- Don’t assume you realize exactly what you’re allergic to. A lot more than two-thirds of people who think their allergies only occur during the spring season actually have year-round allergies. An allergist New York can pinpoint the source of your allergy symptoms and recommend the best treatment.
- Don’t buy over-the-counter medications before you know that they are able to alleviate your allergy symptoms. Consult an allergist to determine which treatment options are best for you. Immunotherapy using nasal spray or shots might even get rid of your allergies permanently.
- Don’t wait until symptoms are full-blown to consider allergy medications. Before the spring allergy season starts, start taking a medication that’s worked for you in the past.
- Do something to avoid allergy triggers. Experts claim that if you are allergic to pollen, for example, keep your windows closed, take a shower after being outside and avoid going out in the center of the day when pollen counts are highest.
- If raw or fresh fruits or other foods aggravate your allergy symptoms-making you sniffle and sneeze, and your mouth, lips and throat get itchy-you may have oral allergy syndrome. This problem affects about one-third of seasonal allergy sufferers. While cooking or peeling these food types may help, it is advisable to consult an allergist.
In 2010, 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but there is some good news: the disease’s death rate is steadily declining. That’s largely due to modern treatments, but they often come with intense side effects.
Quintell Williams is getting ready for what may just be the most relaxing part of her day. Believe it or not, it’s being poked with a dozen or so acupuncture needles.
Quintell is a two time breast cancer survivor. She’s gone through a mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy and radiation. But what’s really hurting her now is a side effect of her breast cancer medicine.
“There’s joint pain. Sometimes you feel like your joints are on fire actually, you know. That’s the basic side effect that I would feel more than anything,” said Quintell.
Even though these drugs can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurring by almost 50 percent, the joint pain and stiffness cane be so severe.
“That a lot more women are stopping their medication than we originally realized and adherence is a big problem, which is unfortunate for a medication that works so well,” said Dr. Dawn Hershman, of New York Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center.
But rather than add yet another drug like a painkiller, Dr. Hershman decided to see if acupuncture might help. Quintell volunteered for a study where half the women got acupuncture for their pain, and the other half got the acupuncture needles placed in a sham or fake way.
“To get your desired treatment effect you have to hit certain acupuncture points with the acupuncture needle and that is real acupuncture,” said acupuncturist Jillian Chapodice.
“There was about a 50 percent reduction in pain and stiffness in women that have gotten true acupuncture compared to the women that had gotten sham acupuncture, or fake acupuncture,” added Dr. Hershman.
Quintell was in the group that got real acupuncture and real pain relief.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say maybe a 3. It had been a 10 because it was very painful,” said Quintell.
NEW YORK (CBS)
Quick Study: Acupuncture may lessen fear of dental work
Acupuncture may lessen fear of dentist
THE QUESTION When fear and apprehension keep someone from going to the dentist, might acupuncture help relieve the anxiety?
THIS STUDY involved 20 adults who had struggled with moderate to severe dental anxiety for an average of 10 years. Most had cancelled earlier appointments; a few had gotten some treatment under general anesthesia or after taking sedatives. When they arrived for a scheduled appointment for routine dental work, such as a cleaning, they first were given a five-minute acupuncture treatment, at two points on the head that have been shown to evoke relaxation. Their anxiety was measured before the acupuncture, which they did not know would be available, and after their dental treatment. On average, their scores on a standardized anxiety scale dropped from 28 (severe) to 11.5 (mild). Two people reported sleepiness. All of them completed their dental exam.
WHO MAY BE AFFECTED? People who avoid getting dental care because of anxiety, sometimes called odontophobia for severe cases. Relaxation techniques, behavioral therapy, biofeedback, hypnosis and sedatives help some but not all who have these fears.
CAVEATS The study included a small number of participants. Acupuncture was administered by dentists who had been trained in the technique.
FIND THIS STUDY March issue of Acupuncture in Medicine.
by Linda Searing
Can’t kick smoking habit? Some are trying acupuncture
Acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine used to treat everything from back pain to weight control, is becoming more popular as a smoking cessation tool.
Though the idea may conjure up images of protruding needles, Springfield chiropractor Dr. G.T. Daubenspeck uses an electrical stimulator that resembles the instrument physicians use for ear checkups.
“It doesn’t hurt,” he said. “You may feel a tingle, but there is no pain involved.”
Daubenspeck became a licensed acupuncturist a year ago, not long after a law granting chiropractors the option was passed, he said.
He uses the electrical stem unit to stimulate ear points that he says are directly related to the smoking craving.
“The ear points decrease the sensation,” Daubenspeck explained. “You’re dealing with an addiction, so (the acupuncture) helps take away the craving.”
Because smoking is a “two-pronged attack” of craving and habit, Daubenspeck’s patients are also instructed on behavioral management to help break the habit of smoking.
“You’ve got to fight the addiction part and the habit part,” he said.
Studies cited by the National Cancer Institute state that success rates for acupuncture are not conclusive.
But Daubenspeck said more and more positive results are coming in about the procedure every day.
“We’ve always known that it works,” he said. “But now we’re starting to learn more about why it works.”
Daubenspeck said his patients typically have two acupuncture sessions a week for three weeks, at $50 per session.
His clinic at 2141 Park Road has offered acupuncture for about a year, but Daubenspeck hasn’t really advertised the addition.
He’s had three patients so far who “seem to do well,” he added.
By Bridgette Outten, Staff Writer http://www.springfieldnewssun.com
Acupuncture May Help Treat Depression In Expectant Mothers
According to a new study, acupuncture may be an effective way to treat depression in pregnant women.
Currently, nearly 20 percent of women report symptoms of despair during pregnancy, while approximately 10 percent meet the criteria for major depression. Coping with the disorder can be extremely difficult for many women who do not want to take anti-depressants during pregnancy out of concern for the developing fetus.
“Depression during pregnancy is an issue of concern because it has negative effects on both the mother and the baby as well as the rest of the family,” said study author Rosa Schnyer.
In the study, a total of 150 pregnant women meeting the standards for major depressive disorder were separated into three groups. One-third of the respondents were given acupuncture specific for depression, another one-third was given control or “sham” acupuncture and the others were treated only with massage.
The researchers found that the women who received depression-specific acupuncture experienced a significantly greater decrease in symptoms related to the disorder.
Acupuncture may also be used to help alleviate symptoms associated with headaches, lower back pain and menstrual cramps.