WEIGHT LOSS

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How Acupuncture Helps Weight loss?

If you struggle with your weight, you’re not alone.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, and there are at least 300 million clinically obese individuals.

Overweight people spend billions of dollars annually on weight loss products, but obesity is still on the rise.  People are turning to diet pills, extreme fasting, fad diets or even drastic measures such as surgery in an attempt to manage their weight.

Unfortunately, excess weight is not just a cosmetic issue.  Being overweight is a risk factor for many conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.  The good news is that maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk and it’s never too late to get started.  People seeking to address their weight concerns are turning to acupuncture as a natural and effective way to approach weight loss.

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A traditional approach to healing :  Acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) take a holistic, or whole-body approach, to health.  This ancient form of healthcare works to restore the balance and flow of the body’s Qi (pronounced “chi”), or vital energy.  According to TEM, the reasons why people gain weight, or find it difficult to lose weight, are numerous.  Your acupuncturist can perform diagnostic exams to uncover the root cause(s) or imbalances that have affected your weight.

 

We will also take into consideration other factors that may have  led to weight gain, including your lifestyle as well as your emotional and mental well-being.  By taking your whole self into account, you and your acupuncturist can get to the root of your health concerns, rather than just treating the symptoms.

 

What will Acupuncture do?  During your first visit, We will take an extensive health history and perform various diagnostic exams.  At the completion of your first visit, We will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and an explanation of your treatment plan.  Your treatments will focus on correcting any underlying imbalances in your body and will help to support you in reaching your weight loss goals.

Based on your unique symptoms, We will choose to concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs.  For example, restoring balance to the flow of Qi in the Stomach can help promote good digestion and suppress an overactive appetite.  Emotional issues, such as anxiety and stress, both of which can lead to overeating, can be addressed by balancing the Liver.

A partnership for better health  :  It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a quick fix. By working with experience positive changes in your overall health, including maintaining a healthy body weight.  In addition to acupuncture treatments, We may also recommend other lifestyle changes.

 

Whether you want to lose a few pounds or a significant amount of weight, consider acupuncture as a natural and effective way to approach weight loss.  By working together with your practitioner, you can help your body regain its natural balance-and start taking steps toward true health and vitality.

Other ways to support your path toward a healthier you!

Exercise is an important component of any weight loss program.  Adding aerobic exercise, weight training, and other types of exercise  to your daily routine will have a positive effect on your weight and general health.

Diet is another important issue to consider.  In general, a healthy diet is made up of unprocessed, organic foods, including a wide variety of whole grains and vegetables.  We may offer nutritional counseling designed for your specific needs.

Stress relief may also be a part of your treatment.  By learning to lower stress and anxiety through techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation or gentle exercise, you may lose weight more easily, and possibly stop destructive habits such as overeating.

Quick facts:

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Acupuncture works to control weight on various levels.

Release Endorphins : Cravings in the body are often due to a lack of endorphins.  Acupuncture can help to balance out the cravings by helping the body to release endorphins.

Reduce Stress : Through the release of endorphins, the stress hormone can also be neutralized.

Support Digestion : Acupuncture can support the body to generate an efficient digestive process.

SKIN PROBLEM

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Acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) can provide a safe, effective, natural, and drug-free approach to reducing the signs of aging.  A facial rejuvenation treatment using this ancient technique can improve muscle tone of the face and neck while addressing underlying imbalances that may have contributed to the aging process.

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Why  does skin sag?    According to TEM, wrinkles begin internally from a constitutional imbalance and fundamental weakness of Qi (pronounced “chi”).  Qi circulates throughout the body within a series of pathways called meridians.  Flowing through these pathways, Qi provides nourishment, support, and energy to every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ.

As we get older it becomes more difficult for Qi to flow upwards to “lift” the face.  This leads to inadequate muscle tone, and over time, wrinkles and sagging skin.  A variety of factors can contribute to this-poor diet, digestion and circulation, or emotional and environmental stressors.

