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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happy Halloween! Say “Boo” to Headaches (& Other Painful Bodily Occurrences)

Feel Fabulous Every Day of the Year with Acupuncture

Feel Fabulous Every Day of the Year with Acupuncture

Headaches, heartburn, back pain, neck pain — scary! 
What do all of they have in common?
Acupuncture!

The other thing they have in common is that they can really ruin a party, vacation, or a work day. But you have an ally on your side.

Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. It has been used for thousands of years to help sooth and heal these and many other complaints that make you go bump in the night, or grumble during the day.

First off, acupuncture is very effective at relieving headaches and migraines. Acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences. Acupuncture offers powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause.

This is also good news for those of us who suffer from acid reflux, indigestion and stomach aches. Acupuncture heals the channels of the entire digestive system, curing the underlying causes of acid reflux. Acupuncture helps ease symptoms and discomfort immediately, relieving the acid reflux, indigestion, and stomach ache.

Acupuncture may also benefit acid reflux patients who find their symptoms are brought on or worsened by stress, anxiety and emotional issues. Acupuncture works to relieve the body of these stressors by helping to calm the nerves thus inducing a state of relaxation. Yay less stress! Yay relaxation!

Let Acupuncture Relieve Your Back Pain

Let Acupuncture Relieve Your Pain

Acupuncture is also a friend to your back and your neck, when you’ve sprained or strained yourself. Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results.

This is also true for neck pain. Acupuncture will help speed the healing process. In addition, acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles. It can help relieve the pain and tightness in the neck by increasing the circulation of blood and energy.

Don’t be spooked! Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on many people and some even fall asleep during the treatment. Pain relief and relaxation – what a treat!

Happy Halloween!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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You’re Gorgeous Now! But Get Skin Deep Beauty with Acupuncture

 

Beautiful Skin with Acupuncture!

Beautiful Skin with Acupuncture!

Hard to improve upon perfection — but acupuncture is very effective for your skin complaints! 

Acupuncture treatments are effective because they treat more than the symptoms.  In acupuncture, we consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors of the individual when treating skin problems.

Acne is among the most common of skin conditions. If you suffer from acne, you’re not alone. It affects almost all adolescents to some degree, and can extend into adulthood. The degree of severity can vary widely, and sometimes scarring can occur. It can also be the source of physical pain and local skin infections.

Acupuncture methods such as auricular and hormone balancing acupuncture are the most commonly used acupuncture methods for treating acne. When acupuncture is used for acne, it targets specific areas of the body that are known to trigger digestion and the immune system and to reduce inflammation. It also works on regulating your body’s internal structures, organs and functions, as well as balancing hormone levels.

When acupuncture regulates your body’s hormone output, it also regulates your skin’s oils and make your skin clearer. Hormone balancing acupuncture has more benefits for women who have hormone imbalances and menstrual problems like mood swings, PMS, cramping, etc. which will also be helped greatly with this procedure. Acupuncture is also effective in stimulating the body’s immune responses which can help deal with the bacteria that cause the acne. 

Another common skin complaint is Rosacea.  Rosacea is a cyclic inflammatory skin condition. Symptoms are redness on the face, red bumps (pustules) on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, thickening of the skin, visible blood vessels (telangiectasia), burning sensation in the eyes, and flushing/blushing.  Rosacea will flare up for a few weeks or months, then appear to get better before flaring up again. 

The actual cause of rosacea is unclear. It also tends to be a progressive problem, meaning that it gets worse over time.  When rosacea is severe, patients often also develop redness, dryness, grittiness, and inflammation of the eyes that can eventually lead to partial vision loss. 

Acupuncture - gentle treatment for the delicate flower that you are!

Acupuncture – Gentle Treatment for Delicate Flowers!

Acupuncture treats rosacea by cooling red, inflamed skin, clearing pustules and helping to reduce the appearance of blood vessels. Part of the treatment for rosacea is to determine and eliminate the source of the heat and causes of flare-ups. This involves an assessment and history of the condition, lifestyle factors, diet, and triggers, such as alcohol and stress.

Acupuncture works best alongside dietary therapy and lifestyle modifications to help treat rosacea, acne and many other conditions. As each person is unique, and each set of symptoms is unique — therefore, each treatment is unique.  Acupuncture is a wonderful way to treat your beautiful skin holistically. 

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Acupuncture Found Effective for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

 
Acupuncture Helps with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Acupuncture Helps with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia diagnosed in the aging population worldwide.  

Dementia is a cognitive impairment that can occur with certain diseases. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. Most types of Dementia are degenerative, meaning they are nonreversible.  

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and someone develops it every 67 seconds. It is the sixth leading cause of death. 

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. The cause of Alzheimer’s is still not clear, and there is no cure. As the average life expectancy has increased over the past few decades, so have the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Unless a cure or other preventive measure is found, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by the year 2025, 22 million individuals worldwide will develop Alzheimer’s disease.

But there is help and hope for those who suffer from it. Researchers around the world are working on a number of treatment strategies that might change the course of the disease. And acupuncture is one of them.

Acupuncture has shown promising results to treat the depression and anxiety associated with Dementia, as well as to increase patient’s verbal and motor skills and to increase cognitive function. Two well-known studies on the matter came out of Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, and at the University of Hong Kong. 

