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Acupuncture: A Powerful Ally for Addiction Recovery

Acupuncture Aids in Addiction Recovery

Regain control of your life and health with acupuncture!

You don’t need to go through recovery alone! Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from alcohol and hard drugs to nicotine and overeating.

Addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. The statistics for prescription drugs are even more alarming. In fact, the number of people undergoing treatment for prescription painkiller drug abuse and addiction quadrupled from 2004 to 2010.

If use turns into addiction, there is help!

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), any addiction comes from an imbalance in the body’s elements.  In other words, something is causing the body not to do its own healing naturally. When an addict is suffering from an imbalance, they are using a substance like alcohol, drugs or even food to self-medicate. Acupuncture provides a foundation for recovery by bringing the individual physiology back into balance.

Recovery and Relaxation with Acupuncture

Recovery and Relaxation with Acupuncture

Another of the greatest strengths of acupuncture, however, is that its immediate effect is often a cessation of withdrawal symptoms. How does acupuncture achieve that?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body’s own “feel-good” chemicals.  It reduces anxiety and agitation while promoting a soothing, relaxing effect to the nervous system, which is extremely helpful to people experiencing any kind of lifestyle change, especially drug withdrawal.  In addition to treating the addiction itself, acupuncture also treats the emotional ties.

Acupuncture gives a sense of well being and relaxation. The best part? There are no harmful side effects. Recovery from drug addiction, like other chronic diseases, is a lifelong process. You don’t need to go it alone.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Experiencing Fatigue? Acupuncture can help with that too.

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Sources:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.

Smith, The Lincoln Clinic Program: An Alternative Approach to Detoxification and Treatment, Lincoln Hospital Substance Abuse Division, p. 3. [349 East 140th Street, Bronx, NY, 10454, 718-993-3100.]

 

 

Are You An Emotional Eater? Acupuncture Eases Cravings, Brings Back Balance

Promote good digestion and boost your metabolism with acupuncture!

Promote good digestion and boost your metabolism with acupuncture!

Attack of the Snack! Do you reach for a treat when you’re stressed or upset? Acupuncture can help ease cravings, and put your body back in balance!

Are you gaining weight and don’t know why? Or are you caught in a yo-yo of fasting and overeating? You aren’t alone, and acupuncture can help!

Many people turn to food for comfort, or when they’re bored. Emotional eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Negative emotions can be triggered by both major life events and the stresses of daily life, such as job loss, money problems, health isssues, relationship issues, work stress, or fatigue.

The good news is that if you’re prone to emotional eating, you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track with your weight-loss goals. Acupuncture!

Acupuncture affects physical wellness, as well as the emotional and mental aspects of weight loss. Acupuncture will bring your individual physiology back into balance and strengthen your digestive system. This helps your metabolism and appetite while eliminating unhealthy food cravings or patterns of over-eating. Acupuncture also addresses symptoms such as abdominal bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and reflux.

Let acupuncture help you get those cravings under control!

Let acupuncture help you get those cravings under control!

Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body’s own “feel-good” chemicals. That increased level of endorphins is also helpful in curbing your cravings.

Acupuncture works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being and relaxation. The best part? There are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction.

Stop the cycle of emotional eating! Acupuncture can help with digestive problems, appetite control, weight loss, emotional and food related issues as well as a range of other health problems.

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Digestive issues? Acupuncture helps with those, too! From Heartburn to Constipation – Acupuncture Eases Digestive Complaints

 

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Fore! Acupuncture Great for Golfers

Improve Your Golf Game with Acupuncture

Don’t let pain or stiffness hold you back from playing your best game. Get back to the full swing of things with acupuncture!

You have the equipment, the membership, the gorgeous weather, the awesome outfit. As you know, a calm and healthy body and mind is essential to a great golf game. And now, acupuncture can help you to bring your game to the next level.

While golf is not generally a high-impact sport, there can be issues that arise. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) has discovered the average golfer plays 37 rounds a year and is practicing more and more, so while they are improving their game, they are risking acute and chronic problems, specifically from strained muscles, repetitive motions and inflammation.

Acupuncture increases your flexibility on the golf course!

Acupuncture increases flexibility!

In addition, the factors of age, stress, tension and sedentary jobs can inhibit flexibility and range of motion, which can also directly impact a golfer’s game, potentially leading to injuries.

Acupuncture treats many different common conditions including low back pain, golfers elbow, rotator cuff injuries, hip pain, golfer’s elbow, neck and upper back pain, knee pain, and more.

Acupuncture also emphasizes the mind/body connection so that more than just a physical improvement, players can also benefit from better concentration and less stress and tension. 

So golfers, here are some of the best benefits of getting acupuncture!

