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Hey Gorgeous – Acupuncture Helps You Achieve Your Weight Goals!

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Achieve Your Weight Goals with Acupuncture!

Beauty is health. Let acupuncture help you achieve your ideal weight and boost your health!

It was a long, long winter. That’s certainly not news to anyone. Many of us got through with perhaps a bit more chocolate and a whole lot less exercise than might be recommended.

But did you know this? Acupuncture is a natural and safe means of boosting your weight loss plan to achieve your goals this Spring!

There are other reasons why we gain weight. Besides the lack of exercise, and eating our way through the Winter Doldrums, some of the most common reasons are hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, and poor nutrition.

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Acupuncture Works with Your Diet Plan for a Healthy You!

Acupuncture helps with all of these causes of weight gain, and is a great alternative treatment for losing weight. It works as an appetite suppressant, aids in digestion, helps boost metabolism and enables relaxation. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats.

The other good news is that there are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction with acupuncture.

Acupuncture affects both physical wellness and mental aspects of weight loss.  An increased level of endorphins is helpful in curbing your cravings, and this can be particularly helpful for those who deal with emotional eating. Acupuncture will leave you feeling calm and relaxed and often less hungry. Regular acupuncture treatments have also been shown to help tone and shrink the stomach muscle, and this helps you feel full faster. In addition to successful weight loss, acupuncture also decreases problems with joint pain, insomnia and headaches.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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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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Americans Are Turning to Acupuncture More Often – Could it Work for You?

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More People Turning to Acupuncture Treatments for Many Health Concerns

Have you wondered whether to try acupuncture? It’s not such a strange thought.  A survey recently published showed an increasing acceptance and use of acupuncture for treatment and health promotion.

The study is based on results of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, a series of questionnaires prepared and collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. For over 50 years, the survey has monitored the health of the nation and tracked health status and health care access. The analysis, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at utilization rates, reasons for using acupuncture, and demographics. The researchers found that between 2002 and 2007 there was a significant increase in the number of patients using acupuncture.

Overall, the study found that six percent of Americans are using or have used acupuncture as part of their health care — over 14 million users, up from 8 million in 2002. The growth is impressive, considering that less than one percent of the population reported trying acupuncture in the past two decades.  Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a complementary or alternative treatment, however, this report demonstrated that a growing population of people are using acupuncture to promote their general health.

What else are people seeking acupuncture for? A special analysis of acupuncture data from an earlier National Health Interview Survey also found that pain or musculoskeletal complaints accounted for seven of the top ten conditions for which people use acupuncture. Back pain was the most common, followed by joint pain, neck pain, severe headache/migraine, and recurring pain. 

The American College of Rheumatology, which is a major organization for medical professionals that treat arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases, endorses the use of acupuncture for chronic pain.

Whether it’s for relief of stress, chronic pain or easing of symptoms from a health concern, acupuncture can help! 

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers — Boost Your Immune System and Relieve Pain with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture Helps with RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis Relieved with Acupuncture

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammation that may affect many tissues and organs of the body, but primarily attacks synovial joints, which is the most common and movable type of joint in a person’s body. Rheumatoid arthritis is a connective tissue disease that affects three times as many women as it does men. Symptoms usually appear between the ages of 40 and 50, although young people are also affected. Left untreated, it can damage other parts of the body, including the circulatory system, lungs, kidneys and eyes. This autoimmune disease also affects the tissue around the joints. Autoimmune diseases normally occur when the body’s tissues are erroneously attacked by their own immune system.

Because rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic illness, it can last for years, and people suffering from this disease may experience it for longer periods of time without showing any symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis is typically a progressive illness that may potentially cause the destruction of joints and permanent disability. The symptoms that are experienced are joint pain, swelling, stiffness and general discomfort. The pain can be quite severe.

Rheumatoid arthritis mainly affects the hands, feet and cervical spine. Symptoms include swollen and painful joints along with stiffness, especially in the morning. Changes in the skin in the surrounding area are also common.

Acupuncture has been shown to be a safe and effective alternative approach for treating rheumatoid arthritis. A key benefit to using acupuncture to treat RA is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain. Drug treatments can cause people to develop a tolerance and increased doses may be needed to have an effect. This is not the case with acupuncture.

In fact, a recent “Health Alert” issued by Johns Hopkins about effectively treating RA stated: “Acupuncture is a potentially viable adjunctive therapy for arthritis pain, and it is rapidly gaining favor in the Western World.”

