Acupuncture for Allergy Relief

 

Treatment with acupuncture for allergies is a safe and effective approach. Acupuncture allergy treatments are able to naturally treat your symptoms without side effects, relieving your nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose or itchy, red, watery eyes. You can feel better and have a great time doing all the things you love indoors and outdoors!

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE FOR ALLERGIES WORK?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for allergies can help regulate and strengthen your immune system. Environmental changes, a weakened immune system or certain foods and chemicals that are ingested into the body may create patterns that make us more susceptible to allergies.

DETERMINING THE CAUSE OF YOUR ALLERGIES AND DEVELOPING A TREATMENT PLAN

We will look into your overall health, diet, sleep, physical and mental energy as well as detailed information about your main complaint. 

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ALLERGIES

There are many natural remedies for allergies that can be recommended along with your acupuncture treatments. Some suggestions may include supplements, dietary changes, Chinese Herbal Medicine and lifestyle changes to strengthen your immune system.

CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE FOR ALLERGIES

Customized herbal formulas are a good way to treat your unique and individual symptoms. Adding an herbal formula to treat your seasonal or chronic allergies can improve your symptoms quickly.  

Acupuncture treatments can be use alone or in combination with conventional medicine to relieve your allergies. Unlike conventional medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine won’t cause drowsiness, fatigue or dryness.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for allergies can begin to relieve your symptoms after just one treatment. You’ll be able to breathe clear again! 

 

 

Quit Smoking With Acupuncture- Free Talk

Learn How It Works And How Quickly You Can Stop

 

This is a free talk on 1/28/17 from 3:00-4:00pm. 

Located at our office, Deep Roots Natural Medicine, 1006 S. Michigan Ave. suite 604 Chicago,IL 60605. Special packages will be available for purchase at the event.

If your ready to quit or know someone ready, this is the time. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited, please call 312-759-7600 or email me at tracie@deeprootsnm.com to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

Immune Boosting Ginger Tea

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Winter is the time to seek inner warmth for our mind, body and soul. Internal and external balance occurs by adjusting ones health through eating, exercising and other factors affecting each season. Fresh ginger root tea is an easy way to help us achieve inner warmth, strength and balance during the winter season.

Ginger tea to boost your immune system and help combat cold symptoms.
You'll need:
1) 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root grated or chopped up
2) 1/4 fresh lemon
3) 1-2 tablespoons of honey

Place ginger in a pot with about 4 cups of cold water. Bring it to a boil then turn off the heat, cover and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes. Add freshly squeezed lemon and honey before serving. For an extra kick add just a pinch of cayenne powder. Drink 1-3 times a day as desired. Enjoy!

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

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My South Loop Chicago acupuncture office specializes in smoking cessation treatments. The average smoker has tried to quit 6-8 times in their lifetime only to start up again. Maybe you’ve had difficulty trying because the cravings were too strong, you became irritable and restless or started to gain weight.

 

Acupuncture and Eastern medicine can be the powerful tool you’ve been looking for to help stop smoking. Many people have tried it and quit with success and ease - without the cravings and withdrawal symptoms or side effects from over the counter and prescription medications.

 

You will notice a decrease in your smoking habits with each treatment. Starting with less cravings, restlessness and overall desire to smoke. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used to cleanse the body through gradual detoxification and healing your body from the inside out. Other symptoms related to smoking can be discussed during your visit as well. Eastern medicine is a system that treats the whole body, this includes all of your underlaying symptoms and main complaint.

 

For the best possible results it is recommended to follow though with your treatment plan. A typical treatment plan consists of 2 visits a week for 3 weeks. Chinese herbal medicine may be used to further assist with your smoking cessation treatment and small press seeds or tac's are applied to points on the ear to further alleviate symptoms in between treatments. 

 

Contact our office or visit our website to learn more about smoking cessation treatments 312-759-7600 or www.DeepRootsNM.com

 

Acupuncture for Headache Relief

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At my acupuncture South Loop office in Chicago, we use acupuncture for headaches. Headaches are often triggered by stress, cold/flu (sinus congestion), poor posture, inflammation from injury or trauma. When these disorders are not treated properly headaches can become chronic.

The most common headaches treated with acupuncture are:

Tension headaches: Mild to moderate band-like pain that affects the whole head. In some patients acupuncture for jaw pain may be used to relieve tension and stop headache.
Migraine: Throbbing, moderate to severe pain usually on one side of the head, that is worsened by physical activities, light, sounds or smells. Patient can have nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture for migraines can be effective after just one treatment.
Cluster Headache: The pain is severe and piercing, focused around the eye but can be felt in the nostrils as well, eyes may water, droop or swell. Pain can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours. Pain can be so severe the patient cannot lay down comfortably and frequently paces.
Others: sinus headaches, hypertension and anemia headaches.

