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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter  Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2014-10c

 Why You Should Try Acupuncture on AOM Day


There's no better time than Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day (AOM) for newcomers to try the 3,000-year-old Chinese practice of acupuncture. Observed annually on October 24, AOM Day is designed to raise awareness to the use, progression, and benefits of acupuncture and other forms of traditional Oriental medicine. Thousands of licensed acupuncturists, government figures, and health organizations use this day to support the practice and its use in modern-day medicine


Whether you're suffering from a particular condition, disease or ailment, or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about, you should schedule an acupuncture session on AOM Day. Being that AOM Day is recognized throughout the world (not just the U.S.), acupuncturists everywhere will be offering great deals in an effort to educate the general public on this practice.


One of the most common reasons why people seek the professional services of licensed acupuncturists is to treat pain. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports that more than 100 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain. What's even more alarming, however, is that the total cost of treatment for chronic pain is over $600 billion a year (lost productivity included). 


We live in age where people visit their family doctor to treat everything from the common cold and flu viruses to migraines and chronic pain. These doctors are trained and coached by pharmaceutical companies to push drugs to their patients - drugs that mask the problem rather than treating it at the root cause. For instance, a doctor may prescribe painkillers to a patient complaining of chronic pain. These painkillers may offer some temporary relief, but this is short-lived, as the patient will develop a resistance to the drugs.


Acupuncture, on the other hand, treats pain and the underlying condition. By placing small needles in target areas, the body's own self-healing mechanism is activated; thus, healing the physiological or psychological problem causing the pain.





6 Reasons To Try Acupuncture on AOM Day:

  1. It's time-tested. Unlike the newer treatments and medicines on the market, you can rest assured knowing acupuncture has been tested for thousands of years. Some of the early documented accounts of acupuncture date back to China's Shang Dynasty of 1600-1100 BCE.
  2. Acupuncture sessions are short, usually lasting 30-60 minutes each.
  3. 1 in 3 Americans use some form of contemporary/alternative medicine. Why aren't you?
  4. According to a study published in the May issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, patients suffering from back pain saw a 15% greater improvement in their symptoms from acupuncture treatment than patients treated with traditional pharmaceutics.
  5. Acupuncture can treat both physiological and psychological disorders. Some of the common psychological disorders treated through acupuncture include stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
  6. It's painless. Contrary to what some people may believe, acupuncture is completely painless. In fact, it's actually quite calming and relaxing, as it activates your body's natural self-healing-process.
See the coupon below to save 40% on all acupuncture treatments during the week of October 20-24, 2014.  Schedule your appointment now, the schedule is filling up quickly.

Veterans - PTSD


You've seen the strained look on her face.  She's far away.  She doesn't sleep well and sits around all day doing nothing.  She's always tired.  You've invited her to the things she loves doing, but she never feels like doing them anymore.  Sometimes she yells a lot-really overreacts.  But when you ask her what's wrong, she denies any problems.


You're happy she is back from Iraq, but you thought it would be different.  You thought you could get back to normal.


You thought that having her home safe would make both of you happy again.  She's not at war anymore-why is she acting this way?


Your loved one may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Many veterans suffer from PTSD.  The  Veterans Administration (VA) reports that as many as 11-20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have it.  Common war traumas include having been shot at, having seen someone shot or having seen death, but another cause of PTSD in veterans is military sexual trauma (MST).  According to the VA, 23% of women in the military report sexual assault.  


These numbers are scary but the good news is that there is help.  There are even free clinics that provide acupuncture.



What is PTSD?


PTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event.  The disorder results in several different symptoms.


*  Re-experiencing.   Some PTSD sufferers relive the traumatic event over and over.  This can be in the form of bad memories, nightmares and flashbacks.  Sights, sounds and smells can trigger re-experiencing the event.


*  Avoidance. Sometimes people with PTSD avoid the people, places and events that remind them of what happened.


*  Numbing.   Symptoms of numbing include trouble expressing emotions, loss of interest in enjoyable activities, and the loss of memory of parts of the traumatic event.


*  Arousal. Anger, irritability, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, feeling on guard and being easily startled or surprised are common arousal symptoms.


The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in someone's life can be far reaching.  Feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, problems at work or with relationships, serious health problems, depression, anxiety and drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon.



How Can I Help my Friend or Relative with PTSD?


There are many ways you can help your friend or relative with PTSD.


*  Learn everything you can about PTSD so you have a good idea what your friend is going through.


*  Offer to go to doctor visits with your friend.  Help keep track of medications and therapy.  If your friend is learning new techniques to cope with stress, ask if there is any way you can help.


*  Be available to listen, but be understanding if your friend doesn't want to talk.  Listen with an open heart.  Don't judge, argue or problem-solve.  Listen with compassion.


*  Plan fun activities together.  Be aware of events or environments that are difficult and plan events to be as stress-free as possible.


*  Encourage your friend to get support from family and other friends.


*  Pay attention to any comments about hurting herself and report them to her therapist or doctor.


