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Insomnia

  Acupuncture and insomnia -Get a great night’s sleep naturally.   You settle into a warm comfortable bed, close your eyes and nothing happens, you just can’t fall asleep. Hours go by and still you’re awake. The next day you feel tired, 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 including prescription sleeping medications 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. 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 person. It can happen to anyone, but is more common in older adults. Symptoms include: Difficulty falling asleep Waking up during the night Waking up too early Frustration and moodiness Insomnia can be very frustrating but it’s more than an annoyance. When insomnia becomes onging, or chronic, your body is unable to get the rest and renewal it needs so that you can 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 system, insomnia can leave you susceptible to many other health concerns. Luckily, you don’t have to just “put up with” chronic insomnia.   How can acupuncture help insomnia?  ...

Depression

  Depression can be debilitating for those who experience it. Prolonged feeling of sadness, discouragement and hopelessness greatly affects the quality of life.     At one time or another, most of us have experienced some form of depression. It’s a healthy response to events in our lives that seem overwhelming. When we are balanced, physically and emotionally, we can easily become back from a depressed state and move on with our lives. But when negative feelings and emotions become persistent and consistent, depression may set in.   Today, more than 28 million Americans are taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. In 1998, doctors wrote more than 130 million prescriptions for antidepressants. According to the Physicians’ Desk Reference, the top antidepressant drugs only address signs and symptoms associated with depression, and can cause a variety of side effects, including insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, body rash, tremor, facial tics, diarrhea, loss of appetite and sexual dysfunction. Depression alone is stressful enough on the body – and while medications may provide temporary relief, they can further compromise our health.   How can acupuncture help depression?   Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporate thousands of years of experience in treating the “Yu” Syndrome which manifested similar as depression, e.g. feeling low in mood, low motivation and fatigue. Acupuncture and TCM traditionally are used to alleviate the above signs and symptoms accompanying depression. TCM  are trying to address the root causes and underlying imbalances that have contributed to the problem safely and naturally.   Acupuncturists are aware of the powerful interplay between our body and emotions, the two are inseparable. When we experience...

When to start acupuncture Chinese medicine for fertility?

Acupuncture Chinese medicine for fertility, when to start?   You should start acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment immediately if any one or more of the following situations apply to you: Age factor: You are over 36 year old; Between 30-35 yo, not conceived after tried for six months; 29 yo or younger, not conceived after tried over one year. Period: You don’t have regular menstrual cycles; Your cycle is less than 25 days or over 40 days; Your have severe Pre-menstrual Tension or extreme menstrual cramping. Ovulation: You are not sure if you’re ovulating or not; You don’t notice any fertile mucus; You have ovulation pain or mid-cycle spotting. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): You have previous failed ART treatments such as: IUI, IVF; You are Preparing for fertility treatments, e.g. IUI, IVF. Existing Diagnosis & History: Your have two or more consecutive miscarriages; Your progesterone levels are lower than normal; You have been diagnosed with PCOS/PCOD, Endometriosis; Your partner’s sperm testing shows...

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common rheumatic disorders in the world behind arthritis. People suffer from fibromyalgia experience a wide range of symptoms, including pain, aches and muscle tenderness and stillness, fatigue, with sleep disorders and intestinal bowel symptoms. Fibromyalgia often been diagnosed if you have 11 out of 18 specific points on the body are painful or tender to pressure. Interestingly, many of these tender points are similar to the acupuncture points.   Acupuncture TCM and Fibromyalgia   According to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, imbalance and blockage of the Qi (vital energy) flow can result in symptoms and signs that reflect a Western diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body. Our bodies try to maintain a healthy balance of Qi flow through the meridian system. Should the supply of Qi has changed, or the flow of Qi has been disrupted, the pain starts. Cause of pain – TCM explanation   Where there is blockage in the meridian, there is pain Where there is malnutrition of the area, there is pain   When Qi is abundant and freely circulating throughout the body, there is health and pain-free living. When Qi becomes “blocked”, or The supply of Qi is inadequate, the pain or stiffness related to fibromyalgia appears.   What do you do to help my fibromyalgia?   Firstly, we will ask you a few questions including: Where are the pain; How long do you have the pain,...

Arthritis

  If you live with arthritis, you know what a challenge it can be to find relief from joint pain and other symptoms. But there are many things you can do to manage and control your arthritis and live a healthy, active life. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be a powerful addition to any treatment plan – without causing harmful side effects. Arthritis according to Western Medicine   Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage between the joints breaks down, usually affecting the hips, hands, knees, low back, or neck. Some factors can increase your risk, including a joint injury, being overweight, aging, and genetics. Putting stress on a joint through repetitive motion can also increase your risk. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another common type. This chronic condition occurs when the lining of the joints becomes inflamed, and can lead to long term joint damage and even loss of movement. Women are two to three times more likely to get RA than men. RA often starts in the hands or feet, and usually affects the same joints on both sides of the body. Symptoms include: Warm, swollen or tender joints Joint stiffness, especially in the morning Fatigue Flu-like symptoms such as fever Weakness Treatment options   Treatment generally focuses on relieving pain and preventing further joint damage. Often this is done through the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications, as well as through self-care and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may even be needed. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)- A whole body approach to relief Causes of...