Fairfield: 203-259-1660
Bethel: 203-778-6551
Wilton: 203-762-3646

Posts Tagged: Asthma

Acupuncture Brings Fast Relief to Spring Allergies

Spring has arrived, and so have seasonal allergies — acupuncture to the rescue!

If you suffer from allergies, you are most certainly not alone.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies, while the number of people with milder symptoms may be as high as 40 million.

An allergy is an immune system disorder that occurs when your body has an inflammatory, hypertensive reaction to what is a normally benign substance, like pollen. Common conditions such as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are actually allergic reactions.

Most symptoms become apparent within 5 or 10 minutes of exposure to the allergens and typically include sneezing, dry and unproductive coughing, wheezing, itchy sensations on the roof of the mouth or at the back of the throat, swollen sinuses leading to a stuffy nose and headaches, a runny nose, itching, watery and reddened eyes, reduced sense of smell and taste, and disturbed sleep. That can certainly make it hard to concentrate and perform daily tasks, especially at work or school.

Most treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects.

Safe, Effective Treatment of Spring Allergies

Most over-the counter drugs treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects. But not acupuncture. Acupuncture treats allergies safely and effectively with no side effects. It is one of the major holistic therapies used for thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that makes those allergic reactions happen.

Acupuncture treatments can give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, they can address the variety of underlying causes. With acupuncture treatments allergy symptoms will ultimately stop, and the reactiveness will calm down.

Try acupuncture! Enjoy life, without the allergic reactions, and have a happy Spring!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

Facebook-150px

 

Follow us on Twitter! Follow @AcupunctureCT

 

 

Get Natural Allergy Relief this Spring with Acupuncture!

Spring has arrived, and so have seasonal allergies — acupuncture to the rescue!

If you suffer from allergies, you are most certainly not alone.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies, while the number of people with milder symptoms may be as high as 40 million.

An allergy is an immune system disorder that occurs when your body has an inflammatory, hypertensive reaction to what is a normally benign substance, like pollen. Common conditions such as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are actually allergic reactions.

Most symptoms become apparent within 5 or 10 minutes of exposure to the allergens and typically include sneezing, dry and unproductive coughing, wheezing, itchy sensations on the roof of the mouth or at the back of the throat, swollen sinuses leading to a stuffy nose and headaches, a runny nose, itching, watery and reddened eyes, reduced sense of smell and taste, and disturbed sleep. That can certainly make it hard to concentrate and perform daily tasks, especially at work or school.

Most treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects.

Acupuncture is safe and effective!

Safe, Effective Treatment of Spring Allergies

Most over-the counter drugs treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects. But not acupuncture. Acupuncture treats allergies safely and effectively with no side effects. It is one of the major holistic therapies used for thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that makes those allergic reactions happen.

Acupuncture treatments can give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, they can address the variety of underlying causes. With acupuncture treatments allergy symptoms will ultimately stop, and the reactiveness will calm down.

Try acupuncture! Enjoy life, without the allergic reactions, and have a happy Spring!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

Facebook-150px

 

Follow us on Twitter! Follow @AcupunctureCT

 

 

Get Spring Allergy Relief with Acupuncture!

Enjoy Spring with Acupuncture!

Spring has arrived, and so have seasonal allergies — acupuncture to the rescue!

If you suffer from allergies, you are most certainly not alone.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies, while the number of people with milder symptoms may be as high as 40 million.

An allergy is an immune system disorder that occurs when your body has an inflammatory, hypertensive reaction to what is a normally benign substance, like pollen. Common conditions such as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are actually allergic reactions.

Most symptoms become apparent within 5 or 10 minutes of exposure to the allergens and typically include sneezing, dry and unproductive coughing, wheezing, itchy sensations on the roof of the mouth or at the back of the throat, swollen sinuses leading to a stuffy nose and headaches, a runny nose, itching, watery and reddened eyes, reduced sense of smell and taste, and disturbed sleep. That can certainly make it hard to concentrate and perform daily tasks, especially at work or school.

Most treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects.

