Depression

Your Gut and Brain Connection

Have you heard of your “second brain”? While you are probably familiar with your central
nervous system, made up of our brain and your spinal cord, you might not have heard of the
“brain” in your stomach. Your brain-gut connection has a bigger impact on your health and wellness then you might think!

New research shows that our brain health, overall wellness and gut are more connected than
we ever thought possible. Chemicals in your gut can impact the chemicals in your brain and vise
versa. For example, a large portion of your body’s serotonin, a chemical that contributes to
feelings of happiness and well-being, is produced in the gut.

While Western medicine is just catching on to the importance of the brain-gut connection, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have known this for centuries. Those who have studied TCM know that the body is connected and that you cannot treat one symptom without
addressing the body as a whole system.

Western medicine often focuses on rooting out the bad or destroying whatever is ailing you.
Unfortunately, this can do more harm than good because when you attack a virus or bacteria,
you often kill the good bacteria and cells in your body as well. Instead of going into attack mode,
TCM helps your body heal itself by cultivating a healthy, robust microbiome “garden”.

Are you curious about your own microbiome and how it might be impacting your health? Watch
this video to learn more about the world of microbes inside your body and contact us to see how
you can improve your health by cultivating your own “garden”.

 

Call today to schedule your examination to see if acupuncture can help at 385-498-3914.

 

Healthfully,

 

Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc. team

Can Acupuncture help with Chronic Fatigue?

You’re tired. You just can’t seem to stay awake. You rest and rest, but find no relief. You could be suffering from chronic fatigue.

Chronic fatigue is more than just feeling tired or worn down after a long week. Chronic fatigue is extreme tiredness that doesn’t go away when you rest and isn’t caused by an underlying medical condition.

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This condition can be debilitating and impact every aspect of your life. Unfortunately, there is no clear understanding of what causes chronic fatigue or what may make it worse. Some researchers speculate that it could be caused by a virus, stress or hormonal imbalances, but no clear reason is agreed upon. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that chronic fatigue was a recognized and widely-accepted medical diagnosis.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A key sign of chronic fatigue is exhaustion lasting for more than six months that doesn’t go away after a night’s rest and cannot be treated with bedrest. This complete fatigue can even contribute to memory loss, loss of concentration and extreme malaise that lasts long after an exertion.

How Does Acupuncture Help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

While there is no clear cure or one-size-fits-all treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, acupuncture can help with both the mental and physical symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Since the early 2000s researchers have been looking into the benefits of acupuncture for treating chronic fatigue syndrome with promising results. Recipients of treatment showed marked improvements in their mental and physical states, as well as overall pain.

Others Ways to Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Acupuncture is an effective way to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, but it is just one piece of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) puzzle for overall health and wellness. One of the most significant ways to make a difference in your well being is through dietary changes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the stomach is the center of your body’s qi. By ingesting nourishing foods that promote balance, we can help our body heal itself and encourage the flow of qi throughout the body.

Another way to reduce the symptoms and struggles of chronic fatigue syndrome is through the use of traditional herbs, ginseng root has been proven to be especially effective when treating the symptoms of exhaustion and chronic fatigue syndrome.

While there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, you don’t have to live in darkness or suffer alone. Acupuncture, combined with other Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, can help you live your best life and find your health again.

 

To schedule your examination please call 385-498-3914.

 

Healthfully,

 

Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc team

5 things to know about acupuncture

5 Things To Know About Acupuncture

 

You’ve probably heard of acupuncture and maybe you even know someone who has tried it, but other than the fact that it involves needles what do you really know about acupuncture and what its benefits are?

 

To start, acupuncture is a highly-effective, yet little understood, natural medical treatment. To help you learn more about acupuncture, how acupuncture works and how it can help improve your well-being, we’ve put together this list of five important things to know about acupuncture.

 

  • What is acupuncture?

Believed to have originated in China, acupuncture has helped people heal for centuries. Acupuncture is based around the concept of Qi (pronounced chee). Qi is a vital energy that flows through your body. When in balance, Qi protects the body from illness, pain and fatigue. Acupuncture works to balance the Qi in your body, helping your body to heal itself and boost your health and immune system.

 

2) How does acupuncture work?

When you begin any acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist will perform an examination to determine where Qi imbalances are in your body and work with you to determine a personalized, holistic treatment plan to heal your body and improve overall well being.

 

During an acupuncture session your acupuncturist will insert very, very thin needles into your skin at points identified during an initial assessment. These needles are strategically placed to remove any blocks of Qi and help it move through your body.

 

When they needles are inserted, your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles, and then leave them in place for 30 – 40 minutes, depending on your treatment.

 

 3) Does acupuncture hurt?

Since there are needles involved you might be worried that acupuncture will hurt. Don’t fear! During your acupuncture treatment there might be a pinch or a slight sting. However, you should not be in pain. If you feel pain, numbness, tingling or continuous discomfort let your acupuncturist know immediately.

 

 

4) What are the negative effects of acupuncture?

One important thing to know about acupuncture is that is has a range of benefits and, when practiced by a trained and licensed acupuncturist, very little risk of negative side effects. That’s right, there are none of the typical side effects you would experience from prescription medication.

 

Unlike many medications prescribed today, which often have side effects warnings that are scarier and more serious than the initial issue, acupuncture carries very little risk. Clean, sterile needles are used and acupuncturists undergo years of training and must complete strict exams to be able to practice, putting you in safe hands!

 

5) What are the benefits of acupuncture?

There are many benefits to acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to treat a range of both physical and emotional/psychological ailments. It can also be important for maintaining overall health and wellness to prevent illness, diseases and fatigue induced by day-to-day stressors.

 

If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or beginning treatment, get in touch with us!

 

Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc.

www.lotusspringacupuncture.com

385-498-3914

 

 

TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »

How to Prepare For Seasonal Affective Disorder

When the seasons change you have to be ready for a change in mood, especially as we move from fall into winter. Although it may not seem as drastic of a shift as you think, it matters more to our mental and physical states than you may know. Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect around 10 million Americans a year, and this isn’t even the full number of reported cases. continue reading »