Do You Have the Change in Season Blahs?

The leaves are starting to change in Nashville. Temperatures are cooling off, and people are transitioning to fall wardrobes. Pumpkins and squash are readily available, and Pinterest is full of seasonal recipes and crafts.

The transition to fall, while beautiful with its rich colors, isn’t always easy on the body. With kids back in school, germs are being spread quickly. Changes in the barometric pressure affect a lot of individuals with chronic headaches. Shorter daylight hours can impact energy levels. Autumn allergies strike, causing runny noses and itchy eyes.

Affinity Acupuncture offers a variety of treatments to help boost the immune system and decrease symptoms of colds, allergies, and fatigue. We offer nutritional counseling as well as acupuncture treatments and Traditional Chinese Medicine to help your body perform at its best. Did you go the whole summer without having a massage? We offer that as well, and yes, you deserve it. Call 615-939-2787 today, or book your appointments on-line. Acupuncture Nashville Herbs Brentwood

Acupuncture Calms Arthritis Pain, Increases Mobility

From HealthCMI

on 19 September 2014.

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Acupuncture reduces pain and improves functional mobility for patients with osteoarthritis. Researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada, conducted a meta-analysis of 12 trials consisting of 1,763 patients with osteoarthritis. All trials compared true acupuncture with sham acupuncture, conventional treatments and no treatments. University of Manitoba in Canada. The study finds acupuncture effective in reducing pain intensity levels, increasing mobility and improving quality of life scores. A subgroup analysis reveals that patients receiving acupuncture treatments for intervention periods greater than 4 weeks have greater reductions in pain intensity levels than patients receiving acupuncture over a shorter duration of time.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects millions of people worldwide. It affects joints in the body including the hands, lower back, neck, knees and hips. This type of arthritis is often associated with ‘wear and tear’ degeneration of joint cartilage over time. Risk factors include aging, diabetes, injuries, gout, hypothyroid conditions and obesity. Symptoms and signs include pain, lack of flexibility and bone spurs.

Conventional treatments include medications to control pain and inflammation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, cortisone and hyaluronic acid derivative injections, and joint replacement surgery. The Mayo Clinic staff notes on their website that studies show acupuncture, Tai Chi and yoga may help reduce osteoarthritis pain and improve mobility. This University of Manitoba study confirms that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

The researchers cite several modern investigations finding acupuncture effective for the treatment of several types of pain related conditions including fibromyalgia, lower back pain and osteoarthritis. Their investigation also cites studies demonstrating that acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment and is a “safe non-pharmacological treatment of musculoskeletal pain.” The researchers note, “we found acupuncture administered to adults with osteoarthritis to be associated with a statistically significant reduction in pain intensity, improved functional mobility and improved health-related quality of life.”

The researchers note that the most common acupuncture points used for the sample size of 1,763 patients were ST36, ST34, Xiyan, GB34, and SP9. Other acupuncture points include SP10, ST40, LV3, ST44, GB29, SP5, DU20, BL60, GB43, GB30, and extra points including EX31, EX32, and EXLE5. Most studies included manual acupuncture techniques to evoke de qi at least once during each treatment period. De qi is a combination of bodily sensations induced by acupuncture needling combined with physiological responses to the stimulation. De qi sensation is often described as dull, heavy, deep pressure, pulling, numb, aching, spreading, radiating, electrical, refreshing, relieving and tingling.

Huazhong University of Science and Technology researchers measured de qi’s relationship to changes in blood flow, tissue displacement, myoelectricity and brain MRI signals. They note “intrinsic change(s) of (the) human body” are induced by de qi during acupuncture. The team added that the “de qi elicited significant response(s) to acupuncture in (the) specific brain regions….” Other researchers note that achieving de qi at acupuncture points elicits distinctly different cortical responses than at non-acupuncture points. Specific acupuncture points demonstrate a consistent and unique ability to stimulate specific brain regions upon de qi stimulation. By contrast, non-acupuncture points did not induce unique responses. Researchers from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Medimar International Hospital and the European Foundation of TCM performed a meta-analysis of the medical implications of de qi. The findings suggest a direct correlation between ancient acupuncture techniques and improved positive patient outcomes. Acupoint selections.

The osteoarthritis researchers at the University of Manitoba note studies showing that, “Electrical needle stimulation can enhance the effects of acupuncture.” This study only examined manual acupuncture and excluded electro-acupuncture to eliminate electrical stimulation as a variable. The sorting process was stringent and excluded non-randomized studies and studies wherein superficial needling was used as part of the sham acupuncture techniques. The researchers found 14,449 relevant citations and sifted this number down to 12 unique trials of 1,763 patients to ensure that only quality studies were examined in the meta-analysis.

