Acupuncture for Depression

By Marisa Fanelli

Since the warmth of summer has been slowly fading into cooler nights and shorter days, I have had a noticeable influx in patients seeking relief from depression. This isn’t uncommon—each year I see it happening with the season change.

In the world of acupuncture, there are five major organ systems, each of which is connected to an emotion and season. During that season, the corresponding organ is at its most vulnerable and the emotion tends to show up more prominently.

Fall is Lung season. And the emotion associated with Lung is grief. From an acupuncture perspective, it makes perfect sense that there is a heightened sense of melancholy this time of year.

October 2nd, 2015|Acupuncture theory, Specific conditions|0 Comments

Are Trigger Points Affecting Your Athletic Performance?

By Ginna Ellis

Trigger points cause real problems for athletes.

Not only are trigger points exquisitely painful, but they also affect movement. Trigger points inhibit range of motion by keeping muscles short and stiff. They also weaken muscles, causing them to tire quickly and recover slowly. They produce excessive muscle contraction that can partially disarticulate joints or cause nerve entrapment.

That’s the bad news: Trigger points can seriously inhibit athletic performance. The good news? Acupuncture can help. So can self-care (see tips at the end of this article!).

September 7th, 2015|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|2 Comments

Healing Benefits of Watermelon

By Kendra Lay

August is prime time for watermelon. From salads to desserts, BBQs to gourmet restaurants, watermelon is showing up everywhere this time of year.

In Florida, where I grew up, watermelon was around all summer. Almost every week, my father would stop at a roadside stand and carefully select one of the heavy, green melons. There would be thumping, weighing, and sniffing—and finally he would select his prize.

When we got home, he’d cut off the watermelon in large rounds, place it on a plate, and eat it with a spoon—leaving behind just an empty, cylindrical rind and seeds floating in sweet juice. He would always cut me off a piece, and I’d enjoy this summertime ritual with my dad.

August 10th, 2015|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|0 Comments

How to Give Yourself Ear Acupressure

By Denise Cicuto

You should get into acupressure.

Acupressure is a free, easy, safe, and convenient way to alleviate symptoms and stay healthy. It can help with everything from stress reduction and boosting immunity to soothing travel ailments and getting rid of hangovers.

In addition to acupressure points on different parts of the body—many of which are covered in AcuTake’s Why Are You Doing That Point? series—there’s a whole microcosm of points inside your ear!

Similar to how foot reflexology targets points on the feet that correspond to body parts, in acupuncture, there is a map of the body inside the ear. Acupuncturists use these points for treating pain, digestive problems, smoking cessation, weight loss, generalized stress and anxiety, and other things.

While many acupuncturists use needles to treat points on the ear, another common method for treating ear acupuncture points is with ear seeds. You can use ear seeds on your own, so they’re a great DIY way to give your ears a little acupressure love.

July 27th, 2015|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|0 Comments

5 Common Running Injuries and How Acupuncture Can Help

By Ginna Ellis

Acupuncture and running are a well-suited pair.

Whether you’re a casual runner or a qualifying entrant in Monday’s Boston Marathon, acupuncture can help you stay on top of your running game. From knee and hip pain to plantar fasciitis and fatigue, many ailments suffered by runners can be helped by acupuncture.

Here is how acupuncture addresses the 5 most common causes of running injuries.

April 22nd, 2015|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|7 Comments

Acupuncture Success Stories: Seasonal Allergy Relief

By Sara Calabro

A previous acupuncture success story, about an advertising professional suffering from tight hips, recently found its way around Twitter. It got me thinking that we should revisit the success-stories series.

Deidre, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, sought acupuncture for something many people are struggling with this time of year: seasonal allergies. Here’s her story.

Age: 34
Location: Cambridge, MA
Acupuncturist: Practitioners at Acupuncture Together

What initially brought you to acupuncture?
I was looking for a solution to my horrible seasonal allergies and debilitating menstrual cramps after finding that Western medicine could offer more medications but not more relief.

Imagine Life Without Period Cramps

By Denise Cicuto

Do you, or does someone you know, suffer from period cramps? Thought so.

