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Colo-Rectal Pain


Acupuncture Treatment — Bethel, CT

According to TCM theory, the anus is the place where the Directing and Governing Vessels meet, and it is the exit of the Large Intestine. Therefore, a painful anus can be caused by disorders in one of these Vessels or by disorders of the Large Intestine, including accumulation of Toxic Heat or of Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine, as well as deficiency or stagnation of Qi and Blood.

Generally speaking, anal pain is classified into two types – acute and chronic. The acute cases are often related to invasion of Toxic Heat or Damp-Heat. The chronic cases are often due to stagnation of Qi and Blood, or deficiency of Qi and Blood resulting from chronic sickness. Anal pain may be attributed to any of the following disorders in Western medicine: hemorrhoids, anusitis, polyps, fissure in ano, anal fistula, perianal abscess, anal prolapse and rectum carcinoma (cancer). There is chronic dehydration and constipation-caused pain. There is neurologically caused pain from coccyx injuries and lower back sacrum involvement. There are also unknown causes of rectal pain, such as medications causing problems.

Acupuncture works by removing the excess Heat, and freeing up the energy channels within the body to allow the blood to flow without stagnation.

Patient Testimonials

My anal rectal pain was cleared with acupuncture!

“After eight months in grueling Anal Rectal Pain, four Colo-Rectal Surgeons, two internists, a group of G.I. Dr.’s and three failed Gaglion Blocks, I was finally put on a regimen of Acupuncture procedure that has successfully relieved and cleared the problem.”  Joseph Seid, Stratford, CT

Tailbone Pain

The tailbone (or coccyx) is located in the lower buttock. The tailbone is made up of the last three to five vertebrae of the spinal column — for most people, it’s four.  Some pelvic muscles and ligaments attach to the coccyx.

A tailbone injury (or coccydynia) is often caused by backward falls onto a hard surface, such as a slippery floor or ice. Most tailbone injuries lead to bruising and pain but rarely lead to an actual fracture or broken bone. New mothers are susceptible too…sometimes the tailbone can be irritated or injured during pregnancy from the position of the fetus or during a difficult labor and delivery. The pressure of a baby passing through the birth canal can bruise, dislocate, or even fracture the tailbone.

If you injure your tailbone, you may have pain on top of the buttocks area, swelling and bruising around the base of the spine as well as pain and numbness that tends to be most severe when you’re sitting. You may feel pain when rising from sitting to standing or if you strain to have a bowel movement.

Patients with coccydynia are advised to use a well-padded seat when sitting and avoid long periods of sitting.

And try acupuncture!

Acupuncture stimulates the release of the opiods (pain killing chemicals) as well as adenosine- a natural pain killer with anti-inflammatory properties, without the side effects of Western Medicine. Acupuncture also works to reduce the inflammation by improving blood flow to the area. Many people experience substantial relief after just one treatment.

Whether your pain is acute or chronic, mild or severe, acupuncture can help reduce your tailbone pain.


Patient Testimonials

95% of my Tailbone Pain Was Gone!

“I had tailbone pain, an “8” on a scale from 1-10. After just one acupuncture treatment, 95% of all symptoms reduced!”Jennifer W., Stratford, CT

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) is a dysfunction of the bladder’s storage abilities. Symptoms include a sudden urge to urinate that is often difficult to control, involuntary loss of urine (or urge incontinence), frequent urination (greater than 8 times per day) and waking at night 2 or more times to urinate. The causes vary and may include dysfunction of the kidneys, bladder nerve signals and muscle activity. Other factors that may add to the problem and make it worse include multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, increased fluid intake, kidney and bladder organic disorders, diabetes, pharmaceutical medications and illicit drugs, urinary infections, enlarged prostate and increased consumption of caffeinated beverages.

Over- active-bladder syndrom2Acupuncture is very effective for controlling overactive bladder syndrome, and is well-tolerated with no side effects or complications. Acupuncture is safe, and also has several benefits. It can be used for patients who cannot tolerate medications, and acupuncture does not cause the adverse effects associated with OAB medications, and acupuncture demonstrated that it worked where medications and behavioral therapy have failed. Acupuncture may also avert the need for surgery as a corrective measure. 

