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Feel Sunnier! Acupuncture Helps with Seasonal Depression

If you suffer from depression this season, acupuncture can offer effective, holistic care.

Feelings of depression during the changes of season happen to many of us. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million people in the United States each year. While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels — both may trigger depression.

In addition, our biological clock (circadian rhythm) which lets our body know when to sleep and when to be awake is also disrupted with seasonal changes. Varying sleep patterns often leads to feelings of depression, too.

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How do you know if you are depressed? Symptoms of depression include loss of interest or focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, among many others.

Depression can cause people to lose pleasure from daily life, complicate other medical conditions, and if serious enough lead to suicide. As with many illnesses, early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences.

One of the best ways to treat depression is through regular acupuncture treatments. It can bring the body to a more balanced state, help the body release “feel-good” endorphins and even prevent other medical complications.

Acupuncture is a wonderful addition to Western medical treatments. And for those who wish to bypass prescription drugs, treating depression with acupuncture not only has a positive and holistic effect, it avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

If you would like to learn about how acupuncture can help relieve depression and help you attune to the seasons visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

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Acupuncture Brings Relief from Depression

Acupuncture Brings Relief from Depression

If you suffer from depression, acupuncture can offer effective, holistic care.

Feelings of depression during the changes of season happen to many of us. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million people in the United States each year. While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels — both may trigger depression.

In addition, our biological clock (circadian rhythm) which lets our body know when to sleep and when to be awake is also disrupted with seasonal changes. Varying sleep patterns often leads to feelings of depression, too.

How do you know if you are depressed? Symptoms of depression include loss of interest or focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, among many others. Depression can cause people to lose pleasure from daily life, complicate other medical conditions, and if serious enough lead to suicide. As with many illnesses, early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences.

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One of the best ways to treat depression is through regular acupuncture treatments. It can bring the body to a more balanced state, help the body release “feel-good” endorphins and even prevent other medical complications.

Acupuncture is a wonderful addition to Western medical treatments. And for those who wish to bypass prescription drugs, treating depression with acupuncture not only has a positive and holistic effect, it avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

If you would like to learn about how acupuncture can help relieve depression and help you attune to the seasons visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

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Ditch the Mid-Winter Drearies! Acupuncture Eases Seasonal Affective Disorder

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If you’re suffering from seasonal depression, acupuncture can help!

We are certainly in the thick of winter, and it can certainly seem to be never ending. Are you feeling irritable, finding it hard to sleep or relax, wanting to avoid social situations, and perhaps feeling a bit more down than you’d like to feel?

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. This lack of natural light may also be upsetting to your “biological clock,” which controls your sleep-wake pattern and other circadian rhythms.

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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, even after a full night’s sleep
  • 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.

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters.  Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions. Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection. There’s lots of fun outdoor activities despite the cold weather, and fresh air and exercise can make a big difference.

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

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Fight the Winter Doldrums with Acupuncture!

Fight the Winter Doldrums with Acupuncture!

Don’t let seasonal depression keep you from enjoying winter and the holiday season!

For some, changes of season, or even the holiday season can trigger depression. The days are much 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:

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  • 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.

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters.  Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions. Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection…and fun!

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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…

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Adjust to Daylight Savings and Put the Spring in Your Step with Acupuncture!

 
Adjust to Daylight Savings with Acupuncture!

Adjust to Daylight Savings with Acupuncture!

Time change have you knocked for a loop? Acupuncture can help you adjust!

Ok,  we changed the clocks. At least the ones we found on the first pass. And now many of us are feeling majorly off.  So what’s going on?

Well sunrise now comes as late as it did at the end of December, during the darkest days of the year. Sure, we also get a nifty hour added on at the end of the day, but for your inner clock, that’s no help. It is early morning light that we rely on to keep in sync with the natural world. The easiest explanation is that the time shift confuses the circadian clock in the brain. Your inner clock relies on timed exposure to light, especially natural light, to keep itself in synchronization with the daily cycle of 24 hours.

So when you’ve lost an hour of sleep and your daily rhythm is thrown off, it can also throw off your inner clock and sleeping patterns. Most of us need a week or more to adjust, and some researchers suggest that our clocks never fully adjust to Daylight Savings Time.

As a result, the loss of an hour in March is hard on a lot of people. It is particularly hard on those who are battling winter depression. The Season Changed and Now You’re Depressed – Acupuncture Soothes Seasonal Affective Disorder

Many people also suffer from headaches, drowsiness, and additional stress. In fact, sometimes the stress can overwhelm the body.

According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, during the week after the shift into Daylight Savings Time, the rate of hospital admissions for heart attacks rise by as much as 10 percent. And scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have examined how the incidence of myocardial infarction changes with the summer and fall clock-shifts since 1987.

“There’s a small increase in risk for the individual, especially during the first three days of the new week,” says Dr. Imre Janszky, one of the researchers behind the study. “The disruption in the chronobiological rhythms, the loss of one hour’s sleep and the resulting sleep disturbance are the probable causes.”

Stress no more! Acupuncture is a wonderful ally for the body to help it adjust to Daylight Savings Time. One way to make this transition is to use the energy of the meridians that we all have, the are rivers of energy that flow through our bodies. The meridians have many points on them. Acupuncture stimulates the body to adjust and heal itself. When we gently contact these meridians it balances our daily time clock. When the energy flows free of obstructions we experience a sense of ease.  Acupuncture also helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments. 

Acupuncture treatments also help with insomnia, and eases many other stress related issues. Acupuncture 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.

The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing. Acupuncture can calm and balance the body as well as help it sleep.  It is fantastic for readjusting the body seasonally as well as for jet lag.  It will help you adjust in this time of change!

OTHER HELPFUL TIPS FOR ADJUSTING TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
  • Exercise, preferably outdoors, and early in the day. Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps our bodies adjust. A brisk morning walk? Perfect. Avoid exercising too late in the evening though, as this could interfere with the quality of your sleep.
  • Nap wisely. Try to resist the urge to take long naps late in the day. If you get tired, take a short, energizing walk around the block instead. If you must nap, keep it to earlier in the day and limit it to no more than 20 minutes.
  • Don’t imbibe. Alcohol interferes with normal sleep cycles, so don’t rely on a nightcap to fall asleep.
  • Allow for proper digestion. After the time changes, you may be hungry for meals earlier or later than before. Be sure to give yourself ample time to digest your dinner before heading off to bed. A heavy meal in your stomach will interfere with the quality of your sleep, too.
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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!

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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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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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