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Acid or Upset Stomach? Acupuncture to the Rescue!

Acupuncture Eases Digestive Issues

Acupuncture Eases Digestive Issues

Acupuncture works wonderfully for stomach issues of all kinds!

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

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

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

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

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

Acupuncture may also benefit patients who find their symptoms are brought on or worsened by stress, anxiety and emotional issues. Acupuncture works to relieve the body of these stressors by helping to calm the nerves thus inducing a state of relaxation.

Improve Your Digestive Health with Acupuncture!

Improve Your Digestive Health with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is very helpful for many common digestive disorders including:

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

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Attention Sufferers – ADD and ADHD Helped with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Helpful for ADD/ADHD

Acupuncture Helpful for ADD/ADHD

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

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

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

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

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

Acupuncture gets the thumbs up!

Acupuncture gets the thumbs up!

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

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

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

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Happy Halloween! Say “Boo” to Headaches (& Other Painful Bodily Occurrences)

Feel Fabulous Every Day of the Year with Acupuncture

Feel Fabulous Every Day of the Year with Acupuncture

Headaches, heartburn, back pain, neck pain — scary! 
What do all of they have in common?
Acupuncture!

The other thing they have in common is that they can really ruin a party, vacation, or a work day. But you have an ally on your side.

Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. It has been used for thousands of years to help sooth and heal these and many other complaints that make you go bump in the night, or grumble during the day.

First off, acupuncture is very effective at relieving headaches and migraines. Acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences. Acupuncture offers powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause.

This is also good news for those of us who suffer from acid reflux, indigestion and stomach aches. Acupuncture heals the channels of the entire digestive system, curing the underlying causes of acid reflux. Acupuncture helps ease symptoms and discomfort immediately, relieving the acid reflux, indigestion, and stomach ache.

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. Yay less stress! Yay relaxation!

Let Acupuncture Relieve Your Back Pain

Let Acupuncture Relieve Your Pain

Acupuncture is also a friend to your back and your neck, when you’ve sprained or strained yourself. Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results.

This is also true for neck pain. Acupuncture will help speed the healing process. In addition, acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles. It can help relieve the pain and tightness in the neck by increasing the circulation of blood and energy.

Don’t be spooked! Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on many people and some even fall asleep during the treatment. Pain relief and relaxation – what a treat!

Happy Halloween!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Seasons Change and So Can We — Acupuncture Helps with SAD

 
Can't Hide from the Change of Season!

Can’t Hide from the Change of Season!

Having trouble adjusting to the change of seasons?

For some, changes of season can trigger depression. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, it’s already dark or getting dark when you’re driving home from work — it’s no wonder that our bodies start reacting to the lack of light!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter, although some people do suffer seasonal depression in the spring or early summer. It’s more common in women than in men, but men often suffer more severe symptoms.

While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. 

Common symptoms of SAD may include:
  • Feelings of depression or hopelessness
  • A desire to sleep more
  • Withdrawal from social life
  • Lack of interest in activities that you normally enjoy
  • Feeling like your body is heavy, or feeling low in energy
  • Increased appetite, craving for high-carb / high-fat foods, and weight gain

As with other types of depression, SAD can get worse and lead to serious problems if it isn’t treated.

Here’s some good news — acupuncture can help! Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. 

Seasonal Adjustment with Acupuncture

Enjoy the Season with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be very helpful for those who suffer from seasonal depression as they can bring the body to a more balanced state, and even prevent complications.

Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active — without overdoing it, and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection. It’s important to reach out and stay connected to those close to us, but it is also important to take the time to reflect inwards — as the seasons change, so do we, and there is opportunity for growth!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Trying for a Bundle of Joy? Acupuncture Boosts Fertility!

Painless and Effective -- Acupuncture for Fertility!

Painless and Effective — Acupuncture for Fertility!

Want a safe, effective way to increase your fertility odds?

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting pregnant, and there are many who are turning to acupuncture for fertility solutions when they are having difficulty conceiving.

