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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Blood Pressure Issues — Acupuncture Treatments Help!

Acupuncturist at workHigh blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the body becomes elevated. The most prevalent type is classified as “primary hypertension”, and a far less-common type of hypertension is “secondary hypertension”, which is caused by a condition in another part of the body, such as the heart, kidneys or endocrine system.

Left untreated, high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes, heart attack, kidney failure and arterial aneurysm. Although sometimes hypertension is inherited, everybody can benefit by maintaining a healthy weight, reducing sugar and sodium intake, avoiding stress, quitting smoking, and exercising on a regular basis. We often see low blood pressure in people with migraines, and also with motion and altitude sickness people.

Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of high blood pressure. The choice of point sites varies with the consideration of other factors in the medical history, but often I choose point sites on the back (the Bladder meridian) which is a pathway that contains “metal” energy even though it is the yang meridian of the water element. Metal energy here provides the back and the rest of the body with a contractive energetic.

Hypertension means a little too much tension or contractive energetic going into the muscles and the smooth muscle of the arterial walls. That was a little acupuncture-speak, just to let you know how we think, and why we would choose points on the back! The acupuncture treatment helps those point sites release the extra tensive energy out, by way of an intrinsic expansive function those same points sites also have. Have I lost you yet? It is true that the contractive energetic easily dominates over the expansive in certain ways…We all have tight muscles and tendons in the upper back, now, don’t we? We don’t all get high blood pressure, but we can all have some problems from a variety that belong to “tension”, or lack of ease…Relax, smell the roses, take a good breath, and a nice walk. Drink enough water today? Remember, only kindness matters. Smile.

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Anemia – Acupuncture Treats the Primary Cause

Acupuncture Helpful with Anemia

Acupuncture Helpful with Anemia

Anemia comes from the Greek word, anaimia, which means lack of blood.
It refers to insufficient red blood cells or hemoglobin in the red
blood cells, which means that the body has difficulty delivering
oxygen to tissues, including muscle and brain cells.

The result? If you’re anemic, you probably feel tired and possibly grumpy, lack
energy and strength and experience headaches or shortness of breath.
Because all cells depend on oxygen, long-term oxygen deprivation can
have a wide range of clinical consequences, from inability to
concentrate to inferior motor skills, to a heart attack!
Causes of anemia include B12, folic acid or iron deficiency,
insufficient red blood cell production, immune system problems or
excessive loss of blood.

Acupuncture works by effectively treating the primary cause of anemia.
If the primary cause is nutrient deficiency, along with increased
nutrients, acupuncture will improve nutrient absorption by helping to
heal the intestine lining. If the primary cause is lack of hemoglobin
or red blood cells, I will use acupuncture to stimulate bone marrow
for more effective red blood cell production. This is one instance
where a small amount of treatment can equal a large amount of cure!

For more information please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

 

 

Acupuncture Treatments Aid in Addiction Recovery

ImageAddiction is rampant in our society, with a host of addictions and new ones arising all the time: alcoholism, cocaine, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, pain medication, eating disorders, gambling obsessions, compulsive spending, cigarettes and sex, to name a few. Millions of dollars and myriad studies conclude that addiction is a biological, pathological process in the brain. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects.

Addiction is one of the most overused, yet least understood words in our vocabulary, as its common use has been watered down to mean “something that someone likes to do a lot.” Most people are unaware that there are two distinct types of addiction: Substance Dependence and Behavioral Addiction. The definition for Substance Dependence is “a compulsive and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.” These substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) actually alter some of the body’s chemistry, though usually only temporarily.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine defines addiction as “A primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.”

