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Seasonal Allergies – Acupuncture Works Without Side Effects

Relief from Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture!

Relief from Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture!

There’s no need to suffer with seasonal allergies — acupuncture brings relief, holistically!

It’s not just Spring — the changing of Summer to Autumn can cause allergies to act up. What causes this reaction? Pollen that is spread by the wind is usually the main culprit of seasonal allergies.

And it’s not just pollen. People who are allergic to pollen are also often sensitive to mold, ragweed, dust mites, and animal dander. If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. About 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies, while the number of people with milder symptoms may be as high as 40 million, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Most symptoms become apparent within 5 or 10 minutes of exposure to the allergens and typically include sneezing, dry and unproductive coughing, wheezing, itchy sensations on the roof of the mouth or at the back of the throat, swollen sinuses leading to a stuffy nose and headaches, a runny nose, itching, watery and reddened eyes, reduced sense of smell and taste, and disturbed sleep. That can certainly make it hard to concentrate and perform daily tasks, especially at work or school.

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Enjoy the season without the allergies!

Acupuncture is one of the major holistic therapies used for thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that makes those allergic reactions happen. Acupuncture treatments can give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, it can address the variety of underlying causes.

Best of all, acupuncture is a great way to bring allergy relief and avoid the negative side effects that allergy medications can have. Even if used in conjunction with medication, a combination therapy can at least lessen their impact.

A recent study on the effects of acupuncture on seasonal allergies was published in the February 2013 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. German researchers studied 422 people who tested positive for pollen allergies and found that those who received acupuncture therapy reported improved symptoms and a decrease in their antihistamine use.

Get relief from seasonal allergies! Give acupuncture a try!

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can help you get relief from allergies visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

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Insomnia keeping you from getting a good night’s rest? Sleep Like a Happy Baby! Acupuncture for Insomnia

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Sleep Like a Happy Baby! Acupuncture for Insomnia

Get a good night's rest with acupuncture!

Get a good night’s rest with acupuncture!

Ready for a good night’s sleep? Try acupuncture!

Insomnia is nothing anyone dreams about. When it happens regularly, it can affect your health, your relationships, your job, and the list goes on.

Whether it’s due to a hectic schedule and the wheels in the brain that won’t stop turning, diet issues, an emotional crisis, or other issues, restless nights can be a drag. Acupuncture to the rescue!

Acupuncture is helpful for treating all sleep problems. Acupuncture is often thought of for the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and chronic fatigue. Acupuncture works by approaching the mind and body holistically to address internal imbalance, encouraging the flow of natural energy, and releasing physical and mental tension. Acupuncture can free up energetic and physical blocks, leading to ideal movement and function throughout the body.

Sleep like a baby with acupuncture!

Sleep like a baby with acupuncture!

At the initial consultation, we gather information to get a complete picture of what is causing the disturbed sleep. 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.

The therapy boosts your mood and immune system. It relaxes muscle tension, enhances circulation, and promotes better sleep!

Acupuncture provides fast relief to break the cycle of bad sleep, and rebuild your quality of life. Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments.  The best part? No side effects in the morning aside from feeling energized and well-rested.

Give acupuncture a try!

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can help you get a great night’s sleep, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain keeping you from reaping the fruits of your labor? Get Back to Gardening Your Eden – Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain

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Reset Your Inner Clock! Acupuncture Brings Relief from Jet Lag

Travel Easy with Acupuncture!

Jet lag? Acupuncture helps you feel like flying again!

Don’t let jet lag ruin the end of a great vacation — Acupuncture helps you feel like flying again!

We’ve all been there. After coming home from traveling, the insomnia, fatigue, disturbed digestion and a loss of appetite can really make you wish for another vacation!

Acupuncture is based on the theory that Qi, the body’s motivating energy, flows in a 24 hour cycle. The body’s functions are tied into this, much the same as the biological clock recognized by Western medicine.

