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Don’t Be a Super Freak! Acupuncture Regulates Hormones to Reduce Stress!

No Need to Be a Super Freak! Acupuncture Regulates Stress Hormones

No Need to Be a Super Freak! Acupuncture Regulates Stress Hormones

Good news for all those who don’t wish to get their freak on! A new laboratory experiment using brain chemistry investigations shows that acupuncture regulates steroid hormones to reduce biochemical reactions to stress. How does this work? Acupuncture upregulates hormones in some areas while downregulating in other areas to maintain balance within the body when it is exposed to stress. Then they brought out the blot test! Western blot analysis confirmed behavioral testing that acupuncture biochemically reduces stress reactions.

The researchers discovered that acupuncture reduces stress by regulating glucocorticoid receptor (GR) protein expression. Acupuncture simultaneously upregulated GR protein expression in the hippocampus, hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and pituitary gland while decreasing expression in the adrenal cortex when laboratory rats were exposed to stress. This counters the opposite biochemical phenomenon caused by unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS). The researchers note that acupuncture balances bodily biochemistry in this dual-directional manner.

The researchers conducted a controlled experiment on different acupuncture points on laboratory rats and discovered that hormone reactions to acupuncture are point specific. Control groups did not receive acupuncture. Two groups received different sets of acupuncture points combined with exposure to unpredictable chronic mild stress.

The researchers note that one group showed a significantly greater reduction in stress related biochemical responses at adrenocorticotropic hormone receptors (ACTHR) than the other group.

The researchers note that “it is recognized generally that CRH (corticotrophin releasing hormone) is one of the important initiating factors in the stress process.” Acupuncture demonstrated a powerful ability to inhibit CRH protein expression in response to stress.

The researchers note that acupuncture demonstrated the ability to “decrease HPAA excitability” in reactions to stress. The HPAA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) controls reactions to stress along with regulating many bodily functions including digestion and immunity. The researchers documented that acupuncture initiates a cascade of biochemical responses via the HPAA to reduce stress.

New research demonstrates that acupuncture exerts medically significant benefits and does so, in part, by regulating brain chemistry. Acupuncture research has also demonstrated that the specific choice of acupuncture points affects both brain chemistry and clinical outcomes.

Stress can manifest itself in a virtually unlimited number of ways, including headaches, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and inappropriate social behavior, among many others. Increased heart rate, changes in breathing patterns, muscle tension and high blood pressure are common reactions from a change in brain chemistry that occurs with stress.

“What might acupuncture be able to do for me?” Come visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com and check us out!

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References:
Wang, Shao-jun, Jiao-jiao Zhang, Li-li Qie, and Shao-Jun Wang. “Acupuncture relieves the excessive excitation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal cortex axis function and correlates with the regulatory mechanism of GR, CRH and ACTHR.”

H. Zhao, Z. Tian, Y. Feng, B. Chen, Circulating estradiol and hypothalamic corticotrophin releasing hormone enhances along with time after ovariectomy in rats: effects of electroacupuncture. Neuropeptides. 2005;39(4):433-438

L. P. Li, J. J. Lan, J. S. Hua, Z. R. Sun, Effect of acupuncture at points “baihuitaichong” on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis in the chronic mild unpredictable stressors depression rats. Acta Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology. 2006;34:52-53

D. W. Sun, L. Wang, Influence of acupuncture on HPAA in a rat model of chronic stress-induced depression. Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 2007;26:32-34

H. Xu, Z. R. Sun, L. P. Li, Effects of acupuncture on the hypothalamuspituitary-adrenal axis in the patient of depression. Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion. 2004;24:78-80.

S. J. Wang, H. Y. Yang, G. S. Xu, Acupuncture alleviates colorectal hypersensitivity and correlates with the regulatory mechanism of TrpV1 and p-ERK. Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. 2012;483123.