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions. Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones I see the most, with great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed!! Very awesome. With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Acupuncture Treatments Can Slow and Even Reverse Balding/Alopecia

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Acupuncture Can Reverse Balding

Alopecia refers to hair loss. Certain activities, such as hairstyling routines or compulsive hair pulling can result in loss of hair. In other cases, even though some people may have a biological predisposition to hair loss, the actual causes are debated or unknown. In extreme incidents, alopecia results in baldness. Male and female baldness patterns differ, with women experiencing thinning and men often seeing receding hairlines and bald areas near the crown that increase in area. Although scientists debate the biological causes of hair loss, you can prevent it by healing the scalp area. Acupuncture treatments geared to healing alopecia can slow and even reverse the balding process. I have seen men’s hair return in cases the men thought they were bald for life! Often hair grows back as a side effect of acupuncture treatment for other reasons. In any case, acupuncture helps clear the obstructions that prevent the scalp from doing what it does best – grow hair!

Acupuncture – A Wonderful Way to Clear Up The Common Cold Quickly!

Acupuncture Helps with the Common Cold

Acupuncture Helps with the Common Cold

The cold is the most common infectious disease in the human race. It is a disease of the upper respiratory system, caused by a viral infection. Symptoms include coughing, sore throat and increased mucus production (either a runny or stuffed nose). The average person suffers from 3-4 colds per year.

Although it has become a cliché, there is no cure for the common cold, but most symptoms are gone within 7-10 days, though some colds can last for weeks. People suffering from colds are extremely contagious, so prevention is the best medicine. A regular routine of hand washing and avoiding situations where infected people are likely to spread germs are two of the best ways to prevent catching a cold.

Acupuncture is a wonderful way to rebalance the body energies to optimize the immune system’s ability to keep you healthy and clear up a cold quickly. You will feel your sinuses clearing a lot even during the first treatment!  More point sites will address the other causative tensions that got you susceptible in the first place. Few treatments – great results!

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Bronchitis – Smoother Breathing with Acupuncture!

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Acupuncture Eases Bronchitis

Bronchitis is a condition where the mucous membranes of the bronchii (the “pipe” between the trachea and the lungs) become inflamed. Symptoms include coughing (either dry or productive), mild fever, fatigue, wheezing and tightness in the chest. There are two distinct types of Bronchitis: Acute Bronchitis, which usually arrives in tandem with a viral illness (a cold or influenza) and Chronic Bronchitis, which produces a cough that lasts for several weeks or even years. Chronic Bronchitis is often linked with tangible environmental factors, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, and prolonged exposure to occupational irritants, such as insulation or asbestos.

Most occurrences of acute Bronchitis are caused by a viral infection and treatment usually involves treating the symptoms, allowing most cases to resolve quickly. Chronic bronchitis is a far more serious health issue, as it limits airflow into the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath, wheezing and the overproduction of sputum. Avoiding irritants and eliminating smoking have been proven to  lessen the symptoms of chronic bronchitis.

Acupuncture is quickly helpful to all forms of acute and recent bronchitis, as well as all forms of colds, allergies, and asthma. Chronic and lingering respiratory problems are helped by acupuncture. The history, and examination includes pulse and tongue information as well. Each case is individual, point sites will vary. Often the Lung meridian, chest abdomen, upper back areas will be included. Ear points may be included as there are points there to affect the respiratory functions. I know, that sounds weird, but lots of the theory of acupuncture is strange to you! Thousands of years and lots of great results will have to encourage you to try. For example the Kidney meridian goes up the front of the chest to the bronchial area (ki51) and enters there, to go in deeper. There is a deep energy loop between the lung and the kidney, so the front and back central points may be treated to help to clear that loop. The points are on the surface, so relax. Acupuncture is painless, gentle, and effective. Grief, sadness, anger, and fear are common and reasonable, but remember that joy is your deepest most natural true nature. Acupuncture helps to restore that joy as your home base, and then breathing becomes smoother again.

” I couldn’t believe the relief that I got from a persistent cough caused by bronchitis . My sinus and post nasal drip all but ceased immediately and didn’t return until shortly before my second visit. On the way to good health!”– Brenda in Norwalk

Arm Pain? The Solution Points Towards Acupuncture…

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Arm Pain Relieved by Acupuncture

From a broken bone to tendonitis to nerve compression or bruising, the causes of arm pain are many and varied. Sometimes neck problems can cause a pinched nerve, resulting in pain in the arm. Other times, a sports injury can leave tendons inflamed and tender. Regardless of the source of pain and the severity of the injury, acupuncture will touch on points specific to the particular cause and can improve circulation while promoting healing. We work with you to compile a health history to determine the cause and then develop a treatment plan to resolve that particular issue. Often long-term arm pain can dissolve with just a few sessions!