Additionally, a recent article in Arthritis Today outlined the benefits of using acupuncture to treat arthritis and cited several studies that showed its success:

Rheumatoid arthritis: A recent study from China shows that both traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture – a type in which pulsating electrical currents are sent through the needles to stimulate target areas – may reduce tenderness.

Osteoarthritis: In a German study, 304,674 people with knee OA who received 15 sessions of acupuncture combined with their usual medical care had less pain and stiffness, improved function and better quality of life than their counterparts who had routine care alone.

Since rheumatoid is autoimmune system disease, acupuncture is a wonderful tool because it effectively works to boost the immune system. When the immune system is strong, this disease can be prevented as well as other illnesses. Most importantly, acupuncture is a form of preventive medicine, because individuals can undergo this procedure without any specific illness or ailments. And it helps to keep their minds and body relaxed and stress free.

We treat local point sites to the painful areas, as well as systemic point sites designed to help the body be less inflamed and healthier. We treat the person as a whole rather than focusing on the symptoms of the disease. We also consider the lifestyle of the patient and also the environmental factors that may have triggered the problem. We may look at diet issues as well.  We work with each patient to customize a treatment plan that can be tailored to their condition.

So, before you turn to medication for your RA – or to assist an ongoing and effective treatment regimen – think about how acupuncture could help relieve this pain and stop the attack. Let us help!

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When the Ax is a Grind — Shoot Back at Trigger Finger with Acupuncture!

 Musicians Can Benefit from Acupuncture, Too!

Musicians Say “Encore!” to Acupuncture!

Trigger finger, (or the bigger mouthful, stenosing tenosynovitis), happens when the sheath surrounding the tendon within the palm of the hand narrows. The tendons located there attach a muscle of the forearm to the bones of a finger. When the muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendon, which must glide through the synovium inside the sheath to move the finger. Constriction may stop this movement, leaving the finger stuck in a bent position. If forced, the finger may snap straight  but use of the finger will obviously be awkward and difficult, and the forcing can be painful. Sometimes the finger becomes locked in a straight position. Joint contraction or stiffening may eventually occur.

People that typically get trigger finger are factory workers, carpenters, farmers, and musicians as they rely on their fingers or thumbs for multiple repetitive movements. Trigger finger is also more common in women than in men and usually occurs most frequently in people the ages of 40 and 60.

One of the first symptoms of trigger finger may be soreness at the base of the finger or thumb, on the palm of the hand. The most common symptom is a painful clicking or snapping when attempting to flex or extend the affected finger. This catching sensation tends to worsen after periods of inactivity and loosen up with movement. If the area becomes inflamed from overuse (or from already existing inflammatory conditions in your body such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout), the tendon can no longer glide easily and sometimes scars, thickens or forms nodules.

Some cases are resolved with prolonged rest of the hand, especially the affected finger. In most cases, your doctor will suggest that you rest the hand for a few weeks, keeping it elevated and using it only when necessary. Some cases of trigger finger are simply from repetitive overuse (strenuous use of power tools from being a Weekend Warrior on your house, for example) and don’t reoccur. But often the swelling and locking can become advanced, and severe pain is experienced, and gripping becomes difficult if not impossible.

However, as with many soft tissue disorders of the hand, acupuncture can assist healing and return to function while providing pain relief. The length of time the patient has had this condition will help determine how long the treatments may take, and the course of treatment will depend on the severity of the condition, but acupuncture is certainly a viable option of treatment that will leave you free of the potential side effects and scarring posed by drugs and surgery. No side effects! No scars!

There are a number of acupuncture points can be found on the hand and are used to relieve symptoms of a trigger finger. Some are located between each finger at their base and located at the fingertips and are used in cases of severe pain. Points on the sides of the fingers are also used for a variety of problems affecting the fingers, including pain and swelling. In addition to acupuncture points on the hand, points at the wrist and along the arm which fall on the meridian/pathway related to the affected finger are also needled and stimulated for relief.

Consider giving acupuncture a try as an alternative method of treatment that treats the whole body and restores balance — bullseye!

Power chord!

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You Asked for a Walk in the Woods — And Now You Have Lyme Disease! Acupuncture Can Help!

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Acupuncture Can Help Fight Lyme Disease!

