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Lighten Up, It’s Spring — Lose Weight with Acupuncture!

Eat healthy, and get acupuncture!

Eat healthy, and get acupuncture!

Whether you want to just drop a few pounds or many, acupuncture works with you to make it easier!

Spring is definitely in the air, and for many of us, Winter helped us pack on a few pounds more than we’d like to admit.

Overeating is the obvious first choice, but there are many reasons people become overweight – poor nutrition, heredity, hormonal imbalances, a slow metabolism, and lack of exercise are also some of the most common.

Becoming overweight can also be the consequence of various medical conditions. This includes hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.

The ancient practice of acupuncture helps to heal a host of ailments, and it also aids in weight loss!

Acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by helping to keep your appetite in check, easing cravings, improving digestion, and enhancing the way nutrients are used.

Boost your energy and your mood with acupuncture!

Boost your energy and your mood with acupuncture!

Acupuncture treatments release endorphins which have a calming and relaxing effect. It makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety that can trigger overeating fattening foods.

Those endorphins also affect the digestive and hormonal systems. Acupuncture can help rebalance the organ systems that are running too fast, or in this case too slow; specifically your metabolism and will power. If lack of energy is an issue, acupuncture treatments will give you a boost!

In addition, acupuncture strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. A healthy liver is a happy liver! Acupuncture can also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.

Acupuncture is effective, painless, and best of all, drug-free! 

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Don’t Suffer — Get PMS Relief With Acupuncture!

Acupuncture loves your body!

Looking for an effective way to relieve PMS symptoms? Acupuncture restores harmony to your body! 

Hormone levels naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle, and that variation is perfectly normal. However, the stress, discomfort and anxiety that arise from your changing hormone levels can interfere with everyday life, making it feel anything but normal — sometimes even aggravating and painful!

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) occurs in the seven to ten days before menstruation and disappears shortly after it begins. Its symptoms include nervousness, irritability, depression, headaches, water retention and bloating, digestive issues, and sore breasts.

Let’s call upon acupuncture.

Acupuncture is extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders including: painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea, as well as PMS.With its balancing effects, acupuncture restores harmony to the hormonal and energy systems of the body, healing the causes of PMS. It’s also excellent at relieving symptoms of stress of all kinds.

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.

Whether it’s easing PMS or alleviating painful cramps, try acupuncture for effective relief!

Other Ways to Reduce the Symptoms of PMS

Take time to relax!

Take time to relax!

  • Balanced nutrition is crucial for overcoming PMS. Up your intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains and cut back on sugar, artificial sweeteners, fat, and salt.
  • Limit your alcohol intake, as well as caffeine throughout your cycle. Alcohol can make feelings of depression worse. Reducing caffeine may also minimize breast tenderness and irritability.
  • Drink plenty of water, or herbal teas. Many find chamomile tea soothing.
  • Exercise! You may not want to, but get in your workout anyway. The endorphin rush will help relieve cramps and raise your levels of serotonin.
  • Try to relax! Many find that yoga, deep breathing, or meditation really helps.

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Ladies! Acupuncture Eases PMS, Bloating and other Gifts from Mother Nature

Feel Like Yourself Again with Acupuncture!

Are you suffering from PMS or menstrual cramps? Acupuncture is safe and effective at easing pain and stress! 

Bloating. Mood swings. Headache. Fatigue, anxiety and depression. It must be that time of the month! It doesn’t have to be this way.

Premenstrual syndrome occurs during the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. 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, which are both neurotransmitters that promote positive moods, may underlie the symptoms of PMS.

Hormone levels naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. However, stress, discomfort and anxiety that arise from these changing levels are not! In extreme cases, PMS can interfere with everyday life.

Regardless of the exact cause, premenstrual syndrome is easy to cure.

Acupuncture is extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders including: painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea and PMS. It’s also excellent at relieving symptoms of stress of all kinds. 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.

Whether it’s easing PMS or alleviating painful cramps, acupuncture is certainly an excellent ally during the challenging part of a woman’s month!

