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Turn the Lights Back On! Acupuncture Brings Relief to Migraine Sufferers

Get Back to that Book! Acupuncture Brings Migraine Relief

Get Back to that Book! Acupuncture Brings Migraine Relief

Acupuncture can bring relief to those suffering from migraines, and without side effects! 

Do you or someone you love suffer from migraines? What is a migraine? Migraine is a primary headache disorder defined by a painful headache and nausea, often accompanied with an increased sensitivity to light and sound, vomiting and a pulsating sensation, which is usually only present in one side of the head.

For many, migraines can strike without warning, and can often manifest as recurring attacks, usually lasting for 4 to 72 hours and involving pain of moderate to severe intensity. Migraines can completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack. In fact, The World Health Organization places migraine as one of the 20 most disabling medical illnesses on the planet.

Who Does Migraine Affect? (courtesy of American Migraine Association)

  • Thirty-six million Americans, about 12% of the population, suffer from migraine headaches.
  • One in four households in America has a member with migraine.
  • Migraine is 3 times more common in women than men. Migraine affects 30% of women over a lifetime.
  • Migraine is most common between the 3rd and 6th decades of life in both men and women. However, migraine affects people of all ages, including children and the elderly.
  • Although most people with migraine have a few attacks or less per month, 3% of the population have chronic migraine. Chronic migraine indicates the presence of at least 15 days of headache each month for at least 6 months.migraine triggers

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) or tyramine (red wine, certain cheeses, smoked fish and chicken livers, among others), menstruation, and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odors).

Migraines can be treated preventatively, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! The points chosen are usually on the upper back, neck, ear, abdomen, and the temple area of the head. Leg points are also relevant. Each person is evaluated individually, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle, and without the side effects that over-the-counter and prescription medications bring.

Open the drapes, and turn on the lights! Acupuncture can bring relief and let you get back to your life.

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Beat Down Those Bad Habits and Boost Your Health with Acupuncture!

Embrace Health and Happiness in 2015!

Embrace Health and Happiness in 2015!

Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax!

Addiction is rampant in our society. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. There are many things that people can become addicted to. Alcohol. Cigarettes. Video Games. Medications and drugs. If use turns into addiction, there is help!

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

How does it do that? Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system.  Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers, resembling opiates in structure and function. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Feel Relaxed and Rejuvenated with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture for Health!

Emotional aspects that underlie can also be addressed with acupuncture. The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy. Acupuncture theory can recognize some signs to that history, and how the body is currently affected, and then chose appropriate point sites to give improvement.

Other benefits? Acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being. And that’s a great foundation to build upon for a strong and healthy 2015!

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Dehydrated? Acupuncture to the Rescue! (And Drink Your Water!)

 
Avoid Dehydration -- Drink Water and Try Acupuncture!

Avoid Dehydration — Drink Water and Try Acupuncture!

Chances are — You’re dehydrated! 

For beings that are mostly water, it’s surprising how many people aren’t getting what they need!

Water is so important to our body. Water fills empty spaces and transports blood cells. It dissolves all the body solids and increases oxygen to the cells. It is the glue that keeps the solid parts of cells together. It is the main source of energy production and also regulates energy by osmotic balancing. Everything in your body needs water to live. 

Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable source of the body’s need for water, especially for children and older adults. Water is lost from the body from sweating, urinating, breathing, and bowel movements. Consider your personal color instead  — a better gauge is the color of your urine. Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration. Time to drink more water!

Here’s what can happen if you don’t…

Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • No wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
  • In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby’s head
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Fever
  • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

So obviously, we need to pay attention to our hydration levels! Here’s more reasons why water is so important to our bodies. 

Drink Water for Your Health!

Drink Water for Your Health!

The following organs as important team players in the role of creating and moving blood: Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Lung, and Liver. Blood needs water to move. If blood does not function properly, then qi (or Life Force) cannot move well either. 

When an acupuncture needle is inserted, it results in increased heat, which results in increased blood flow, and it results in an increase in water to the damaged cells that cause pain. By increasing the content of water to the damaged cells cellular healing occurs.

Many diseases as allergies, arthritis, and high blood pressure are also alleviated with acupuncture. You can help heal yourself by restoring more water to your body.

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com 

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Got yourself a nice sunburn and want the pain to stop? Acupuncture can help bring sunburn relief, too…

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(Did You) Burn Baby, Burn? Acupuncture Can Bring Sunburn Relief

 
 
It always starts innocently enough...acupuncture can help relieve sunburn!

