Spring is in the Air! Acupuncture is just as, if not more, effective for treating seasonal allergies.

Spring is in the air! And so is the dust, pollen, and snow mold. Don't let seasonal allergies make spring miserable. 

Thousands of Colorado residents suffer from seasonal allergies. Watery, itchy eyes, sniffling, sneezing, and sometimes even sinus infection are the result of an onslaught of spring allergens. Those who suffer allergies do so because they are having a hypersensitive immune reaction to the allergens. 

The most common treatment for allergies are medications that include corticosteroids and antihistamines. Stimulants are often added to the antihistamines to prevent drowsiness. These drugs don't come without side-effects, and often interfere with other medications and vitamins you may be taking. 

Acupuncture is an equally effective treatment for seasonal allergies and offers side benefits, not side effects. People who receive acupuncture notice improvement in many aspects of their life including improved energy, better sleep, and getting sick less often. Recent research shows that acupuncture is just as effective as medications in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Acupuncture reduces the release of histamines, and moderates the bodies immune reaction to provide all natural, drug free relief from rhinitis. 

Your acupuncturist can also offer you an all natural herbal option for relief. Herbal steams and internal herbal prescriptions are another all natural drug free option to offer you relief. 

If you are starting to feel the first signs of seasonal allergies, call to schedule your treatment so you get back to enjoying a clear, allergy free spring!

 

 

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Acupuncture and Physical Performance

 

Professional athletes around the world are turning to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for performance enhancement, injury prevention, and injury recovery. Of course, you don’t have to be a professional to reap the benefits. Many of my patients are healthy active people who wish to stay that way, and Chinese Medicine is here to help. 

This is not a new secret, as Martial artists have been using Chinese medicine for thousands of years to keep their bodies and minds in top competitive shape. 

So, why is it that more professional athletes are choosing this ancient medicine? Many studies have been performed on acupuncture in the past decades, and it is proven to be an effective form of medicine, not just another form of quackery.  It is an all-natural approach, with no side effects, and a healthy performance enhancer.

Whether you are a professional athlete or an active enthusiast, your performance and your health can benefit from acupuncture in many ways.

1.     Increased recovery time after workouts.

·      Acupuncture increases the flow of blood and nutrients to tired fascia and muscles, can effectively and quickly increases recovery times, and can reduce muscle pain and soreness. Tour De France champion Vincenzo Nibali was treated with acupuncture daily during the arduous 3 week race. He attributes his success to the acupuncture providing his body with the ability to recover quickly on a daily basis.

2.    Active muscle balancing

·      “Practice makes perfect.”  While this saying is true, repetitive use and strengthening of the primary muscles causes weakness in the opposing muscles. Because our bodies are always trying to stay in balance, the weak muscles tighten and the fascia shortens in an attempt to keep the body in balance. This imbalance causes a lot of strain on the joints and skeletal attachments of the muscles. A skilled acupuncturist can identify muscles that are tight due to weakness, and muscles that are tight due to overuse and restore balance to the body. In every movement of our body, there are several muscles that work together to achieve the same goal. Within these synergistic groups, there is a primary muscle responsible for the movement. It is not uncommon for these primary muscles to get overworked and fatigued. When  this happens, they stop firing properly. Acupuncture can reactivate the primary movers and keep your body functioning at peak performance.

3.    Injury prevention

·      Every sport and athletic endeavor pushes the human body to its limits, increasing the chance for injury. The most common injuries suffered by athletes are over-use injuries. These types of injuries don’t happen overnight, but occur slowly over time. Many athletes are unaware that the injury is occurring until it gets severe enough to cause pain and visible damage. Many of the injuries involve the connective tissues of our bodies. These tissues include tendons, ligaments, and vertebral disks. These connective tissues, also called fascia, have less blood and fluid supply than other tissues such as muscle and bone. Acupuncture can effectively open the microvacules, the functional unit of connective tissuei, and promote healing and reduction of inflammation.

4.    Immune support

·      Any athlete knows that there is nothing worse than having to take a break in training due to a pesky cold. Training and playing hard uses a lot of the body’s resources that would otherwise be used to fight off seasonal germs that cause the cold and flu. Many athletes train rain or shine, and being exposed to adverse weather conditions can further compromise the bodies immune system. Getting regular acupuncture has been proven to improve immunity to seasonal bugs, and keep athletes training and playing strong all year round.

5.    Increased performance during workouts and competitions

·      Acupuncture can help muscles to fire properly by increasing proper blood flow to the muscles, and activating the muscles motor points. Pre-performance needling has been used on athletes for thousands of years. By activating muscles with a quick treatment, the neuromuscular junction is primed, and the body’s nervous system is focused on the muscles that need to be performing at peak levels. It is not uncommon for athletes to use auricular tacks throughout their performance. The tacks are strategically placed on the ears of the athletes to increase neuro-muscular function during competition. Alan Houston of the New York Knicks sparked plenty of skepticism when he announced he was using acupuncture to recover from an ankle injury. Not only did he heal well, but also he started playing better. He made acupuncture a regular part of his training regiment.

