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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Frazzled and Fatigued? Acupuncture Calms and Restores, Naturally!

Want to feel well-rested? Acupuncture!

Want to feel well-rested? Acupuncture!

Fatigue is a drag. Run down, worn out, exhausted and tired, and it was supposed to be a vacation?  

Acupuncture can help!

A few of the basic reasons for fatigue are stress, not getting enough sleep (that’s an easy one to figure out), poor dietary choices, nutritional deficiencies, being on the go all of the time, and/or too little exercise.  “A body at rest, stays at rest.” 

Fatigue is also felt by people going through and/or who have gone through cancer treatments, or a long illness —  fatigue also poses a danger to sufferers because normal brain and physical activity is often compromised, in addition to a reduced quality of life.

There’s two different kinds of fatigue. Physical fatigue is indicated by a general lethargy or listlessness, while mental fatigue is characterized by a feeling of drowsiness and an inability to pay attention. Acupuncture is extraordinarily helpful with both physical and mental fatigue, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)  — when the tiredness and heavy feeling won’t stop, and headaches and pain are added to the mix of exhaustion.

Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. 

Acupuncture isn’t just great for fatigue, it is also very helpful for treating all sleep problems, and without the troublesome side effects that some medications can cause. 

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters.  Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions.

Sweet Dreams with Acupuncture!

Sweet Dreams with Acupuncture!

Melatonin = Slumberland. 

So, why try acupuncture? 

  • Less pain
  • Better sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Better overall health
  • Bragging rights about how great you feel to all of your friends!

Let acupuncture help bring you back into balance!

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

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Lift Depression and Embrace Life with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture Can Help with Depression

Acupuncture Can Help with Depression

Depression doesn’t need to be worked through alone. Acupuncture can help!

The subject has been brought to light recently, and it’s certainly an important one. Depression affects so many of us, in fact, depression affects one in 10 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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.  Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. 

Symptoms of depression include loss of interest or focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, among many others. Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide.

Clinical depression is very treatable. The most commonly used treatments are antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two.  The choice of treatment depends on the pattern, severity, persistence of depressive symptoms and the history of the illness.  As with many illnesses, early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences.   

Acupuncture is a wonderful addition to Western treatments, and for those who wish to bypass prescription drugs,  treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. The energy systems we work with include the Liver system and many other point sites may be used to address what we find in individual cases – based on the history and complete exam, of pulses and tongue, as well. 

Let yourself bloom with acupuncture!

Let yourself bloom with acupuncture!

Let acupuncture help bring you back into balance!

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

[1]   National Institute of Mental Health, D/ART Campaign, “Depression:  What Every Woman Should Know,” (1995). Pub No. 95-3871.

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Back To School? Tune Up Your Student (or Yourself) with Acupuncture!

Healthy is Happy!

Healthy is Happy!

 Students — get the edge with acupuncture!

Summer’s almost over, and school is about to start — wouldn’t it be nice to know you have all the school supplies you need? (Including more energy, more focus, less stress and better sleep?)

Acupuncture can provide all of this — and if your student is also an athlete, acupuncture provides both bolstering of the immune system and relief from those aches and pains that come from all that hard work. 

Acupuncture is great at relieving headaches, (even migraines) and the insomnia that all those deadlines can cause.

How does acupuncture do all of this? 

Acupuncture is based on the traditional Chinese teaching that energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”), courses through the body along channels called meridians; illness occurs when that flow is disrupted. Scientists are starting to identify some of the physiological mechanisms at work, and there’s evidence that the insertion of needles into designated acupuncture points speeds the conduction of electromagnetic signals within the body. These signals increase the flow of endorphins and other pain-relieving chemicals, as well as immune system cells, which aid healing. Acupuncture effects every major system of the body, including the cardiac, gastrointestinal, circulatory, cerebral, genitourinary, endocrine and immune systems.

Treat Yourself to Acupuncture - Restore Your Balance!

Restore Your Balance with Acupuncture!

Generally speaking, acupuncture has three primary effects:

  • It relieves pain.
  • It reduces inflammation.
  • It restores homeostasis.

(Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to regulate its environment and maintain internal balance.)

With the understanding that most diseases are characterized by pain, inflammation and disturbance of homeostasis, we begin to understand why acupuncture can be effective for so many conditions.

And be helpful for you! 

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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There’s Some Scary Stuff Out There! Acupuncture Boosts Immunity

 
Keep Your Family Strong with Acupuncture!

Keep Your Family Strong with Acupuncture!

With all those news reports out there, wouldn’t you like to have your family’s immune system in full force?

