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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? 

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

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“Hear Ye, Hear Ye!” Acupuncture Helps with Ear Infections!

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Acupuncture Relieves Ear Pain

Within the ear, warmth and darkness are the perfect environments for fungus and viruses to flourish.  It is estimated that more than 10 million children are treated for ear infections each year in the United States, and that means lots of parents up late at night. Primary otalgia (a/k/a earache) is a pain that originates inside the ear. Typical symptoms can include fever, dizziness, a feeling of pressure along with pain and tightness on the affected side of the head, blocked sinuses, headache, irritability, insomnia and restlessness, as well as changes in appetite.

The most common cause of earaches is an infection (either viral or bacterial) inside of the ear canal, but also may be caused by foreign objects (hair, insects, ear wax) lodged inside the ear, as well as food allergies (often to dairy or wheat).

Ear infections usually start a buildup of fluids in the inner or outer ear canal (commonly in the Eustachian tube) that prevents drainage of fluids. When healthy, the Eustachian tube’s job is to adjust the pressure in the middle ear and drain fluid from it. Middle ear infections are more common in children because the Eustachian tube is much shorter in kids than in adults and more likely to get clogged.

Ear infections can cause mild or severe pain, or there may be no pain at all.  In babies, symptoms can often only include fussiness and waking at night, runny nose, or a fever (if fever is present and persistently high, do contact your health provider, and if the baby is under four months old, if any fever is present at all). Commonly suffered in tandem (or shortly after) a cold, an untreated ear infection can put pressure on the eardrum, which can lead to hearing loss, a ruptured eardrum and other problems.

Acupuncture is an excellent ally for kids of all ages (the grown up kind, too). Acupuncture is very helpful and can relieve the pain of an ear infection immediately. Acupuncture is extremely effective in speeding up the recovery time from ear infections and preventing them from coming back by treating both the root cause and the symptoms. I have treated little guys late at night, with wonderful results and gained new believers as well. The point sites are near the ear area, with a few others included. And best of all — the treatment does not hurt!

If you would like to avoid antibiotics, or if they haven’t helped (half of all ear infections are causes by viruses, and antibiotics can only kill bacteria), do consider acupuncture, and hear the sounds of sweet relief for you and your loved ones.

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

Photo: Vera Kratochvil

When the Shrimp’s Being Shellfish…Acupuncture Helps with Food Allergies!

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Food Allergies Helped With Acupuncture!

People suffering from food allergies aren’t always aware that their symptoms are caused by the food they are eating. Some people continue their day-to-day life with symptoms such as headaches or fatigue and have no idea that their symptoms could be from food allergies.

Food allergies are your body’s adverse reaction to a particular protein (or proteins) found in many foods. Similar to other types of allergies, it occurs when your immune system mistakes a protein as harmful, triggering an allergic reaction. The allergic reaction can range from the mild (skin rash, and gastrointestinal issues, for example) to the life threatening, (such as respiratory problems or vascular distress).

The most common food allergies are nuts, dairy products, wheat, soy and shellfish, (sorry, Mr. Shrimp) although there are many others. Children who suffer from food allergies may outgrow some of them; many of them (peanuts and shellfish, for example) are present throughout the sufferer’s entire lifespan.

Acupuncture is very helpful in improving the symptoms as well as the underlying causes of the food allergies. The digestive system as well as the immune system can be improved with the right choice of point sites. The point sites will include abdomen points, leg and feet points, as well as possibly a few back points. There are pathways (water) that allow the ripple of information coordinating the various parts and functions of the body, so that is why point sites are in seemingly strange places.

Each case is evaluated individually, with a full history, and examination which includes tongue and pulse evaluation. We will talk about your symptoms and some of the underlying causative factors when you come in for your first visit. The body has ways of harboring in its layers information that it has trouble “stomaching or digesting”, as it were. Acupuncture can release that stuck energy, restore healthy responses to food, and send you on the path to wellness!

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

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Food Allergies – An Issue That’s Hard to Stomach

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Food Allergies Alleviated with Acupuncture

Food allergies are your body’s adverse reaction to a particular protein (or proteins) found in many foods. Similar to other types of allergies, it occurs when your immune system mistakes a protein as harmful, triggering an allergic reaction. The allergic reaction can range from the mild (skin rash, gastrointestinal issues) to the life threatening (respiratory problems, vascular distress).

The most common food allergies are nuts, dairy products wheat, soy and shellfish, although there are many others. Children who suffer from food allergies may outgrow some of them; many of them (peanuts and shellfish, for example) are present throughout the sufferer’s entire lifespan.

Acupuncture is very helpful in improving the symptoms as well as the underlying causes of the food allergies. The digestive system as well as the immune system can be improved with the right choice of point sites. Each case is evaluated individually, with a full history, and examination which includes tongue and pulse evaluation. The point sites will include abdomen points, leg, and feet points, as well as possibly a few back points. There are pathways (water) that allow the ripple of information coordinating the various parts and functions of the body, so that is why point sites are in seemingly strange places. We will talk about your symptoms and some of the underlying causative factors when you come in for your first visit. The body has ways of harboring in its layers, information that it has trouble “stomaching or digesting” as it were. Acupuncture helps to ease that mysterious dis-ease…I like that term. Seems milder somehow. Specifically, the stomach relates to the emotion of worry.  Be happy.  And call for acupuncture.