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Acupuncture Eases the Grip of Mother Nature (and helps with PMS, headaches and cramps!)

Ease PMS, Headaches and Cramps with Acupuncture!

Ease PMS, Headaches and Cramps with Acupuncture!

You’d think that you’d be used to it by now. Bloating. Mood swings. Headache. Fatigue, anxiety and depression. It must be that time of the month! It doesn’t have to be this way…

Scientists are unclear of the exact cause of PMS, although they have found correlations. Some studies show that glutamate levels in the brain spike prior to menstruation, which can cause mood swings and anxiety. Other scientists suspect that low levels of serotonin or beta-endorphin (both neurotransmitters that promote positive moods) may underlie the symptoms of PMS. Premenstrual syndrome occurs during the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle.  In extreme cases, PMS can interfere with everyday life. Regardless of the exact cause, premenstrual syndrome is easy to cure!

Hormone levels naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. However, stress, discomfort and anxiety that arise from these changing levels are not! Minor lifestyle adjustments can help reduce symptoms. Also, acupuncture can help! With its balancing effects, acupuncture restores harmony to the hormonal and energy systems of the body, healing the causes of PMS.

The end result? You feel better, your mood improves, your headache goes away and your energy returns. If you suffer any discomfort during menses, such as cramps or nausea, acupuncture will ease these symptoms for you as well. 

In fact, recent German study published in the February, 2008 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology confirms that acupuncture can relieve a woman of her menstrual pain.

In the study, 201 women were randomly assigned to acupuncture or no treatment for menstrual pain, severe cramps and discomfort. The majority of patients receiving acupuncture reported at least a 33 percent improvement in their pain level.

It was observed that after three months of treatment the average pain score was 3.1 in the acupuncture group, compared with 5.4 in the control group, using a pain scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain. The treatment included an average of about 10 sessions.

“Patients with chronic dysmenorrhea [menstrual pain] treated with acupuncture as an adjunct to routine care showed significant improvements in pain intensity and quality of life compared to patients who received routine care alone.” Dr. Claudia Witt of Charite University Medical Center in Berlin said.

Acupuncture is extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders including: painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea and PMS. It’s also excellent at relieving symptoms of stress of all kinds. Whether it’s easing PMS or alleviating painful cramps, acupuncture is certainly an excellent ally during the challenging part of a woman’s month! Doesn’t that sound like a great friend to have?

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Source: American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Volume 198, Issue 2, Pages 166.e1-166.e8 (February 2008)

Oh, Forget Diamonds…Acupuncture is a Girl’s Best Friend!

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When You Feel Far From Fab…
Try Acupuncture!

Headache-y? Crampy? Cranky? Anxious? 

No, these aren’t the first four of the Dysfunctional Seven Dwarves, but things we ladies go through and deal with. We no longer need to do it alone! Acupuncture is a great way to deal with headaches, cramps, PMS symptoms, and the stresses of daily life.

First off — headaches. Whether it’s from the fact that you have a child under the age of, let’s say 30, bills that were due yesterday, or a serious caffeine withdrawal, headaches can stop you in your tracks and leave you rubbing your temples while squinting at people or just going away to hide. They are one of the most common physical complaints that prompt people to treat themselves or seek professional assistance.  

 A “headache” is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, and therefore the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days. Also common to the headache group are those caused by stuffy sinuses.

Acupuncture has been used to relieve headaches and migraines (as well as their underlying causes) for thousands of years without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences.Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments. Either way, relief can be found!

Next on the list are cramps — the menstrual kind. 

Many women experience pain each month with their periods, and while it generally lessens as a woman ages or after childbirth, period cramps are often difficult to deal with. Acupuncture can help! Acupuncture is appropriate prior as well as during the symptom time. It is best to work preventatively, to clear up the causes before the symptoms begin. It is certainly good to avoid medications when possible. Acupuncture is also extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders, including painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea and PMS.

Speaking of PMS…

Scientists are unclear of the exact cause of PMS, although they have found correlations. Some studies show that glutamate levels in the brain spike prior to menstruation, which can cause mood swings and anxiety. Other scientists suspect that low levels of serotonin or beta-endorphin (both neurotransmitters that promote positive moods) may underlie the symptoms of PMS.

Regardless of the exact cause, premenstrual syndrome is easy to cure!

Hormone levels naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. However, stress, discomfort and anxiety that arise from these changing levels are not! Minor lifestyle adjustments can help reduce symptoms. Also, with acupuncture’s balancing effects, it restores harmony to the hormonal and energy systems of the body, healing the causes of PMS.

As always, the point sites chosen will vary a little based on the individual, as we assess the history and the whole health picture. We will also look at the tongue and pulse diagnosis, and consider your diet as well. Point sites chosen will include lower back as well as lower abdomen. There will be others as well, perhaps on the top of the foot and maybe inside of ankles. The point sites are painless, and gently treated.

The end result? You feel better, your mood improves,your stress level decreases (acupuncture is wonderful for reducing stress), your headache and/or nausea goes away and your energy returns. And those you live and work with aren’t afraid of you anymore. Win/win!

So ladies, if you’re in pain or discomfort, acupuncture is a new best friend! Feel free to tell your guy friends about it, too.

(And you can certainly also wear diamonds if you want.)

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

Banshee Be Gone! Acupuncture Banishes PMS Symptoms and Lets You Keep Your Friends!

