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Acupuncture Highly Relevant for All Phases of Lyme Disease


Acupuncture Helpful in Treatment of Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a disease that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. Left untreated, it leads to permanent problems with the heart, joints and nervous system. Typical symptoms include joint ache, skin rash (particularly in the area surrounding the bite), headaches, fever, profuse sweating and fatigue, though all of the symptoms are not present in every case. Early detection and treatment is vital in preventing Lyme Disease from advancing to the later stages.
Deer ticks are extremely small (about the size of a poppy seed) and are found in tall grass, wooded areas and anywhere else where deer or other small rodents are present. Fortunately, deer ticks don’t bite humans immediately upon contact; they typically spend several hours crawling around before attaching themselves to the skin. Even then, it takes longer than 12 hours after that for the disease to be transmitted, so finding a deer tick on your body isn’t necessarily an indication that you have been infected. However, if you have been bitten, the symptoms typically appear within 7 to 14 days. A simple blood test is all that is required to determine if Lyme Disease is present.

At the earliest point in time, recognize you may have Lyme, go to a doctor, and get antibiotics immediately. The spirochetes are a serious problem that I believe require proper antibiotics (doxy) and MD care.
In addition, acupuncture is highly relevant for all phases of this disease. Whatever your stage is, hurry in to acupuncture. We will improve the immune response, the healing action, the body chemistry, and the subtle energetics that acupuncture is awesome at correcting and supporting.
You will be amazed at the immediate improvement of joint symptoms, as well as the chronic fatigue factors that respond to the very first treatments. This is encouraging, and depending on how long you have had Lyme, how many times, or how many years, you will need a series of treatments to hasten your complete recovery. As in all conditions and all patients, each person’s regime of treatment will be individually designed.

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“I Just Don’t Feel Good.” Acupuncture Helps You Feel Better!

Feel Better with Acupuncture!

Feel Better with Acupuncture!

When you don’t feel good, it affects everything. 

When your body’s energy is balanced and flows freely, you feel strong,
alive and full of energy. But life’s stresses and bumps can result in
obstructed and irregularly flowing energy, which in turn results in
low energy. When this happens,,  general malaise and sometimes disease can occur. The practice of acupuncture balances your energy and removes blockages to restore vitality and wellness to your body.

There are many benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture can help lift depression. Acupuncture helps to keep stress levels low, enhances your immune system’s function, boosts your energy, relieves fatigue, promotes restful sleep, restores balance to your body, and assists you in living a longer and healthier life.  

In order to determine the exact cause of any malaise, I conduct a health history assessment with you, and then use acupuncture points very specific to the source, which will result in increased energy and feelings of well-being.

‘I started to see Ingri for general malaise and aching all over. I’ve been receiving treatments two times a week for almost a year now and couldn’t be happier with the results! She always talks to me about how I’m feeling and where my problem spots are so that she can apply the proper treatment. I always look forward to the next visit!”

-Monica Limberti

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Fibromyalgia – Acupuncture Treatments are Painless and Gentle

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder that is characterized by pain in the muscles and connective tissues. Other associated symptoms can include lack of cognitive function, fatigue, depression, insomnia, joint stiffness, and a disruption of normal bodily functions. Fibromyalgia has a female to male incidence ratio of about 9:1.

Acupuncture on Back of Neck

Acupuncture Helps with Fibromyalgia

No definitive cause for Fibromyalgia has been diagnosed; however most medical experts cite stress, a hormone imbalance and psychological factors as the most likely causes. Maintaining a high level of fitness and a regular sleep regiment has been effective in lessoning the symptoms; in addition, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture are extremely helpful.

Acupuncture will most likely not chase each tender spot, as there are too many! After we do a complete history, and evaluate the tongue and pulses as well, we select individually appropriate point sites that will address the underlying causes. And yes, there will be immediate and quick improvements on the various symptom locations. That is encouraging right away. Here is an example where the ph is low in the body fluids, and will need to be raised (more alkaline) with the proper blend of mineral supplements. When the ph is better, the nerve endings don’t complain so quickly. The treatments are painless, and gentle. Acupuncture is an awesome help.

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Reproductive Problems Addressed Successfully with Acupuncture

ImageReproductive Problems is a term that covers a wide range of issues that inhibit people from being able to conceive children. It affects both men and women, but the causes (as well as treatments) vary greatly depending on the sex of the patient. A low sperm count is a major cause for men, however there are a number of factors that affect this, some hereditary and some environmental.

Reasons for women being unable to reproduce are far more numerous, but also can be due to hereditary and environmental factors. These can include diet, problems with the ovaries, Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID), or any number of other issues with the reproductive system. Similar to other complex issues, each case needs to be treated differently.

