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Avoid Dehydration — Acupuncture Refreshes!

Avoid dehydration - drink more water and get acupuncture!

Avoid dehydration – drink more water and get acupuncture!

Are you dehydrated? Drink your water, and get acupuncture!

Summer’s here, and it’s easy to get dehydrated. 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, 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. How do you know if you’re dehydrated? 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
  • 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! When dehydration has occurred, acupuncture can help restore balance.

You can eat your water! About 20% of our daily H2O intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

You can eat your water! Fresh produce like tomatoes, watermelons and oranges are high in water.

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. Acupuncture and water work as a team to help heal your body. By increasing the content of water to the damaged cells cellular healing occurs.

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.

Acupuncture isn’t just for dehydration — allergies, arthritis, and high blood pressure are also alleviated with acupuncture.

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

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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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(Did You) Burn Baby, Burn? Acupuncture Can Bring Sunburn Relief

 
 
It always starts innocently enough...acupuncture can help relieve sunburn!

It always starts innocently enough…acupuncture can help relieve sunburn!

Are you looking for relief from that fun in the sun aftermath? 

Summertime. Sunshine. Sunburn…acupuncture!

It’s not necessarily the first thing you think about when you are wondering what on earth will speed up the healing process of sunburn, but acupuncture will not only help soothe the pain, it will make you feel more relaxed in the process!

How do you know you have sunburn? You know you’ve been in the sun too long if your skin looks pink or red, feels hot to the touch, or is painful. Once you feel this, however, it’s likely too late. Most sunburn symptoms don’t show until a few hours after exposure, but the full extent of the burn may not appear for a day or more.  

When you get a sunburn, you might experience redness, blisters, pain, swelling, itching, chills, headache, fever, dehydration and nausea. And if you make a habit of getting them, prolonged and repeated sunburns can cause aging of the skin, loss of skin elasticity, and greatly increase your risk of skin cancer. 

Here’s how we can help!

Millions of Americans get acupuncture yearly, most often for relief from chronic pain, back problems, addiction, headaches, menstrual discomfort and arthritis.

Acupuncture - it's  like sunbathing, but it soothes sunburn instead!

Acupuncture – it’s like sunbathing, but it soothes sunburn instead!

Acupuncture is also great for relieving sunburn.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, sunburn is a trapping of damp heat in the skin that must be treated by releasing the heat and soothing the accompanying pain. In addition, acupuncture can also give the immune system a boost, and relieve the general fatigue and malaise often present after a major sun exposure. 

Besides aftercare, a little prevention goes a very long way — here’s some great advice for more fun than burning in the sun…

Tips For Avoiding Sunburn
  • Seems simple…avoid the sun when it’s at super strength. Don’t stay out for long periods of time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you’re outdoors during this time, keep in mind that you’ll burn faster than at other times of the day.
  • Beware of reflective surfaces. Water or sand can bounce as much as 17% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays back at you. 
  • Wear clothing that will  protect you from the sun. If you’ve been out in the sun for a while and want to protect your skin, use clothing such as cover-ups, long, loose-fitting pants and tops, and wide-brimmed hats. Choose lightweight fabrics that are cool, but will still give you sun protection. Remember your sunglasses (sunburned eyes…it can happen).
Protect that gorgeous skin with sunblock!

Protect that gorgeous skin!

  • Wear sunblock! Sunblock will protect your skin from the sun’s rays, but be aware that many contain questionable chemicals that are not typically regulated. Choose natural varieties from your health food store, and be sure to reapply the sunblock if you have been in the water or have been sweating. 
  • Be shady! A simple way to avoid sunburn is to go in a shaded area to get out of the sun. If a shaded area (such as under a tree) is not available, use an umbrella. It will also make it easier for your friends and family to locate you on the beach! Win/win!

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There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays (and Acupuncture Helps You to Not Be Car Sick When You Get There!)

Don't Let Motion Sickness Keep You From Happy Travels!

Don’t Let Motion Sickness Keep You From Happy Travels!

Have you ever traveled over the river and through the woods, hurling in the back seat as you go? Or realized that flying makes you a queasy seat-mate?

