1075 Hadley Ave. N. Suite 106 Oakdale, MN 55128
Debi Rene Weiss, LAc., Dipl.Ac., R.N., MaOM
Acupuncturist, Medical Herbalist, Holistic Nurse
When someone suffers from chronic disease, they also experience many co-existing health issues for which acupuncture offers significant relief. These include:
• Edema, swelling
• Infections, compromised immunity
• Digestive disturbance
• Anxiety, depression
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Examples of chronic diseases include heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory disease, addiction and autoimmune disorders. Typically western medicine treats and manages chronic disease with lifetime medications.
According to the Centers for Disease Control: (www.cdc.gov)
• About 133 million Americans—nearly 1 in 2 adults—live with at least one chronic illness.
• Approximately one-fourth of persons living with a chronic illness experience significant limitations in daily activities.
• The percentage of U.S. children and adolescents with a chronic health condition has increased from 1.8% in the 1960s to more than 7% in 2004
• Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death, accounting for more than 30% of all U.S. deaths each year.
• Cancer, the second leading cause of death, claims more than half a million lives each year.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower extremity amputations, and new cases of blindness each year among U.S. adults aged 20–74 years.
• Arthritis, the most common cause of disability, limits activity for 19 million U.S. adults.
• Obesity has become a major health concern for people of all ages. 1 in every 3 adults and nearly 1 in every 5 young people aged 6–19 are obese.
Acupuncture is used as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative to treat an ever-growing list of chronic disease including: addiction, post-stroke, hypertension, digestive issues, headache, menstrual disorders, arthritis, pain, allergies, asthma, diabetes complications and side effects from cancer treatment. The applications for acupuncture are vast.
While Traditional Chinese Medicine is a completely integrated system of medicine, advances in technology have helped unlock the biological mechanism of this 2,500-year-old medical practice. Researchers continue to get closer to a modern understanding of how acupuncture subtly adjusts and regulates the body's tissues, nerves, and hormone cascades to achieve healing and homeostasis. The NIH and World Health Organization both advocate acupuncture as a valid medical therapy.
During your first acupuncture appointment we will discuss:
• Your medical diagnosis
• Current treatments and progress
• Past treatment and outcomes
• What makes your condition better or worse
• Medication use including any side effects
• Lifestyle, including diet, exercise and stress reduction
• Impact of your chronic condition on your quality of life
• Your health desires and goals
In treating the multiple aspects of chronic disease, we often recommend two acupuncture treatments per week for two weeks. This frequency allows for solid clinical evaluation of how your body responds to acupuncture and improves your quality of life.
After four treatments, Phase 2 of the treatment plan will be established. Depending upon your specific symptoms and condition and other therapies in use, a series of 12 treatments is common.
After the initial series, many chronic conditions can be managed with monthly treatments or during flair ups.
Chronic diseases are the most common and costly of all health problems, but they are also profoundly impacted by lifestyle. A therapeutic lifestyle means living life in a way that improves health. It means making choices every day that will support your health, vitality and well-being.
A therapeutic lifestyle program is now recommended by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) and leading health organizations as a primary therapy for individuals with many chronic diseases including heart disease, elevated triglycerides and/or cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance, Type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome.