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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? 

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Digestive Disharmony? Acupuncture Tunes You Up!

Better Digestion with Acupuncture

Better Digestion with Acupuncture!

Bad digestion can make for a bad day. It is estimated that about 62 million Americans experience digestive problems on a regular basis. A digestive problem is a general term that covers a wide range of issues, all connected to the whole digestive tract, from throat, stomach, intestines, down to the rectum. These include colitis, diarrhea, heartburn, ulcers, constipation, and gastritis, among others. Some of these are chronic conditions, while others are merely passing issues caused by food poisoning, a bacterial or viral infection or a parasite in the colon.

Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to acute pain, or can manifest themselves in excessive vomiting or gas. Symptoms of digestive disorders may also include difficulty in concentration, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, anemia, muscle cramps, low energy, and weight loss. Because of the wide variety of conditions that are covered under the digestive trouble umbrella, symptoms vary from person to person, and can indicate either a minor medical issue or a life-threatening problem.

Digestive disorders indicate that there is a disharmony between the body organs responsible for digestion. This disharmony is commonly caused by lifestyle factors and improper diet, which can put a strain on the digestive system. 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. 

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. 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.

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Photo by: Filip Bunkens

Digestive Troubles Improved Immediately with Acupuncture

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Digestive Troubles Eased with Acupuncture

Digestive Trouble is a general term that covers a wide range of issues, all connected to the whole digestive tract, from throat, stomach, intestines, down to rectum. These include colitis, diarrhea, heartburn, ulcers, constipation, and gastritis, among others. Some of these are chronic conditions, while others are merely passing issues caused by food poisoning, a bacterial or viral infection or a parasite in the colon.

Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to acute pain, or can manifest themselves in excessive vomiting or gas. Because of the wide variety of conditions that are covered under the digestive trouble umbrella, symptoms vary from person to person, and can indicate either a minor medical issue or a life-threatening problem.

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 it’s 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. Meditation is a good practice to help you maintain a healthy frame of mind for longer periods of time.

Acupuncture addresses the acute and immediate symptoms that are occurring in your digestive system. The point sites are local to your stomach and abdominal area, on the surface (skin) area, and not deep- just skin deep. The point sites that service the digestive system do also “surface” to the skin. I know it sounds strange as we do not see even a freckle there to suggest that this is true! But it is true none the less. Measuring skin resistance will show the presence of the point sites.

Further it is also good to treat underlying causes to digestive stress, and all stresses for that matter. 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.

Acupuncture will give immediate improvements, and a longer series of treatments will help to clear up really stubborn conditions with deeper and older causes.

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com and like us on Facebook!