Lighthouse Wellness Center, East Meadow, NY

Dr. Cariann Perretta
2120 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
516-794-0414

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Insitutues of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating these conditions:

  • - Addication, Alcohol
  • - Drug, Smoking
  • - Anxiety
  • - Arthritis
  • - Asthma
  • - Bronchitis
  • - Carpal Tnnel Syndrome
  • - Chronic Fatigue
  • - Colitis
  • - Common Cold
  • - Constipation
  • - Dental Pain
  • - Depression
  • - Diarrhea
  • - Digestive Trouble
  • - Dizziness
  • - Dystentery
  • - Emotional Problems
  • - Eye Problems
  • - Facial Palsytics
  • - Fatigue
  • - Fertility
  • - Fibromyalgia
  • - Gingivitis
  • - Headache
  • - Incontinence
  • - Indigestion
  • - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • - Low Back Pain
  • - Menopause
  • - Menstrual Irregularities
  • - Migraine
  • - Morning Sickness
  • - Nausea
  • - Osteoarthritis
  • - Pain
  • - PMS
  • - Pneumonia
  • - Reproductive Problems
  • - Rhinitis
  • - Sciatica
  • - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • - Shoulder Pain
  • - Sinusitis
  • - Sleep Disturbances
  • - Smoking Cessation
  • - Sore Throat
  • - Stress
  • - Tennis Elbow
  • - Tonsillitis
  • - Tooth Pain
  • - Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • - Urinary Tract Infections
  • - Vomiting
  • - Wrist Pain

 

Lighthouse Wellness Center, East Meadow, NY

Lighthouse Wellness Center, East Meadow Chiropractor, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy

2120 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
Tel:     +1 516 794 0414
Fax:    +1 516 794 0435

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MORE ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE

 

ACUPUNCTURE FOR BACK PAIN*


One of the most common reasons patients visit a health care provider is back pain. Unfortunately, back pain can be difficult to treat and often becomes a chronic condition. The good news is that acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment for back pain, including:

  • - Lower back pain
  • - Upper back pain
  • - Neck pain
  • - Chronic back pain
  • - Chronic neck pain
  • - Sciatica

How Can Acupuncture Help Back Pain?

In Oriental Medicine, there is a fundamental theory that states: when the Qi is blocked, there is pain. By regulating the flow of Qi in the body, acute and chronic pains can be relieved.

Back pain occurs from both acute and chronic causes. Acute cases of back pain are often the caused by injury or poor posture that results in Qi and Blood stasis in the lower back. The stagnation blocks the flow of Qi and Blood through the lower back resulting in sharp stabbing pain. Some chronic back pain conditions begin as acute trauma, but the back pain persists due to a disharmony that is preventing the body from healing itself. In chronic back pain cases without injury, a constitutional deficiency of the Kidney can lead to a dull-ache type of back pain. Acupuncture can support the body’s healing mechanisms to expedite the healing process while decreasing the concurrent pain.

A western medical diagnosis can also be helpful in acupuncture treatment for back pain. Some States include the ordering of x-rays and MRI’s in the scope of practice of an Acupuncturist. Common western medical causes of back pain include: sprains of ligaments, strains of muscles, and herniations of intervertebral discs. If the back pain radiates down the buttocks and leg, you are also experiencing sciatica. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is being irritated by a herniated disc or the surrounding muscles, such as the piriformis. Sciatica conditions are gauged by how far the pain extends down your leg. Sciatica back pain also responds well to acupuncture treatment.


What Happens at an Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain?

When you visit an Acupuncturist, they will first form a diagnosis based on Oriental Medicine principles to determine the cause of your back pain. This process of diagnosis generally includes pulse analysis, tongue examination, body palpation, history of condition, and questions on your general health. This information will be used to construct your pattern of disharmony that is manifesting as back pain.

Depending on the style of the practitioner and the nature of your back pain, the Acupuncturist may choose to use either local or distal treatment. When using local acupuncture treatment, the acupuncture needles will be inserted in the direct area of your pain. The acupuncture needles are very thin and usually only cause a mild discomfort upon insertion. The Acupuncturist will then stimulate the acupuncture needles by either hand manipulation or electro-stimulation to alter the flow of Qi through the local area.

