Monthly Archives: April 2014

Acupuncture for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

By Mary Vincent, L.Ac.
A urinary tract infection, otherwise know as a “bladder infection” is a common complaint that many people will experience at least once in their lives. They can be caused by bacteria entering any part of the urinary tract, which typically affects the bladder but can also affect the kidneys, ureters (tubes that bring urine from the kidneys to the bladder), and urethra (the tube that passes urine out of the bladder during urination). It is a much more common occurrence among women, though we do see the occasional man come through BCA with UTI as their chief complaint. Women are more susceptible to them due to the simple fact that a women’s urethra is shorter than a man’s, thus bacteria is able to find it’s way into the bladder with greater ease. Sexual intercourse is often the culprit in aiding bacteria that get pushed into the urinary tract. You are also more likely to get a UTI if you have diabetes or any physical condition that can impede the flow of urine from the bladder (pregnancy, kidney stone, enlarged prostate, ect.).
It is usually very clear when you have a UTI, as symptoms cause obvious and increasingly worse discomfort rather rapidly.
Symptoms include:
▪ Burning pain with urination
▪ Feeling the need to urinate, but very little comes out when you do
▪ Lower abdominal pressure or pain
▪ Cloudy urine with strong odor (can be pink or red if infection is more severe and blood is in urine)
▪ Lower back pain, particularly in kidney areas (below ribs), typically only on one side
▪ Fever and/or chills
Can Acupuncture Help?
If this is the first (and hopefully only) urinary tract infection you have ever experienced [...]

Join the Revolution-Build a School

We are a part of the community acupuncture movement.
And this movement won’t survive without affordable acupuncture education. The current cost of training continues to skyrocket – topping nearly 6 figures at some schools. The current schools do not teach how to be a community acupuncturist. The only way community acupuncture will continue to grow and continue to provide affordable acupuncture (on a sliding scale of $15 to $50, where you get to choose what you pay on that scale, where you nap in a comfy recliner, in a cozy room with other sleeping souls) in your communities, is by creating an affordable school that trains community acupuncturists.
“Join the revolution. Affordable acupuncture training = more affordable acupuncture for more communities like yours.”

NPR Health: “No, You Don’t Need a Brain Scan”

Yes, It’s A Headache. No, You Don’t Need A Brain Scan

-by Nancy Shute
Headaches may be the most common human malady, accounting for one-quarter of all doctor visits.
It’s almost always just a headache. But what if it’s a brain tumor? Shouldn’t I get a CT scan or MRI exam just to make sure? …
…From 2007 to 2010, people visited the doctor 51 million times for headache-related problems, according to a national database of outpatient visits. And 12 percent of the time, the doctors sent their patients for a brain scan. Those numbers are on the rise, the analysis found, even though guidelines urge doctors to shun the scans. The results were published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Click here for full text of Shute’s article.

Headache Red Flags

We treat headaches at BCA every day-migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. Most headaches are very responsive to acupuncture-we LOVE treating them because of how frequently acupuncture makes a significant shift.
We wanted to talk share red flags that a headache might be more than “garden variety.” You need to seek medical attention for a headache if:
▪ It is sudden and explosive, especially with no history of headache;
▪ Markedly different than any headache you’ve had, especially if you are over 50;
▪ Accompanied by fever, seizure, vomiting, a loss of coordination;
▪ Accompanied by a change in vision, speech, or alertness.

Acutake Health: “How To Know When Acupuncture Is Working”

According to this article posted over at AcuTake, you know acupuncture is working when:
* You’re sleeping better
* You’re more aware
* You’re more emotional
* You have more energy
* You’re less stressed out
* You’re more regular
Read the full article here.

