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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Suffering and Want Dizziness and Vertigo Verti-gone? Experience Acupuncture!

 
 
Get back in to the groove with acupuncture!

Get back in to the groove with acupuncture!

Dizziness and vertigo are two very uncomfortable traveling companions.

How to tell them apart? Dizziness may be experienced internally with uncomfortable sensations, and occasionally loss of balance, and vertigo may be experienced as more of an external imbalance where objects may seem to move around while the sufferer feels still.  In most cases, vertigo occurs when the the inner ear and its nerves (which are not functioning properly) disrupt the brain’s ability to accurately perceive motion. People with Labyrinthitis and Meniere’s disease often suffer vertigo.  When severe, vertigo can be debilitating, and in some cases can cause vomiting and imbalance.

It seems the unsavory traveling companions aren’t always traveling alone, either.  Vertigo can exist on its own, or it can be associated with other issues, such as migraine headaches and nausea. Let’s Get Rid of Headaches With Acupuncture!

Ailments like dizziness and vertigo result from imbalances within the body, and acupuncture is used to restore the balance and alleviate symptoms.

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has been used for thousands of years, and is a wonderful holistic therapy that looks into all the relationships that are important for generating these symptoms. The acupuncture points used differ from patient to patient. We treat several meridians, with local point sites to the surface of the stomach area, as well as back points, and leg points. A complete history helps to uncover all of the factors that can be participating. The procedures are relatively painless, the effect can be immediate and can even be relaxing. You will welcome the relief!

Feeling Dizzy or Suffer Vertigo? Check this list…

  • Read the labels on your medications. Dizziness can be a side effect of certain medications, including some antihistamines, blood pressure medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, and many others. Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist for side effects.

  • Be sure to stay hydrated. Dehydration can make you feel lightheaded or dizzy. Be sure that you’re getting enough water or other liquids during the day.

  • As they say, “You are what you eat.” By eating or drinking certain foods or liquids, it can set off the symptoms of vertigo for some people. Everyone is different, but food items to consider as triggers for vertigo may include sugar, dairy, and gluten. For some, just cutting out/ limiting certain foods can go a long way to curbing the effects of vertigo. Take a good, critical look at your diet. Are you getting enough protein, whole grains (if gluten is not an issue), vegetables, and fruit each day? Good nutrition is very important, too.

  • Do limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. All have the ability to cause you to feel dizzy. Feel it’s time to quit? Acupuncture can also help you quit for good! Help Beat Addiction with Acupuncture

  • Stand up slowly, as this is a prime cause of some episodes of dizziness, and can help those with vertigo keep their balance.

  • Try Acupuncture!

If you suffer from vertigo or dizziness, schedule your acupuncture appointment today and experience relief sooner than you could have imagined!

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

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Sinus Issues, Sinus Pain, Sinusitis — Whatever You Call It, Acupuncture Can Help!

 
Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Is your nose revolting? Are you one of the 30 million Americans that deal with sinus issues each year?

Headaches, tightness of the facial muscles and increased production (and discharge) of mucus. Oh, happy day! Sinusitis is a condition when the paranasal sinuses become inflamed. Other symptoms include dizziness and the feeling of a “heavy head,” both of which are the results of congested (or blocked) sinus and other nasal passages. Sometimes nosebleeds are suffered. Sinusitis is either classified as acute (less than four weeks) or chronic (eight weeks or longer). Either way, it can be annoying, embarrassing (and painful) to deal with.

Because a viral infection is often to blame, the virus usually resolves itself without requiring any medication. Treatment consists of relieving the symptoms and not the virus itself. However in the case of allergies, the course of treatment depends on multiple factors, including the type of allergy, the patient’s overall health and also eliminating or avoiding certain environmental factors (think mold, dust, extra dander, and extra pollen). Food allergies play a subtle role in increasing the incidence of sinus symptoms. Symptoms are often aggravated by dairy products, caffeine, spicy foods, and alcohol. Limiting or eliminating these are advised.

Want sinusitis relief now? Try acupuncture! Acupuncture is helpful in giving immediate relief of the symptoms, as well as treating underlying factors. We take a complete history to understand all the body systems. Point sites will be local for the immediate relief, and also other places determined by your history, as well as tongue and pulse diagnosis. The headache you may have will be relieved immediately. There will also be an immediate improvement on the stuffiness, and usually only a few treatments are needed to be of great help. We will look at deeper underlying issues as well. In the case of viral infections, acupuncture helps to relieve stress and restore balance to your system so that your body can heal itself and return to full health quickly.