When you travel across time zones, your body clock falls out of sync. Certain organs are more easily affected by changes in time zones, with those associated with sleep, digestion and bowel function the most likely to be affected. In trying to readjust, people often carry out activities, such a eating, exercising or sleeping at a different time than the one dictated by their body clock. This explains why digestive issues and insomnia are the most common symptoms of jet lag. In addition, sitting in one spot for most of the flight can make you feel stiff and sore.

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Relief from Insomnia with Acupuncture!

Resetting the body clock using acupuncture can help ease jet lag symptoms. Getting a treatment can definitely help restore your equilibrium, and boost your immunity. Acupuncture also stimulates blood flow, making it especially helpful in treating the stiffness and soreness associated with jet lag. The body always feels nice and relaxed afterwards allowing you to have a really good night’s sleep.

You’ll want to get acupuncture within 24 hours or so of landing in order for it to be most effective, but there are steps you can take on your journey to minimize the effect of jet lag:

  • Carry out the appropriate activity for the time zone you are going to.  For example, when you board the plane, if it is the middle of the night in your destination, try and go straight to sleep.
  • Try some relaxation techniques or breathing exercises to reduce tension in your body. Being relaxed will minimize the disruption to your body clock.
  • Staying hydrated is important! Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Dehydrated? Acupuncture helps with that too. Avoid Dehydration — Acupuncture Refreshes!

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Acupuncture is a Parent’s Number One Back-to-School Supply

Back to School with Acupuncture!

Back to School with Acupuncture!

Back to school! And back to the stress of helping kids with homework and getting them to school on time. Acupuncture can relieve the stress and help boost your immune system.

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

Sounds like a lot to pack in a lunch box? Of course it does. But it’s not too much to expect from regular acupuncture treatments.

Other than stress relief, one of the biggest benefits of acupuncture is the immunity boost it gives you. The likelihood of either you or your child getting sick when kids head back to school increases significantly. Acupuncture boosts your immune system, which can greatly reduce the risk of coming down with the “Illness of the Week”.

In addition to the immunity boost, many people report having more energy in the hours, days and even weeks after acupuncture treatment. In addition to the surge of physical energy, many people notice improved mental clarity, which is important when exam week comes around, or that big presentation.

Don’t stress out! When those deadlines and tests get a bit overwhelming, acupuncture is great at relieving headaches, (even migraines) as well as reducing anxiety, depression and stress.  

Acupuncture is great for student athletes, too!

Acupuncture is great for student athletes, too!

Insomnia is one of the most common complaints by students, teachers, and parents alike, and acupuncture can be highly effective at resolving that as well.

Acupuncture is also great for student athletes! Besides keeping the body healthy, well-documented studies have proven over and over the effects of acupuncture in reduction of pain. This is due in part to the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, along with an increase in blood circulation and lessening of muscle tension.

Relief of pain, stress and anxiety, immunity bolstering, and more energy? Acupuncture gets an A+!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Do you or someone you know suffer with ADD/ADHD? Acupuncture can help.  ADD and ADHD Helped with Acupuncture

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Summer is for Relaxing! Acupuncture Eases Anxiety and Stress

Don't Let Stress Get You Down! Acupuncture Reduces Anxiety

Don’t Let Stress Get You Down! Acupuncture Reduces Anxiety

Are you interested in a holistic approach to managing stress and anxiety? Acupuncture works!

Anxiety is a completely normal human emotion. Many people feel nervous or anxious when faced with work problems, before taking an exam, or making a challenging life decision. It’s a perfectly normal reaction to stress.

So what exactly is stressing us out? Whenever we experience a thought or event that we perceive as stressful, our bodies produce hormones and neurotransmitters that help us respond to the stressful situation by engaging in a conflict or fleeing.

This “fight or flight” response is important for motivating us to take action and avoid danger when necessary.  It is meant to be a short-term reaction to a situation that may be life-threatening. With continued or repeated stress without adequate time and resources for our bodies to recover, the “fight or flight” response can become chronic, and can interfere with someone’s ability to lead a normal life.

Acupuncture Helps You Relax!

Acupuncture Helps You Relax

Distress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms. Emotional problems can also result from distress. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men.

Acupuncture is a powerful treatment for relieving anxiety.