Other Ways to Reduce the Symptoms of PMS

  • Changing your diet to a healthier one can make a difference. Up your intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains and cut back on sugar, artificial sweeteners, fat, and salt.Red sweater and mug lady
  • Consider limiting alcoholic drinks, as well as food and beverages containing caffeine throughout your cycle. Alcohol can make feelings of depression worse. Reducing caffeine may also minimize breast tenderness and irritability.
  • Drink plenty of water, or herbal teas. Many find chamomile soothing.
  • Exercise! You may not want to, but get in your workout anyway. The endorphin rush will help relieve cramps and raise your levels of serotonin.
  • Try to relax! Easier said than done, but many find that yoga, deep breathing, or meditation really helps. Stretching techniques such as yoga or tai chi can also help you relax.

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You’re Gorgeous Now! But Get Skin Deep Beauty with Acupuncture

 

Beautiful Skin with Acupuncture!

Beautiful Skin with Acupuncture!

Hard to improve upon perfection — but acupuncture is very effective for your skin complaints! 

Acupuncture treatments are effective because they treat more than the symptoms.  In acupuncture, we consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors of the individual when treating skin problems.

Acne is among the most common of skin conditions. If you suffer from acne, you’re not alone. It affects almost all adolescents to some degree, and can extend into adulthood. The degree of severity can vary widely, and sometimes scarring can occur. It can also be the source of physical pain and local skin infections.

Acupuncture methods such as auricular and hormone balancing acupuncture are the most commonly used acupuncture methods for treating acne. When acupuncture is used for acne, it targets specific areas of the body that are known to trigger digestion and the immune system and to reduce inflammation. It also works on regulating your body’s internal structures, organs and functions, as well as balancing hormone levels.

When acupuncture regulates your body’s hormone output, it also regulates your skin’s oils and make your skin clearer. Hormone balancing acupuncture has more benefits for women who have hormone imbalances and menstrual problems like mood swings, PMS, cramping, etc. which will also be helped greatly with this procedure. Acupuncture is also effective in stimulating the body’s immune responses which can help deal with the bacteria that cause the acne. 

Another common skin complaint is Rosacea.  Rosacea is a cyclic inflammatory skin condition. Symptoms are redness on the face, red bumps (pustules) on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, thickening of the skin, visible blood vessels (telangiectasia), burning sensation in the eyes, and flushing/blushing.  Rosacea will flare up for a few weeks or months, then appear to get better before flaring up again. 

The actual cause of rosacea is unclear. It also tends to be a progressive problem, meaning that it gets worse over time.  When rosacea is severe, patients often also develop redness, dryness, grittiness, and inflammation of the eyes that can eventually lead to partial vision loss. 

Acupuncture - gentle treatment for the delicate flower that you are!

Acupuncture – Gentle Treatment for Delicate Flowers!

Acupuncture treats rosacea by cooling red, inflamed skin, clearing pustules and helping to reduce the appearance of blood vessels. Part of the treatment for rosacea is to determine and eliminate the source of the heat and causes of flare-ups. This involves an assessment and history of the condition, lifestyle factors, diet, and triggers, such as alcohol and stress.

Acupuncture works best alongside dietary therapy and lifestyle modifications to help treat rosacea, acne and many other conditions. As each person is unique, and each set of symptoms is unique — therefore, each treatment is unique.  Acupuncture is a wonderful way to treat your beautiful skin holistically. 

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Ladies? Low Libido? Acupuncture Can Help Improve the Mood!

 
Get that Spark Back with Acupuncture!

Get that Spark Back with Acupuncture!

If you suffer from a low libido, you’re not alone.

A common complaint for many women is the loss of libido, or sex drive. However, acupuncture is a wonderful ally in the search to rediscover your inner She-Ra!

Acupuncture improves libido but also addresses the reason why it was lost or diminished in the first place.  

Common causes of waning sexual interest include emotional issues, post-childbirth, breast-feeding, the onset of menopause, reactions to medications, stress, weight gain, relationship conflicts, and hormonal imbalances, among other issues. 

 How does acupuncture increase your libido? 
  • Hormones are brought back into balance! The body’s hormonal balance, and therefore overall homeostasis, is thrown into disarray during menopause. As we mentioned, hormonal imbalance (female hormones, thyroid hormones, etc.) can be a factor for the loss of libido, and acupuncture helps to regulate the hormones.  Recovery does not happen overnight, but you will start seeing positive changes as soon as after the first treatment.
  • Acupuncture increases blood flow to the reproductive organs. This one is rather self-explanatory. 
  • Acupuncture improves energy.  Acupuncture naturally eliminates stressors that block energy channels and prevent a smooth flow of energy. 
  • Acupuncture helps to fight off fatigue. Low thyroid, low adrenal function and other disorders may cause low energy. Once the balance is restored and organs are functioning properly libido increases. Acupuncture’s natural balancing effects help to restore regular sleeping patterns. Just a few treatments may be enough to restore your body’s natural energy flow and give you healthy sleep! 
  • We are emotional beings, and often emotional issues can get in the way of feeling free to express all aspects of yourself. Acupuncture relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues  and other medical conditions. The energetic systems involved will vary for each individual.  Acupuncture often provides immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. Sometimes an emotional issue that has repressed a person’s energy and feelings of well being for years can clear up within just a few acupuncture sessions.

