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

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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.

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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? 

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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!

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Bronchitis – Smoother Breathing with Acupuncture!

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Acupuncture Eases Bronchitis

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.

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 is quickly helpful to all forms of acute and recent bronchitis, as well as all forms of colds, allergies, and asthma. Chronic and lingering respiratory problems are helped by acupuncture. The history, and examination includes pulse and tongue information as well. Each case is individual, point sites will vary. Often the Lung meridian, chest abdomen, upper back areas will be included. Ear points may be included as there are points there to affect the respiratory functions. I know, that sounds weird, but lots of the theory of acupuncture is strange to you! Thousands of years and lots of great results will have to encourage you to try. For example the Kidney meridian goes up the front of the chest to the bronchial area (ki51) and enters there, to go in deeper. 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 relax. Acupuncture is painless, gentle, and effective. 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.

” I couldn’t believe the relief that I got from a persistent cough caused by bronchitis . My sinus and post nasal drip all but ceased immediately and didn’t return until shortly before my second visit. On the way to good health!”– Brenda in Norwalk