Viruses and illnesses don’t need to be welcomed with “open arms” — boost your immunity with acupuncture!

Here’s how it works.  

The immune system provides an individual’s body with the ability to fight disease. It is a complex system of organs – including highly specialized cells and even a circulatory system separate from blood vessels – all of which work together to clear infection from the body. It is when this system is working in a harmonious and balanced way that a person is considered to be healthy. When balance is lost, disease can arise. 

When the body’s energy (Chi) is moving sluggishly and brokenly, the body falls prey to viruses more readily; when the body’s Chi is in balance, the body stays healthy and can fight off viruses. Acupuncture can bring the body back into balance! Acupuncture can address the weaknesses in the body in the same way a vaccine addresses weaknesses; by boosting energy and giving the body what it needs to strengthen itself. Acupuncture also helps the brain increase the body’s level of T-cells; cells which destroy bacteria and harmful viruses in the body.  

Everyone is absolutely unique and has his or her own individual challenges. Acupuncture works with the individual to strengthen the weak areas and boost immunity, even on a cellular level. 

Here’s some other ways to give your body an edge in staying healthy 
Boost Your Immunity with Acupuncture

Boost Your Immunity with Acupuncture

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Control your blood pressure.

  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

  • Get adequate sleep.

  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself (it’s great for back pain too!) Check this out…

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Play Ball! Wave Your Arms! Acupuncuture Eases Rotator Cuff Issues

 
Acupuncture "Luvs" Athletes!

Acupuncture “Luvs” Athletes!

Want to get your killer serve back, but can’t get your arms to go up?

Acupuncture helps shoulder the burden, and get you back to moving freely!

Shoulder pain is the third most common specific reason U.S. patients seek acupuncture treatment. Our tendons are one of the body’s weakest links. Although muscle and bone heal well after injury, the fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone has a relatively poor blood supply, and for that reason, it recovers slowly. 

Overuse of a tendon (repetitive strain injury) is the most common cause of tendonitis. 

It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing! Acupuncture for Golfers!

It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing! Acupuncture for Golfers!

Swelling of the bursa and thickening of the rotator cuff can push the tendon up into the bony arch of the scapular acromion, creating a vicious cycle of tendon injury that can eventually lead to complete tears of the rotator cuff and degeneration of the tendon.

Rotator cuff tears are common and people over the age of 50 have a 25% chance of having a tear. 

Athletes who make repetitive throws like pitchers, cricketers and tennis players are also at risk, as well as body builders,  and golfers. The average Joe (or Joanne) also at risk? People who do repetitive lifting or overhead activities are also at risk for rotator cuff tears. Painters, carpenters, and others who do overhead work also have a greater chance for tears.

Common Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis 
  • Gradual onset of pain, swelling and weakness at the side and front of the shoulder and upper arm, made worse by overhead motions such as reaching and throwing.
  • Pain at night when resting on the affected side.
  • Sharp twinges and painful catches in the shoulder during arm elevation. 

Acupuncture has been shown to be very helpful for rotator cuff issues, and there has been a number of successful trials that give proof. A study compared superficial to deep-insertion acupuncture in 44 participants with shoulder pain and also found relative benefits, which lasted for at least 3 months. In another study, 117 people with rotator cuff injury (including tendonitis) were randomized to receive corticosteroid injections plus exercise or 10 acupuncture treatments plus exercise. Both groups experienced similar improvements in shoulder function and pain. 

Get Back to Playing with Acupuncture!

Get Back to Playing with Acupuncture!

Finally, in a sizable randomized trial, 425 patients receiving physical therapy for their persistent shoulder pain were divided into two groups: one received single-point acupuncture while the other received a sham treatment (mock transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) for three weeks.

The acupuncture group showed significant improvement over the control group one week after treatment.

Acupuncture works for rotator cuff issues, arthritis, and sprains and strains of all kinds. How can it help you?

Sources: Ceecherelli F, Bordin M, Gagliardi G, et al. Comparison between superficial and deep acupuncture in the treatment of the shoulder’s myofascial pain: a randomized and controlled study. Acupunct Electrother Res. 2001;26:229-238.

Johansson K, Bergström A, Schröder K, Foldevi M. Subacromial corticosteroid injection or acupuncture with home exercises when treating patients with subacromial impingement in primary care—a randomized clinical trial. Fam Pract. 2011;28(4):355-365.

Vas J, Ortega C, Olmo V, et al. Single-point acupuncture and physiotherapy for the treatment of painful shoulder: a multicentre randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008 Apr 10.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself (it’s great for back pain too!) Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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