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Anxious to Get Rid of Anxiety? Acupuncture to the Rescue!

 
Feel relaxed and breezy with acupuncture!

Feel relaxed and peaceful with acupuncture!

Anxiety getting out of control? Let acupuncture bring you back into balance! 

Anxiety is a completely normal human emotion. Many people feel nervous or anxious when faced with problems at work, before taking an exam, or making a difficult life decision. It’s a perfectly normal reaction to stress.

Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with someone’s ability to lead a normal life. And distress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and problems sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from distress.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) occurs when someone feels worried and stressed about what could be seen as average, everyday events and activities. Often the things are small or unimportant. This type of worry can become disruptive, and affect daily life. Everyone gets worried or anxious sometimes. But people with generalized anxiety disorder experience more than normal everyday worries, and often have physical symptoms such as headaches, body aches or fatigue, among others. 

The cause of generalized anxiety disorder is not known. Some studies show that it might be passed genetically, and hyperthyroidism has been shown to cause generalized anxiety symptoms.

Besides GAD, many people often suffer from panic disorder, or panic attacks. People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly without warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like they are having a heart attack or are losing their sanity. 

Also within the anxiety spectrum is social anxiety disorder, or social phobia. Social anxiety disorder brings feelings of overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about normal, everyday social situations. The worry often focuses on a fear of being judged negatively by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule. This can keep people from going out, meeting new people, moving ahead in their careers or towards their goals as they might wish. 

There is no reason to suffer from anxiety alone 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.  

Acupuncture treatments are based on treating your mental, emotional and physical symptoms. The resulting effect from acupuncture treatment is a feeling of relaxation, calm and an overall sense of well-being. 

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes — Acupuncture Naturally Relieves Stress and Strain

 

Acupuncture is good for the whole body!

Acupuncture is good for the whole body!

Sometimes the natural approach just works best!

Acupuncture has been used to relieve pain from head to toe for thousands of years, and without side effects! Let’s take a look at what acupuncture can do for your head, shoulders, knees and toes!

Acupuncture Works for Headaches/Migraines

Acupuncture can provide patients who suffer from tension and migraine headache an alternative treatment for their pain.In addition to treating the symptoms of headaches, acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences. A migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, which in some cases may completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack.

Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud sounds and certain smells).

Migraines can be treated preventatively with acupuncture, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.

Acupuncture for Shoulder (and Neck) Pain!

Acupuncture is very effective for muscle sprains and strains. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed, with range of motion restored. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed, and acupuncture will help speed the healing process. In addition, acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles, in the shoulders and also the back. It can help relieve pain and tightness by increasing the circulation of blood and energy, and it can also help to relieve stress.  Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on many people and some even fall asleep during the treatment.

Acupuncture for Knee Pain!

Knee pain usually arises from injury or a degenerative problem.  Acupuncture can revitalize the energetic systems surrounding the knee, enabling the body to heal the knee tissues. Acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.

Acupuncture for Foot Pain!

Acupuncture reduces the pain, inflammation and tension of Plantar Fasciitis, which is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. It also relaxes muscles in the lower legs and low back which relate to the soles of the feet through the fascia.

Acupuncture is also a very effective treatment for acute or chronic muscle tension and soreness, even if there is no diagnosed injury. Acupuncture relaxes the individual muscle fibers, releases endorphins, and increases blood flow to tense and blocked areas. This lets you feel better, and move forward!

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You Wanted Spring…But the Allergies? Acupuncture Gives Allergy Relief!

 
Enjoy Spring! Allergy Relief with Acupuncture!

Enjoy Spring! Allergy Relief with Acupuncture!

Spring’s sprung, your allergies have been triggered and your nose and eyes are running in fear. What do you do?

It was a long winter, for certain. And it’s not like you don’t appreciate the beauty of the flowers and the budding of the trees. But…you know what it means. Weeks of sneezing, nose-blowing, headaches…and that’s just the average symptoms.

It’s not just Spring…it’s ALLERGY SEASON.

An allergy is an immune system disorder that occurs when your body has an inflammatory, hypertensive reaction to what is a normally benign substance. Like pollen. Common conditions such as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are actually allergic reactions; others include food allergies, reactions to bee stings, and certain medications. There are several types of tests you can take to gauge exactly what allergens your body has a reaction to.

There are two main factors that can make you susceptible to allergens — host and environmental factors.