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Give your skin a lift.     Acupuncture tightens pores, improves muscle tone and dermal contraction, while enhancing and increasing the elasticity of the skin.  It can reduce signs of aging by strengthening and stimulating the circulation of Qi within the meridian pathways, especially those of the face.  Through a succession of treatments, you will look and feel more energetic, calm, vibrant, and healthy.

Acupuncture treatments may be combined with herbal supplements, exercise and acupressure in order to maximize results.

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Facial rejuvenation with acupuncture and TEM is virtually painless, and a non-surgical method to reduce the signs of aging.  Before using drugs or surgery to improve appearance, consider acupuncture.  It is an effective, natural, safe, drug free and painless alternative.  It helps your whole body to look and feel younger.

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Self-care techniques   :

1)  Herbal poultice—Thoroughly clean face.  Make a poultice using equal parts of ground organic almonds, lavender and rose flowers, ground flax seeds, and oats.  Add water and Fresh clay, and stir into a thick paste.  Apply to the face, avoiding the eyes, and let dry.  Wash off after 15-20 minutes.

2)  Stay hydrated —  drink plenty of fresh spring water.  This can keep the muscles and skin hydrated to prevent drying.

3)  Gently massage the face.

4)  Walk at least 20 minutes a day, and remember to breathe deeply.

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PAIN

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How acupuncture helps Pain?

Most people experience significant pain at some time in their lives – whether from an injury, illness, or an unknown cause.  Pain is a warning signal, an alarm that goes off when your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong and out of balance.

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What can you do for pain  :   No one should have to live with pain, but which treatment is right for you?  Often times, people suffering from pain take medication to dull the pain.  Taking medication is understandable when pain is constant and unbearable.  It may be helpful to dull the symptoms for a short period of time,  but it will not get at the root of the problem and correct it.  It is like hitting the snooze button on an alarm.  Unless the cause of the pain is treated, your body will keep sounding the alarm and reminding you that something is wrong.  Eventually the pain may get worse or become chronic.  It is also possible for the medications to cause unwanted side effects and further compromise your health.

Surgery may be another option.  At times, this approach may make sense, but it could be both expensive and risky, and there is no guarantee that it will be effective.

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Acupuncture is a time – tested, safe, effective, natural and drug – free way to eliminate pain.  Unlike other methods of handling pain, there are no side effects.  Well known and leading national and international health organizations acknowledge the benefits of  acupuncture in treating and eliminating pain due to a wide range of causes.

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Acupuncture treatment  approach to pain   :   We recognize that there is a vital energy, called Qi (pronounced “chi”), circulating within the body.  Qi flows through a series of pathways called meridians.  Meridians are like rivers within your body.  Wherever a river flows, it brings with it water that provides nourishment and life to the land, plants and people around it.  Likewise, meridians transport life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland in the body.

It is important for Qi to flow freely throughout the body.  Think of water flowing through a garden hose.  A blocked hose will not provide an adequate supply of water to a plant.  Eventually, the plant will be unable to thrive,  grow and blossom.

Similarly, a blockage in the flow of Qi anywhere in the body will inhibit the amount of nourishment that reaches our cells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands.  Under normal circumstances.  Your  body can easily return to good health and vitality.  If the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if your body is in a weakened state, the flow of Qi becomes restricted and a variety of symptoms, including pain, may arise.

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What does acupuncture do?   :   By inserting fine, sterile needles at specific  points, We are able to break up blockages that have hampered  the  smooth flow of  Qi.  Once this is done,  Qi can travel freely throughout the body, promoting pain-free health, well-being and vitality.

Not only can acupuncture treat signs and symptoms of pain and discomfort,  it can also get to the root of the problem.  When the initial cause of the pain is corrected, your body can begin to heal on deeper levels.  We may also suggest  adjunct  therapies to enhance treatment  and speed healing, such as massage, stretching, yoga, herbal supplements and dietary changes.

 

     “ I can’t see a better solution to long-term chronic pain.  There is no question in my mind that  acupuncture is safer than surgery or drugs.”

