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Summer Health and Happiness – Acupuncture Can Relieve Worry and Pain

Acupuncture Helps You Be Worry and Pain Free!

Acupuncture Helps You Be Worry and Pain Free!

Imagine how it would be if you had added energy, relief from stress and freedom from pain.

Acupuncture has been around for centuries, and for good reason — it works!

Most everybody worries sometimes. But sometimes the worry gets out of control. 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. Daily life can become a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning. This is not what we want for anybody! 

Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to treat many cases of anxiety and depression, including GAD. It’s an excellent complementary therapy as well. 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.

What is causing this imbalance? There can be many different reasons for the disharmony within the body that result in emotional disorders, but anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our qi (energy) is not moving smoothly. Often irritability and moodiness can be the consequence of built up stress in your life. Those little things can really add up! Over time these emotions can develop into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health concerns such as digestive problems, trouble sleeping and the tendency for a weakened immune system.  

The liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of qi throughout the body and for calming our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving qi is disrupted, qi can become stuck or stagnant. This is referred to as liver qi stagnation. Liver qi stagnation is one of the most common patterns of disharmony that we see in patients.

Here’s the good news! Acupuncture is excellent at relieving liver qi stagnation. The treatment for irritability and moodiness associated with the stagnation focuses on moving qi, and supporting the liver and spleen organ systems with acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary recommendations. Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. 

Acupuncture can help smooth your emotions and bring your hormones into balance. It can also help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration — which will make everyone happier…and you much more healthy!

Acupuncture is also helpful for relieving pain.

It serves to reduce inflammation and help injured muscles heal more quickly. In the case of lower back strain, acupuncture helps to relieve those stresses that are causing tension so that the hamstring muscles can recover, and also reduces the body’s reactive guarding that often contributes to further distress. Acupuncture also restores and improves circulation to your injured parts, enabling them to heal more quickly.  It will also promote good sleep, and aid in digestion. Acupuncture supports healthy hormone function which will help support your joints’ integrity, gives you more energy, and can help create pain relieving substances within the body to help it feel better! 

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Or…check out this video below and see those questions answered by Ingri!

Ingri Answers Your Questions About Acupuncture!

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Back Pain Keeping You from Your Garden? Acupuncture Cultivates Health!

  
Acupuncture Has Your Back in the Garden!

Acupuncture Has Your Back in the Garden!

You Don’t Need to Let Back Pain Keep You From Playing in the Yard!

You’ve been aching to get at your yard and garden…and now working your land has you landed on your back!

Spring has been a long time in coming, and often people over do it, attacking their garden, and then feeling it attack in return. Back pain keeps many people from doing all that they’d like to. It’s also one of the most common reasons why people see their doctor — and their acupuncturist! 

Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally. Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities. Planted the rutabaga and now you’re feeling the burn?  Some back pain is accompanied by tingling and burning and acupuncture treatments work very well for those conditions as well. 

Wanting to continue the all natural approach after coming in from the garden? 

An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines. 

Emergency physicians at The Alfred, Northern, Cabrini and Epworth hospitals joined with RMIT’s school of health sciences to see if acupuncture could relieve acute pain in hundreds of patients that came to the hospital with either lower-back pain, sprained ankles or migraines.

While data from the study is still being analysed and finalized for publication in a medical journal, one of the researchers, Dr Michael Ben-Meir, said it showed acupuncture offered the same level of pain relief as analgesic drugs when patients rated their pain one hour after treatment.

Dr Ben-Meir also said the randomized controlled study of about 550 patients also found that the combination of acupuncture with standard pharmaceutical care delivered equivalent pain relief to acupuncture alone or standard care alone. He said it was particularly good for people who did not want drugs, such as pregnant women, and for those whose pain was not relieved by Western medicine.

Want a naturally healthy, happy back? Try acupuncture!

Here’s some helpful tips to avoid overdoing it in your personal Garden of Eden…
  • To prevent overstretching your back, warm up before you start. Try taking a walk around the block, to loosen up your limbs, or a hot shower.
  • Even when you’re warmed up, it’s still possible to injure your back. Repetitive motions and lifting heavy objects improperly are definitely risky garden business for backs. Don’t bend and twist when lifting something heavy!
  • Try switching tasks every 15 minutes, and use knee pads when pulling weeds and planting. Lift with your legs and keep your back straight.
  • Rake with one leg in front of the other — and switch the front leg once in a while.
  • Stop and smell the roses!

Interested in acupuncture? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Are you or someone you know suffering from back pain? Check out this video below and see acupuncture in action!

Acupuncture Back Pain Treatment 

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Ladies? Low Libido? Acupuncture Can Help Improve the Mood!

 
Get that Spark Back with Acupuncture!

Get that Spark Back with Acupuncture!

If you suffer from a low libido, you’re not alone.

A common complaint for many women is the loss of libido, or sex drive. However, acupuncture is a wonderful ally in the search to rediscover your inner She-Ra!

Acupuncture improves libido but also addresses the reason why it was lost or diminished in the first place.  

Common causes of waning sexual interest include emotional issues, post-childbirth, breast-feeding, the onset of menopause, reactions to medications, stress, weight gain, relationship conflicts, and hormonal imbalances, among other issues. 