Host factors are items that are genetic (race, age, gender, and heredity) while environmental factors are exposure to pollution, diseases, and exposure to high levels of allergens, particularly at a young age. The dangers posed by allergies range from the merely annoying and/or inconvenient (pollen that causes a runny nose) to the truly life threatening (exposure to certain foods, such as shellfish).

Most treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects.

Well, Spring allergies…Acupuncture is always in season.

Acupuncture is one of the major holistic therapies used for thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that makes those allergic reactions happen. Acupuncture treatments aim to, and yes, give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, it can address the variety of underlying causes.

Point sites for the underlying causes will be found on an individual basis after a thorough case history. Point sites for immediate relief include local points near the actual symptom places such as the sinus areas, and others not so obvious to understand such as near the hands or feet.  The point sites are always on the skin and the surface of the body.  A patient will happily experience immediate improvement of the symptoms, and be encouraged therefore to continue to pursue the underlying causes in future treatments.

Long term? The symptoms stop, and the reactiveness calms down.

You can get back to your regularly scheduled life. Enjoy the outdoors again!

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Feeling More Ho Hum Than Ho Ho Ho? Beat Holiday Stress with Acupuncture!

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Don’t Be Blue – Get Acupuncture!

The In-Laws are arriving when?! They’re out of what at the store? I already hate the snow!!

Some stress is unavoidable. While it’s good to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the season, sometimes it’s simply too difficult — work stress, family stress, stress of any kind can build up, and often physical manifestations can take place.

Stress can manifest itself in a virtually unlimited number of ways, including headaches, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and inappropriate social behavior, among many others. Increased heart rate, changes in breathing patterns, muscle tension and high blood pressure are common reactions from a change in brain chemistry that occurs with stress. The human body reacts to stress appropriately when faced with a “fight or flight” situation and adrenaline is released inside the body. This is the reaction that helps us cope in a disaster or stressful situation, but not so great for your health if you linger in that state. Imbalance occurs when this reaction is frequent and is not due to outside factors. (The In-Laws decide to stay for another week. And another.) The body can become used to the adrenaline and corticosteroid release and become dependent on this state.

From what we can tell so far the emotional brain or limbic system is affected the most. With so many stimuli to process, when we have a problem in part of our bodies that can be ignored for the short term, our brain is likely to selectively throw a circuit breaker so that we are not even aware of the issue. We no longer notice the pain, inflammation, lack of range of motion, etc.. A not so great start to the holiday season. But here’s reason to celebrate! Acupuncture!

When acupuncture is used for human beings, it has the added benefit of re-uniting the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi (life force) is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing  stress. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.

There are many relevant point sites, and the choice depends on each person’s complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing. Lots of relief from even the first treatment! Happy Holidays indeed!

Turn your Bah Humbug into some Tra la la’s!

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Here’s some more helpful hints on beating holiday stress!

  • Get out and talk a walk in nature — take the family dog with you, they’re your alibi. If you just bundle up when it’s cold out, you can often see beauty where others aren’t brave enough to go! And you also get to take a breather from Uncle Bob’s stories about how he rebuilt his engine.
  • Limit or avoid caffeine  — why get your heart rate elevated and feel even more stressed? Up your water intake instead!
  • Limit or avoid alcohol — if you know you’re going to be dealing with tricky social situations, give yourself an edge, eat before going to a party so you aren’t operating on an empty stomach and can keep your balance!
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Winter’s Coming and You’re Feeling the Blues? Acupuncture Helps with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Enjoy the season!

Enjoy the season!

The days are shorter, the nights are longer, it’s already dark when you’re driving home from work — it’s no wonder that our bodies start reacting to the lack of light! For some, change of seasons can trigger depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year, two-thirds of which are female, but males may have symptoms that are more severe. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter, although some people do suffer seasonal depression in the spring or early summer. While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. Our biological clock (circadian rhythm) which lets our body know when to sleep and to be awake is also disrupted when the seasons change and may cause feelings of depression. 

Other factors that may contribute to SAD include genetics, hormones, and stress. Whatever the cause, SAD causes people to suffer irritability, headaches, extreme fatigue and lethargy, increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings, an inability to concentrate, and decreased libido. Yay, change of season!!

As with other types of depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder can get worse and lead to serious problems if it isn’t treated. These can include suicidal thoughts or behavior, social withdrawal, school or work problems and substance abuse. In certain conditions, medication and psychotherapy may be necessary, and the advice of a physician should be heeded.

