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Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Suffer From Spastic Colon No More With Acupuncture!

Don't Be Afraid! Acupuncture Eases IBS

Don’t Be Afraid! Acupuncture Eases IBS

Bloating. Gas. Nausea. Pain. And that’s just a Tuesday!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS) is mainly caused by the infection of the gastrointestinal system. It is also known as spastic colon or mucus colitis. For those who suffer from it, it’s an often painful and difficult condition to deal with.  It is the single most common digestive disorder diagnosis in America (according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders). An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of all Americans are affected by symptoms of IBS, with three times as many women as men being affected.

Symptoms of IBS include abdominal cramping and pain, and constipation and/or diarrhea (often in alternating episodes). IBS may also be accompanied by other gastrointestinal issues, such as flatulence, nausea and bloating. It is labeled a syndrome because is involves a group of symptoms that is different for each person who is affected. IBS is a motility disorder, which involves abnormal movement of the small and large intestines.

Researchers are exploring the theory that there are direct links between the brain and the gastrointestinal system, which would explain why flare-ups of IBS are sometimes triggered by emotional upsets or stress. Menstruation also frequently triggers or makes IBS symptoms worse, while pregnancy and menopause can either worsen or improve symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy is associated with an increased risk of developing IBS.  Episodes may also be aggravated by eating, and are frequently relieved after a bowel movement. But here’s the good news!

Acupuncture can provide significant pain relief and help minimize other symptoms of IBS. Acupuncture addresses the acute and immediate symptoms that are occurring in your digestive system. IBS is often seen as a disharmony between the liver and the spleen. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of substances throughout the body. This flow can be upset by emotions or stress, causing stagnation of Qi (energy) or blood. The spleen is associated with the function of digestion and transforming food into energy. The spleen can be weakened by a number of factors, including overeating unhealthy foods, overwork, excessive worry, fatigue, and lack of exercise.  When the spleen is weak and the liver is not moving smoothly, the liver overacts on the spleen and can manifest as symptoms of IBS.

A liver/spleen disharmony is similar to the short-term loss of appetite or a bout of diarrhea that occurs during an occasional emotional upset. With IBS, however, the phenomenon occurs in slow motion; the emotional stress or trauma takes place over a long period of time, and the digestive symptoms of IBS can last for years.

Acupuncture has very powerful energy to restore your digestion and intestinal functions to normal. Acupuncture evaluates more of your history and other symptoms as well to get a greater understanding of your body’s condition. A complete history and exam will proceed a treatment, as a single symptom should not be treated out of its larger context.  Acupuncture looks to all the energy systems before choosing point sites.

Infection is believed to be caused by the pathogenic factors of dampness and heat, either obtained externally (from weather, for instance) or generated internally (such as internal injury from improper food). Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture to remove dampness and heat from within the system by selecting certain acupuncture points along the meridians of the stomach and large intestine, most of which are located along the lateral side of the legs and arms. This causes IBS symptoms to dissipate, as well as to cause the immune system to strengthen and reduce stress.  Acupuncture restores health by balancing and improving the flow of chi, restoring proper function of muscles, nerves, vessels, glands, and organs, and improves your quality of life!

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

Helpful Tips for Those with IBS:

  • Be sure to regularly eat foods that are high in fiber
  • Avoid heavy and large meals that are high in fat
  • Drink plenty of water every day
  • Avoid smoking
  • Develop a regular bathroom schedule.
  • Regular exercise can help relieve stress, a factor that seems to make the disorder worse.

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Acupuncture is a Nauseous Mother’s Helper! Give the Heave a Heave Ho!

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Acupuncture Helps with Pregnancy Complaints

It’s morning, the birds are singing, and you’re accompanying them with a dry heave.

Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are definitely issues for some women. Acupuncture is a fantastic addition to traditional Western prenatal care that has many benefits that come with it. And because 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 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!

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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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Open the Drapes, and Play the Music! Acupuncture Relieves Migraines!

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The Sun is a Friend Again! Acupuncture Helps with Migraines!

Migraines are in no way pleasant to deal with. Some people suffer days of pain. And it certainly can be debilitating, leading to an inability to go to work, school, or attend social activities.

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.

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 can 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!

In fact, 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.

In our own practice at CT Acupuncture, we have worked with migraine patients, (classic, cluster, and variations on the theme) for over 25 years, and our surveys have shown close to 100% improvement on virtually all the patients we 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.

Suffer migraines no longer!

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Be a Happy Traveler! Fight Nausea and Vertigo with Acupuncture!

Be a Happy Traveler with Acupuncture!

Be a Happy Traveler with Acupuncture!

Don’t dread a road trip! Acupuncture is helpful for those who suffer from motion sickness, and relieves its symptoms of nausea and vertigo so that you can be a happy traveler!