 

   Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, Neuroscientist, University of Toronto

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Quick facts :

Many things can cause Qi to become blocked :

  • Poor diet
  • Physical trauma
  • Emotional trauma
  • Inherited weakness of Qi
  • Chemical, physical, or emotional stress

ALLERGIES

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How Acupuncture Helps Allergies?

Allergies seasonal or year round are an ongoing problem for many individuals.  Seasonal allergies typically affect people during a particular season or time of year.  They are also referred to as outdoor allergies and are generally triggered by tree, grass and weed pollens or outdoor mold spores.  Year round allergies also known as indoor allergies are typically brought on by animal dander, dust mites, mold spores or insect allergens.  There are also food allergies, which occur as a result of eating a culprit food, and can also create physical or emotional symptoms such as body hives, swelling, itching or redness of the skin, depression or moodiness.

 

No matter what kind of allergy you suffer from, environmental or food related, acupuncture can provide needed relief.  While medications (over-the-counter or prescribed) often come with unwanted side-effects, acupuncture does not.  This makes acupuncture an appealing option for people looking for a new way to combat their allergies.

According to Eastern medical theory, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and Organ Systems of the body.  These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, foods that don’t agree with you body, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins.

Over time, if imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the Organ Systems.  Some of these Organ Systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced “way chi”). It is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating around the body in order to stay healthy.

What is Wei Qi?   :    The Eastern concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system.  Wei Qi functions to protect and defend the body against foreign substances, that if not caught can lead to allergies.  When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy.  When the supply of Wei Qi becomes deficient, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen.  People who have a Wei Qi deficiency are prone to allergies and frequent colds.

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Acupuncture and Eastern medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi.  By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it through the body, symptoms and signs related to allergies could be greatly reduced or eliminated.

 

What will acupuncture can do?   :    We will conduct a thorough exam, taking a complete health history.  We will then develop a unique treatment plan that will address your specific concerns.  The goals of the treatment plan will be to eliminate visible symptoms and signs, while addressing the root cause(s) and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of Wei Qi.

 

Acupuncture treatments may be combined with herbs, dietary changes, massage(Acupressure), or exercise.  These therapies accelerate the healing process in order to balance, build, and support the health and functioning of your body’s systems.

 

Acupuncture and Eastern medicine are a drug-free, safe, natural and effective way to eliminate hay fever, allergies or the common cold.

Seasonal allergy tips :

  1. Flush your nose with a Neti pot.
  2. Add spicy foods and omega-3’s to your diet.
  3. Keep your windows closed during allergy season to prevent dust and pollen from entering.
  4. Put on a dust mask when you are doing yard or house work.
  5. Do not hang your clothes out to dry in the sun, as they will gather dust, mold and pollen.
  6. Come in for an acupuncture tune-up.

If you suffer from food allergies :

  1. See an allergist and get tested for a proper diagnosis of a food allergy.
  2. Avoid the foods that cause your reaction.
  3. Peanuts, the proteins in cow’s milk, shellfish, tree nuts, fish, eggs, gluten, wheat and soy are the most common food allergens.
  4. It is possible to outgrow some food allergies.
  5. Ask about ingredients at restaurants or when eating food prepared by another person.
  6. Read food labels carefully.

 

Quick facts :

Allergies according to Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) can be due to a variety of factors.  Below are some of more common TEM diagnoses that your acupuncturist may discover and treat.

Wei Qi deficiency

Spleen weakness

Kidney and Lung deficiency

ANXIETY

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How  Acupuncture  Helps Anxiety?

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America,  anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults and costing more than $42 billion a year.

Feelings of anxiety, worry and fear related to significant and challenging events are justified and very common.  Anxiety becomes a problem when emotional reactions are out of proportion with what might be “normally” expected in a situation, and when symptoms interfere with a person’s daily functioning or sleep patterns.  Mild anxiety leaves a person feeling a bit unsettled, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating.

Anxiety is used as a general term for several disorders that have common symptoms – such as nervousness, worrying, apprehension and fear.  Anxiety disorders can be classified into several more specific types.  The most common are briefly described below.

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by unrealistic, persistent and excessive worry about everyday things.  People with this disorder often expect the worst and experience exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is no apparent reason for concern.

