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Happy (Day After) Thanksgiving From CT Acupuncture Center! (Now Here’s How to Get Rid Any Digestive Troubles!)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I hope you had the happiest and most abundant of Thanksgivings!

After the turkey has been cooked and enjoyed, the various salads and pies and after dinner treats have been eaten, and then perhaps seconds…or so…sometimes the body has a hard time dealing with all you’ve asked of it.

Digestive disorders indicate that there is a disharmony between the body organs responsible for digestion.The stomach doesn’t realize it’s Thanksgiving and it needs to up its game! When this happens over a period of many years, digestive disorder imbalances occur.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance as well as a wide range of medical conditions, including upset stomach.

Acupuncture corrects the imbalances and regulates digestion. Specific acupuncture points increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation and reduce gastric acid secretion, making acupuncture helpful in treating general gastrointestinal symptoms. Acupuncture addresses the acute and immediate symptoms that are occurring in your digestive system. Acupuncture evaluates more of your history and other symptoms as well to get a greater understanding of your body’s condition, and will then choose other point sites located on your legs, arms, back, etc. to facilitate a deeper clearing and correction of the chronic symptoms you frequently experience. Food allergies, and sensitivities will improve.

Diet is a primary consideration, as are emotional issues. Stress, worry, sadness, fear, anger, and all derivatives of these basic emotions will contribute immediately to the digestive system and its ability to “stomach” your experiences and your perceptions. Relaxation before, during, and after meals helps to enable a healthy processing of food. Troubles during mealtime may switch you to a “fight or flight” mode, which shortcuts away from digestion. (Perhaps some large family gatherings might not always go as smoothly as one would hope.) Meditation is a good practice to help you maintain a healthy frame of mind for longer periods of time.

Acupuncture will give immediate improvements, and a longer series of treatments will help to clear up really stubborn conditions with deeper and older causes. And isn’t that something to be grateful for!

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo: George GrimmHowell

Summer Heat Has You Sweating Like, Well, You Know? Acupuncture Can Ease Hyperhidrosis!

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Acupuncture Stops Excessive Sweating in Its Tracks!

You just met your boss’ wife, shook her hand, and left her with a strained expression on her face.  Excessive sweating can make a handshake embarassing,  wearing shoes without socks unthinkable and changing bed sheets in the middle of the night an everyday thing.

While sweating is natural and healthy, excessive perspiration, also known as hyperhidrosis, happens to over three percent of the population and can cause great distress.

What is exactly is Hyperhidrosis and what causes it?

Hyperhidrosis is defined as the production of perspiration beyond what is necessary to cool the body. When it is primary hyperhidrosis, the cause is unknown. The problem has been linked to an overreaction of the sweat glands to both changes in temperatures and to physical and emotional stress. Hyperhidrosis can affect the feet, palms, underarms or the whole body. And certainly one’s life. Secondary hyperhidrosis can be caused by an 0ver-active thyroid gland, spinal cord injury, panic attack or anxiety disorder, some cancers, obesity, and Menopause.

Before acupuncture can begin, it is necessary to correctly diagnose the disease. Sweating is a symptom for many different patterns of disharmony within the body. Acupuncture treats each individual uniquely depending on their pattern and symptoms.

We will ask questions about how, what, where and when you perspire, sleep, eat, drink and exercise, to name a few. We may also feel your pulse and observing your tongue. This interview and physical examination will help create a clear picture on which we can create a treatment plan specifically for you.  Acupuncture is extremely successful in the treatment of sweating. In fact, how one sweats is a major way to identify disharmony within the body. Sweat is considered a fundamental substance and is studied in-depth. While sweating disorders can be treated with surgery and drugs, it is very good to know that there is an alternative to invasive and often risky procedures and medications. Acupuncture!

There also some helpful hints for you to do on your own to help reduce sweating and body odor…some may be obvious, but we hope you will find them helpful.

Bathe daily. Regular bathing helps keep the number of bacteria on your skin in check.

Try relaxation techniques. Consider relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or biofeedback. These can help you learn to control the stress that triggers perspiration.

Change your diet. If foods or beverages cause you to sweat more than usual or your perspiration to smell, consider eliminating caffeinated drinks from your diet as well as foods with strong odors, such as garlic and onions.

Choose natural-fiber clothing. Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton, wool and silk, which allow your skin to breathe. When you exercise, you might prefer high-tech fabrics that keeps moisture away from your skin.

Apply antiperspirants nightly. At bedtime, apply antiperspirants to sweaty palms or soles of the feet. Try perfume-free antiperspirants.

Dry your feet thoroughly after you bathe. Microorganisms thrive in the damp spaces between your toes. Use OTC foot powders to help absorb sweat.

Choose shoes and socks made of natural materials. Shoes made of natural materials, such as leather, can help prevent sweaty feet by allowing your feet to breathe.

Rotate your shoes. Shoes won’t completely dry overnight, so try not to wear the same pair two days in a row if you have trouble with sweaty feet.

Wear the right socks. Cotton and wool socks help keep your feet dry because they absorb moisture. When you’re active, moisture-wicking athletic socks are a good choice.

Change your socks often. Change socks or hose once or twice a day, drying your feet thoroughly each time. Women may try pantyhose with cotton soles.

Air your feet. Go barefoot when you can, or at least slip out of your shoes now and then.

Everybody sweats…sometimes. But if it gets out of control, consider acupuncture! We want you to be happy, healthy and comfortable.

For more information, please visit our website at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Author: Andrée Lambertson