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The Acupuncture Center of New Jersey, specializes in assisting patients to exceed their wellness goals and expectations. We are leaders in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Healing services. The practitioners are all devoted to every patients’ unique journey through the prevention and natural treatment of disease to optimal wellness and vitality. Learn more at: http://acupuncturecenterofnj.com based in Morristown, NJ or call (973) 984-2800.
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Acupuncture For TMD: Does It Really Work?

Acupuncture For TMD: Does It Really Work? | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

"Ten million Americans suffer from temporomandibular disorder (TMD), which manifests itself as pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If you've ever had it yourself, you know that it can cause extreme discomfort and tenderness in your jaw, ear, and neck along with difficulty chewing. I became one of those 10 million people about two years ago when I suddenly started having intense jaw and neck pain from unconsciously clenching my jaw.

Getting to know the underlying causes of jaw pain. 

So what causes the TMD, you ask? It turns out that people under stress or with anxiety will unconsciously clench their jaw or grind their teeth at night, which places stress on the jaw joint. While it's not totally clear why certain people have TMD, stress and anxiety are known to contribute to the problem.

How acupuncture works—and why it works for TMD.

Turns out, there is real science behind her confidence, and countless studies on acupuncture show that it can reduce symptoms of TMD. One study indicates that 84 percent of patients reported improvement in pain after their first acupuncture visit, whereas 87 percent that received NSAIDs showed no noticeable improvement. TMD has proved to be difficult to treat with conventional medical treatments, but luckily, acupuncture shows a lot of promise.

Acupuncture helped my jaw pain, and it might help yours, too.

While the exact way acupuncture relieves pain from TMD is not 100 percent clear, according to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by restoring the flow of energy, also known as chi. Modern research also suggests that it "reduces pain sensation through direct stimulation of the nerve, which changes the quality of signaling along nerve cells."

 

Two appointments later, the jaw pain subsided and I even stopped unconsciously clenching as intensely. While every individual reacts differently to acupuncture, for me it's the only thing that has relieved my jaw and neck pain. So while I'll always be susceptible to reverting to clenching, acupuncture provides the only real relief that lasts."

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Acupuncture helps you hit the reset button on stress and get to zero by relaxing your muscles and calming your nervous system. We will also try to get to the heart of the matter by identifying what is causing the stress and encouraging you to make changes that benefit your long-term health. Take the first step to reducing stress by making an appointment at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey.

 -  Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Treating Sciatica, Back and Leg Pain an ACNJ Patient Healing Story 

In this video, we meet John, who was suffering from lower back, knee and sciatica pain radiating down his leg. Orthopedic doctors recommended surgery and acupuncture with Dr. Helen Chen L. Ac. has helped him reduce pain in under 4 weeks and offset surgery!

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Watch this patient healing story with John as we have helped him overcome a knee surgery and treat his sciatica leg pain!

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Cosmetic Acupuncture: Better Than Botox?

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"You may have tried this ancient Chinese practice for pain relief, or anxiety, but what about for a natural face lift? Yup, that's right, cosmetic acupuncture has garnered quite the following amongst celebrity fans as a natural alternative to Botox (Gwyneth Paltrow, Madeleine West, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie included).

 

Cosmetic Acupuncture is an ancient practice used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and dates back to the Emperors in China. It was a common practice used by Geishas and concubines (yep, it’s the secret to why geishas skin looks so damn flawless) and it’s still around today! Say goodbye to Botox, fillers and all the stuff in between. This technique is completely natural, safe and relatively pain free (unless you’re scared of needles).

 

Rather than filling your skin with chemical injections, your face will instead be covered with fine acupuncture needles that create an instant lift and over time, can erase fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also great for helping with acne and other skin conditions. Already had Botox or fillers? No worries! Cosmetic acupuncture can work around the beauty treatments you’ve already had, bringing out your natural beauty.

 

Cosmetic acupuncture has been known to reduce puffiness, reduce wrinkles, increase collagen in the face and soft surrounding areas (so you can stop ruining your perfectly good coffee by adding collagen to it), relieve stress, give you glowing skin, reduce scarring, prevent wrinkles, and even out pigmentation. It’s pretty much the one stop shop for good skin, so you can put your best face forward without the nasty chemicals.

So how does it work?

According to leading Cosmetic Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine at St Kilda’s Zhong Centre, Dr Abbie Cloherty, “Fine needles are placed on your face at specific acupuncture points. One of the ways it works is the ‘microtrauma’ caused by the needle encourages blood flow and the rebuilding of collagen under the skin, which can produce visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.”

 

So the real question on your lips now is likely, ‘Does it hurt?’. According to Dr Abbie “It absolutely depends on the client and the practitioner. Some people feel next to nothing and others a dull ache at the base of the needle. At Zhong Centre we work hard to make your experience luxurious and relaxing, most of my clients Zen out and nap during their appointment.”