If the Acupuncturist chooses to use a distal method of acupuncture, acupuncture needles will be inserted at other locations on your body. Several acupuncture meridians travel through your lower back area, and acupuncture needles may be inserted into acupuncture points on your limbs that affect the flow of Qi in those meridians. Distal acupuncture treatment offers several advantages: the ability to move your back during treatment to see if the treatment is working properly, and avoiding any unnecessary trauma or over-stimulation of the local area by needling.

One unique part of an acupuncture treatment is that each treatment is specifically designed for you. Everyone’s back pain is different and each person responds differently to treatment. An experienced Acupuncturist will be able to tailor the treatment to best fit your back pain condition.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR INSOMNIA*


A getting good night’s rest is one of the best pieces of health advice you can follow. But what if sleeping well is a challenge for you? When insomnia persists more than one or two nights and becomes chronic insomnia, most people turn to the use of sleep aids such as Trazadone or Ambien. While these pharmaceuticals can be effective for insomnia, they often develop into dependencies and can cause unwanted side-effects. Fortunately, chronic insomnia can be treated effectively with acupuncture! Acupuncture is a side-effect free, non-dependent, natural cure for insomnia!


Why Can’t I Sleep Well?

There are many possible causes for your insomnia. The physiology of insomnia according to Oriental Medicine can be complex, but the simplest explanation is that good sleep requires two factors: proper transition of Yang and Yin energy with the change from day to night, and proper functioning of your blood to house your Spirit.

The Yang energy circulates through the Yang areas of your body during the day keeping your mind active. At night, this Yang energy should return to the Yin areas of your body, deeper and lower in your body. If the Yang energy stays in the Yang areas of your brain and eyes, these parts will continue to be energized and prevent you from falling asleep leading to insomnia.

In Chinese Medicine physiology, your Blood is the residence of the Spirit, or Shen. If the Blood cannot support the Shen at night, the Shen wanders upwards in your mind causing insomnia. The Blood is produced by the Spleen and stored by the Liver. If either of these organs is in disharmony, the quality of the Blood will be weak, and unable to house the Shen.


How Can Acupuncture Help Insomnia?

Let’s first look at the possible types of insomnia treated by acupuncture, and understand why they occur. Knowing what type of insomnia you are experiencing can help your Acupuncturist provide the most effective treatment for you.

  • I have difficultly falling asleep: The Yang Qi cannot enter the Yin areas of the body leading to insomnia.
  • I wake up often during the night: Internal heat is stuck in the body causing insomnia.
  • I wake up early and can’t go back to sleep: Poor lifestyle may have damaged your Kidney Yin energy. Heat from Kidney Deficiency is rising up causing insomnia.
  • I have excessive dreaming during sleep: The brain doesn’t quiet down and it is difficult to relax due to Liver deficiency Heat or Heart Fire causing insomnia.
  • I can’t sleep at all: Not enough Blood due to either Spleen or Liver deficiency causing insomnia.

When you receive an acupuncture treatment, your nervous system begins to calm down. The acupuncture needles are doing deep work by unraveling your subconscious stresses, balancing your Qi, and releasing the causes of your insomnia. You may even fall asleep on the treatment table.

You should sleep the best the first night after an acupuncture treatment; however, several days later symptoms of your insomnia may start to return. This is in indication that you should receive your acupuncture treatment for insomnia more frequently. It usually takes several acupuncture treatments per week, for several weeks to fully resolve chronic insomnia.


Helpful Tips for Good Sleep

As evening comes, the day transitions from Yang to Yin; you too should adjust your behavior to improve your sleep and prevent insomnia. Try these helpful home remedy tips to assist your acupuncture insomnia treatment:

  • Quite the Mind: try breathing exercises, meditation, and other forms of relaxation to help your insomnia.
  • Diet: avoid spicy food, meats, large meals, alcohol, and caffeine near bedtime as these all create internal heat in your body. Try calming herbal teas. Eating Gou Qi Zi (wolf berries) at night can also help insomnia.
  • Exercise: vigorous exercise is best in the morning, not at night. Stick to relaxing stretches in the evening that unravel your stress avoiding insomnia.
  • Work: mental work is best completed during the day. Excessive thinking at night can over-stimulate your mind causing insomnia.
  • Warm Food Bath: soaking your feet in warm water at night will assist in bringing you Yang Qi down to the Yin areas of your body preventing insomnia.

Cure Your Insomnia!

Insomnia is one of the top reasons people seek acupuncture. Often, patients come to an acupuncturist reporting insomnia because they are disconnected from other emotional issues they are facing. These repressed emotions can often surface as insomnia, anxiety, or mild depression. As the stresses of modern life take their toll, our minds can no longer relax and our sleep becomes disturbed.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR MIGRAINES*

 

Chronic headaches can be a debilitating condition for its sufferers. Most modern treatments are only effective at numbing the symptomatic pain of the headache. The good news is that research shows that acupuncture for headaches is effective at controlling the pain and preventing reoccurrences of headaches.

Headaches are commonly classified by their symptoms into the following categories:

  • - Migraine Headaches
  • - Cluster Headaches
  • - Sinus Headaches
  • - Tension Headaches
  • - TMJ Headaches

What Causes Headaches?

In Oriental Medicine, the cause of headaches always begins with some form of internal deficiency. This deficiency can allow the invasion of Wind to create an external condition, where the headache occurs concurrently with a common cold. In other cases, the internal deficiency can lead to an excess Yang energy rising to the head, phlegm accumulation, or blood stasis. Yang Rising headaches are often brought on by stress and occur suddenly. Phelgm accumulation headaches feel dull and occur with mental cloudiness. Blood stasis headaches generally occur at night with a sharp, stabbing pain. Chronic headaches can also occur purely from deficiency of Qi, Blood, or Kidney essence. Deficiency headaches tend to have a dull, empty sensation that feels better with pressure on the head.

Headaches can be a sign of a serious medical condition, so it is important to get a thorough medical diagnosis if you have severe chronic headaches.s


Why use Acupuncture?

The most common treatment for chronic headaches is over-the-counter non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen, used individually or in combination. Unfortunately, the use of these pharmaceuticals can lead to unwanted side-effects, such as lethargy, stomach ulcers, constipation, nausea, and shallow breathing. While these medications do provide a temporary relief of headache pain, acupuncture has been clinically shown to provide better, longer-lasting relief from headaches than conventional treatment.

Several medical studies have been conducted showing the effectiveness of acupuncture for headaches and the decreased use of medications for headache by acupuncture recipients. A 2005 German acupuncture study showed acupuncture treatments decreased the number of headaches reported by patients in half verse the control group. Acupuncture is also excellent at treating stress and muscle contraction in the body, which are the primary causes of Migraine, Tension, and TMJ Headaches. A 2003 Acupuncture for Cluster Headache study showed acupuncture treatment provided a complete resolution or reduction in the frequency and severity of cluster headaches, and aided in the reduced use of corticosteroids.


How Can Acupuncture Help Headaches?

While Oriental Medicine does not explicitly explain its theory through neural pathways, acupuncture is very effective for neurological disorders, such as headache pain. Studies conducted with functional MRIs that allowed real-time observation of brain activity during acupuncture showed activation or depression of the limbic system, which alters our perception of pain.

Acupuncture treatment for headaches always includes a through diagnosis of your condition to develop a treatment plan tailored for your health condition and headache symptoms. Depending on the location of your headache, distal acupuncture points on your hands and feet can be needled to affect the flow of Qi though your head to relieve your headache pain. Additional acupuncture points will be included in the treatment to balance your body and supplement your deficiency condition to prevent future headaches. Microsystems of acupuncture, such as auricular ear acupuncture and scalp acupuncture, may be included in the treatment to enhance acupuncture’s effects in treating your headache.

Acupuncture can instantly relieve the pain caused by a headache. In some chronic conditions, it is best to receive acupuncture treatments between acute episodes of headache, especially for migraines headaches. In some cases, periodic acupuncture treatments may be required to prevent future occurrences of headache.

Acupuncture treatment is often combined with Chinese Herbal Medicine. Many of these herbal formulas are highly effective at treating pain and supplementing the body. When acupuncture and herbs are used together, most patients are able to completely refrain from taking headache medications and experience even faster results. Ask your Acupuncturists about receiving Chinese Herbal Medicine to augment your headache treatments

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR ARTHRITIS*

 

Acupuncture is a safe and natural therapy that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of pain. While arthritis conditions often tend to be chronic, regular acupuncture treatments can help manage pain and improve the range-of-motion in the affected joints.

