeneration.

Gu Ben refers to strengthening and supporting the body to regenerate and repair.


Acupuncture and TCM have been used for thousands of years to maintain health and relieve symptoms. Practitioners work to treat imbalances in the body’s Qi, or vital energy, by inserting fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints.

Since acupuncture has few side effects, it can be safely used as a complement to conventional cancer treatments.

In addition to acupuncture, your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset may also provide massage, acupressure, nutritional counseling, or an exercise program designed to help you stay as healthy as possible. He or she may also recommend herbal medicines or vitamin supplements.

Remember to always communicate with your health care providers about these and any other medications you take in order to avoid any drug interactions.

Bottom line is that acupuncture and TCM aims to treat the person, not just the disease; Jenny takes a holistic, or whole-body, approach to cancer care.

This means that not only will your symptoms be considered, but also your lifestyle, emotional state, and overall health. Your whole being will be taken into account, not just the cancer.


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References:
1. NIH Consensus Conference. Acupuncture. JAMA 280 (17): 1518-24, 1998.
Comprehensive cancer care: integrating alternative, complementary, and conventional therapies. Gordon JS, Curtin S. NY: Persus Publishing, 2000.
Acupuncture. American Cancer Society. May 25, 2007. Link
Understanding CancerTreatment. WebMD. Accessed February 11, 2008. Link
New Lung Cancer Guidelines Oppose General CT Screening – Lung Cancer Recommendations – Avoid Select Vitamins, Try Acupuncture. Chest, September 2007.

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Carpal Tunnel

Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in combination with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a safe, pain-free, natural treatment, without any side effects for harmful medications.

Studies suggest that acupuncture can both reduce swelling of soft tissue and stimulate production of cortisol, a hormone that reduces inflammation. Since CTS is caused by the swelling of the soft tissue that leads to inflammation of the carpal tunnel, acupuncture can be effective in treating CTS.

In addition to improving your CTS, treatment may also improve other symptoms often associated with this condition such as headaches, neck pain, and shoulder stiffness.

More importantly, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help relieve the emotional stress of living with this painful condition.


How Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Works

An important part of acupuncture and TCM is the concept of Qi. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. It flows through pathways called meridians (see diagram below), and provides nourishment to all the body’s organs.

When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms may result. Qi stagnation may be the cause of your carpal tunnel pain.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

During treatment, in order to restore the balance and flow of Qi, fine sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian pathways. Based on your unique symptoms, your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset will choose to concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs.

Afterwards, a variety of self-care techniques may be prescribed to further expedite your healing process. Jenny may also recommend herbal remedies, vitamin supplements, massage, and stretching as part of your treatment.

With proper care, you can recover from CTS. As you continue with treatment, you may even find that your overall health and well being may improve along with the relief of your carpal tunnel symptoms.

 

“Jenny is an incredible acupuncturist, but more importantly, she exemplifies everything an excellent practitioner should be. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible, genuinely caring and compassionate, and offers the best holistic care I’ve experienced.

Jenny is resourceful, and is great about offering advice and recommendations on anything that might help her clients. I cannot recommend her highly enough.” – Miriam M., Redwood City


Jenny Bisset, a licensed acupuncturist in San Carlos, CASchedule an appointment with Jenny today
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References:
Carpal tunnel syndrome. Mayo Clinic. Feb. 21, 2007. Link
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Nov. 2002. Link
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. American Physical Therapy Association. Accessed April 20, 2008. Link
Tanaka, Tim H., Ph.D., D.Ac., CST, RMT, BCIAC. TECH PAINS: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Eye for the Future Magazine. 1997.

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Depression

A happy smiling senior woman relaxes on the rocks by a cliff overlooking the ocean. A forested mountain range is behind her.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporate thousands of years of experience in treating depression.

Not only can they help to alleviate the signs and symptoms accompanying depression, they can address the root cause(s) and underlying imbalances that have contributed to the problem, safely and naturally.

Acupuncturists like Jenny Bisset are aware of the powerful interplay between our body and emotions, and that the two are inseparable.


When we experience emotional upset, our physiological state may become disrupted. Likewise, when we experience physical problems, our emotions can become greatly affected.

According to the data analysis of several independent studies, the effectiveness of acupuncture was comparable to antidepressants alone in improving clinical response and alleviating symptom severity of Major Depressive Disorder.

Additionally, the incidence of side adverse reactions in acupuncture treatment was significantly lower than that of antidepressants.

Imagine…Your depression symptoms can be effectively and painlessly treated without the use of drugs or anti-depressants

Over time, this disruption, or imbalance leads to what an acupuncturist calls “stagnant” or “depressed” Qi, (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy. Qi is a concept unique to the theories and principles of TCM. According to these theories, Qi is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness and pain. Qi flows through the body in pathways called meridians (see diagram below).

When Qi becomes stagnant or depressed, physical and/or emotional symptoms result. Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM are specifically trained to detect and correct the balance and movement of Qi within the human body.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 


How Acupuncture for Depression Works

Treatments are focused on balancing and activating the Qi by manipulating corresponding points on the body.

Acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset will take a complete health history in order to find out where, why, and how Qi has become stagnant or depressed. They will develop a unique treatment plan tailored to specific symptoms and signs of each individual.

The goals of such a plan will be to activate the movement of Qi throughout the entire body, as well as to address the root cause(s) and underlying imbalances. By treating the body as a whole and unique organism, your acupuncturist will support you in your recovery from illness and disease, moving you toward health and happiness.

Using acupuncture for depression and TCM provides a safe, natural, drug-free and effective ways to address depression. The focus is to restore a balanced and continuous flow of Qi throughout the body and mind.

However, acupuncture is not a “quick fix.” You may need to receive weeks or months of treatment in order to see lasting results. Give yourself the time required so that you can experience the maximum benefits acupuncture and TCM have to offer.

 

“If I could give Jenny 10 stars I would. I went to see her for chronic foot pain (10+ years from a sports injury) and she came up with a treatment plan that not only addressed that issue, but another underlying issue that I’ve struggled with for years…. anxiety and mild depression. Her treatments have been life changing for me.

My mood is significantly improved, my foot pain is diminishing and I have a sense of calm about me that I have never experienced. I would highly recommend giving her a look. She is wonderful!” – Nancy B., San Carlos

 


 

Jenny Bisset, a licensed acupuncturist in San Carlos, CASchedule an appointment with Jenny today
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References:

1 “Depression.” World Health Organization. 7 March 2011. ‹http://www.who.int/›.

2 “The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture therapy in depressive disorders: Systematic review and meta-analysis.” Zhang-Jin Zhang, Hai-Yong Chen, Ka-chee Yip, Roger Ng, Vivian Taam Wong Journal of Affective Disorders – July 2010 (Vol. 124, Issue 1, Pages 9-21).

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Diabetes

A safe approach to managing diabetes and its symptoms is acupuncture.

Acupuncture treatment for diabetes combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be used safely along with your current medical treatment, and will provide the best results for you in conjunction with making healthy life and diet choices.


Understanding the Complexity of Diabetes

The body gets its energy from food through the process of digestion. Food is broken down into glucose (or sugar) which passes into the bloodstream. Then the glucose is moved into muscle, fat, and liver cells by the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas.

However, if you have diabetes, your body either does not produce enough insulin, or doesn’t respond to it properly, and this leads to high levels of sugar in the blood.

Uncontrolled blood-sugar levels can cause serious complications if left untreated, including blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage.

There are two main types of Diabetes:

Type I Diabetes: Usually diagnosed during childhood, type I is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks insulin-producing cells. Symptoms usually come on suddenly, and treatment includes daily injections of insulin.

Type II Diabetes: This type accounts for 90-95% of all diabetes cases, and is usually diagnosed during adulthood. Major risk factors include family history, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol and being overweight and sedentary.


Acupuncture: A Natural Diabetes Treatment that Works

The good news is that certain types of diabetes respond very well to acupuncture along with other holistic health care choices and lifestyle changes—sometimes even making medications unnecessary.

Acupuncture for diabetes and TCM can help put you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Since diabetes has an impact on every part of your body, it makes sense to try a therapy that takes a holistic, or whole-body, approach to health:

According to TCM, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. Qi flows through pathways called meridians (see diagram below) and provides nourishment to all of the body’s organs and glands. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, symptoms associated with diabetes may appear.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

According to TCM, diabetes is known as “Xiao Ke” or “wasting and thirsting disease”, caused by an imbalance of Qi and Yin. This produces heat which drains and consumes the body’s fluids. That is why symptoms related to heat appear—excessive thirst, irritability, itchy skin, dry mouth and red, swollen gums.

During treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted in specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways in order to restore the flow of Qi and nourish Yin. This can ultimately relieve symptoms, improve pancreatic function and control blood sugar levels.


Diabetes according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) goes beyond a simple diagnosis of Type I or Type II diabetes.

Below are some of the more common TCM diagnoses that your acupuncturist may discover and treat.

  • Upper Wasting
  • Middle Wasting
  • Lower Wasting
  • Spleen deficiency
  • Liver Qi Stagnation

In addition to acupuncture care, Jenny may offer recommendations for dietary changes, exercise plans, and herbal remedies.

Bottom Line: Acupuncture and TCM address each patient’s individual needs in eliminating symptoms and potentially reduce the need for medication. The best approach to controlling your diabetes is to work with a team of health care providers who can address the many aspects of diabetes.

Including an acupuncturist to your team like Jenny Bisset—and working together to manage your diabetes—can have lasting benefits and help you live a healthy, active life.


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References

Choate, C. Diabetes Mellitus From Western and TCM Perspectives. Accessed 2/10/2007.
Diabetes. U.S. National Library of Medicine Medical Encyclopedia. 2/8/2007.
Diabetes Overview and Facts. WebMD. Accessed 6/9/2007.
Treating Diabetes with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Acufinder.com. Accessed 6/4/2007.

