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There’s Some Scary Stuff Out There! Acupuncture Boosts Immunity

 
Keep Your Family Strong with Acupuncture!

Keep Your Family Strong with Acupuncture!

With all those news reports out there, wouldn’t you like to have your family’s immune system in full force?

Viruses and illnesses don’t need to be welcomed with “open arms” — boost your immunity with acupuncture!

Here’s how it works.  

The immune system provides an individual’s body with the ability to fight disease. It is a complex system of organs – including highly specialized cells and even a circulatory system separate from blood vessels – all of which work together to clear infection from the body. It is when this system is working in a harmonious and balanced way that a person is considered to be healthy. When balance is lost, disease can arise. 

When the body’s energy (Chi) is moving sluggishly and brokenly, the body falls prey to viruses more readily; when the body’s Chi is in balance, the body stays healthy and can fight off viruses. Acupuncture can bring the body back into balance! Acupuncture can address the weaknesses in the body in the same way a vaccine addresses weaknesses; by boosting energy and giving the body what it needs to strengthen itself. Acupuncture also helps the brain increase the body’s level of T-cells; cells which destroy bacteria and harmful viruses in the body.  

Everyone is absolutely unique and has his or her own individual challenges. Acupuncture works with the individual to strengthen the weak areas and boost immunity, even on a cellular level. 

Here’s some other ways to give your body an edge in staying healthy 
Boost Your Immunity with Acupuncture

Boost Your Immunity with Acupuncture

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Control your blood pressure.

  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

  • Get adequate sleep.

  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.

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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Play Ball! Wave Your Arms! Acupuncuture Eases Rotator Cuff Issues

 
Acupuncture "Luvs" Athletes!

Acupuncture “Luvs” Athletes!

Want to get your killer serve back, but can’t get your arms to go up?

Acupuncture helps shoulder the burden, and get you back to moving freely!

Shoulder pain is the third most common specific reason U.S. patients seek acupuncture treatment. Our tendons are one of the body’s weakest links. Although muscle and bone heal well after injury, the fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone has a relatively poor blood supply, and for that reason, it recovers slowly. 

Overuse of a tendon (repetitive strain injury) is the most common cause of tendonitis. 

It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing! Acupuncture for Golfers!

It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing! Acupuncture for Golfers!

Swelling of the bursa and thickening of the rotator cuff can push the tendon up into the bony arch of the scapular acromion, creating a vicious cycle of tendon injury that can eventually lead to complete tears of the rotator cuff and degeneration of the tendon.

Rotator cuff tears are common and people over the age of 50 have a 25% chance of having a tear. 

Athletes who make repetitive throws like pitchers, cricketers and tennis players are also at risk, as well as body builders,  and golfers. The average Joe (or Joanne) also at risk? People who do repetitive lifting or overhead activities are also at risk for rotator cuff tears. Painters, carpenters, and others who do overhead work also have a greater chance for tears.

Common Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis 
  • Gradual onset of pain, swelling and weakness at the side and front of the shoulder and upper arm, made worse by overhead motions such as reaching and throwing.
  • Pain at night when resting on the affected side.
  • Sharp twinges and painful catches in the shoulder during arm elevation. 

Acupuncture has been shown to be very helpful for rotator cuff issues, and there has been a number of successful trials that give proof. A study compared superficial to deep-insertion acupuncture in 44 participants with shoulder pain and also found relative benefits, which lasted for at least 3 months. In another study, 117 people with rotator cuff injury (including tendonitis) were randomized to receive corticosteroid injections plus exercise or 10 acupuncture treatments plus exercise. Both groups experienced similar improvements in shoulder function and pain. 

Get Back to Playing with Acupuncture!

Get Back to Playing with Acupuncture!

Finally, in a sizable randomized trial, 425 patients receiving physical therapy for their persistent shoulder pain were divided into two groups: one received single-point acupuncture while the other received a sham treatment (mock transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) for three weeks.

The acupuncture group showed significant improvement over the control group one week after treatment.

Acupuncture works for rotator cuff issues, arthritis, and sprains and strains of all kinds. How can it help you?

Sources: Ceecherelli F, Bordin M, Gagliardi G, et al. Comparison between superficial and deep acupuncture in the treatment of the shoulder’s myofascial pain: a randomized and controlled study. Acupunct Electrother Res. 2001;26:229-238.

Johansson K, Bergström A, Schröder K, Foldevi M. Subacromial corticosteroid injection or acupuncture with home exercises when treating patients with subacromial impingement in primary care—a randomized clinical trial. Fam Pract. 2011;28(4):355-365.

Vas J, Ortega C, Olmo V, et al. Single-point acupuncture and physiotherapy for the treatment of painful shoulder: a multicentre randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008 Apr 10.

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

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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Need Help With Your Weight? Acupuncture Balances Appetite!

 
Achieve Your Weight Goals with Acupuncture!

Achieve Your Weight Goals with Acupuncture!

Want success in achieving your weight goals?

Acupuncture is a natural and safe means of getting you to your optimum weight!

There are many reasons people become overweight – lack of exercise, overeating, hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, and poor nutrition are a few of the most common. 

Acupuncture is a great alternative treatment for establishing a healthy weight. It works as an appetite suppressant, aids in digestion, helps boost metabolism and enables relaxation. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats.

Best of all, with acupuncture, there are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction.

Smile! Acupuncture helps with weight loss!

Smile! Acupuncture helps with weight loss!