Acupuncture greatly helps in curing fertility problems by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus (which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo), improving uterine lining thickness, improving egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which leads to the ability to more easily conceive and remain pregnant. 

One of the ways acupuncture treatments increases fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women. When people are under stress, the hormone cortizol is released in the brain. This alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, which changes hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. 

Stress can also alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture can help with this too — a 2005 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed acupuncture can help treat male infertility by increasing the number of normal sperm and decreasing the number of defective sperm. Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol by releasing endorphins in the brain.

Acupuncture also works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects. 

Happy and Healthy with Acupuncture!

Happy and Healthy with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is relaxing, painless and gentle. Less stress, a healthy body, balance – and the endorphins are certainly a bonus! Acupuncture helps you with your pregnancy from start to finish — a happy, healthy you…and baby!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Asthma Sufferers — Acupuncture Is a Breath of Fresh Air

Suffer from Asthma? Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Suffer from Asthma? Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Do you or someone you love suffer from asthma? You’re not alone — approximately 20 million Americans have asthma, 9 million of them children. In fact, asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness. About half of all cases develop before the age of 10, and many children with asthma also have allergies.

Who gets asthma? Well, asthma is most likely caused by several factors. It could be in your genes — you’re more likely to develop asthma if others in your family have it. For those who are prone to it, exposure to environmental factors such as allergens, substances that cause an allergic reaction, or infections may increase the chance of developing asthma as well.

Most people with asthma may go for periods of time without any symptoms, then have an asthma attack. Some people have chronic shortness of breath that gets worse during an attack. Asthma attacks can last minutes to days, and can become dangerous if airflow to the lungs becomes severely restricted.

Allergens Can Play a Part in Asthma

Allergens Can Play a Part in Asthma

Primary symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing — usually begins suddenly; may be worse at night or early in the morning; can be made worse by cold air, exercise, and heartburn
  • Chest tightness
  • Cough (dry or with sputum) — in cough-variant asthma, this may be the only symptom

There are typically two types of asthma—extrinsic and intrinsic—and both will respond to acupuncture. Intrinsic asthma is caused by factors such as chemicals, cold air, exercise, infection and emotional upset. Extrinsic asthma is allergy-related and is triggered by pollen, dust, mold and animal dander.

Acupuncture acts on the nervous system by soothing the parasympathetic nerves while stimulating the sympathetic nerves. This causes the bronchioles to expand and mucus membranes to contract, leading to improved breathing. Acupuncture also reduces the level of inflammatory chemicals in the blood, thereby reducing the allergic response.

The effects of acupuncture are cumulative. After a series of treatments, patients notice a reduction in the frequency and severity of their attacks. Acupuncture has the effect of strengthening a person’s constitution and overall health so that their allergic response is reduced.

Many have found relief with acupuncture — contact us for more information today!

Source: Asthma | University of Maryland Medical Center 

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Acupuncture’s Got Your Back! Natural Relief for Back Pain

Happy Backs with Acupuncture!

Happy Backs with Acupuncture!

“Live life and forget your age.” -Norman Vincent Peale

Norman had it right, except all it takes is hurting your back, and then you feel your age every minute!

When back pain has you suffering, consider this:

Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. It’s a very effective treatment for many different symptoms. These symptoms include pain from a variety of causes, as well as many other conditions including nausea, smoking cessation, problems with addiction, inflammatory conditions, anxiety and depression, to name just a few.

Acupuncture is very helpful for back pain as well. Clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommend acupuncture as one of several non-drug approaches physicians should consider when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to self-care (practices that people can do by themselves, such as remaining active, applying heat, and taking pain-relieving medications).

Let Acupuncture Relieve Your Back Pain

Let Acupuncture Relieve Your Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results.

Let acupuncture help bring you relief from back pain!

