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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter  Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2014-9
Happy Labor Day

Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions will be closed today, September 1, 2014 to celebrate labor by taking the day off, relaxing and spending time with family.  I hope you are doing the same.

Cindy, at the front desk is taking some time off before season starts, so if you call and I am unable to answer, please leave a voicemail and I will return your call as soon as possible.  I apologize for this inconvenience.  You can always email me at Toni@AcupunctureSolutionsOnline.com or schedule yourself online via my website, www.AcupunctureSolutionsOnline.com.

If you are scheduling online and do not see hours that fit your schedule, please call or send an email request and I can likely accommodate your needs.  I look forward to seeing you soon.
Walk Your Way to Better Health

Starting a new fitness routine can be a little daunting, but improving your health doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other! Why walk? Walking is an effective, easy, and low-impact way to improve your health. In fact, regular physical activity such as walking can provide major benefits, including:

* Reduced risk of heart disease
* Weight loss
* Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
* Reduced risk of developing diabetes
* Stress relief

Getting started
Set aside some time in your day, choose a safe route, invest in some comfortable walking shoes, and go!  While it's ideal to get at least 45 minutes of moderate exercise a day, any amount of activity can be beneficial. Remember, start slowly and work your way up if you haven't been exercising regularly. Aim to walk a short distance three times a week, and increase your distance and speed gradually.

Stay motivated by walking with a partner, listening to music, or choosing a route that you really enjoy. Try carrying a pedometer to keep track of how far you've gone. As your body adjusts to the new activity, you may find that you have more energy, your moods feel more balanced, and you feel healthier overall. If you set realistic goals and stick to them, you'll be amazed at what a simple daily walk can do for your health! 


Summer Delights

One simple--and healthy way to nurture your body's connection to the natural world and its rhythms is to eat in harmony with the seasons. This is as easy as adding fresh, seasonal foods to your everyday diet. During the late summer, foods like squash, root vegetables, millet, and beans are plentiful and help support the Spleen and Stomach. Naturally sweet foods such as apples, watermelon, strawberries, apricots, pears, and plums are a great addition to the summer diet too, especially when lightly stewed.

Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that it's important to maintain balance in our diets by eating a selection of warm, dry, cool or damp foods that are seasonal, or for specific health conditions. For example, it's best to moderate your intake of raw food or juices during the summer, as these can be too cooling for our bodies. Foods that are too cooling, can disrupt our digestive fires, if they are already out of balance. Occasionally it is helpful to include warming foods such as ginseng and ginger. Keep fatty, refined, or artificially sweetened foods, as well as alcohol and coffee, to a minimum. Try to eat organic foods when possible, and keep meals simple. Enjoy a healthy, seasonal diet this summer and your body will thank you!

It's not just what you eat--the way you eat is important, too. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your summer diet.

* Eat only when you're hungry.
* Eat foods that contain a lot of water.
* Foods with a "cooling" thermal nature are best.
* Eat slowly and be sure to chew thoroughly.
* Don't eat late at night.
* Try not to overeat; stop eating just before you are full.
* Don't eat when you are emotionally upset.

Check out some great summer recipes in the right column.
Are acupuncture placebo needles truly only placebos? 

Usage of the scientific method to conclude whether acupuncture really works according to ancient theories -- or if its observed effects are strictly due to placebo effect - is a relatively recent phenomenon. Before acupuncture reached the West, its effectiveness in the treatment of various conditions was accepted based upon centuries of observations. If needling a particular point caused a sensation along a specific line, or if it produced a specific effect, and the same sensation and effect was noted by numerous patients and doctors, it became accepted over time what the effects of needling a specific point were. In the West, this method of reasoning is not accepted as valid by the scientific community. 

While the number of acupuncturists throughout the West has exploded over the past four decades, and the general public has grown increasingly more eager to try acupuncture both for wellness and the treatment of health conditions, clinical research is still in its infancy. During the pioneer days of acupuncture, much of the clinical research involved the use of "sham" acupuncture (needle insertion on a place on the body that is not considered to be an acupoint). This obviously poses many problems because some may argue that there are acupoints all over the body, and if the needle is inserted it is acupuncture. In 1998, a placebo needle was created to look and feel like an acupuncture needle by becoming shorter when it is supposedly "inserted" by the acupuncturist. 

