A recent study concludes that just a relatively short course of acupuncture could significantly lower some of the most unpleasant symptoms of menopause. To investigate acupuncture as a treatment for menopause, the researchers chose to focus predominantly on a single result -- hot flashes. Continuing for quite a few years, hot flashes happen to over 75% of individuals who undergo the menopause, and they can be distressing. After just 3 months, the participants in the acupuncture group reported a drop in hot flashes.
Though stress is an experience that everyone has at one point or another, chronic stress and anxiety is unhealthy and you should seek medical attention if it persists. This can lead to exhaustion, insomnia, and other metal health issues. Long-term stress and anxiety can also lead to other psychological side effects like low self-confidence, concentration, memory loss, and depression. The use of acupuncture needles can relieve the tension built up inside the body causing patients to feel more relaxed and calm afterwards.
There are many theories on how acupuncture can be beneficial to your health, but one theory is that it works by releasing endorphins, which is the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. Acupuncture is also said to benefit the autonomic nervous system, regulate blood flow and pressure, reduce inflammation and calm the brain.
People with allergies and other respiratory conditions have used acupuncture treatment to manage their conditions. If you suffer from asthma or any other serious respiratory conditions, acupuncture treatment may be a viable option for you. Acupuncture treatment has also been used to treat patients who have chronic pulmonary disease (COPD). This disease is a slowly progressive condition where airways may become limited and patients have difficulty breathing. Acupuncture helps to both manage symptoms and treat the underlying cause of the respiratory difficulty.
We could get more strategic about the way we handle our blood glucose throughout the day, and this may help us cope with stress better and sleep through the night. Furthermore, why don't we make this strategy a bit more flavorful with a smoothie? Skip the dessert and have a light smoothie. This way, it is possible to incorporate different foods which have been demonstrated to supply specific sleep-promoting advantages --such as melatonin-rich cherries and magnesium-rich almonds and pumpkin seeds--which makes it much easier to drift off to dreamland and remain there. Blended together, these foods are a nice sleep tonic that also tastes great. Let’s take a look.
Chronic headaches or migraines can be extremely disruptive to everyday life. A headache occurs when the nerves or blood vessels in your head send pain signals to the brain. Headaches can range from mild to severe and may have a throbbing or stabbing sensation. Acupuncture can reduce headache pain by way of balancing out your “qi” or energy when acupuncture points are stimulated.
Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep consistently? You’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from insomnia and it can be frustrating. Many people resort to medications to get them through the night, but have you ever thought about acupuncture? Can acupuncture really help you catch up on your z’s? According to many studies and patients who have suffered from insomnia firsthand, acupuncture has been used to help people get a better night’s sleep for centuries.
This article, by Heiner Fruhauf, describes a novel herbal treatment approach to auto-immune conditions and other chronic inflammatory disorders. This class of syndromes often points to aggressive helminthic, protozoan, fungal, spirochetal, or viral afflictions that have become systemic in an immune compromised patient. His approach may be utilized in many different degenerative chronic infections, such as those caused by HIV and Lyme disease. In addition, this approach is useful in other difficult chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and GI disorders like IBS. This article covers symptoms typically seen in chronic inflammatory conditions, as well as the details involved in his approach to herbal therapy. At Red Sage Acupuncture, we carry the Classical Pearls formulas to help patients with these conditions.
Acupuncture’s beneficial effects on children is well documented and some recent headlines caught our eye. Did you know that acupuncture can help soothe colicky babies? Or reduce the pain of cerebral palsy? A recent study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found that colicky babies cried less when they received acupuncture treatments for 2 weeks. Another new study in the journal of Medical Acupuncture found that acupuncture reduces cerebral palsy pain in children. We often see children for eczema, allergies, headaches and digestive issues. Herbal therapy and Shonishin (Japanese pediatric therapy) are two needle free options that can stand alone effectively to manage these symptoms.
From an Eastern medicine perspective, a woman’s menstrual cycle tells so much about what is going on in the body. One patient came to me with a heavy flow she’d had for many years, for which surgery was recommended. After a couple of cycles with both acupuncture and herbal therapy, her cycles became more manageable and she lost much less blood. Losing less blood is a very good thing. You need that stuff! Want to know what to avoid during your cycle according to Traditional Chinese Medicine?