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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! 

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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High Blood Pressure? Acupuncture Brings You Back into Balance

Stay Heart Healthy with Acupuncture!

Stay Heart Healthy with Acupuncture!

Stay Heart Healthy with Acupuncture!

Is high blood pressure a concern for you or a loved one? Acupuncture can help heart health!

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the body becomes elevated. More than 90% of hypertension cases are classified as “Primary Hypertension,” which means that no particular medical cause can be pinpointed. The remaining cases (“Secondary Hypertension”) stem either from conditions of the kidneys or the endocrine or circulatory systems. Acupuncture can treat both.

Symptoms of high blood pressure include headaches, dizziness, visual disorientation and drowsiness. According to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, middle-aged Americans face a staggering 90 percent chance of developing hypertension.

If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause of strokes, heart attack, kidney failure and arterial aneurysm — definitely something better to pay attention to rather than ignore.

Stay Young at Heart with Acupuncture!

Stay Young at Heart with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of high blood pressure. It has a regulatory effect on blood pressure, whether high or low, by controlling the flow of qi (life energy, life force) and blood throughout the body.

Acupuncture can work alongside other treatment programs. In Western medicine studies suggest that acupuncture helps by regulating hormone levels and body’s sensors (baroreceptors) to normalize low blood pressure.  In many cases it can reduce or even remove the need for traditional blood pressure medications — which can come with many side effects.

Even if you don’t have hypertension, everyone can benefit by maintaining a healthy weight, reducing sugar and sodium intake, finding healthy ways of dealing with stress, quitting smoking, and exercising on a regular basis.

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can treat hypertension visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Dehydrated? Acupuncture helps with that too. Avoid Dehydration — Acupuncture Refreshes!

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Beat Holiday Stress with Acupuncture!

 
Have a peaceful holiday season with acupuncture!

Have a peaceful holiday season with acupuncture!

We’re all aiming for a happy holiday, and with acupuncture, stress can be a thing of yesteryear!

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

Stress can show 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. 

Acupuncture treatments help with insomnia, and eases many other stress related issues. 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. 

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. Who couldn’t use that, this time of year? The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing stress. 

Acupuncture - the gift that keeps on giving!

Acupuncture – the gift that keeps on giving!

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. 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. 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!  

Want to turn the ho-hums around? Try acupuncture!

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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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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Acupuncture makes a great gift!

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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Manage Your Blood Sugar This Fall With Acupuncture!

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Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check!

Do you or someone you love suffer from diabetes? Acupuncture can help!

Diabetes a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. It is estimated that 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes — men, women and children. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for the body’s daily life. The risk for death is approximately twice that of persons of similar age without diabetes (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both environmental factors (such as obesity and lack of exercise) and genetics seem to play a part. Complications of diabetes include cardiovascular diseases, degenerative eye conditions, limb pain, ulceration, gangrene, hypertension, kidney disease, nervous system disease, periodontal disease, amputation, fatigue, depression, and complications during pregnancy.

There are three primary types of diabetes.

In type 1 diabetes the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have been damaged by the body’s immune system. Type 1 diabetics are unable to produce insulin and require insulin injections or else they will die. Approximately 10% of diabetes cases are type 1. Type 1 diabetes is usually considered a lifelong condition.

Type 2 or “adult-onset” diabetes comprises 90% of diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to utilize insulin or produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. This leads to unbalanced blood sugar levels and symptoms including excessive thirst and urination, fatigue, and strong hunger, among other symptoms. Type 2 diabetes is associated with obesity and a high fat, high sugar diet. 90% of diabetics are older than 40 and overweight. Insulin injections, dietary changes, exercise, and stress management are the primary forms of treatment. Diabetes drugs are used to treat complications, but there can be side effects, and they are often not effective at minimizing complications.

Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary condition that affects up to 5% of pregnancies. Gestational diabetes increases the diabetes risk for the child and the mother.