Here’s some tips for a healthy back (brought to you by the North American Spine Society)

  1. Standing… keeping one foot forward of the other, with knees slightly bent, takes the pressure off your low back.
  2. Sitting… sitting with your knees slightly higher than your hips provides good low back support.
  3. Reaching… stand on a stool to reach things that are above your shoulder level.
  4. Moving Heavy Items… pushing is easier on your back than pulling. Use your arms and legs to start the push. If you must lift a heavy item, get someone to help you.
  5. Lifting… kneel down on one knee with the other foot flat on the floor as near as possible to the item you are lifting. Lift with your legs, not your back, keeping the object close to your body at all times.
  6. Carrying… two small objects (one in either hand) may be easier to handle than one large one. If you must carry one large object, keep it close to your body.
  7. Sleeping… sleeping on your back puts 55 lbs. of pressure on your back. Putting a couple of pillows under your knees cuts the pressure in half. Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees also reduces the pressure.
  8. Weight Control…  additional weight puts a strain on your back. Keep within 10 lbs. of your ideal weight for a healthier back.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Frazzled and Fatigued? Acupuncture Calms and Restores, Naturally!

Want to feel well-rested? Acupuncture!

Want to feel well-rested? Acupuncture!

Fatigue is a drag. Run down, worn out, exhausted and tired, and it was supposed to be a vacation?  

Acupuncture can help!

A few of the basic reasons for fatigue are stress, not getting enough sleep (that’s an easy one to figure out), 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.

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. 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. 

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.

Sweet Dreams with Acupuncture!

Sweet Dreams with Acupuncture!

Melatonin = Slumberland. 

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

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Lift Depression and Embrace Life with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture Can Help with Depression

Acupuncture Can Help with Depression

Depression doesn’t need to be worked through alone. Acupuncture can help!

The subject has been brought to light recently, and it’s certainly an important one. Depression affects so many of us, in fact, depression affects one in 10 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock.  Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. 

Symptoms of depression include loss of interest or focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, among many others. Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide.

Clinical depression is very treatable. The most commonly used treatments are antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two.  The choice of treatment depends on the pattern, severity, persistence of depressive symptoms and the history of the illness.  As with many illnesses, early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences.   

Acupuncture is a wonderful addition to Western treatments, and for those who wish to bypass prescription drugs,  treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. The energy systems we work with include the Liver system and many other point sites may be used to address what we find in individual cases – based on the history and complete exam, of pulses and tongue, as well. 

Let yourself bloom with acupuncture!

Let yourself bloom with acupuncture!

Let acupuncture help bring you back into balance!

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

[1]   National Institute of Mental Health, D/ART Campaign, “Depression:  What Every Woman Should Know,” (1995). Pub No. 95-3871.

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Back To School? Tune Up Your Student (or Yourself) with Acupuncture!

Healthy is Happy!

Healthy is Happy!

 Students — get the edge with acupuncture!

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

Acupuncture can provide all of this — and if your student is also an athlete, acupuncture provides both bolstering of the immune system and relief from those aches and pains that come from all that hard work. 

Acupuncture is great at relieving headaches, (even migraines) and the insomnia that all those deadlines can cause.

How does acupuncture do all of this? 

Acupuncture is based on the traditional Chinese teaching that energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”), courses through the body along channels called meridians; illness occurs when that flow is disrupted. Scientists are starting to identify some of the physiological mechanisms at work, and there’s evidence that the insertion of needles into designated acupuncture points speeds the conduction of electromagnetic signals within the body. These signals increase the flow of endorphins and other pain-relieving chemicals, as well as immune system cells, which aid healing. Acupuncture effects every major system of the body, including the cardiac, gastrointestinal, circulatory, cerebral, genitourinary, endocrine and immune systems.

Treat Yourself to Acupuncture - Restore Your Balance!

Restore Your Balance with Acupuncture!

Generally speaking, acupuncture has three primary effects:

  • It relieves pain.
  • It reduces inflammation.
  • It restores homeostasis.

(Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to regulate its environment and maintain internal balance.)

With the understanding that most diseases are characterized by pain, inflammation and disturbance of homeostasis, we begin to understand why acupuncture can be effective for so many conditions.

And be helpful for you! 

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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