It always starts innocently enough…acupuncture can help relieve sunburn!

Are you looking for relief from that fun in the sun aftermath? 

Summertime. Sunshine. Sunburn…acupuncture!

It’s not necessarily the first thing you think about when you are wondering what on earth will speed up the healing process of sunburn, but acupuncture will not only help soothe the pain, it will make you feel more relaxed in the process!

How do you know you have sunburn? You know you’ve been in the sun too long if your skin looks pink or red, feels hot to the touch, or is painful. Once you feel this, however, it’s likely too late. Most sunburn symptoms don’t show until a few hours after exposure, but the full extent of the burn may not appear for a day or more.  

When you get a sunburn, you might experience redness, blisters, pain, swelling, itching, chills, headache, fever, dehydration and nausea. And if you make a habit of getting them, prolonged and repeated sunburns can cause aging of the skin, loss of skin elasticity, and greatly increase your risk of skin cancer. 

Here’s how we can help!

Millions of Americans get acupuncture yearly, most often for relief from chronic pain, back problems, addiction, headaches, menstrual discomfort and arthritis.

Acupuncture - it's  like sunbathing, but it soothes sunburn instead!

Acupuncture – it’s like sunbathing, but it soothes sunburn instead!

Acupuncture is also great for relieving sunburn.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, sunburn is a trapping of damp heat in the skin that must be treated by releasing the heat and soothing the accompanying pain. In addition, acupuncture can also give the immune system a boost, and relieve the general fatigue and malaise often present after a major sun exposure. 

Besides aftercare, a little prevention goes a very long way — here’s some great advice for more fun than burning in the sun…

Tips For Avoiding Sunburn
  • Seems simple…avoid the sun when it’s at super strength. Don’t stay out for long periods of time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you’re outdoors during this time, keep in mind that you’ll burn faster than at other times of the day.
  • Beware of reflective surfaces. Water or sand can bounce as much as 17% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays back at you. 
  • Wear clothing that will  protect you from the sun. If you’ve been out in the sun for a while and want to protect your skin, use clothing such as cover-ups, long, loose-fitting pants and tops, and wide-brimmed hats. Choose lightweight fabrics that are cool, but will still give you sun protection. Remember your sunglasses (sunburned eyes…it can happen).
Protect that gorgeous skin with sunblock!

Protect that gorgeous skin!

  • Wear sunblock! Sunblock will protect your skin from the sun’s rays, but be aware that many contain questionable chemicals that are not typically regulated. Choose natural varieties from your health food store, and be sure to reapply the sunblock if you have been in the water or have been sweating. 
  • Be shady! A simple way to avoid sunburn is to go in a shaded area to get out of the sun. If a shaded area (such as under a tree) is not available, use an umbrella. It will also make it easier for your friends and family to locate you on the beach! Win/win!

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Is That Bundle of Joy Making You Want to Heave? Acupuncture to the Rescue!

 
Acupuncture is great for Moms-to-be!

Acupuncture is great for Moms-to-be!

Morning Sickness Is Not the Best Baby Gift…

Motherhood. The beautiful glow of pregnancy, the sudden running to the bathroom…

Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are definitely issues for some women, and for others the “morning sickness” can last all day, every day.  What Mama-to-be has time for that!?

Did you know that acupuncture is a fantastic addition to traditional Western prenatal care, and that it has many benefits that come with it? And as acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this other option to drug therapy for these and many other common pregnancy complaints.

And it’s been shown that acupuncture can help. A single blind randomized controlled trial was undertaken by a maternity teaching hospital in Adelaide, Australia to determine whether acupuncture reduced nausea, dry retching, and vomiting, and improved the health status of women in pregnancy.

The trial consisted of 593 women less than 14 weeks pregnant that had symptoms of nausea or vomiting that were randomized into 4 groups. The results? Women receiving traditional acupuncture reported less nausea throughout the trial and less dry retching from the second week, compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women who received p6 acupuncture reported less nausea from the second week of the trial, and less dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women in the sham acupuncture group reported less nausea and dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture group.

So, acupuncture was indeed found to be an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.

But is acupuncture safe?

Another study in 2002 conducted at the same hospital on the safety of acupuncture for nausea in early pregnancy verified that there is no increased risk of congenital anomalies, miscarriage, stillbirth, placental abruption, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, premature birth, or normal measures of neonatal health (such as maturity or birth weight) when women receive acupuncture during pregnancy.