Several important strengths become apparent. First, manual acupuncture without any additional electrical stimulation is effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Acupuncture was found both safe and effective in the quality studies reviewed. Additionally, acupuncture was found cost-effective for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

The findings are not unique. For example, research published in Rheumatology, one of the Oxford Journals, concludes that “Sham-controlled RCTs suggest specific effects of acupuncture for pain control in patients with peripheral joint OA (osteoarthritis). Considering its favourable safety profile acupuncture seems an option worthy of consideration particularly for knee OA.” That study examined 18 randomized controlled trials of both manual and electro-acupuncture. The wide body of research supporting the use of acupuncture for the treatment of osteoarthritis as a safe and cost-effective modality suggests that further integration into biomedical settings and protocols is warranted.

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A Better Perk Up Than Coffee?

For many of us, a cup of coffee is as much a part of the morning routine as brushing our teeth. By the time we’ve started our morning commute, the caffeine has kicked in, and we’re ready to take on the day. Two hours later (if not sooner) many of us are feeling sluggish again and pouring the next cup.

Coffee itself is not a bad thing – in fact, it has some great antioxidant benefits and may even reduce the risks of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Excessive consumption can be problematic, though, especially in how dehydrating coffee is. And if you’re buying special brews from coffee shops, it can take a real toll on the wallet and waistline (there are 48g of sugar in a very popular coffee beverage that is available in the fall…).

There’s something you can do as a more effective wake up in the mornings than a cup of coffee:

Drink 8-16 oz. of water.

Your brain is primarily made up of water. Our bodies are dehydrated in the mornings. Having a glass of water before your coffee or tea helps replenish the body and refresh all of the systems. Adding a slice of lemon also adds some great antioxidant benefits and flavor benefit. 1280px-A_small_cup_of_coffee

Life is too short to live in pain

If you or someone you know is living with chronic pain, don’t forget about acupuncture! We frequently receive calls from people who have tried anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid shots, and other modalities, but they aren’t getting the results they need and are trying to avoid surgery. They have plateaued in their healing, and are amazed at the results they get beginning with the first session. Acupuncture can provide the relief you are looking for either on its own or as a complimentary treatment. We’ll help you get to the point of the problem. Call 615-939-2787 or book on-line through our website, 

Eerie Resemblance….

Eerie Resemblance....

A friend shared this image from George Takei’s page yesterday, and we know so many of you can relate! Acupuncture and natural herbal formulas can offer significant relief for allergy sufferers without the side effects of many OTC and prescription medications. Want to learn more? Call us at 615-939-2787 to set up your consultation and first treatment today.

Spring is almost in the air! (Allergies will be here soon, too)

Spring is almost in the air! (Allergies will be here soon, too)

Spring will be here before we know it. Longer days, brighter skies, warmer weather, outdoor activities, and… allergens. Pollen, cut grass, and more can stimulate sneezes and scratchy throats, and other unpleasant symptoms. NOW is the time to build up your body’s defenses with acupuncture and herbal supplements. It’s not too late to sign up for a membership, and we are now offering 6-packs of sessions for massage or acupuncture for just $390. Call to schedule today, 615-939-2787.

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Hands like the tundra?

Hands like the tundra?

Are your winter hands as cracked as the ice outside? There are tons of topical treatments – lotions, creams, salves, and ointments with vitamin E, olive oil, lanolin, petroleum, aloe vera, coconut oil… the list goes on and on. Those remedies, while soothing, treat the symptom, not the cause of the problem. If you have chronic dry skin, you may have a form of eczema or another inflammatory condition. The good news is, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can heal your skin from the inside out. To learn more, call 615-939-2787 to set up your appointment today.

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How Well Do You Trust Your Gut?

How Well Do You Trust Your Gut?

How well do you trust your gut?

Your digestive health plays a HUGE role in your whole health. Did you know that bloating or heartburn can trigger problems with allergies? The root of problems with allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, mood disorders, chronic fatigue, dementia, and even cancer may be traced to problems with the gastrointestinal system. Having trouble losing weight? Your body’s filter might be clogged.

The health of your gut determines what nutrients and toxins are filtered throughout the body. Damage to the gut can cause food allergies and inflammation throughout the body. That affects arthritis, blood pressure, headaches, reproductive health – you name it.

The gut’s nervous system has even more neurotransmitters from the brain. When there’s interference in communication between the gut and the brain, your whole health can suffer.

Your digestive system helps to eliminate toxins filtered out by the liver. It breaks down food, separating the vitamins and minerals that nourish the brain and body. When there’s a breakdown in the process, the whole body is affected. Over The Counter remedies (a multi-billion dollar industry) may fix one symptom and cause another.

Don’t despair. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are natural ways to help your body restore balance and heal. Whether it’s constipation, IBS, bloating, gas, heartburn, reflux, or stuff not fit to print, Affinity Acupuncture in Nashville has appointments available to help you find your way back to better health. Call us today at 615-939-2787 to set up your next appointment, or visit our website at to learn more about our available services.

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