Acupuncture treats your mental, emotional and physical symptoms.  It helps relieve the headaches, upset stomach, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, muscle aches, insomnia, and irritability that anxiety and stress can cause, as well as reducing blood pressure.

The resulting effect from acupuncture is a feeling of relaxation, calm and an overall sense of well-being. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Digestive issues? Acupuncture helps with those, too! From Heartburn to Constipation – Acupuncture Eases Digestive Complaints

 

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Fatigue is No Match for Acupuncture!

Fight Fatigue with Acupuncture!

Fight Fatigue with Acupuncture!

Spring has sprung and you’re still feeling run down?

Acupuncture can help!

A few of the basic reasons for fatigue are stress, not getting enough sleep,  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. Plus, falling asleep at your desk may not be the best plan to work towards a promotion at work.

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. Both are obviously not the best way to maneuver your way through life. 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. And the great night’s sleep!

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.

Melatonin = Slumberland.

Sleep like a happy baby! Try acupuncture!

Sleep like a happy baby! Try acupuncture!

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

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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Seeing Red? Relieve Anger Issues with Acupuncture

Don't let anger issues overwhelm you - try acupuncture!

Don’t let anger issues overwhelm you – try acupuncture!

Boost that feeling of well-being! Acupuncture relieves stress and brings your emotions back into balance.

Have you been dealing with anger or other emotional issues?

A person’s anger when uncontrollable can be dangerous not only to himself, but also to the people around them. Anger will result in damaging of relationships; a person’s judging capability, and many more things.

There is no doubt that Chinese medicine has developed something of a reputation for dealing with emotional issues. Over the last decade the use of acupuncture for problems like anxiety and depression has been researched with encouraging results. Anger is an automatic emotional response to behaviors that a person cannot tolerate.

Chinese wisdom is that we house each of the emotions equally, and respond appropriately to all the changes of life, pleasant or otherwise. If our overall balance is out of alignment, then we exhibit inappropriate reactions which are diagnostically significant. To be angry a great deal of the time could well be traced back to specific patterns of energy, and there is a chance that correcting these patterns, in which stagnation and blockage invariably play a part, might reduce the occurrence of a problem.

This is where acupuncture plays its part. Acupuncture allows the freeing of the energy flow in a person’s body, and steadily reduces the anger levels. One can think that emotions are how thoughts and chemicals actually feel, a sensory experience part to the thoughts and chemicals we are made of.

Acupuncture gets a thumbs up for reducing stress!

Acupuncture gets a thumbs up for reducing stress!

Treatment is always on a case-by-case basis. Likewise, the symptoms of a person suffering from an emotional disorder are different in every case, depending on a combination of a person’s biological and personality makeup. The other good news is that there are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction with acupuncture. 

Choosing your thoughts carefully, and watching your diet, will improve things dramatically as well. Impeccable thought is a work in progress, as are diet choices. Start where you are and move forward from there! Acupuncture is certainly a helping hand towards health.

Would you like 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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Tune Up and Spring Ahead with Acupuncture!

Put some spring in your step with acupuncture!

Put some spring in your step with acupuncture!

The season has changed. Does Daylight Savings has you feeling off? Acupuncture is the season pass for feeling good!

Ok,  we changed the clocks. At least the ones we found on the first pass. And now many of us are feeling majorly off.  So what’s going on?

Well sunrise now comes as late as it did at the end of December, during the darkest days of the year. Sure, we also get a nifty hour added on at the end of the day, but for your inner clock, that’s no help. It is early morning light that we rely on to keep in sync with the natural world. The easiest explanation is that the time shift confuses the circadian clock in the brain. Your inner clock relies on timed exposure to light, especially natural light, to keep itself in synchronization with the daily cycle of 24 hours.

So when you’ve lost an hour of sleep and your daily rhythm is thrown off, it can also throw off your inner clock and sleeping patterns. Most of us need a week or more to adjust, and some researchers suggest that our clocks never fully adjust to Daylight Savings Time.

Feeling off-balance? Try acupuncture!