 

Panic Disorder  is characterized by brief or sudden attacks of intense terror and apprehension that leads to shaking, confusion, nausea, dizziness and difficulty breathing.  Panic attacks tend to arise abruptly and seemingly out-of-the-blue, causing the individual to become preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack.

 

Phobia  is an irrational fear and avoidance of an object or situation.  Phobias commonly focus on flying, bridges, insects, heights, dental or medical procedures and elevators.  Having phobias can disrupt daily routines, reduce self-esteem, limit work efficiency and put a strain on relationships.

 

Social Anxiety Disorder  is characterized by a fear of being negatively judged and scrutinized by others in social or performance-related situations.  Different variations of this type of anxiety include a fear of intimacy, stage fright and a fear of humiliation.  People suffering from this disorder can sometimes isolate themselves in an attempt to avoid public situations and human contact.

 

Obsessive – Compulsive  Disorder (OCD)  is an anxiety disorder characterized by unwanted or intrusive thoughts, which often make the sufferer feel compelled to repeat certain behaviors or routines.  Even when the OCD sufferers know the irrationality of their compulsions, they feel powerless to stop them. 

They may obsessively wash their hands, clean personal items or constantly check light switches, locks or stoves.

 

Post – traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD)  is anxiety that results from previous trauma such as military combat, rape, a natural disaster, a serious accident or  other life-threatening events.  Most people who experience such events recover from them, but people with PTSD continue to be anxious and severely depressed for months or even years following the event.  They often experience flashbacks and behavioral changes in order to avoid certain stimuli.

 

Acupuncture  Can  Help Anxiety   :   In many Western schools of thought, anxiety disorders are considered to be dysfunctions in a person’s brain chemistry.  An acupuncturist does not view anxiety as a brain dysfunction, but rather as an imbalance in a person’s organ system.  In Traditional Eastern  Medicine, this imbalance is called Shan You Si (“anxiety & preoccupation”), and is believed to affect the main organs :  the Heart, Lung, Spleen, Liver, and Kidneys.  Each organ is related to different aspects of a person’s emotions.

 

The role of an acupuncturist is to investigate the underlying causes of the anxiety by carrying out a thorough diagnostic evaluation in order to determine which organ system is out of balance.  The acupuncturist will then seek to restore the imbalance by inserting fine, sterile needles into the points correlating to those organs.  Additionally, acupuncture helps to reduce stress, encouraging and supporting a greater sense of well-being and balance.

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Quick facts  : 

A clinical study conducted in China in 2010, has concluded that acupuncture is a “safe and effective” treatment for mood disorders including depression and severe anxiety, in some cases proving to increase the effectiveness of medication-based treatments.  Additionally a 2009 study, again in China, determined that acupuncture alone could help patients who suffer from anxiety but cannot be chemically treated due to intolerable side-effects of medications.

FERTILITY

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How Acupuncture Helps Fertility?

The treatment of Infertility with acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) dates back 2,000 years.  These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing.

Studies reported by The American Pregnancy Association suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medical interventions.

However, conception does sometimes occur without traditional medical interventions when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used alone.

 

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York reviewed recent studies and concluded that acupuncture helps to  :

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall.
  • Reduce anxiety and stress. The hormones that are secreted during stressful situations can significantly decrease fertility.
  • Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility.
  • Regulate the menstrual cycle.

In 2008, the British Medical Journal published research which concluded that acupuncture can be offered as a significant, clinically relevant adjunct to IVF, relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow for the successful implantation of an embryo within the uterine lining.

 

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Acupuncture’s approach to fertility  :   According to the theories of acupuncture and TEM, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi (pronounced “chi”) and blood affecting the healthy functioning of one or more of the organ systems.  When Qi, also known as our vital energy, and blood are circulating freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue and organ is properly nourished and can function well.  Acupuncture and TEM can raise the fertility potential of women by effecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of Qi and blood.