  • Endorphins! Acupuncture releases those lovely chemicals that is our body’s natural way to kill pain.
  • Relaxes muscle spasms, and calms nerve irritation.
  • Releases your body’s natural steroids which reduce inflammation, which can lead to a better swing.
  • Improves blood flow and promotes faster healing.
  • Memory improvement – Remember that VP’s name on the 9th hole!
  • Regulation of hormones and body functions. A good thing.
  • Eliminates stress and elevates your mood. Nobody likes a golf club flying through the air!
  • Better sleep.
  • Improves your flexibility and range of motion. Again, a better and more consistent swing!
  • Enhances your immune system, which is useful if you’re shaking a lot of hands (after you win!).

So whether you are new to golf, and are looking to improve your game, or are dealing with a golf-related injury you would like help with, try acupuncture!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Digestive issues? Acupuncture helps with those, too! From Heartburn to Constipation – Acupuncture Eases Digestive Complaints

 

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Top Five Reasons To Get Acupuncture This Summer

happy beach coupleBe Healthy and Happy All Summer Long with Acupuncture!

In Chinese medicine, summer is associated with the element of fire, and rightly so. The fiery summer months are when everything in nature has expanded to its peak, and characteristics of the fire element include joy, communication, and connection. So it’s a perfect match when we are celebrating summer with friends, good food, and fun!

However, with all the sun, this fire element can be too much of a good thing. Summer can also bring about some common health ailments, and the heat can make some conditions worse. Acupuncture can definitely help you enjoy the season more, improve your health and overall sense of well-being. But that’s not all!

Here’s the top five reasons why you should get acupuncture this summer.

Reason Number One: Allergy Relief! Enjoy the flowers without the sneezing! Acupuncture is excellent at bringing relief from allergies. Grasses, ragweed, and pollutants can really make seasonal allergies flare up. Acupuncture can bring relief in often just one session.

Reason Number Two: Acupuncture Soothes Rosacea Symptoms. Heat and humidity can make Rosacea flare up, and acupuncture systemically reduces the inflammation response in the body. It also stimulates the brain to release serotonin and endorphins, which work to reduce stress levels, which in turn assists with reducing symptoms.

Reason Number Three: Sunburn — Acupuncture Beats the Heat. 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.

Enjoy the beach, and remember the sunscreen!

Enjoy the beach, and remember the sunscreen!

Reason Number Four: Get That Beach Body! Acupuncture works as an appetite suppressant, aids in digestion, and helps boost your metabolism. Acupuncture helps balance hormones, and decreases the hormones that contribute to weight gain. Regular acupuncture treatments have also been shown to help tone and shrink the stomach muscle, and this helps you feel full faster.

Reason Number Five: RELAXATION. Acupuncture helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments. Acupuncture is a fantastic way to release built up stress, and head off tension before it starts to cause trouble.

Summer is here for such a short time — why not let acupuncture help you enjoy it to the fullest?

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Digestive issues? Acupuncture helps with those, too! From Heartburn to Constipation – Acupuncture Eases Digestive Complaints

 

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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!

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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Holiday’d Out? Acupuncture for Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation!

Feel Relaxed and Rejuvenated with Acupuncture!

Feel Relaxed and Rejuvenated with Acupuncture!

The holidays are over — and it’s time to relax!

Acupuncture is a fantastic way to release built up stress, and head off tension before it starts to cause trouble.

Relieving tension is important for the sake of your health. Here’s why — too much tension in the body can result in disharmony and illness, causing blockages of energy in the body. There is a linked relationship between apparently mild symptoms such as “feeling a little tense” and it affecting different organs and bodily functions, and developing into potentially serious diseases.

Tension and stress affect different people in different ways. For some, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, spasm and headaches. If the tension remains unresolved and is allowed to become chronic, it can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure, among other symptoms.

In other people, it manifests as emotional tension. Energy can stagnate in the chest area, and heart palpitations and nervousness can occur, as well as feelings of anxiety or feeling distant emotionally. Among other factors, this can be caused by chronic unexpressed emotions such as anger or grief, poor breathing habits, smoking, and emotional excesses or habits.

Relax into Better Sleep with Acupuncture!

Relax into Better Sleep with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is an ally for those looking to reduce stress and avoid health issues. Acupuncture treatments often have the quality of sleep and deep relaxation.

The treatment is communicating a message to the body, mind and spirit, asking it to process in a specific way. This is why an hour-long acupuncture treatment can often feel like an entire night of restful sleep, and why so much healing can be achieved. It is a condensed, directed sleep; utilizing the healing power of sleep in an efficient, guided way.Trauma, disappointment, guilt and uneasiness is able to be resolved within this state, and joy can take its place!

Acupuncture also has the added benefit of re-uniting the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi (life force) is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing stress. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.