The results

So now you’ve got the facts, but what is the treatment actually like? I booked in for a session at Zhong Centre and after one hour (and one look in the mirror post-Zen) I was totally hooked. My thought-too-hard-about-all the-things lines had vanished from my eyebrows and the redness had faded from my skin.

 

Four sessions later, my face looked like pre-teen Emma, and it's been glowing like a diamond ever since."

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

You would never think that this treatment is as relaxing and rejuvenating as it is. Come in to the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey and book an appointment with our very own specialist, Punita Jhangiani.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Use This Ancient Recipe To Quickly Reset Your Gut During The Holidays

Use This Ancient Recipe To Quickly Reset Your Gut During The Holidays | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

I know most people don't think of rice porridge as a health food—certainly not on the scale of green juice and kale—but congee is an ancient remedy in Chinese medicine for a troubled or tuckered-out digestive system. With just a few ingredients simmered low and slow on the stovetop, it's also the perfect homemade dish when you or your budget is feeling stretched—no cleaning of the juicer necessary.

The health benefits of congee.

Congee has long been a secret weapon of traditional Chinese medicine as a salve for the digestive system. Rice is cooked with a much higher ratio of water to grain and simmered until mush, making it both easy to digest and incredibly nutritious.

 

There are a whole host of digestive issues that congee can be beneficial for. In particular, if you're taking a breath test for SIBO, part of the 24-hour pre-prep is eating a diet that's essentially white rice and lean protein. Needless to say, a big pot of this congee would be perfect.

How to make congee.

For a smoother congee, go with a 10:1 ratio of liquid to rice. For a thicker gruel-like congee, go with a ratio of 7:1. Same goes for vegetarian versions: Just use a veggie stock and throw in a few whole mushrooms for added umami.

Simple Chicken Congee

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sushi or jasmine rice
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, wiped with a wet towel (optional)
  • 5 quarts water or chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • Chopped ginger, scallions, gluten-free tamari, or coconut aminos, and dark sesame oil (optional, but adds flavor)

 

Method

  1. In a large pot, combine the rice, chicken, mushrooms (if using), water or stock, and sea salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then immediately reduce to medium-low. Gently simmer, uncovered, for about an hour, or until the rice is soft, the broth is thickened into a porridge-like consistency, and the chicken is tender.
  2. Remove the chicken to a medium mixing bowl and pull the meat from the bones using two forks. Discard the bones and return the chicken to the pot along with the ginger. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  3. Stir the coconut oil or ghee into the congee. Serve the congee alongside additional chopped ginger, scallions, gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos, and dark sesame oil for added flavor.
 
 
Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Congee is delicious and so good for your digestion and overall health. The fun, though, is in how you garnish it. There are so many herbs we learn about in Chinese medicine that can tailor it just for you. Come in and see if herbal medicine can be a part of your healing at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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7 Wellness Tips to Maximize Winter Health

7 Wellness Tips to Maximize Winter Health | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

"Solar terms form the traditional Chinese calendar system. The calendar follows the ancient Chinese belief that living in accordance with nature will enable one to live a harmonious life.

 

“Heavy Snow” (Dec. 7–21) is the third solar term of winter. Around this time, the cold yin energy reaches its peak, and the yang energy starts to evolve. The snow is getting much heavier, and the temperature is much colder in most of the northern hemisphere.

Impact on People

Lung and lung-related problems are more likely to develop or even become worse around this time. To protect against this, stay away from polluted areas, stop smoking, and drink a good amount of warm water to cleanse toxins from the body.

 

Generally speaking, it is indeed the time when people can easily get a cold or flu, so keeping warm is particularly important to maximize well-being.

7 Tips to Maximize Wellness During ‘Heavy Snow’

  1. Drink plenty of hot goji berry tea; add ginger root for those who have cold hands and feet.
  2. Drink chai tea or chai lattes instead of coffee to strengthen the kidney function, since coffee flushes the yang energy out from the body.
  3. Reduce the consumption of sugar, as it disrupts the body’s natural energy balance.
  4. Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves. For the elderly who live in extremely cold areas, a soft wool hat can preserve body heat during sleep.
  5. Use the heel of one foot to massage the inner side of the other lower calf in circular motions to promote energy flow for the whole body.
  6. Diffuse warm and sweet notes of essential oils (see suggestions below) to lift the energy, motivate the mind, and keep the body warm.
  7. Avoid anger or sudden shocks to prevent damage to the heart and brain.

Seasonal Foods

Cooking with quality nut oils, such as sesame, walnut, or avocado, helps your body gain good energy and prolong the heat.

 

Broccoli, dill, chestnut, cashew nut, green onion, yam, and walnut are all very good sources of protein during this time of year.