Here’s some more helpful tips to deal with those sinuses…

  • Humidify Your Indoor Air — Dry air or a dry climate can dry out your nasal passages and mucus, making mucus thicker. Thick mucus is more likely to clog sinuses, resulting in pain and pressure. Add humidity! Consider using a room humidifier in the bedroom from October until April.

  • Irrigate Your Nasal Passages — Try irrigating your nasal passages with a saline solution to remove allergens, irritants, and excess mucus. You can use a drug store saline spray. Or make your own solution at home and use a nasal irrigation system such as a Neti pot.

  • Open Up Your Sinuses — Apply a warm moist washcloth to your face several times a day. This can help open up the transition spaces in your sinuses. Keep your nasal passages moist. Inhale steam two to four times a day. One simple way: Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower running. Drink plenty of fluids, which will help thin the mucus.

  • Avoid Sinus Irritants — Many environmental irritants can worsen your sinus problems, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, hair spray, and any other material that gives off fumes. If you smoke, it’s important to quit. Avoid others who smoke, or ask them to smoke outside. On high air pollution days, stay indoors if possible.

  • Try Acupuncture!

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

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site: “Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): “Prevention.”

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Adjust to Daylight Savings and Put the Spring in Your Step with Acupuncture!

 
Adjust to Daylight Savings with Acupuncture!

Adjust to Daylight Savings with Acupuncture!

Time change have you knocked for a loop? Acupuncture can help you adjust!

Ok,  we changed the clocks. At least the ones we found on the first pass. And now many of us are feeling majorly off.  So what’s going on?

Well sunrise now comes as late as it did at the end of December, during the darkest days of the year. Sure, we also get a nifty hour added on at the end of the day, but for your inner clock, that’s no help. It is early morning light that we rely on to keep in sync with the natural world. The easiest explanation is that the time shift confuses the circadian clock in the brain. Your inner clock relies on timed exposure to light, especially natural light, to keep itself in synchronization with the daily cycle of 24 hours.

So when you’ve lost an hour of sleep and your daily rhythm is thrown off, it can also throw off your inner clock and sleeping patterns. Most of us need a week or more to adjust, and some researchers suggest that our clocks never fully adjust to Daylight Savings Time.

As a result, the loss of an hour in March is hard on a lot of people. It is particularly hard on those who are battling winter depression. The Season Changed and Now You’re Depressed – Acupuncture Soothes Seasonal Affective Disorder

Many people also suffer from headaches, drowsiness, and additional stress. In fact, sometimes the stress can overwhelm the body.

According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, during the week after the shift into Daylight Savings Time, the rate of hospital admissions for heart attacks rise by as much as 10 percent. And scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have examined how the incidence of myocardial infarction changes with the summer and fall clock-shifts since 1987.

“There’s a small increase in risk for the individual, especially during the first three days of the new week,” says Dr. Imre Janszky, one of the researchers behind the study. “The disruption in the chronobiological rhythms, the loss of one hour’s sleep and the resulting sleep disturbance are the probable causes.”

Stress no more! Acupuncture is a wonderful ally for the body to help it adjust to Daylight Savings Time. One way to make this transition is to use the energy of the meridians that we all have, the are rivers of energy that flow through our bodies. The meridians have many points on them. Acupuncture stimulates the body to adjust and heal itself. When we gently contact these meridians it balances our daily time clock. When the energy flows free of obstructions we experience a sense of ease.  Acupuncture also helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments. 

Acupuncture treatments also help with insomnia, and eases many other stress related issues. Acupuncture has the added benefit of re-uniting the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi (life force) is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing stress. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.

The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing. Acupuncture can calm and balance the body as well as help it sleep.  It is fantastic for readjusting the body seasonally as well as for jet lag.  It will help you adjust in this time of change!

OTHER HELPFUL TIPS FOR ADJUSTING TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
  • Exercise, preferably outdoors, and early in the day. Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps our bodies adjust. A brisk morning walk? Perfect. Avoid exercising too late in the evening though, as this could interfere with the quality of your sleep.
  • Nap wisely. Try to resist the urge to take long naps late in the day. If you get tired, take a short, energizing walk around the block instead. If you must nap, keep it to earlier in the day and limit it to no more than 20 minutes.
  • Don’t imbibe. Alcohol interferes with normal sleep cycles, so don’t rely on a nightcap to fall asleep.
  • Allow for proper digestion. After the time changes, you may be hungry for meals earlier or later than before. Be sure to give yourself ample time to digest your dinner before heading off to bed. A heavy meal in your stomach will interfere with the quality of your sleep, too.
  • Try Acupuncture!

Acupuncture Works for the Bad Traveler! Get Out of Town (Without the Nausea and Motion Sickness!)