Arthritis is generally viewed as a form of painful obstruction in the body, referred to as Bi Syndrome in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This diagnosis is further refined to include various environmental factors contributing to the condition, such as Wind, Damp, Cold, and Heat. These factors combine to describe the varied symptomatic representations of Bi, capturing the unique condition of each individual.

Do your joints appear swollen, red, and warm? This could indicate a condition of Damp-Heat Bi. Does the pain seem to move in location? You may be experiencing Wind Bi. Is your pain fixed and sharp? A Cold Bi invasion may be the cause. While these descriptions may seem over-simplified, applying the appropriate balancing acupuncture treatment can make an immediate difference in your condition.


Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is primarily caused by a degeneration of the cartilage within the joints. As this cushion within the joint weakens with age or overuse, you may begin to experience a “bad knee or hip”. Pain, swelling, and limited range-of-motion increase overtime, possibly leading to a state of permanent disability.

Osteoarthritis presents in several manners within the framework of Oriental Medicine. Most cases of osteoarthritis present as Wind, Damp, Cold, Heat, or Deficiency, and will require regular treatment to improve the condition. Acupuncture treatment will include several constitutional points to address the nature of the condition, for example using Spleen 6 to help transform Dampness in the body and reduce swelling. Additional points can help target the local area of your pain; often osteoarthritis of the knee is treated with deep insertion of needles into the eyes of the knee, the two points located just below the kneecap on either side of the patellar tendon known as XiYan.

Some acupuncturists treat using a distal point method and choose to needle points that control the flow of Qi through the painful area, avoiding any needles at the local site. The advantage of this method is that you are able to move the affected area and test the effectiveness of the therapy during treatment.

Non-Steriod Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesic medications, commonly called painkillers, are the typical treatment for Osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, the use of these pharmaceuticals only dulls the pain and does not promote healing of the joints. Acupuncture can provide pain management and improve joint function without side effects or other unwanted reactions.


Acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the synovial membrane & fluid, resulting in painful joints due to your own immune system attacking the body. The condition often affects the distal joints of the body, such as the hands, in a symmetrical fashion. Rheumatoid Arthritis causes the joints to become red, swollen, stiff, and painful, preventing proper use of the affected limb. Overtime, the joints begin to deform, further restricting their range of motion.

Rheumatoid Arthritis manifests as one of three Oriental Medicine conditions: Wind-Damp-Cold Bi (painful obstruction), Wind-Damp-Heat Bi, or Kidney & Liver Deficiency causing Phlegm and Blood Stagnation. Wind-Damp-Heat Bi obstruction is the most common, creating the typical swollen, warm, red, and painful joints. These patterns are differentiated by not only the condition of the patient’s affected joints, but also through diagnosis of the tongue, pulse, and other associated symptoms. Due to the more systemic nature of this condition, the treatment will focus more on the overall health of the patient. Balancing the body to decrease the autoimmune component of the disease is vital to manage the condition of the joints.

Acupuncture treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis can be very beneficial to the disorder. Severe cases should always be treated in an integrative manner, in conjunction with the recommendations of your Medical Doctor. Therapy with Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) can be toxic and damaging to the body; alternative therapies that can help manage the condition in an adjunctive manner may allow a decreased use of these and other pharmaceuticals for RA.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR INFERTILITY

Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary physical and emotional change. It is also a time when it is more important than ever to support and care for your well-being. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you meet the unique challenges of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health for you and your baby in a safe and natural way, without the use of harmful medications.


What to Expect...

Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to regulate the female reproductive system. Acupuncture and TCM is based on the concept that Qi (pronounced "chee") is the vital energy (the "life force") that flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners of acupuncture work to balance the Qi in the body's meridian and organ systems by manipulating corresponding points on the body. Regular acupuncture during pregnancy sets the foundation for a healthy mother and baby. In addition, women who receive acupuncture during pregnancy often have a shorter and easier birth experience than women who do not receive acupuncture. Several European studies concluded that women who received acupuncture once a week during the last month of pregnancy had significantly shorter labor than women who did not receive any acupuncture.

For a healthy pregnancy, treatment is often recommended once a month, with weekly treatments in the last month. However, your practitioner will tailor your treatment entirely to your needs and choose points based on your unique systems and concerns.