Kidney Organ System*   The release of an ovum is controlled by the kidneys.  The kidneys also create a substance called Jing Qi, which is required in order to have a healthy body, mind, and pregnancy.  If an imbalance exists within the kidneys, Jing Qi may be inadequate in supply and may be a cause for infertility.  Chinese herbal medicine, along with acupuncture, can nourish and support Jing Qi and overall kidney health.

Spleen Organ System*   An adequate supply of blood is required by a woman’s body to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, a growing fetus, and a healthy pregnancy.  Disharmony within the spleen can result in an inadequate supply and imbalance of blood.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can build and nourish blood in order to promote a healthy flow of blood to the uterus.

Liver Organ System*    In order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy, it is important to have a free flow of Qi and blood throughout the body.  The liver is in charge of facilitating this function.  When it is out of balance, areas of the body will not receive the required supply of Qi and blood.  This imbalance can lead to depression, anxiety, stress and increased possibility of infertility.

 

Acupuncture and TEM provide a safe, effective, drug-free, and natural approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy.  Here are a few reasons to try acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine:

An acupuncturist does not treat just signs and symptoms, but instead activates the body’s natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have lead to the problem or disease.

 

Acupuncture and TEM are completely natural.  Drugs are never used.

 

Acupuncture and TCM can be used to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, therefore can increase the effectiveness of other procedures.

Also consider acupuncture during your pregnancy and birth.  According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been found useful for relieving labor pain, nausea, vomiting, and significantly reducing the duration of labor.

*Keep in mind that the organs described above reflect Eastern medical theories and philosophies.

 

Quick facts  :

In a 2007 study, researchers found that acupuncture may improve the quality of life in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).  It was also found that women receiving acupuncture reported significantly less abdominal pain, other pain, nausea, and stress two hours after oocyte aspiration (egg collection) compared to women receiving conventional analgesia.

INSOMNIA

How  Acupuncture Helps Insomnia?

You settle into a warm, relaxing bed, close your eyes and nothing happens.  You just can’t  fall asleep.  Hours go by and you’re still awake.  The next day you feel tried, grouchy and are unable to focus.  Does this sound familiar?

Sleepless nights happen to almost everyone at some time, but ongoing insomnia can indicate a deeper issue and could lead to further health concerns.  Unfortunately, a common approach to treating insomnia includes prescription sleeping medications, which can cause side effects or even dependence.

That’s one of the many reasons to consider an all-natural approach to treating your sleep problems. 

 

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Acupuncture can be a very effective way to improve your sleep quality without  side-effects.

One bad night… or an ongoing issue?          Occasional insomnia is a very common problem, affecting about one in four Americans.  It can happen to anyone, but is more common in older adults.

Symptoms of insomnia include  :

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Daytime fatigue and irritability
  • Frustration and moodiness

Insomnia can be very frustrating, but it’s more than just an annoyance.  When insomnia becomes ongoing, or chronic, your body is unable to get the rest and renewal it needs for you to feel your best.  In fact, a lack of quality sleep can cause problems such as difficulty concentrating, diminished energy, low mood, and trouble performing everyday tasks.  Since sleep strengthens the immune systems, insomnia can leave you susceptible to many other health concerns.  Luckily, you have options when experiencing chronic  insomnia.

 

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Acupuncture can help insomnia  :      According to the theories of acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM), conditions such as insomnia are a sign of an imbalance in Qi (pronounced “chi”), the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness.

This imbalance can stem from a number of causes such as stress, anxiety, medications, depression, hormones and chronic pain.  To determine the underlying causes of your insomnia, we will take many factors into account including your lifestyle, as well as your emotional and mental well-being.  He/she will then work to restore the balance and flow of Qi by inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points along the body.

we may also suggest aromatherapy, yoga, meditation or other additional therapies. You may find that you sleep better after your very first session, though you will most likely receive the most benefit from a series of treatments.

we can get to the root of your sleep issues by taking into account all of the factors that may be contributing to your sleep disturbance.  With this ancient form of health care, you can treat your symptoms, improve your overall health and well-being,  and start looking forward to a great night’s sleep, every night.

 

Get a great night’s sleep naturally with Acupuncture!

