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Acupuncture is Helpful for Sleep Disorders

Acupuncture is Helpful for Treating All Sleep Problems

Acupuncture is Helpful for All Sleep Problems

A sleep disorder is a disruption of the body’s natural sleep patterns. It can be caused by a large number of problems, including night terrors, stress, grinding of the teeth, or sleep apnea. In many instances, there is nothing that can be pinpointed as the cause for the inability to fall asleep or remain sleeping. Though there are many disorders that affect the quality and/or quantity of sleep, they’re usually lumped under the label of “insomnia.”

Treatment for sleep disorders is based on the specifics of the patient and the diagnosis, family and medical history as well as the patient’s overall emotional health. Also important to factor in is the age of the patient; treatment for children with sleep disorders will be different from that for adults who have the same symptoms. Looking into diet issues, as well as the body ph (acid/base balance) can be helpful.

Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems. We reduce the tension in the upper body, which will help TMJ and teeth grinding. It also helps with numbness to the hands that can show up early in the morning. Pleasant dreams are better than nightmares, acupuncture can influence that too. Some people wake up very tired! It is better to wake up rested, and acupuncture treats point sites that affect that. (think liver meridian, as well as heart meridian). Insomnia has specific point sites- one on the inside of the wrist, There are other point sites which are chosen depending upon the time of night you tend to fall asleep or wake up. This is because the meridian energy systems involved have their high tides and low tides at certain 2-hour intervals, okay this is too academic. I wanted you to know that acupuncture will be helpful, and we will talk in detail about your specific situation to determine the right treatment for you. Luckily most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments.

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

PMS Symptoms Relieved with Acupuncture

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PMS Symptoms Relieved by Acupuncture

Premenstrual syndrome (commonly abbreviated as PMS) is a blanket term for a number of physical and emotional symptoms that relate to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Although these symptoms are totally normal and have no bearing on physical or mental well being outside the short time they occur, they nonetheless range in severity from barely noticeable to extremely uncomfortable.

PMS typically manifests itself in both physical (cramps, bloating, headaches) and emotional (anxiety, irritability, insomnia, moodiness) symptoms. There are over 200 different symptoms associated with PMS, but in most cases women are affected with only a few. For some women, symptoms last only a few hours, often a few days, but a few women have severe discomfort up to 3 weeks each month.

I have had many patients referred to me from doctors, who say, “Try acupuncture, we have heard good things about it”. It does usually clear up the problem nicely, and it is certainly good to avoid medications when possible.

Acupuncture is appropriate prior as well as during the symptom time. I prefer to work preventatively, to clear up the causes before the symptoms attack. Attack is a harsh word; some symptoms do feel that way though. The point sites chosen will vary a little based on the individual, as we assess the history and the whole health picture. We will also look at the tongue and pulse diagnosis, and perhaps consider your diet as well. Point sites chosen will include lower back as well as lower abdomen. There will be others as well, perhaps on the top of the foot! (liver 3) and maybe inside of ankles… The point sites are painless, and gently treated.

Your very next month will be so much better!

A testimonial from one of our patients…

“Hi there, don’t know what you did but my cramps went from bad to nothing ……I feel much better! Thank you! I am so impressed with your work! Thank you again!”

-Melissa Bonet

Cranky Pants? Try Acupuncture On!

Improve Your Mood with Acupuncture

Improve Your Mood with Acupuncture

If you feel irritable and moody on a regular basis, then your emotions may be in disharmony! Occasionally irritability arises during times of hormonal fluctuation, which happens frequently when women experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Other times, you may feel irritable or frustrated if you live in a state of chronic stress. In either situation, acupuncture can help relieve stresses, smooth your emotions and bring your hormones balance.

If you find that sleeplessness, bouts of anger or poor digestion accompany your feelings of irritability then you may be on the way to more serious issues, such as anxiety or depression. It’s better to interrupt the cascade of negativity quickly and let acupuncture help you get back on a track of health, wellness and good feelings.