Most women assume that menstrual cramps are normal, an inevitable monthly occurrence during their menstruating years. But here’s a secret: Period cramps are actually signs of an imbalance somewhere in the body. Once that imbalance goes away, so does the pain.

Acupuncture can help shift the imbalances that cause menstrual cramps, opening up a whole new world in which having your period does not equal pain.

Interested in learning more? Thought so.

May 27th, 2014|Specific conditions|0 Comments

8 Self-Care Tips from Acupuncturists for Late-Spring Allergies

By Sara Calabro

The worst of the spring allergy season is behind us. However, many people are still suffering.

Especially in regions with significant temperature and precipitation fluctuation, allergies can flare up just when you think you’re out of the woods. Even into the early days of summer, acupuncturists remain busy with treating sniffling, sneezing, itchy eyes, and sinus headaches.

Since seasonal allergies tend to ebb and flow, it’s helpful to know some self-care techniques for when your symptoms act up. Here are eight tips that acupuncturists recommend to their allergy-laden patients.

May 13th, 2014|Specific conditions|0 Comments

Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

By Eric Baumgartner

You have probably heard of adrenal fatigue. It’s a buzz phrase in the health community right now, and no wonder—if we could slap one diagnosis on our culture at large, adrenal fatigue would be it.

In my last several years of practicing acupuncture—across many different settings, from the most casual and community-oriented environments to luxurious spas and sterile medical offices—adrenal fatigue shows up in the large majority.

But when we say someone is suffering from adrenal fatigue, what are we actually talking about?

Adrenal fatigue is a root imbalance that causes various systems throughout the body to break down. It is the source of many, if not most, of the symptoms patients commonly report: fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, hormone imbalances, and poor digestion.

February 25th, 2014|Specific conditions|2 Comments

Improve Your Sex Life With Acupuncture

By Marisa Fanelli

Acupuncturists treat the mind, body, and spirit. It’s a critical distinction between acupuncturists and Western doctors, who generally focus exclusively on specific parts of the body. The mainstream approach to healthcare, separating body from mind, can result in patients failing to mention problems that affect them on multiple levels.

Issues around sex—not having it, having it but not wanting to have it, being unable to have it—are often swept under the rug in discussions with MDs. Acupuncturists, on the other hand, ask and hear a lot about people’s sex lives.

The multifaceted nature of sexuality means that many systems throughout the body play a role, and seemingly unrelated symptoms or habits can influence whether someone has a fulfilling sex life. Acupuncturists are experts at making these connections and restoring balance so that you’re able to fully experience and enjoy sex.

December 10th, 2013|Specific conditions|5 Comments

Stop Bloating: 11 Tips from Acupuncturists

By Sara Calabro

Thanksgiving is this Thursday. In previous years, we’ve written about the similarities between acupuncture and Thanksgiving. We’ve also talked about what acupuncture can teach us about gratitude and change.

This year, we’re honoring Thanksgiving with tips for battling the holiday’s most common nemesis: bloating.

Often, the meals we share on Thanksgiving are memorable for more than just good times with family and friends. Bloating and indigestion can be epic on Thanksgiving, and they can put a major damper on otherwise joyous celebrations.

We asked acupuncturists from around the world for do-it-yourself recommendations for reducing bloating. Here are 11 tips for staying comfortable this Thursday, in the days that follow, and whenever else you experience bloating.

November 26th, 2013|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|9 Comments

The Benefits of Acupuncture Before and After Surgery

By Denise Cicuto

Have you seen Iron Man 3? At the end, there’s a scene when main character Tony Stark is undergoing surgery. If you look closely, you can see acupuncture needles in his chest.

That’s Hollywood, but historically, acupuncture actually has been used, mostly in China, for anesthesia during surgery. It’s no longer standard practice, but with acupuncture becoming increasingly present in mainstream medical settings, we may see it make a comeback in surgical procedures.

In the meantime, acupuncture can go a long way toward keeping people healthy before and after surgery. You don’t have to be a superhero to reap the combined power of acupuncture and surgery.