R. P. Liu, J. L. Fang, P. J. Rong, Y. Zhao, H . Meng, H. Ben, L. Li, Z. X. Huang, X. Li, Y. G. Ma, B. Zhu, Effects of electroacupuncture at auricular concha region on the depressive status of unpredictable chronic mild stress rat models. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013;789674.

Sinusitis of the Chronic or Acute Kind – Acupuncture Brings Relief!

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Acupuncture Makes Your Sinuses Happy!

Well, you HAD been looking forward to a weekend of winter sports, but your nose has you sidelined!

 At least 30 million Americans deal with sinus issues each year. Headaches, tightness of the facial muscles and increased production (and discharge) of mucus. Oh, happy day! Sinusitis is a condition when the paranasal sinuses become inflamed. Other symptoms include dizziness and the feeling of a “heavy head,” both of which are the results of congested (or blocked) sinus and other nasal passages. Sometimes nosebleeds are suffered. Sinusitis is either classified as acute (less than four weeks) or chronic (eight weeks or longer). Either way, it can be annoying, embarrassing (and painful) to deal with.

Because a viral infection is often to blame, the virus usually resolves itself without requiring any medication. Treatment consists of relieving the symptoms and not the virus itself. However in the case of allergies, the course of treatment depends on multiple factors, including the type of allergy, the patient’s overall health and also eliminating or avoiding certain environmental factors (think mold, dust, extra dander, and extra pollen). Food allergies play a subtle role in increasing the incidence of sinus symptoms. Symptoms are often aggravated by dairy products, caffeine, spicy foods, and alcohol. Limiting or eliminating these are advised.

Want sinusitis relief now? Try acupuncture! Acupuncture is helpful in giving immediate relief of the symptoms, as well as treating underlying factors. We take a complete history to understand all the body systems. Point sites will be local for the immediate relief, and also other places determined by your history, as well as tongue and pulse diagnosis. The headache you may have will be relieved immediately. There will also be an immediate improvement on the stuffiness, and usually only a few treatments are needed to be of great help. We will look at deeper underlying issues as well.

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Here’s a Way to Be Fit in ’14! Let Acupuncture Help You Quit (Those Bad Habits)!

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A Healthy You in 2014!

What a great ally for ringing in the new year the healthy way! Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax!

Addiction is rampant in our society, with a host of addictions and new ones arising all the time. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. And it seems to becoming more rampant. There are many things that people can become addicted to. Alcohol. Cigarettes. Video Games. Medications and drugs. If use turns into addiction, there is help!

Addiction is one of the most overused, yet least understood words in our vocabulary, as its common use has been watered down to mean “something that someone likes to do a lot.” Most people are unaware that there are two distinct types of addiction: Substance Dependence and Behavioral Addiction. The definition for Substance Dependence is “a compulsive and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.” These substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) actually alter some of the body’s chemistry, though usually only temporarily. Addiction is also characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

Here are some of the ways acupuncture can help. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

Other benefits? Acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being. And that’s a great foundation to build upon!

For more information about how acupuncture can aid in addiction recovery, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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The Holidays are Over! Relax and Rejuvenate with Acupuncture!

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Relax and Rejuvenate with Acupuncture!

Tree was trimmed, bells were rung, toasts were clinked, confetti is cleared and now it’s time to take a breather.

Acupuncture is a fantastic way to relax, and head off tension before it starts to cause trouble. People often come for acupuncture for other health reasons and discover they are deeply relaxed as part of the end result. It’s great to feel good! But relieving tension is important for many health reasons.

Acupuncture understands the linked relationship between apparently mild symptoms such as “feeling a little tense” and it affecting different organs and bodily functions, and developing into potentially serious diseases.

Too much tension in the body can result in disharmony and illness. Tension causes blockages of energy in the body, and tension and stress affects different people in different ways. For some, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, spasm and headaches. If the tension remains unresolved and is allowed to become chronic, it can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure, among other symptoms. In other people, it manifests as emotional tension. Energy can stagnate in the chest area, and heart palpitations and nervousness can occur, as well as feelings of anxiety or feeling distant emotionally. Among other factors, this can be caused by chronic unexpressed emotions such as anger or grief, poor breathing habits, smoking, and emotional excesses or habits.

