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Dehydrated? Acupuncture to the Rescue! (And Drink Your Water!)

Avoid Dehydration -- Drink Water and Try Acupuncture!

Avoid Dehydration — Drink Water and Try Acupuncture!

Chances are — You’re dehydrated! 

For beings that are mostly water, it’s surprising how many people aren’t getting what they need!

Water is so important to our body. Water fills empty spaces and transports blood cells. It dissolves all the body solids and increases oxygen to the cells. It is the glue that keeps the solid parts of cells together. It is the main source of energy production and also regulates energy by osmotic balancing. Everything in your body needs water to live. 

Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable source of the body’s need for water, especially for children and older adults. Water is lost from the body from sweating, urinating, breathing, and bowel movements. Consider your personal color instead  — a better gauge is the color of your urine. Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration. Time to drink more water!

Here’s what can happen if you don’t…

Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • No wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
  • In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby’s head
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Fever
  • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

So obviously, we need to pay attention to our hydration levels! Here’s more reasons why water is so important to our bodies. 

Drink Water for Your Health!

Drink Water for Your Health!

The following organs as important team players in the role of creating and moving blood: Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Lung, and Liver. Blood needs water to move. If blood does not function properly, then qi (or Life Force) cannot move well either. 

When an acupuncture needle is inserted, it results in increased heat, which results in increased blood flow, and it results in an increase in water to the damaged cells that cause pain. By increasing the content of water to the damaged cells cellular healing occurs.

Many diseases as allergies, arthritis, and high blood pressure are also alleviated with acupuncture. You can help heal yourself by restoring more water to your body.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Got yourself a nice sunburn and want the pain to stop? Acupuncture can help bring sunburn relief, too…



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“Ingri Says Relax” — Acupuncture’s Not Just for Pain!


Acupuncture is a Relaxation Station — and Relieves Pain!

In today’s stressed-out, scheduled up-to-our-ears world, we sure can use an effective way to deeply relax, that is, if we haven’t forgotten how to! Acupuncture is a to-the-point way of helping us relax deeply while it moves and balances the energy within the body. True story? People come in for various health reasons, and realize that they experience lovely and deep relaxation as a by product. Not a hard thing to get used to, that’s often why they come back!

Everyone gets stressed out, and every one feels tension sometimes. However, the bad news is that tension in the body can cause energy to be blocked, and it affects various organs and meridians within.  Everyone is different and tension affects us each differently. In some people, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, and spasms through the shoulders, neck and temples, and cause headaches. If tension isn’t released in a healthy way, it will find an outlet, and it’s often expressed in angry outbursts — while it helps in the short run to relieve the pressure, it sure can cause damage inside and out. If this stagnation remains unresolved, it can become chronic, and can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure among other possible symptoms. And strained relationships. 

Another place energy can get blocked is in the chest area — this can cause physical symptoms such as shallow or difficult breathing or heart palpitations. The heart is the emotional center, and tension often brings with it feelings of nervousness, anxiety or even feeling emotionally cut-off, which can lead to long- term depression and other un-fun life companions. 

So. That’s some of the bad news about how tension can affect us all (besides OCD, eating disorders, insomnia, ulcers, pain…) We’ll stop there!  Here’s the good news…

Firstly, acupuncture treatments help with insomnia, pain and eases many other stress related issues. Many people use it as a time to gather and clear their thoughts and allow their body to return to a more natural, harmonious state. When you leave, you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Why is acupuncture so relaxing? 

During your acupuncture treatment, your relaxation hormones will kick in and muscle tension dissipate. Acupuncture helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments. Most patients will slip into a very relaxed state, some even fall asleep. Improve your health, and get naptime too! And who couldn’t use a nap?

Acupuncture is used to unblock energy, and move it through channels in the body and either balance it or repel it from the body via the meridian system. This causes energy to flow freer in the channels of the body, allowing the person to feel more relaxed, balanced, and able to focus. For emotional tension, if there is a deficiency of energy in the heart, acupuncture can help to bring energy to the area and to balance it. Conversely there might be a stagnation of energy in the chest area, (palpitations); the energy would be released. A heart that has been closed off emotionally can start to gently relax and open. The heart must be free of blockages and illness to fully express joy, its natural emotion, to its fullest capacity. An open and relaxed heart brings joy, happiness and love.

Acupuncture treatments can bring about many positive emotions and immense relaxation. Wouldn’t that feel wonderful?

For more information about feeling wonderfully relaxed, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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