Travel Happy with Acupuncture!

Travel Happy with Acupuncture!

Wouldn’t you like to be one of those people that can just grab a bag and go? (And not the airsickness kind…) 

Acupuncture is very helpful for those who suffer from motion sickness, and relieves the symptoms of nausea and vertigo so that you can be a happy traveler! (And better yet…there will be no more fighting over who has to sit next to you!)

People who suffer from migraines and inner ear problems seems to be affected more by motion sickness, and women are are as well compared to men, to some degree. If you are someone who gets car sick, you’re also more likely to get motion sickness on a cruise. However, that being said, many people who travel by car and airplane without issue still get seasick because of the unique low frequency and rocking motion of a boat. 

Fun Fact: The root of the word nausea is naus, which is the Greek word for ship. Motion sickness is very common, especially on boats. Why does it happen? When your brain gets conflicting signals, and your eyes sense relative stillness, but your balance and position centers sense motion — well, this can spell Trouble in River City.  The body’s mechanism that determines motion and orientation becomes confused, and often the result? Most people classify vomiting as one of the more unpleasant experiences in life. And when you’re on a plane or on a cruise ship…definitely not how one likes to arrive in style.

Chances are you know by now whether or not you’re affected by motion sickness and here’s some good news!

Acupuncture treats the nausea and vertigo associated with motion sickness, often with immediate success. Depending on the causes, more treatments will be relevant. Your history will be evaluated, as well as your tongue and your pulse energies to determine what more is involved to be treated. Emotions and diet come to mind, as well as other medical issues. Often low blood pressure people are sensitive to altitude and motion sickness. That relates to an imbalance between the neurological and vascular systems. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, considering the whole body-mind complex when considering a single symptom — it doesn’t exist alone.

Acupuncture is a wonderful holistic therapy that looks into all the relationships that are important for generating these symptoms. We treat several meridians, with local point sites to the surface of the stomach area, as well as back points, and leg points. A complete history helps to uncover all of the factors that can be participating. The procedures are relatively painless, and can even be relaxing. You will welcome the relief!

Don’t let motion sickness keep you from adventuring! See how acupuncture can help…

Here’s some more helpful tips for happy traveling!

Even Gilligan’s Island had Ginger.

  • Try eating/drinking ginger before, during and after traveling. Ginger root is a classic remedy because of its widely recognized anti-emetic (nausea-preventing) effects. If you don’t mind the heat, try ginger coated in sugar, ginger biscuits, ginger mints and/or ginger tea.
  • Peppermint tea is also a great soother. Fresh mint can be bought in the produce section of your supermarket, and mint tea is another great resource for easing nausea. Letting a peppermint candy melt in your mouth also can help.
  • Can’t stand peppermint, or smelling it makes you feel worse? Try lemon drops!

And finally, mind over matter…

  • Try listening to some great music! Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of remembering your vacation when you hear that song again.
  • To very loosely paraphrase Henry Ford, “If you think you’ll vomit, you probably will.” Psychosocial factors play a role in motion sickness. If you expect it to happen it might just increase the likelihood that it will. So stay positive! Happy Travels!
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Bad Case of the Winter Blahs? Feeling Anxious or Depressed? Be Soothed with Acupuncture!

Beat the Winter Blahs with Acupuncture!

Beat the Winter Blahs with Acupuncture!

Winter has been beautiful. However, who is now sick of shoveling? And careening down ice coated staircases? And feeling like it will never end? The other big question…have you been feeling really blah? Acupuncture can help with back pain, neck pain, headaches, and insomnia, but did you also know it can help with depression and anxiety?

Depression affects one in ten Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How does one know if they’re depressed? When someone is feeling sad, hopeless, discouraged, unmotivated or disinterested for over two weeks or these feelings start to interfere with their activities and duties it could be a major depressive episode. For men, depression can also show up as irritability, anger, or self-destructive behavior. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. This is where acupuncture can really help.

If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

Also, for some, change of seasons can trigger depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year, two-thirds of which are female, but males may have symptoms that are more severe. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter.

Ranging widely in severity, anxiety and depression are often found to occur together and have overlapping symptoms. Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to help with mild, short-term cases of both anxiety and depression. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men. In Western medicine, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about every day or upcoming life events with no obvious reasons for the worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and seemingly can’t stop worrying about things such as health, money, family, work, or school, and the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Therefore, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning.

In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes,  Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach.  Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Beings made mostly of water need it to be happy and healthy! Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change.

Acupuncture helps you by bringing your body into balance, giving it a chance to rest, relax and heal.

Be kind to yourself and remember, Spring is coming!

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