Acupuncture to Fight the Stress that’s Killing Us

A new study has found that modern human’s stress reactions are doing us more harm than good. In the early days of human evolution human’s needed stress indicators to release certain chemicals in our bodies so we could hunt better or escape predators. This is known fight or flight. Today, however, that stress compounds as it doesn’t find the same kind of outlet. Our sympathetic nervous system stays in a constant state of fight or flight. This build up of stress can lead to physical problems. Over active stress can lead to heart attack and can weaken the immune system. Acupuncture has long been thought of as a powerful way to fight stress. It brings our parasympathetic nervous system into play, taking us out of the fight or flight mode, allowing us to return to a state of calm.  Modern medicine is finally starting to provide the necessary evidence to prove this. It’s difficult to process the idea that stress may be causing our physical issues as this thought can lead to more stress but consider acupuncture as a safe and natural way to treat stress without letting it get out of control.
Links to the Articles:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199601/stress-its-worse-you-think
http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/news/20031015/acupuncture-calms-moms-stress-anxiety

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New Study Reveals Acupuncture Benefits For Women In Menopause

menopause-acupuncture-01Natural menopause – the absence of menstruation for longer than 12 months – often comes with a wide range of unpleasant symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety, irritability, night sweats, and of course hot flashes. However, a recent study found acupuncture to reduce or even eliminate some of these systems, improving quality life and reducing stress/anxiety in women going through menopause.

Researchers at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan monitored 869 participants who are were going through menopause while using 12 different treatment methods. One of the 12 treatment methods was acupuncture, which surprisingly proved to be the most effective at relieving the discomfort associated with menopause.  continue reading »

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Acupuncture and Insomnia

Insomnia affects us in ways that we cannot even realize. Sleep is when the body repairs and rejuvenates itself. When our sleep becomes disrupted, we are unable to function at optimum levels. Here are some simple tips that you can incorporate into your routine to help you achieve a better night’s sleep:

Acupuncture can help: Acupuncture has shown to help achieve a relaxing and sound sleep. Two powerful points in the ear can send you off to dreamland. If insomnia is a persistent problem, acupuncture treatments can help re-balance the body so that you can achieve peaceful sleep.

Take a moment: Make some time in your schedule for a pre-sleep relaxation ritual. Taking a hot bath just before bed has been shown to promote a deep, restful sleep. You can also add a handful of hops to the bathwater or place a small amount of dried hops wrapped in a cloth inside your pillow case. Hops are used to reduce restlessness during sleep. A cup of hot chamomile tea is also relaxing. Dim the lights, relax, and sip a hot cup of tea to begin relaxing the body from the inside out.

Aromatherapy: Put a few drops of chamomile essential oil on your pillow just before bed. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to disperse the scent around your bedroom. Lavender is also a popular choice before bed.

Relax your soles: Tap the soles and both sides of the feet gently with a hairbrush for five minutes, paying special attention to the point below the ball of the foot in the center, about one-third the distance between the toes and heel.

Evening snack tips: If you choose to eat before bed, a light snack should consist of mostly carbohydrates with a small amount of protein. This combination increases the availability of tryptophan to the brain. Try eating a small bowl of low sugar oatmeal along with low fat milk. A sliced apple with a few slices of cheese can also do the trick. Avoid large amounts of protein before bed, it may keep you from falling into a sound sleep.

Yoga: Try a 15 to 20 minute relaxing yoga routine. Forward bends and shavasana are great ways to end the day and calm the nervous system.

Don’t let insomnia get you down. Call today to schedule a free consultation and find out how acupuncture can help you. 912-222-6949.
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3 Ways To Improve Your Posture

poor-posture-01-smDo you suffer from poor posture? Whether you’re sitting down at a desk, standing, walking or running, you should focus on maintaining your body’s natural position. This means keeping your head and neck up while avoiding slouching or slumping. The good news is that you can reverse the effects of poor posture by following some simple steps.

Some of the physiological problems linked to poor posture include: continue reading »

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7 Superfoods That Can Change Your Life

blueberries_superfoodsYou are what you eat is an adage that holds more truth than you may realize. Unfortunately, many people today focus their diet around processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium and fat. Diets such as this can increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more. You can protect your body and health against such illnesses, however, by eating lean meats, fresh vegetables, and by adding the following heavy hitter, or often referred to superfoods,  to your diet.

#1) Broccoli

This edible stalky plant of the cabbage family is loaded in potassium, vitamin B-6, vitamin C magnesium, and calcium. Scientists believes broccoli’s phytochemicals – organic chemical compounds which occur naturally – are able to aid in skin health, regulate blood sugar levels, strengthen the immune system, and ward off joint inflammation. continue reading »

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An Apple A Day….

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Do you remember the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?

I certainly do!

But do you know why apples are so good for us? If not, here are several reasons why it’s good to include apples as part of your daily food intake.

  • Apples are cooling in nature, with a sweet and sour flavor. Because of this, they help reduce heat and produce fluids in the body, specifically moistening dryness and cooling heat in the lungs (which interestingly enough helps protects the lungs from cigarette smoke).
  • Help with indigestion. Apples contain malic and tartaric acid. These acids inhibit the growth of ferments and disease causing bacteria in the digestive tract.
  • Apples also contain pectin which helps remove cholesterol, toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and even radiation residues.
  • Benefits low blood sugar conditions and the emotional depression often associated with them.
  • A poultice of grated apple over the eyes for twenty minutes helps relieve swelling and irritations such as sunburn and pink eye.
  • They are cleansing and beneficial for the liver and gallbladder and can actually help soften gallstones.

Not to mention that they are a caloric dense food that just tastes good. So, the next time you feel the munchies coming on, reach for an apple. Not only will it satisfy that sweet tooth, it just plain does a body good!

 

–Information taken from Paul Pitchford’s Healing with Whole Foods.

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7 Things You Should Know About Acupuncture and Pregnancy

pregnancy-071414Acupuncture involves the placement of thin sterilized needles to stimulate various acupoints throughout the body. The stimulation of these areas is believed to correct imbalances and blockages in the body by promoting the healthy flow of energy (known as qi – pronounced CHEE).

The thought of having half a dozen or more tiny needles sticking into your skin when you’re pregnant, might sound frightening. However, it’s actually a safe, painless, straightforward procedure that can treat a number of adverse symptoms associated with pregnancy. continue reading »

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How To Dine Out If You Have a Food Allergy

food-allergies-01Food allergies shouldn’t prevent you from dining out with your friends and family. Unfortunately, though, many people with food allergies resort to cooking their own meals to reduce the risk of an adverse reaction. From dairy and nuts to gluten (wheat-based protein) and shellfish, there are certain foods that people must avoid to prevent adverse reactions. continue reading »

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3 Tips to Easily Alleviate Your Stress Immediately

stress-06092014Stress from day-to-day life can have an extremely negative impact on our health, emotionally, mentally, and physically as well. Long-term or extreme stress can result in frequent or chronic headaches, muscle aches, sleeplessness, anxiety, fatigue, depression, etc. All of these problems only present even more problems to our health and overall well-being. How can we prevent stress from our everyday lives from becoming a much larger problem in our lives?

In the interest of being helpful, I have compiled my favorite 3 tips to easily alleviate your stress, hopefully to the benefit of many individuals suffering from stress-related ailments in their lives. continue reading »

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Lose weight this summer with acupuncture

summer-beach-05272014One of the vexing aspects of the approach of summer is how you can obtain your “swimsuit body.” While the winter months, especially around the holidays, are a time for putting on some weight, the summer months are reserved for strenuous activity, especially on the beach. continue reading »

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