Sometimes supporting someone with PTSD is challenging.  Get support for yourself so you are able to help your loved one.  Seek safety and help immediately if your friend or relative becomes violent or threatening.



PTSD Crisis Resources:


If you or your loved one is in crisis:


*  Call 911. 


*  Go to your nearest Emergency Room. 


*  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).  Press "1" if you are a veteran.


*  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in Spanish/Espa�ol 1-888-628-9454. 


*  Go to the  Veterans Crisis Line website to chat live with a crisis counselor at any time of day or night.


There are many new treatments available for soldiers and veterans suffering PTSD.  The Veterans Administration has information about some of the therapies that have been most effective.



Acupuncture for PTSD:


The  Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) is a unique program that provides free community acupuncture to veterans and active duty soldiers with PTSD and their family members.


MSRP has its roots in helping hurricane victims.  In 2005, Diana Fried organized  Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) to bring free community acupuncture to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  With the success of this program, Diana decided to use the same techniques to bring trauma relief services to veterans.  She created MSRP and the program has since expanded to 27 different clinics.


Treatment in a MSRP clinic is unique for several reasons.  Patients are treated in a group setting, sitting in comfortable chairs.  There is an environment of calm and support.  And the patients are treated using the  National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol, a series of 5 needles placed in one ear. The program is designed to address all the needs of people with PTSD.


The MSRP clinics have been very successful.  Patients report stress reduction, improved mental clarity, improved energy, enhanced performance, better sleep, fewer bad dreams and headaches, less anxiety and depression, reduced anger and pain, improved general health and better relationships.


Of course, if your loved one doesn't have a MSRP clinic nearby, or if he or she prefers a private environment, you can contact me for an appointment or a referral to local acupuncturist.



What Can You Do to Help Veterans with PTSD?


If you know someone with PTSD, reach out to them and offer support.  And if you want to help even more, donate money or volunteer at community services for veterans.   Many programs offer free services for veterans and they can always use assistance.  Some places to start:


*   Acupuncturists Without Borders:  Support MSRP clinics.


*   National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Advocacy:  Help to create community clinics near you.


Thank you to the soldiers and veterans who have served our country so bravely.

The information contained within the newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions
Toni Eatros, Acupuncture Physician


Monthly Acupuncture Column Featured in SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine 


Toni Eatros, AP,

Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.


Be sure to check out October's issue, on stands now, which discusses headaches, migraines and treatment using acupuncture.


 about the Balance Method Style of Acupuncture.


Acupressure Points

Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and well-being.




Ren 17 also known as Conception Vessel 17


Location:  In the center of your breastbone, in the indentation or dip of the sternum bone.


Function:  This point is also called the Sea of Tranquility and has an immediate calming effect when you are anxious, nervous, in emotional distress, under pressure or some other kind of stress.


Apply gentle pressure to this point and begin deep breathing whenever you start to feel anxious or nervous.


Acupuncture Research
Acupuncture to Fight the Stress that is Killing Us

A new study has found that modern human's stress reactions are doing us more harm than good. 


In the early days of human evolution human's needed stress indicators to release certain chemicals in our bodies so we could hunt better or escape predators. 


Today, however, that stress compounds as it doesn't find the same kind of outlet and this built up stress can lead to physical problems.


Over-active stress can lead to heart attack and can weaken the immune system.


Acupuncture has been long been thought of as a powerful way to fight stress and modern medicine is finally starting to provide the necessary evidence to prove this. 


It's difficult to process the idea that stress may be causing our physical issues as this thought can lead to more stress but consider acupuncture as a safe and natural way to treat stress without letting it get out of control. 


Links to Articles:

Psychology Today




Whole Foods


Synergistic Salad

This salad takes it's name from the magical ability of the ingredients to lower cholesterol when included in a diet rich in grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruit.  The combination of carrots, ginger, apple, garlic and parsley is far more powerful together than eating these foods separately.  This is one of my favorite recipes to bring to a potluck.

Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes


- 4 medium organic carrots, matchstick sliced or grated

- 1 apple cut into thin slivers or grated

- 2 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and thinly slivered

- 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, minced (be sure to smash the garlic before chopping, to liberate the healing properties)

- ⅓ cup parsley, finely minced

- 3 TBSP lemon juice

- 2 TBSP flaxseed oil or EVOO or some of each

- pinch of cayenne 

- � tsp sea salt (good quality, US made is not as good of quality as sea salt from other countries)


1.  Combine all of the salad ingredients.

2.  Combine all of the dressing ingredients.

3.  Toss with the salad, serve and enjoy.

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Save 40%
To celebrate AOM Day, I am offering my newsletter recipients a 40% discount on all acupuncture treatments during the week of October 20-24, 2014.  The coupon must be printed and presented in person at the time of your appointment.  The coupon is transferable, so please feel free to share the offer with friends and family that may benefit from the wonderful effects of acupuncture.  

For more information, please visit my website,, or feel free to phone the office, 239-260-4566.


No rainchecks, first come first served basis - Appointment times are filling up quickly, so schedule now.
Offer Valid: October 20-24, 2014 only