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Facts and Figures - Chronic Disease in the U.S.

Chronic conditions are the major cause of illness, disability, and death in the United States. Chronic diseases - such as diabetes, overweight, stroke, cancer, and arthritis - are the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.


Fatigue & Headache
  • In 2005, 133 million Americans – almost 1 out of every 2 adults – had at least one chronic illness.
  • About one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations.
  • Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese.
  • Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness among adults, aged 20-74.            
  • Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness among adults, aged 20-74.            
List of Preventable Causes of Annual Death in the U.S.

Smoking, high blood pressure and being overweight are the leading preventable risk factors for premature mortality in the United States, according to a new study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Unfortunately, The United States lags three other industrialized nations—France, Germany, and the United Kingdom—in its potentially preventable death rate, and in the pace of improvement in preventing deaths that could have been avoided with timely preventive health care, according to a Commonwealth Fund–supported study.

List of Preventable Causes of Annual Death in the U.S.
Cause Number % of Total
  Smoking tobacco 435,000 18.1%
  Being overweight and obesity 111,909 4.6%
  Alcohol 85,000 3.5%
  Drug abuse 17,000 0.7%
 
Why Health Tune-up?

To maximize the availablity and extend the life span of vehicles, we all understand the need to maintain a regular schedule for Tune-ups. The daily use of any vehicle will cause its parts to eventually wear out, its systems to develop faults or fail completely. Having and adhering to a preventive maintenance schedule help a great deal in avoiding breakdowns and failures, and the often very expensive repairs that result from them.

It is not doubt that our body is the most important and valuable "vehicle" we have! Compaing with a vehicle, the human body is farlly complex and hence the preventive maintenance or health tune-up becomes really necessary and important. .

Serious problems begin with symptoms like stress, low energy, depression, insomnia and pain. Many people find that occasional acupuncture tune-up is the best medicine to feel "in sync" and insure continuing health.

Acupuncture was originally introduced to the West as a form of anesthesia and pain control. But on closer examination, it has a much broader use in treating conditions such as high cholesterol, fatigue, diabetes, anxiety, depression,and insomnia .

Acupuncture is also a tool for general disease prevention and health promotion. Recent researches have verified that acupuncture can strengthen the immune system by increasing T-cell counts, which increases your resistance to bacterial and viral infections. This may be why acupuncture works well on allergies and asthma. Acupuncture can dramatically increase overall vitality and energy. It treats underlying causes, a deeper kind of healing. It affects profound changes in peoples' lives on an emotional level as well.

What Should You Expect from Health Tune-up?

Usually only one or two sessions with a TCM practitioner are needed for an uncomplicated health tune-up. The accomplished practitioner, in "grasping the essence" of the person’s energy patterns, such as your skin, tongue, and other parts of your body (from the brightness of your eyes to the color of your nails), and will check six pulses on each of your wrists.


Pulse diagnosis

Identification of a problem using TCM (for example, in the liver) does not mean that the liver has a Western-style disease pathology. The TCM "liver" describes a particular system of function within the body that can be disturbed but does not show up on standard blood tests.

The Chinese approach, besides spotting early warning signs, is most helpful for those individuals who "just don’t feel well" or have symptoms for which all the standard medical tests show negative results. The following are the diagnostic tools used to assess the body’s imbalances in Chinese medicine.

  • Pulse diagnosis: Beyond the cardiovascular assessment of a pulse rate, there are 12 identifiable pulse positions (six on each wrist).
  • Tongue diagnosis: The color, shape and types of tongue coating give information about blood and lymph flow in the internal organs and digestive tract.
  • Abdominal signs: Muscle tension and discoloration on the abdomen are helpful in determining internal organ stresses.
  • Meridian assessment: Techniques are used to evaluate the 12 main meridians (similar to the 12 pulses), plus the additional eight extra meridians that interconnect energy between the main 12 meridians.
  • Ten questions: Interview techniques elicit specific general traits experienced by the patients, such as body temperature, thirst level, urine and stool, types and preferences of food and drink.
Health Tune-up Frequency

Even if you feel fine, it isstill important to have a physical exam and health tune up regularly to check for potential problems. Certain symptoms such as fatigue, headache insomnia are the early signs of potential advanced disease.

  • Acupuncture utilizes the messages that our bodies constantly give us through a rich and decipherable language. Paying attention to those messages provides a means for keeping the mind and body whole and renewing the connection to nature.
  • Researches have verified that acupuncture can also strengthen the immune system by increasing T-cell counts, which increases your resistance to bacterial and viral infections.

 


Health Tune-up regularly
The purposes of your regular check-up and tune-up:

  • Screen for current diseases
  • Assess risk of future medical problems
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles
  • strengthen immune system
  • Maintain a relationship with a doctor in the event of an illness


We provide FREE consultation and check-ups for new patients. Please call us now at (408)524-0676 or email us to services@acupuncture.com to schedule your convenient visit.

Many people find that occasional acupuncture tune-up is the best medicine to feel "in sync" and insure continuing health.

Clinical results indicate that just as all of us take our automobiles into the shop for maintenance, such as change of oil and filter every 3,000 miles, to prevent a break down, we also need to go to visit an acupuncturist or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practioner for regular health

Acupuncture was originally introduced to the West as a form of anesthesia and pain control. But on closer examination, it has a much broader use in treating conditions such as high cholesterol, fatigue, diabetes, anxiety, depression,and insomnia.

Regular physical check up and taking steps to prevent these conditions, or properly manage them, can improve personal health and can help keep health care affordable.

Acupuncture is also a tool for general disease prevention and health promotion. Recent researches have verified that acupuncture can strengthen the immune system by increasing T-cell counts, which increases your resistance to bacterial and viral infections. This may be why acupuncture works well on allergies and asthma. Acupuncture can dramatically increase overall vitality and energy. It treats underlying causes, a deeper kind of healing. It affects profound changes in people's lives on an emotional level as well.


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