Nausea is a condition whose symptoms include discomfort in the stomach and often gives the sufferer an involuntary urge to vomit. A common cause of nausea is the body being in motion it can’t control (also referred to as sea sickness or motion sickness).

There are also other issues that can cause a person to feel nauseous, including food poisoning, dehydration, some medications (such as chemo), migraines, hangover, 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.

Acupuncture will treat nausea and vertigo 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. And 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!

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…

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Here’s to Health! Acupuncture Works To Ease Chemotherapy Side Effects

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Acupuncture Eases Chemo Symptoms
and Strengthens the Body!

Acupuncture can provide a safe and easy way to improve the quality of life of cancer patients who receive chemotherapy. Chemotherapy, also called chemo, is a drug treatment medical professionals use to destroy cancer cells. The drugs work by affecting the growth of cells that divide rapidly, such as cancer cells. However, the drugs also affect other cells which divide frequently, such as the ones that line your mouth, the ones found in hair follicles and the cells of the lining in your intestine. For this reason, persons undergoing treatment often experience a range of symptoms, including hair loss, a bad taste in their mouths, mouth sores, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Damage to blood cells can cause anemia and as a result, fatigue. Damage to cells that produce hormones can cause chills, hot flashes, sleep disturbances and night sweats. It’s easy to see why the treatment often feels worse than the disease!

Whenever cancer occurs, there has been a weakening of the body and an inability of the body to heal itself completely. Cancer, in fact, is an attempt of the body to heal itself. This is good news, because it means that strengthening the body will help to heal it from cancer.

Studies at the National Institutes of Health resulted in a 1997 Consensus Statement on Acupuncture stating that “promising results have emerged” after studies of the effectiveness of acupuncture showed an easing of nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy.

Acupuncture is useful in many other ways to chemotherapy patients as well.

Before chemo treatments, acupuncture will help make the body stronger and better able to resist the negative effects of chemotherapy, thus diminishing the symptoms. After chemotherapy treatments, acupuncture helps in a number of ways to restore the body’s balance. Even under chronic conditions, acupuncture at specific points will set into action the body’s own healing abilities, reinvigorating the affected cells and helping them to recover, thus diminishing the symptoms.

Acupuncture always works with the body’s natural energy. Clearing the energy meridians will allow the body to release endorphins, which reduce fatigue and nausea and increase energy levels and feelings of well-being. Acupuncture can radically improve a patient’s quality of life. With balance and harmony, you have health. A happy, healthy life!

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Enjoy Your Travels Without Travel Sickness with Acupuncture!

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Anchors Away with Acupuncture!

For some, the thought of a holiday cruise brings a feeling of dread, a fear of the usual nausea and vertigo. Acupuncture is helpful for those who suffer from motion sickness, and relieves its symptoms.

Nausea is a condition whose symptoms include discomfort in the stomach and often gives the sufferer an involuntary urge to vomit. A common cause of nausea is the body being in motion it can’t control (also referred to as sea sickness or motion sickness).

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.

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.  And 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 keep you from adventuring! See how acupuncture can help…

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Hot Flashes Relieved Quickly and Easily with Acupuncture

Hot Flashes Relieved by Acupuncture

Hot Flashes Relieved by Acupuncture

Hot flashes are a series of symptoms that affect women, mostly those approaching or in menopause. They are caused by hormone changes within the body and when they occur at night, are referred to as “night sweats.” Most women who experience hot flashes report that they come and go rather quickly, and the symptoms tend to disappear as quickly as they arrive. In some instances, sufferers experience a warning “aura,” similar to the onset of a migraine headache.

Though hot flashes vary in intensity and types of symptoms from woman to woman, most sufferers report sweating, heart palpitations and sometimes nausea. Generally, the sensation of heat occurs in the upper body (chest, face, neck) and can often spread throughout the entire body. Although hot flashes are uncomfortable and their onset is extremely sudden, they rarely indicate a serious medical issue.

Acupuncture almost always clears the hot flashes easily and quickly, with only a few treatments. What a wonderful relief! The point sites chosen do not hurt, are gentle, and effective. Other symptoms such as insomnia can be treated at the same time.

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Nausea – Acupuncture Can Often Treat with Immediate Success

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Acupuncture Can Relieve Nausea

Nausea is a condition whose symptoms include discomfort in the stomach and often gives the sufferer an involuntary urge to vomit. A common cause of nausea is the body being in motion it can’t control (also referred to as sea sickness or motion sickness). The same symptoms sometimes affect pregnant women, but this is not due to motion sickness.

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.

Acupuncture will treat nausea 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. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, considering the whole body-mind complex when considering a single symptom-it doesn’t exist alone.