A recent study focusing on type 2 diabetes mellitus found benefits on fasting glucose, body weight and fasting insulin with acupuncture. Additional benefits, including reduced free fatty acids, plasma triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and an increase in HDL cholesterol were noted.
Migraine is a common and debilitating condition, and sufferers often don’t know where to turn for help. Look no further! Acupuncture can be an incredibly effective tool in the treatment and prevention of migraine headaches and associated symptoms.
Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world and it affects about 28 million women in the United States1. The cost of migraine for individuals, families and employers reaches far beyond the financial. While medication can be helpful in alleviating debilitating symptoms during a migraine, there are few treatments available to help prevent migraines.
Acupuncture is wonderfully effective for the treatment and prevention of migraine and can provide much needed relief for long-term sufferers.
There have been a number of controlled trials over the years, and the data is consistent: acupuncture is significantly better than basic care for managing migraine, and promises to be at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, with few contraindications or unpleasant side effects2.
In my own clinical experience with acupuncture to alleviate migraine, nearly every patient experiences some relief. Some patients experience full relief from chronic and debilitating migraine, while others experience a reduction in the severity and/ or frequency of migraine headache symptoms.
According to researchers, acupuncture helps in the treatment of migraine by:
- Providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurochumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
- Reducing inflammation – by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.
- Reducing the degree of cortical spreading depression (an electrical wave in the brain associated with migraine) and plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance P (both implicated in the pathophysiology of migraine).
- Modulating extracranial and intracranial blood flow.
- Affecting serotonin (5-hydroxytriptamine), which may be linked to the initiation of migraines, levels in the brain. 2
Acupuncture has very few side effects, and in addition to being an effective migraine treatment, patients usually experience additional health benefits such as reduced stress/ anxiety, more energy, improved sleep and a greater sense of well-being after receiving acupuncture treatment.
There is help out there for migraine! Schedule an appointment today and start on the road toward a migraine free life!
- “Migraine Facts”, Migraine Research Foundation, accessed May 18, 2016, https://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/
- “Migraines”, British Acupuncture Council, last modified February 4, 2015, accessed May 18, 2016, http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/migraines.html
Looking for a fun new recipe to help incorporate more veggies into your diet? Try pizza crust made from cauliflower. I topped mine with cashew basil pesto, sauteed shiitake mushrooms, sauteed red onion and cinnamon apple pulled pork.
It was delicious!!
Here’s the crust recipe I used: Cauliflower Pizza Crust
side note: Try steaming the cauliflower instead of microwaving it.
Have you been having a little too much fun lately or are you just not feeling 100%?
Drink this quick daily cocktail to detoxify your body and restore your system.
1/4 cup pure cranberry juice (organic, no sugar added)
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (organic, raw, unfiltered)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
6 to 8 oz of pure water to dilute
Optional: stevia to taste
Apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice, lemon and water work synergistically to detoxify the liver, flush the kidneys, support healthy digestion and boost metabolic function.
Cheers to good health!
Moroccan Cauliflower “Couscous”
servings: about 4
1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into 1-inch pieces
2-3 Tbsp of grass fed butter
1/2 to 3/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 to 3/4 tsp cumin
about 1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon
salt to taste
2-4 Tbsp dried currants, sugar free, organic
Pulse cauliflower in food processor until it is about the size of couscous (this may need to be done in batches).
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add cauliflower and spices, sauté for about 8-10 minutes. Once cauliflower has reached the desired consistency, stir in currants.
Note: You can adjust the amount of spice to your palate. Additionally, you can add ground cardamom, ground cloves, dry ginger, allspice and cayenne pepper if you like even more spice.
Recommended pairing: Moroccan slow cooked free range lamb with root vegetables
Don’t think sleep is important? Check out this study published in the journal Sleep. Participants who skimped on sleep were four times more likely to catch a cold. Stay healthy this winter and be sure to catch plenty of ZZZZzzzzzzzzz’s!
A study published this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that acupuncture may improve the ability of Parkinson’s Disease sufferers to walk.
Researchers from the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine in Kyoto, Japan and colleagues treated 26 people with Parkinson’s with using various acupuncture points. They observed significant increases in gait speed, step length, floor reaction force and cadence after the acupuncture sessions.
The researchers recommend additional studies to further test a set time period and exclude the placebo effect, but the early results are promising.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), no. The AAP released a clinical report earlier this week recommending that pregnant women completely abstain from alcohol use.
Years of studies have shown that “prenatal exposure to alcohol can damage the developing fetus.” The effects of heavy drinking are clear, but the effects of light to moderate drinking during pregnancy have proven a little more difficult to track and quantify. The AAP report recommends a “better safe than sorry” approach and concludes that potential negative outcomes are “completely preventable when pregnant women abstain from alcohol use.”
Specifically, the report states that “during pregnancy:
- no amount of alcohol intake should be considered safe;
- there is no safe trimester to drink alcohol;
- all forms of alcohol, such as beer, wine, and liquor, pose similar risk;
- and binge drinking poses dose-related risk to the developing fetus.”
The report’s better safe than sorry approach has earned some blowback from the public, but it is worth weighing the health of your baby over the potential desired effects of alcohol. Women who use alcohol to help deal with stress, insomnia, pain or other health and well-being related issues might find just as much or more relief using acupuncture, massage, meditation or just taking it a little easier without the potential devastating side effects. To learn more about how acupuncture can help you reduce stress and deal with pregnancy related issues, contact us at (541)515-5445.