Acupuncture provides an effective option to patients who have tried medications without success. In this way, acupuncture can potentially reduce the number of patients requiring surgery for OAB.

Weight Loss

Did you know that acupuncture is a natural and safe means of boosting your weight loss plan?
There are many reasons people become overweight – overeating, hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common. Acupuncture is a great alternative treatment for losing 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. An important benefit of acupuncture is that there are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction.
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.

Neck Pain

Neck pain sure is a pain in the neck! Common causes for neck pain include poor posture, stress, extra hard work, reading or using hand-held devices too much, holding the neck and/or shoulders in an unnatural position (such as talking on a standard telephone “hands free”), sleeping without proper head support, poor ergonomics while working, turning and reaching at the same time, or even exposure of the neck to a cold draft. Chronic infections, flu, Lyme disease, etc, can also include neck pain. Many people suffer neck injuries from auto accidents and/or sports or exercise related strains.

Also, most everyone has times of stress, and when we’re stressed, the majority of people who are overwhelmed by it will tell you that the physical manifestation of their stress is tightness, muscle knots, and pain in their neck and upper back. The tightness in the upper back and neck creates a slowdown in the circulation of blood and energy in the area, causing energy stagnation. In addition, as the neck becomes tight and painful, the pain can move upward causing headaches, tooth grinding, and jaw pain; or it can move downward and cause back pain and tightness, wreaking havoc with your sleep, your health, your ability to back the car out of the driveway, and certainly your attitude

Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so! The precise location of the needles depends on the location of the pain and whether it’s sharp or dull, constant or intermittent, and other factors. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed, with range of motion restored. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed, and 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, and it can also help to relieve stress. Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on many people and some even fall asleep during the treatment.

Patient Testimonials

Sciatica and Neck Pain Disappeared Almost Immediately

“I came in to Ingri with severe neck pain and sciatica, with a pain level of 7 from a scale of 1-10. After only two treatments, I am feeling excellent! The sciatica and neck pain disappeared almost immediately, and the chronic muscles in my neck and upper back have improved dramatically. On a scale of one to ten now…my pain is at a zero!” Stephanie G., Bethel, CT

My Neck Pain Was Better in 3 Days!

“My neck pain caused numbness and tingling constantly in my hand. After one acupuncture treatment, I was 70% better for 3 days! It worked really well! I will have more treatments! “– N. Lowden, Danbury, CT

I Am Finally Living Comfortably After Years of Neck & Back Pain

“I came to Ingri with neck and back pain, with my pain being an “8” on a scale of 1-10. After just 5 treatments, I have 50% improvement. After years of living uncomfortably, I’m finally feeling comfortable!” J. Guertin, Bethel, CT

Acupuncture Helped Right Away!

“My neck and back have been hurting for several years. After just two treatments, I feel a 70% improvement! It was great to have such a quick improvement! So remarkable that acupuncture helped right away!” Juilia G., Bethel, CT

After Just Two Treatments My Range of Motion is Greatly Improved

“I suffered from neck pain, with a severity of an 8 on a scale from 1-10. I tried everything else, many different kinds of medicines, pain relievers (including narcotics), physical therapy and several doctors. I finally tried acupuncture with Ingri, and was absolutely amazed at the immediate relief and improvement! After just two treatments my range of motion is greatly improved and pain level is down to a 3. Thank you, Ingri!” J. Dougherty, Norwalk, CT

Abdominal Swelling

Abdominal swelling is any enlargement or bloating of the belly area. The abdominal area houses many organs including the stomach, small and large intestines, uterus, liver and pancreas. Swelling or distension can occur as a result of an unimportant event, such as eating too much for dinner or temporary constipation to more serious conditions, such as liver disease. Other causes include pregnancy, food allergies, gas and irritable bowel syndrome.

Acupuncture can play a major role in healing 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. Acupuncture is a particularly effective treatment in the case of food intolerances, intestinal bacteria overgrowth, and partial bowel obstruction. In these instances, the swelling often will disappear literally overnight.

Acid Reflux (Heartburn)

Acid reflux, also called heartburn, 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. Acupuncture can help relief acid reflux and keep you from undergoing a more serious procedure.