Acupuncture for TMJ Pain

by Mary Vincent, L.Ac.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints on the face that connect the lower jaw to the skull and allow the jaw to move up and down, forward and backwards, and side to side. It is common for people to refer to themselves as having “TMJ” when they have pain or dysfunction related to these joints. Pain can be intermittent or can be chronic and last for years. It can cause mild discomfort or be severely debilitating (particularly when the problem is related to the bone or jaw structure itself). At best it causes some discomfort in the most basic life functions—eating, talking, yawning, etc. It affects women more commonly than men, and typically occurs between the ages of 20 and 40.
 Signs and symptoms indicative of dysfunction in these joints include:
* Pain in the jaw joint and/or pain while chewing
* Neck and upper shoulder pain
* Headaches, particularly at the sides of the head
* Ear pain
* Toothaches
* Clicking and/or popping when opening the mouth (locking of the jaw when severe)
* Upper and lower teeth not lining up properly
* Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
* Sinus Problems—some sinus issues can also trigger pain in the jaw muscles
TMJ Disorders and Acupuncture
The most common reason people come in for TMJ pain here at BCA is due to issues with the jaw muscles rather than the joint itself, and this is almost always simply due to grinding or clenching of the jaw muscles in relation to high amounts of stress or anxiety. The person usually experiences jaw pain (often in the morning, as many people clench [...]

Acupuncture Fun Fact

Legend has it that acupuncture developed when early Chinese physicians observed unpredicted effects of puncture wounds in Chinese warriors.

Review of the Week

This place is amazing! Everyone on staff is so kind and professional. It’s always very clean and quiet and relaxing.
I began coming to BCA with help trying to get pregnant. We had been trying for 6 months with no results. I was pregnant within 6 weeks of treatments by Mary. Now, I have continued to come for pregnancy symptoms with great results.
Affordable, comfortable, relaxing, effective… what more could you ask for??
-Megan
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Chronic Pain, In Your Head, Or Real?

Interesting read from AcuTake writer, Adam Cantor
Chronic pain is a growing and complicated issue. Millions of people feel stuck with their pain, suffering day in and day out with no resolution in sight. For many, acupuncture can shed light at the end of this very dark tunnel.
We know that the nature of chronic pain can vary widely, from musculoskeletal and neurogenic to gastrointestinal, urogenital, and gynecological. However, less attention gets paid to the emotional component of chronic pain, which can be caused and exacerbated by negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety.
Pain conditions that are emotionally charged—which, ultimately, describes all cases of pain, since being in pain produces negative thought patterns—often are unabated by the pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications that are so commonly prescribed.
Treating chronic pain effectively requires approaching it holistically. This is where acupuncture excels.
Full Article here

Acupuncture for Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

By Nicole Murray, L.Ac.
Tennis and golfer’s elbow are conditions we frequently see at BCA. Tennis elbow is a condition affecting the lateral elbow (on the thumb side when you turn your palm up). It’s known medically as lateral epicondylitis-or a painful inflammation of the tendons where they attach to the lateral side of the bone. Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is painful inflammation of the tendons where they attach to the medial side of the bone (on the pinkie side when you turn your palm up).
These conditions are most commonly caused by overuse-from sports or any strain on the associated tendons. Trauma, like a fall directly on the elbow, can also cause pain.
Conventional treatment involves resting the arm as much as possible, use of painkillers, and sometimes a splint or a brace. In some cases, doctors may prescribe a steroid shot (cortisone) directly into the inflamed area as a means to reduce inflammation and pain. When tennis or golfer’s elbow becomes a more long-term problem, physical therapy may be prescribed. Western medical practitioners often advise using ice to reduce swelling in the area.
Acupuncture We advise coming in as soon as symptoms start, so that we can help to resolve the issue quickly. When people come in right away, they are often pain-free after just a few treatments. We have good success even when the pain is more chronic. In these cases, we typically will advise daily treatment for 3-5 days, then 2-3 times a week for several weeks. We usually place several needles around the affected tendon, and use other points on the body that help reduce pain and inflammation systemically. We also often prescribe a traditional Chinese liniment called [...]