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Body acupuncture in combination with adequate diet and exercise has found to be effective for weight loss and also with the reduction of inflammatory reactions in the body.
Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicine practice of placing fine needles into specific points on the body for a therapeutic effect. According to Dr. Neemez Kassam, Associate Professor of Asian Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, there are two schools of thought on how acupuncture works. The Western perspective whereby acupuncture releases endorphins which produce natural euphoric activity, and the traditional approach where acupuncture regulates the flow of QI, or energy, bringing the body back into a balanced state.
How does it work?
Acupuncture for weight loss is used for targeting acupuncture points that will work to reduce cravings and appetite, and to stimulate and balance hormones. Using acupuncture for weight control is based in the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body’s dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals, and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger.
With acupuncture the inserted needles will act to stimulate the release of endorphins which are hormones that make the body feel good. This creates calming, relating, effects on the body which counteracts the need for excessive eating brought on by increased stress, frustration, or anxiety. Acupuncture also alters the levels of the central nervous system by stimulating the peripheral nerves. Signals are then carried by the stimulated nerve, changing satiety and mood. By increasing the release of neurotransmitters with acupuncture, it improves mood and suppresses appetite by the serotonin, and endorphin-induced decreases stress and depression (Ismail et al, 2015).
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a common ailment in today’s society. Acupuncture can do a lot to alleviate it and improve its symptoms. For those of you who suffer from this condition know that it is significantly more difficult to handle during the winter months. The days are shorter and your body tends to use up more energy during this time of year. Although there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, there are ways to navigate the unpleasant feelings that come with it. Here are some more details to help you better understand how acupuncture can help provide you relief during the winter months.
Acupuncture investigates the root cause of your chronic fatigue syndrome
According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, chronic fatigue syndrome is attributed to a multitude of factors. Such factors involve insomnia, body aches, and high levels of stress. A deeper investigation of chronic fatigue syndrome can reveal where energy is lacking. The problems may be situated in your spleen, liver, heart, or kidney. There also may be problems related to phlegm obstruction or heat toxicity. Chronic fatigue syndrome can also be caused by imbalances in yin and yang. When you meet with me during your initial diagnostic, I will determine where the problem is most prominent and then work on correcting those deficiencies in a safe and comfortable manner.
Acupuncture allows you to feel more energized
By tapping into the appropriate meridians in your body, the balance of qi, or energy, thus becomes restored. This is particularly helpful during the winter months when our energy levels become depleted by the lower exposures to sunlight and the increased exposure to cold weather. As mentioned in the previous point, acupuncture places a focus on the areas where energy is lacking and aims to corrects those imbalances so that energy is allocated appropriately.
Acupuncture increases the flow of endorphins
Acupuncture also helps to stimulate the flow of endorphins by tapping into the correct acupoints. It’s often the case that when you feel happier, you’re less likely to be run down by chronic fatigue. This flow of endorphins may help you to overcome seasonal affective disorder- a close cousin to chronic fatigue syndrome that also becomes severe during the winter months. Also, you’re less likely to be susceptible to colds. An increased flow of endorphins can protect your immune cells because of the increased production of white blood cells.
Overall, these results will put your body and mind in the best state possible to have an energized and enjoyable winter. Winter comes with its own set of problems, chronic fatigue syndrome does not need to be one of them. In preparation for winter, be proactive and start to put your health and well being first. If you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, and you would like to have relief before winter, then feel free to contact me and book a complimentary 15-minute consultation session with me. I’d be happy to help you have an energized and joyful winter season.
Acupuncture can be a source of long-term stress relief. There are a number of stressors that life can throw your way. There are also a number of strategies for coping with stress. You may have tried a number of techniques to cope with your stress. You may have also found that many of them did not work for the long-term. Continue reading this blog to learn more details the link between acupuncture and stress relief.
Acupuncture can help to relieve work-related stress
Acupuncture has the capacity to restore the flow of qi, or energy, and increase the production of endorphins; which are known to be the body’s own painkillers. This greater state of balance will help you to get through your day in a manner that allows you to cope with your unexpected workplace stressors. There are some workplaces that will provide a benefits program that will cover acupuncture treatments. Find out if yours provides such coverage.
Acupuncture can help eliminate insomnia
Insomnia is often triggered by a prolonged amount of stress. This prolonged stress can have an impact on the quality of your sleep. When you meet with me, I will take the time to learn about sleep patterns. This information will help me to determine what meridians in your body are most affected by insomnia.