November 12th, 2013|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|7 Comments

Acupuncture Success Stories: Less Pain, Greater Awareness

By Sara Calabro

Time for another edition of Acupuncture Success Stories. If you are unfamiliar with this series, read the introduction to the first installment to understand what it’s all about and why we’re doing it.

Today we hear from two women who used community acupuncture to reduce physical pain and discover greater bodily awareness.

October 29th, 2013|Acupuncture success stories, Specific conditions|1 Comment

Your Pain Is In Your Head

By Adam Cantor

Chronic pain is a growing and complicated issue. Millions of people feel stuck with their pain, suffering day in and day out with no resolution in sight. For many, acupuncture can shed light at the end of this very dark tunnel.

We know that the nature of chronic pain can vary widely, from musculoskeletal and neurogenic to gastrointestinal, urogenital, and gynecological. However, less attention gets paid to the emotional component of chronic pain, which can be caused and exacerbated by negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety.

Pain conditions that are emotionally charged—which, ultimately, describes all cases of pain, since being in pain produces negative thought patterns—often are unabated by the pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications that are so commonly prescribed.

Treating chronic pain effectively requires approaching it holistically. This is where acupuncture excels.

October 15th, 2013|Acupuncture theory, Specific conditions|12 Comments

5 Common Questions About Acupuncture During Pregnancy

By Denise Cicuto

The last edition of Acupuncture Success Stories focused on two women who used acupuncture to overcome fertility challenges. And indeed, acupuncture alone and in combination with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has been shown to help women achieve pregnancy.

But what about once you get pregnant? Many women and their partners have questions about acupuncture during pregnancy. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.

October 8th, 2013|Specific conditions|8 Comments

Acupuncture Success Stories: Help With Fertility Challenges

By Sara Calabro

Time for another edition of Acupuncture Success Stories. If you are unfamiliar with this series, read the introduction to the first installment to understand what it’s all about and why we’re doing it.

This time we have two success stories about how acupuncture can help women who are having trouble staying or getting pregnant.

Acupuncture Success Story #1

Patient: Sara
Age: 32
Location: San Jose, CA
Acupuncturist: Cynthia Ignatovsky

What initially brought you to acupuncture?
I was recommended to my acupuncturist after suffering two miscarriages. My husband and I did not have any problems getting pregnant but I was unable to maintain my pregnancies past six or seven weeks. I learned that my acupuncturist, Cynthia, had great success in helping couples maintain pregnancy so I decided to make an appointment.

September 24th, 2013|Acupuncture success stories, Specific conditions|5 Comments

Acupuncture Works for Kids, Really!

By Melissa B. Light

Kids and needles—bad combo, right? After all, kids hate getting shots. So, how is it possible that acupuncture is a good idea for helping your children stay healthy?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques, including acupuncture, can be amazingly effective at treating a variety of childhood ailments.

Common complaints like ear aches, respiratory infections, digestive troubles, bedwetting, ADHD, and much more can be resolved with pediatric TCM techniques such as acupuncture and tuina bodywork. I see it happen every day.

August 27th, 2013|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|5 Comments

Acupuncture Success Stories: Depression Symptoms and Stress Decrease

By Sara Calabro

We’re back with another edition of Acupuncture Success Stories. If you are unfamiliar with this series, read the introduction to the first installment to understand what it’s all about and why we’re doing it.

This time we have two success stories. The first is about a woman from Victoria, British Columbia who used community acupuncture to manage symptoms of depression. The second is about a Seattle-based writer who sought acupuncture for physical and emotional stress caused by too much computer use.

August 13th, 2013|Acupuncture success stories, Specific conditions|2 Comments

Acupuncture Success Story: Corporate Guy Loosens Up

By Sara Calabro

Welcome to a new AcuTake series, Acupuncture Success Stories. This is where we’ll share first-hand accounts of the various ways in which acupuncture changes people’s lives for the better.