Acupuncture is relevant with most reproductive issues, we help to organize a better menstrual cycle, a better hormone balance through each of the phases, and will focus on follicle formation as well as uterine wall formation. The ovaries and the uterus need to be in good health and acupuncture helps to promote that.

Point sites will be chosen depending on the set of information we gather from your health history, and tongue as well as pulse diagnosis. We will treat point sites on the center line of the abdomen (creation vessel), as well as other sites. The treatment is gentle and painless, and very relaxing. That is a good thing as women are often in a state of stress and anxiety about their fertility. We work well in conjunction with medical procedures and protocols.

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Hot Flashes Relieved Quickly and Easily with Acupuncture

Hot Flashes Relieved by Acupuncture

Hot Flashes Relieved by Acupuncture

Hot flashes are a series of symptoms that affect women, mostly those approaching or in menopause. They are caused by hormone changes within the body and when they occur at night, are referred to as “night sweats.” Most women who experience hot flashes report that they come and go rather quickly, and the symptoms tend to disappear as quickly as they arrive. In some instances, sufferers experience a warning “aura,” similar to the onset of a migraine headache.

Though hot flashes vary in intensity and types of symptoms from woman to woman, most sufferers report sweating, heart palpitations and sometimes nausea. Generally, the sensation of heat occurs in the upper body (chest, face, neck) and can often spread throughout the entire body. Although hot flashes are uncomfortable and their onset is extremely sudden, they rarely indicate a serious medical issue.

Acupuncture almost always clears the hot flashes easily and quickly, with only a few treatments. What a wonderful relief! The point sites chosen do not hurt, are gentle, and effective. Other symptoms such as insomnia can be treated at the same time.

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~Stress~ Acupuncture Brings Relief!

Stress Relief From Acupuncture!

Stress Relief From Acupuncture!

Stress is a blanket term for a number of factors that describe the brain’s response to events (typically unpleasant ones), which the patient feels he or she has only limited control over.

Stress can manifest itself in a virtually unlimited number of ways, including headaches, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and inappropriate social behavior, among many others. Like other conditions, treatment depends on multiple factors, both physical and emotional, but in most cases getting adequate sleep, maintaining a proper diet, and exercise are recommended.

Acupuncture is often thought of for the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and chronic fatigue. Stress is very common, it is part of our struggle to deal with situations where we want or don’t want certain things to happen….We can feel sadness when change happens, and fear as well when the new changes arrive. Change is a guaranteed thing, so it seems some stress is also. Lots of wisdom, and compassion, and patience will certainly be on MY list, and of course I do recommend acupuncture. The point sites will probably include some neck and upper back points. Maybe Li 3 on the foot, perhaps St 36 by the knee. There are many relevant point sites, and our choice will depend on your complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing.

Lots of relief from even the first treatment!

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Acupuncture – An Ally For Easing Ear Aches


Acupuncture Can Relieve Ear Pain Immediately

Primary otalgia (commonly referred to as an earache) is a pain that originates inside the ear. The most common cause of earaches is an infection (either viral or bacterial) inside of the ear canal, but also may be caused by foreign objects (hair, insects, ear wax) lodged inside the ear. Typical symptoms can include fever, dizziness; a feeling of pressure along with pain and tightness on the affected side of the head.

 Ear infections usually start a buildup of fluids in the inner or outer ear canal (commonly in the Eustachian tube) that prevents drainage of fluids. Commonly suffered in tandem (or shortly after) a cold, an untreated ear infection can put pressure on the eardrum, which can lead to hearing loss, a ruptured eardrum and other problems.

 Acupuncture is very helpful and can relieve the pain immediately. I have treated little guys late at night, with wonderful results and gained new believers as well. The point sites are near the ear area, with a few others included. The treatment does not hurt, the child is screaming from the ear ache, not the acupuncture! Well, they don’t always scream with an ear ache, but I have also had 2 children. How do we manage to forget those nights?  Acupuncture is an excellent ally. 

Become a Happy Non-Smoker with Acupuncture!

Breathe easy! Acupuncture helps you quit smoking!

Breathe easy! Acupuncture helps you quit smoking!

Do you want to quit smoking?

Quitting smoking is a very important decision. The process of giving up the addiction of cigarettes, cigars, or pipe can be very difficult. Nicotine, one of the components of tobacco, is an extremely addictive substance, and one of the reasons that quitting smoking is hard for some. The American Heart Foundation has listed nicotine as one of the hardest habits to break, rivaling such hard drugs as cocaine and heroin.