In order to manage diabetes, it is critical for people to make healthy lifestyle choices in diet, exercise, and other health habits. Another important factor when treating diabetes is creating a support team of health care professionals.

An excellent source of help to add to that team is your Acupuncturist!

Diabetes is caused by an imbalance of the cyclical flow of Qi within the meridians and organ systems of the body. This particular imbalance produces heat that depletes the body’s fluids and Qi, causing symptoms such as: irritability, fatigue, lethargy, unexplained weight loss, excessive thirst, urination, and/or eating, blurry vision, poor wound healing, and infections.

Acupuncture has been being used to treat diabetes for over 2,000 years. The acupuncture points used to treat diabetes are all over the body and on several meridians. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids. Acupuncture is also used to control blood sugar levels. Acupuncture can help to manage cholesterol levels which reduce the cardiovascular complications of diabetes.  Peripheral neuropathy can be managed with acupuncture. When treating diabetes, acupuncture can assist the body to regain its normal healthy functioning.

Diabetes is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique care, and acupuncture treats the whole person!

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

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Under Pressure! — Blood Pressure Issues Helped with Acupuncture

Healthy Hearts with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Makes Hearts Happy!

Acupuncture – Health is at the Heart of it!

Blood pressure control is a very important part of cardiovascular disease prevention. Both low and high blood pressure can bring with them issues that can develop into serious problems. However, acupuncture can cause a significant reduction in high blood pressure, as well as regulate low blood pressure and strives to bring each patient back into balance in order to achieve health.

Low blood pressure, (hypotension) is a condition in which the blood pressure in the body’s blood vessels is too low. However, it is only considered to be a medical problem when there are signs or symptoms present — dizziness, nausea, thirst, poor concentration, lack of strength, rapid shallow breathing and fainting. These symptoms are the result of blood supply to the brain decreasing too much, and it affects the brain’s function.

The main problem which causes the symptoms of low blood pressure is inadequate blood supply to the brain. For this reason it is most often noticed when a person stands up from the sitting position. This is the result of gravity affecting heart blood output and is called orthostatic hypotension. In this case the body is too slow to contract blood vessels in response to postural changes. Another type of blood pressure (called postpradandial low blood pressure) is caused by the drop in blood pressure after eating.

A common cause is pregnancy – during the first and second trimesters pregnant women experience low blood pressure due to the rapid expansion of their circulatory system, (there’s a lot of growth and work going on to work on creating and maintaining two bodies at once). After pregnancy, blood pressure should return to normal in those women that did not have pre-existing low blood pressure.

Another cause of hypotension is hormone or endocrine problems. Either an under or over active thyroid can lead to low blood pressure. Lack of the hormone adrenaline (in the condition Addison’s disease) and problems with insulin (diabetes) can also lead to low blood pressure. We often see low blood pressure in people with migraines, and also with motion and altitude sickness people.

Other notable causes of low blood pressure are dehydration, medication side effects (diuretics and beta blockers in particular), blood loss and blood poisoning. In severe cases, low blood pressure can be life-threatening, leading to a condition called shock.

On the other end of the scale is hypertension, or high blood pressure — a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the body becomes elevated. High blood pressure is defined as a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. A healthy blood pressure reading is usually somewhere around 120/80 mm Hg. The most common type is classified as primary hypertension, and the far less common secondary hypertension, which is caused by a condition in another part of the body, such as the heart, kidneys or endocrine system. Middle-aged Americans face a staggering 90 percent chance of developing hypertension, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

If it is left untreated, high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes, heart attack, kidney failure and arterial aneurysm — definitely something better to work with than ignore. Hypertension is sometimes inherited, but everyone can benefit by maintaining a healthy weight, reducing sugar and sodium intake, avoiding and finding healthy ways of dealing with stress, quitting smoking, and exercising on a regular basis.

