Tag: Depression

August 10, 2017

how does acupuncture workAcupuncture is a 3,500-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organizations (WHO) as well as numerous universities have documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture enjoys a great reputation for treating pain of all sorts, ranging from back and neck pain, joint pain, headaches, neurological issues, menstrual pain, and more.  In addition, acupuncture is used to regulate the body’s functionality and thereby can help support other treatments for a multitude of health issues.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites-commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.

July 10, 2017

probiotics for healthDid you know that Probiotics can help your mood?

For thousands of years, clinicians have observed a connection between the gut, brain, and overall health. Hippocrates is famously quoted as saying “all disease begins in the gut.” This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever experienced gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms like diarrhea, indigestion, or abdominal discomfort in response to changes in their emotional state. The gut and brain communicate through neural, endocrine and immune pathways. It has become increasingly clear that interactions with intestinal microbiota play an important part in this communication.

Recent insights into the role of the human microbiota in cognitive and affective functioning have led to the hypothesis that probiotic supplementation may act as an adjuvant strategy to ameliorate or prevent depression.  In a recent research study (Reference below), 20 healthy participants without current mood disorder received a 4-week probiotic food-supplement intervention, while 20 control participants received an inert placebo for the same period. In the pre- and post-intervention assessment, cognitive reactivity to sad mood was assessed using the revised Leiden index of depression sensitivity scale. It was exciting to see that the participants who received the 4-week multispecies probiotics intervention showed significantly reduced depression, less repetitive negative thoughts and less aggressive thoughts. Yeah probiotics!

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June 20, 2017

meditation benefits“Maybe I’ll Start Meditating”

Have you ever said to yourself, “I think I’ll start meditating.”  But then you need to get ready for work, the laundry needs to get started, you need to get some groceries, the kids need to be picked up from school, the list goes on and on. Well – TODAY is the day to start meditating!  And here are the top 3 reasons to get you inspired…

Meditation Benefits

Reason #1 to Meditate:  Because it’s good for your body!

Scientists have found that a consistent practice bolsters your body and helps prevent heart disease, reduce pain and support your immune system. Having a stronger mind-body connection will lower your risk of diseases, help you to cope better with stress, help sleep issues and even improve your memory!

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