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Fatigue is No Match for Acupuncture!

Fight Fatigue with Acupuncture!

Fight Fatigue with Acupuncture!

Spring has sprung and you’re still feeling run down?

Acupuncture can help!

A few of the basic reasons for fatigue are stress, not getting enough sleep,  poor dietary choices, nutritional deficiencies, being on the go all of the time, and/or too little exercise.  “A body at rest, stays at rest.” 

Fatigue is also felt by people going through and/or who have gone through cancer treatments, or a long illness — fatigue also poses a danger to sufferers because normal brain and physical activity is often compromised, in addition to a reduced quality of life. Plus, falling asleep at your desk may not be the best plan to work towards a promotion at work.

There’s two different kinds of fatigue. Physical fatigue is indicated by a general lethargy or listlessness, while mental fatigue is characterized by a feeling of drowsiness and an inability to pay attention. Both are obviously not the best way to maneuver your way through life. Acupuncture is extraordinarily helpful with both physical and mental fatigue, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)  — when the tiredness and heavy feeling won’t stop, and headaches and pain are added to the mix of exhaustion.

Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. And the great night’s sleep!

Acupuncture isn’t just great for fatigue, it is also very helpful for treating all sleep problems, and without the troublesome side effects that some medications can cause.

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters.  Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions.

Melatonin = Slumberland.

Sleep like a happy baby! Try acupuncture!

Sleep like a happy baby! Try acupuncture!

So, why try acupuncture?

  • Less pain
  • Better sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Better overall health
  • Bragging rights about how great you feel to all of your friends!

Let acupuncture help bring you back into balance!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself (it’s great for back pain too!) Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Seasons Change and So Can We — Acupuncture Helps with SAD

 
Can't Hide from the Change of Season!

Can’t Hide from the Change of Season!

Having trouble adjusting to the change of seasons?

For some, changes of season can trigger depression. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, it’s already dark or getting dark when you’re driving home from work — it’s no wonder that our bodies start reacting to the lack of light!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter, although some people do suffer seasonal depression in the spring or early summer. It’s more common in women than in men, but men often suffer more severe symptoms.

While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. 

Common symptoms of SAD may include:
  • Feelings of depression or hopelessness
  • A desire to sleep more
  • Withdrawal from social life
  • Lack of interest in activities that you normally enjoy
  • Feeling like your body is heavy, or feeling low in energy
  • Increased appetite, craving for high-carb / high-fat foods, and weight gain

As with other types of depression, SAD can get worse and lead to serious problems if it isn’t treated.

Here’s some good news — acupuncture can help! Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. 

Seasonal Adjustment with Acupuncture

Enjoy the Season with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be very helpful for those who suffer from seasonal depression as they can bring the body to a more balanced state, and even prevent complications.

Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active — without overdoing it, and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection. It’s important to reach out and stay connected to those close to us, but it is also important to take the time to reflect inwards — as the seasons change, so do we, and there is opportunity for growth!

Want 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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Frazzled and Fatigued? Acupuncture Calms and Restores, Naturally!

Want to feel well-rested? Acupuncture!

Want to feel well-rested? Acupuncture!

Fatigue is a drag. Run down, worn out, exhausted and tired, and it was supposed to be a vacation?  

Acupuncture can help!

A few of the basic reasons for fatigue are stress, not getting enough sleep (that’s an easy one to figure out), poor dietary choices, nutritional deficiencies, being on the go all of the time, and/or too little exercise.  “A body at rest, stays at rest.” 

Fatigue is also felt by people going through and/or who have gone through cancer treatments, or a long illness —  fatigue also poses a danger to sufferers because normal brain and physical activity is often compromised, in addition to a reduced quality of life.

There’s two different kinds of fatigue. Physical fatigue is indicated by a general lethargy or listlessness, while mental fatigue is characterized by a feeling of drowsiness and an inability to pay attention. Acupuncture is extraordinarily helpful with both physical and mental fatigue, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)  — when the tiredness and heavy feeling won’t stop, and headaches and pain are added to the mix of exhaustion.

Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. 

Acupuncture isn’t just great for fatigue, it is also very helpful for treating all sleep problems, and without the troublesome side effects that some medications can cause. 

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters.  Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions.

Sweet Dreams with Acupuncture!

Sweet Dreams with Acupuncture!

Melatonin = Slumberland. 

So, why try acupuncture? 

  • Less pain
  • Better sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Better overall health
  • Bragging rights about how great you feel to all of your friends!

Let acupuncture help bring you back into balance!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself (it’s great for back pain too!) Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

Facebook-150px

 

Follow us on Twitter! Follow @AcupunctureCT

 

 

Tired of Winter? No, REALLY TIRED? Acupuncture Relieves Fatigue and Insomnia!

