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Be Ready for Summer! Get Weight Loss Help with Acupuncture

Swimsuit season is here!
Acupuncture will help you lose weight and feel your best, naturally!

Whether you want to just drop a few pounds or many, acupuncture works with you to make it easier!

If you’re having trouble shedding that leftover winter weight, the ancient practice of acupuncture helps to heal a host of ailments, and it also aids in weight loss.

There are many reasons people become overweight — overeating is the first reason, but poor nutrition, heredity, hormonal imbalances, a slow metabolism, and lack of exercise are also some of the most common.

Acupuncture can power up any other weight control plan by helping to keep your appetite in check, easing cravings, improving digestion, and enhancing the way nutrients are used. Treatments release endorphins which have a calming and relaxing effect. It makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety that can trigger overeating fattening foods.

Acupuncture can help re-balance the organ systems that are running too fast, or in this case too slow; specifically your metabolism and will power. If lack of energy is an issue, acupuncture treatments will give you a boost!

At the CT Acupuncture Center each person is evaluated individually. Treatment points vary based on careful consideration of a person’s history and symptoms. We understand that you are unique — that’s the key to effective acupuncture!

Acupuncture treatments are painless and gentle.

The best part? The treatment is safe, natural, effective and drug-free.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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May The Odds Be In Your Favor — Acupuncture Improves Fertility

Increase Your Fertility Odds with Acupuncture!

Increase Your Fertility Odds with Acupuncture!

Ready for the pitter-patter of tiny feet? Acupuncture lends a helping hand to your pregnancy from start to finish.

If you have been having difficulty conceiving, or you just want the best possible odds for your pregnancy, acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting and staying pregnant.

How does acupuncture do this? Acupuncture has been used for centuries to help cure fertility problems by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus (which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo), improving uterine lining thickness and egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which can help you more easily conceive and remain pregnant.

Acupuncture isn’t just for hopeful mothers. Dads-to-be can benefit from acupuncture, too. One of the most beneficial ways acupuncture treatments increase fertility is by reducing stress. When people are under stress, the hormone cortizol is released in the brain, which alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, which changes hormone levels and disrupts the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. Stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence.

Acupuncture Increases Fertility

Acupuncture Increases Fertility

Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol, and can have a positive effect on sperm production and quality, without causing any changes in behavior or sexual desire. Acupuncture can lead to significant increases in the number of normal sperm and equally significant reductions in structural defects.

Acupuncture can be used to treat any type of fertility disorder. Acupuncture works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects.

Give yourself and your baby the best possible start. A nice flow of endorphins, stress reduction, a healthy body, balance — acupuncture is effective, relaxing, painless and gentle. Here’s to happy, healthy babies!

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can aid in boosting your fertility, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Dehydrated? Acupuncture helps with that too. Avoid Dehydration — Acupuncture Refreshes!

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Acupuncture: A Powerful Ally for Addiction Recovery

Acupuncture Aids in Addiction Recovery

Regain control of your life and health with acupuncture!

You don’t need to go through recovery alone! Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from alcohol and hard drugs to nicotine and overeating.

Addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. The statistics for prescription drugs are even more alarming. In fact, the number of people undergoing treatment for prescription painkiller drug abuse and addiction quadrupled from 2004 to 2010.

If use turns into addiction, there is help!

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), any addiction comes from an imbalance in the body’s elements.  In other words, something is causing the body not to do its own healing naturally. When an addict is suffering from an imbalance, they are using a substance like alcohol, drugs or even food to self-medicate. Acupuncture provides a foundation for recovery by bringing the individual physiology back into balance.

Recovery and Relaxation with Acupuncture

Recovery and Relaxation with Acupuncture

Another of the greatest strengths of acupuncture, however, is that its immediate effect is often a cessation of withdrawal symptoms. How does acupuncture achieve that?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body’s own “feel-good” chemicals.  It reduces anxiety and agitation while promoting a soothing, relaxing effect to the nervous system, which is extremely helpful to people experiencing any kind of lifestyle change, especially drug withdrawal.  In addition to treating the addiction itself, acupuncture also treats the emotional ties.

Acupuncture gives a sense of well being and relaxation. The best part? There are no harmful side effects. Recovery from drug addiction, like other chronic diseases, is a lifelong process. You don’t need to go it alone.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Experiencing Fatigue? Acupuncture can help with that too.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.

Smith, The Lincoln Clinic Program: An Alternative Approach to Detoxification and Treatment, Lincoln Hospital Substance Abuse Division, p. 3. [349 East 140th Street, Bronx, NY, 10454, 718-993-3100.]

 

 

Are You An Emotional Eater? Acupuncture Eases Cravings, Brings Back Balance

Promote good digestion and boost your metabolism with acupuncture!

Promote good digestion and boost your metabolism with acupuncture!