The study was conducted during the first trimester of pregnancy, when fetal development is most vulnerable. These results have been replicated at other research institutions worldwide.

So not only is acupuncture effective, it’s safe!

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has been used for thousands of years, and is a wonderful holistic therapy.  The procedures are relatively painless, the effect can be immediate and can even be relaxing. Acupuncture is also excellent for relieving stress, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, inducing and decreasing the length of labor. A true Mother’s Helper!

Pregnant and Depressed? Acupuncture Can Help…

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Source: Birth. 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9.
Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.
Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J.
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia.

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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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Migraines Be Gone! Acupuncture Works Wonders with Migraine Headaches

Smile! Acupuncture Helps with Migraines!

Smile! Acupuncture Helps with Migraines!

Migraines hurt. Acupuncture can quickly bring relief to those suffering from migraines, and without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter medications can bring. And the less time with a migraine, the better!

Here’s a little about life with migraines. In the worst attacks some sufferers of migraines become so debilitated that the pain seems unbearable, a temple is throbbing and they have to retire to a darkened room. Then often comes hours of excruciating pain and feelings of nausea, then a welcome relief as they may vomit, the pain recedes and they can perhaps fall to sleep. Needless to say, this all can lead to an inability to go to work, school, or attend social activities.

What is a migraine, anyways? Migraine is a condition defined by a painful headache and nausea, often accompanied with an increased sensitivity to light and sound, the aforementioned vomiting and a pulsating sensation, which is usually only present in one side of the head. Typically, a migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, which in some cases may completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack.

Approximately 75% of sufferers are female. Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) or tyramine (red wine, certain cheeses, smoked fish and chicken livers, among others), menstruation, and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odors).

Acupuncture to the rescue!

In my own practice at CT Acupuncture, I have worked with migraine patients, (classic, cluster, and variations on the theme) for over 25 years, and my surveys have shown close to 100% improvement on virtually all the patients I have treated. Migraines can be treated preventatively, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! The points chosen are usually on the upper back, neck, ear, abdomen, and the temple area of the head. Leg points are also relevant. Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.

Are you the type that likes to see things in print? Here’s some interesting news…a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal demonstrates that acupuncture can reduce the days each month suffered with migraines to be reduced by half.

In the four-week study, almost 500 adults were treated with either traditional Chinese acupuncture or a sham treatment in which acupuncture needles were inserted in nonspecific points. Participants did not know which type of acupuncture treatment they were receiving.

After completing the study, all of the participants — including those in the sham group — reported fewer days with migraines than before the study began. Before the study, most suffered monthly migraines, on average six days of migraines a month. After the completing the study, they reported migraines on an average of three days in the month.

In the month following the treatment, all of the participants also reported improvements in the frequency and intensity of migraines. However, lasting effects were seen only in study participants who received traditional acupuncture. Three months after treatment, people who received traditional Chinese acupuncture continued to report a reduction in migraine days, frequency, and intensity. People who received the sham treatment did not.

Suffer migraines no longer! Wouldn’t you like to know what life is like without them?

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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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There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays (and Acupuncture Helps You to Not Be Car Sick When You Get There!)

Don't Let Motion Sickness Keep You From Happy Travels!

Don’t Let Motion Sickness Keep You From Happy Travels!

Have you ever traveled over the river and through the woods, hurling in the back seat as you go? Or realized that flying makes you a queasy seat-mate?

You don’t need to reach for another in-flight doggie bag…acupuncture is helpful for those who suffer from motion sickness, and relieves its symptoms.

Acupuncture will treat nausea and vertigo often with immediate success. Depending on the causes, more treatments will be relevant. We will evaluate your history, 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.

It’s not just motion sickness that can cause a stomach to be queasy. There are also other issues that can cause a person to feel nauseous, including food poisoning, dehydration, some medications (such as chemo), migraines, and vertigo. In a large number of cases, a stomach infection is to blame for the nausea, but in about 10% of cases, the root cause is unknown.

Sometimes, it doesn’t just stop at feeling sick…most people classify vomiting as one of the more unpleasant experiences in life. Acupuncture can also treat this evil sister of nausea. Vomiting is not a stand-alone symptom, is just stands out! We need to look deeper into all the interrelationships of your physiology to treat underlying causes. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, considering the whole body-mind complex when considering a single symptom — it doesn’t exist alone.

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 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. It is true that immediate relief is so welcome!

Don’t let motion sickness or stomach issues keep you from being happy at home for the holidays!

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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.)

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