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Feeling Anxious This Fall? Acupuncture Balances Emotions

Acupuncture Brings Balance to Anxiety Sufferers

Acupuncture Brings Balance to Anxiety Sufferers

The change of season is beautiful, but when anxiety gets overwhelming, acupuncture is a great autumn friend!

Anxiety is a very common issue. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men.

Some stress is normal in life. But when the levels get too high, anxiety can cause such distress that it interferes with someone’s ability to lead a normal life. Distress can disturb the body’s internal balance, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and difficulty sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from distress.

There is no reason to suffer from anxiety any longer.

Acupuncture is a powerful treatment for relieving anxiety. It is highly effective in treating emotional problems, and it also addresses the physical realm, relieving the headaches, upset stomach, muscle aches, insomnia, and irritability that anxiety and stress can cause.

Treatment for anxiety varies from person to person, as there is no “one size fits all” type of treatment, as different people have different personalities, different needs, and of course, different symptoms. There are many ways of dealing with anxiety, but acupuncture is an extraordinarily helpful tool. Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes.

Enjoy Autumn! Acupuncture Brings Anxiety Relief

Enjoy Autumn! Acupuncture Brings Anxiety Relief

Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications.

It is important to make sure that your body is getting adequate Vitamin D, as our bodies aren’t getting as much sun as we have in the previous summer months, and as a result we aren’t producing as much Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is also important for immunity, bone health and heart health, and it helps protect against cancer. Vitamin D supplements may improve seasonal anxiety and depression that worsen during the winter months.

Magnesium is also very helpful — it’s a calming mineral that nourishes the nervous system. Magnesium is also very protective of the heart and arteries; again, this is important if you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks.

Meditation and exercise are also important additions to a healthy approach. It is also important to stay hydrated. 

Let acupuncture bring you back into balance, and to enjoy this beautiful season!

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can help you get relief from anxiety visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

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Bad Case of the Winter Blahs? Feeling Anxious or Depressed? Be Soothed with Acupuncture!

Beat the Winter Blahs with Acupuncture!

Beat the Winter Blahs with Acupuncture!

Winter has been beautiful. However, who is now sick of shoveling? And careening down ice coated staircases? And feeling like it will never end? The other big question…have you been feeling really blah? Acupuncture can help with back pain, neck pain, headaches, and insomnia, but did you also know it can help with depression and anxiety?

Depression affects one in ten Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How does one know if they’re depressed? When someone is feeling sad, hopeless, discouraged, unmotivated or disinterested for over two weeks or these feelings start to interfere with their activities and duties it could be a major depressive episode. For men, depression can also show up as irritability, anger, or self-destructive behavior. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. This is where acupuncture can really help.

If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

Also, for some, change of seasons can trigger depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year, two-thirds of which are female, but males may have symptoms that are more severe. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter.

Ranging widely in severity, anxiety and depression are often found to occur together and have overlapping symptoms. Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to help with mild, short-term cases of both anxiety and depression. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men. In Western medicine, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about every day or upcoming life events with no obvious reasons for the worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and seemingly can’t stop worrying about things such as health, money, family, work, or school, and the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Therefore, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning.

In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes,  Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach.  Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Beings made mostly of water need it to be happy and healthy! Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change.

Acupuncture helps you by bringing your body into balance, giving it a chance to rest, relax and heal.

Be kind to yourself and remember, Spring is coming!

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

Happy (Day After) Thanksgiving From CT Acupuncture Center! (Now Here’s How to Get Rid Any Digestive Troubles!)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I hope you had the happiest and most abundant of Thanksgivings!

After the turkey has been cooked and enjoyed, the various salads and pies and after dinner treats have been eaten, and then perhaps seconds…or so…sometimes the body has a hard time dealing with all you’ve asked of it.

Digestive disorders indicate that there is a disharmony between the body organs responsible for digestion.The stomach doesn’t realize it’s Thanksgiving and it needs to up its game! When this happens over a period of many years, digestive disorder imbalances occur.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance as well as a wide range of medical conditions, including upset stomach.

Acupuncture corrects the imbalances and regulates digestion. Specific acupuncture points increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation and reduce gastric acid secretion, making acupuncture helpful in treating general gastrointestinal symptoms. Acupuncture addresses the acute and immediate symptoms that are occurring in your digestive system. Acupuncture evaluates more of your history and other symptoms as well to get a greater understanding of your body’s condition, and will then choose other point sites located on your legs, arms, back, etc. to facilitate a deeper clearing and correction of the chronic symptoms you frequently experience. Food allergies, and sensitivities will improve.

Diet is a primary consideration, as are emotional issues. Stress, worry, sadness, fear, anger, and all derivatives of these basic emotions will contribute immediately to the digestive system and its ability to “stomach” your experiences and your perceptions. Relaxation before, during, and after meals helps to enable a healthy processing of food. Troubles during mealtime may switch you to a “fight or flight” mode, which shortcuts away from digestion. (Perhaps some large family gatherings might not always go as smoothly as one would hope.) Meditation is a good practice to help you maintain a healthy frame of mind for longer periods of time.

Acupuncture will give immediate improvements, and a longer series of treatments will help to clear up really stubborn conditions with deeper and older causes. And isn’t that something to be grateful for!

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo: George GrimmHowell

Anxiety and Depression — When They Get Out Of Control…Acupuncture!

Let Anxiety and Depression Go with Acupuncture

Let Anxiety and Depression Go with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to treat many cases of anxiety and depression. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men. In Western medicine, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about every day or upcoming life events with no obvious reasons for the worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and seemingly can’t stop worrying about things such as health, money, family, work, or school, and the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Therefore, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning.

Depression affects one in 10 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How does one know if they’re depressed? When someone is feeling sad, hopeless, discouraged, unmotivated or disinterested for over 2 weeks or these feelings start to interfere with their activities and duties it could be a major depressive episode. For men, depression can also show up as irritability, anger, or self-destructive behavior. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock.

If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

Ranging widely in severity, anxiety and depression are often found to occur together and have overlapping symptoms. Acupuncture can help with mild, short-term cases of both anxiety and depression.

In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes,  Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach.  Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Beings made mostly of water need it to be happy and healthy! Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change. Acupuncture helps you by bringing your body into balance, giving it a chance to rest, relax and heal.

Here’s to good mental health!

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

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