Attack of the Snack! Do you reach for a treat when you’re stressed or upset? Acupuncture can help ease cravings, and put your body back in balance!

Are you gaining weight and don’t know why? Or are you caught in a yo-yo of fasting and overeating? You aren’t alone, and acupuncture can help!

Many people turn to food for comfort, or when they’re bored. Emotional eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Negative emotions can be triggered by both major life events and the stresses of daily life, such as job loss, money problems, health isssues, relationship issues, work stress, or fatigue.

The good news is that if you’re prone to emotional eating, you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track with your weight-loss goals. Acupuncture!

Acupuncture affects physical wellness, as well as the emotional and mental aspects of weight loss. Acupuncture will bring your individual physiology back into balance and strengthen your digestive system. This helps your metabolism and appetite while eliminating unhealthy food cravings or patterns of over-eating. Acupuncture also addresses symptoms such as abdominal bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and reflux.

Let acupuncture help you get those cravings under control!

Let acupuncture help you get those cravings under control!

Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body’s own “feel-good” chemicals. That increased level of endorphins is also helpful in curbing your cravings.

Acupuncture works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being and relaxation. The best part? There are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction.

Stop the cycle of emotional eating! Acupuncture can help with digestive problems, appetite control, weight loss, emotional and food related issues as well as a range of other health problems.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Fore! Acupuncture Great for Golfers

Improve Your Golf Game with Acupuncture

Don’t let pain or stiffness hold you back from playing your best game. Get back to the full swing of things with acupuncture!

You have the equipment, the membership, the gorgeous weather, the awesome outfit. As you know, a calm and healthy body and mind is essential to a great golf game. And now, acupuncture can help you to bring your game to the next level.

While golf is not generally a high-impact sport, there can be issues that arise. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) has discovered the average golfer plays 37 rounds a year and is practicing more and more, so while they are improving their game, they are risking acute and chronic problems, specifically from strained muscles, repetitive motions and inflammation.

Acupuncture increases your flexibility on the golf course!

Acupuncture increases flexibility!

In addition, the factors of age, stress, tension and sedentary jobs can inhibit flexibility and range of motion, which can also directly impact a golfer’s game, potentially leading to injuries.

Acupuncture treats many different common conditions including low back pain, golfers elbow, rotator cuff injuries, hip pain, golfer’s elbow, neck and upper back pain, knee pain, and more.

Acupuncture also emphasizes the mind/body connection so that more than just a physical improvement, players can also benefit from better concentration and less stress and tension. 

So golfers, here are some of the best benefits of getting acupuncture!

  • Endorphins! Acupuncture releases those lovely chemicals that is our body’s natural way to kill pain.
  • Relaxes muscle spasms, and calms nerve irritation.
  • Releases your body’s natural steroids which reduce inflammation, which can lead to a better swing.
  • Improves blood flow and promotes faster healing.
  • Memory improvement – Remember that VP’s name on the 9th hole!
  • Regulation of hormones and body functions. A good thing.
  • Eliminates stress and elevates your mood. Nobody likes a golf club flying through the air!
  • Better sleep.
  • Improves your flexibility and range of motion. Again, a better and more consistent swing!
  • Enhances your immune system, which is useful if you’re shaking a lot of hands (after you win!).

So whether you are new to golf, and are looking to improve your game, or are dealing with a golf-related injury you would like help with, try acupuncture!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Top Five Reasons To Get Acupuncture This Summer

happy beach coupleBe Healthy and Happy All Summer Long with Acupuncture!

In Chinese medicine, summer is associated with the element of fire, and rightly so. The fiery summer months are when everything in nature has expanded to its peak, and characteristics of the fire element include joy, communication, and connection. So it’s a perfect match when we are celebrating summer with friends, good food, and fun!

However, with all the sun, this fire element can be too much of a good thing. Summer can also bring about some common health ailments, and the heat can make some conditions worse. Acupuncture can definitely help you enjoy the season more, improve your health and overall sense of well-being. But that’s not all!

Here’s the top five reasons why you should get acupuncture this summer.

Reason Number One: Allergy Relief! Enjoy the flowers without the sneezing! Acupuncture is excellent at bringing relief from allergies. Grasses, ragweed, and pollutants can really make seasonal allergies flare up. Acupuncture can bring relief in often just one session.

Reason Number Two: Acupuncture Soothes Rosacea Symptoms. Heat and humidity can make Rosacea flare up, and acupuncture systemically reduces the inflammation response in the body. It also stimulates the brain to release serotonin and endorphins, which work to reduce stress levels, which in turn assists with reducing symptoms.

Reason Number Three: Sunburn — Acupuncture Beats the Heat. 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.

Enjoy the beach, and remember the sunscreen!

Enjoy the beach, and remember the sunscreen!

