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Feeling Anxious This Fall? Acupuncture Balances Emotions

Acupuncture Brings Balance to Anxiety Sufferers

Acupuncture Brings Balance to Anxiety Sufferers

The change of season is beautiful, but when anxiety gets overwhelming, acupuncture is a great autumn friend!

Anxiety is a very common issue. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men.

Some stress is normal in life. But when the levels get too high, anxiety can cause such distress that it interferes with someone’s ability to lead a normal life. Distress can disturb the body’s internal balance, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and difficulty sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from distress.

There is no reason to suffer from anxiety any longer.

Acupuncture is a powerful treatment for relieving anxiety. It is highly effective in treating emotional problems, and it also addresses the physical realm, relieving the headaches, upset stomach, muscle aches, insomnia, and irritability that anxiety and stress can cause.

Treatment for anxiety varies from person to person, as there is no “one size fits all” type of treatment, as different people have different personalities, different needs, and of course, different symptoms. There are many ways of dealing with anxiety, but acupuncture is an extraordinarily helpful tool. Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes.

Enjoy Autumn! Acupuncture Brings Anxiety Relief

Enjoy Autumn! Acupuncture Brings Anxiety Relief

Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications.

It is important to make sure that your body is getting adequate Vitamin D, as our bodies aren’t getting as much sun as we have in the previous summer months, and as a result we aren’t producing as much Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is also important for immunity, bone health and heart health, and it helps protect against cancer. Vitamin D supplements may improve seasonal anxiety and depression that worsen during the winter months.

Magnesium is also very helpful — it’s a calming mineral that nourishes the nervous system. Magnesium is also very protective of the heart and arteries; again, this is important if you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks.

Meditation and exercise are also important additions to a healthy approach. It is also important to stay hydrated. 

Let acupuncture bring you back into balance, and to enjoy this beautiful season!

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can help you get relief from anxiety visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

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Don’t Begrudge the Groundhog, He’s Just the Messenger…Acupuncture Can Help with Mid-Winter Blues!

Beat the Mid-Winter Blues!

Beat the Mid-Winter Blues!

Groundhog day has come and gone, and it seems we’re stuck with winter. And I know there’s plenty of people out there that are feeling the effects of “cabin fever”. However, when ordinary winter blahs turn into something more serious, acupuncture can help.

Depression affects one in 10 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How does one know if they’re depressed? When someone is feeling sad, hopeless, discouraged, unmotivated or disinterested for over 2 weeks or these feelings start to interfere with their activities and duties it could be a major depressive episode. For men, depression can also show up as irritability, anger, or self-destructive behavior. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock.

If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

Ranging widely in severity, anxiety and depression are often found to occur together and have overlapping symptoms. Acupuncture can help with mild, short-term cases of both anxiety and depression.

In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes, Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach. Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Beings made mostly of water need it to be happy and healthy! Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change. Acupuncture helps you by bringing your body into balance, giving it a chance to rest, relax and heal.

Here’s to good mental health!

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Become One with Yourself and Your Diet — Acupuncture Boosts Weight Loss!

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Become One with Yourself and Your Diet! Acupuncture Boosts Weight Loss!

Did you know that acupuncture is a natural and safe means of boosting your weight loss plan?

There are many reasons people become overweight – overeating, hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common.  Acupuncture is a great alternative treatment for losing weight. It works as an appetite suppressant, aids in digestion, helps boost metabolism and enables relaxation. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. An important benefit of acupuncture is that there are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction.

Acupuncture affects both physical wellness and mental aspects of weight loss.  An increased level of endorphins is helpful in curbing your cravings, and this can be particularly helpful for those who deal with emotional eating. Acupuncture will leave you feeling calm and relaxed and often less hungry. Regular acupuncture treatments have also been shown to help tone and shrink the stomach muscle, and this helps you feel full faster.

Acupuncture treatments are designed to fit the needs of the individual. Points on the body will be chosen for overall well being with the objective of increasing circulation of the blood and qi (vital energy/life force) and soothing the nervous system. Qi circulates throughout the body and balances out spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health.

The body is made up of two opposing forces: the yin and the yang. Yin represents the cold and passive parts of the body/spirit, while yang is the hot and active areas. When these two parts are out of balance, qi stops following through paths called meridians. Acupuncture is the art of placing the needles at different points along the meridian path. When the fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along these strategic points on the body it can restore balance to the flow of energy.

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. Point sites for appetite control are found on the external ear, as well as odd places like the feet, or hands, or even the abdomen. Upper back point sites may be chosen. Treatments often include other considerations such as metabolism improvements, elimination of fats and fluids, as well as improved diet and exercise advice. Emotional aspects that underlie can also be addressed with acupuncture.

Along with a healthy eating plan and appropriate exercise, acupuncture is a wonderful way to help you lose weight.

A healthy body is a happy body!

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Photo: Vegetable Everywhere by Petr Kratochvil

Don’t Panic (at the Disco or Anywhere Else)! Acupuncture Helps with Panic Attacks!

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Acupuncture Helps with Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be terrifying to deal with. The symptoms of a panic attack can include a rapidly pounding heart, paralyzing anxiety, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest tightness, shaking, sweating, and hot flashes.

There are many theories as to why we suffer from panic attacks. Not all panic attacks are caused by anxiety (and vice versa). Some of the usual suspects are hereditary causes, illness, stress, a major life transition, and medications (especially those that increase activity in the brain related to fear reactions).  There is help! Unlike most medications, acupuncture addresses the root cause so the anxiety can cease.

Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment for panic attacks and anxiety. Acupuncture has been dated back as far as 5000 BC. in ancient China and it is one of the most tried and tested therapies in the world, and is one of the oldest forms of holistic treatment, too.

Acupuncture offers a number of strategies to help relieve your panic attacks. Treatment for anxiety in general varies from person to person, as there is no “one size fits all” type of treatment — different people have different personalities, different needs, and of course, different symptoms.  The first line of defense in treating your panic attacks, is to calm your mind, relieve your anxiety, and minimize your stress. Acupuncture is very successful strategy for your panic attacks, and research has documented the positive effects acupuncture has on brain chemistry. This effect accounts for the relaxing and calming sensation patients feel both during and after their treatments.

Acupuncture also addresses your panic attacks by nourishing, restoring, and balancing, and helping the body to handle stress and adapt to change. Stress is very common, it is part of our struggle to deal with situations where we want or don’t want certain things to happen.  We can feel sadness when change happens, and fear as well when the new changes arrive. Change is a guaranteed thing, so it seems some stress is also. Acupuncture works not only for panic attacks, but also for stress, anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue.

Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach.  Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change.

Acupuncture treatments are gentle, painless, and relaxing. Lots of relief from even the first treatment!

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

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Anxiety and Depression — When They Get Out Of Control…Acupuncture!

Let Anxiety and Depression Go with Acupuncture

Let Anxiety and Depression Go with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to treat many cases of anxiety and depression. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men. In Western medicine, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about every day or upcoming life events with no obvious reasons for the worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and seemingly can’t stop worrying about things such as health, money, family, work, or school, and the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Therefore, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning.

Depression affects one in 10 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How does one know if they’re depressed? When someone is feeling sad, hopeless, discouraged, unmotivated or disinterested for over 2 weeks or these feelings start to interfere with their activities and duties it could be a major depressive episode. For men, depression can also show up as irritability, anger, or self-destructive behavior. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock.

If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

Ranging widely in severity, anxiety and depression are often found to occur together and have overlapping symptoms. Acupuncture can help with mild, short-term cases of both anxiety and depression.

In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes,  Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach.  Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Beings made mostly of water need it to be happy and healthy! Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change. Acupuncture helps you by bringing your body into balance, giving it a chance to rest, relax and heal.

Here’s to good mental health!

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Banshee Be Gone! Acupuncture Banishes PMS Symptoms and Lets You Keep Your Friends!

Acupuncture Eases PMS

Acupuncture Eases PMS

Your fat pants are now leggings, due to awesome bloating. The “Girls” hurt. Mood swings. You seriously don’t know if you love him or hate all of humanity.  Headache. Fatigue, anxiety and depression. Massive consumption of baked goods and delving deep into the bag of Halloween candy…and it’s only September.  It must be that time of the month!

Or does it have to be this way…?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the cyclic recurrence of a group of symptoms that peak 7 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear a few hours after the onset of the menstrual flow.  In extreme cases, PMS can interfere with everyday life and relationships.

Scientists are unclear of the exact cause of PMS, although they have found correlations. Some studies show that glutamate levels in the brain spike prior to menstruation, which can cause mood swings and anxiety. Other scientists suspect that low levels of serotonin or beta-endorphin (both neurotransmitters that promote positive moods) may underlie the symptoms of PMS.

Regardless of the exact cause, premenstrual syndrome is easy to cure! What?! Yes!

Hormone levels naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. However, stress, discomfort and anxiety that arise from these changing levels are not. Minor lifestyle adjustments can help reduce symptoms.

But when PMS gets out of control or too uncomfortable to deal with, acupuncture can help! With its balancing effects, acupuncture restores harmony to the hormonal and energy systems of the body, healing the causes of PMS.

The end result? You feel better, your mood improves, your headache goes away and your energy returns. If you suffer any discomfort during menses, such as cramps or nausea, acupuncture will ease these symptoms for you as well.

Acupuncture is also extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders including painful periods, irregular periods, and amenorrhea. Whether it’s easing PMS or alleviating painful cramps, acupuncture is certainly an excellent ally during what can be a challenging part of a woman’s month!

Here’s some other helpful tips that can help you. Balanced nutrition is crucial for overcoming PMS. Certain foods such as alcohol, caffeine (try herbal teas, especially chamomile), cold temperature foods, sugar, salt, and animal fats exacerbate symptoms of PMS and should be avoided.  In addition, commercial red meats and poultry, which have a residue of steroids composed of female animal sex hormones, should be eliminated from the diet. It feels like it’s all the things that are wonderful in the world, but there are healthier options that are a better choice. Food necessary for a harmonious menstrual cycle include: plenty of organic vegetables, small amounts of fruit, whole grains, legumes (especially soy), seaweed, small amounts of lean hormone-free meats, and fish (especially salmon, tuna, trout, and mackerel). Stay hydrated and don’t beat yourself up too badly for the Entenmann’s. 

Exercise also plays an important role in the treatment of PMS. Thirty to forty-five minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least three times per week improves blood circulation and significantly helps reduce symptoms, and greatly reduces menstrual cramping. Also, the fat pants will become baggy!

PMS? Nutrition, Exercise…Acupuncture!

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