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.

 

 

Breastfeeding Basics Class

Join us as we team up with Lisa Zimmermann from Maternal Child Connections for Breastfeeding Basics. Lisa is Chicago's expert in family centered postpartum care, pediatric nurse and doula. Together we will discuss issues new moms may be experiencing and give you tips, guidance and solutions. Including the use of acupuncture and herbal remedies to help promote lactation, with Tracie Hinton-Chavez Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist and nurse.

When: Saturday October 8, 2016 at 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Deep Roots Natural Medicine 1006 S Michigan Ave #604, Chicago ,IL 60605
Cost: $15, event space is limited.

To learn more or sign up for this event contact Tracie at tracie@deeprootsnm.com

Inducing Labor Naturally

Acupuncture for induction is used in my South Loop acupuncture office. It can be used to address any stress you’re feeling and begin inducing labor naturally. Your baby is unaware of due dates and time, instead he/she is busy developing and preparing for its new life. Acupuncture for cervical ripening and labor induction can boost your chance for a natural vaginal birth. Acupuncture to induce labor is an effective way to begin the process of gently moving things along.

Acupuncture is safe and can be useful at anytime during the pregnancy, most seek it out when they past their due date. I highly recommend most patients begin treatment at the beginning of their pregnancy or at the beginning of their last trimester for the best success rate at natural labor induction. This will allow any symptoms your experiencing to be addressed, like:
1) Swelling and discomfort
2) Back pain, hip and pelvic pain
3) Anxiety
While gently strengthening your body to prepare for birth. It may even help to: 
1) Decrease the pain during contractions
2) Shorten the average labor
3) Reduce recovery time
For some expectant moms, you may be experiencing discomfort in the last trimester and trying to deliver your baby on time can become very stressful. Acupuncture can help!

An article from WebMD, “Can Labor Be Induced Naturally?”, states a small research study from the University of North Carolina found 70% of women who received acupuncture went into labor on their own. Also the women who had acupuncture were less likely to deliver by cesarean section.

The Cochrane Library published an article “Acupuncture for the induction of labor” and it showed evidence of a change in cervical maturation for women receiving acupuncture. See the full article here: http://www.cochrane.org/CD002962/PREG_acupuncture-for-induction-of-labour

Many patients can go into labor 6-48 hours after their treatment. In some cases multiple treatments may be necessary. Acupuncture points for general relaxation are done in addition to points beneficial for acupuncture induction. Mild electrical stimulation may be added for further stimulation and promotion of labor. Acupuncture is a safe and effective choice that gently and naturally encourages your body toward the onset of labor.

Other helpful articles:

http://www.webmd.com/baby/inducing-labor-naturally-can-it-be-done

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD002962.pub3/abstract;jsessionid=B67F99BA00