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Fertility

Acupuncture for fertility is a proven alternative infertility treatment that dates back 2,000 years. In combination with Traditional Chinese Medicine, these ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing.

 

Acupuncture and TCM provide a safe, effective, drug-free, and alterntive approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Here are a few reasons to try acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine:

    • An acupuncturist does not treat just symptoms and signs, but instead activates the body’s natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have lead to the problem or disease.
    • Acupuncture and TCM are completely natural. No drugs are ever used. Invasive procedures and drug therapies that are used in the Western treatment of infertility can cause undesirable side effects and accumulated toxicity in the body.
    • Acupuncture for fertility and TCM can be used to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, therefore can increase the effectiveness of other procedures.

How Acupuncture for Fertility Works

According to the theories of acupuncture and TCM, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi (pronounced “chee”) and blood affecting the healthy functioning of one or more of the organ systems. When Qi, also known as our vital energy, and blood are circulating freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue and organ is properly nourished and can function well.

Acupuncture and TCM can raise the fertility potential of women by effecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of Qi and blood (keep in mind that the organs described reflect Chinese medical theories and philosophies).

Kidney Organ System. The release of an ovum is controlled by the kidneys. The kidneys also create a substance called Jing Qi, which is required in order to have a healthy body, mind, and pregnancy.

If an imbalance exists within the kidneys, Jing Qi may be inadequate in supply and may be a cause for infertility. Chinese herbal medicine, along with acupuncture, can nourish and support Jing Qi and overall kidney health.

Spleen Organ System. An adequate supply of blood is required by a woman’s body to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, a growing fetus, and a healthy pregnancy. Disharmony within the spleen can result in an inadequate supply and imbalance of blood. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can build and nourish blood in order to promote a healthy flow
of blood to the uterus.

Liver Organ System. In order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy, it is important to have a free flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. The liver is in charge of facilitating this function. When it is out of balance, areas of the body will not receive the required supply of Qi and blood. This imbalance can lead to depression, anxiety, stress and increased possibility of infertility.


Studies Show that Acupuncture is Effective

Studies reported by The American Pregnancy Association suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur without traditional medical interventions when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used alone.1

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York reviewed recent studies and concluded that acupuncture helps to:

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall.
  • Reduce anxiety and stress. The hormones that are secreted during stressful situations can significantly decrease fertility.
  • Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility.
  • Regulate menstrual cycle.2

A 2007 study shows researchers found that acupuncture treatment for fertility may improve the quality of life in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). It was also found that women receiving acupuncture reported significantly less abdominal pain, other pain, nausea, and stress two hours after oocyte aspiration (egg collection) compared to women receiving conventional analgesia.3

Also, in 2008 the British Medical Journal published research which concluded that acupuncture can be offered as a significant, clinically relevant adjunct to IVF, relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow for the successful implantation of an embryo within the uterine lining.4


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  1. American Pregnancy Association. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture.htm.
  2. Five ways acupuncture can boost fertility. Prevention.com. 2002.
  3. Alternative Therapies, May/June 2007, Vol. 13 No.3.
  4. Manheimer, E., et. al. Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal. February 2008;336:545-549.
  5. World Health Organization. www.who.int/medicines.
  6. A Manual of Acupuncture. Deadman P. & Mazin Al-Khafaji. Eastland Press, 2007. Page 326.
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Headaches

Headaches can be truly debilitating depending on its severity. Many people seek relief is by reaching for drugs and other medications. This is fine for the short run, and can help you get out of pain fast. Unfortunately, common headache medications do not address the root cause(s), and when used over long periods of time can cause unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture treatment for headaches and Traditional Chinese Medicine takes a holistic, or whole-body approach to health.

This holistic approach offers a safe and effective approach to relieving headache pain, without causing harmful side effects, and incorporate a comprehensive diagnostic protocol that can help your acupuncturist understand and address the root cause(s) of your headaches.

Jenny will also attempt to determine what root cause(s) are contributing to the overall problem. By identifying and treating the underlying cause(s) of your headaches, not just the symptoms, he/she can apply the most effective care.


How Acupuncture Treatment for Headaches Works

An important part of acupuncture and TCM is the concept of Qi. Qi (pronounced “chee”)
is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness.
It flows through pathways called meridians, and provides nourishment to all the body’s organs.

When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms may result. Qi stagnation may be the cause of your headaches.

During headache treatment, in order to restore the balance and flow of Qi, fine sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian pathways (see diagram below).

Based on your unique symptoms, your acupuncturist will choose to concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs. Afterwards, a variety of self-care techniques may be prescribed to further expedite your healing process.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works


It is important to remember that using acupuncture to treat your headache symptoms is not a “quick fix.” Changes may occur quickly or over a longer period of time, depending upon your overall constitution and health. It is also important to closely follow care recommendations suggested by your acupuncturist.

Whether it’s one visit to address an acute problem, or several visits to address a chronic problem, your acupuncturist will create a treatment protocol that will maximize your healing potential.