You don’t need to reach for another in-flight doggie bag…acupuncture is helpful for those who suffer from motion sickness, and relieves its symptoms.

Acupuncture will treat nausea and vertigo often with immediate success. Depending on the causes, more treatments will be relevant. We will evaluate your history, your tongue, and your pulse energies to determine what more is involved to be treated. Emotions and diet come to mind, as well as other medical issues.

It’s not just motion sickness that can cause a stomach to be queasy. There are also other issues that can cause a person to feel nauseous, including food poisoning, dehydration, some medications (such as chemo), migraines, and vertigo. In a large number of cases, a stomach infection is to blame for the nausea, but in about 10% of cases, the root cause is unknown.

Sometimes, it doesn’t just stop at feeling sick…most people classify vomiting as one of the more unpleasant experiences in life. Acupuncture can also treat this evil sister of nausea. Vomiting is not a stand-alone symptom, is just stands out! We need to look deeper into all the interrelationships of your physiology to treat underlying causes. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, considering the whole body-mind complex when considering a single symptom — it doesn’t exist alone.

Often low blood pressure people are sensitive to altitude and motion sickness. That relates to an imbalance between the neurological and vascular systems. Acupuncture is a wonderful holistic therapy that looks into all the relationships that are important for generating these symptoms. We treat several meridians, with local point sites to the surface of the stomach area, as well as back points, and leg points. A complete history helps to uncover all of the factors that can be participating. The procedures are relatively painless, and can even be relaxing. It is true that immediate relief is so welcome!

Don’t let motion sickness or stomach issues keep you from being happy at home for the holidays!

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Night Time Leg Pain Cramping Your Style and Sleep? Give Acupuncture a Try!

Nocturnal Leg and Calf Cramping Eased by Acupuncture

Night Time Leg Cramping is Eased by Acupuncture!

Nocturnal calf or leg cramps, are an annoying problem that decreases sleep quality and increases stress and quite frankly are painful! They occur in a high percentage of the population, with it being more common among women in the older age groups.

In 2012, the medical journal American Family Physician published a report that nocturnal leg cramps (usually occurring in the medial gastrocnemius muscle) may be happening more often, with up to 60 percent of adults reporting a history of this problem, although leg cramps affect both young and old.

In most cases, leg cramps are occasional and harmless. Leg cramps are involuntary muscle contractions that can appear at any time.  Muscle fatigue and nerve dysfunction appear to be more central to most cases, as well, although the exact cause of night leg cramps isn’t known. Some experts believe they may be due to abnormal processing of electrolytes — essential elements and chemical substances your body needs for basic functions — by muscles.  Repeated viral illnesses are also known to cause irritation in this muscle. Certain habitual work habits, such as sitting too long without movement, especially with the foot held in plantar flexion, can cause a high incidence of this problem as well.

Walking in high heels or working in hard soled boots will also put greater stress on the gastrocnemius muscle, in addition to having poor posture while working with locked knees while standing and a forward lean, or standing with a foot up on a chair.  Driving long distances with the foot plantar flexed against an accelerator or clutch pedal may also aggravate the muscle. Exercise that involves jogging uphill, climbing rocks, or riding a bicycle with a low seat may strain the muscle, in addition to walking or running on the beach or a sloped surface. Dehydration can be a big culprit. Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, could also be a cause of nocturnal muscle cramps. And pregnancy! Leg cramps are common in pregnant women, particularly during the second and third trimesters.

A number of medications are also now found to be strongly associated with nocturnal leg cramps, such as naproxen, a NSAID pain reliever (Aleve, Midol, Naprosyn) and conjugated estrogens (estradiol sulfates, estrone, equilin) commonly used to treat postmenopausal symptoms and osteoporosis, diuretics, statins, lithium, and prednisone, among other medications. (Don’t change any of your prescription drugs or stop taking them without your doctor’s knowledge and approval.)

So those are some of causes of nocturnal leg cramps, and there sure seems to be a lot of them — but acupuncture can help!

