January 2015

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In our last post we discussed ways Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can strengthen confidence and well being and also remove obstacles like pain and stress. In this post we will show more ways you can gain a stronger can-do spirit through TCM by getting rid of what is weighing you down and taking time for your health.

Better Sleep

In TCM, problems with sleep indicates a fundamental imbalance of Qi, or energy. There are a variety of reasons you may be suffering with sleep issues and a TCM diagnosis can help pinpoint what is occurring with your particular constitution. Our energy meridians indicate the balance between our organs, blood, and energy. Someone who has difficulty falling asleep or who wakes up every morning at 3AM usually has an imbalance in the Liver Meridian. Excessive worry or dream disturbed sleep indicates an imbalance of the Spleen Meridian and so on. A practitioner will help determine where your imbalance is to come up with a unique treatment plan that utilizes acupuncture and a custom herbal medicine formula.

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that :

  • Acupuncture was superior to medications regarding the number of patients with total sleep duration increased for [greater than] 3 hours.
  • Acupuncture plus medications showed better effect than medications alone on total sleep duration
  • Similarly, acupuncture plus herbs was significantly better than herbs alone on increase of sleep rates. There were no serious adverse effects related to acupuncture treatment in the included trials.

Treating insomnia with pharmaceutical sleep aids can be immediately helpful but will only treat the symptom, not the imbalance, and can have unwanted side effects. Acupuncture can give you the long-term healing you need.

Help with Change/Addictions

Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture is such an effective tool for fighting addiction it is used in more than 2,000 drug and alcohol treatment centers in the US. Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y has 35 years of experience with this treatment and delivers 100 acupuncture treatments per day!

You may not need help transitioning out of substance abuse, but the same protocol, modified for each individual, is helpful for easing the discomfort of quitting smaller habits. We often use it to help our patients quit drinking coffee or smoking. It is also helpful for sugar withdrawal. If you need to make big changes in your diet, we recommend acupuncture treatments to help you with withdrawal or detox side effects like headaches and cravings.

Time for Self-Care

Take time to pamper yourself! Acupuncture treatments can be deeply relaxing and together with the aroma therapy we use with each treatment, your session can feel like a spa visit. The bonuses are that you are healing underlying health imbalances, boosting your immune system, and strengthening your confidence. You deserve it!

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