Acupuncture Helps with the Common Cold
The cold is the most common infectious disease in the human race. It is a disease of the upper respiratory system, caused by a viral infection. Symptoms include coughing, sore throat and increased mucus production (either a runny or stuffed nose). The average person suffers from 3-4 colds per year.
Although it has become a cliché, there is no cure for the common cold, but most symptoms are gone within 7-10 days, though some colds can last for weeks. People suffering from colds are extremely contagious, so prevention is the best medicine. A regular routine of hand washing and avoiding situations where infected people are likely to spread germs are two of the best ways to prevent catching a cold.
Acupuncture is a wonderful way to rebalance the body energies to optimize the immune system’s ability to keep you healthy and clear up a cold quickly. You will feel your sinuses clearing a lot even during the first treatment! More point sites will address the other causative tensions that got you susceptible in the first place. Few treatments – great results!
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Acupuncture and Appetite
Appetite is your body’s urge to eat, namely to satiate hunger, and is a trait shared by most species of higher life forms. There are many disorders that are directly linked to appetite, including anorexia, bulimia, overeating and binge eating. The region of the brain that controls appetite is called the hypothalamus.
Your appetite is regulated by a number of physical and mental factors including the digestive tract and the central nervous system. When these items aren’t functioning correctly, a dysfunction of appetite occurs, either under eating (anorexia nervosa) or overeating (polyphaglia). The dangers presented by these conditions include ingesting either too much or too little nutrition, both of which can pose life-threatening health dangers.
Often acupuncture is used to help correct the appetite in a weight loss program. 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. 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.
Anxiety is a mental state accompanied by number of unpleasant mental sensations, such as apprehension, fear, and worry. It is most often associated with a future (or sometimes current) event or series of events, and in many instances these are totally irrational assumptions of what is happening or will happen. Physical symptoms of anxiety range from a general uneasiness to severe reactions, such as chest pains, shortness of breath and diminished mental capabilities.
Although anxiety occurs when certain neurons react to external stimuli, there are some physical symptoms that often occur when experiencing anxiety. These include sweating, nausea, heart palpitations and panic attacks, though not all panic attacks are caused by anxiety (and vice versa). Treatment for anxiety varies from person to person, as there is no “one size fits all” type of treatment.
Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. The energetic systems involved will vary for each individual, and may include liver, kidney, heart, lung, or spleen energetics. These systems have a yang counterpart, so to speak, and point sites will be found along the various meridian pathways anywhere on the body! The reasoning involved is unique to acupuncture theory and practice, and good results are the common result. Immediate relief, and deeper clearing of underlying causes can be anticipated.
Acupuncture Can Relieve Anxiety
Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach. What are your meditation techniques like? Have you tried yoga or qiqong? Or tai qi? A walk is a good thing. Be sure not to be dehydrated. Breathing exercises are also helpful. Ask about these.
Depression is somewhat of a blanket term for a number of mental conditions that are also casually referred to as having the blues, feeling down, being out of it or in a sad mood. While some are merely passing and not chronic, others (such as bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder) require treatment to keep things under control.
Acupuncture Helps with Depression
There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Symptoms of depression include loss of interest or focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, among many others.
I consider depression an important mechanism the body/mind sets up to “prevent things from getting worse”. I respect the function of this mechanism, and I work with the appropriate point sites and energy systems to support the actual improvement of “things”, so the need for the depression in this sense goes away or is lessened.
The energy systems we work with include the Liver system, and many other point sites may be used to address what we find in each individual case – based on the history and complete exam, of pulses and tongue as well.
An initial and immediate sign of improvement is often sleeping improvements and the feeling of better and more “energy”.
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Acupuncture Alleviates Fatigue
Fatigue is a general term for a number of issues that affects people mentally, physically, or both. Also referred to as exhaustion, lethargy, languidness, tiredness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness, fatigue is typically classified as a symptom as opposed to a condition. 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.
There are several reasons why people experience fatigue; they run the gamut from the easily remedied (not enough sleep, poor dietary choices and/or too little exercise) to the life threatening (heart disease, cancer, neurological disorders). Fatigue poses a danger to sufferers because normal brain and physical activity is often compromised.
Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue also immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. That is encouraging, and helps them continue further treatments for the other perhaps more stubborn symptoms. When treating fatigue specifically, point sites on the spleen meridian energy system will be considered, as well as possibly the kidney energy system. Sugar in the diet needs to be reduced. A complete history, with tongue and pulse diagnosis, helps to determine all the points to be included. One term we might use is Spleen Qi Xu. There are others as well, and our conversations will clarify what is meant. Take your vitamins, fresh organic food, and call for a visit.
“I suffered from extreme fatigue and a feeling of strong lack of mental focus, or brain fog. This has been getting worse for months, causing difficulty at school and work. After just one acupuncture treatment, the fog cleared, and my focus was way better. After a few (3) treatments, I am able to maintain my energy throughout the day without feeling tired or sluggish. The cold I started to get cleared away. I would recommend to anyone to try acupuncture. It brings a new wave of relaxation to your mind.”
-Shane O’Mahony, Fairfield, CT
A stiff neck is a condition when pain is experienced when attempting to turn or move the neck. In most instances it involves the elevator scapulae muscle, which is located at the side and back of the neck and connects the neck to the shoulder. Sometimes a stiff neck occurs in conjunction with a headache. There are many other muscles and tendons around the neck area that can get tight, irritated, and spasm a little.