Get allergies under control with acupuncture!

Get allergies under control with acupuncture!

Safe, Effective Treatment of Spring Allergies

Most over-the counter drugs treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects. But not acupuncture. Acupuncture treats allergies safely and effectively with no side effects. It is one of the major holistic therapies used for thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that makes those allergic reactions happen.

Acupuncture treatments can give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, they can address the variety of underlying causes. With acupuncture treatments allergy symptoms will ultimately stop, and the reactiveness will calm down.

Try acupuncture! Enjoy life, without the allergic reactions, and have a happy Spring!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

Facebook-150px

 

Follow us on Twitter! Follow @AcupunctureCT

 

 

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

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

Facebook-150px

 

Follow us on Twitter! Follow @AcupunctureCT

 

 

Why Haven’t You Tried Acupuncture? Let’s Explain the Fears Away…

Image

Curious about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture. You’re been reading about it. Some of your friends and family may have tried it. You’ve been thinking about picking up the phone…but there’s something keeping you back. Are you interested in trying acupuncture but really want some questions answered? Problem solved! Read on…

First and most pressing…Does it hurt?

Here’s the initial caveat — every person is different, and can have different reactions. The actual 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.

Image

Acupuncture needle, third from the top. Surprisingly small!

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, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”. Many people find the treatment very relaxing, and often fall asleep!  Sometimes a little soreness in the treatment area can happen but generally dissipates within 24 hours of treatment. Proper rest and hydration is also recommended.

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.

Here’s some of the benefits of acupuncture — less pain, better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, a stronger immune system, better digestion, less stress, less pain, and did we mention less pain?

How May Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. 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? Can you help me?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions: 

Allergies, addiction, ankle pain, anxiety, appetite control, arthritis, asthma, Bell’s palsy, blood pressure, bronchitis, cancer, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cluster headaches, colitis, common cold, constipation, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, ear aches, emotional problems, eye problems, food allergies, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, fibroids, frozen shoulder, gastritis, GERD, gout, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, hot flashes, heel pain, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw pain, joint pain, low back pain, Lyme disease, knee pain, menstrual problems, menopause, migraine, morning sickness, Morten’s neuroma, muscle pain, nausea, neck pain, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, reproductive problems, rhinitis, sciatica, shingles, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, smoke cessation, sore throat, sports injuries, stiff neck, stress, tennis elbow, tendonitis, tooth pain, torticollis, trigeminal neuralgia, tmj, urinary tract, vomiting, weight loss, and wrist pain.

See yourself somewhere on that list? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less stress, less pain? 

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter!

Easier Breathing! Asthma Symptoms Eased with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Eases Asthma!

Breathe Freer with Acupuncture!

Did you know that acupuncture helps to prevent and lessen the severity of asthma attacks?

Asthma affects approximately 300 million people around the world, 20 million in the United States, of which 9 million are children. Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs, and while it is considered a treatable disease, it still claims over 3,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.

Asthma attacks occur when the muscle around the bronchi go into spasm. The bronchi narrow and breathing becomes difficult. Inflammation can also swell the lining of the air tubes. Mucous may increase blockage to the air tubes as well. Symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, tightness in the chest and coughing.

Some people have long periods of time where they are symptom-free, while other people always have difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks can be severe and sometimes life-threatening. It is also one of the most common diseases for which patients turn to alternative therapies such as acupuncture for treatment and relief.

Acupuncture has been used safely and effectively for thousands of years to rectify the underlying imbalances that cause asthma symptoms. The disease is one of 40 considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) that may benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture is very helpful as a preventative medicine technique, and is most effective when used to treat initial attacks or mild bouts of asthma. It can also improve pulmonary function and lessen the severity of asthma attacks.

At its core, asthma is an immune disorder. The main symptoms of asthma, wheezing and shortness of breath, are manifestations of the body’s immune response to pathogens found in the environment. There are many factors that may trigger an asthma attack. Examples include the invasion of the external pathogenic factors (i.e., cold and heat), diet (fish, crab, shellfish and other seafood have been noted to increase the likelihood of asthma attacks, for example) emotional disturbances, congenital weakness and chronic illnesses.

