It’s All In Your Head: Headaches and TCM

There are four main types of headache: tension, cluster, sinus and migraine. And, there are varying triggers for these headaches, such as food, stress, hormones, dehydration and weather. Fortunately, eliminating the triggers and finding natural ways to prevent and help an ongoing headache are possible. continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Harnessing Willpower

Harness your willpower with acupuncture

Ever had one of those days or weeks where you just can’t pull yourself out of bed in the morning? Or perhaps you just can’t say “No!” to the dessert tray. Regardless of the activity, willpower is what keeps some people disciplined. But it doesn’t make you a bad person if you have dessert with every meal, buy more shoes than you really need or take longer to get going in the morning. It just means your willpower isn’t strong. And just like any other habit, that can be changed. continue reading »

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Acupuncture: An Effective Way to Treat Car Crash Injuries

An auto accident can happen in a split second, usually when you least expect it. It’s easy to shrug accidents off as something that may never happen to you, but accidents are far more common than you might believe. In fact, over 200,000 injuries occur as a result of car accidents each year. You may be going through an intersection when you are sideswiped by another vehicle or your vehicle may be suddenly be hit from behind. If you’ve sustained an injury, the pain caused by a car accident can greatly reduce your quality of life.

After a car accident, you may end up with injuries that cause short-term or long-term pain. Acupuncture is one way to treat many of the aches and pains that are caused by car accidents. It’s a natural form of treatment, and it is highly effective for some people in helping to treat car crash injuries.


How Acupuncture Relieves Pain

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of relieving pain. It’s done by inserting very thin needles into specific points on the body. Experienced practitioners of acupuncture aim to restore the balance between yin and yang, which are the extremes of the life force known as qi. Insertion of the needles releases and redirects qi. This is intended to remove imbalances and blockages that cause pain.

Pain and illness are thought to be manifestations of an imbalance in qi. Practitioners believe that acupuncture works by increasing blood flow, releasing endorphins and triggering the activity of the body’s own natural painkillers.


Benefits of Using Acupuncture for Pain

There are several benefits of using acupuncture to treat the pain and other after-effects of car crash injuries. These benefits include:

  • Helps to reduce pain and inflammation quickly
  • Prevents reliance on narcotic painkillers, which can be highly addictive
  • No unpleasant side effects
  • May help to increase the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to damaged tissues, which may speed recovery and reduce the amount of pain you experience
  • May improve your ability to relax and get restful sleep, allowing your body to heal more quickly from any injuries

Not all symptoms of injuries are apparent immediately after a car accident. Untreated injuries can result in long-term problems. When you have acupuncture treatments, you aren’t moved or stretched in any way, so hidden injuries won’t be aggravated during treatment. Acupuncture treatments may also help you to experience more energy and better mental clarity.


Injuries That May Benefit from Acupuncture

Whether acupuncture is right for you depends on the extent of your injuries. Many injuries that happen as the result of car accidents can benefit from acupuncture. Some examples include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Joint pain
  • Whiplash symptoms, which may include headaches, dizziness, and pain between the shoulders
  • Muscle aches and tension

Acupuncture is a completely natural approach which is effective in rebalancing the body and the brain. This means that this form of treatment may also reduce stress-related symptoms and prevent the development of other problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Acupuncture is a safe and cost-effective method of treating many of the injuries that occur as the result of car accidents. For many people, it’s a great alternative to medication and a way to avoid relying on opioids or muscle relaxants

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TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »

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Walnuts and Your Brain

Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts.     continue reading »

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