Pain affects 116 million Americans according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and almost 1/3 of these people experience chronic back pain. Drugs to treat pain are highly addictive and carry uncomfortable side effects. Surgeries can be risky, costly and sometimes have little impact on the pain.
Acupuncture can help. Regular treatments impact pain receptors in the brain and decreases muscle tension around stressed tissues. Pain reduction is often immediate and pain resolution is often achieved after a series of regular treatments.
Read more here about the largest study performed to date regarding the use of acupuncture to relieve pain and thisNew York Times article reviewing a 2012 study about acupuncture and pain.
About 27 million Americans suffer from pains of arthritis. Joint and muscle pain in areas like the spine, hips, and fingers makes this issue one of the major causes of disability in adults.
Acupuncture can help. A study by the National Institutes of Health revealed a 40% decrease in pain and improvement of joint function from baseline after only 14 weeks of treatments.
Over 50 million people experience some form of severe headaches at some point in their lives. A minor headache, let alone a more severe one can lead to to lost valuable time out of partaking in life. Drugs may work quickly and temporarily, however they do not address the root cause(s) and when used for long periods of time can produce unwanted side effects.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help. It addresses the multitude of factors that contribute to headaches including body constitution, hormone imbalances, emotional health, excessive stress, and/or physical trauma. Regular treatments can reduce the severity and frequency and many times eliminate them completely.
It is estimated 32 million people in the U.S. suffer some form of insomnia- whether it is difficulty falling or staying asleep. As the body’s need to heal and recuperate is during sleep, disturbances can have a major impact on health.
Oxygen-enriched blood flow increases with acupuncture and so the muscular and nervous systems are calmed preparing the body for sleep. Chinese herbs can also treat disturbances that prevent restful sleep such as breathing and digestive issues.
Click here to read more about how acupuncture helps improve sleep and the research supporting it.
Acupuncture can be used to reduce the side effects of withdrawal and cravings experienced when quitting smoking. A study here published in the American Journal of Public Health reported that when ear acupuncture was combined with smoking cessation education, patients were more likely to stay smoke free post treatment (than just education alone).
The ear acupuncture used for smoking cessation is called the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) or the 5 Needle Protocol combined with other points selected according to your body unique needs.
If you are ready to quit smoking, consider acupuncture. It is recommended that patients receive at least two treatments a week to help with anxiety, cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal. Nutritional and herbal supplements can also be prescribed to help you along. After you quit, acupuncture can be reduced to maintenance treatments.
Over time stress takes a toll on our bodies. When threatened, the sympathetic nervous system is designed to activate, causing the heart rate to quicken and blood to flow to the extremities while shutting down other important functions like digestion. In addition, the adrenals secrete cortisol and over time high levels of cortisol will impact metabolism, increase blood pressure and inflammation and suppress the immune system.
Acupuncture can help by increasing blood circulation and oxygen in the tissues while decreasing cortisol and releasing natural painkillers and feel-good endorphins. Heart rate and blood pressure are lowered and muscles relax- leaving the body feeling less stressed. Review a study conducted in 2015 by Georgetown University Medical Center and published in The Journal of Endocrinology.
Medications prescribed for anxiety can come with serious side effects and/or may not provide all the relief needed. Acupuncture can help. Click on the tip sheet below for a list of acupuncture points you can put pressure on yourself to help alleviate symptoms temporarily and more.
Erika uses a variety of treatment modalities when working with children and/or babies. She is specially trained in pediatric Tui Na, which is an effective bodywork technique for reducing symptoms in young children such as:
Digestive disorders- constipation, diarrhea and stomach pains
Erika also uses a cold laser as well as acupressure with children to stimulate the prescribed acupuncture points, which is a non-invasive and gentle technique.
Certain kids can do well with acupuncture needles as well, and each situation is handled individually and with sensitivity and fun!
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Fibromyalgia affects about 3-6% of the population globally- that is an estimated 200-400 million people worldwide and affects more women than men. Symptoms include fatigue, stiffness, aches and pains, muscle tenderness, sleep disturbances and digestive issues. A study conducted in 2010 suggests that acupuncture treatment is effective in relieving pain and discomfort that are symptoms of this disorder and also helps to address the underlying causes of the condition by restoring the balance to the body.
Of the approximately 62 million American women of reproductive age in 2002, 1.2 million (2%), had an infertility-related medical appointment within the previous year, and 10% had an infertility-related medical visit at some point in the past. A 2007 study found that acupuncture may improve the quality of life in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. Women receiving acupuncture reported less stress, pain, nausea and stress after egg collection procedures compared to conventional analgesia. A 2008 study concluded acupuncture was effective as an adjunct therapy to IVF to aid in relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow for improved rates of embryo implantation.
Digestive disorders can cause abdominal pain, gas/bloating, constipation/diarrhea and/or acid reflux/indigestion. Chronic symptoms can lead to more serious diagnoses like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). An estimated 10–15% of adults in North America suffer from IBS , and it is associated with a significant reduction in health related quality of life. IBS is one of the most common reasons for work and school absenteeism. Acupuncture along with nutritional guidance and/or recommendations can help address the symptoms related to these conditions as demonstrated by this study conducted in 2012.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 66% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to for having healthy blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. It is also instrumental for preventing diseases related to weight- including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers. Using acupuncture along with wellness coaching is a unique and cutting edge approach to permanent weight loss.
Acupuncture is great for those interested in losing weight. First, it reduces cortisol, a hormone known for promoting weight gain (see this study that shows how acupuncture reduces cortisol levels). It also increases production of endorphins- a hormone related to the sensation of relaxation— improving stress management. Acupuncture helps you get out of pain and gain energy, so you can be more active in physical activities and exercise. In addition it helps reduce cravings for sugar and junk food and helps improve digestion and rebalances organ systems that govern metabolism.
Acupuncture can be used for cosmetic purposes, also called an “acupuncture face-lift.” Combined with a healthy lifestyle, acupuncture is a non-invasive way to nourish the skin creating smoother, softer and hydrated skin. It is useful for avoiding side effects that can result from more costly and risky procedures like drug therapies and/or surgery.
The use of small needles on the face can boost collagen production and increase general circulation of blood and lymph to the face, improving the complexion. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture can be helpful to improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, puffy eyes, age spots and sagging skin. In addition to facial needles and a facial massage, a full acupuncture treatment is also received based on the patient’s unique constitution. This helps to boost overall health, so beauty can be realized from the inside-out. Often improvements in sleep, energy, digestion and stress management can be a “side-effect” of these facial rejuvenation treatments!
Chronic allergies creates physical symptoms such as sneezing congestion, sinus infections, hives, swelling, and itching or redness of the skin. It also creates emotional symptoms as many chronic allergy sufferers experience moodiness and/or depression as a result of aggravating symptoms. Many allergy medications also come with unwanted side effects like fatigue and low libido.
Acupuncture can help. Combined with herbal therapy, acupuncture improves the function of the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells in the body. Acupuncture can help alleviate sinus congestion and pressure as well, giving patients immediate relief.
Many veterans suffer from PTSD.The Veterans Administration (VA) reports that as many as 11-20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have it.Common war traumas include having been shot at, having seen someone shot or having seen death, but another cause of PTSD in veterans is military sexual trauma (MST).According to the VA, 23% of women in the military report sexual assault.
Patients who receive acupuncture for PTSD report stress reduction, improved mental clarity, improved energy, enhanced performance, better sleep, fewer bad dreams and headaches, less anxiety and depression, reduced anger and pain, improved general health and better relationships.
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