Acupuncture is also very helpful for infertility and impotency issues, as well as so many other symptoms and conditions. It is an effective and 100% natural and safe method of treatment. 

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Don’t Be a Super Freak! Acupuncture Regulates Hormones to Reduce Stress!

No Need to Be a Super Freak! Acupuncture Regulates Stress Hormones

No Need to Be a Super Freak! Acupuncture Regulates Stress Hormones

Good news for all those who don’t wish to get their freak on! A new laboratory experiment using brain chemistry investigations shows that acupuncture regulates steroid hormones to reduce biochemical reactions to stress. How does this work? Acupuncture upregulates hormones in some areas while downregulating in other areas to maintain balance within the body when it is exposed to stress. Then they brought out the blot test! Western blot analysis confirmed behavioral testing that acupuncture biochemically reduces stress reactions.

The researchers discovered that acupuncture reduces stress by regulating glucocorticoid receptor (GR) protein expression. Acupuncture simultaneously upregulated GR protein expression in the hippocampus, hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and pituitary gland while decreasing expression in the adrenal cortex when laboratory rats were exposed to stress. This counters the opposite biochemical phenomenon caused by unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS). The researchers note that acupuncture balances bodily biochemistry in this dual-directional manner.

The researchers conducted a controlled experiment on different acupuncture points on laboratory rats and discovered that hormone reactions to acupuncture are point specific. Control groups did not receive acupuncture. Two groups received different sets of acupuncture points combined with exposure to unpredictable chronic mild stress.

The researchers note that one group showed a significantly greater reduction in stress related biochemical responses at adrenocorticotropic hormone receptors (ACTHR) than the other group.

The researchers note that “it is recognized generally that CRH (corticotrophin releasing hormone) is one of the important initiating factors in the stress process.” Acupuncture demonstrated a powerful ability to inhibit CRH protein expression in response to stress.

The researchers note that acupuncture demonstrated the ability to “decrease HPAA excitability” in reactions to stress. The HPAA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) controls reactions to stress along with regulating many bodily functions including digestion and immunity. The researchers documented that acupuncture initiates a cascade of biochemical responses via the HPAA to reduce stress.

New research demonstrates that acupuncture exerts medically significant benefits and does so, in part, by regulating brain chemistry. Acupuncture research has also demonstrated that the specific choice of acupuncture points affects both brain chemistry and clinical outcomes.

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.

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References:
Wang, Shao-jun, Jiao-jiao Zhang, Li-li Qie, and Shao-Jun Wang. “Acupuncture relieves the excessive excitation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal cortex axis function and correlates with the regulatory mechanism of GR, CRH and ACTHR.”

H. Zhao, Z. Tian, Y. Feng, B. Chen, Circulating estradiol and hypothalamic corticotrophin releasing hormone enhances along with time after ovariectomy in rats: effects of electroacupuncture. Neuropeptides. 2005;39(4):433-438

L. P. Li, J. J. Lan, J. S. Hua, Z. R. Sun, Effect of acupuncture at points “baihuitaichong” on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis in the chronic mild unpredictable stressors depression rats. Acta Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology. 2006;34:52-53

D. W. Sun, L. Wang, Influence of acupuncture on HPAA in a rat model of chronic stress-induced depression. Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 2007;26:32-34

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S. J. Wang, H. Y. Yang, G. S. Xu, Acupuncture alleviates colorectal hypersensitivity and correlates with the regulatory mechanism of TrpV1 and p-ERK. Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. 2012;483123.

R. P. Liu, J. L. Fang, P. J. Rong, Y. Zhao, H . Meng, H. Ben, L. Li, Z. X. Huang, X. Li, Y. G. Ma, B. Zhu, Effects of electroacupuncture at auricular concha region on the depressive status of unpredictable chronic mild stress rat models. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013;789674.