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Abbie Mercurio MA, AP, LAc, Dipl Ac ~ Ray Mercurio LAc, Dipl Ac

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Migraines and Tension Headaches

Headaches are simply defined as a pain in the head from any cause. There are many different kinds of headaches. This article will review migraine and tension headaches. Many people suffer from both types of headaches. First we will give a brief summary of these headaches according to Western Medicine and then review the Chinese Medicine point of view.

A migraine is a recurring vascular headache. It is characterize by unilateral onset, severe pain, aversion to light and autonomic disturbances during the acute phase. The acute phase may last for hours or days. Women are four times more likely to suffer …

Pain and Pain Relief

Who amongst us has not had some sort of pain? Pain can result from many different factors, such as, stress, accidents, post surgery, repetitive strain, emotional distress, depression, fibromyalgia, herpes zoster, arthritis and the list goes on. Pain, whether acute or chronic, robs us of vitality, social, and sexual interaction. We will be exploring both western and eastern approaches in the field of pain management.

In traditional western medicine, acute and chronic pain is treated with over the counter meds like Tylenol, Advil, and Motrin or prescription drugs such as an anti-inflammatory, cortisone, opionoids and or a variety of depressants. All …

Tennis Elbow Pain (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Repetitive stress and trauma can cause tendinosis (painful irritation or degeneration of the collagen fibers), tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons) or bursitis (inflammation in the bursal sacs). This article will discuss Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). Tennis Elbow is probably the result of tissue irritation or degeneration of the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon at the elbow, which is its origin. Although it is commonly referred to as tennis elbow, this could be either work or sports related. Tennis Elbow is related to activities that require repeated wrist and/or elbow extension and repeated supination of the hand. The inflammation and irritation …

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome

Anyone who had or is experiencing Temporomandibular (TMJ) Syndrome knows how painful and uncomfortable it can be. This joint is one of the most active joints in the body. It opens and closes up to 2000 times a day. It is the joint formed by the articulation of the mandible (jaw) and the temporal bone. This area is innervated by the trigeminal nerve (Cranial Nerve V). The principal muscles used in opening the mouth are the external pterygoids and in closing the mouth are the internal pterygoids, the masseter and the temporalis. TMJ is experienced as pain in and around …

Stress and Anxiety a Primary Cause of Pain and Illness

Stress!!! Medical Doctors have stated that more than 80% of the illness that we experience is related to stress. Why is that? Part of the answer is explained by a better understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System.

The Autonomic Nervous System is comprised of two divisions, (the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic divisions). These systems are made up of motor neurons that conduct impulses from the central nervous system to the cardiac muscle (heart), to smooth muscles (found in the walls of the hollow organs of the body i.e. intestines, arteries, lungs, etc.) and to glandular epithelial tissue (cells which release secretions). …

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the wrist and hand. It is caused by the compression, entrapment or irritation of the median nerve between the carpal ligament and other structures in the carpal tunnel. It is often caused by cumulative trauma to the wrist and is a repetitive stress injury. Any repetitive motion of the hand can create the problem. Actions such as typing, playing musical instruments, sports or construction can cause the syndrome.The onset is usually gradual. The median nerve innervates the palm and the radial side (thumb side) of the hand i.e. the first three fingers …