Reynaulds disease/phenomenon

Today is the awareness day for the condition most frequently termed reynaulds disease.

It is a condition affecting many People and causes pain and discomfort.

It’s causes are still unknown but it involves a temporary decrease in blood flow, resulting in reduced sensation and poor oxygenation and is affected by changes in weather –

Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically help to relieve the symptoms of Raynaud’s by:

• Increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009);

• Regulating endothelium-derived vasoconstrictors (endothelin-1) and vasodilators (calcitonin gene-related peptide, nitric oxide and nitric oxide synthase) (Wang 2011a; Wang 2011b; Pan 2010; Kim 2006);

• Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kavoussi 2007)

• Acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry (Hui 2010; Hui 2009);

• Increasing the release of adenosine, which has antinociceptive properties (Goldman 2010).

Personally, I have treated people who have it often: glasgow is both cold and damp, so we have lots of exposure both severity and frequency of the ‘attacks’ are very often improved with just a few sessions of acupuncture: regardless of the primary reason for the visit! Self care includes stopping smoking, moderate changes to diet (oestrogen has an influence) and increased exercise to generally improve blood flow.

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About Paula

Paula is a degree qualified acupuncturist, and full member of the British Acupuncture Council. As well as providing acupunture, aromatherapy facials, cupping and ear candling therapies, she also manages Health Rediscovered and writes for our blog.

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