Here’s where we make our point — Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of both high and low blood pressure. The choice of point sites varies with the consideration of other factors in the medical history, Acupuncture has a regulatory effect on blood pressure whether it is high or low. It does this by regulating the flow of qi (life energy, life force) and blood around the body. Acupuncture serves to open any blockages and restore a healthy flow of qi, as well as providing relaxation and reduction of stress.

In Western medicine studies suggest that acupuncture can help by regulating hormone levels and body’s sensors (baroreceptors) to normalize low blood pressure. In many cases acupuncture can reduce or even remove the need for traditional blood pressure medications, which can come with many side effects. Whether you suffer from either low or high blood pressure, acupuncture can work alongside many treatment programs.

For more information, visit our site at www.ctacupuncture.com

Fighting Diabetes? Add Acupuncture to your Arsenal!

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Fight Diabetes with Acupuncture!

Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. It is estimated that 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes — men, women and children. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for the body’s daily life. The risk for death is approximately twice that of persons of similar age without diabetes (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both environmental factors (such as obesity and lack of exercise) and genetics seem to play a part. Complications of diabetes include cardiovascular diseases, degenerative eye conditions, limb pain, ulceration, gangrene, hypertension, kidney disease, nervous system disease, periodontal disease, amputation, fatigue, depression, and complications during pregnancy.

In order to manage diabetes, it is critical for people to make healthy lifestyle choices in diet, exercise, and other health habits. Another important factor when treating diabetes is creating a support team of health care professionals.

An excellent source of help to add to that team is  your Acupuncturist!

Diabetes is caused by an imbalance of the cyclical flow of Qi within the meridians and organ systems of the body. This particular imbalance produces heat that depletes the body’s fluids and Qi, causing symptoms such as: irritability, fatigue, lethargy, unexplained weight loss, excessive thirst, urination, and/or eating, blurry vision, poor wound healing, and infections.

Acupuncture has been being used to treat diabetes for over 2,000 years. The acupuncture points used to treat diabetes are all over the body and on several meridians. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids. When treating diabetes, acupuncture can assist the body to regain its normal healthy functioning.

Diabetes is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique care, and acupuncture treats the whole person!

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

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Avoid a Total Eclipse of the Heart — Acupuncture Helps with High and Low Blood Pressure!

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A healthy heart is a happy heart!

One’s health is one’s wealth, and our blood pressure ensures that our life force is flowing is as it should. Unless it doesn’t, and then serious problems can arise.

Low blood pressure, (hypotension) is a condition in which the blood pressure in the body’s blood vessels is too low. However, it is only considered to be a medical problem when there are signs or symptoms present — dizziness, nausea, thirst, poor concentration, lack of strength, rapid shallow breathing and fainting. These symptoms are the result of blood supply to the brain decreasing too much, and it affects the brain’s function.

The main problem which causes the symptoms of low blood pressure is inadequate blood supply to the brain. For this reason it is most often noticed when a person stands up from the sitting position. This is the result of gravity affecting heart blood output and is called orthostatic hypotension. In this case the body is too slow to contract blood vessels in response to postural changes. Another type of blood pressure (called postpradandial low blood pressure) is caused by the drop in blood pressure after eating.

A common cause is pregnancy – during the first and second trimesters pregnant women experience low blood pressure due to the rapid expansion of their circulatory system, (there’s a lot of growth and work going on to work on creating and maintaining two bodies at once). After pregnancy, blood pressure should return to normal in those women that did not have pre-existing low blood pressure.

Another cause of hypotension is hormone or endocrine problems. Either an under or over active thyroid can lead to low blood pressure. Lack of the hormone adrenaline (in the condition Addison’s disease) and problems with insulin (diabetes) can also lead to low blood pressure. We often see low blood pressure in people with migraines, and also with motion and altitude sickness people.

Other notable causes of low blood pressure are dehydration, medication side effects (diuretics and beta blockers in particular), blood loss and blood poisoning. In severe cases, low blood pressure can be life-threatening, leading to a condition called shock.