Feeling off-balance? Try acupuncture!

Many people also suffer from headaches, drowsiness, and additional stress. In fact, sometimes the stress can overwhelm the body.

Stress no more! Acupuncture is a wonderful ally for the body to help it adjust to Daylight Savings Time. One way to make this transition is to use the energy of the meridians that we all have, they are rivers of energy that flow through our bodies. The meridians have many points on them. Acupuncture stimulates the body to adjust and heal itself. When we gently contact these meridians it balances our daily time clock. When the energy flows free of obstructions we experience a sense of ease.  Acupuncture also helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments. 

Acupuncture treatments also help with insomnia, and eases many other stress related issues. The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing. Acupuncture is good for reducing anger, fear, sadness, worry, anxiety, depression, and stress of all kinds. Acupuncture can calm and balance the body as well as help it sleep.  It is fantastic for readjusting the body seasonally as well as for jet lag.  It will help you adjust in this time of change!

Would you like 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 Offers Hope for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Acupuncture Brings Relief to Sufferers of PTSD

Acupuncture Brings Relief of PTSD

Don’t go it alone! Acupuncture is highly beneficial to those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is seen in persons whose work exposes them to traumatic events or who treat trauma survivors. These occupations include military personnel, firefighters, police officers, emergency medicine specialists, search-and rescue personnel, and disaster investigators.

PTSD is also seen in survivors of serious accidents, natural disasters, neglect, or physical, verbal or sexual assault in adult- or childhood.

There are 5.2 million U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 who suffer from PTSD during the course of a given year, with women twice as likely as men to develop it. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.

But there’s hope. The use of acupuncture for PTSD has been scientifically proven to show reduced anxiety levels and stress in individuals. Acupuncture can assist in alleviating some of the ailments related to PTSD such as anxiety/panic disorders, fatigue, depression, insomnia, and mental fogginess. In more severe cases, 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.

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 is of great benefit to all those looking for relief of many ailments, from the basic to the complex, the emotional and the physical.

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Acupuncture — Friend to Firefighters!

Acupuncture does help to identify causes and relevant events with effects residing in the body memory. It is good to pinpoint some of the stressed and traumatized areas, release and reduce the levels of stress, so a new level of calm and comfort is gained. In turn, this allows the individual to focus on their activities and enable them to deal with daily events. Point sites may be on the upper back, neck, lower back, hands or feet.

Acupuncture is good for reducing anger, fear, sadness, worry, anxiety, depression, and stress of all kinds.

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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Banish Sleep Disorders with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Brings Restful Sleep, Not Counting Sheep

Acupuncture Brings Restful Sleep, Not Counting Sheep

Acupuncture is safe and effective at helping sleep disorders!

Whether it’s due to a hectic schedule and the wheels that won’t stop turning, poor lifestyle choices, or an emotional crisis, a sleep disorder is never cause for celebration. At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems.

Acupuncture provides fast relief to break the cycle of bad sleep, and rebuild your quality of life. Acupuncture is often thought of for the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and chronic fatigue. Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems, including insomnia and nightmares.

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. At the initial consultation, we gather information to get a complete picture of what is causing the bad dreams and disturbed sleep.

Wouldn't you be rather be sleeping at home? Try acupuncture!

Don’t get keyboard cheeks during the day!  Acupuncture promotes healthy sleep.

Looking into diet issues, as well as the body ph (acid/base balance) can be helpful as well. 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.

Acupuncture can free up energetic and physical blocks, leading to ideal movement and function throughout the body. Patients typically feel a sense of relaxation after the needles are inserted.

The therapy boosts your mood and immune system. It relaxes muscle tension, enhances circulation, and promotes better sleep! These and many other benefits of acupuncture stop that vicious cycle of stress and bad dreams.

As your mental and physical well-being improve, the insomnia is lifted, bad dreams become less intense and less frequent, and nightmare-related stress, anxiety, and depression fade, letting you get the restful sleep you so need and deserve. Best of all, it’s drug-free.

Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Luckily most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments. Here’s to sweet dreams with acupuncture!

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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