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Further Research Closing in on How Acupuncture Treats Chronic Stress

It is a widely held belief that acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress. Several studies have seen groups diagnosed with chronic stress display remarkable improvement in quality of life and lower stress levels due to acupuncture. Despite this evidence it has remained largely unclear why or how acupuncture is able to reduce stress levels. A recent study however has come closer to pin pointing how acupuncture can specifically target and reduce stress. The researchers found that electro-acupuncture interacted with hormones in the brain to reduce their stress elevating effects. These results are promising as researchers find more and more evidence to show that acupuncture is a scientifically viable way to relieve stress and other ailments.

Drink Free Holiday Parties

by Friselina Locadia, LAc

The Holiday Survival Toolkit: How to Not Drink at Parties (and still have fun)

The holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means—parties.
Parties at work, parties at church, parties at school, fundraiser parties, caroling parties, Secret Santa parties…

It’s the season of so many parties that we long for a weekend night with nothing scheduled.  All the parties can lead to excess, but the biggest party of the season, New Year’s Eve, can be the topper.  Here are some ideas on how to not drink (or at least drink less) this party season .

Drink Free Holiday Parties, Flashpoint Acupuncture, Quakertown, PA in Quakertown, PABefore you go to a party, it’s good to have a strategy. Use the following list for ideas about how to avoid alcohol but still have fun.
• Eat a healthy meal so you don’t have drinks on an empty stomach
• Drink water before the party so you aren’t thirsty
• Make it clear with the host that you aren’t drinking so he or she doesn’t offer you alcohol
• Bring your own non-alcoholic drinks to the party. Have enough to offer other non-drinkers
• Order drinks that look alcoholic. For example, order a club soda and lime and ask the bartender to serve it like a cocktail
• Order virgin drinks
• Always have a non-alcoholic drink in your hand
• When you go to a party, have a support person as a back-up
• Choose your parties wisely. If the event is likely to have a lot of alcohol, avoid it. Instead, celebrate the holiday season with those same friends through coffee dates or dinners.
• Avoid sugary, “fancy” drinks. Some drinks taste so good you think you’re having dessert, and you forget how alcoholic they are.
• Position yourself far from the bar so you’re not tempted to visit it
• Exercise regularly so your mood is high and you feel good before the party.
• Dance, play games, talk and keep yourself busy so you’re not tempted to drink
• Have regular acupuncture sessions to reduce alcohol cravings
• Practice saying that you don’t want a drink. You don’t need to justify yourself, but you might feel more comfortable if you know what you’re going to say.
• Reward yourself for not drinking with another activity you enjoy.

I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. May the New Year bring you health, happiness and the realization of your dreams.

Happy New Year!!!

Acupuncture is Everywhere

by Friselina Locadia, LAc

Acupuncture was, for a long time, considered a pariah by western medicine due to a distorted perception of the traditional Chinese medicine. This has been changing rapidly as more and more respected and popular publications are featuring articles on the efficacy of acupuncture.

Publications ranging from The Washington Post to CBC or Today have featured articles on the rise of acupuncture and its potential benefits. There have even been a lot of celebrity sightings after acupuncture treatment such as Gwen Stefani or Gwyneth Paltrow.

While some chalk this up as just a fad, the science is anything but fleeting as researchers are consistently finding new potential for acupuncture while proving its effectiveness in treating stress, chronic pain and a number of other ailments. With so many publications and celebrities raving about the benefits of acupuncture it’s easy to overlook it as just another craze but this type of healing has been around for thousands of years, and it was only just recently that the west has started to realize the numerous benefits of acupuncture. 1D80136618

Great American Smokeout with Acupuncture

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you are on your way to kicking the habit and becoming smoke-free and healthier. Every year, more than 3 million Americans try to quit smoking, but only half of them succeed. With the help of acupuncture you have a greater chance of success!

Most experts agree that quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health. More than 25 diseases are associated with tobacco use, including cancer of the lungs, bladder, mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, uterus and cervix. Smoking also raises the chances of developing emphysema and increases the risk of having a stroke by 30 percent.

There is plenty of incentive to quit, but it isn’t easy. The good news is that acupuncture has helped millions of people to kick the smoking habit.

How acupuncture can help
Some of the largest stumbling blocks to becoming smoke-free are the stress, anxiety and depression associated with quitting. Fortunately, acupuncture treatment is quite successful at calming and relaxing the mind, reducing anxiety and alleviating depressive feelings. Specific acupoints in the ear and/or wrist are used to accomplish this. Additional acupoints may be needed to help suppress your appetite, stimulate repair and healing of organ systems, and reduce food and nicotine cravings.

More than just kicking the habit
Using acupuncture to quit smoking yields enormous benefits. Aside from taking care of the stumbling blocks that can cause you to resume the habit, acupuncture can help restore your body to a healthy state of balance and well-being. If you are ready to become smoke-free, acupuncture can provide you with the support you need.