“How does acupuncture work?” is a popular, contentious question these days. Many people want the answer but most are looking for it in the wrong place. Acupuncture research and clinical trials, while useful in some regards, do not paint a complete picture.

Understanding how acupuncture works requires an eagerness to listen and an openness to ideas that challenge conventional thinking. One way to practice this kind of listening and openmindedness is through stories about how acupuncture improves quality of life and inspires new perspectives on health. This series will tell those stories.

And so, without further ado, here is the first of many acupuncture success stories.

Top 3 Reasons More Men Should Get Acupuncture

By Eric Kerr

Ladies love acupuncture.

Most acupuncturists will tell you that they see more women than men in their practices. More women also become acupuncturists. And women’s health is a very common specialty among practitioners, male and female alike.

In acu-land, women are all the rage! What about the fellas?

Acupuncture can be an especially potent therapy for men. It’s time more guys discovered its benefits.

Early in my acupuncture training, I knew I wanted to focus on men’s health. Being a man, I understand that men tend not to seek out healthcare in the same way women do. This is precisely why acupuncture can be so powerful in men.

June 18th, 2013|Acupuncture theory, Specific conditions|13 Comments

Acupuncturists Pick: Best DIY Acupuncture Points for Lowering Stress, Part II

By Sara Calabro

This is part two of a series on acupuncture points for reducing stress.

In part one, we explain how we gathered these points, and introduce the first 10. If you haven’t read part one, do that first.

Then, check out the remaining 11 points below. They are all located on the head!

June 4th, 2013|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|9 Comments

Acupuncturists Pick: Best DIY Acupuncture Points for Lowering Stress, Part I

By Sara Calabro

Everyone has a go-to stress response. Some people escape to sunny beaches. Others reach for wine. Many buy things they don’t need. Many more ignore it.

All stress responses, assuming no one gets hurt or goes bankrupt, have their merits. Whatever works! However, many common coping mechanisms for stress are unrealistic, inconvenient, or unsustainable. After all, how many of us can jet off to the Caribbean every time life gets stressful?

Acupuncture treatments, as well as the theoretical tenets of acupuncture, have much to offer in the way of long-term stress reduction. But what about in-the-moment stress relief? You’re about to give a big presentation. You’re waiting to hear about test results. The turbulence on your flight won’t let up. Several acupuncture points can help calm you down.

We asked acupuncturists, what is your all-time favorite acupuncture point for stress reduction?

A key criteria was that the point had to be accessible for performing self-acupressure, so neither acupuncture needles nor an acupuncturist are required to benefit from these points. They can be pressed anywhere, any time for immediate stress reduction.

May 28th, 2013|Acupuncture resources, Specific conditions|14 Comments

Want to Look Younger? Try Acupuncture

By Marisa Fanelli

Acupuncture can make you look younger.

I’m not talking about cosmetic acupuncture, although that can be effective, too. I’m talking about using acupuncture to strengthen your five most essential organ systems—Kidney, Spleen, Liver, Lung, and Heart—so that you are systemically healthier.

This can not only make you feel younger but actually prevent physical signs of aging.

Remember that “organ” in acupuncture is different from organs as we think of them in Western medicine. An organ system in acupuncture includes the anatomical organ as well as the meridians that connect to that organ, the functional or energetic qualities of the organ, and even the associated emotions of the organ.

Here’s how each of the five essential organ systems influences the aging process.

May 14th, 2013|Acupuncture theory, Specific conditions|6 Comments

The Story Behind The Needles in Kim Kardashian’s Face

By Sara Calabro

My Google Alerts are set up to notify me every time a mainstream media outlet mentions acupuncture. For the past two weeks, I’ve been getting pinged more often than usual.

That’s because on March 24—brace yourselves—Kim Kardashian got acupuncture and Instagramed a picture of her face full of needles!

Of course, no one cares about this nearly as much as the media would have us believe. However, when celebrities publicize their use of acupuncture, it generates a lot of new interest and questions about acupuncture—and that’s something we do care about.

So, why did Kim Kardashian have so many needles stuck in her face?

April 9th, 2013|Interviews, Specific conditions|9 Comments
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