There are many relevant point sites, and the choice depends on each person’s complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle and painless, and really can help in reducing stress and tension — you will feel so relaxed!

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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“Ingri Says Relax” — Acupuncture’s Not Just for Pain!

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Acupuncture is a Relaxation Station — and Relieves Pain!

In today’s stressed-out, scheduled up-to-our-ears world, we sure can use an effective way to deeply relax, that is, if we haven’t forgotten how to! Acupuncture is a to-the-point way of helping us relax deeply while it moves and balances the energy within the body. True story? People come in for various health reasons, and realize that they experience lovely and deep relaxation as a by product. Not a hard thing to get used to, that’s often why they come back!

Everyone gets stressed out, and every one feels tension sometimes. However, the bad news is that tension in the body can cause energy to be blocked, and it affects various organs and meridians within.  Everyone is different and tension affects us each differently. In some people, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, and spasms through the shoulders, neck and temples, and cause headaches. If tension isn’t released in a healthy way, it will find an outlet, and it’s often expressed in angry outbursts — while it helps in the short run to relieve the pressure, it sure can cause damage inside and out. If this stagnation remains unresolved, it can become chronic, and can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure among other possible symptoms. And strained relationships. 

Another place energy can get blocked is in the chest area — this can cause physical symptoms such as shallow or difficult breathing or heart palpitations. The heart is the emotional center, and tension often brings with it feelings of nervousness, anxiety or even feeling emotionally cut-off, which can lead to long- term depression and other un-fun life companions. 

So. That’s some of the bad news about how tension can affect us all (besides OCD, eating disorders, insomnia, ulcers, pain…) We’ll stop there!  Here’s the good news…

Firstly, acupuncture treatments help with insomnia, pain and eases many other stress related issues. Many people use it as a time to gather and clear their thoughts and allow their body to return to a more natural, harmonious state. When you leave, you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Why is acupuncture so relaxing? 

During your acupuncture treatment, your relaxation hormones will kick in and muscle tension dissipate. Acupuncture helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments. Most patients will slip into a very relaxed state, some even fall asleep. Improve your health, and get naptime too! And who couldn’t use a nap?

Acupuncture is used to unblock energy, and move it through channels in the body and either balance it or repel it from the body via the meridian system. This causes energy to flow freer in the channels of the body, allowing the person to feel more relaxed, balanced, and able to focus. For emotional tension, if there is a deficiency of energy in the heart, acupuncture can help to bring energy to the area and to balance it. Conversely there might be a stagnation of energy in the chest area, (palpitations); the energy would be released. A heart that has been closed off emotionally can start to gently relax and open. The heart must be free of blockages and illness to fully express joy, its natural emotion, to its fullest capacity. An open and relaxed heart brings joy, happiness and love.

Acupuncture treatments can bring about many positive emotions and immense relaxation. Wouldn’t that feel wonderful?

For more information about feeling wonderfully relaxed, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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The Holidays are Over! Relax and Rejuvenate with Acupuncture!

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Relax and Rejuvenate with Acupuncture!

Tree was trimmed, bells were rung, toasts were clinked, confetti is cleared and now it’s time to take a breather.

Acupuncture is a fantastic way to relax, and head off tension before it starts to cause trouble. People often come for acupuncture for other health reasons and discover they are deeply relaxed as part of the end result. It’s great to feel good! But relieving tension is important for many health reasons.

Acupuncture understands the linked relationship between apparently mild symptoms such as “feeling a little tense” and it affecting different organs and bodily functions, and developing into potentially serious diseases.

Too much tension in the body can result in disharmony and illness. Tension causes blockages of energy in the body, and tension and stress affects different people in different ways. For some, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, spasm and headaches. If the tension remains unresolved and is allowed to become chronic, it can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure, among other symptoms. In other people, it manifests as emotional tension. Energy can stagnate in the chest area, and heart palpitations and nervousness can occur, as well as feelings of anxiety or feeling distant emotionally. Among other factors, this can be caused by chronic unexpressed emotions such as anger or grief, poor breathing habits, smoking, and emotional excesses or habits.

As acupuncture works by moving and balancing energy in the body, it simultaneously makes the person feel more relaxed, and a state of deep relaxation supports the healing process of mind, body and spirit. When a patient is brought to a deep level of relaxation, experienced either as sleep or deep meditation, they are brought into an unconscious or semi-conscious state where the unconscious mind works to resolve that which is stuck. Trauma, disappointment, guilt and uneasiness is able to be resolved within this state, and joy can take its place!

Acupuncture also has the added benefit of re-uniting the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi (life force) is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing stress. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.

There are many relevant point sites, and the choice depends on each person’s complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle and painless, and yes, relaxing!

Interested in seeing how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com!