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Acupuncture in Beverly Hills

Is Your Ear A Portal To Pain Relief?

Many ask: “Why are you treating my ear for pain that is in my back?” If you are a patient you already understand. This is Auriculotherapy.

Side effects of standard pain medications can limit their use. Therefore, non-pharmacologic pain relief techniques such as auriculotherapy play an important role in pain management.

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for pain relief due to a variety of causes including low back pain, osteoarthritis, and headache.

Auriculotherapy is an adjunct to traditional acupuncture and over the last 60 years has developed into a distinct treatment system of its own.

It is based on a set of anatomical maps superimposed onto the ear. Stimulating a point on the map has an effect on the anatomical organ associated with that point.

For the ear, auricular points may be stimulated with probes, electrical current or laser; all of which may be considered forms of auriculotherapy.

Early studies of auriculotherapy have demonstrated beneficial effects on both pain and anxiety including pain associated with cancer, knee arthroscopy, hip fracture, and hip replacement.

Several recent studies have suggested that auricular acupuncture alone can relieve pain and anxiety associated with hip fracture and reduce acute pain due to a variety of causes in the emergency department setting

On the ear there are more than one hundred meridian points, which relate to various organ systems and parts of the body.

During fetal development the first structure to form is the brain and spinal cord. At nine days of development a projection from the mesoderm will develop a small nob, which will ultimately become the external ear.

All parts of the body both internal and external will have a specific reflex point to the external ear. Targeted stimulation of one or more points of these points result in a remarkable healing response.

The Ancient Asians as well as contemporary European and American practitioners view the ear as resembling an upside down fetus will all the body parts proportionality arranged in and on the ear.

Therefore, the lobe of the ear would relate to the head, brainstem, face, etc. Where as the top of the ear relates to the knee, foot, ankle and more.

The entire spine may be treated throughout the ear using all the reflex points discussed.

The success rate in Ear Acutherapy is stellar. In our clinic we have been using ear treatments for over 25 years with patients.

 

Sources:

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  • Manheimer E. Linde K. Lao L, et al. Meta-analysis: Acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:868–877. [PubMed]
  • Linde K. Streng A. Jurgens S, et al. Acupuncture for patients with migraine: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2005;293:2118–2125. [PubMed]
  • Alimi D. Rubino C. Pichard-Leandri E, et al. Analgesic effect of auricular acupuncture for cancer pain: A randomized, blinded, controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2003;21:4120–4126. [PubMed]
  • Usichenko TI. Kuchling S. Witstruck T, et al. Auricular acupuncture for pain relief after ambulatory knee surgery: A randomized trial. CMAJ. 2007;176:179–183. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Usichenko TI. Dinse M. Hermsen M, et al. Auricular acupuncture for pain relief after total hip arthroplasty: A randomized controlled study. Pain. 2005;114:320–327. [PubMed]
  • Barker R. Kober A. Hoerauf K, et al. Out-of-hospital auricular acupressure in elder patients with hip fracture: A randomized double-blinded trial. Acad Emerg Med. 2006;13:19–23. [PubMed]
  • Goertz CM. Niemtzow R. Burns SM, et al. Auricular acupuncture in the treatment of acute pain syndromes: A pilot study. Mil Med. 2006;171:1010–1014. [PubMed]

 

 

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Pesticide Exposure & Lou Gehrig’s Disease in Beverly Hills

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosPesticide Lou Gehrig's Disease.is (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons and disabling voluntary control of muscles. 90-95 percent of cases have unknown etiology. Environmental exposures have been suspected to be a potential cause.

By comparing the environmental toxin exposure of 101 ALS patients to 110 comparable healthy control individuals, researchers from the University of Michigan demonstrated that people with persistent exposure to environmental pollutants such as organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and brominated flame retardants are at 2-3 times greater odds of having ALS than those who are not exposed.

As animals can accumulate and concentrate these toxins in their bodies with contaminated food and water intake, meat and dairy products can serve as major sources of these toxins.

Dr. Aristotle’s Comment:
We’ve discussed environmental exposures and the crucial need for proper elimination of toxins from the body. The long term effects oPesticide Lou Gehrig's Diseasen our health and ability to heal from disease are now being noticed in the literature. Remember, before starting any detoxification program you need to strengthen the biochemistry of your body.

As you know I highly recommend the Cardio-Ion laboratory tests to help determine what strengths and weaknesses exist in the body. This way you can be proactive in your healing while staying on target with your nutrition.

Source: Su FC, Goutman SA, Chernyak S, et al. The Role of Environmental Toxins in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Risk. JAMA Neurol. 2016. DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.0594.

 

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High Blood Pressure

 An Overlooked Reason That Contributes To High Blood Pressure & Hypertension.

You have probably seen the medical literature discuss the harmful effects of mercury on our blood vessels. In fact in 2008, it was the presence of heavy metals in my body that contributed to my paralysis and being confined to an electric wheelchair.

Health problems from the mercury can also include hypertension, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, reduced heart rate variability, increased carotid intima-media thickness and carotid artery obstruction, cerebrovascular accident, generalized atherosclerosis, and renal dysfunction.

The general effects on the blood vessels from mercury include increased oxidative stress and inflammation, reduced oxidative defense, thrombosis, dyslipidemia, and immune and mitochondrial dysfunction.

These effects can also result in high blood pressure and may be a clinical clue to mercury-induced heavy metal toxicity.

It is important to note that mercury reduces the protective effect of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, which have value in the management of reducing high blood pressure.

In our Beverly Hills clinic we evaluate mercury toxicity and other heavy metal levels to check if these may be a contributing factor of hypertension, coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, cerebrovascular accident, or other vascular disease.

If you are suffering with hypertension it is of vital importance to order a heavy metal blood test. See image below… 

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If your test results show high heavy metals, you must locate a doctor trained in gentle detoxification otherwise you may experience too strong of a detoxification.

Dr. Aristotle will tailor a plan specific for you to help you rid your body of heavy metals in Beverly Hills. So contact us today to schedule your appointment!

 


References:

Houston MC, Role of mercury toxicity in hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2011 Aug;13(8):621-7.

  1. Grisanti, hypertension and mercury toxicity. 2016 May Newsbrief