Healthy Tips
Here are a few tips to guide you through your acupuncture care:

• Drink plenty of filtered water.

• Eat balanced, healthy meals with a variety of vegetables and fruits.

• Refrain from sugar, which can increase sugar cravings and unwanted weight gain.

• Manage your cravings. They will actually fade within a few minutes. When cravings arise, distract yourself. Before you know it, the craving will have passed.

• Take daily baths or showers and scrub your skin with a dry brush or loofa to facilitate the cleansing process and help blood circulation.

• Avoid spending time with other smokers so that you are less tempted to smoke.

• Take a walk outside and breathe deeply. Upon exhale, gently place your teeth together and exhaling with the sound of “sssssssss.” This sound stimulates the lungs.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can provide a safe, natural, and effective way to quit smoking. The focus is upon achieving a balance of body and mind, and eliminating cravings so you can become smoke-free and healthier.

Great American Smokeout with Acupuncture, Flashpoint Acupuncture, Quakertown, PA in Quakertown, PAGreat American Smokeout
Annually, on the third Thursday of November the American Cancer Society promotes the Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to create a plan to quit smoking. Acupuncture can help with this effort.

Acupuncture Found to Protect against Drug’s Side Effects

Anesthesiologists conducting research at a hospital in Nanjing have discovered that acupuncture can help to shield the heart from the potentially dangerous side effects of Droperidol, a drug used to treat nausea associated with chemotherapy and other procedures. The drug is highly effective in treating post-chemotherapy nausea but comes with side effects that can adversely affect the patient’s heart such as “QTc Prolongation, a heart rhythm disorder.” This research comes after other research into the beneficial effects of acupuncture for chemotherapy patients which also yielded significantly positive results demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture in easing the discomfort and suffering of chemotherapy patients.

Fabulous Foods For Fall

by Friselina Locadia, LAc

Fabulous Foods For Fall

Fabulous Foods For Fall, Flashpoint Acupuncture, Quakertown, PA in Quakertown, PA
Throughout the year, nature provides us with the appropriate foods to protect us from the climate, support our health, and keep us in balance. Becoming aware of seasonal foods and seasonal eating habits can attune us to the natural cycles of nature, and our bodies.

Fall is the harvest season for rich, dense foods that support and fuel the body, providing additional heat to protect us from the cooler, damper climate. The concentrated foods and roots available at this time also “thicken” the blood in order to keep us warm in cooler weather. Our diet should shift toward foods rich in protein-fat and whole grains. These complex carbohydrates may lead to a few added pounds put on during the season, so it’s important to keep active.

Preparing foods in harmony with this season means cooking with more astringent, sour foods. Some foods that are sour to include in your diet are – sourdough bread, sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, aduki beans, salt plums, rose hip tea, vinegar, cheese, yogurt, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and sour varieties of apples, plums, and grapes. Be careful with extremely sour food, because small amounts have strong affects upon the body and blood pressure. (Avoid large amounts of sour foods if you have a history of high blood pressure.)

Friselina Locadia offers Acupuncture in Quakertown, PAOur appetites are also stimulated by the fragrance of aromatic flavors and spices. Other foods that are useful during the Fall are pungent foods. These foods both cleanse and protect the lungs and large intestine. Some pungent foods are - garlic, turnip, ginger, horseradish, cabbage*, radish*, daikon, and white peppercorn.

Flashpoint Acupuncture, Quakertown, PA in Quakertown, PATo help boost your Wei Qi, consume dark green and golden-orange vegetables. They are high in beta carotene and appear to protect the lungs and large intestine against illness. Carrots, winter squash, pumpkin, broccoli, parsley, kale, turnip, mustard greens, and blue green algae are foods to consume this time of year. You may also want to use herbs such as ginseng, yerba santa, nettles, mullein, and astragalus.

Adding the above foods to your daily diet may help bolster your immunity and support the health of your lungs. In general, cook with less water, and at lower heat, for longer periods of time.

These foods are “cooling” and should be used sparingly with an autumn diet.

Explaining the Effects of Acupuncture Post-Stroke

Explaining the Effects of Acupuncture Post-Stroke
In China acupuncture has been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years to help the healing process after a stroke. A study this year in the lab may have found why. Scientists were studying the reaction of Angiopoietin, which is integral in remodeling the brain after a stroke, with acupuncture. The study examined how electro-acupuncture worked at two points believed to help up-regulate angiopoietin, points Ang-1 and Ang-2. The experiment produced results that suggest a strong causational relationship between the administered electro-acupuncture and an increase in Angiopoietin. This study brings science even closer to confirming the long held belief that acupuncture can help heal victims of strokes.

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