6.    Quickly return to training post injury / post surgery

·      Professional athlete or not, an injury or surgery can put quite a damper on activity levels. Those who seek out acupuncture after an injury will not only heal faster but heal more effectively and have reduced chances of re-injury, and less of a chance of incurring a new injury due to overcompensation. As described so many times in this article, acupuncture increases blood and fluids to the body’s tissues. This brings the necessary nutrients that tissues need to heal. It also helps clean out old and dead tissues that can get in the way of healing. Scar tissue is an often-overlooked culprit of delayed healing and post surgical pain. Scar tissue is less juicy and flexible that the original tissue that it is repairing. It often lays its fibers in a haphazard fashion, which can interrupt the smooth flow of function. The good news about scar tissue, is that is continuously re-lays itself. Acupuncture has been shown to influence scar tissue to lay in an organized pattern, which reduces pain and improves healing.  Ray Emery of the Chicago Blackhawks used acupuncture to help him recover successfully after hip surgery in 2010.

7.    Stress relief and improved sleep

·      Balancing a training regiment with the many other factors of life can be stressful. There is often very little time for rest, and a stressed out, tired athlete will not perform at his/her best. Of all the studies performed on acupuncture, it has been proven over and over again that it is extremely effective in reducing stress and improving quality of sleep. It is beneficial to all athletes to find the time in their schedules for a weekly acupuncture treatment to manage stress, and improve quality of sleep.

Healthy athletes are successful athletes. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine provide a way for athletes to improve their health, improve their performance, and remain injury free.

Now is the perfect time to include Chinese Medicine into your training regimen. Take advantage of our winter training special, and start your next riding season in first place. 

Timoni Slusher LAc

 

i.       J.C. Guimberteau, “The Sliding Mechanics of the Subcutaneous Structures in Man Illustration of a Functional Unit: The Microvacuoles,” Studies of the Académie Nationale de Chuirurgie (2005).

 

Alzheimer's Prevention With Chinese Herbs

Western medical studies are catching up with ancient Chinese Medicine. They are "proving" that the herbs really work. This formula is called "smart soup" and has been found to prevent the devastating, brain degenerating disease, Alzheimer's. 

If you are of the age, or have the disease in your family, it might not hurt to see your local Chinese Medicine practitioner / acupuncturist and add this tea to your daily regiment. 

Read the full article here:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1657047/traditional-smart-soup-shows-promise-fighting-alzheimers

 

 

Acupuncture for Owls!

The first time I was exposed to acupuncture, I was working for a veterinarian who used acupuncture on his patients; mostly horses and dogs, but occasionally a cat or a bunny. I loved the natural holistic approach he had towards healing his patients. 

During my studies as a Chinese Medicine student, my dog, Turner, came down with an aggressive brain infection. We broke the bank and put him through all the tests, but nothing was able to determine the cause of the infection. After a few expensive nights in ICU, he began to recover. We took him home, feeding tube and all. The first week was a lot of stress for everyone. He couldn't walk, he couldn't eat, he was incontinent, but he was improving. After one visit to a vet for a consultation for veterinary acupuncture, I learned that the theories were not at all different from what I was learning in school. I prescribed Turner some herbal medicine, and gave him acupuncture several days per week. He responded wonderfully, and is now fully recovered from his illness. 

The fact that animals respond so phenomenally to acupuncture is proof enough for me that there is more to it than just a placebo affect as so many western medicine experts prefer to chalk it up to. 

So about those owls...

There is a vet in Spain who is helping to rehabilitate wild owls! Read about it here!

Sick owls given acupuncture to help return to wild

Visible Channels: science is catching up

The Bonghan Channels are modern evidence of the channels of acupuncture.

The Bonghan Channels are modern evidence of the channels of acupuncture.

For so many years, the western model of medicine has discarded acupuncture as an aloof, out of this world, weird and probably not real form of medicine. That is because one of the limitations of the western model is that if it is not visible or measurable, then it must not exist.

Most of the results that have been achieved through acupuncture have been chalked up to the placebo affect. In my short career as an acupuncturist, I have seen the biggest skeptics benefit from a single acupuncture treatment. So, I have to ask, if it is merely a placebo, then how is it that people who don't believe in acupuncture experience results? How is it that my dog, Turner, can benefit so greatly from a few weeks of acupuncture when he does not even understand that he is receiving a treatment? That is how the placebo effect works; you think the treatment will work, and therefore it does. How does that apply to dogs? How does that apply to those who do not believe?

It is more than a placebo. But until now, science has not been able to prove that meridians exist in the body. Without the physical, tangible proof, the only viable explanation is the placebo effect.

There is a scientist in Korea who was able to find structures in the body that correspond with the meridians that the Chinese doctors have mapped out thousands of years ago. They are called Bonghan Channels; named after him, of course.

Follow this link for the full article from 2009.

http://acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=31918