In the Wellesley study, Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo and a team of colleagues at Wellesley College in Massachuestts studied 11 patients, 10 with Alzheimer’s and one with vascular dementia. Subjects were treated with acupuncture twice a week for three months, with each subject receiving a minimum of 22 treatments. Patients were subjected to a variety of tests before and after being treated. The results stated “statistically significant improvements” in the depression and anxiety scores of patients. 

Improve the Quality of Life with Acupuncture

Improve the Quality of Life with Acupuncture

In Dr. Kao’s study, eight patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease were treated at the University of Hong Kong. After being treated, Kao’s team reported that patients “significantly improved” on measures of verbal orientation and motor coordination and had higher overall Mini-Mental Status Exam (MMSE) scores. They also noted that patients “showed a significant overall clinical improvement” on the TCM checklist, leading the researchers to conclude that acupuncture treatment “has shown significant therapeutic effects” in reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Knowledge is power. Check over this list from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease 

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenging in planning and solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality

If you notice any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or someone you know, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. If the disease is detected early, medical intervention can extend the period during which patients and their families can enjoy a relatively high quality of life. Acupuncture can help!

Sources: 

Emerson Lombardo N, et al. Acupuncture to treat anxiety and depression in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia: a pilot feasibility and effectiveness trial. Presented at the World Alzheimer’s Conference, Washington, D.C., July 9-18, 2000.

Kao H, et al. Acupuncture enhancement in clinical symptoms and cognitive-motor abilities of the Alzheimer’s disease patients. Presented at the World Alzheimer’s Conference, Washington, D.C., July 9-18, 2000.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Pain from an Ear Ache? Acupuncture Hears the Call for Help

Hear Ye! Acupuncture Brings Relief from Ear Infections

Hear Ye! Acupuncture Brings Relief from Ear Infections

Are you or a loved one suffering from an ear infection? 

Acute otitis media (AOM) is the number-one reason for visits to a family doctor or pediatrician in this country. There’s a reason for this — within the ear, warmth and darkness are the perfect environments for fungus and viruses to flourish. It is estimated that more than 10 million children are treated for ear infections each year in the United States, and that means lots of anxious parents up late at night.

Typical symptoms of primary otalgia (earache) can include fever, dizziness, a feeling of pressure along with pain and tightness on the affected side of the head, bulging eardrums, blocked sinuses, headache, irritability, insomnia and restlessness, as well as changes in appetite. No fun at all!

The most common cause of earaches is an infection, either viral or bacterial inside the ear canal, but also may be caused by foreign objects such as hair, insects, or ear wax lodged inside the ear, as well as food allergies, often to dairy or wheat.

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. When healthy, the Eustachian tube’s job is to adjust the pressure in the middle ear and drain fluid from it. Middle ear infections are more common in children because the Eustachian tube is much shorter in kids than in adults and more likely to get clogged.

The Inner Workings of the Ear

The Inner Workings of the Ear

Ear infections can cause mild or severe pain, or there may be no pain at all.  In babies, symptoms can often only include fussiness and waking at night, runny nose, or a fever. If a fever is present and persistently high, do contact your health provider, and if the baby is under four months old, if any fever is present at all. 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 of an ear infection immediately. Acupuncture is extremely effective in speeding up the recovery time from ear infections and preventing them from coming back by treating both the root cause and the symptoms.  The point sites are near the ear area, with a few others included. And best of all — the treatment does not hurt! 

Listen to the Sweet Sound of Pain Relief with Acupuncture!

Listen to the Sweet Sound of Pain Relief with Acupuncture!

If you would like to avoid antibiotics, or if they haven’t helped, as half of all ear infections are causes by viruses, and antibiotics can only kill bacteria, acupuncture is a safe, effective way to relieve the stress and pain from earaches. 

And that’s music to the ears! 

Sources: Legler JD. J Am Board Fam Prac Jan-Feb 1992;1:110.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Seasons Change and So Can We — Acupuncture Helps with SAD

 
Can't Hide from the Change of Season!

Can’t Hide from the Change of Season!

Having trouble adjusting to the change of seasons?

For some, changes of season can trigger depression. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, it’s already dark or getting dark when you’re driving home from work — it’s no wonder that our bodies start reacting to the lack of light!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter, although some people do suffer seasonal depression in the spring or early summer. It’s more common in women than in men, but men often suffer more severe symptoms.

While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. 

Common symptoms of SAD may include:
  • Feelings of depression or hopelessness
  • A desire to sleep more
  • Withdrawal from social life
  • Lack of interest in activities that you normally enjoy
  • Feeling like your body is heavy, or feeling low in energy
  • Increased appetite, craving for high-carb / high-fat foods, and weight gain

As with other types of depression, SAD can get worse and lead to serious problems if it isn’t treated.

Here’s some good news — acupuncture can help! Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. 

Seasonal Adjustment with Acupuncture

Enjoy the Season with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be very helpful for those who suffer from seasonal depression as they can bring the body to a more balanced state, and even prevent complications.

Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active — without overdoing it, and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection. It’s important to reach out and stay connected to those close to us, but it is also important to take the time to reflect inwards — as the seasons change, so do we, and there is opportunity for growth!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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