June 2011

Allergies and Acupuncture

Allergies, or allergic rhinitis, are due to an over-reactivity of the immune system to certain allergens.  Allergies are generally induced by wind-born tree, grass, weed pollen, or dust and can cause symptoms as: sneezing; nasal congestion; runny nose; watery, itchy, or red eyes; headaches; fatigue; and sometimes coughing and wheezing.  When allergens and antibodies react in individuals with allergic rhinitis, their mucosa becomes swollen and may obstruct drainage from the sinuses causing sinusitis in many people.  Thus, sinus infections are a frequent complication and conseq


Acupuncture and Insomnia

You settle into a warm comfortable bed, close your eyes and nothing happens, you just can’t fall asleep.  Hours go by and you’re still awake.  The next day you feel tired, grouchy and unable to focus. Does this sound familiar?


Using Acupuncture to Treat Chronic Pain

With Federal Government warning against the use of various popular pain medications growing, people are now turning to alternative treatments like acupuncture to treat chronic pain disorders. Okay, we all know there’s pain and then there’s PAIN.

A kidney stone, toothache, or headache may take time, but will subside eventually. PAIN that is persistent and unyielding, hence the term “chronic,” is another story.

Acupuncture and Auto Injuries

           Whiplash injury is one of the most common injuries suffered from a motor vehicle accident.  Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck, also referred to a neck sprain or neck strain.  It is often caused by a sudden forceful movement of the neck, but with no direct contact to the neck.  It may include injury to the joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.  Acupuncture is one possible treatment for this type of injury. 

Treating Allergies with Acupuncture and Nutrition

Q: My allergies kick into high gear in the spring. Antihistamines and over-the-counter medications make me drowsy. What can I try that is more natural to stop my seasonal allergy symptoms?

A: It’s springtime. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and the brisk spring breeze is scattering seeds … and pollen, and dust. Allergy season begins.