Lyme disease by now is the best-known, worldwide example of a tick-borne disease. Many people have Lyme disease without experiencing any discomfort from symptoms. Many others are struggling with complex symptoms of Lyme, but are unaware that they are infected, and so are not getting treatment.

Left untreated, it leads to permanent problems with the heart, joints and nervous system. Typical symptoms include joint ache, a rash on the skin (particularly in the area surrounding the bite) that often looks like a bull’s eye, headaches, fever, profuse sweating and fatigue, though all of the symptoms are not present in every case. Lyme disease imitates a variety of illnesses and its severity can vary from person to person. Early detection and treatment is vital in preventing Lyme disease from advancing to the later stages.

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick, specifically deer ticks. Deer ticks are extremely small (about the size of a poppy seed) and are found in tall grass, wooded areas and anywhere else where deer or other small rodents are present. This tick, which is infested with a spirochete, bites a human and transmits the bacterium into the bloodstream. The bacterium responsible for Lyme disease is a spirochete called Borrelia burgdorferi, which burrows its way into various tissues in the body, in particular the collagen tissues.

Fortunately, deer ticks don’t bite humans immediately upon contact; they typically spend several hours crawling around before attaching themselves to the skin. Even then, it takes longer than 12 hours after that for the disease to be transmitted, so finding a deer tick on your body isn’t necessarily an indication that you have been infected. However, if you have been bitten, the symptoms typically appear within 7 to 14 days. A simple blood test is all that is required to determine if Lyme disease is present.

At the earliest point in time, as soon as recognize you may have Lyme, go to a doctor, and get antibiotics immediately. The quicker and earlier the treatment, the better. The spirochetes are a serious problem that require proper antibiotics and MD care.

Acupuncture is highly relevant and helpful for all phases of this disease, and is a wonderful addition to your primary support physician. It can improve the body’s immune response, the healing action, the body chemistry, and correct and support the subtle energetics.

You will be amazed at the immediate improvement of joint symptoms, as well as the chronic fatigue factors that respond to the very first treatments. You can return to being pain-free, with a clear mind and good energy, without unpredictable ups and downs.  Depending on how long you have had Lyme, how many times, or how many years, you will need a series of treatments to hasten your complete recovery. Also important is ongoing attention to a healthy diet, nutritional supplementation, physical activity, and a positive mental outlook. Lyme disease can be a very challenging condition to fight and recover from.  As in all conditions and all patients, each person’s regime of treatment is individually designed.

Acupuncture is truly an ally in the fight against Lyme disease!

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Acupuncture: A Drug Free Option To Successfully Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Acupuncture Drug Free Option To Treating RA

Acupuncture Successfully Treats RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a connective tissue disease that affects three times as many women as it does men. It is a painful, chronic condition that strikes the joints, and symptoms usually appear between the ages of 40 and 50, although young people are also affected.  Left untreated, it can damage other parts of the body, including the circulatory system, lungs, kidneys and eyes.

Rheumatoid arthritis mainly affects the hands, feet and cervical spine. Symptoms include swollen and painful joints along with stiffness (particularly in the morning). Changes in the skin in the surrounding area are also common.

Acupuncture has been shown to be a safe and effective alternative approach for treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. A key benefit to using acupuncture to treat RA is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain. Drug treatments can cause people to develop a tolerance and increased doses may be needed to have an effect. This is not the case with acupuncture.

In fact, a recent “Health Alert” issued by Johns Hopkins about effectively treating RA stated: “Acupuncture is a potentially viable adjunctive therapy for arthritis pain, and it is rapidly gaining favor in the Western World.”

Additionally, a recent article in Arthritis Today outlined the benefits of using acupuncture to treat arthritis and cited several studies that showed its success:

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A recent study from China shows that both traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture – a type in which pulsating electrical currents are sent through the needles to stimulate target areas – may reduce tenderness.

Osteoarthritis: In a German study, 304,674 people with knee OA who received 15 sessions of acupuncture combined with their usual medical care had less pain and stiffness, improved function and better quality of life than their counterparts who had routine care alone.

Here at CT Acupuncture  Center, we treat local point sites to the painful areas, as well as systemic point sites designed to help the body be less inflamed and healthier. We may look at diet issues as well. We often will treat 1-3 times a week to begin with, to ensure improvement. We work with each patient to customize a treatment plan that can be tailored to their condition.

So, before you turn to medication for your RA – or to assist an ongoing and effective treatment regimen – think about how acupuncture could help relieve this pain and stop the attack. Let us help!

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

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