Acupuncture Eases PMS

Acupuncture Eases PMS

Your fat pants are now leggings, due to awesome bloating. The “Girls” hurt. Mood swings. You seriously don’t know if you love him or hate all of humanity.  Headache. Fatigue, anxiety and depression. Massive consumption of baked goods and delving deep into the bag of Halloween candy…and it’s only September.  It must be that time of the month!

Or does it have to be this way…?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the cyclic recurrence of a group of symptoms that peak 7 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear a few hours after the onset of the menstrual flow.  In extreme cases, PMS can interfere with everyday life and relationships.

Scientists are unclear of the exact cause of PMS, although they have found correlations. Some studies show that glutamate levels in the brain spike prior to menstruation, which can cause mood swings and anxiety. Other scientists suspect that low levels of serotonin or beta-endorphin (both neurotransmitters that promote positive moods) may underlie the symptoms of PMS.

Regardless of the exact cause, premenstrual syndrome is easy to cure! What?! Yes!

Hormone levels naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. However, stress, discomfort and anxiety that arise from these changing levels are not. Minor lifestyle adjustments can help reduce symptoms.

But when PMS gets out of control or too uncomfortable to deal with, acupuncture can help! With its balancing effects, acupuncture restores harmony to the hormonal and energy systems of the body, healing the causes of PMS.

The end result? You feel better, your mood improves, your headache goes away and your energy returns. If you suffer any discomfort during menses, such as cramps or nausea, acupuncture will ease these symptoms for you as well.

Acupuncture is also extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders including painful periods, irregular periods, and amenorrhea. Whether it’s easing PMS or alleviating painful cramps, acupuncture is certainly an excellent ally during what can be a challenging part of a woman’s month!

Here’s some other helpful tips that can help you. Balanced nutrition is crucial for overcoming PMS. Certain foods such as alcohol, caffeine (try herbal teas, especially chamomile), cold temperature foods, sugar, salt, and animal fats exacerbate symptoms of PMS and should be avoided.  In addition, commercial red meats and poultry, which have a residue of steroids composed of female animal sex hormones, should be eliminated from the diet. It feels like it’s all the things that are wonderful in the world, but there are healthier options that are a better choice. Food necessary for a harmonious menstrual cycle include: plenty of organic vegetables, small amounts of fruit, whole grains, legumes (especially soy), seaweed, small amounts of lean hormone-free meats, and fish (especially salmon, tuna, trout, and mackerel). Stay hydrated and don’t beat yourself up too badly for the Entenmann’s. 

Exercise also plays an important role in the treatment of PMS. Thirty to forty-five minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least three times per week improves blood circulation and significantly helps reduce symptoms, and greatly reduces menstrual cramping. Also, the fat pants will become baggy!

PMS? Nutrition, Exercise…Acupuncture!

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Is Your Monthly Visitor Being a Pain? Acupuncture Relieves Cramps!

Relieve Cramps with Acupuncture

Relieve Cramps with Acupuncture

Aunt Flo’s come for her monthly visit, and now she is apparently kicking your uterus from the inside!

Many women experience pain each month with their periods, and while it generally lessens as a woman ages or after childbirth, period cramps are often difficult to deal with. Acupuncture can help!

In fact, there is a recent German study published in the February, 2008 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology confirms that acupuncture can relieve a woman of her menstrual pain.

In the study, 201 women were randomly assigned to acupuncture or no treatment for menstrual pain, severe cramps and discomfort. The majority of patients receiving acupuncture reported at least a 33 percent improvement in their pain level.

“Patients with chronic dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain) treated with acupuncture as an adjunct to routine care showed significant improvements in pain intensity and quality of life compared to patients who received routine care alone.” Dr. Claudia Witt of Charite University Medical Center in Berlin said.

Since 2000, the researchers note, Germany’s health insurers have recommended that acupuncture to relieve pain only be covered by insurance if it is delivered as part of a study to investigate its effectiveness.

“Our study showed that acupuncture was beneficial for women if offered as part of the health insurance system,” the researchers write in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Based on these findings, the researchers conclude that “acupuncture should be considered as a viable option in the management of these patients.”

This is great news for people on both sides of the Pond!

Acupuncture is appropriate prior as well as during the symptom time. It is best to work preventatively, to clear up the causes before the symptoms begin. It is certainly good to avoid medications when possible. Acupuncture is also extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders, including painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea and PMS.

The point sites chosen will vary a little based on the individual, as we assess the history and the whole health picture. We will also look at the tongue and pulse diagnosis, and consider your diet as well. Point sites chosen will include lower back as well as lower abdomen. There will be others as well, perhaps on the top of the foot and maybe inside of ankles… The point sites are painless, and gently treated.

Your very next month will be so much better!

Other Helpful Tips To Lesson Menstrual Cramps

Many women find that changing their diets can make their cramps less severe.       Eat foods that are rich in calcium. They include beans, almonds, and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.

Eat foods that are high in antioxidants, including fruits such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes, and vegetables such as squash and bell pepper.

Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.

Eat more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy), or beans for protein.

Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.

Some women find that adding soy milk to their diet helps relieve menstrual pain.

Eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.

Drink 6 – 8 glasses of filtered water daily.

Exercise at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.

Mind-body techniques such as meditation and exercises such as yoga and tai chi can also help relieve pain.

For more information about how acupuncture can help you, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Source: American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Volume 198, Issue 2, Pages 166.e1-166.e8 (February 2008)