Acupuncture affects both physical wellness and mental aspects of weight loss. An increased level of endorphins is helpful in curbing your cravings, and this can be particularly helpful for those who deal with emotional eating. Acupuncture will leave you feeling calm and relaxed and often less hungry.

Regular acupuncture treatments have also been shown to help tone and shrink the stomach muscle, and this helps you feel full faster. 

Along with a healthy eating plan and appropriate exercise, acupuncture is a wonderful way to help you lose weight. 

What if I want to gain weight?
Get back into balance with acupuncture!

Get back into balance with acupuncture!

Some people also struggle with maintaining a healthy baseline weight, especially those who are dealing with continued high-stress situations, may be undergoing chemotherapy treatments, or suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.  

Acupuncture treats the whole person. We understand there is a connection between the mental, emotional and physical aspects of each patient, and acupuncture treatments are tailored to treat the individual. Many studies have shown that acupuncture can help those with generalized anxiety and depression, two conditions often diagnosed in eating disorder patients. 

Acupuncture also can work to stimulate the appetite, give you a sense of well-being and relaxation, and allows the body to get back into balance.

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

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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Have Teenage Skin (and you’re over 30)? Acupuncture For Acne!

Beautiful skin with acupuncture!

Yes, beauty is more than skin deep. However, for those who suffer from skin issues, it can certainly feel like beauty is only for those with good lighting.

We know that’s not the case! Firstly, please know you’re gorgeous. Secondly, you’re not alone in suffering from acne — 85% of teenagers and up to 40% of adults have acne.

And thirdly, if you happen to have acne, there is help! Acupuncture can help relieve the inflammation and work from the inside out to give you the complexion you’ve been wanting.

How is acupuncture good for acne?

Acupuncture treatments are effective because they treat more than the symptoms of acne. When acupuncture is used for acne, it targets specific areas of the body that are known to trigger digestion and the immune system and to reduce inflammation. It also works on regulating your body’s internal structures, organs and functions, as well as balancing hormone levels.

There’s been years of research behind this as well. In 2009, Tianjin University of TCM in China looked at 1,613 case studies about acne and acupuncture conducted over a period of 40 years. After evaluating the studies in combination with western medicine studies, the researchers found that found acupoint stimulation treatments were as effective, and possibly more effective, than many Western acne treatment methods. Acupuncture treatments do not have painful side effects, like bleached skin, itchy skin, or flaking skin, which can occur with many traditional treatments. 

Want Pretty Skin? Eat Eggs!

Restoring the body’s balance is key, and paying attention to your diet will also aid in clearing acne. Increasing Omega-3 levels, and vitamin A and D, (they’re antiproliferative, which means they stop the growth of malignant cells) will help. A and D are also responsible for producing skin hormones and benefiting the immune system. Vitamin D is also helpful for reducing autoimmune disorders, and lowering the rate of infectious diseases.  

Foods High in Omega-3chick and egg

  • Pasture-raised meats
  • Eggs
  • Edamame (green soybeans)
  • Wild rice
  • Walnuts
  • Flax
  • Beans

 

Foods High in Vitamin D

  • Shiitake and Button Mushrooms
  • Mackerel (lots of Omega-3 here, too)
  • Sockeye Salmon (A 3½ ounce portion of cooked salmon gives 90% of the recommended dietary intake of Vitamin D.)
  • SardinesWoman with kale
  • Tuna
  • Eggs

Foods High in Vitamin A

  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Squash
  • Dried Apricots
  • Tuna

Summer’s here, and it’s time to stop hiding! Acupuncture can help balance the body and restore the acne-fighting elements of the body. Changing your diet, supplementing with acne-fighting foods, and getting weekly acupuncture treatments will lead you on the path to beautiful skin. Beautiful skin, a beautiful you, inside and out!

Sources:
1. Dréno, Recent data on epidemiology of acne, Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie, Volume 137, Issue 12, Supplement 2, December 2010, Pages 3-5.

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

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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Dehydrated? Acupuncture to the Rescue! (And Drink Your Water!)

 
Avoid Dehydration -- Drink Water and Try Acupuncture!

Avoid Dehydration — Drink Water and Try Acupuncture!

Chances are — You’re dehydrated! 

For beings that are mostly water, it’s surprising how many people aren’t getting what they need!

Water is so important to our body. Water fills empty spaces and transports blood cells. It dissolves all the body solids and increases oxygen to the cells. It is the glue that keeps the solid parts of cells together. It is the main source of energy production and also regulates energy by osmotic balancing. Everything in your body needs water to live. 

Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable source of the body’s need for water, especially for children and older adults. Water is lost from the body from sweating, urinating, breathing, and bowel movements. Consider your personal color instead  — a better gauge is the color of your urine. Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration. Time to drink more water!

Here’s what can happen if you don’t…

Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • No wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
  • In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby’s head
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Fever
  • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

So obviously, we need to pay attention to our hydration levels! Here’s more reasons why water is so important to our bodies. 

Drink Water for Your Health!

Drink Water for Your Health!

The following organs as important team players in the role of creating and moving blood: Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Lung, and Liver. Blood needs water to move. If blood does not function properly, then qi (or Life Force) cannot move well either. 

When an acupuncture needle is inserted, it results in increased heat, which results in increased blood flow, and it results in an increase in water to the damaged cells that cause pain. By increasing the content of water to the damaged cells cellular healing occurs.

Many diseases as allergies, arthritis, and high blood pressure are also alleviated with acupuncture. You can help heal yourself by restoring more water to your body.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Got yourself a nice sunburn and want the pain to stop? Acupuncture can help bring sunburn relief, too…

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