What is Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, also known as cobalamin. Vitamin B12 is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement and a prescription medication. No toxic effects of vitamin B-12 have been identified, even when it is administered intramuscularly at 300–3000 times the recommended dietary allowance. For this reason, no upper tolerable level for the vitamin has been established.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency is common, mainly due to limited dietary intake of animal foods or malabsorption of the vitamin. Vegetarians are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency as are other groups with low intakes of animal foods or those with restrictive dietary patterns. Malabsorption of vitamin B12 is most commonly seen in the elderly, secondary to gastric achlorhydria. Unlike other vitamins, the absorption of vitamin B12 depends on a protein produced in your stomach, called gastric intrinsic factor (GIF). GIF binds to vitamin B12, so that you can absorb it into the blood. People who don't produce enough GIF can become deficient. Other people at risk of deficiency include those who have had intestinal surgery, including weight loss surgery. Those with diseases that affect the gut, such as Crohn's disease or celiac disease, are also at risk.

Vitamin B12 and Health

Vitamin B12 deficiency is characterized by megaloblastic anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Neurological changes, such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, can also occur. Additional symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include difficulty maintaining balance, depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue. The neurological symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can occur without anemia, so early diagnosis and intervention is important to avoid irreversible damage. During infancy, signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency include failure to thrive, movement disorders, developmental delays, and megaloblastic anemia. Many of these symptoms are general and can result from a variety of medical conditions other than vitamin B12 deficiency.

Potential Health Benefits of B12 Acu-point Injection

The most obvious benefit of receiving vitamin B-12 shots is treating a vitamin B-12 deficiency and avoiding its associated symptoms.

Some common signs and symptoms include:

  • Headache

  • Decreased cognitive function, such as issues with memory or understanding

  • Vision changes

  • Fatigue

  • Lethargy

  • Feeling faint

  • Heart palpitations

  • Constipation

  • Depression or irritability

  • Paraesthesia (pins and needles)

  • Difficulty maintaining balance

  • Sore, swollen tongue, which may be pale yellow or very red

  • Mouth ulcers

In addition, B-12 shots reduce the risk of some serious complications associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency including:

  • Heart disease

  • Neuro-cognitive disorders

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Coordination problems (ataxia)V

  • vision loss infertility (although this usually resolves with B-12 treatment)

  • neural tube defects in the babies of women with B-12 deficiency

We are injecting vitamin B12 on the acupuncture points that patient also can get benefit of acupuncture treatment

Some common acupuncture points are:

ST36 Zusanli (English translation: Leg Three Miles)

Indications: Gastric pain, vomiting, dysphagia, abdominal distention, borborygmus, diarrhea, indigestion, dysentery, constipation, abdominal pain, acute mastitis, emaciation due to general deficiency, palpitation, shortness of breath, poor appetite, lassitude, dizziness, insomnia, cough and asthma Pain in the knee joint, apoplexy, hemiplegia, beriberi, edema Depressive psychosis and madness.

SP6 Sanyinjiao (English translation: Three Yin Intersection)

Indications: Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, metrorrhagia, leukorrhea, amenorrhea, mass and gathering in the abdomen, prolapse of uterus, dystocia, postpartum faintness, persistent lochia, infertility, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, impotence, premature ejaculation, pain in the penis, hernia, testicular atrophy, enuresis, anuria, edema, dysuria Spleen and Stomach deficiency, borborygmus, abdominal distention, diarrhea, paralysis of the foot, beriberi, muscular pain, diseases of the skin, urticaria Insomnia, headache, dizziness, bilateral hypochondriac pain.

KD3 Taixi (English translation: Great Stream)

Indications: Impotence, spermatorrhea, frequent need to urinate, deafness, tinnitus, irregular menstruation, lumbar pain Headache, dizziness, blurring of vision, toothache, swelling of pharynx Cough, asthma, diabetes Insomnia.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us or call us at 604-568-8253. You may also book an appointment for consultation online.

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