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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Be Thankful for Good Health! Acupuncture Eases Pain, Depression

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Re-balance with Acupuncture!

We all overdo it – physically and mentally, and acupuncture is a natural way to ease pain and depression.

How does acupuncture do this? In cases of strains and sprains, it serves to reduce inflammation, and restore and improve circulation. Acupuncture helps injured muscles heal more quickly.

In the case of lower back strain, for example, 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 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! Acupuncture also promotes good sleep, and aids in digestion. 

Pain can come in all forms. Acupuncture is also an effective treatment for depression. 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. As with many illnesses, early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences.

Better Sleep with Acupuncture!

Better Sleep with Acupuncture!

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. An initial and immediate sign of improvement is often sleeping improvements and the feeling of better and more energy.

Relief from pain, depression — acupuncture is certainly an ally for all seasons!

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Get Winterized — Boost Your Immunity (and more!) with Acupuncture!

Get ready for winter with Acupuncture!

Get ready for winter with acupuncture!

Winter is on its way, and there is help for those who want a boost of energy and a strong immune system. Acupuncture!

How does it work? Acupuncture acts on the body’s own subtle energy system to clear obstructions and maximize the flow of energy and blood through the healing mechanisms of the body, including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. This enhances the body’s own innate healing capacity and lead to an overall increase in energy and vitality.

But that’s not all. Treatments often bring about a sense of wonderful relaxation. It has been proven that such deep relaxation helps regulate the autonomic nervous system, which can help reduce stress and anxiety, and expand a sense of well-being. Who wouldn’t want that?

Acupuncture also works to strengthen your immunity. Acupuncture heals imbalances in your immune system and also restores energy channels that have become disrupted. When these channels are open, the immune function functions at an optimal level and your body stays healthy. Researchers have found that acupuncture enhances the production of natural killer cells, the body’s defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria. Acupuncture also regulates the activity of white blood cells, which also fight against infection and allergic reactions.

Diet also plays an important role in keeping your immune system strong. Simple diet modifications can greatly improve the functioning of the immune system. There are also some power foods that can help.

Power Foods to Boost Your Immunity

  • Yogurt — Probiotics, or the “live active cultures” found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs.

    Boost your immunity with your diet (and acupuncture!)

    Boost your immunity with your diet (and acupuncture!)

  • Garlic — This potent relative of the onion contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria.
  • Shellfish — Get crabby! Selenium, plentiful in shellfish such as oysters, lobsters, crabs, and clams, helps white blood cells produce cytokines—proteins that help clear flu viruses out of the body. Salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting lungs from colds and respiratory infections.
  • Sweet Potatoes — Not just for holiday meals anymore. Vitamin A  plays a major role in the production of connective tissue, a key component of skin.  One of the best ways to get vitamin A into your diet is from foods containing beta-carotene (like carrots and sweet potatoes), which your body turns into vitamin A.
  • Mushrooms — Brush them off and cook them up! “Studies show that mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive. This is a good thing when you have an infection,” says Douglas Schar, DipPhyt, MCPP, MNIMH, director of the Institute of Herbal Medicine in Washington, DC.

Acupuncture also aids with pain relief, easing depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and many other ailments. With acupuncture and a healthy diet, get set to enjoy the winter!

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

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Acid or Upset Stomach? Acupuncture to the Rescue!

Acupuncture Eases Digestive Issues

Acupuncture Eases Digestive Issues

Acupuncture works wonderfully for stomach issues of all kinds!

The holidays are fast approaching, and sometimes our bodies don’t know how to deal with all of the rich and sumptuous foods we gift it with, and indigestion can occur. For some, however, digestive issues are year round.

Acid reflux, or heartburn, is a common digestive complaint affecting approximately 44 percent of the adult U.S. population at least once a month, and 20 percent feel it at least once a week. Acid reflux is also called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and it can lead to more serious problems. Often pregnant women experience GERD, partly because the stomach has less room and contents are more easily upset.

Many people undergo dangerous surgery to heal acid reflux or take drugs that list serious side effects: irregular heartbeats, seizures, trouble breathing and a severe intestinal condition called Clostridium difficile. The great news is that you don’t need to take any of these risks when you heal your heartburn the natural way.

A 2007 study in the journal, “Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, as well as a 2006 review in the Journal of Gastroenterology suggest that acupuncture may be a viable treatment option for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a chronic form of the condition.

Acupuncture heals the channels of the entire digestive system, curing the underlying causes of acid reflux. Acupuncture helps ease symptoms and discomfort immediately, and also relieves indigestion, and stomach ache.

Acupuncture may also benefit 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.

Improve Your Digestive Health with Acupuncture!

Improve Your Digestive Health with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is very helpful for many common digestive disorders including:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating/excess gas
  • Heartburn
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Celiac Disease

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Attention Sufferers – ADD and ADHD Helped with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Helpful for ADD/ADHD

Acupuncture Helpful for ADD/ADHD

 Acupuncture can help sufferers of ADD and ADHD feel calmer, happier, and perform better at work and in school.

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are disorders that are usually associated with one another. These syndromes consist of symptoms including a lack of ability to maintain attention to a subject for a prolonged period of time (from moments to minutes), a sense of disconnectedness from the current flow of activities around them, an inability to follow directions, and a hard time sitting still, among other symptoms.

Although commonly linked, ADD and ADHD exhibit themselves behaviorally in very different ways. People with ADD tend to be somewhat passive, and more withdrawn than their ADHD counterparts. People with ADD are more easily overwhelmed, while people with ADHD tend to be brasher and have a harder time connecting with the people around them.

Both conditions can be extremely painful for the patient socially and psychologically. They too have symptoms that may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood — in fact, up to half of adults diagnosed with the disorder had it as children. Over 10% of boys and 5% of girls suffer from this disorder, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology (AACAP).

But there is help. Acupuncture can help to promote healing, alleviate pain, calm the spasms and ticking, boost the immune system, and generally encourage good health in many ways, and it can also help to address some of the unpleasant side effects of the medications used to treat ADD and ADHD.  

Acupuncture gets the thumbs up!

Acupuncture gets the thumbs up!

Acupuncture works with the energy force in the body and regulates the flow of that energy, and it can be an extremely effective tool in addressing behavioral disorders.

Acupuncture can help to calm the impulses that make it hard for a patient to stay still. It can also work to improve concentration and bolster the energy of the patient, which can address both the sluggishness commonly associated with ADD patients and the hyperactivity commonly seen in patients with ADHD. Enhancing the flow of energy in the body can also assist the ADD and ADHD patient to maintain a positive outlook, and can help to regulate sleep.

More parents are turning to alternative medicine. Acupuncture is a natural, safe, non-addictive way to treat ADD and ADHD.

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…

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