Many asthma sufferers turn to acupuncture because it’s effective. Acupuncture treatments for asthma focus on balancing and strengthening the immune system, as well as the lung, spleen and kidneys if imbalances are found. Points are selected according to the patient’s unique combination of symptoms and their history, as acupuncture treats the whole person. Acupuncture treatments for asthma include needling points on the Lung, Stomach, Kidney and/or Bladder meridians, and will focus on balancing these organ systems. Many patients report significant, lasting benefits in just a few sessions of treatment. It reduces inflammation, reduces bronchospasm response, modulates the immune system, and helps the body to heal itself.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat a wider array of upper respiratory conditions including bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections and allergies.

Tap into your body’s natural healing mechanism with acupuncture!

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Like our Facebook page!

The Funk That Came in From the Cold…and Stayed — Acupuncture Eases Chronic Bronchitis!

Image

Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is quickly helpful to all forms of acute and recent bronchitis, as well as all forms of colds, allergies, and asthma!

Bronchitis is a condition where the mucous membranes of the bronchii (the “pipe” between the trachea and the lungs) become inflamed. Symptoms include coughing (either dry or productive), mild fever, fatigue, wheezing and tightness in the chest. There are two distinct types of bronchitis: acute bronchitis, which usually arrives in tandem with a viral illness (a cold or influenza) and chronic bronchitis, which produces a cough that lasts for several weeks or even years. Chronic bronchitis is often linked with tangible environmental factors, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, and prolonged exposure to occupational irritants, such as insulation or asbestos.

Many people report that they were rarely sick, until they got one bad cold or flu, and now they get sick often. This is because the strength of their lung tissue was compromised through the illness causing a person to be prone to it reoccurring.  If a person has a tendency to get frequent colds/flu and they also have poor diet and lifestyle habits, it will further increase the possibility of ongoing, or prolonged illnesses, especially during flu and cold season.

Most occurrences of acute bronchitis are caused by a viral infection and treatment usually involves treating the symptoms, allowing most cases to resolve quickly. Chronic bronchitis is a far more serious health issue, as it limits airflow into the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath, wheezing and the overproduction of sputum. Avoiding irritants and eliminating smoking have been proven to lessen the symptoms of chronic bronchitis.

Acupuncture restores respiratory muscle tone, improves contractility (the ability of muscle tissue to contract), mobility of the diaphragm and can reduce dependence on medications in both acute and chronic cases of bronchitis. Chronic and lingering respiratory problems are helped.The history and examination includes pulse and tongue information as well. Each case is individual, and point sites will vary. There is a deep energy loop between the lung and the kidney, so the front and back central points may be treated to help to clear that loop. The points are on the surface, so it allows you to relax.

Acupuncture is painless, gentle, and effective. Opening the chest through breath work, walking up steep hills, doing regular chest opening exercises, as well as finding supportive avenues to work with grief, can be helpful in reestablishing the health of the lungs. Grief, sadness, anger, and fear are common and reasonable, but remember that joy is your deepest most natural true nature.  Acupuncture helps to restore that joy as your home base, and then breathing becomes smoother again.

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Like our Facebook Page!

Tune Up Your Body for Autumn with Acupuncture!

Image

Tune Up Your Body with Acupuncture!

As the seasons change, we are the most vulnerable to worsening of chronic diseases, such as asthma or allergies as well as acute illnesses, such as the common cold. Getting treated with acupuncture at this time of year is a great way to help your body adjust to the changes that happen with the seasons. 

Acupuncture heals imbalances in your immune system and also restores energy channels that have become disrupted. When these channels are open, the immune function functions at an optimal level and your body stays healthy.

Did you know that you can live your life entirely cold-free without taking anything harmful into your system? People that receive regular acupuncture treatments get sick less often. Your immune system can heal itself the second an intruder sneaks in, preventing a cold from ever happening.  

