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Relieving Pain with Acupuncture

Author: Betty Shuford, LAc

No one wants to live with pain. It is usually uncomfortable, decreases our productivity, and inhibits our ability to enjoy the pleasures of life. Most people experience pain at some point in their life. It may be due to an injury, new or old, an illness or possibly an unknown cause. Whatever the reason, I am sure no one enjoys being in pain. How one chooses to treat the pain can set you up for a successful recovery or send you into a spiraling downhill cycle. (more…)

Sleep Does the Body Good

Sleep is one of the best presents we can give ourselves.  It is something we all need to recharge our  bodies, mind, and spirit.  Unfortunately, it is not much of a present if we are unable to sleep.  For most of us, we lead busy lives under constant stress and the pressure of deadlines.  It is no wonder why more and more of us are not getting the rest and sleep our bodies deserve.

Types of Insomnia:

Chinese Medicine acknowledges different types of insomnia.  Each type is caused by different organ imbalances and treated accordingly.

•    Dream disturbed sleep– waking from sleep from any kind of dream.
•    Difficulty falling asleep– this is when the person will lie awake, tossing and turning for hours before falling asleep.
•    Wakes up easily– this person falls asleep easily but wakes up and finds it difficult to go back to sleep.  They may be awake for an hour or more or not go back to sleep at all.
•    Wakes up at a specific time– this person frequently wakes from sleep at the same time each night.

Self help tips:

The most important thing is to be asleep by 11PM.  The reason for is because the liver and gallbladder channels’ time is from 11 PM to 3 AM in the meridian cycle.  If the body is not at rest during this time then these organs are unable to properly metabolize toxins and you may feel tired and sluggish the next day.  Also, do not eat too late or too much before bedtime. If your stomach is full from a big meal or late dinner, your body will spend the night digesting the food instead of resting.  In China it is said,  “When the stomach is distressed, sleep will be distressed.”  Lastly, it is important that you learn to put your stress, tensions and worries to the side before you fall asleep. Meditation is a great way you can achieve this relaxed state.  Many find that meditating 10 to 15 minutes before bed will help you to fall asleep naturally.

If you are tired of not sleeping or just want good quality sleep, remember that acupuncture and Chinese medicinals are a great alternative to chemical sedatives.  Call for your appointment with Betty at Zen Garden Yoga.

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Let’s Get to the Point About Acupuncture

By: Betty Shuford, Licensed Acupuncturist

When speaking to people about acupuncture and its benefits, the question I hear most often after, “Does it hurt?” (answer is no), is “Can acupuncture treat/help my ___________?” For most of the responses that can fill the blank, the answer is yes!

With most people when they hear Chinese Medicine they think of acupuncture. Keep in mind that acupuncture is just one area of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other areas include Chinese herbal medicine, massage techniques, dietary therapy, and exercises such as tai chi or qigong. So when I say “Yes, Chinese Medicine can help you!”, it is likely that acupuncture alone can help you feel much relief. But for the most comprehensive effect acupuncture would be combined with another modality. I often combine acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine for treatments.

According to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes for Health, and clinical experience, Acupuncture (and Chinese herbal medicines) are useful in the treatment of:

Chronic and Acute Pain – Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia

Neurological Disorders – Post-stroke recover, Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders

Upper Respiratory Disorders – Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu.

Digestive Disorders – Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers

Urinary and Reproductive Disorders – Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptom

Pregnancy/Post Pregnancy– Morning sickness, malposition of baby (correction of), induction of labor, labor pains, post-natal depression, plugged ducts (from nursing)

Pediatrics– Reoccurring earaches, fevers, colds and flu, cough, asthma, allergies

Immune Function – Recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients.

Addictions – Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs.

Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia

This is not a complete list but please feel free to email me at if you have any questions concerning whether Chinese medicine or acupuncture can help you.

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