When arm pain results from a sports injury, it can take a long time to heal, especially where ligaments or tendons are concerned. Sometimes, because of repeated use of the arm, connective tissues don’t ever have a chance to heal properly. In these cases, an athlete may come to the conclusion that an injury is permanent. This is mistaken thinking. All connective tissue can heal properly when given the chance and supported in the healing process. Acupuncture can speed up the healing process by returning the natural energy flow to the affected area of the body so that your arm can heal, even while you’re using it!

In the case of elbow pain, also called tennis elbow, the forearm muscles and tendons are stressed. As a result, tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis can develop. Repeated hand, wrist or forearm movements – playing tennis, gardening, throwing, typing or even playing the piano – can cause inflammation of the connective tissues surrounding the elbow. Acupuncture on points specific to the elbow can effectively heal the connective tissues, reducing the pain. Acupuncture also releases endorphins that soothe the pain while stimulating circulation and the body’s own healing abilities.

As in elbow pain, carpal tunnel syndrome results when the wrist and forearm are stressed, often by repeated motions of the hand.  The median nerve enters the hand through a narrow area called the carpal tunnel. Swelling will pinch the nerve and cause pain or numbness, often affecting the function of the hand. Many common activities can result in carpal tunnel syndrome: playing keyboard instruments, typing, writing, painting and playing racquet sports. Acupuncture on points specific to the wrist will relieve the inflammation and reduce the swelling, reversing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and allowing renewed function of the hand and wrist.

A few testimonials to this effect, showing how Acupuncture helped heal their arm pain —

 “After other medical practitioners had been unsuccessful in treating my bursitis, I had reached the point of not being able to lift my arm. I was depressed and desperate at the loss of function. I couldn’t trust the arm to perform as needed. After a short series of treatments, I was pain free and regained total use of my shoulder and the bursitis has not recurred.  I, the skeptic, have become a believer in the benefits acupuncture can create. Looking for a concerned, knowledgeable specialist interested in your total health, look no further than Ingri.”  – Ronald Wendschuh, Redding, CT

  “Hi Ingri, I’ve been treated by you… over 15 years ago for a tendon sheath problem in my right arm… which prevented me from doing even everyday tasks, such as writing, lifting even light objects, and extending my arm to reach for anything.  The treatment was fully effective, and I avoided costly surgery, that offered only a chance of relief.  I am symptom free today, 15 years later. Thanks.”   –  Robert

Happy Spring! It’s Almost Allergy Season, and Acupuncture Can Help…

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Acupuncture Relieves Allergies

An allergy is an immune system disorder that occurs when your body has an inflammatory, hypertensive reaction to what is a normally benign substance. Common conditions such as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are actually allergic reactions; others include food allergies, responses to bee stings and certain medications. There are several types of tests to gauge exactly what allergens your body has a reaction to.

There are two main factors that can make you susceptible to allergens – host and environmental factors. Host factors are items that are genetic (race, age, gender, and heredity) while environmental factors are exposure to pollution, diseases, and exposure to high levels of allergens, particularly at a young age. The dangers posed by allergies range from the merely annoying and/or inconvenient (pollen that causes a runny nose) to the truly life threatening (exposure to certain foods, such as shellfish).

Much more can be said about the conventional understandings of allergies, and there are many varying viewpoints on the causes as well as the treatments of allergies. Most treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily. The ability to cure the underlying causes to the symptoms is not common. 

