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Acupuncture for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day - The Perfect Gift of Acupuncture

What better way to celebrate and support the mothers in your life this year than with an acupuncture appointment?

As a one-time mother’s day gift, acupuncture is a relaxing, revitalizing hour all for herself.

As a regular part of her health routine, acupuncture can keep her from getting sick frequently and offer a holistic treatment option for a variety of women’s health issues.

Not convinced? Here are four ways acupuncture supports women’s health and would make a great gift for any mom or woman you want to celebrate this May. continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Inflammation

Acupuncture for Inflammation

For many of the afflictions acupuncture can treat – allergies, back pain, headaches, the list goes on – reducing inflammation in the body is a primary reason acupuncture is successful. For decades now, doctors and medical researchers have been trying to learn what the biological mechanism is that allows acupuncture to reduce inflammation in the body.  continue reading »

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Acupuncture is Preventive Medicine

Acupuncture is preventative medicine

I think we all know someone, or maybe it’s even ourselves, who lives by the refrain, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

Often used to put off replacing outdated tools or technology, the phase can be connected to how we view healthcare as well. It can be hard to think about our physical health until it is a problem. Something we take for granted, until, as it were, it’s broken. Why would we spend time and money on something before it’s necessary? continue reading »

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Acupuncture reduces frequency and severity of migraine headaches

migraine headache

Do you suffer from migraine headaches?  Did you know that acupuncture can help?

Yes, that’s right!  Researchers conclude that acupuncture can help reduce severity and frequency of migraine headaches.

The usual care involves pharmaceuticals, and these have unwanted side-effects.  Acupuncture on the other hand stimulates your own body to heal itself without side-effects.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies provide data supporting a direct link between acupuncture points and specific brain activity.

Currently, acupuncture is considered to be a safe, helpful, and available alternative option for patients.

You can read the research review, “Acupuncture and Its Role in the Treatment of Migraine Headaches“, by Urits, I., Patel, M., et. Al, October 10, 2020. One study they say, “The authors concluded that acupuncture is more effective than no treatment, sham treatment, or medication in treating and preventing migraines and that it is also associated with a greater enhancement in quality of life compared to medication.”

Interestingly, they cite a comparison between acupuncture and Botox injections. “A 2017 RCT compared the efficacy of botulinum toxin-A, another treatment modality approved for the treatment of migraines, with acupuncture and sodium valproate (as a control) in treating chronic migraines. The authors found that the visual analog scale (VAS) score was significantly reduced from baseline to 3-months post-treatment in all of the groups studied (p = 0.0001). Of the three groups, the acupuncture group reported the greatest reduction in pain severity at the end of the 3-month study (p = 0.0001). Additionally, the trial showed that the number of days per month with migraine, absence from work, and the need for medication significantly decreased from pre-treatment to post-treatment at all of the time intervals in all of the three groups. Furthermore, the acupuncture group experienced fewer side effects than the group that received botulinum toxin-A (p = 0.021). The authors therefore concluded that while botulinum toxin-A, acupuncture, and pharmacological methods demonstrate some efficacy in treating chronic migraines, acupuncture demonstrates more effectiveness and is associated with fewer adverse events”. 

In my practice I have often found the root cause to be from the jaw, the neck, hormonal, or emotional.  Addressing the root causative factors along with the migraine can greatly enhance results.  Sticking with the treatment plan makes a difference as well.  If you read studies about acupuncture and successful treatment of migraines it generally takes 16-24 weeks of care.  For many this is a short amount of time considering a life-time of suffering.

Schedule your appointment to begin your life free from migraine headaches.

Urits, I., Patel, M., Putz, M.E. et al. Acupuncture and Its Role in the Treatment of Migraine Headaches. Neurol Ther 9, 375–394 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40120-020-00216-1

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Happy Easter and an abundance in health and happiness

 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter weekend! As always I wish you abundance in health and happiness.

Should you over indulge in a rich holiday meal, or taste too many sweet treats and candy I wanted to give you a few healthy recipes you can try to offset the sugar and fat.  This may also help offset the guilt as well!

 

Enjoy one of these at one of your mealtimes, or as a breakfast.  These smoothies make enough to share.  You can always cut them in half.

Metabolism Boost

Add to blender in this order

  1. 3 cups distilled water
  2. 1-inch piece of skinned ginger root
  3. juice of 1 lemon
  4. 2 pears pit removed.  
  5. 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  6. 2 stalks of celery, trimmed
  7. 3 cups of kale, stems removed

The skinny Minnie

Add to blender in this order

  1. 3 cups distilled water
  2. juice of 1 lemon
  3. 2 peaches pits removed
  4. 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  5. 1 cucumber cut into chunks
  6. 3 cups kale, stems removed
  7. handful of parsley

These are only a few examples of ways you can use food as medicine!  If you would like more ideas, or you would like to be able to have ongoing support directly from me, Dr. Michele join the locals movement Living Well With Dr. Michele at

www.livingwellwithdrmichele.locals.com

I am here for you for you when you need acupuncture care for pain relief, digestive support, and to ease anxiety and stress.  Make your appointment now Acusimple | Online Access

Happy Easter,

Dr. Michele Arnold

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