Relief of Common Concerns...

Regular balancing treatments throughout your pregnancy can enhance your health as well as your baby's health, potentially preventing complications and positively influencing the development of your baby. Many mothers-to-be find themselves facing anxiety, fatigue, back pain, heartburn, nausea, and other symptoms as a result of the many new demands being placed on their bodies. Acupuncture has been found to relieve many of these symptoms.

Morning sickness responds particularly well to acupuncture, and your practitioner can even show you specific points that you can massage at home to help restore your appetite. Recent studies have also show promising results in using acupuncture for depression during and after pregnancy.


Breech Babies and Other Issues...

Acupuncture can also help with more serious issues during pregnancy. Specific acupuncture points and techniques are very useful for turning "breech babies" (those positioned feet first). One study concluded that fetal malpresentation is a relatively simple, efficacious and inexpensive method for breech birth presentation. Treatment involves moxibustion, or applying heat from the burning of the herb mugwort to a point just outside the nail of the little toe. The treatment causes no adverse side effects.

If your due date just passed, acupuncture can also be used to induce labor through gentler means than traditional Western labor inducing treatments and medications. Acupuncture and acupressure can even be used to help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress during delivery.


After Baby Has Arrived...

It is important to recover properly after childbirth. Acupuncture can help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, balance your energy, boost your body's defenses, and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue, and postpartum depression. Acupuncture provides a holistic, gentle way to nurture and care for yourself and your baby's heath throughout your pregnancy and beyond without the risk of harmful side effects that may occur from medications.

If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, contact Lighthouse Wellness Center today!

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR STRESS**

 

Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or anxious. However, stress is not necessarily negative. There is a distinction between healthy and unhealthy stress. 

Healthy stress includes appropriate physical exercise, good eating habits, positive thinking, adequate rest, and a natural response to emergency situations.  These stressors keep us alert and motivated, and support our body's strength and vitality.  Unhealthy stress, such as negative emotions and thinking, overexertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and chemical and environmental pollutants and toxins, challenge our health and can trigger physical and mental problems, particularly if they are experienced over a prolonged period of time.

In ancient times, our stress response, also known as our "fight or flight" response, provided us with energy to preserve life during difficult situations, such as an attack or threat by a wild animal.  Today, we don't have to look much further than our windows, or computer screens, to view various forms of stress--everything from prime-time news and road rage, to the 40-hour work week, terrorism, and cell phones.  All of these combined can send even the most serene person into a stressful frenzy.

Unfortunately, modern day stress is considerably higher, more frequent and more consistent than what our predecessors experienced.  Over time this excess stress can actually be detrimental to our health.  Our body's natural response to stressful situations is to activate all available resources for survival, and to get us out of a scary situation fast.  However, with the increase in physical, emotional and mental stressors, our stress response gets "locked in", resulting in the depletion of the body's resources. Even if the stressors are no longer present, the body continues to keep the stress response active.  This results in the depletion of our nervous system, lymphatic organs (spleen, thymus, and lymph nodes), kidneys, and adrenal glands, and can pave the way for a wide variety of symptoms and signs.  Medical studies have shown that with increased and consistent stress, our white blood cells, which defend our body against viruses, decrease.  This decrease results in lower immune resistance, ultimately leading to physical disease and emotional instability.


Signs and Symptoms of an overactive response to stress:

- Anger
- Anxiety
- Asthma
- Depression
- Depressed Immune System
- Digestive Disorders
- Headaches
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Joint Pain
- Weight Problems
 

Acupuncturists have been helping people cope with stress for thousands of years.  The ancient theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on how stress affects the organs are similar to those of Western medicine; however, TCM theory and treatment go far beyond treating just symptoms, TCM addresses the root cause(s) of the problem.   

One way that stress affects the body is by causing a depletion or blockage of qi, especially that of the kidneys and adrenals. Qi (pronounced "chee") is the vital energy or power that supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body.  When qi becomes "blocked" or the supply is inadequate, the body and organ systems become "stressed out" and our health is then compromised. Acupuncture can support and restore the integrity of the various organs affected and depleted by the stress response, along with enhancing the quality and quantity of qi.

Acupuncture along with proper eating habits, exercise, stretching, meditation, as well as chiropractic adjustments, massage, and reflexology can support a balanced and healthy body, mind and spirit.