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

Day Tripper – Acupuncture Can Aid in Ataxia (Lack of Coordination)

Improve Flexibility and Coordination with Acupuncture

Improve Flexibility and Coordination with Acupuncture

Did you know that acupuncture can increase your coordination? Your
cerebellum, located at the back of your brain, integrates your sensory
perception and muscle control. Professional athletes typically have
high-functioning cerebellums. If damage occurs to the cerebellum,
possibly through stroke, multiple sclerosis, infection or disease,
loss of muscle coordination (ataxia) results. A person may experience
ataxia as difficulty in walking, poor balance, difficulty in distance
perception, tendency to fall, difficulty in sports performance and/or
slurring of speech.

Medical practitioners used to think that nerve cells didn’t regenerate
or replace themselves. Now they know that nerve cells can regenerate
and heal. Acupuncture facilitates this healing. Very specific trigger
points restore circulation and allow the body to heal and replace the
neurons that are essential in maintaining sensory perception and
muscle control.

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

Acupuncture and Appetite


Acupuncture and Appetite

Appetite is your body’s urge to eat, namely to satiate hunger, and is a trait shared by most species of higher life forms. There are many disorders that are directly linked to appetite, including anorexia, bulimia, overeating and binge eating. The region of the brain that controls appetite is called the hypothalamus.

Your appetite is regulated by a number of physical and mental factors including the digestive tract and the central nervous system. When these items aren’t functioning correctly, a dysfunction of appetite occurs, either under eating (anorexia nervosa) or overeating (polyphaglia). The dangers presented by these conditions include ingesting either too much or too little nutrition, both of which can pose life-threatening health dangers.

Often acupuncture is used to help correct the appetite in a weight loss program. Point sites for appetite control are found on the external ear, as well as odd places like the feet, or hands, or even the abdomen. Upper back point sites may be chosen. Treatments often include other considerations such as metabolism improvements, elimination of fats and fluids, as well as improved diet and exercise advice. Emotional aspects that underlie can also be addressed with acupuncture. The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy. Acupuncture theory can recognize some signs to that history, and how the body is currently affected, and then chose appropriate point sites to give improvement.

Anxious? Acupuncture!

Anxiety is a mental state accompanied by number of unpleasant mental sensations, such as apprehension, fear, and worry. It is most often associated with a future (or sometimes current) event or series of events, and in many instances these are totally irrational assumptions of what is happening or will happen. Physical symptoms of anxiety range from a general uneasiness to severe reactions, such as chest pains, shortness of breath and diminished mental capabilities.

Although anxiety occurs when certain neurons react to external stimuli, there are some physical symptoms that often occur when experiencing anxiety. These include sweating, nausea, heart palpitations and panic attacks, though not all panic attacks are caused by anxiety (and vice versa). Treatment for anxiety varies from person to person, as there is no “one size fits all” type of treatment.

Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. The energetic systems involved will vary for each individual, and may include liver, kidney, heart, lung, or spleen energetics. These systems have a yang counterpart, so to speak, and point sites will be found along the various meridian pathways anywhere on the body! The reasoning involved is unique to acupuncture theory and practice, and good results are the common result. Immediate relief, and deeper clearing of underlying causes can be anticipated.


Acupuncture Can Relieve Anxiety

 Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach. What are your meditation techniques like? Have you tried yoga or qiqong? Or tai qi? A walk is a good thing. Be sure not to be dehydrated. Breathing exercises are also helpful. Ask about these.

It’s Monday…A Perfect Day for Today’s Subject – Depression!

Depression is somewhat of a blanket term for a number of mental conditions that are also casually referred to as having the blues, feeling down, being out of it or in a sad mood. While some are merely passing and not chronic, others (such as bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder) require treatment to keep things under control.

Acupuncture Helps with Depression

Acupuncture Helps with Depression

There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Symptoms of depression include loss of interest or focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, among many others.

I consider depression an important mechanism the body/mind sets up to “prevent things from getting worse”. I respect the function of this mechanism, and I work with the appropriate point sites and energy systems to support the actual improvement of “things”, so the need for the depression in this sense goes away or is lessened.

The energy systems we work with include the Liver system, and many other point sites may be used to address what we find in each individual case – 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”.