There are a number of different methods to kick the habit, including “cold turkey” (quitting suddenly), lowering the number of cigarettes smoked daily, eliminating triggers (such as alcohol or coffee) and using a psychological approach. Some smoking alternatives (such as chewing tobacco) can be equally as addictive and potentially as dangerous to the body as smoking itself.

Acupuncture is a great way to stop smoking, and become a happy non-smoker. We will talk about your history and other habits during the consultation. Most people at my office manage to quit with just one treatment. How cool is that!? That being said, the ones who have trouble with just one treatment, are in 2 groups. The first are people who are medicating anxiety with their nicotine. They will need a few treatments to reduce the anxiety, which acupuncture does nicely. The other group is the drinking alcohol daily group. They have a tougher time, however. I have seen some of them manage with one treatment independent of the alcohol use.

Everyone else will succeed with one treatment. Good news!

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Acupuncture Points to Healing Finger Pain


Acupuncture Points to Healing Finger Pain

Finger pain can arise from a variety of sources, including arthritis, bone fracture, Raynaud’s disease and a soft-tissue  disorder of the hand, called trigger finger.

Numerous studies have found that acupuncture can effectively manage and reverse the symptoms of arthritis, including inflammation, chronic pain and joint degeneration. I will examine your health history, including the onset of your condition, to treat the specific symptoms unique to you, choosing the most effective acupuncture points and treatment plan. It’s likely you will benefit from treatment in the neck area as well, as the hand receives neural information from the cervical spinal cord.

If the finger pain results from a fracture, it is important to set the bones first to make sure they heal in the proper position, advisably with the consultation of a hand specialist. Once the bones are stabilized in a cast or splint, the body will repair the fracture. Acupuncture can help relieve pain and speed recovery by restoring energy circulation. In some cases where bones aren’t healing, acupuncture can stimulate bone healing. Often finger stiffness remains once the cast or splint is removed. Acupuncture will help your soft tissues recover as well as restore coordination of your fingers quickly.

In Raynaud’s Disease, blood vessels spasm and constrict blood flow to the hand and fingers when the hands are exposed to cold. Emotional stress can also trigger an episode. Numbness and pain results, and when the blood flow returns, the fingers may swell painfully. In the case of Raynaud’s disease, studies have shown that acupuncture produces more sustained and effective results than conventional drugs, without the side effects. Because the disease involves the autonomic nervous system, acupuncture can switch the mode involved, halting the blood vessel spasms and relieving the pain and symptoms.

People who use their hands a lot in their profession, and people who spend a lot of time texting, may develop trigger finger, also called stenosing tenosynovitis. Trigger finger involves a constriction within the tendon sheath, which prevents the finger involved from straightening. Conventional medicine offers such remedies as surgery or steroid injection. However, you can bypass these drastic methods if you use lifestyle changes and acupuncture to assist healing. Acupuncture works very effectively to eliminate the symptoms of trigger finger quickly.

Autoimmune Diseases – Acupuncture Effective in Their Treatment

Acupuncture Helpful in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Acupuncture Helpful in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues. There are more than eighty serious chronic illnesses in this category including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain–Barré syndrome. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) twenty percent of the population suffers from autoimmune disorders. Each disease appears uncommon on an individual basis but, as a group, the disorders make up the fourth-largest cause of disability among women.

Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions including acupuncture and Oriental medicine have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment particularly for use in providing pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms, and improving overall quality of life.
What causes Autoimmune Disease? Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one’s own body. In certain cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases which encompass a broad category of over 100 diseases in which the person’s immune system attacks his or her own tissue.

The exact mechanisms causing these changes are not completely understood, but bacteria, viruses, toxins, and some drugs may play a role in triggering an autoimmune process in someone who already has a genetic (inherited) predisposition to develop such a disorder. It is theorized that the inflammation initiated by these agents, toxic or infectious, somehow provokes in the body a “sensitization” (autoimmune reaction) in the involved tissues. As the disease develops vague symptoms start to appear, such as joint and muscle pain, general muscle weakness, possible rashes or low-grade fever, trouble concentrating, or weight loss. The following symptoms may point toward something being wrong: numbness and tingling in hands and feet, dry eyes, hair loss, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or repeated miscarriages can also be caused by an autoimmune response.

According to Oriental medicine, autoimmune disorders occur when there is imbalance within the body. Imbalance can come from an excess or deficiency of yin and yang that disrupts the flow of qi, or vital energy, through the body. Acupuncture is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while specifically addressing the symptoms that are unique to each individual. Clinical research has shown that acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by these actions, acupuncture affects blood pressure, body temperature and the immune system.
Treatment is always done on an individual basis, looking carefully at history of health, all symptoms, pulse, and tongue diagnosis.