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No More Work Naps! Acupuncture Helps Fatigue and Insomnia

Old Man Winter is gripping us all, and for many, it’s difficult to feel like one is getting a good night’s rest, or being able to wake up fully the next morning. Fatigue is often the cause. The reasons? Not enough sleep, poor dietary choices, nutritional deficiencies and/or too little exercise are a few of the basic ones, and some are a little more life- threatening (heart disease, cancer, and neurological disorders). Fatigue is also felt by people going through and/or who have gone through cancer treatments. Fatigue poses a danger to sufferers because normal brain and physical activity is often compromised, in addition to a reduced quality of life. Also, The Boss tends to know you’ve been napping when you have keyboard marks on your face, and that can be a danger to the quality of your work evaluation.

Fatigue is a very common complaint that brings people to an acupuncturist — whether it’s from being on the go all of the time, dealing with stressful situations, or from an underlying medical problem like fibromyalgia, fatigue is a general term for a number of issues that affects people mentally, physically, or both. Fatigue is typically classified as a symptom as opposed to a condition.

Physical fatigue is indicated by a general lethargy or listlessness, while mental fatigue is characterized by a feeling of drowsiness and an inability to pay attention. Acupuncture is extraordinarily helpful with both physical and mental fatigue, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome — when the tiredness and heavy feeling won’t stop, and headaches and pain are added to the mix of exhaustion.

Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. That is encouraging, and helps them continue further treatments for the other perhaps more stubborn symptoms. Win/win!

Acupuncture isn’t just great for fatigue, it is also very helpful for treating all sleep problems. A preliminary report in 2004 found that in patients with anxiety, acupuncture increased night time melatonin production and total sleep time. The patients who received acupuncture also fell asleep faster, were less aroused at night, and were less stressed. The researchers concluded that, “Acupuncture treatment may be of value for some categories of anxious patients with insomnia.” This is excellent news, as many prescription drugs for insomnia are addictive and cause drowsiness or dizziness the next day, and come with other side effects.

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for insomnia. Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions. Melatonin = Snoozetime.

When treating fatigue specifically, point sites on the spleen meridian energy system will be considered, as well as possibly the kidney energy system. It is strongly recommended that sugar in the diet needs to be reduced. A complete history, with tongue and pulse diagnosis, helps to determine all the points to be included. As with any acupuncture treatment, all aspects of a person’s well-being are considered when dealing with fatigue, and treatments and council will correspond in kind.

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Wouldn’t you like to feel well-rested? 

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Reference:

J Neuropsychiatry Clinical Neuroscience 2004 Winter;16(1):19-28.
Acupuncture increases nocturnal melatonin secretion and reduces insomnia and anxiety: a preliminary report.
Spence DW, Kayumov L, Chen A, Lowe A, Jain U, Katzman MA, Shen J, Perelman B, Shapiro CM.

Winter’s Coming and You’re Feeling the Blues? Acupuncture Helps with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Enjoy the season!

Enjoy the season!

The days are shorter, the nights are longer, it’s already dark when you’re driving home from work — it’s no wonder that our bodies start reacting to the lack of light! 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, although some people do suffer seasonal depression in the spring or early summer. While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. Our biological clock (circadian rhythm) which lets our body know when to sleep and to be awake is also disrupted when the seasons change and may cause feelings of depression. 

Other factors that may contribute to SAD include genetics, hormones, and stress. Whatever the cause, SAD causes people to suffer irritability, headaches, extreme fatigue and lethargy, increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings, an inability to concentrate, and decreased libido. Yay, change of season!!

As with other types of depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder can get worse and lead to serious problems if it isn’t treated. These can include suicidal thoughts or behavior, social withdrawal, school or work problems and substance abuse. In certain conditions, medication and psychotherapy may be necessary, and the advice of a physician should be heeded.

The traditional methods of treating Seasonal Affective Disorder usually involves light therapy. Light therapy is based on the theory that increasing exposure to bright lights will increase the levels of melatonin in the body. For some cases, antidepressants are also prescribed. Most of these drugs work by increasing the actions and effects of the chemical stimulants noradrenaline and serotonin in the body.

While all these treatments can control depression, they do not address the underlying causes associated with it. Furthermore, antidepressants can produce side effects such as anxiety, palpitations, insomnia, high blood pressure, reduced libido, excessive sweating and rash. When these side effects are added to the original symptoms that weren’t pleasant to begin with, it’s understandable that people would be looking for an alternative therapy for this disorder.

Acupuncture!

Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. Besides the reaction to the lack of light, 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.

Acupuncture can be very helpful for those who suffer from seasonal depression as they can bring the body to a more balanced state, and even prevent complications.

Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active — without overdoing it, and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection. It’s important to reach out and stay connected to those close to us, but it is also important to take the time to reflect inwards — as the seasons change, so do we, and there is opportunity for growth!

For more information on how acupuncture can help you attune to the seasons, check us out at www.ctacupuncture.com

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“If I Fall Asleep Right Now, I’ll Get Three Hours…” Acupuncture Helps Insomnia

Acupuncture Can Help with Insomnia!