The traditional methods of treating Seasonal Affective Disorder usually involves light therapy. Light therapy is based on the theory that increasing exposure to bright lights will increase the levels of melatonin in the body. For some cases, antidepressants are also prescribed. Most of these drugs work by increasing the actions and effects of the chemical stimulants noradrenaline and serotonin in the body.

While all these treatments can control depression, they do not address the underlying causes associated with it. Furthermore, antidepressants can produce side effects such as anxiety, palpitations, insomnia, high blood pressure, reduced libido, excessive sweating and rash. When these side effects are added to the original symptoms that weren’t pleasant to begin with, it’s understandable that people would be looking for an alternative therapy for this disorder.

Acupuncture!

Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. Besides the reaction to the lack of light, 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.

Acupuncture can be very helpful for those who suffer from seasonal depression as they can bring the body to a more balanced state, and even prevent complications.

Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active — without overdoing it, and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection. It’s important to reach out and stay connected to those close to us, but it is also important to take the time to reflect inwards — as the seasons change, so do we, and there is opportunity for growth!

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Have More Fun in Bed with Acupuncture (Reduce Snoring, Leg Cramps and Insomnia!)

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Stop Snoring, Kicking People or Not Sleeping with Acupuncture!

Snoring, leg cramps and under eye bags just aren’t sexy.

Plus, when the Old Man (or, ahem, Old Lady) is snoring it can cease to be amusing pretty quickly! Night time breathing problems can disrupt sleep patterns, oxygen intake, REM sleep, and can even lead to more serious conditions. Nocturnal calf or leg cramps are an annoying problem that decreases sleep quality and increases stress and quite frankly can be quite painful! But guess what? Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems and can get you back to feeling like your fantastic self!

Here’s some reasons why it’s good to address these nighttime annoyances…

Snoring usually brings with it other health problems: headaches and sore throat, among others. Snoring can result from stress, sleep apnea or cardiovascular issues. Sinusitis is also a condition that is commonly a cause for snoring, and is a direct result of allergies. Sinusitis can cause nasal passages to become obstructed, resulting in noisy breathing. Chronic nasal congestion due to allergies is very common and can be relieved and sometimes reversed with acupuncture. Whatever the cause, acupuncture can successfully treat snoring and its causes.

Many scientific studies show the positive correlation between snoring reduction and acupuncture. People who receive treatment for snoring report better sleep, greater sense of well being and markedly less stress. Studies show that people who receive acupuncture for snoring cessation also decrease their risk of heart disease and stroke. Needless to say, stopping snoring can also improve your intimate relationships!

Speaking of improving relationships — leg cramps can cause tossing, turning, kicking of unsuspecting bed-mates and sleeplessness for all. Leg cramps occur in a high percentage of the population, with it being more common among women in the older age groups.

In most cases, leg cramps are occasional and harmless. Leg cramps are involuntary muscle contractions that can appear at any time. Muscle fatigue and nerve dysfunction appear to be more central to most cases, as well, although the exact cause isn’t known. Some experts believe they may be due to abnormal processing of electrolytes by muscles, repeated viral illnesses, certain habitual work habits, such as sitting too long without movement. Other culprits? Walking in high heels or working in hard soled boots, having poor posture while working with locked knees while standing and a forward lean, or standing with a foot up on a chair. Here’s some more — driving long distances with the foot plantar flexed against an accelerator or clutch pedal, exercise that involves jogging uphill, in addition to walking or running on the beach or a sloped surface. Dehydration, low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, could also be a cause of nocturnal muscle cramps. And pregnancy! Leg cramps are common in pregnant women, particularly during the second and third trimesters. Who knew legs could be so finicky?

So those are some of causes of nocturnal leg cramps, (and there sure seems to be a lot of them) — but acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture can effectively suppress overactive muscles, and play a role in promoting circulation, loosen the tendons, alleviate the cramps and ease pain. Acupuncture treatment for muscle cramps will typically involve restoring the liver energy flow and treating any problems with the way that it is functioning. Each case will be treated according to the condition of the individual, and we will identify the symptoms and body signs of each patient to diagnose the body imbalances, working holistically with the whole person. Repair of tissue injury can be accelerated, pain relieved, overall health and function of the liver, kidney and hormonal system can be enhanced, and the activities of the blood and qi are freed.

And that can mean no more night time leg cramps!

Last on this list of Night Time Annoyances…we’ve all been there — sleepless nights. When it happens regularly, it can can affect all areas of one’s life. Whether it’s due to a hectic schedule and the wheels that won’t stop turning, poor lifestyle choices, or an emotional crisis, a sleep disorder is never cause for celebration.