Acupuncture can provide a safe, effective and drug-free alternative for the treatment of stress.


Things you can do to help combat stress:

1). Practice Yoga - When you practice yoga, you can create an awareness of your body and mind connection, freeing your mind of stressful thoughts.
 
2). Start a Hobby - Hobbies require a mindful presence and can break a hectic, stressful pace.
 
3). Do One Thing at a Time - Many of us believe that multitasking allows us to get more done, faster.  If you focus on one task at a time, you can get more done with fewer mistakes.
 
4). Meditate - Meditation teaches us to stay focused on our breath and posture.  When you are in a meditative state, you are present and in touch with your innate wisdom.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR ALLERGIES

According to Chinese medical theory, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and Organ Systems of the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, pollutants and environmental toxins...such as pollen.

Over time, if  imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the Organ Systems. Some of these Organ Systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced "Way Chee").

According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, it is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating around the body in order to stay healthy and allergy- symptom free.


What is Wei Qi?

The Chinese concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions to protect and defend the body against foreign substances, that if not caught, can lead to allergies. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, the body remains healthy. If the supply of Wei Qi becomes inadequate, health is compromised and your body become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses, tree and grass pollen.

Acupuncture supports the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi. Regular acupuncture treatments can strengthen the body's supply of Wei Qi, as well as help it flow smoothly through the body. Healthy and abundant Wei Qi will greatly reduce or eliminate the symptoms and signs related to allergies.

 

What Can Lighthouse Wellness Center Do?

During your visit to Lighthouse Wellness Center we will conduct a thorough exam, taking a complete health history. We will then develop a unique treatment plan that will address your specific concerns. The goals of the treatment plan will be to eliminate the symptoms of  your allergies, while addressing the root causes and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of your Wei Qi.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR WEIGHT LOSS

 

According to TCM, the root of excess weight is an imbalance within the body caused by malfunctioning of the spleen and liver organ systems.

In five-element theory, the spleen is responsible for the proper functioning of the digestive system, ensuring that the food we eat is transformed into qi - the vital substance of life. Disharmony of the spleen will have symptoms such as fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool, and feeling of heaviness.

The liver's job is to keep the flow of your body's qi and blood (as well as your emotions) running smoothly. Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and chronic stress can negatively impact the liver's ability to function properly, which, in turn, can cause the spleen and the whole digestive system to function poorly and decrease your metabolism. Liver disharmony can also cause some of the triggers that lead to cravings and compulsive eating. 
 

Backed by Research

A growing body of research supports the use of acupuncture and Asian medicine in weight loss:
A 2003 study published in The Journal of Medical Acupuncture found that participants receiving acupuncture lost more than three times more weight than the control group.

In a study conducted by the University of Adelaide in Australia in 1998, 95 percent of the participants receiving electro-stimulation on acupuncture points reported appetite suppression. The results showed that the acupuncture group was more likely to experience a reduced appetite and to lose weight than the control group.

From a TCM perspective, the acupuncture points and foods that are chosen to assist with weight loss directly influence the qi of the spleen and liver meridians and treat the root imbalances that are causing the weight gain.

From a Western perspective, acupuncture and TCM have been shown to have an effect on the function of the nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, food cravings, and metabolism. All of which can help to energize the body, maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite, and reduce anxiety. 

Acupuncture Points for Weight Loss

The beauty of acupuncture is that each treatment is catered to the needs of the individual patient. Acupuncture points on the body will be chosen for overall well being with the objective of increasing circulation of the blood and qi (stimulating the metabolism) and calming the nervous system.

In addition to treating the root of the imbalance within the body, different acupuncture points may be chosen for each treatment as different symptoms arise. For instance, if you are experiencing a desire to overeat related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) one week, then that can be addressed at that week's appointment.

Generally treatments are scheduled once or twice a week for 8 to 12 weeks or until the goal weight has been reached. The treatments include a combination of auricular (ear) and body acupuncture, ear tacks or seeds to leave on in-between treatments, abdominal massage, breathing exercises, and food/lifestyle recommendations.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR QUITTING SMOKING

 

Acupuncture is successful with smoking cessation and has turned a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers. Treatments take all of your symptoms into account and aim at balancing the energy within the body to optimize health.