Leg cramps are muscle and tendon problems which have both external and internal origins. Liver stores blood and rules tendons, Spleen is in charge of limbs and muscles and Kidney rules bones. When these organs are weakened, proper nourishment isn’t achieved, and there will be abnormal movement in the limbs. In the meantime, when external pathogens like coldness and dampness or sports injuries further disturb the blood and qi (life force), muscle cramps will occur. The body’s blood tends to flow back to the liver for storage at night, and as a result there is less blood that flows to the muscles and tendons, and that sets the stage for night time leg cramps.

Acupuncture treatment for muscle cramps will typically involve restoring the liver energy flow and treating any problems with the way that it is functioning. Each case will be treated according to the condition of the individual, and we will identify the symptoms and body signs of each patient to diagnose the body imbalances, working holistically with the whole person. Acupuncture can effectively suppress overactive muscles, and play a role in promoting circulation, loosen the tendons, alleviate the cramps and ease pain. Repair of tissue injury can be accelerated, pain relieved, overall health and function of the liver, kidney and hormonal system can be enhanced, and the activities of the blood and qi are freed.

When we address the underlying health conditions or imbalances that may be contributing to the occurrence of muscle cramps, we can help to restore health with the goal of preventing the cramping from occurring again in the future. And that can mean no more night time leg cramps! Happy Legs!

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Here’s some helpful tips to reduce night time leg cramps:

  • Before bedtime, rest on your couch or chair with your leg elevated, and rotate the foot slowly in circles for a few minutes, and then rotate and flex the knee. This muscular movement will bring healthier oxygenated blood to the muscle.
  • Elevate the affected leg with a pillow while you sleep if this is comfortable with your normal sleep position.
  • Sleeping on your side, with the affected leg placed on a cushion that is in front of the lower leg, is the preferred position for preventing lower leg calf cramps.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Doing light exercise — Riding a stationary bike for a few minutes before bedtime may help prevent cramps while you’re sleeping.
  • Choosing the right shoes — Wearing shoes that have proper support may help prevent leg cramps (soft insoles, perhaps professional orthotics).
  • Untuck your covers — Loosen or untuck the bedsheets and other covers at the foot of your bed.
  • Keep your electrolytes balanced – calcium, potassium and sodium  — they help keep muscles healthy, and work to keep the body well hydrated.

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Montezuma’s Revenge? – Acupuncture Sends the Storm Clouds of Intestinal Distress Away!

Acupuncture Sends the Storm Clouds of Intestinal Distress Away!

Acupuncture Sends the Storm Clouds of Intestinal Distress Away!

You  just HAD to have that Taco Supremo from the Gas Station in Peoria and now your intestines are singing of El Diablo?

Traveler’s diarrhea happens when you consume food or water contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Diarrhea is a condition where you pass loose or liquid bowel movements at least three times in one day. Although in most cases it isn’t a serious health issue, it does lead to a loss of fluids, which can have dire consequences, such as dehydration.

Many different strains of viruses and bacteria are responsible for diarrhea along with some types of parasites. Diarrhea is also present in situations in tandem with some more serious medical issues, such as Malabsorption (the inability to absorb food in the colon) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  A number of different treatment options are recommended, and are administered depending on the case and circumstances.

You can take the following precautions to prevent traveler’s diarrhea when you go abroad:

Do not drink any tap water, not even when brushing your teeth.
Do not drink unpasteurized milk or dairy products.
Do not use ice made from tap water.
Avoid all raw fruits and vegetables (including lettuce and fruit salad) unless they can be peeled and you peel them yourself.
Do not eat raw or rare meat and fish.
Do not eat meat or shellfish that is not hot when served to you.
Do not eat food from street vendors.
You can safely drink bottled water (if you are the one to break the seal), carbonated soft drinks, and hot drinks like coffee or tea.

Let’s say you’ve done all these things, and perhaps Montezuma’s Revenge has seized upon you regardless. Here’s where acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture is also part of the major holistic systems of healing, and can give great improvement to the digestive system. We help strengthen the immune system as well.  A complete history and exam will proceed a treatment, as a single symptom should not be treated out of its larger context.  Acupuncture looks to all the energy systems before choosing point sites.  Acupuncture has very powerful energy to restore your digestion and intestinal functions to normal. After all, the best revenge is a life well lived!

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Author: Andrée Lambertson