Naturally, acupuncture care is extremely effective in reducing the frequency and severity of many types of painful conditions, including headache pain. By working with your acupuncturist and adopting some simple lifestyle changes, you will be on your way toward a healthier, happier, pain-free life.


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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or Hypertension affects more than one in three Americans, but most people may not even know they have it. Fortunately, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a safe, natural, and pain-free way to keep your blood pressure in check.

Acupuncturists like Jenny Bisset take a holistic, or “whole body,” approach for the treatment of hypertension, and take into account inharmonious conditions of the whole system than can involve the function of the liver, kidneys, digestive system and heart.

Treatment is based upon the idea of Qi (pronounced “chee”), the vital energy that flows through pathways called meridians (see diagram below), providing nourishment for all of the body’s organs and protecting it from illness. When the flow of Qi becomes diminished or blocked, disease and illness result.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

The goal of treatment is to find and address the underlying imbalance(s) affecting the flow of Qi, leading to the elevated blood pressure and various symptoms.

By addressing the root cause of your high blood pressure, TCM can help your body regain its natural balance.

In doing so, you’ll also be strengthening your health and reducing the risk of future health conditions.


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IBS

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can offer a safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to address IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This holistic healthcare system looks at the body differently than Western medicine.

According to Chinese medicine, the body is like a garden that must be cultivated and maintained in order to grow strong and remain healthy. Good health happens when all of the organs and meridian systems are balanced and working together.


Acupuncture for IBS Looks for Imbalance

According to Chinese medical theories, there are several possible causes for IBS. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can create a clear picture of the root imbalance(s) that lead to IBS symptoms:

 

Scenario 1

One of these is an imbalance of the spleen. The spleen is the organ in charge of digestion and assimilation of foods and liquids. One of the main functions of the spleen is to aid in the production of spleen Qi. Spleen Qi is the energy that provides power and nourishment for the entire body.

Another function of the spleen is to produce blood from the food it breaks down and to convert it into usable energy to power your body. If your spleen isn’t properly cared for, the body’s energy levels will not be supported and illness may occur.

The spleen is easily affected and weakened by poor eating habits and diet, antibiotics, excessive worry, or a weak constitution. When a weakened spleen cannot metabolize or process food efficiently, “dampness” appears in the body.

Dampness occurs when rotting, undigested food sits in the gut, causing a variety of symptoms. If dampness “rises” to your head, you may experience headaches, a “foggy” feeling and an inability to concentrate. Over time, dampness can lead to bloating, fullness and loose stools.

 

Scenario 2

Another possible scenario is an imbalance in the liver. According to Chinese medicine, the liver is associated with emotional health. Stress and anger directly influence the function of your liver. Alcohol, drugs and medications, or a poor diet further compromise its function.

When this happens, your liver energy overflows, in a figurative sense, and attacks the spleen. If your spleen is already weakened, it can be easily overcome. The result can be stress-induced IBS.

If your liver is compromised, you may experience alternating diarrhea and constipation, as well as bloating, gas, headaches, and dull pain. In this case, your liver may be the root of the problem, and your spleen the secondary problem.

 

Scenario 3

An imbalance in kidney Yang could also cause IBS symptoms. kidney Yang is energy that provides warmth for your body. This energy warms up your spleen to aid in the digestion and breakdown of food. If your kidney energies are compromised, you may experience early-morning diarrhea and possibly bladder incontinence, cold limbs, weak knees and a sore back.


Acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset, will determine what organ and meridian systems are contributing to your IBS. she may also suggest adjunct therapies such as herbs, dietary changes, breathing techniques and exercises in order to maximize your healing in conjunction with your acupuncture treatment for IBS.

 

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Immune Health

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Acupuncture treatment for immune health is a drug free, safe, natural and approach that helps support the body’s self-regulating, self-balancing and healing systems. If illness does occur, such as a cold or the flu, acupuncture can help you get back on your feet again.

According to Chinese medical theory, germs, bacteria and viruses do not cause disease.

Illness occurs when certain organ systems are weak and out of balance. When our bodies are in a weakened and unbalanced state, a hospitable environment is created for germs, bacteria and viruses to thrive, leading to a cold or the flu.

Clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventative approach to your colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness.


How Acupuncture for Immune Health Works

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s healing energies and enhancing your immune health. This is supported by the concept of Wei Qi.

Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. It functions as a barrier protecting and defending the body against foreign substances, which can cause illness and disease. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy.

When the supply of Wei Qi becomes inadequate, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to outside invaders.

Acupuncture for your immune health supports and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi, and can help rebalance and support the immune system and stimulate Wei Qi energy.

By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it throughout the body, the body’s organs and meridian systems become strong, enhancing their ability to effectively fight off illness and disease.


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Insomnia

Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective and safe alternative treatment for insomnia.

Insomnia can be very frustrating, but it’s more than an annoyance. When insomnia becomes ongoing, or chronic, your body is unable to get the rest and renewal it needs so that you can feel your best. In fact, a lack of quality sleep can cause problems such as difficulty concentrating, diminished energy, low mood, and trouble performing everyday tasks.