Research studies support acupuncture for the treatment of headaches.  1) http://www.cochrane.org/CD007587/SYMPT_acupuncture-tension-type-headache 
This
 study states, “The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headache".  
2) Medicine. http://mobile.journals.lww.com/neurotodayonline/_layouts/15/oaks.journals.mobile/articleviewer.aspx?year=2016&issue=11170&article=00007 
"Acupuncture appears to reduce headache frequency among patients with episodic migraine"

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the occurrence of headache is related to exterior pathogenic factors and/or internal emotional factors. Below are some examples of this.

Exterior pathogenic factors such as cold/flu and allergies can cause headaches with or without the following symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, cough, irritated eyes, chills, or fever. Injury or trauma to the body.

Interior pathogenic factors like stress, anger, depression, excessive worrying can cause headaches with or without the following symptoms: fatigue, feeling of heaviness, digestive problems, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, stiff neck and shoulders.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we determine the type or cause of the headaches based on the patients medical history and exam taken during your appointment. We discuss the characteristics of the headaches including its frequency, duration, location, severity and associated symptoms. Based on your TCM diagnosis I will develop a treatment to suite your unique symptoms.

If you have questions about how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help relieve your headaches email Tracie at tracie@deeprootsnm.com or call (312)759-7600. 

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

In my South Loop acupuncture practice we use Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for depression and anxiety. This can include symptoms of:

1) Fatigue, lack of motivation, irregular appetite
2) Feeling sadness for unknown reason
3) Constant over-thinking
4) Worrying, anger, panic attacks
5) Poor sleep, restlessness
 

Acupuncture points for depression will be used during your session and may include other acupuncture therapies like Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Depression can happen for different reasons, sometimes it may be related to:
1) Genetic material passed down from your family
2) Develop from internalizing unwanted emotional stress over time  
3) Happen seasonally especially in winter when the days are shorter and colder.

Experiencing long term depression or anxiety can take its toll on your personal and social life, as well as your overall health and well being. Western medicine can offer some treatment for depression but often medication can leave you with other unwanted symptoms. Acupuncture for depression and anxiety is a safe and effective treatment.

Does acupuncture work for depression?” In a research article, Commentary on the Cochrane Review of Acupuncture for Depression it states “a subgroup of participants with depression as a comorbidity experienced a reduction in depression with manual acupuncture compared with SSRIs”. "When patients used antidepressants in conjunction with acupuncture the results are very promising in reducing both the symptoms and severity of depression."

Acupuncture can also be a safe and effective alternative to antidepressants for women during pregnancy. In some circumstances using acupuncture in conjunction with psychotherapy can be a healthy addition to working through severe depression or trauma. 

In Eastern medicine when your feeling depressed your energy can be low, you can feel a lack of motivation and fatigue, this can be associated with stagnant qi. This qi or energy can become build up within the body causing episodes of anxiety and/ or irritability. 

 

Cupping Therapy

In my South Loop acupuncture clinic, cupping therapy has become popular ever since the 2016 Rio Olympic Athletes were seen using it to ease their muscular pain. Cupping has been used for thousands of years, although acupuncture needles are the most commonly thought of modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), other tools or modalities are used as well.

Cupping in acupuncture:

Glass cupping:
Also called fire cupping, these thick warm glass cups are attached to the skins surface to create a suction/ negative pressure by introducing heat briefly to the inside of the cup just before applying it to the skin. Glass cups can also be moved around the skins surface to treat a larger surface area.

Plastic cupping:
The plastic cups are made from a hard durable plastic and comes in a variety of sizes. They’re placed onto the skin where a small device attaches to the top of the cup and can be used to pump the air out of the cup to create the suction affect. These cups are left in there position and cannot be moved around the skin.


Acupuncture Cupping Benefits

1) Warming and promoting circulation of blood and fluids
2) Diminishes swelling and pain.  
3) Muscular pain in the neck, back, shoulders, hips and legs.
4) Alleviates respiratory symptoms related to congestion, coughing and asthma.

Cupping may also be used to eliminate toxins stored in the muscle and fat tissue of our body.

What does Cupping Acupuncture Feel Like?

Most patients describe the feeling as suction cups or pressure on the skin that is warm and pleasantly comfortable. After cupping there may be a bruise at the local area, this is normal and will disappear within a few days. Multiple treatments may be needed depending on the amount of discoloration that appears after each treatment. Benefits are achieved when discoloration no longer surfaces during the cupping treatment.