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Here’s a Way to Be Fit in ’14! Let Acupuncture Help You Quit (Those Bad Habits)!

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A Healthy You in 2014!

What a great ally for ringing in the new year the healthy way! Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax!

Addiction is rampant in our society, with a host of addictions and new ones arising all the time. 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. And it seems to becoming more rampant. 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!

Addiction is one of the most overused, yet least understood words in our vocabulary, as its common use has been watered down to mean “something that someone likes to do a lot.” Most people are unaware that there are two distinct types of addiction: Substance Dependence and Behavioral Addiction. The definition for Substance Dependence is “a compulsive and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.” These substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) actually alter some of the body’s chemistry, though usually only temporarily. Addiction is also characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.

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.

Here are some of the ways acupuncture can help. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. 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.

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.

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.

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 more information about how acupuncture can aid in addiction recovery, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Happy New Year! Acupuncture Can Help You with Your Resolutions and Have a Healthy New Year!

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Here’s to a Healthy You in 2014!

Happy New Year everybody! Now that it’s a new year, I bet you have a few things on your healthy wish list that you’d like to accomplish…and acupuncture can help you reach your goals!

Let’s say your goal for health this year is to quit smoking. Here are some of the ways acupuncture can help. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. 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.

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.

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. 

While it’s usually a tool to aid in relieving illness or disease, acupuncture also works in many ways to aid in weight loss, and it helps quickly to adjust appetite control. 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. Point sites for appetite control are found on the external ear, as well as odd places like the feet, or hands, or even the abdomen. Upper back point sites may be chosen. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites. Treatments often include other considerations such as metabolism improvements, elimination of fats and fluids, as well as improved diet and exercise advice.

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.

Of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. The release of stress reducing endorphins helps you to manage the challenges of food cravings and weight gain anxiety.

The guiding principal is that acupuncture can give additional power to any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It can unblock energy flows to and from the hypothalamus, the region within the brain that controls the appetite. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full. Other benefits? acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being.

What a wonderful tool to use! Want to be healthier in the New Year? Try acupuncture!

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Become a Happy Non-Smoker with Acupuncture!

Breathe easy! Acupuncture helps you quit smoking!

Breathe easy! Acupuncture helps you quit smoking!

Do you want to quit smoking?

Quitting smoking is a very important decision. The process of giving up the addiction of cigarettes, cigars, or pipe can be very difficult. Nicotine, one of the components of tobacco, is an extremely addictive substance, and one of the reasons that quitting smoking is hard for some. The American Heart Foundation has listed nicotine as one of the hardest habits to break, rivaling such hard drugs as cocaine and heroin.

There are a number of different methods to kick the habit, including “cold turkey” (quitting suddenly), lowering the number of cigarettes smoked daily, eliminating triggers (such as alcohol or coffee) and using a psychological approach. Some smoking alternatives (such as chewing tobacco) can be equally as addictive and potentially as dangerous to the body as smoking itself.

Acupuncture is a great way to stop smoking, and become a happy non-smoker. We will talk about your history and other habits during the consultation. Most people at my office manage to quit with just one treatment. How cool is that!? That being said, the ones who have trouble with just one treatment, are in 2 groups. The first are people who are medicating anxiety with their nicotine. They will need a few treatments to reduce the anxiety, which acupuncture does nicely. The other group is the drinking alcohol daily group. They have a tougher time, however. I have seen some of them manage with one treatment independent of the alcohol use.

Everyone else will succeed with one treatment. Good news!

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