Since sleep strengthens the immune system, insomnia can leave you susceptible to many other health concerns. Fortunately, acupuncture in combination with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help. So, you don’t have to just “put up with” chronic insomnia.


How Acupuncture Can Help for Insomnia

According to the theories of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), conditions such as insomnia are a sign of an imbalance in Qi (pronounced “chee”), the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness.

This imbalance can stem from a number of causes such as stress, anxiety, medications, depression, and chronic pain. To determine the underlying causes of your insomnia, your acupuncturist will take into account many factors, including your lifestyle and emotional and mental well-being. They will then work to restore the balance and flow of Qi by inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points along the body.

Acupuncturist Jenny Bisset may also suggest aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, or other additional therapies. You may find that you sleep better after your very first session, though you will most likely receive the most benefit from a series of acupuncture for insomnia treatments.

Jenny can get to the root of your sleep issues by taking into account all of the factors that may be contributing to your sleep disturbance. With this ancient form of health care, you can treat your symptoms, improve your overall health and well-being, and start looking forward to a great night’s sleep.


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Macular Degeneration

Combining Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been proven to slow the progression of the main forms of macular degeneration which are the dry, wet and age-related forms.

Benefits can last from months to years with proper maintenance, however each case is different. Macular Degeneration is not curable, but it is easier to get a positive response in the early stages. Jenny’s goal is to slow deterioration and preserve your vision for as long as possible.


How Does the Acupuncture Treatment Work?

Acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset uses a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine, supplements and lifestyle tips. Acupuncture is a truly powerful way to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability. In slowing Macular Degeneration, what we do is stimulate specific acupuncture points around the eyes. (We will NEVER put anything in your eye!)

These points help promote blood circulation, which will improve the health of all parts of the eyes including the macula, retina and blood vessels.

We also use other points on the arms and legs because they can help treat other organs in the body, which may be affecting your eye heath. Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as being wholly connected, meaning that macular degeneration is often related to other health problems such as heart disease or diabetes.

Visual simulation of someone’s viewpoint with AMD

Simulation showing before and after viewpoints of someone affected by macular degeneration. The subjects are two young male boys smiling next to each other.
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What makes acupuncture treatment so effective?

Acupuncture addresses the root cause

  • Unlike western medicine, we look at the entire body, not just your eyes, to help determine and address the root cause as well as the symptoms. That’s why Traditional Chinese Medicine can be so powerful in treating macular degeneration. There is a lot we can do to try to preserve vision, and slow the degenerative process.

No drugs or surgery is required

  • Our macular degeneration treatment is natural and simple. We help awaken your body’s healing system, and slow the degenerative process

Acupuncture can yield quick results

  • You may see a result from this treatment in a matter of days or weeks, not months.over 85% of patients respond positively to this form of treatment, measured either by their own reports or their ophthalmologists tests. However, every person is unique and once we meet with you we will be able to give you our best estimate of your response.

Does everyone see see quick results?

  • Most patients will see measurable improvement within the first 10 -20 treatments, which is usually done as intensive daily treatments (2 treatments per day for 5 -10 days).  The initial improvement is due to dormant cells awakening.  Sicker cells take longer to regenerate, so further improvement may continue slowly for many months after the initial treatment.  *More advanced Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) may require more frequent and long term treatment.

Benefits of acupuncture for Macular Degeneration can last from months to years, however each case is different. Remember, macular degeneration is not curable, but it is easier to get a positive response in the early stages. Our goal is to help you preserve your vision and slow deterioration for as long as possible.

Bottom line: Leaving Macular Degeneration untreated can ultimately lead to total blindness. Start the process of getting help today.


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Menopause

Acupuncture treatment is a natural and safe way to relieve the symptoms associated with menopause.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine understand that symptoms and signs are merely indications of an imbalance deep within the body. This 5,000 year-old healing art focuses upon correcting underlying imbalances that have occurred over the years.

These imbalances, if left unchecked, will result in a variety of symptoms and signs normally associated with a Western diagnosis of menopause.


Acupuncture for Menopause and a Woman’s Natural Process

Menopause signifies “a change” within a woman’s life. This change occurs because a woman’s body chemistry is shifting. Chinese medicine recognizes this chemistry change as a natural process.

Estrogen is similar to what acupuncturists call Jing Qi. Jing Qi is like a gift that is given to all of us at the time of conception. It is the battery that provides us with the basic energy to power all our life functions. When Jing Qi is abundant, our ability to adapt to disease, illness and stress is optimal.

As we age, our supply of Jing Qi energy is slowly drained. Generally, Jing Qi naturally begins to decline between the ages of 35 to 60, although some people drain it faster than others.

When Jing Qi declines, the Organ Systems within our body become unbalanced. This leads to various symptoms and signs, such as graying hair, loss of libido, weakness of knees, urinary difficulty, poor memory, backache and fatigue.