 How does acupuncture increase your libido? 
  • Hormones are brought back into balance! The body’s hormonal balance, and therefore overall homeostasis, is thrown into disarray during menopause. As we mentioned, hormonal imbalance (female hormones, thyroid hormones, etc.) can be a factor for the loss of libido, and acupuncture helps to regulate the hormones.  Recovery does not happen overnight, but you will start seeing positive changes as soon as after the first treatment.
  • Acupuncture increases blood flow to the reproductive organs. This one is rather self-explanatory. 
  • Acupuncture improves energy.  Acupuncture naturally eliminates stressors that block energy channels and prevent a smooth flow of energy. 
  • Acupuncture helps to fight off fatigue. Low thyroid, low adrenal function and other disorders may cause low energy. Once the balance is restored and organs are functioning properly libido increases. Acupuncture’s natural balancing effects help to restore regular sleeping patterns. Just a few treatments may be enough to restore your body’s natural energy flow and give you healthy sleep! 
  • We are emotional beings, and often emotional issues can get in the way of feeling free to express all aspects of yourself. Acupuncture relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues  and other medical conditions. The energetic systems involved will vary for each individual.  Acupuncture often provides immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. Sometimes an emotional issue that has repressed a person’s energy and feelings of well being for years can clear up within just a few acupuncture sessions.

Acupuncture is also very helpful for infertility and impotency issues, as well as so many other symptoms and conditions. It is an effective and 100% natural and safe method of treatment. 

Interested? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Are you or someone you know suffering from depression? Check out this video below…

Acupuncture and the Treatment of Depression

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“Let it Go…” Release Stuck Energy and Heal with Acupuncture

 
Grief, anger, old wounds, both physical and emotional — wouldn’t it be great to have a tool to help release all that stuck-ness and thrive?
Feeling Stuck? Let it go with acupuncture!

Feeling stuck? Let it go with acupuncture!

Life brings challenges. And that can certainly be an understatement. Everyone gets stressed out, and everyone feels tension and overwhelmed by emotions sometimes.  However, the bad news is that tension in the body can cause energy to be blocked, and that stuck energy affects various organs and meridians within the body.  

Traditional Chinese medicine regards emotions as a significant contributor to a person’s health. The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy.

In some people, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, and spasms through the shoulders, neck and temples, and cause headaches. If tension isn’t released in a healthy way, it will find an outlet, and it’s often expressed in angry outbursts — while it helps in the short run to relieve the pressure, it sure can cause damage inside and out. And strain relationships. If this stagnation remains unresolved, it can become chronic, and can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure among other possible symptoms.  

Grief is also a very powerful emotion. The organ considered most connected to grief is the small intestines. The small intestines meridian houses the points related to repression, resistance, and the deep holding of emotions. If blocked, chi (life force) becomes stagnant and can manifest in an array of symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, and depression.  

Another place energy can get blocked is in the chest area — this can cause physical symptoms such as shallow or difficult breathing or heart palpitations. The heart is the emotional center, and tension often brings with it feelings of nervousness, anxiety or even feeling emotionally cut-off, which can lead to long- term depression. 

For emotional tension, if there is a deficiency of energy in the heart, acupuncture can help to bring energy to the area and to balance it.  A heart that has been closed off emotionally can start to gently relax and open. The heart must be free of blockages and illness to fully express joy, its natural emotion, to its fullest capacity.

Acupuncture is used to unblock energy, and move it through channels in the body and either balance it or repel it from the body via the meridian system, balancing emotional levels. This causes energy to flow freer in the channels of the body, strengthening the organs, removing the blocked emotions,  allowing the person to feel more relaxed, balanced, and able to focus.  

Acupuncture also stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals decrease inflammation and pain and bring your system back into balance. This energetic and biochemical balance stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical well-being.  Acupuncture promotes blood flow,  stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms, releases natural painkillers (such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin) and reduces stress. Interested in How Stress is Relieved by Acupuncture? 

It’s time to let it go!

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Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Acupuncture and the Treatment of Depression

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes — Acupuncture Naturally Relieves Stress and Strain

 

Acupuncture is good for the whole body!

Acupuncture is good for the whole body!

Sometimes the natural approach just works best!

Acupuncture has been used to relieve pain from head to toe for thousands of years, and without side effects! Let’s take a look at what acupuncture can do for your head, shoulders, knees and toes!

Acupuncture Works for Headaches/Migraines

Acupuncture can provide patients who suffer from tension and migraine headache an alternative treatment for their pain.In addition to treating the symptoms of headaches, acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences. A migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, which in some cases may completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack.

Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud sounds and certain smells).

Migraines can be treated preventatively with acupuncture, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.

Acupuncture for Shoulder (and Neck) Pain!

Acupuncture is very effective for muscle sprains and strains. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed, with range of motion restored. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed, and acupuncture will help speed the healing process. In addition, acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles, in the shoulders and also the back. It can help relieve pain and tightness by increasing the circulation of blood and energy, and it can also help to relieve stress.  Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on many people and some even fall asleep during the treatment.

Acupuncture for Knee Pain!

Knee pain usually arises from injury or a degenerative problem.  Acupuncture can revitalize the energetic systems surrounding the knee, enabling the body to heal the knee tissues. Acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.

Acupuncture for Foot Pain!

Acupuncture reduces the pain, inflammation and tension of Plantar Fasciitis, which is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. It also relaxes muscles in the lower legs and low back which relate to the soles of the feet through the fascia.

Acupuncture is also a very effective treatment for acute or chronic muscle tension and soreness, even if there is no diagnosed injury. Acupuncture relaxes the individual muscle fibers, releases endorphins, and increases blood flow to tense and blocked areas. This lets you feel better, and move forward!

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Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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