|The Morning Fix Ear Acupuncture Clinic
10/28/19 Update: Unfortunately, we are not able to continue our Morning Fix Ear Clinic at this time. However, stay tuned as we may be adding something similar for after work hours…OR, if you think something like this might be welcomed in your workplace, please call us and we might be able to come to you!
Better than a cup of coffee, our morning acupuncture clinic will get your week off on the right track. Jason Trakas, L.Ac. will be offering ear acupuncture in Greensboro every Monday and Tuesday from 8-9am, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Treatments cost $15 and involve 5-10 needles placed at points in the ear which can calm anxiety, treat pain and improve focus.
This is also a great way to manage addiction to help with smoking cessation, opiod withdrawal and other compulsions. Using Battlefield Acupuncture, the NADA protocol, and other Nogier ear acupuncture points, the practitioner can help calm the sympathetic nervous system, reduce cravings and interrupt pain signals to the brain. This clinic is not designed to address complex health issues or to offer lifestyle advice, but can complement your wellness plan. The Morning Fix would be appropriate for anyone working on such issues as:
The Morning Fix is available to current patients of Stillpoint Acupuncture. If you haven’t been to our offices before, call to find out how you can get established with us.
Most people understand the importance of diet and exercise for overall health, but just as important is getting enough good quality sleep. Even if you have a good diet and you exercise regularly, poor or insufficient sleep can bring about short and long term health consequences. A minimum of seven hours of sleep for most people is recommended. If you are getting less then that, your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, obesity, depression and premature aging increases.
We often put sleep on the back burner because of all the other things that take up our time, but how often are those things actually more important than sleep? Have any of you ever found yourself up on the computer or your phone when you should be sleeping? When our bodies natural rhythms are out of whack we find ourselves tired during the day, and awake at night. We have to make an effort to break this cycle if we want to feel and function at our best.
One of the many benefits of acupuncture is its ability to regulate our sleep cycles. A preliminary report in 2004 found that in patients with anxiety, acupuncture increased nighttime melatonin production and increased overall sleep time. Acupuncture also reduces chronic pain, which is another common cause of insomnia. Without proper sleep it is more difficult to heal from chronic pain, and the cycle continues. Acupuncture has even been shown to improve sleep quality in people with no underlying health conditions. Furthermore, the side effects of acupuncture will be improved mood, digestion, reduced pain, and better overall energy levels.
Just like with any form of treatment, the key is to make sure you’re getting the minimum effective dose before you decide whether or not its working for you. I recommend at least 10 acupuncture treatments for most people. This will vary depending on the individual and how long the condition has been going on. In my experience, sleep is usually one of the first things to noticeably improve with a course of acupuncture treatment. In fact many people fall asleep during the treatment.
Besides acupuncture, I have found it extremely effective to prepare the body and mind for sleep ahead of time. One simple way to do this is to turn off your lights when the sun goes down. This is a good time to use a salt lamp. The blue light found in electronics will inhibit melatonin production and throw off your sleep cycle. So avoid or minimize using devices after sundown. Also make sure to expose yourself to sunlight when you first wake up in the morning. Open the shades and let the light in. When the light enters our eyes it triggers an endocrine response and gives us energy.
Focus on movement in the morning, and calmness in the evening, try to get your work done early on, so you won’t have to over stimulate yourself too much in the evening. Do these few things regularly and pretty soon you may find yourself actually being tired when its time
for bed, and getting up easily when its time to rise. More importantly you can expect to feel better physically and mentally.
–Jesse Andreas. L.Ac.
Chinese medicine operates from the belief that the body possesses its own innate ability to heal, and that disease symptoms manifest when elemental energies are out of balance. When proper balance is restored, health is the natural result. Not long after I began to study Chinese medicine, I noticed a similarity between how human health is cultivated in this ancient system and how an organic gardener promotes health in plants.
Organic gardening uses natural methods to promote the plant’s powers of growth and healing. In a general sense, chemical gardening follows the approach to health used by Western medicine. An organic gardener ensures a plant reaches its full potential by making sure that the elemental energies the plant depends upon are in a relative state of balance. Temperature, moisture, ph and the gases and minerals in the soil must be in balance for the health and optimal functioning of the organism.
When trying to control a pest population in a garden, there are two ways to proceed. The organic gardener would make sure that the diversity of plants in the garden brought about the right balance of insects in order to control pest populations. They might introduce predatory insects that would feed off the bugs eating the plants without harming the plants themselves. They would also make sure that the soil was well balanced, so that the immunity of the plants is strong. Strong plants can fight off the pests on their own.
In another approach, the conventional gardener might spray the plants with chemicals to kill the pests. This may be effective in the short term, but does not ultimately solve the problem, because it does not address the reason the pest infestation arose in the first place. It may also cause other problems down the road. Modern medicine has such value, especially in emergency situations. But similar to chemical gardening, it can produce unwanted side effects, and does not always deal with the underlying causes of disease.
You may be asked questions by your Chinese medicine practitioner that seem entirely unrelated to the reason you are seeking treatment. Questions like “Do you have an intolerance for cold weather, or get cold hands and feet”? “Do you get hot flashes, or sweating at night”? We ask these questions because every symptom in Chinese medicine is understood in a larger context. Your answers to these questions help us understand how to treat your back pain or your headaches. Chances are that your treatment will be very different from another person’s treatment even if they have very similar complaints.
We look at the environment in which you are growing and try to help you adjust your internal and external influences so that you can be stronger and more resistant to disease. Much like an organic gardener, we hope to support your own natural healing power by bringing all the elements into balance.
–Jesse Andreas, L.Ac.
On October 29th, we will be hosting the second of our fundraising clinics for the North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This organization is committed to promoting awareness of the benefits of acupuncture and to working toward increasing access to acupuncture through insurance benefits.
In Raleigh, the NCCAOM is hosting a 5K “Walk for Acupuncture.” In Greensboro, we are offering community clinic treatments and sending our profits to support this cause. You can show your support by:
- coming for a community clinic treatment and bringing your friends and family as well. These special clinics are focused on stress relief, and are an easy and affordable way for folks to see what acupuncture is like. Use the calendar below for an appointment or call 336-510-2029.
- Registering to walk and/or Donating money to the Walk for Acupuncture Fund.
- Becoming an Acupuncture Ambassador and/or writing a testimonial about your experience with Chinese Medicine.