On the other end of the scale is hypertension, or high blood pressure — a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the body becomes elevated. The most common type is classified as primary hypertension, and the far less common secondary hypertension, which is caused by a condition in another part of the body, such as the heart, kidneys or endocrine system. Middle-aged Americans face a staggering 90 percent chance of developing hypertension, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

If it is left untreated, high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes, heart attack, kidney failure and arterial aneurysm — definitely something better to work with than ignore. Hypertension is sometimes inherited, but everyone can benefit by maintaining a healthy weight, reducing sugar and sodium intake, avoiding and finding healthy ways of dealing with stress, quitting smoking, and exercising on a regular basis.

Here’s where we make our point — Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of both high and low blood pressure. The choice of point sites varies with the consideration of other factors in the medical history.  Acupuncture has a regulatory effect on blood pressure whether it is high or low. It does this by regulating the flow of qi (life energy, life force) and blood around the body.  The acupuncture treatment helps those point sites release the extra tensive energy out, by way of an intrinsic expansive function those same points sites also have.

Whether you suffer from either low or high blood pressure, acupuncture can work alongside many treatment programs. In Western medicine studies suggest that acupuncture can help by regulating hormone levels and body’s sensors (baroreceptors) to normalise low blood pressure.  In many cases acupuncture can reduce or even remove the need for traditional blood pressure medications, which can come with many side effects.

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High Blood Pressure Reduced Successfully With Acupuncture

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High Blood Pressure Reduced With Acupuncture

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension or HTN) is a serious medical condition characterized by elevated arterial pressure. More than 90% of hypertension cases are classified as “Primary Hypertension,” which means that no particular medical cause can be pinpointed. The remaining cases, secondary hypertension stem either from conditions of the kidneys or the endocrine or circulatory systems.

Symptoms of high blood pressure include headaches, dizziness, visual disorientation and drowsiness. In a large number of cases, external factors, namely changes in diet and stress management can help lessen or even eliminate high blood pressure.

Acupuncture treats blood pressure, often successfully. As the pressure corrects one can slowly reduce medication. The point sites I often chose just for this situation are on the middle front of the torso, and middle back of the torso. These points will clear a loop of energy flow, think electrical current and the electro-magnetic field radiating from the electrical flow (yes it is micro-amperage). Energy flow sounds nicer doesn’t it? The physics and the science of acupuncture point sites and pathways are well established. Trying to understand it will raise your blood pressure! Just kidding, for me it reduces it. Well, trying is one thing, and actually understanding is another… Most of the people I treat for blood pressure have wonderful results.

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Acupuncture Restores Balance — Dizzy No More!

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Acupuncture Relieves Dizziness

Dizziness is primarily a sensation of unsteadiness, with a feeling of movement inside the head along with loss of balance. Dizziness may result from long-term illness, trauma, loss of sensory function, emotional disturbances, fatigue or cardiovascular issues such as high or low blood pressure. One of the body’s balance mechanisms may be involved, such as the inner ear or sensory nerves. A mild case might go away in a few minutes but a more serious case may result in vomiting, sweating and even fainting.

In modern medicine, some cases are considered auditory in origin, such as Meniere’s syndrome, labyrinthitis, motion sickness, vestibular neuronitis, etc., and some as cerebral in origin, such as cerebral arteriosclerosis, hypertensive encephalopathy hypertension, vertebro basilar ischemia, intracranial space occupying lesion, etc. It may also seen in infective and allergic diseases, as well as other disorders such as epilepsy, hypertension, hypotension, anemia, arrhythmia, neurosis, head trauma, etc.

It is important to examine symptoms that accompany the dizziness to determine its cause before treatment. Some of these symptoms may include pain along the ribs, depression, insomnia, heart palpitations or ringing in the ear (tinnitus). According to Chinese medicine, dizziness is caused by either too much energy moving to the head or not enough. Acupuncture points on the limbs, body, ear and sometimes the head will treat the root cause of the imbalance or either too much energy or not enough, bringing you back to wellness.

And won’t that feel great?

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