Scientifically, researchers have found that acupuncture enhances the production of natural killer cells, the body’s defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria. Acupuncture also regulates the activity of white blood cells, which also fight against infection and allergic reactions. During cold and flu season, particularly for people susceptible to colds, it’s a good idea to boost your immune system every few weeks. The great benefits are that besides avoiding illness, you will see numerous positive side effects, such as a deeper sleep, clearer skin and a more relaxed and positive attitude. 

Another foe of the body is stress. When stress gets out of control, it can manifest itself in a virtually unlimited number of ways, including headaches, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and inappropriate social behavior. 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. And chronic stress can lead to serious health repercussions. 

However, once again, acupuncture comes to the rescue! Acupuncture has been shown to greatly reduce stress. Acupuncture 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! 

Let your body become more in tune with the seasons, and let acupuncture help you make the transition!

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Like our Facebook Page! 

 

Photo by Petr Kratochvil

 

Acupuncture Eases the Wheezes of Asthma!

Image

Acupuncture Awesome for Asthma!

Acupuncture may help asthma sufferers breathe easier!

Asthma, a chronic disease of the lungs, affects approximately 300 million people around the world, 20 million in the United States.   Although it is considered a treatable disease, it still claims over 3,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.

Some people have long periods of time where they are symptom-free, while other people always have difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks can be severe and sometimes life-threatening. It is also one of the most common diseases for which patients turn to alternative therapies such as acupuncture for treatment and relief.

Acupuncture has been used safely and effectively for thousands of years to rectify the underlying imbalances that cause asthma symptoms. The disease is one of 40 considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) that may benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture is very helpful as a preventative medicine technique, and is most effective when used to treat initial attacks or mild bouts of asthma.   It can also improve pulmonary function and lessen the severity of asthma attacks.

At its core, asthma is an immune disorder.  The main symptoms of asthma, wheezing and shortness of breath, are manifestations of the body’s immune response to pathogens found in the environment.  There are many factors that may trigger an asthma attack. Examples include the invasion of the external pathogenic factors (i.e., cold and heat), diet (fish, crab, shellfish and other seafood have been noted to increase the likelihood of asthma attacks, for example) emotional disturbances, congenital weakness and chronic illnesses.

Acupuncture treatments for asthma focus on balancing and strengthening the immune system, as well as the lung, spleen and kidneys if imbalances are found. Points are selected according to the patient’s unique combination of symptoms and their history, as acupuncture treats the whole person. Acupuncture treatments for asthma include needling points on the Lung, Stomach, Kidney and/or Bladder meridians, and will focus on balancing these organ systems. Many patients report significant, lasting benefits in just a few sessions of treatment. Tap into your body’s natural healing mechanism with acupuncture!

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Like our Facebook page!

Difficulty Breathing? Acupuncture Improves Quality of LIfe!

Image

Acupuncture Improves Quality of LIfe

A recent American health survey suggested that 24 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COPD has many causes, including allergies, asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Conventional medicine often treats strained breathing with drugs and steroids that dilate bronchial tubes and relax the muscles of the chest walls. However, acupuncture provides a natural way to relax thesurrounding walls and increase bronchial circulation.

A recent study in Japan showed that three months of acupuncture improved breathing problems in people with chronic lung disease. Results were equal to or better than conventional drug and exercise treatment. The study suggested that acupuncture “improves quality of life,” according to Dr. George Lewith, from the University of Southampton in England study.

Breathing difficulty improves with acupuncture on specific points related to the lungs and bronchial tubes as well as on points that support the immune system. Healing the immune system is important in treating breathing issues related to immune response, such as allergies.

One of the ways that acupuncture is so successful in the treatment of breathing problems is that it relaxes the muscles around the chest wall so that the chest can expand and contract more fully. It also allows for improved dilation of the bronchial tubes so that air moves more freely in and out of the lungs. For this reason, a patient can feel instant relief upon one single treatment. But far beyond its relaxation effects, acupuncture clears and heals the energy systems that support healthy lung and bronchial tube function to improve breathing on a more permanent basis and allow for free, unobstructed breathing.

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com