Acupuncture is a natural approach to alleviating stress
It may be tempting to take sleeping pills or other medications; however, they may not be the best option for you. Medications can often create unwanted side effects that may create more stress in your life. Because acupuncture does not involve the use of any substances, it does not come with any side effects. On the other hand, acupuncture does not replace medication. It’s always best to speak with your doctor if you are suffering from a mental illness to see if acupuncture is right for you.
How to make the stress relief last even longer
Although acupuncture has been known to provide long-term relief of stress, there are other ways to prolong its efficacy. These methods are also in the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They include the following.
- Aromatherapy: Combined with acupuncture, aromatherapy has been proven to be extra effective in reducing stress.
- Exercise: practicing exercises such as qigong and tai chi cultivate mindfulness while also reducing stress.
- Dietary modifications: There may some foods that are contributing to your stress. I will offer you some suggestions that can help to reduce your stress.
Overall, these suggestions will complement your acupuncture treatments.
Last month, I hosted a seminar on mindful breathing at the Janati Yoga School in Kingston, Ontario. As an advocate for mindful breathing, I know that there is a strong connection between mindful breathing and acupuncture. If you happened to miss this seminar, this month’s blog will provide you with more information on how acupuncture can be especially effective when it’s combined with mindful breathing techniques.
Mindful breathing combined with acupuncture is an effective form of stress relief
Many people receive acupuncture treatments as a means of relieving stress, anxiety, or any mood related disorders. Mindfulness allows us to be present in the moment so that we may live our lives to the fullest potential. Mindful breathing starts with allowing ourselves to become fully aware of our breath. Mindful breathing becomes an added benefit to receiving acupuncture treatments as a form of stress relief.
Mindful breathing promotes the flow of Qi
For tonification, the needle is inserted as you exhale. After a period of time, the needle is withdrawn on inhalation. For sedation, the needle is inserted on the inhalation. After a period of time, the needle is withdrawn on exhalation. These results allow the body to be in the best position to promote the flow of Qi. Qi or life-force includes blood, lymphatic fluids, and nutrients which allow for the proper functioning of all organs. The brain and emotions are greatly influenced by this Qi flow. Breath is like the vehicle that drives the Qi flow.
Mindful breathing resets the mind-body balance
It is often the case that our minds become disconnected from what our bodies are doing. We commit to actions without really thinking about why we’re doing them. It’s especially common in today’s faced paced world of technology. During my acupuncture session, I encourage my clients to continue their practice of mindful breathing once the needles are inserted. Doing so will allow the mind and body to synergize effectively, thereby creating greater mind-body balance.
Mindful breathing provides a regulatory response to the para sympathetic and sympathetic nervous system
In general, diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the vagus nerve and helps regulate the relationship of the para sympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. The vagus nerve is a part of the brain that controls the para sympathetic nervous system, which controls your relaxation response. The sympathetic nervous system actives the commonly known “fight or flight” response. The following breath cycle can stimulate the vagus nerve: inhaling will expand your rib cage to you maximize your comfort, pausing, and emptying your lungs slowly and longer than your inhale. I maintain this rhythm of diaphragmatic breathing throughout the treatment to foster a calm state of mind.
This information provides you with an overview of what to expect when mindful breathing is combined with acupuncture sessions. This information may seem complex. If you have any questions at all, you can always feel free to ask me questions. Your sessions will be tailored to your unique needs. Mindfulness is a practice that requires dedication and persistence. Similar to acupuncture, it takes multiple sessions in order to create lasting and effective results. Overall, mindful breathing combined with acupuncture facilitates the flow of Qi and thus promotes health. Feel free to come to my clinic to experience these benefits for yourself or contact me for a complimentary 15 minute consultation session to learn more.
Menopause is a time of transition for women who also experience a wide range of unwanted symptoms. Such symptoms include migraines, insomnia, hot flashes, and mood swings. The frequency and severity of these symptoms can vary for each woman. Acupuncture is a natural form of treatment that can provide relief from such symptoms.
Traditional Chinese medicine’s perspective of menopause
Menopause occurs when a woman no longer ovulates. This major change can bring some unwanted symptoms as the body tries to adapt to the decrease in estrogen production. Although menopause has often been given a reputation in Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine presents it in a more positive light. Western medicine’s approach to treating menopausal symptoms have been proven to be effective. However, these benefits are only short term and can often provide unwanted side effects that can make women feel worse. Instead of adding more estrogen to the body, traditional Chinese medicine looks at correcting any existing imbalances. While following the methods of traditional Chinese medicine, women are relying on their body’s natural resources to improve any imbalances that may be present, thereby potentially making menopause a more enjoyable transition.
