Traditional Chinese Medicine

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

Five Self Care Tips for Fall

Fall is a favorite season for many people. The weather starts getting a little cooler, things are beginning to slow down and preparations for the holidays are in full swing. For many others, fall is not so festive. Many people get sick during the fall months, allergies can flare up for some, and many don’t like the steady decrease in hours of sunlight, sometimes leading to seasonal depression. Here are some tips on how to get through the season without incident. continue reading »

How Acupuncture Helps You Maintain Wellness

There is a lot of talk around using acupuncture to repair damage to your body or treat an illness. While acupuncture is an excellent option for restorative healthcare, it is also a great way to prevent illnesses and injuries in the first place.

 

Many of us don’t think about our health until we are sick. However, we can all do ourselves a big favor by taking action to care for our bodies to prevent illness and promote overall health and wellness.

 

These are three ways that acupuncture can help you maintain health and well-being and live life to the fullest.

 

  • Acupuncture for Self-Care

We all know that eating whole foods, limiting sugar and processed foods, getting exercise and getting enough sleep are important aspects of self-care. Acupuncture can be a great addition to helping our immune systems function at optimal levels and prevent us from getting sick.

 

  • Acupuncture for Pain Management and Chronic Conditions

If you suffer from chronic pain or other illnesses, finding a way to manage your symptoms is always top of mind. Many prescription and over-the-counter pain medications have side effects that can wreak havoc on your body. Acupuncture is an ideal alternative and viable pain-relief option. It can be used to effectively treat conditions like neck and back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis and other chronic conditions.

 

  • Mental Health and Acupuncture

While a lot of time is spent discussing the importance of physical health, mental health is almost completely overlooked. Mental health is just as important as physical health. In fact, when your mental health is suffering, you are less likely to put care into your physical health and are more susceptible to colds and other infections. Acupuncture can help you maintain your mental health just as well as your physical health.

 

Acupuncture is not an instant fix or miracle cure, however it is an important addition to caring for your body and mind and can be the perfect addition to your preventative health regimen. This kind of prevention can save you time and stress. If you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.

 

Contact Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness today to see if we can help you at 385-498-4914

TCM and Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that disrupts normal function of the epithelial cells in the body.  Epithelial cells line the passageways of many of our vital organs, including the lungs, liver, kidneys, reproductive system and the skin. Those who have cystic fibrosis have a defective gene that impairs epithelial cell function. This can lead to a buildup of sticky mucus throughout the body that may eventually lead to lung damage and chronic coughing, affecting how patients with cystic fibrosis breathe and filter air, digest their food and absorb the nutrients from that food. In the United States alone, there are nearly 12 million people who suffer from this disease. Unfortunately, there is no known cure and most of those affected with the disease only live into their 20s and 30s. Current modern medicine treatments focus on increasing the quality of life by managing symptoms. continue reading »