Acupuncture is one of the major holistic therapies used through thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that enables the allergy symptoms to arise. Treatments aim to, yes, give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, it can address the variety of underlying causes. Point sites for immediate relief include local points near the actual symptom places such as the sinus areas, and others not so obvious to understand such as near the hands or feet. Point sites for the underlying causes will be found on an individual basis after a thorough case history. Acupuncturists will use terms such as spleen energetics, kidney, liver energetics as well as lung energetics, and use point sites to affect and improve these systems. There are deeper or more superficial versions of these systems, but the point sites are always on the skin and the surface of the body. A patient will happily experience immediate improvement of the symptoms, and be encouraged therefore to continue to pursue the underlying causes in future treatments. Long term, the symptoms cease to arise. The reactiveness calms down.

“I came to Ingri to treat my allergy/sinus condition which I had suffered with for many months. Literally overnight, I woke up clear-headed and no feelings of allergies or sinus symptoms. I am a believer and Ingri is a miracle worker.”

                                                                         -Melissa Singlak, Newtown

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture is Helpful for Sleep Disorders

Acupuncture is Helpful for Treating All Sleep Problems

Acupuncture is Helpful for All Sleep Problems

A sleep disorder is a disruption of the body’s natural sleep patterns. It can be caused by a large number of problems, including night terrors, stress, grinding of the teeth, or sleep apnea. In many instances, there is nothing that can be pinpointed as the cause for the inability to fall asleep or remain sleeping. Though there are many disorders that affect the quality and/or quantity of sleep, they’re usually lumped under the label of “insomnia.”

Treatment for sleep disorders is based on the specifics of the patient and the diagnosis, family and medical history as well as the patient’s overall emotional health. Also important to factor in is the age of the patient; treatment for children with sleep disorders will be different from that for adults who have the same symptoms. Looking into diet issues, as well as the body ph (acid/base balance) can be helpful.

Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems. We reduce the tension in the upper body, which will help TMJ and teeth grinding. It also helps with numbness to the hands that can show up early in the morning. Pleasant dreams are better than nightmares, acupuncture can influence that too. Some people wake up very tired! It is better to wake up rested, and acupuncture treats point sites that affect that. (think liver meridian, as well as heart meridian). Insomnia has specific point sites- one on the inside of the wrist, There are other point sites which are chosen depending upon the time of night you tend to fall asleep or wake up. This is because the meridian energy systems involved have their high tides and low tides at certain 2-hour intervals, okay this is too academic. I wanted you to know that acupuncture will be helpful, and we will talk in detail about your specific situation to determine the right treatment for you. Luckily most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments.

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

PMS Symptoms Relieved with Acupuncture

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PMS Symptoms Relieved by Acupuncture

Premenstrual syndrome (commonly abbreviated as PMS) is a blanket term for a number of physical and emotional symptoms that relate to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Although these symptoms are totally normal and have no bearing on physical or mental well being outside the short time they occur, they nonetheless range in severity from barely noticeable to extremely uncomfortable.

PMS typically manifests itself in both physical (cramps, bloating, headaches) and emotional (anxiety, irritability, insomnia, moodiness) symptoms. There are over 200 different symptoms associated with PMS, but in most cases women are affected with only a few. For some women, symptoms last only a few hours, often a few days, but a few women have severe discomfort up to 3 weeks each month.

I have had many patients referred to me from doctors, who say, “Try acupuncture, we have heard good things about it”. It does usually clear up the problem nicely, and it is certainly good to avoid medications when possible.

Acupuncture is appropriate prior as well as during the symptom time. I prefer to work preventatively, to clear up the causes before the symptoms attack. Attack is a harsh word; some symptoms do feel that way though. The point sites chosen will vary a little based on the individual, as we assess the history and the whole health picture. We will also look at the tongue and pulse diagnosis, and perhaps consider your diet as well. Point sites chosen will include lower back as well as lower abdomen. There will be others as well, perhaps on the top of the foot! (liver 3) and maybe inside of ankles… The point sites are painless, and gently treated.

Your very next month will be so much better!

A testimonial from one of our patients…

“Hi there, don’t know what you did but my cramps went from bad to nothing ……I feel much better! Thank you! I am so impressed with your work! Thank you again!”

-Melissa Bonet