Another factor that can contribute to menopause is an imbalance in Yin and Yang energies. One possible scenario is an imbalance caused by the slowing of the flow of Yin. Yin can be thought of as the cooling system of the body. When this cooling system declines, heat symptoms will naturally arise, leading to night sweats, restlessness, hot flashes, mood swings, heart palpitations and insomnia.

The decline of Yang energy can also lead to imbalance. Yang represents the warming and metabolizing functions of the body. When Yang is unbalanced, symptoms may include water retention, cold hands and feet, weight gain, edema, indigestion, hypertension, or raised cholesterol levels.

Left untreated, a decline and imbalance of Jing, Yin or Yang will lead to the symptoms and signs that are normally associated with a Western diagnosis of menopause.

 

How Jing Qi can be drained:

  • Overworking
  • Overexertion
  • Over doing it
  • Poort dietary habits
  • Inherited weakness
  • Burning the candle at both ends
  • Sitting or standing for long periods
  • Excessive activities (sexual, alcohol, drugs, late nights)

What can an acupuncturist do?

Acupuncturist Jenny Bisset will conduct a thorough evaluation and a complete health history. The symptoms, signs and other information that is gathered are pieces of the diagnostic health puzzle. Putting together this puzzle allows a practitioner to develop a unique treatment plan that will address each patient’s individual concerns.

When treating menopausal symptoms, an acupuncturist must first determine where the energy has changed, and what Organ Systems have become unbalanced. Once this is known, various natural therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, meditation, Qi Gong and diet can be used to correct the imbalances.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a safe, natural, drug-free and effective way to address menopause. Treatment supports the healing energies of Jing, Yin and Yang, providing the body with the building blocks it needs in order to nourish, heal, and regain balance.


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Neck Pain

Acupuncture for neck pain has been shown to be a highly effective and safe treatment..

The neck is one of the most flexible—and delicate—parts of the body. Throughout the day, many of us put stress on our neck without even realizing it. Unfortunately, this can result in a literal “pain in the neck,” causing stiffness, pain and limited movement in the neck and even the shoulders and arms.

If you suffer from neck pain, whether it is occasional or chronic, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may just provide the relief you need.

In recent years, acupuncture has become well-known as an effective treatment for various types of painful disorders. It’s a safe and natural approach approach to treating neck pain and whiplash.

 

Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors. Below are some of the more common diagnoses’ that your acupuncturist may discover and treat:

  • Overuse
  • Strain
  • Muscle tension
  • Invasion of cold, wind and/or damp
  • Bi Syndrome

How Acupuncture for Neck Pain Works

Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic, or whole-body, approach to health. In TCM, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. It flows through pathways called meridians to nourish all of the body’s organs, muscles and cells.

The diagram (below) shows the meridians throughout the body. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms such as pain may result, such in the neck area.

It is important for Qi to flow freely throughout the body. Think of water flowing through a garden hose. A blocked hose will not provide an adequate supply of water to a plant. Eventually, the plant will be unable to thrive, grow and blossom.

Similarly, a blockage in the flow of Qi anywhere in the neck area will inhibit the amount of nourishment that reaches our cells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands. Under normal circumstances, your neck and body can easily return to good health and vitality.

If the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if your body is in a weakened state, the flow of Qi becomes restricted and a variety of symptoms, including neck pain may arise and get worse.

By inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points at the neck area, an acupuncturist is able to break up blockages that have hampered the smooth flow of Qi. Once this is done, Qi can travel freely, promoting pain-free health, well-being and vitality.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works


Acupuncture Can Treat Chronic Neck Pain

A study published in British Medical Journal states that, “Acupuncture can be a safe form of treatment for patients with chronic neck pain if the objective is to obtain relief from pain related to movement and to improve cervical mobility. As neck pain may be a chronic condition, single forms of treatment may be inadequate, and acupuncture merits consideration.”1

Other studies suggest that acupuncture can treat degenerative disorders of the neck and spine. According to a study published by U.S. National Institutes of Health in 2010, it was concluded that, “Traditional acupuncture can relieve pain intensity and improve the quality of daily life with a relative long-term clinical efficacy in patients with chronic neck pain.”2


Acupuncture is safe, natural and has no side effects—unlike many of the medications often used to treat pain.

Your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset will take a detailed health history and perform a physical exam to find out where and why your body’s vital energies have become blocked and out of balance. She will work to not only relieve your pain, but to identify and treat the underlying causes.

During treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian pathways in order to restore the balance and flow of Qi. Jenny may also perform acupressure or other types of therapy, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

Jenny may also recommend herbs, changes in diet, stretches and other exercises to work in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. These adjunct therapies help you regain your health and prevent future problems. By working together Jenny—and taking good care of yourself—you will be on your way to a healthier, pain-free future before you know it.


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Pain Management

Acupuncture treatment for pain management is time-tested, safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to eliminate many types of pain.

Unlike other methods of handling pain, there are no side effects with acupuncture.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledge the benefits of acupuncture in treating and eliminating pain due to a wide range of causes. Studies have shown that treating acupuncture for pain not only decreases pain but that it also decreases overall inflammation.