As acupuncture works by moving and balancing energy in the body, it simultaneously makes the person feel more relaxed, and a state of deep relaxation supports the healing process of mind, body and spirit. When a patient is brought to a deep level of relaxation, experienced either as sleep or deep meditation, they are brought into an unconscious or semi-conscious state where the unconscious mind works to resolve that which is stuck. Trauma, disappointment, guilt and uneasiness is able to be resolved within this state, and joy can take its place!

Acupuncture also has the added benefit of re-uniting the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi (life force) is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing stress. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.

There are many relevant point sites, and the choice depends on each person’s complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle and painless, and yes, relaxing!

Interested in seeing how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com!

Happy New Year! Acupuncture Can Help You with Your Resolutions and Have a Healthy New Year!

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Here’s to a Healthy You in 2014!

Happy New Year everybody! Now that it’s a new year, I bet you have a few things on your healthy wish list that you’d like to accomplish…and acupuncture can help you reach your goals!

Let’s say your goal for health this year is to quit smoking. Here are some of the ways acupuncture can help. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. 

While it’s usually a tool to aid in relieving illness or disease, acupuncture also works in many ways to aid in weight loss, and it helps quickly to adjust appetite control. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites. 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. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites. 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.

Of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. The release of stress reducing endorphins helps you to manage the challenges of food cravings and weight gain anxiety.

The guiding principal is that acupuncture can give additional power to any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It can unblock energy flows to and from the hypothalamus, the region within the brain that controls the appetite. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full. Other benefits? acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being.

What a wonderful tool to use! Want to be healthier in the New Year? Try acupuncture!

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“Everybody Bloats, Sometimes…” Acupuncture Helps Relieve Holiday Overindulgence and Digestive Issues

Relieve Bloat with Acupuncture

Relieve Bloat with Acupuncture

Nobody wants to be bloated! Let’s face it, when you’re bloated, you don’t feel your best. And clothes fasteners are suddenly not your friend.

Your abdominal area houses many organs including the stomach, small and large intestines, uterus, liver and pancreas. Bloating, or a buildup of gas in the stomach and intestines that causes swelling or distension, can be caused by stress, smoking, consuming high-fat foods in excess (Hello, holiday feasting!), or food allergies, such as lactose intolerance. Pregnancy can cause bloating. More serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease or celiac disease can also cause chronic bloating.

Bloating can be caused by swallowing air when eating or drinking, or by the digestive process. Typically this type of bloating is temporary, as it either dissipates or leaves the body through flatulence or belching. Embarrassing sometimes, but necessary! When gas builds up in the stomach and intestines, or when the bloating is associated with a more serious condition, it can cause abdominal pain that can be either mild or serious. Seek medical attention for severe bloating.

Acupuncture can relieve bloating associated with both IBS and other digestive issues, and can help relieve the pain and discomfort of bloating. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, acupuncture helps improve the general well-being of those with IBS, in addition to reducing bloating.

In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is seen as an imbalance of qi, or vital energy, in the body. The placement of needles at different points in the body helps unblock and stimulate this flow of energy. Deficiencies of qi in the spleen and lung meridians, or energy channels in the body, are typically associated with abdominal bloating. Acupuncture can play a major role in healing the organs, such as the small and large intestine, where chronic swelling occurs frequently. I can help you determine the cause of the distension and use acupuncture to help your body heal and resolve the problem. I base treatment on each individual’s needs, which could include either an excess or deficiency of qi. 

Acupuncture is particularly effective in the case of food intolerances, intestinal bacteria overgrowth and partial bowel obstruction. In these instances often the swelling will disappear literally overnight. And that’s news to toot about!

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Merry Christmas! Acupuncture Gives the Gift of Acid Reflux Relief!

Happy insides! That's a great gift!

Happy insides! That’s a great gift!