Acupuncture Provides Relief from Hot Flashes
Hot flashes appear to be the most common symptoms among women who are going through menopause. Acupuncture can help provide relief naturally and reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. This can be great news especially during the hot summer months. While it may take a few sessions to start seeing results, the time is all worth it. Acupuncture allows the body to naturally stimulate the production of estrogen and progesterone in a risk-free manner while reducing the occurrence or severity of hot flashes. The body’s chemistry naturally adjusts as the acupoints are activated from acupuncture sessions.
Acupuncture can reduce mood swings and instances of insomnia
Acupuncture’s capacity to increase the production of endorphins will leave you feeling relaxed, happier, and better able to sleep. All of these great results can lead women to have a more positive perspective on this significant life transition.
Ways to complement your acupuncture sessions
Women who exercise on a regular basis and follow a healthy diet are much more likely to see relief from their menopausal symptoms in a shorter period of time. When you meet with me for acupuncture sessions, I can offer you specific dietary and lifestyle recommendations to best suit your needs. For example, green tea being is rich in antioxidants. Increasing your intake can potentially improve your overall well being. Here are some great green tea frozen yogurt recipes to will help you stay cool and healthy during your hot flashes.
Menopause does not have to be a time of dread and anguish. Because very woman has a different experience with menopause, the treatment regimen should also be different. If you’re a woman who is going through unpleasant menopausal symptoms, and you’d like to learn more about how I can help you, then feel free to contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session!
This Saturday, August 6th I am fortunate enough to be apart of the Janati Wellness Day. All are welcome, please be sure to stop by! I will be teaching breath work at 12:15.
See you there!
It’s officially summertime and we couldn’t be happier to go out and make the most of this beautiful weather. Every day counts during this time of year. What you may not know is that summertime is also a great time to receive facial acupuncture treatments. Here are some more details on how facial acupuncture treatments will make your summer feel even brighter!
What happens to your skin in the summer?
In the summer, your skin is exposed to a variety of different elements: UV rays from the sun, chemicals from improper sunscreen, chlorine from the pool, and allergic reactions from certain plants . All of these factors have the potential to wreak havoc on your skin.
How facial acupuncture improves your skin during the summer
Facial acupuncture is a full body treatment that helps to restore the appearance of any skin problem that can arise during the summer.
Facial acupuncture improves the look of your skin in the summer
If your skin is dry from a heat rash or overexposure to chlorine, facial acupuncture can help hydrate and replenish your skin. Facial acupuncture treatments can boost your blood circulation and improve muscle tone. If you want that summer glow, facial acupuncture can provide that for you in a natural way. You may not even need to use bronzer for your beauty routine!
Although facial acupuncture treatments start at the face, you will experience the benefits all over the body. Because of that, you may notice that your skin’s appearance has improved everywhere.
Facial acupuncture helps you feel great on the inside during the summer
Aside from the external benefits that facial acupuncture provides in the summer, there are a number of internal benefits that facial acupuncture can provide. Facial acupuncture has the capacity to restore feelings of relaxation. If your allergies or allergy medications are making you feel sluggish and drowsy, facial acupuncture can help you to restore your energy or qi. You may also notice that you sleep patterns are disrupted from the heat and the extended daylight hours. The increased production of endorphins that come from facial acupuncture will help you to relax and have a better night’s sleep in the summer. In addition, facial acupuncture can prevent the buildup of toxins in the body. This can be especially helpful if there’s been changes to your diet in the summer. These changes, whether good or bad, can disrupt the system. When you meet with me for a treatment, I can offer some dietary solutions to help complement your sessions.
With our skin being the body’s largest organ, it’s very important to take extra care of it all year. While enjoying various activities in the summer, make sure to keep the quality of your skin in mind. Facial acupuncture will help you look and feel great this summer so that you can make the most of every day! Feel free to book a complimentary 15 minute consultation session with me to learn more about how I can help you!
Last month, I explained how Acupuncture can help asthma sufferers. Since asthma is a condition which is often experienced among children, I thought it would be helpful to explain how Acupuncture can be an appropriate form of treatment for kids who experience a wide range of conditions. Here on some more details on why children can have Acupuncture treatments.