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

I’m Tired…So Tired….When Fatigue Needs to Go


Acupuncture Alleviates Fatigue

Fatigue is a general term for a number of issues that affects people mentally, physically, or both. Also referred to as exhaustion, lethargy, languidness, tiredness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness, fatigue is typically classified as a symptom as opposed to a condition. 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.

There are several reasons why people experience fatigue; they run the gamut from the easily remedied (not enough sleep, poor dietary choices and/or too little exercise) to the life threatening (heart disease, cancer, neurological disorders). Fatigue poses a danger to sufferers because normal brain and physical activity is often compromised.

Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue also immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. That is encouraging, and helps them continue further treatments for the other perhaps more stubborn symptoms. When treating fatigue specifically, point sites on the spleen meridian energy system will be considered, as well as possibly the kidney energy system. Sugar in the diet needs to be reduced. A complete history, with tongue and pulse diagnosis, helps to determine all the points to be included. One term we might use is Spleen Qi Xu. There are others as well, and our conversations will clarify what is meant. Take your vitamins, fresh organic food, and call for a visit.

“I suffered from extreme fatigue and a feeling of strong lack of mental focus, or brain fog. This has been getting worse for months, causing difficulty at school and work. After just one acupuncture treatment, the fog cleared, and my focus was way better. After a few (3) treatments, I am able to maintain my energy throughout the day without feeling tired or sluggish. The cold I started to get cleared away. I would recommend to anyone to try acupuncture. It brings a new wave of relaxation to your mind.”    

-Shane O’Mahony, Fairfield, CT


Is Life Giving You a Pain in the Neck? Solution…Acupuncture!

A stiff neck is a condition when pain is experienced when attempting to turn or move the neck. In most instances it involves the elevator scapulae muscle, which is located at the side and back of the neck and connects the neck to the shoulder. Sometimes a stiff neck occurs in conjunction with a headache. There are many other muscles and tendons around the neck area that can get tight, irritated, and spasm a little.

Common causes for a stiff neck include poor posture, stress, extra hard work, even reading too much, holding the neck and/or shoulders in an unnatural position (such as talking on a standard telephone “hands free”), sleeping without proper head support, or even exposure of the neck to a cold draft. Chronic infections, flu, lyme, etc, can also include neck pain. Many of my patients have had injuries from auto accidents and/or sports or exercise related strains, and most of us have times of stress.


Neck Pain

Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed. We will look into your history of health, and include your other symptoms in our considerations. Acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles.

CT Acupuncture Center

Providing Acupuncture to Fairfield, Wilton and Bethel, CT



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Release the Tension with Acupuncture


Acupuncture Relieves Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( CTS) is the medical term for compression in the median nerve (in the forearm) that causes pain, numbness and weakness. Although the affected nerve is located in the forearm, people suffering from CTS report often pain in the shoulder and neck area. It first gained attention in the 1960s, when golfer Ken Venturi was diagnosed with it, leading to the end of his pro career.

 CTS has received a lot of attention in the media when the personal computer became commonplace in both the home and the workplace. In the early 1990s, many computer users complained of tingling sensations and numbness in their hands and wrists, usually the dominant hand that controls the mouse. Treatment for CTS ranges from physical therapy to surgery, depending on the severity and other factors.

Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in clearing the causes to carpal tunnel symptoms. Point sites chosen are located in the wrist, forearm, and the neck, upper back area. There is often quite a bit of tension in the muscles and tendons in these areas, and acupuncture releases this tension. The energy supply is restored which also improves the blood and fluid flow pathways to these soft tissue structures. Often the patient experiences immediate improvements, which encourages additional treatments to address deeper causative tensions and blockages.

CT Acupuncture Center www.ctacupuncture.com 

Providing Acupuncture to Fairfield, Wilton, and Bethel, CT

Ingri Boe-Wiegaard is a licensed and fully-insured acupuncturist with over twenty-five years spent in practice in Fairfield County.

Ms. Boe-Wiegaard has appeared on twenty radio shows and five television shows, and is a member of several acupuncture associations. She is also a member of Mensa.

In addition to practicing acupuncture, Ms. Boe-Wiegaard also conducts three weekly meditation classes and is also available for lectures.