But is a placebo needle really a better alternative to sham acupuncture? Will it help increase the quality of acupuncture research? Let's examine the research on placebo needles. 

The scientists who developed the placebo needle conducted their own study which used 60 volunteers. Fifty-four felt a penetration with acupuncture and forty-seven felt it with the placebo (even though nothing penetrated the skin). Thirty-four patients described feeling a deqi sensation with acupuncture and thirteen felt deqi with the placebo. The researchers concluded based on those results that a placebo needle is "sufficiently credible" to be used in clinical trials. 

A slightly more sophisticated study of the placebo needle was conducted in 2003. Thirty-seven patients who were on the waiting list to receive a joint, hip, or knee replacement were given 2 weeks of acupuncture treatment followed by 2 weeks of placebo needle treatment, and vice versa. There were no significant differences in the needle sensation described by patients using a questionnaire, although 40% were able to detect a difference in treatment type. There was no difference in treatment outcome. The researchers concluded that more studies need to be conducted to test inter-tester reliability and standardization of technique. 

The 2003 study is more informative than the 1998 study, but the results raise a variety of questions. One could make a hasty conclusion that acupuncture treatment for joint, hip, and knee replacement patients was no more effective than placebo. Another person could say that the wrong set of acupoints were used, or pattern diagnosis was not taken into account. Another person may conclude that the placebo acupuncture actually is acupuncture because it is actually stimulating the acupoint. (Some methods of acupuncture even prescribe non-insertion techniques and the stimulation of the acupoints with moxa instead of needles.) Having experienced the healing benefits of acupuncture both as a patient and as a clinician, I'm more apt to believe the latter explanation. 

Sources: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673697104718 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304395903003750
 

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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

239-260-4566

www.AcupunctureSolutionsOnline.com
Late Summer
Delight Recipe

Cool-Out

Late Summer

Salad 

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6 medium tomatoes
2 small cucumbers
4 radishes, sliced
2 scallions, minced
1 large dill or sour pickle, minced

1 bell pepper, minced

1/2 cup green olives, sliced 

1/2 cup red onion, minced 

1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced 

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 - 2 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice 

salt and pepper to taste

 

 

Allow salad to marinate for 1 hour.


 

Cut tomatoes in half, squeeze, discard 

seeds, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.


 

Toss all ingredients together.  Serve cool or at room temperature.

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From the Enchanted Broccoli Forest   revised

      By Mollie Katzen 

 
Acupuncture Research
Further Research
Closing In on 
How Acupuncture
Treats
Chronic Stress
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It is a widely held belief that acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress.  Several studies have seen groups diagnosed with chronic stress display remarkable improvement in quality of life and lower stress levels due to acupuncture.  Despite this evidence it has remained largely unclear why or how acupuncture is able to reduce stress levels. 

A recent study, however, has come closer to pin pointing how acupuncture can specifically target and reduce stress.  The researchers found that electro-acupuncture interacted with hormones in the brain to reduce their stress elevating effects.  These results are promising as researchers find more and more evidence to show that acupuncture is a scientifically viable way to relieve stress and other ailments.

Acupuncture Research
Acupuncture Reduces Stress without Negatively Affecting Empathy
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A recent study was done on health care workers using auricular acupuncture to reduce stress levels.

Health care work is a profession where empathy and caring for patients is integral and an absolute necessity.  

Subjects administered the treatment tested much lower on the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory test for stress levels and higher in courage and patience on the Caring Ability Inventory.

This is great news for anyone working as a health care provider because this can be one of the most stressful jobs out there.

To know that you can reduce your stress levels in such an environment in a safe, natural way while maintaining your passion for your work and the people around you is a godsend.

 Anyone in a high stress professional life should definitely see an acupuncturist to discover how it can help you live better and work better.


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