 

Jenny’s most common area of acupuncture pain treatments:


An Acupuncturists Approach to Pain

How does performing acupuncture for pain management work?

Acupuncturists recognize that there is a vital energy, called Qi (pronounced “chee”), circulating within the body. Qi flows through a series of pathways called meridians. Meridians are like rivers within your body.

The diagram below shows the meridians throughout the body. Wherever a river flows it brings with it water that provides nourishment and life to the land, plants and people around it. Likewise, meridians transport life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland in the body.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

It is important for Qi to flow freely throughout the body. Think of water flowing through a garden hose. A blocked hose will not provide an adequate supply of water to a plant. Eventually, the plant will be unable to thrive, grow and blossom.

Similarly, a blockage in the flow of Qi anywhere in the body will inhibit the amount of nourishment that reaches our cells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands. Under normal circumstances, your body can easily return to good health and vitality.

If the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if your body is in a weakened state, the flow of Qi becomes restricted and a variety of symptoms, including pain, may arise.


Many things can cause Qi to become blocked:
    • Poor diet
    • Physical trauma
    • Emotional trauma
    • Inherited weakness of Qi
    • Chemical, physical, and/or emotional stress

By inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points, an acupuncturist is able to treat pain by breaking up blockages that have hampered the smooth flow of Qi. Once this is done, Qi can travel freely throughout the body, promoting pain-free health, well-being and vitality.

Not only can acupuncture treat signs and symptoms of pain and discomfort, it can also get to the root of the problem. When the initial cause of the pain is corrected, your body can begin to heal on deeper levels. Your acupuncturist may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing, such as: massage, stretching, yoga, herbal supplements and dietary changes

“I can not see a better solution to long-term
chronic pain. There is no question in my mind that acupuncture is safer than surgery or drugs.”

—Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, Neuroscientist, University of Toronto

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PMS

Acupuncture for PMS in combination with Chinese herbs offers a more holistic and non-invasive approach compared to approaches used in Western medicine.

In treating PMS, Western medicine recommends diet and lifestyle changes coupled with medications that manipulate the levels of progesterone and estrogen (i.e. birth control pills), tranquilizers and/or antidepressants (for nervousness, anxiety and depression) that affect mood and emotions.

Although prescription medications can sometimes bring immediate relief, they unfortunately do not address the underlying cause of PMS, and they can cause unwanted side effects that may mimic PMS symptoms.


Acupuncture for PMS: A Natural Approach

In treating PMS, Western medicine recommends diet and lifestyle changes coupled with medications that manipulate the levels of progesterone and estrogen (i.e. birth control pills), tranquilizers and/or antidepressants (for nervousness, anxiety and depression) that affect mood and emotions.

Although prescription medications can sometimes bring immediate relief, they unfortunately do not address the underlying cause of PMS, and they can cause unwanted side effects that may mimic PMS symptoms.

In 1997, the National Institute of Health (NIH)1 issued a consensus report that suggested acupuncture is effective in the treatment of menstrual cramps, and other symptoms associated with PMS.


Acupuncture can address PMS symptoms naturally, without medication, by restoring balance and harmony, both physically and emotionally.

In Chinese medicine, the root cause of PMS is usually an imbalance or blockage of Qi, (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy, and blood within specific organ and meridian systems (see diagram below). When Qi and blood become imbalanced or blocked, symptoms and signs associated with PMS will appear.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

The role of an acupuncturist is to investigate the underlying causes leading to PMS symptoms. After a thorough diagnostic evaluation to determine what organ and meridian systems are out of balance, they treat PMS symptoms according to each individual patient’s imbalances and concerns.

By inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body, an acupuncturist is able to stimulate and activate the movement of Qi and blood. When Qi and blood begin to travel freely throughout the body, balance and normal function are restored and PMS symptoms are alleviated.


Acupuncture restores hormonal balance and provides deep relaxation to help reduce stress, ultimately encouraging and supporting greater health and well-being of both body and mind.

A practitioner may also recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a nourishing, organic, whole foods diet, getting regular aerobic exercise and adequate sleep, enjoying warm baths, supplementing the diet with vitamins and herbs, and practicing deep relaxation exercises such as meditation, breathing exercises, or yoga.

Whether you suffer from PMS symptoms on an occasional or a monthly basis, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer a safe, natural and effective approach to alleviating these symptoms.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine may hold the key to a healthier, balanced, PMS-free life.


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1 National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Program & Abstracts (Bethesda, MD, November 3-5, 1997). Office of Alternative Medicine and Office of Medical Applications of Research. Bethesda.

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Pregnancy

A pregnant woman in a white dress holding her visible stomach in a natural setting.

Acupuncture treatment for pregnancy can be used to induce labor. It can also help you meet the unique challenges of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health for you and your baby in a safe and natural way, without the use of harmful medications.


How using acupuncture during pregnancy works

Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to regulate the female reproductive system. Acupuncture and TCM are based on the concept that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM work to balance the Qi in the body’s meridian and organ systems by manipulating corresponding points on the body.