A sleep disorder can be caused by a large number of problems, including night terrors, stress, grinding of the teeth, or sleep apnea. In many instances, there is nothing that can be pinpointed as the cause for the inability to fall asleep or remain sleeping. And insomnia can be the worst bed friend of all. They just won’t let you sleep!

Acupuncture to the rescue!

In acupuncture, we reduce the tension in the upper body which will help TMJ and teeth grinding. It also helps with numbness to the hands that can show up early in the morning. Some people wake up so very tired! It is better to wake up rested, and acupuncture treats point sites that affect that. There are other point sites which are chosen depending upon the time of night you tend to fall asleep or wake up. This is because the meridian energy systems involved have their high tides and low tides at certain 2-hour intervals.

Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Luckily most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments.

Acupuncture helps snoring cease, dreams become sweet and legs to be happy! Before turning to prescription drugs, give acupuncture a try. It might be the answer you’re (about to be) dreaming of!

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Oh, Forget Diamonds…Acupuncture is a Girl’s Best Friend!

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When You Feel Far From Fab…
Try Acupuncture!

Headache-y? Crampy? Cranky? Anxious? 

No, these aren’t the first four of the Dysfunctional Seven Dwarves, but things we ladies go through and deal with. We no longer need to do it alone! Acupuncture is a great way to deal with headaches, cramps, PMS symptoms, and the stresses of daily life.

First off — headaches. Whether it’s from the fact that you have a child under the age of, let’s say 30, bills that were due yesterday, or a serious caffeine withdrawal, headaches can stop you in your tracks and leave you rubbing your temples while squinting at people or just going away to hide. They are one of the most common physical complaints that prompt people to treat themselves or seek professional assistance.  

 A “headache” is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, and therefore the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days. Also common to the headache group are those caused by stuffy sinuses.

Acupuncture has been used to relieve headaches and migraines (as well as their underlying causes) for thousands of years without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences.Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments. Either way, relief can be found!

Next on the list are cramps — the menstrual kind. 

Many women experience pain each month with their periods, and while it generally lessens as a woman ages or after childbirth, period cramps are often difficult to deal with. Acupuncture can help! Acupuncture is appropriate prior as well as during the symptom time. It is best to work preventatively, to clear up the causes before the symptoms begin. It is certainly good to avoid medications when possible. Acupuncture is also extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders, including painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea and PMS.

Speaking of PMS…

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!

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. Also, with acupuncture’s balancing effects, it restores harmony to the hormonal and energy systems of the body, healing the causes of PMS.

As always, the point sites chosen will vary a little based on the individual, as we assess the history and the whole health picture. We will also look at the tongue and pulse diagnosis, and consider your diet as well. Point sites chosen will include lower back as well as lower abdomen. There will be others as well, perhaps on the top of the foot and maybe inside of ankles. The point sites are painless, and gently treated.

The end result? You feel better, your mood improves,your stress level decreases (acupuncture is wonderful for reducing stress), your headache and/or nausea goes away and your energy returns. And those you live and work with aren’t afraid of you anymore. Win/win!

So ladies, if you’re in pain or discomfort, acupuncture is a new best friend! Feel free to tell your guy friends about it, too.

(And you can certainly also wear diamonds if you want.)

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“Not Right Now, I Have a Headache…” Get Back To Having Fun with Acupuncture!

Headaches Relieved

Headaches Relieved with Acupuncture

Headaches. They can turn reading a book, playing a game, working on a computer or bending to hug your kid into a painful experience.

They are also one of the most common physical complaints that prompt people to treat themselves or seek professional assistance.  Tension headaches are the most common headaches, and generally cause infrequent mild to moderate pain, and can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, bad posture or substance withdrawal, including nicotine and caffeine. As the name suggests, they are caused by increased muscle tension in the head and neck region.

Treatment for both tension and migraine headaches typically consists of over-the-counter or prescription medications, respectively. These medications can come with some side effects that some people wish to avoid. Acupuncture has been used to relieve headaches and migraines for thousands of years, and without side effects! Acupuncture can provide patients who suffer from tension and migraine headache an alternative treatment for their pain.

There has also been evidence published that points to the same — a new systematic review that determines that acupuncture is indeed an effective treatment option.

The review appears in The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates research in all aspects of health care. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing trials on a topic.

The Cochrane review by Linde and his colleagues focused on acupuncture for tension headaches. The researchers evaluated 11 studies that investigated 2,317 participants. The studies compared participants who had undergone acupuncture therapy with those who had no treatment except painkillers for acute headaches, or had a sham therapy, which mimicked true acupuncture. Researchers followed the patients for at least eight weeks.