Acupuncture Can Help with Insomnia!

We’ve all been there — sleepless nights. When it happens regularly, it can have serious consequences to one’s health — in fact, it can affect all areas of one’s life. Whether it’s due to a hectic schedule and the wheels that won’t stop turning, poor lifestyle choices, or an emotional crisis, a sleep disorder is never cause for celebration.

A sleep disorder is a disruption of the body’s natural sleep patterns. It can be caused by a large number of problems, including night terrors, stress, grinding of the teeth, or sleep apnea. In many instances, there is nothing that can be pinpointed as the cause for the inability to fall asleep or remain sleeping. Though there are many disorders that affect the quality and/or quantity of sleep, they’re usually lumped under the label of “insomnia.”

Treatment for sleep disorders is based on the specifics of the patient and the diagnosis, family and medical history as well as the patient’s overall emotional health. Also important to factor in is the age of the patient; treatment for children with sleep disorders will be different from that for adults who have the same symptoms. Looking into diet issues, as well as the body ph (acid/base balance) can be helpful.

Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems. A preliminary report in 2004 found that in patients with anxiety, acupuncture increased night time melatonin production and total sleep time. The patients who received acupuncture also fell asleep faster, were less aroused at night, and were less stressed. The researchers concluded that, “Acupuncture treatment may be of value for some categories of anxious patients with insomnia.” This is excellent news, as many prescription drugs for insomnia are addictive and cause drowsiness or dizziness the next day, and come with other side effects.

In acupuncture, we reduce the tension in the upper body which will help TMJ and teeth grinding. It also helps with numbness to the hands that can show up early in the morning. Some people wake up so very tired! It is better to wake up rested, and acupuncture treats point sites that affect that. There are other point sites which are chosen depending upon the time of night you tend to fall asleep or wake up. This is because the meridian energy systems involved have their high tides and low tides at certain 2-hour intervals.

Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Luckily most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments. Before turning to prescription drugs, give acupuncture a try! It might be the answer you’re (about to be) dreaming of!

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

Like our Page on Facebook!

Reference:

J Neuropsychiatry Clinical Neuroscience 2004 Winter;16(1):19-28.
Acupuncture increases nocturnal melatonin secretion and reduces insomnia and anxiety: a preliminary report.
Spence DW, Kayumov L, Chen A, Lowe A, Jain U, Katzman MA, Shen J, Perelman B, Shapiro CM.

Summer Insomnia Giving You the Mid Winter Blues? Acupuncture Puts Insomnia to Bed!

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No More Sleepless Nights With Acupuncture!

We’ve all been there — sleepless nights.  When it happens regularly, it can have serious consequences to one’s health — in fact, it can affect all areas of one’s life. Whether it’s due to a hectic schedule and the wheels that won’t stop turning, poor lifestyle choices, or emotional crisis, a sleep disorder is never cause for celebration.

A sleep disorder is a disruption of the body’s natural sleep patterns. It can be caused by a large number of problems, including night terrors, stress, grinding of the teeth, or sleep apnea. In many instances, there is nothing that can be pinpointed as the cause for the inability to fall asleep or remain sleeping. Though there are many disorders that affect the quality and/or quantity of sleep, they’re usually lumped under the label of “insomnia.”

Treatment for sleep disorders is based on the specifics of the patient and the diagnosis, family and medical history as well as the patient’s overall emotional health. Also important to factor in is the age of the patient; treatment for children with sleep disorders will be different from that for adults who have the same symptoms. Looking into diet issues, as well as the body ph (acid/base balance) can be helpful.

Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems. A preliminary report in 2004 found that in patients with anxiety, acupuncture increased night time melatonin production and total sleep time. The patients who received acupuncture also fell asleep faster, were less aroused at night, and were less stressed. The researchers concluded that, “Acupuncture treatment may be of value for some categories of anxious patients with insomnia.” This is excellent news, as many prescription drugs for insomnia are addictive and cause drowsiness or dizziness the next day, and come with other side effects.

In acupuncture, we reduce the tension in the upper body which will help TMJ and teeth grinding. It also helps with numbness to the hands that can show up early in the morning. Some people wake up so very tired! It is better to wake up rested, and acupuncture treats point sites that affect that. There are other point sites which are chosen depending upon the time of night you tend to fall asleep or wake up. This is because the meridian energy systems involved have their high tides and low tides at certain 2-hour intervals.

Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes can make a big difference.  Luckily most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments. Before turning to prescription drugs, give acupuncture a try! It might be the answer you’re (about to be) dreaming of!

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

Like our Page on Facebook!

Reference:

J Neuropsychiatry Clinical Neuroscience 2004 Winter;16(1):19-28.
Acupuncture increases nocturnal melatonin secretion and reduces insomnia and anxiety: a preliminary report.
Spence DW, Kayumov L, Chen A, Lowe A, Jain U, Katzman MA, Shen J, Perelman B, Shapiro CM.