The acupuncture treatments focus on jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness; all symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation and detoxification.

In one study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the desire to smoke up to five years after the initial treatment. Subjects of the study also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.

The acupuncture needles used are hair-thin. They are superficially inserted into various points in the ears and body to assist with smoking cessation. In between treatments, small pellets are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the pellets stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the craving.

Acupuncture is not a magic cure in the treatment of any addiction, including smoking. however, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to quit and remain smoke-free for good.


Here are a Few Tips to Guide You Through Your Acupuncture Care:

  • - Exercise more. Getting moving is a great way to remind yourself why you shouldn't smoke. Exercise can reduce your stress and help you relax far better than cigarettes.

  • - Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices to neutralize and clear the blood of nicotinic acid and to fortify blood sugar.

  • - Carrots, Carrot juice, celery, leafy green salads and citrus fruits promote body alkalinity and decrease cravings.

  • - Avoid junk food, sugar and coffee. They can upset blood sugar levels and increase blood acidity which can aggravate smoking withdrawal symptoms.

  • - Lobelia Tea or Green Tea can be sipped daily during the detox period to keep tissues flooded with elements that discourage nicotine cravings. Lobelia is traditionally used to rid the body of a strong toxin such as a snake bite.

  • - Drink water. Research shows that dryness causes cravings. Sip water frequently throughout the day.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises to increase body oxygen and keep calm.
  • Schedule your acupuncture treatment!

 

The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last for about 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.

A stop smoking program will often consist of 4-6 initial treatments scheduled in the first few weeks followed by monthly treatments for four to six months.

If you are ready to quit, call us at 516.794.0414 or visit our office for a consultation to see how acupuncture can empower you to take control and begin a healthy and smoke-free life!! 

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR DIABETES***

 

Though acupuncture can be very helpful in treating the symptoms of diabetes, it is not a cure for diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes, often called adult onset diabetes is often treated with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas that have a hypoglycemic effect, such as Liu wei Di huang Wan.


Other herbal medicines can be useful when combined with acupuncture to treat peripheral neuropathy and other symptoms of diabetes.

Treatment may involve acupuncture applied to up to a dozen acupuncture points for a single session. A course of acupuncture therapy for diabetes is typically long-term, as acupuncture can treat symptoms but not cure diabetes. The treatment course may consist of one to two sessions per week, with number of weekly sessions dependent upon improvement in symptoms and decline in blood sugar levels.

Acupuncture treatment for diabetes is most effective for those individuals who have had diabetes for only a few years, and have a milder disease manifestation. Diabetic acupuncture is also most effective in treating diabetes in younger individuals. Diabetics receiving acupuncture also experience a decline in cholesterol levels and have fewer medical complications, such as cardiovascular diseases.

Acupuncture can also help diabetics in the following ways: Attenuate symptoms of polyphagia, (impulse to overeat), polydipsia, (excessive thirst), enhance blood outflow and regulate vascular peripheral resistance, increase cell proliferation, and prevent slowing of motor nerve conduction.

Diabetic acupuncture treatment programs can also reduce the prolonged healing time of diabetic non-healing skin wounds such as ulcers.

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High Blood Pressure Symptoms

Though there's nothing in ancient acupuncture texts about high blood pressure, there are many accounts of the signs of high blood pressure recorded in these documents. Though high blood pressure may be present with no symptoms at all, headache accompanied by dizziness or a feeling of pressure in the head, red eyes, and tension in the upper body are associated with a syndrome known as Liver Yang Rising.


Causes of High Blood Pressure

To an acupuncturist, High Blood Pressure is often caused by Liver Yang Rising, Liver Heat Rising, or Liver Fire Rising, depending on the severity of the condition. Though the ancients never measured blood pressure, nevertheless they developed treatments for symptoms of hypertension or high blood pressure. Both acupuncture as well as herbal medicines can reduce blood pressure.


Acupuncture Treatment for High Blood Pressure

The treatment is to subdue the rising heat, and often to treat underlying Liver Excess that are the root of hypertension. It should be noted that when an acupuncturist talks about liver heat or liver qi, the practitioner does not mean that you have liver disease in the modern Western sense. The Liver, to an acupuncturist, refers to the mind or body's reaction to emotional stress.

 

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