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Tips for healthy sleep :

  • Plan to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Exercise regularly, but not within a few hours of bedtime.
  • Don’t eat large meals before
  • Try not to nap. If you really need to nap, try to keep it short, less than 45 minutes.
  • Limit caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
  • Wind down before going  to sleep,

 

Here are a few questions your practitioner may ask.  They help to refine your specific diagnosis.

  • Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
  • Do you have difficulty staying asleep?
  • Is your sleep filled with vivid dreams?
  • Is it difficult to calm your mind at night?
  • Is it difficult to sleep on your back? This can be related to an excess condition of the Lung or Heart 
  • Do you only sleep on your back with outstretched arms? This can reflect a pattern of excess heat.
  • Do you prefer to sleep on your stomach or side? This could indicate a deficient condition.

 

STRESS

How Acupuncture Helps Stress?

Stress is a natural response of the body to the various demands we place upon it.  In ancient times, our stress response, also known as our fight or flight response, provided us with energy to preserve life during difficult situations, such as an attack or treat by a wild animal.  Unfortunately, modern day stress is considerably higher, more frequent and more consistent than what our predecessors experienced.  Today, we do not have to look much further than out our windows, or on our computer screens, to view various forms of stressors-everything from prime-time news and road rage, to the forty-hour work week, and cell phones.  However, stress is not necessarily always negative.  There is a distinction between healthy and unhealthy stress.  Healthy stressors are usually short lived and keep us alert and motivated, and support our body’s strength and vitality.  Our response to stress can either help or hinder our body’s ability to cope with these various stressors in our lives.  Healthy responses to stress include appropriate physical exercise, good eating habits, positive thing, adequate rest, and reaching out to friends and family for support.  Unhealthy responses to stress include negative thinking, overexertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and isolation.  These unhealthy responses can cause the body to work harder than it needs to and can trigger physical and mental health issues.  Over time, ongoing stress and unhealthy responses to stress can actually to our health.

 

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Medical studies have shown that with increased and consistent stress, our white blood cells, which defend our body against viruses, decrease.  This results in lower immune resistance, ultimately leading to physical disease and emotional instability.

Even if the stressors are no longer present, the body continues to keep the stress response active.  This results in the depletion of our nervous system, lymphatic organs (spleen, thymus, and lymphnodes), kidneys and adrenal glands, which can pave the way for a wide variety of signs and symptoms.

 

There is hope! Acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) have helped people cope with stress for thousands of years.  The ancient theories of TEM on how stress affects the organs are similar to those of Western medicine.  However, TCM theory and treatment goes far beyond treating signs and symptoms and also addresses the root cause(s) of the problem.

One way that stress affects the body is by causing a depletion or blockage of Qi (pronounced “chi”), especially that of the kidneys and adrenals.  Qi is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body.  It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body.  When Qi becomes “blocked” or the supply is inadequate, the body and organ systems become “stressed out” and our health is then compromised.

 

With acupuncture and TEM, the practitioner’s job is to support and restore the integrity of the various organs affected by the stress response, along with evaluating the quality and quantity of Qi.

We may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing.  Proper eating habits, as well as exercise, stretching, movement and meditation practices, support and promote a balanced and healthy body, mind and spirit.

 

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Acupuncture and TCM can provide a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of stress.

Ways to combat stress:

  1. Get adequate sleep. Try for at least eight hours of restful and restorative sleep.
  2. practice meditative exercises. Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Yoga can help create a healthy body-mind awareness and help free your mind of stressful thoughts.
  3. Eat a well balanced diet. Maintain a healthy diet with adequate amounts of complex carbs, vegetables, fruits, protein and healthy fats.
  4. Have fun! Make time for relaxing activities, enjoyable hobbies and lots of laughter in your life.
  5. Breathe. Relaxed deep breathing is one of the most simple and easy techniques that can be used for reducing stress.

 

Quick facts:

Some of the signs and symptoms of an overactive response to stress include anger, anxiety, asthma, depression, depressed immune system, digestive disorders, headaches, heart disease, high blood pressure, joint pain, and weight problems.