Common causes for a stiff neck include poor posture, stress, extra hard work, even reading 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, or even exposure of the neck to a cold draft. Chronic infections, flu, lyme, etc, can also include neck pain. Many of my patients have had injuries from auto accidents and/or sports or exercise related strains, and most of us have times of stress.
Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed. We will look into your history of health, and include your other symptoms in our considerations. Acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles.
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Providing Acupuncture to Fairfield, Wilton and Bethel, CT
Acupuncture Relieves Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( CTS) is the medical term for compression in the median nerve (in the forearm) that causes pain, numbness and weakness. Although the affected nerve is located in the forearm, people suffering from CTS report often pain in the shoulder and neck area. It first gained attention in the 1960s, when golfer Ken Venturi was diagnosed with it, leading to the end of his pro career.
CTS has received a lot of attention in the media when the personal computer became commonplace in both the home and the workplace. In the early 1990s, many computer users complained of tingling sensations and numbness in their hands and wrists, usually the dominant hand that controls the mouse. Treatment for CTS ranges from physical therapy to surgery, depending on the severity and other factors.
Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in clearing the causes to carpal tunnel symptoms. Point sites chosen are located in the wrist, forearm, and the neck, upper back area. There is often quite a bit of tension in the muscles and tendons in these areas, and acupuncture releases this tension. The energy supply is restored which also improves the blood and fluid flow pathways to these soft tissue structures. Often the patient experiences immediate improvements, which encourages additional treatments to address deeper causative tensions and blockages.
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Providing Acupuncture to Fairfield, Wilton, and Bethel, CT
Ingri Boe-Wiegaard is a licensed and fully-insured acupuncturist with over twenty-five years spent in practice in Fairfield County.
Ms. Boe-Wiegaard has appeared on twenty radio shows and five television shows, and is a member of several acupuncture associations. She is also a member of Mensa.
In addition to practicing acupuncture, Ms. Boe-Wiegaard also conducts three weekly meditation classes and is also available for lectures.
Your Questions about Acupuncture Answered!
Knowledge is power! Some frequently asked questions about acupuncture, and some answers!
Does it hurt? Sensations caused by the needles vary. Some people feel a little pain as needles are inserted, but most patients feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a bit larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair. The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the area of the body to be treated. For example, a fleshier area of the body may require a different needling technique. Typically, needs are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”.
How safe is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug free therapy which yields no side effects. There is little danger of infection from the needles, which are sterile, used once and then discarded. How May Treatments Will I Need?The number of treatments varies from person to person. For some, relief will be immediate; others may take months or years to achieve results. Chronic conditions often take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to see significant change.
What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions:
- Ankle pain
- Appetite control
- Bell’s palsy
- Blood pressure
- Carpal tunnel
- Chronic fatigue
- Cluster headaches
- Common cold
- Dental pain
- Digestive trouble
- Ear aches
- Emotional problems
- Eye problems
- Food allergies
- Facial palsy / tics
- Frozen shoulder
- High blood pressure
- Hot flashes
- Heel pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Jaw pain
- Joint pain
- Low back pain
- Lyme disease
- Knee pain
- Menstrual problems
- Morning sickness
- Morten’s neuroma
- Muscle pain
- Neck pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Reproductive problems
- Shoulder pain
- Sleep disturbances
- Smoke cessation
- Sore throat
- Sports injuries
- Stiff neck
- Tennis elbow
- Tooth pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Urinary tract
- Weight loss
- Wrist pain
Suffer from one or more of these issues? Acupuncture can help!
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Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints of the body. While medicine has identified over 100 different forms of arthritis, there are some symptoms that are common in every variety. These include pain, stiffness and inflammation, while extreme cases can even result in physical disfiguration. Other non-localized symptoms can include fatigue, insomnia, weight loss and fever. In most cases arthritis is limited to one part of the body, typically the hands, feet, knees, hips or any of the major joints.
While most forms of arthritis are considered non-preventable, you can lessen your risk by remaining physically active, sticking to a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. The earlier in the arthritis process the disease is detected and treatment is started, the better the outlook.
With acupuncture treatments, improvements are a sure thing. Less pain, greater mobility and range of motion, as well as improved strength come quickly with a series of treatments. With all joint issues, a good thought to repeat is “I am flexible, and I turn for beauty”. Arthritis people benefit from meditation and reflection on these simple thoughts, as they are often diligent and attentive to their goals with too few pauses…you know, smell the roses kind of thing. All the arthritis patients I have treated have improved.
Treating Arthritis with Acupuncture
May is National Arthritis Month and there’s no better time to take action. If you suffer with arthritis, acupuncture can help.
Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three Americans (an estimated seventy million people) is affected.
For most people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of fifty show some signs of arthritis as joints degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can often be managed with acupuncture.
A headache is a pain, either acute or dull, anywhere in the head or neck area. Because headache is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days.
A “tension headache” is the most common (and usually mildest) type of headache, and can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, bad posture or substance withdrawal, including nicotine and caffeine. As the name suggests, it is caused by increased muscle tension in the head and neck region. Also common to the headache group are those caused by stuffy sinuses. Whether it is a tension headache, or a wicked migraine, acupuncture is quickly helpful. We always look to the underlying causes as well, and thereby help to prevent any future occurrences.
The treatment is gentle, and painless (unless we treat a forehead point site – ouch – but still better than a headache…) Luckily that causes an immediate relief from the pressure there. Yippee. Next time you have a tension headache, come in and I will show you how true it is.