Ticks and Disease

Ticks and Disease:
Being prepared can actually help reduce your risk of contracting a disease.
(information from the CDC: Center for Disease Control)

It’s no secret that 2017 is a banner year for Lyme disease. Scientists predicted the prevalence of the disease would jump this summer, and many parents can attest to that scary increase too. Almost every day a new video or post goes viral after yet another child falls ill to tick-borne diseases like Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

“Ticks carry all sorts of diseases,” entomologist Dr. Neeta Connally recently said; “Those are actually salivated into the body when the tick attaches, and so we don’t want to agitate the tick in any way that is going to make it salivate more and thereby be more likely to transmit anything.”

The Centers for Disease Control discourages “folklore remedies” like nail polish, petroleum jelly, salt, peppermint oils and or heat that might lift the tick away from the skin. “Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible – not wait for it to detach,” the CDC says.

Start with tweezers. While many companies sell specialized tick removal devices, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the plain, pointy pair in your medicine cabinet will work just fine. Use the device to grasp the parasite as close to the skin as possible, then pull up with steady, even pressure. Twisting or jerking the tick can cause parts to break off, and the agitation might make the pest salivate more, potentially releasing more disease-causing bacteria into the bite wound.

Since the parasites transmit over 10 dangerous diseases to their human (and pet!) hosts, it’s important to get immediate care. Early recognition and treatment can decrease the risk of serious complications later on. if you develop a rash or fever soon afterwards, go to the doctor straight away.

After you pull off the tick, dispose of it by placing it in a sealed bag or wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down a toilet. To clean and sterilized the affected area, wash the bite area and your hands with soap and water or with rubbing alcohol.

Our Advice:
As time is an essential factor in dealing with Tick bites, consider preparing your own tick kit. (you probably already own most of the supplies). Gather rubbing alcohol or an iodine scrub, sealable bags or tape and a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. Then store them all together in a pouch or container.

Consider taping any ticks you find to an index card, so, if necessary, a doctor can identify the species later. Writing down the time and date the tick was removed can also provide valuable info.

Jade Path TCM advises to be aware of your surroundings and to be prepared, but do not let worries like Tick bites prevent you from going outside and enjoying all the heathy activities summer as to offer.

Dr. Haiyan S. Hawkes

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2017 Best of Gaithersburg Award

For the fourth year in a row, the Jade Path TCM Clinic, has received the “Best of Gaithersburg” Award for Acupuncture Clinics by the “Gaithersburg Award Program“. In addition to this year’s “Best Of” award, our clinic has also received the program’s “Business Hall of Fame” award.

Dr. Haiyan Hawkes, Owner of Jade Path TCM clinic, happily accepts this award and is eager to continue to grow her practice and serve the people of Gaithersburg and the surrounding area.

About the program:
Each year, the Gaithersburg Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Gaithersburg area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The Gaithersburg Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Gaithersburg Award Program and data provided by third parties.

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Jade Path TCM Clinic, now a registered provider with VA

The Jade Path TCM clinic, is now an registered provider with the Veterans Administration (VA). With pre-approval from your VA primary care professional, Jade Path may provide you with Acupuncture and related services and bill the VA for those services, just like other insurance related billing. Talk to your VA representative or to Dr. Hawkes about the details.

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Jade Path TCM and ZocDoc

You can book your Jade Path TCM appointments anytime, online, for free, using the ZOC DOC app on your computer, tablet or smart phone.  You may also get directions and read review using this same app.

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What can acupuncturists treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain
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