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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.

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Acupuncture Works for the Bad Traveler! Get Out of Town (Without the Nausea and Motion Sickness!)

Travel Happy with Acupuncture!

Travel Happy with Acupuncture!

Wouldn’t you like to be one of those people that can just grab a bag and go? (And not the airsickness kind…) 

Acupuncture is very helpful for those who suffer from motion sickness, and relieves the symptoms of nausea and vertigo so that you can be a happy traveler! (And better yet…there will be no more fighting over who has to sit next to you!)

People who suffer from migraines and inner ear problems seems to be affected more by motion sickness, and women are are as well compared to men, to some degree. If you are someone who gets car sick, you’re also more likely to get motion sickness on a cruise. However, that being said, many people who travel by car and airplane without issue still get seasick because of the unique low frequency and rocking motion of a boat. 

Fun Fact: The root of the word nausea is naus, which is the Greek word for ship. Motion sickness is very common, especially on boats. Why does it happen? When your brain gets conflicting signals, and your eyes sense relative stillness, but your balance and position centers sense motion — well, this can spell Trouble in River City.  The body’s mechanism that determines motion and orientation becomes confused, and often the result? Most people classify vomiting as one of the more unpleasant experiences in life. And when you’re on a plane or on a cruise ship…definitely not how one likes to arrive in style.

Chances are you know by now whether or not you’re affected by motion sickness and here’s some good news!

Acupuncture treats the nausea and vertigo associated with motion sickness, often with immediate success. Depending on the causes, more treatments will be relevant. Your history will be evaluated, as well as your tongue and your pulse energies to determine what more is involved to be treated. Emotions and diet come to mind, as well as other medical issues. Often low blood pressure people are sensitive to altitude and motion sickness. That relates to an imbalance between the neurological and vascular systems. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, considering the whole body-mind complex when considering a single symptom — it doesn’t exist alone.

Acupuncture is a wonderful holistic therapy that looks into all the relationships that are important for generating these symptoms. We treat several meridians, with local point sites to the surface of the stomach area, as well as back points, and leg points. A complete history helps to uncover all of the factors that can be participating. The procedures are relatively painless, and can even be relaxing. You will welcome the relief!

Don’t let motion sickness keep you from adventuring! See how acupuncture can help…

Here’s some more helpful tips for happy traveling!

Even Gilligan’s Island had Ginger.

  • Try eating/drinking ginger before, during and after traveling. Ginger root is a classic remedy because of its widely recognized anti-emetic (nausea-preventing) effects. If you don’t mind the heat, try ginger coated in sugar, ginger biscuits, ginger mints and/or ginger tea.
  • Peppermint tea is also a great soother. Fresh mint can be bought in the produce section of your supermarket, and mint tea is another great resource for easing nausea. Letting a peppermint candy melt in your mouth also can help.
  • Can’t stand peppermint, or smelling it makes you feel worse? Try lemon drops!

And finally, mind over matter…

  • Try listening to some great music! Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of remembering your vacation when you hear that song again.
  • To very loosely paraphrase Henry Ford, “If you think you’ll vomit, you probably will.” Psychosocial factors play a role in motion sickness. If you expect it to happen it might just increase the likelihood that it will. So stay positive! Happy Travels!
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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

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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