Acupuncture and Your Health
Stress? Chronic Pain? Hormonal Issues? Allergies? Many of today’s modern health problems can be greatly improved with traditional healing modalities. Acupuncture is well known for treating a variety of problems, but one of the greatest benefits of regular acupuncture treatment is that it can help regulate the body’s natural systems and cycles, creating health and wellness even for those who aren’t experiencing chronic problems. Here are a few of the benefits that acupuncture has for general wellbeing:
The Science of Acupuncture
Research from Yale University’s School of Medicine has shown regular acupuncture to be an effective form of treatment for maintenance of your physical and emotional health. It can be performed alone or in combination with more conventional treatments. The National Health Interview Survey in 2007 found that there was an increase in acupuncture use between the years 2001 and 2007 by more than 1 million adults. Their reasoning for acupuncture use included
1) to address a specific health problem (87%)
2) Western treatments were found to be ineffective (47%)
3) recommended by friends, family or their primary care (72%)
4) to increase energy and improve immune functions (88%)
Acupuncture can help during a particular time of stress, but can also help you manage long-term stress responses or simply maintain your health and prevent chronic conditions. Acupuncture can also increase activity of the natural killer immune cells (a type of white blood cell within the body that fight off pathogens), providing relief to many of your daily aches and pains, as well as acting as a preventative for future illness. Overall, acupuncture has been shown as an effective treatment that significantly enhances your quality of life.
What We Treat
Here are some of the conditions we commonly help with:
For people who experience insomnia, have irregular sleep schedules, or who simply do not get the most out of their zzz’s, acupuncture can help regulate the body’s circadian rhythms. Sleep is critical to maintain overall health. Lack of sleep causes the body to overproduce stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which causes people to be nervous and more aggressive. Increased levels of cortisol due to chronic stress is also linked to high blood pressure, suppressed immune system and weight gain. Not enough sleep leads to poor job performance, impaired judgment, and serious accidents when driving or operating machinery. Unlike Western medicine, in Traditional Chinese medicine there is not one “prescription” for using acupuncture to treat insomnia. Each practitioner will use acupuncture to stimulate a different combination of acupuncture points specific to the patient’s individual problem. In general, acupuncture helps to reduce cortisol, relax the nervous system and reset sleep cycles.
Acupuncture treatment for many different medical conditions begins with helping to regulate the body’s stress stress response. In fact, most people report that after an acupuncture treatment they feel calm and relaxed, no matter what the treatment was for. There are many sources of stress such as your job, school, family, health, relationships and friendships, and negative thought patterns. These factors are taxing to your wellbeing and can contribute to what professionals call “chronic or long-term stress.” When dealing with either short-term or chronic stress, regular acupuncture works by modifying the flow of blood to the proper organs, decreasing the body’s natural stress response and making you feel more at ease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine does wonders for skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Acupuncture is used to stimulate the points, which are along the arms, legs, and torso that activate the immune and endocrine system. By doing this, the body is directed to fight and clear bacteria and toxins trapped the blood. With use of acupuncture, the body can also fight off inflammation, immune or allergic responses that result in psoriasis and eczema. To target more cosmetic issues on the face directly, such as fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, sagging skin, and dark circles try the Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment, a safer alternative to botox and plastic surgeries. This treatment helps reduce the appearance of those symptoms listed and leaves your skin glowing and youthful.
Acupuncture has shown to be extremely effective in treating weight-related issues in both men and women. There are points all over the body and on the ears that target the suppression of appetite, promote digestion, and speed up metabolism. In conjunction with acupuncture, patients can utilize Chinese herbs, supplements, and/or personalized diet plans at our clinic to achieve optimal results in terms of their body image and health. In addition to helping many people lose weight and tackle obesity, acupuncture can also help those with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, and reduce the emotional distress associated with both disorders.
Asthma and allergic diseases, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), food allergy, and eczema, are common issues many people face. An allergen is any chemical substance of non-microbial origin that triggers an immune response in your body. An immune response is when your immune system, thinking the allergen is a foreign invader, overreacts by producing antibodies that produce an allergic reaction. Allergies can be managed through proper treatment and prevention. Acupuncture is incredibly effective at helping mediate the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. In fact, in 2015 The American Academy of Otolaryngology Clinical Practice Guideline recommended acupuncture for patients with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) who were interested in non pharmacological solutions. Acupuncture is recognized as an effective alternative to medical therapies, and is associated with a reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life for patients.
Acupuncture is a great solution for a variety of respiratory problems, including allergies, asthma, bronchitis, which are all under chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), and it can alleviate the symptoms of lung cancer (note that it does not cure cancer). However, in terms of Chinese Medicine, theses problems are categorized not by what virus or bacteria they come from, but what effect they have on the body. Since the problem for asthma is the constriction of the lungs airways and inflammation of these pathways, acupuncture stimulates the body to send anti-inflammatory agents to the affected area and relaxes the smooth muscle of the airways to reduce the constriction. Acupuncture reduces the inflammation caused by bronchitis as well and relaxes the cough reflex. Chinese herbs can also assist to clear out the toxins or bacteria causing the respiratory problems. This way, TCM targets the whole issue, rather than just a symptom.