Christmas is here! And Christmas treats and feasting! And with all of that sure can come some digestive troubles.

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. Holidays, watch out! It occurs when the sphincter of the lower esophagus does not close completely. As a result, stomach contents leak back into the esophagus and even up into the throat, causing a burning sensation. Because the esophagus and throat do not have the same sturdy lining as the stomach, they cannot endure the strong acids of the stomach and become injured.

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.

Acupuncture heals the channels of the entire digestive system, curing the underlying causes of acid reflux. Acupuncture helps ease symptoms and discomfort immediately, relieving indigestion, stomach ache and acid reflux. 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 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. And what a gift that is!

Here are some tips that will make you feel like being thankful, instead of being in pain.

– Enjoy your food! Take your time eating at the table, preferably with loved ones, instead of in front of a screen.

– Avoid caffeine and nicotine.

– Avoid foods heavy in sugar or fat, especially ice cream.

– Avoid fizzy foods.

– Avoid foods that you’ve noticed give you acid reflux, such as spicy foods, acidic foods such as tomatoes or oranges or gassy foods, such as Brussels sprouts.

– Stop eating several hours before bedtime. This can be done!

– Eat highly nutritious foods. These foods will reduce your cravings for “quick-fix” foods.

– Drink more water. Drink more water. Did we mention drink more water?

– Reduce the stresses in your life. Again, this can be done!

– Increase relaxation with yoga, meditation or Qi Gong.

-See your acupuncturist!

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Sources: “Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics”; Clinical trial: acupuncture vs. doubling the proton pump inhibitor dose in refractory heartburn; R. Dickman, et al; September 2007

“Journal of Gastroenterology”; Acupuncture for functional gastrointestinal disorders; T. Takahashi; 2006

Acupuncture Can Help You Keep it Together This Holiday! Relieve Anxiety and Irritability!

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Relieve Anxiety and Irritability with Acupuncture!

The holiday season can bring out all the best and worst in us. We all have bad days; perhaps the hormones are raging, that guy at the store just took the last have-to-have item off of your Santa list. and when we add being overworked, lack of sleep, and feeling as though so much more needs to be accomplished than we have time for, it’s natural to feel a bit snappy or overwhelmed. But when feeling irritated and moody feels more like a permanent state, (and you’re perhaps in danger of being added to the Naughty List) acupuncture can help!

Often irritability and moodiness can be the consequence of built up stress in your life. Those little things can really add up! Over time these emotions can develop into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health concerns such as digestive problems, trouble sleeping and the tendency for a weakened immune system. And that’s a bad recipe that’s just waiting for a packet of illness to be added to the mix.

There can be many different reasons for the disharmony within the body that result in emotional disorders, but anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our qi (energy) is not moving smoothly. The liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of qi throughout the body and for calming our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving qi is disrupted, qi can become stuck or stagnant. This is referred to as liver qi stagnation. Liver qi stagnation is one of the most common patterns of disharmony that we see in patients.

In addition to irritability and moodiness, other signs and super fun symptoms of liver qi stagnation may include distending pain in the area below the ribs, stuffiness of the chest, sighing, abdominal distention, nausea, sour regurgitation, belching, diarrhea or constipation, feeling of a lump in the throat, irregular periods, painful periods and distention of the breasts prior to periods. Liver qi stagnation is commonly associated with PMS. That’s the bad news.

Here’s the good news! Acupuncture is excellent at relieving liver qi stagnation. The treatment for irritability and moodiness associated with the stagnation focuses on moving qi, and supporting the liver and spleen organ systems with acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary recommendations. Acupuncture can help smooth your emotions and bring your hormones into balance. It can also help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration — which will make everyone happier…and you much more healthy!

And you can remain proudly at the top of the Nice List.

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Sore Back from Shoveling or Hurtling Down Icy Sidewalks? Acupuncture Can Help You Want to Play in the Snow!

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Acupuncture Can Make Winter More Fun!