Two large studies that investigated whether adding acupuncture to treatment with painkillers found that those patients who received acupuncture had fewer headaches. Forty-seven percent of patients who received acupuncture reported a decrease in the number of headache days by at least half, compared with 16 percent of patients in the control groups.

Six studies compared true acupuncture to “fake” acupuncture in which needles were either inserted at incorrect points or did not penetrate the skin. Overall, these studies found slightly better effects in the patients receiving the true acupuncture intervention.

“The response to acupuncture in general seems to be large and clinically relevant,” Linde said.

In addition to treating the symptoms of headaches, acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences. Acupuncture points to treat headaches are located all over the body. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your big toe! The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments. Either way, relief can be found, and without side effects!

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Linde K, et al. Acupuncture for tension-type headaches. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 1.

 

When Being Tired Just Doesn’t Stop — Acupuncture Helps with Fatigue!

Beat Fatigue with Acupuncture

Beat Fatigue with Acupuncture

Here’s an impressive statistic — over half of the American population is estimated to experience chronic or generalized fatigue. Chances are you might be one of them. The most common causes? Stress, insomnia and depression, although issues within the cardiovascular, endocrine, and digestive body systems may also be the cause of fatigue.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a disease characterized by prolonged fatigue accompanied by a combination of other symptoms, including cognitive impairment, musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and sleep disturbances. The cause remains unknown.

There is no defined therapy or standard treatment for fatigue. Associated with depression, antidepressant medications are often prescribed for fatigue symptoms, which can cause considerable side effects. Traditional therapies emphasize reduced stress, prevention of overexertion, stretching techniques (like yoga or tai chi), changes in diet, and nutritional supplements. But often the results aren’t enough.

Acupuncture is a wonderful complementary therapy for patients with CFS. A thorough history, and an individual approach in the choice of point sites will usually give immediate positive results. Spleen and Kidney energetic systems are considered, as well as abdomen and upper back point sites, as chronic fatigue syndrome involves kidney-adrenal exhaustion, spleen-stomach digestion deficiency, liver stagnation and blockage — in other words,  over-taxation of one’s vital energy resources.

Acupuncture works to resolve those issues, and corrects any imbalances. Acupuncture analysis includes an examination of the tongue, as well as checking the pulses. Improving the diet is always a good idea, including organic foods supplemented with digestive enzymes and many patients find that a gluten-free, low inflammatory diet assists as well. Meditation and gentle exercise is also helpful, but patients feel a more immediate, energy-boosting change with acupuncture. Among the most noticeable benefits of acupuncture for CFS include less pain, better sleep, relaxation, an enhanced immune system, and better overall health!

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Let’s Get Rid of Headaches with Acupuncture!

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Get Rid of Headaches with Acupuncture!

Almost everyone gets a headache at some point in time. A headache can really ruin your day, and if you get them often, can really affect your life negatively. They are one of the most common physical complaints that prompt people to treat themselves or seek professional assistance.  Acupuncture offers powerful relief from headaches and migraines without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause.

Headaches fall into three main categories: tension-type, migraine and cervicogenic. A “tension headache” is the most common (and usually mildest) type of headache, and can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, bad posture or substance withdrawal, including nicotine and caffeine. As the name suggests, it is caused by increased muscle tension in the head and neck region.

While migraines affect far fewer people than tension-type headaches and have a much shorter duration, their symptoms are much more severe. They typically affect women more frequently than men, with pain that usually occurs on one side of the head. Migraines can be so severe that they can cause loss of appetite, blurred vision, nausea and even vomiting.

Cervicogenic headaches are the most recently diagnosed type of headache and are musculoskeletal in nature. They may be caused by pain in the neck or spine that is transferred to the head.

Because “headache” is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days. Also common to the headache group are those caused by stuffy sinuses. Acupuncture has been used to relieve headaches and migraines (as well as their underlying causes) for thousands of years. Acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences.

In a case study, published in the June 2003 Issue of Medical Acupuncture, doctors found that acupuncture resulted in the resolution or reduction in the frequency and severity of cluster headaches, and a decrease or discontinuation of medications. It was concluded that acupuncture can be used to provide sustained relief from cluster headaches and to stimulate adrenal cortisol to aid in discontinuing corticosteroids.

Acupuncture points to treat headaches are located all over the body. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your big toe! The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments. Either way, relief can be found!

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