Conditions which Acupuncture treats
Children who suffer from ADHD, asthma, allergies, or migraines can find relief from Acupuncture. Acupuncture can also provide pain relief for children who suffer from juvenile arthritis, Lyme disease, or juvenile fibromyalgia, dental pain, sinus pain, and back pain. The treatments can be considered as a safe alternative to medications.
Acupuncture can also boost your child’s immunity. If you’re sick of getting sick from your kids, then maybe it’s time to consider Acupuncture. Acupuncture can help to protect your child from common colds, flus, and other illnesses which children tend to experience.
Acupuncture treatments are not always about needles
Children can still have Acupuncture even if they’re afraid of needles. The superfine needles used for Acupuncture treatments are not as painful as the needles used for injections and blood tests. In addition, I can offer alternative methods of treatment that do not involve needles. For example, Acupressure is a form of treatment that can help alleviate nausea that children may experience from cancer treatments. In this case, Acupuncture serves as a complementary form of treatment.
Acupuncture teaches children healthy skills early on in life
Many people who seek Acupuncture in adulthood reap the benefits of Acupuncture later on in life. The benefit of providing children with Acupuncture treatments is that they learn essential knowledge and attitudes about their bodies early on in life. By receiving Acupuncture treatments, children can learn to build a solid foundation of understanding. First, early exposure to treatment introduces children to an alternative mode of healing. They can learn that Western medicine is not the only form of treatment. In the process of receiving Acupuncture treatments, children also gain a thorough understanding of how to connect with their bodies in a healthy and non-judgemental manner. The feelings of relaxation and anxiety relief that result from Acupuncture treatments help children to foster these positive connections with their bodies. Overall, the healthy skills can help children to take greater ownership of their health and well being. Gaining this set of knowledge and skills are essential for all children. In addition, these skills highlight the notion that Acupuncture provides a holistic set of benefits for children no matter what their health status is.
Hopefully this blog has shed light on the idea that Acupuncture treatments are not exclusive to adults. The time to start treatments is dependent upon a child’s age, comfort level and stage of development. If you have children, and you are considering Acupuncture as a form of treatment, feel free to contact me to learn more about how I can help. Your first visit with me will include a complimentary 15-minute consultation session.
May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. Allergies and asthma tend to be at their peak season around this time of year. It’s important to educate and inform your family, friends, and colleagues of the severity of these conditions. Many of you in Kingston who suffer from both asthma and allergies understand how bad asthma and allergies can be. Pollens and allergens seem to be highly aggressive in this part of Ontario. Unfortunately, your symptoms may worsen as the summer months progress. The higher proportion of allergens in the air can be significantly disruptive for those who suffer from asthma. Last month, I explained how acupuncture can alleviate allergies. In this blog, I’ll give your more details on how acupuncture can provide relief for asthma sufferers.
What asthma means in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Although Western medicine proposes that asthma is an illness centrally focused within the lungs, Traditional Chinese Medicine classifies asthma as a disorder among many parts of the body. The lungs, kidneys, and stomach are all affected by asthma. When the stomach is not functioning correctly, there is an accumulation of phlegm that congests the lungs. Traditional Chinese Medicine also indicates that asthma is caused by a blockage of qi or energy within the body. A disruption of qi in the stomach can interfere with the downward motion of the lungs, thereby creating breathing problems. The kidneys aid the downward movement of the lungs and as a result they are also affected by asthma. Because asthma is a condition that develops in childhood, it is believed that children have also developed illnesses within the kidneys. If you have a child who has asthma, it’s a good idea to start treatments early. If you’re wondering whether acupuncture is a safe treatment method for children, feel free to read this article for more information.
Overall, Traditional Chinese Medicine investigates the root cause of asthma and helps to alleviate any deficiencies within the body. Acupuncture also allows you to take greater ownership and control of your overall health.
How acupuncture helps to alleviate asthma
Acupuncturists focus on the acupoints along the lungs, kidney, and stomach. The acupoints around the bladder are also treated as a way to improve the health of the lungs, kidneys, and stomach. As a result, the qi blockages are resolved. If you suffer from asthma, you will notice that acupuncture treatments will alleviate your symptoms of coughing, wheezing, pain and tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.
As of right now, there is no cure for asthma. However, acupuncture can help to improve your quality of life and help you to breathe better. Acupuncture is not intended to replace inhalers for asthma. I would recommend that you speak with your doctor before seeking acupuncture treatment. As a fully licensed and experienced acupuncturist, I would be glad to help you get the relief you need from your asthma. If you are eligible for treatments, feel free to contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session.