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Boost Your Libido! Acupuncture Can Bring Back the Romance

Spice up your love life with acupuncture!

Spice up your love life with acupuncture!

Your sex life can be a sensitive subject to talk about. But if you can use a little help in the love department, acupuncture can help increase your libido!

Did you know that acupuncture has been used effectively for thousands of years to enhance the sex drive of both women and men?

Acupuncture improves libido by addressing the reasons why it was lost or diminished in the first place.

Stress is a major cause of loss of libido. It stagnates the energy in your body, and can also lower sperm count. Acupuncture is very helpful for decreasing stress — both physical and emotional.

Sometimes an emotional issue that has repressed a person’s energy for years can clear up within just a few acupuncture sessions.

Reactions to medications can also decrease sex drive. Research published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine found that women who struggled with sex while taking antidepressants had improved libido and lubrication after 12 consecutive weeks of acupuncture treatment. The results are especially encouraging in light of the fact that many medications used to treat depression cause sexual dysfunction in 50–90% of patients.

Better sleep with acupuncture!

Better sleep with acupuncture!

Fatigue and lack of sleep are also a large factor in a reduction in one’s sex life. Acupuncture is fantastic at improving sleep quality. It helps increase melatonin production and total sleep time.

It can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night. With all those extra zzz’s, your sexual desire and stamina will increase!

Lack of energy can contribute to loss of libido, too. Acupuncture naturally eliminates stressors that block energy channels and allows energy to flow smoothly — increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs.

Acupuncture is very helpful for infertility and impotency issues, too.  It is an effective and 100% natural and safe method of treatment.

If you would like to learn about how acupuncture can help improve your sex drive (and help you sleep!) visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Suffer from headaches or migraines? Acupuncture Brings Soothing Relief

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Don’t Be Sad. Try Acupuncture for Seasonal Depression

Acupuncture Brings Relief from Depression

Acupuncture Brings Relief from Depression

If you suffer from depression, acupuncture can offer effective, holistic care.

Feelings of depression during the changes of season happen to many of us. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million people in the United States each year. While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels — both may trigger depression.

In addition, our biological clock (circadian rhythm) which lets our body know when to sleep and when to be awake is also disrupted with seasonal changes. Varying sleep patterns often leads to feelings of depression, too.

How do you know if you are depressed? Symptoms of depression include loss of interest or focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, among many others. Depression can cause people to lose pleasure from daily life, complicate other medical conditions, and if serious enough lead to suicide. As with many illnesses, early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences.

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Seasonal Adjustment with Acupuncture

One of the best ways to treat depression is through regular acupuncture treatments. It can bring the body to a more balanced state, help the body release “feel-good” endorphins and even prevent other medical complications.

Acupuncture is a wonderful addition to Western medical treatments. And for those who wish to bypass prescription drugs, treating depression with acupuncture not only has a positive and holistic effect, it avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

If you would like to learn about how acupuncture can help relieve depression and help you attune to the seasons visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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

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Feeling Anxious This Fall? Acupuncture Balances Emotions

Acupuncture Brings Balance to Anxiety Sufferers

Acupuncture Brings Balance to Anxiety Sufferers

The change of season is beautiful, but when anxiety gets overwhelming, acupuncture is a great autumn friend!

Anxiety is a very common issue. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men.

Some stress is normal in life. But when the levels get too high, anxiety can cause such distress that it interferes with someone’s ability to lead a normal life. Distress can disturb the body’s internal balance, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and difficulty sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from distress.

There is no reason to suffer from anxiety any longer.

Acupuncture is a powerful treatment for relieving anxiety. It is highly effective in treating emotional problems, and it also addresses the physical realm, relieving the headaches, upset stomach, muscle aches, insomnia, and irritability that anxiety and stress can cause.

Treatment for anxiety varies from person to person, as there is no “one size fits all” type of treatment, as different people have different personalities, different needs, and of course, different symptoms. There are many ways of dealing with anxiety, but acupuncture is an extraordinarily helpful tool. Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes.

Enjoy Autumn! Acupuncture Brings Anxiety Relief

Enjoy Autumn! Acupuncture Brings Anxiety Relief

Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications.

It is important to make sure that your body is getting adequate Vitamin D, as our bodies aren’t getting as much sun as we have in the previous summer months, and as a result we aren’t producing as much Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is also important for immunity, bone health and heart health, and it helps protect against cancer. Vitamin D supplements may improve seasonal anxiety and depression that worsen during the winter months.

Magnesium is also very helpful — it’s a calming mineral that nourishes the nervous system. Magnesium is also very protective of the heart and arteries; again, this is important if you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks.

Meditation and exercise are also important additions to a healthy approach. It is also important to stay hydrated. 

Let acupuncture bring you back into balance, and to enjoy this beautiful season!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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

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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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Acupuncture: A Powerful Ally for Addiction Recovery

Acupuncture Aids in Addiction Recovery

Regain control of your life and health with acupuncture!

You don’t need to go through recovery alone! Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from alcohol and hard drugs to nicotine and overeating.

Addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. The statistics for prescription drugs are even more alarming. In fact, the number of people undergoing treatment for prescription painkiller drug abuse and addiction quadrupled from 2004 to 2010.

If use turns into addiction, there is help!

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), any addiction comes from an imbalance in the body’s elements.  In other words, something is causing the body not to do its own healing naturally. When an addict is suffering from an imbalance, they are using a substance like alcohol, drugs or even food to self-medicate. Acupuncture provides a foundation for recovery by bringing the individual physiology back into balance.

Recovery and Relaxation with Acupuncture

Recovery and Relaxation with Acupuncture

Another of the greatest strengths of acupuncture, however, is that its immediate effect is often a cessation of withdrawal symptoms. How does acupuncture achieve that?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body’s own “feel-good” chemicals.  It reduces anxiety and agitation while promoting a soothing, relaxing effect to the nervous system, which is extremely helpful to people experiencing any kind of lifestyle change, especially drug withdrawal.  In addition to treating the addiction itself, acupuncture also treats the emotional ties.

Acupuncture gives a sense of well being and relaxation. The best part? There are no harmful side effects. Recovery from drug addiction, like other chronic diseases, is a lifelong process. You don’t need to go it alone.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Experiencing Fatigue? Acupuncture can help with that too.

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Sources:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.

Smith, The Lincoln Clinic Program: An Alternative Approach to Detoxification and Treatment, Lincoln Hospital Substance Abuse Division, p. 3. [349 East 140th Street, Bronx, NY, 10454, 718-993-3100.]

 

 

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…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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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…

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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.

Firefighter

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…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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