Some tips to avoid acid reflux:

  • Enjoy your food! Take your time eating at the table, preferably with loved ones, instead of in front of a screen.
  • Avoid foods heavy in sugar or fat, especially ice cream.
  • Avoid fizzy foods and foods you’ve noticed give you acid reflux, such as spicy foods, acidic foods such as tomatoes or oranges or gassy foods, like Brussels sprouts.
  •  Avoid eating several hours before bedtime.
  • Eat highly nutritious foods to reduce your cravings
  • Drink more water.
  • Reduce the stresses in your life.
  • Increase yoga, meditation or Qi Gong for relaxation

Also, see an acupuncturist! A recent Taiwanese study showed a positive correlation between acupuncture and a decrease in the symptoms of acid reflux, and numerous anecdotal reports support acupuncture’s healing effects on acid reflux disease. Acupuncture heals the channels of the entire digestive system, curing the underlying causes of acid reflux. I provide treatment for acid reflux to help immediately ease your symptoms and discomfort; relieve indigestion, stomachache and acid reflux. I also provide counsel to help you enact lifestyle changes, as well as show you specific acupressure points that you can press to help heal your digestive system quickly.


Addiction is rampant in our society. There are a host of addictions and new ones arising all the time: alcoholism, cocaine, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, pain medication, eating disorders, gambling obsessions, compulsive spending, cigarettes and sex, to name a few. Millions of dollars and myriad studies conclude that addiction is a biological, pathological process in the brain. 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.

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.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine defines addiction as “A primary, chronic, neurobiological disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is 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. Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones I see the most, with 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 can quickly help. 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.


An allergy is an immune system disorder that occurs when your body has an inflammatory, hypertensive reaction to what is a normally benign substance. Common conditions such as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are actually allergic reactions; others include food allergies, responses to bee stings and certain medications. There are several types of tests to gauge exactly what allergens your body has a reaction to.

There are two main factors that can make you susceptible to allergens – host and environmental factors. Host factors are items that are genetic (race, age, gender, and heredity) while environmental factors are exposure to pollution, diseases, and exposure to high levels of allergens, particularly at a young age. The dangers posed by allergies range from the merely annoying and/or inconvenient (pollen that causes a runny nose) to the truly life threatening (exposure to certain foods, such as shellfish).

Much more can be said about the conventional understandings of allergies, and there are many varying viewpoints on the causes as well as the treatments of allergies. Most treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily. The ability to cure the underlying causes to the symptoms is not common.

Acupuncture is one of the major holistic therapies used through thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that enables the allergy symptoms to arise. Treatments aim to, yes, give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, it can address the variety of underlying causes. Point sites for immediate relief include local points near the actual symptom places such as the sinus areas, and others not so obvious to understand such as near the hands or feet. Point sites for the underlying causes will be found on an individual basis after a thorough case history. Acupuncturists will use terms such as spleen energetics, kidney, liver energetics as well as lung energetics, and use point sites to affect and improve these systems. There are deeper or more superficial versions of these systems, but the point sites are always on the skin and the surface of the body. A patient will experience immediate improvement of the symptoms, and be encouraged therefore to continue to pursue the underlying causes in future treatments. Long term, the symptoms cease to arise. The reactiveness calms down.

Patient Testimonials

Ingri Cleared My Allergies

“I came to Ingri to treat my allergy/ sinus condition which I had suffered with for many months. Literally overnight, I woke up clear-headed and no feelings of allergies or sinus symptoms. I am a believer and Ingri is a miracle worker.” — M. Singlak, Newtown CT



Alopecia refers to hair loss. Certain activities, such as hairstyling routines or compulsive hair pulling can result in loss of hair. In other cases, even though some people may have a biological predisposition to hair loss, the actual causes are debated or unknown. In extreme incidents, alopecia results in baldness.

Male and female baldness patterns differ, with women experiencing thinning and men often seeing receding hairlines and bald areas near the crown that increase in area. Although scientists debate the biological causes of hair loss, you can prevent it by healing the scalp area. Acupuncture treatments geared to healing alopecia can slow and even reverse the balding process. I have seen men’s hair return in cases where they thought they were bald for life! Often hair grows back as a side effect of acupuncture treatment for other reasons. In any case, acupuncture helps clear the obstructions that prevent the scalp from doing what it does best – grow hair!