The holiday is fast approaching, and aches and pains are starting to abound like the famous reindeer on the roof! There’s been an awful lot of shoveling and maneuvering of icy sidewalks, and sometimes the back sure does get tweaked.

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back (why can’t they make shovels like they used to?) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. (“With the knees! Lift with the knees!”)

Another source of back pain comes from a herniated disc — which is a disc that bulges out from its place between two vertebrae. 

Sciatica is also a culprit that causes pain in the back. Sciatica, (also known as sciatic neuritis) is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It produces pain and/or numbness in the lower back, the glutes, and even down the entire length of the leg.

Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, bulging or herniated discs, misaligned spine, or spinal degeneration is often the cause for sciatica. In most cases, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be achieved without undergoing surgery. That means no recovering-from-surgery-time!

Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists. Acupuncture is wonderful at releasing the extra tension that causes the tendons, and muscle spasms, to irritate the sciatica nerve bundle. When symptoms are closer to the origin area in the lower back, the outer nerves are irritated in the bundle. As the symptoms reach (radiate) farther down the leg to the foot, and pick up numbness, the deeper nerves in the bundle are also getting irritated. As you might be as well! And Santa’s watching!

This is obviously something for everyone suffering from Sciatica — you want to be trying acupuncture pronto to stave off surgery. Many patients feel immediate improvements which is very encouraging. Caught early, the tension clears faster. Point sites will be local to the lower back, but also up to the upper back and neck area (where some great exit points live).

With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories. The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years. There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when there is flinching during touch or treatment, we know there has been trauma.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results. Now get back out there and finish that shoveling! 

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Feeling More Ho Hum Than Ho Ho Ho? Beat Holiday Stress with Acupuncture!

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Don’t Be Blue – Get Acupuncture!

The In-Laws are arriving when?! They’re out of what at the store? I already hate the snow!!

Some stress is unavoidable. While it’s good to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the season, sometimes it’s simply too difficult — work stress, family stress, stress of any kind can build up, and often physical manifestations can take place.

Stress can manifest itself in a virtually unlimited number of ways, including headaches, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and inappropriate social behavior, among many others. Increased heart rate, changes in breathing patterns, muscle tension and high blood pressure are common reactions from a change in brain chemistry that occurs with stress. The human body reacts to stress appropriately when faced with a “fight or flight” situation and adrenaline is released inside the body. This is the reaction that helps us cope in a disaster or stressful situation, but not so great for your health if you linger in that state. Imbalance occurs when this reaction is frequent and is not due to outside factors. (The In-Laws decide to stay for another week. And another.) The body can become used to the adrenaline and corticosteroid release and become dependent on this state.

From what we can tell so far the emotional brain or limbic system is affected the most. With so many stimuli to process, when we have a problem in part of our bodies that can be ignored for the short term, our brain is likely to selectively throw a circuit breaker so that we are not even aware of the issue. We no longer notice the pain, inflammation, lack of range of motion, etc.. A not so great start to the holiday season. But here’s reason to celebrate! Acupuncture!

When acupuncture is used for human beings, it has the added benefit of re-uniting the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi (life force) is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing  stress. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.

There are many relevant point sites, and the choice depends on each person’s complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing. Lots of relief from even the first treatment! Happy Holidays indeed!

Turn your Bah Humbug into some Tra la la’s!

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Acupuncture makes a great gift!

Here’s some more helpful hints on beating holiday stress!

  • Get out and talk a walk in nature — take the family dog with you, they’re your alibi. If you just bundle up when it’s cold out, you can often see beauty where others aren’t brave enough to go! And you also get to take a breather from Uncle Bob’s stories about how he rebuilt his engine.
  • Limit or avoid caffeine  — why get your heart rate elevated and feel even more stressed? Up your water intake instead!
  • Limit or avoid alcohol — if you know you’re going to be dealing with tricky social situations, give yourself an edge, eat before going to a party so you aren’t operating on an empty stomach and can keep your balance!
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