For a healthy pregnancy, regular weekly and/or monthly treatments are recommended. However, your practitioner will tailor your treatment entirely to your needs and suggest treatment based on your unique symptoms and concerns.

Because some acupuncture points should not be used during pregnancy, it’s important to choose a practitioner experienced in prenatal acupuncture. It’s also important to discuss any treatments or herbal supplements with all of your prenatal health care providers.

 

Using acupuncture treatment can support your health during pregnancy by addressing three trimester symptoms:

  • First trimester – Sets the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. It can alleviate morning sickness, vomiting, fatigue and headaches.
  • Second trimester – Offers relief and balances the body from common complaints. It helps to alleviate heartburn, hemorrhoids, stress, sleep problems, edema, elevated blood pressure and weight gain.
  • Third trimester – Prepares the body for labor and delivery. It helps to alleviate sciatica, hip, joint, pubic and back pain.

 

Relief for common concerns

Regular balancing treatments throughout your pregnancy can enhance your health as well as your baby’s health, potentially preventing complications and positively influencing the development of your baby.

Many mothers-to-be find themselves facing anxiety, fatigue, back pain, heartburn, nausea and other symptoms as a result of the many new demands being placed on their bodies. Using acupuncture during pregnancy has been found to effectively relieve many of these symptoms.

Morning sickness responds particularly well with acupuncture during pregnancy. Your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset can even show you specific points that you can massage at home to help restore your appetite. Recent studies have also shown promising results in using acupuncture for depression during and after pregnancy.

 

Breech babies

Using acupuncture during pregnancy can also help with more serious issues. Specific acupuncture points and techniques are very useful for turning “breech babies” (those positioned feet first).

One study concluded that acupuncture is useful for babies that position themselves in a difficult presentation, and it is a relatively simple, effective and inexpensive method for breech birth presentation.

Treatment involves moxibustion, or applying heat from the burning of the herb mugwort to a point on the little toes. The treatment causes no adverse side effects.

 

Acupuncture to Induce Labor

If your due date has passed, acupuncture to induce labor. It is considered to be much more gentler than traditional Western labor-inducing treatments and medications. Acupuncture and acupressure can even be used to help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress during delivery.

 

Acupuncture after child birth

It’s important to recover properly after childbirth. Acupuncture can help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, rebalance your energy, boost your body’s defenses and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue, and postpartum depression.


Acupuncture and TCM provide a safe, gentle way to nurture and care for your health, and that of your baby, throughout your pregnancy and beyond. If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, schedule an appointment with Jenny Bisset today

 

Jenny Bisset, a licensed acupuncturist in San Carlos, CASchedule an appointment with Jenny today
(650) 206-8116
Acupuncture in San Carlos, CA
Jenny Bisset, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


References:
1 Acupuncture Conversion of Fetal Breech Presentation. D. Habek, et. al. Fetal Diagn Ther 2003;18:418-421
Non-Stress Test Changes During Acupuncture Plus Moxibustion on BL67 Point in Breech Presentation. I. Neri, PhD., et al. Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Vol. 9, No. 3, 158-162 (2002)
Acupuncture during IVF improves pregnancy chances.Link
Research Articles on Acupuncture and Pregnancy.Link

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Stress Relief

  • Relaxed brunette young women with her arms raised rested on top of her head while the sun is shining down on her.

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective, safe and drug-free alternative treatment for stress relief.

Stress is a natural response of the body to the various demands we place upon it. In ancient times, our stress response, also known as our fight or flight response, provided us with energy to preserve life during difficult situations, such as an attack or threat by a wild animal.

Unfortunately, modern day stress is considerably higher, more frequent and more consistent than what our predecessors experienced.

Practitioners of acupuncture for stress relief in combination with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been treating people for thousands of years.

The ancient theories of TCM on how stress affects the organs are similar to those of Western medicine. However, TCM theory and treatment go far beyond treating symptoms and signs and address the root cause(s) of or the problem.

One way that stress affects the body is by causing a depletion or blockage of Qi (pronounced “chee”), especially that of the kidneys and adrenals.

Qi is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians (see diagram below), and provides nourishment for the entire body.

When Qi becomes “blocked” or the supply is inadequate, the body and organ systems become “stressed out” and our health is then compromised.

 

Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works

 

Using acupuncture for stress works to support and restore the integrity of the various organs affected and depleted by the stress response, along with evaluating the quality and quantity of Qi.

Your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing. Proper eating habits, as well as exercise, stretching, movement and meditation practices, support and promote a balanced and healthy body, mind and spirit.

“I’ve been working with Jenny Bisset for a couple of months on my ongoing issue with insomnia, as well as stress and exhaustion. I’ve worked with other Acupuncturists before, and so I know when it works and when it doesn’t.

My insomnia is much better, and I look forward to my weekly sessions with Jenny to keep me in balance and better able to handle the stress of running a business.”
– Taru F., San Carlos


Jenny Bisset, a licensed acupuncturist in San Carlos, CASchedule an appointment with Jenny today
(650) 206-8116
Acupuncture in San Carlos, CA
Jenny Bisset, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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