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Get Winterized — Boost Your Immunity (and more!) with Acupuncture!

Get ready for winter with Acupuncture!

Get ready for winter with acupuncture!

Winter is on its way, and there is help for those who want a boost of energy and a strong immune system. Acupuncture!

How does it work? Acupuncture acts on the body’s own subtle energy system to clear obstructions and maximize the flow of energy and blood through the healing mechanisms of the body, including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. This enhances the body’s own innate healing capacity and lead to an overall increase in energy and vitality.

But that’s not all. Treatments often bring about a sense of wonderful relaxation. It has been proven that such deep relaxation helps regulate the autonomic nervous system, which can help reduce stress and anxiety, and expand a sense of well-being. Who wouldn’t want that?

Acupuncture also works to strengthen your immunity. Acupuncture heals imbalances in your immune system and also restores energy channels that have become disrupted. When these channels are open, the immune function functions at an optimal level and your body stays healthy. Researchers have found that acupuncture enhances the production of natural killer cells, the body’s defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria. Acupuncture also regulates the activity of white blood cells, which also fight against infection and allergic reactions.

Diet also plays an important role in keeping your immune system strong. Simple diet modifications can greatly improve the functioning of the immune system. There are also some power foods that can help.

Power Foods to Boost Your Immunity

  • Yogurt — Probiotics, or the “live active cultures” found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs.

    Boost your immunity with your diet (and acupuncture!)

    Boost your immunity with your diet (and acupuncture!)

  • Garlic — This potent relative of the onion contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria.
  • Shellfish — Get crabby! Selenium, plentiful in shellfish such as oysters, lobsters, crabs, and clams, helps white blood cells produce cytokines—proteins that help clear flu viruses out of the body. Salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting lungs from colds and respiratory infections.
  • Sweet Potatoes — Not just for holiday meals anymore. Vitamin A  plays a major role in the production of connective tissue, a key component of skin.  One of the best ways to get vitamin A into your diet is from foods containing beta-carotene (like carrots and sweet potatoes), which your body turns into vitamin A.
  • Mushrooms — Brush them off and cook them up! “Studies show that mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive. This is a good thing when you have an infection,” says Douglas Schar, DipPhyt, MCPP, MNIMH, director of the Institute of Herbal Medicine in Washington, DC.

Acupuncture also aids with pain relief, easing depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and many other ailments. With acupuncture and a healthy diet, get set to enjoy the winter!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Seasons Change and So Can We — Acupuncture Helps with SAD

 
Can't Hide from the Change of Season!

Can’t Hide from the Change of Season!

Having trouble adjusting to the change of seasons?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seasonal Adjustment with Acupuncture

Enjoy the Season with Acupuncture

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

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

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Follow us on Twitter! Follow @AcupunctureCT

 

 

Bad Case of the Winter Blahs? Feeling Anxious or Depressed? Be Soothed with Acupuncture!

Beat the Winter Blahs with Acupuncture!

Beat the Winter Blahs with Acupuncture!

Winter has been beautiful. However, who is now sick of shoveling? And careening down ice coated staircases? And feeling like it will never end? The other big question…have you been feeling really blah? Acupuncture can help with back pain, neck pain, headaches, and insomnia, but did you also know it can help with depression and anxiety?

Depression affects one in ten Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How does one know if they’re depressed? When someone is feeling sad, hopeless, discouraged, unmotivated or disinterested for over two weeks or these feelings start to interfere with their activities and duties it could be a major depressive episode. For men, depression can also show up as irritability, anger, or self-destructive behavior. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. This is where acupuncture can really help.

If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

Also, for some, change of seasons can trigger depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year, two-thirds of which are female, but males may have symptoms that are more severe. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter.

Ranging widely in severity, anxiety and depression are often found to occur together and have overlapping symptoms. Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to help with mild, short-term cases of both anxiety and depression. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men. In Western medicine, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about every day or upcoming life events with no obvious reasons for the worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and seemingly can’t stop worrying about things such as health, money, family, work, or school, and the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Therefore, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning.

In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes,  Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach.  Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Beings made mostly of water need it to be happy and healthy! Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change.

Acupuncture helps you by bringing your body into balance, giving it a chance to rest, relax and heal.

Be kind to yourself and remember, Spring is coming!

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

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

Enjoy the season!

Enjoy the season!

The days are shorter, the nights are longer, it’s already dark when you’re driving home from work — it’s no wonder that our bodies start reacting to the lack of light! For some, change of seasons can trigger depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year, two-thirds of which are female, but males may have symptoms that are more severe. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter, although some people do suffer seasonal depression in the spring or early summer. While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. Our biological clock (circadian rhythm) which lets our body know when to sleep and to be awake is also disrupted when the seasons change and may cause feelings of depression. 

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

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

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

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

Acupuncture!

Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. Besides the reaction to the lack of light, depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved.

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

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

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

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The Season Changed! Now You’re Depressed! ~ Acupuncture Soothes Seasonal Affective Disorder ~

Acupuncture Helps with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Acupuncture Helps with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Do you suffer from SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year, two-thirds of which are female, but males may have symptoms that are more severe. While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. Our biological clock (circadian rhythm) which lets our body know when to sleep and to be awake is also disrupted when the seasons change and may cause feelings of depression.

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

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

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

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

Acupuncture!

Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication. Besides the reaction to the lack of light, depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved.

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

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

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

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