With acupuncture, we can help modify the blood flow to the proper organs, helping to decrease the body’s natural stress responses, which not only will regulate your physical health, but also decrease the release of stress hormones like adrenaline, during short and long term stress that have been linked to multiple illness. The benefits of acupuncture for stress and anxiety are supported by research done at Yale University’s School of Medicine. Their blind, randomized control trial showed that regular acupuncture treatment can be effective for people experiencing regular stress and anxiety, as well as symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been consistent in showing success in patients with depression. Acupuncture releases endorphins, which gives a feeling of elation. It improves energy and overall outlook of patients suffering from depression. In a recent study, acupuncture was found to be the treatment preferred by those dealing with depression.
Acupuncture has been shown to significantly alleviate chronic fatigue, both mental and physical, as well as pain without causing serious adverse side effects. By boosting your body’s natural energy through the direct manipulation of your blood to/ from areas that maybe receiving too much or too little. Acupuncture has also been shown to significantly reduce fatigue associated with cancer and cancer treatment, depression, injuries, and pregnancy.
For many patients suffering with autoimmune disorders, Chinese medicine can help to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Along with lifestyle changes, acupuncture can work well with biomedical drugs to stabilize autoimmune diseases. In certain cases, improvements are so effective with regular acupuncture treatments that the dosage of medications can be gradually reduced or eliminated under the care of the patient’s doctor. Many studies have been done examining the positive effects of acupuncture to reduce inflammation, and electro-acupuncture has been found to inhibit the release of mast cells that trigger an inflammatory response in the body. Acupuncture has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety for patients with autoimmune disorders.
Cancer is the result of abnormal and uncontrolled cellular division that destroys the body’s tissues. Cancer can appear in any part of the body and its treatments often leave individuals in severe pain. Acupuncture treatments, both alone and in combination with pharmaceutical treatments, have been shown to effectively reduce cancer-related pain and manage side effective of cancer treatment. One study found acupuncture to be particularly effective in reducing both malignancy-related and surgery induced pain for cancer patients. Acupuncture has also been found to effectively manage cancer-related fatigue (CRF), with substantial improvements in reported CRF following acupuncture sessions for 20-30 minutes three times a week.
I had been suffering from full-body, itching psoriasis. Christina did a combination of acupuncture and ‘cupping’, and within a month my skin was returning to normal.
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I’ve been going to Naturna for six weeks and can’t believe the difference. For the last two years I’ve suffered from brutal migraines two to three times per week. Since coming to Naturna, only mild headaches. There are even weeks with no pain at all.
I was quickly impressed by how far-reaching Christina’s knowledge base was… For me, she helped with lifestyle and infertility issues, but I’m confident that she would be an invaluable help to anyone.
Like many NYC women, I am type A and like to be prepared. Fertility can sometimes be maddening because you really don’t have all that much control. Seeing Christina provided me with some ‘X-ray’ glasses to see a bit more clearly and manage the anxiety which can come with the unknown.
Christina is a skilled practitioner who is both professional and compassionate. My patients have experienced great results at her clinic as well as a warm and supportive atmosphere. I feel confident sending my patients to her.
I came to Naturna after trying everything to treat my eczema. After just a few sessions, the patches began to lighten and itch less and within a few weeks completely disappeared! The effects were undeniable. I’ve been made a believer.
I had been suffering from terrible insomnia for 2 years and was self medicating. I was constantly exhausted, grumpy and really quite hung-over from the sedatives. The first night after the treatment I slept through the whole night!! I was immediately convinced. It only took 3 weeks and I was sorted. Now I only visit the clinic if I have any recurrence of the issue and she smacks it back down.
I had been suffering from hormonal acne for years before I came to Naturna. Nothing was seeming to work and I was miserable. Naturna helped me to understand what was happening in my body, and within a few sessions I started to notice the acne lessening. After a couple months I was only having a pimple here and there. I can’t believe that it could have been this easy all along. The results were truly amazing.
I was getting sick all the time. For months out of the year I would be on prednisone and antibiotics for a variety of respiratory issues from asthma to bronchitis and pneumonia. After about six months of treatment I was no longer getting sick. Acupuncture has been a great assist in boosting my immunity and getting my health on track.
Having never received Acupuncture before, I really didn’t know what to expect. They were amazing from the start, first by listening to the symptoms of my injury, and then by giving me a detailed explanation of what my treatment would entail. The Acupuncture itself was extremely relaxing and my results were immediately tangible. I continued to receive Acupuncture once a week, and in a months time my symptoms had completely subsided and I was no longer restricted from a very active lifestyle.
My allergies have tormented me for years. After just a couple treatments I noticed that I could breathe better. After a few weeks I noticed a big difference in my energy and felt clearer. I went back to my ENT and he asked what I was doing because my nasal passages were so much more open! It was nice to see that all the efforts had tangible results. I now go for Acupuncture a month or so before allergy season and am so much better as a result.