Saturday, October 10, 2009

Energy Balancing

Here's a great technique for balancing your energy. Many people have stress related energy problems-can't get going in the AM or crashing in the afternoon. This is often complicated by chronic stress. The body secretes stress hormones such as cortisol. So, coffee is added or lattes or other stimulants such as nicotine are added to the mix. If this is you, try this.

Acupuncture can be used to sedate a hypersensitized nervous system, i.e. one that is way out of balance due to too much stimulation and subsequent depletion of energy. Follow this treatment directly with a Thai massage. This is a way to re-energize and "lubricate" one's body. Most often, this method, re-sets your "inner clock" and allows the body's energy system to re-balance.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Treating migraines holistically

Millions of people suffer from migraines. Some migraines are caused by just one factor, say stress. When stress becomes uncontrollable, muscles can tighten in the neck and shoulders and create painful spasms which may then become a full-blown migraine. However, some people have more complex causes such as environmental triggers (think mold for example), food allergies and sensitivities (certain wines and cheeses among others), hormonal problems (often associated with menstrual cycle) and sinus and airborne allergies. When migraines have multiple causative factors treatment becomes much more difficult. Even strong medications (Imitrex and Topamax) can cause severe side effects and if not properly used can actually worsen the migraines. One such case was just seen in my office. She was prescribed multiple medications by her neurologist and as each wore off the headaches returned with a vengeance. She actually had to be seen by yet another doctor to straighten out this worsening problem. Once this was accomplished, her headaches returned but to a lesser degree.

I now see her for weekly acupuncture treatment and she is very close to headache free. Also, she is very careful with her diet avoiding foods known to trigger migraines. Often, a holistic approach such as this is the safest and most effective treatment.