Reason Number Four: Get That Beach Body! Acupuncture works as an appetite suppressant, aids in digestion, and helps boost your metabolism. Acupuncture helps balance hormones, and decreases the hormones that contribute to weight gain. Regular acupuncture treatments have also been shown to help tone and shrink the stomach muscle, and this helps you feel full faster.

Reason Number Five: RELAXATION. Acupuncture helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments. Acupuncture is a fantastic way to release built up stress, and head off tension before it starts to cause trouble.

Summer is here for such a short time — why not let acupuncture help you enjoy it to the fullest?

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Digestive issues? Acupuncture helps with those, too! From Heartburn to Constipation – Acupuncture Eases Digestive Complaints

 

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Acupuncture For Pregnancy — How Is It Helpful?

Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy

Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy

Are you looking for a safe, effective way to boost your fertility, or ease the discomfiture of pregnancy?

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting pregnant, and there are many who are turning to acupuncture for fertility solutions when they are having difficulty conceiving.

Acupuncture greatly helps in curing fertility problems by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation and lining thickness in the uterus, improving egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which leads to the ability to more easily conceive and remain pregnant.

One of the ways acupuncture treatments increases fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women. Stress can also alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol by releasing endorphins in the brain.

Acupuncture also works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects.

Once you’re pregnant, acupuncture is still very much an ally. Women experience discomfort in all stages of their pregnancy, whether it’s pelvic pain, hip pain, lower back pain or ligament pain. Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective way to improve circulation and quell these common ailments, in addition to headache or migraine relief.

Happy Baby, Happy Mom!

Happy Baby, Happy Mom!

Speaking of discomfort, pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting are common among women, particularly in the first and second trimesters. During this time, rising levels of hormones, fatigue and stress wreak havoc on the digestive system. Acupuncture restores balance to this sensitive area and offers often immediate relief.

Acupuncture is relaxing, painless and gentle, and drug-free.  Less stress, a healthy body, balance – and the endorphins are certainly a bonus! Acupuncture helps you with your pregnancy from start to finish — a happy, healthy you…and baby!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Arthritis Sufferers – Acupuncture Works to Relieve Pain, Drug Free!

Acupuncture Brings Arthritis Relief!

Acupuncture Brings Arthritis Relief!

Don’t suffer with arthritis – let acupuncture bring relief! 

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.

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. Arthritis is also seen in auto-immune diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis and Scleroderma and as a manifestation of problems in body chemistry as in Gout.

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.

Greater Mobility and Range of Motion with Acupuncture!

Greater Mobility and Range of Motion with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture decreases pain by increasing the release of endorphins, which are the morphine-like chemicals produced in our own bodies during times of pain or stress. Many acu-points are near nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache or feeling of fullness in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system, consisting of the brain and spinal cord, causing the release of those endorphins, which, along with other neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that modify nerve impulses, block the message of pain from being delivered up to the brain.

We work with each patient to customize a treatment plan that can be tailored to their condition. Less pain, greater mobility and range of motion, as well as improved strength come quickly with a series of treatments, and best of all — it’s all drug free!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Beat Down Those Bad Habits and Boost Your Health with Acupuncture!

Embrace Health and Happiness in 2015!

Embrace Health and Happiness in 2015!

Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax!

Addiction is rampant in our society. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. There are many things that people can become addicted to. Alcohol. Cigarettes. Video Games. Medications and drugs. If use turns into addiction, there is help!

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

How does it do that? Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system.  Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers, resembling opiates in structure and function. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Feel Relaxed and Rejuvenated with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture for Health!

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.

Other benefits? Acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being. And that’s a great foundation to build upon for a strong and healthy 2015!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Trying for a Bundle of Joy? Acupuncture Boosts Fertility!

Painless and Effective -- Acupuncture for Fertility!

Painless and Effective — Acupuncture for Fertility!

Want a safe, effective way to increase your fertility odds?

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting pregnant, and there are many who are turning to acupuncture for fertility solutions when they are having difficulty conceiving.

Acupuncture greatly helps in curing fertility problems by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus (which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo), improving uterine lining thickness, improving egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which leads to the ability to more easily conceive and remain pregnant. 

One of the ways acupuncture treatments increases fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women. When people are under stress, the hormone cortizol is released in the brain. This alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, which changes hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. 

Stress can also alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture can help with this too — a 2005 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed acupuncture can help treat male infertility by increasing the number of normal sperm and decreasing the number of defective sperm. Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol by releasing endorphins in the brain.

Acupuncture also works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects. 

Happy and Healthy with Acupuncture!

Happy and Healthy with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is relaxing, painless and gentle. Less stress, a healthy body, balance – and the endorphins are certainly a bonus! Acupuncture helps you with your pregnancy from start to finish — a happy, healthy you…and baby!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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