For those who have concerns, or who want to strengthen their heart and circulatory systems, try ingesting foods that are red in color to enhance these functions.

 

Beetroot, cranberries, strawberries, cherries, rose hip jam, and rose tea, are all good choices.

Seasonal Herbs and Essential Oils

Spicy and warm essential oils, such as geranium, rose, sandalwood, rosewood, lemongrass, wintergreen, ginger, or cinnamon, warm your heart and energize your body.

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

As we approach the most Yin time of year (cold, stillness, peace), many cultures begin to celebrate light and life, as that energy starts to build again. These tips can help balance and live in harmony with this time of year. Visit us at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey and learn how we can help you find the balance in you.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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How we Treat Back Pains and Body Injuries at ACNJ 

How we Treat Back Pains and Body Injuries at ACNJ  | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

The gentle insertion of ultra-fine needles in specific acupuncture points stimulates the body’s natural, autonomic healing response and produces natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relief compounds that heal the injury or irritation in the back. Acupuncture can bring relief for these and other common back complaints:

 
  • muscle spasms
  • sports injuries
  • sciatica scoliosis
  • disc degeneration or herniation fibromyalgia
  • arthritis
  • spondylolisthesis
  • stenosis
  • facet syndrome
 

We create individualized treatments for each patient and address all important factors such as stress, exercise, body type and  medical and psycho-social history. The result? Flexibility. Activity. A good night’s sleep. Throwing your pain meds away. A pain-free way of life!!!

We create individualized treatments for each patient and address all important factors such as stress, exercise, body type and  medical and psycho-social history. The result? Flexibility. Activity. A good night’s sleep. Throwing your pain meds away. A pain-free way of life!!!

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Join thousands of other who use acupuncture as a natural alternative to drugs and surgery. Joint pain, sciatica, sports injuries and other painful conditions respond very well!

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Treating Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture at ACNJ

Treating Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture at ACNJ | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

We know what it’s like to suffer from allergies. Here in New Jersey, where high pollen counts are common and exposure to chemical irritants is an everyday experience, we have many patients come to us for relief of their allergy symptoms. We’re glad that acupuncture can help these patients and it can be very effective for strengthening and balancing the immune system so that allergies can be overcome.

Wheezing, coughing, itchy eyes and running nose, sinus headaches, and shortness of breath are all common symptoms that can be alleviated with acupuncture. Skin problems, indigestion, chronic colds and infections are all common complaints associated with allergies. Millions of people suffer from seasonal or chronic allergies to a wide variety of everyday substances. Often the only relief is allergy shots or over the counter or prescription allergy medications that can weaken the immune system, cause drowsiness and other problems and never heal the cause of the problem.

We treat many patients who come looking for a natural therapy to debilitating allergies. Acupuncture is very helpful in strengthening and balancing the immune system, the digestive tract and the respiratory system. Acupuncture stimulates your own natural anti-inflammatory response, reduces phlegm congestion and restores the Zheng Qi or Upright Qi, and the Wei Qi or Protective Qi to its optimal levels so your immune system becomes compatible with your environment.

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Acupuncture relieves allergies and can boost your immune system. Stay healthy this season!

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Treating Headaches and Migraines with Acupuncture

Treating Headaches and Migraines with Acupuncture | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it
At the Acupuncture Center of NJ, we've helped thousands of patients and are grateful for the opportunity to serve you. Let us introduce you to this time-honored healing tradition that is acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine based in Morristown, New Jersey since 1986.
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Acupuncture can provide immediate relief from pain. We've helped many people get off medication and become headache-free in Morristown, NJ.

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Treating Chronic Fatigue with Acupuncture 

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Feeling tired? Depressed? Can’t seem to get better? Acupuncture naturally boosts your Qi and energy and will help you overcome chronic illness and feel well again.

The Acupuncture Center of NJ offers professional medical treatment using acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, back pain, chronic pain, and other therapies of Chinese traditional medicine.

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Feeling tired? Depressed? Can’t seem to get better... try Acupuncture to help boost your internal energy sources!

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Supporting Women Getting Pregnant at ACNJ

Supporting Women Getting Pregnant at ACNJ | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

At the Acupuncture Center of NJ, we've helped hundreds of women realize their dream of motherhood. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help you get pregnant naturally or in conjunction with IVF or IUI. Contact us today to learn more!

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There maybe no greater gift than helping women and families to get started with healthy pregnancies! Learn more at: http://www.acupuncturecenterofnj.com/fertility-pregnancy

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Why A Hot Ginger Bath Is Your New Winter Best Friend

Why A Hot Ginger Bath Is Your New Winter Best Friend | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

"For centuries, ritual bathing has been practiced in China for its soothing mind-body benefits. And come fall and winter, any dip in the tub would be remiss not to include a zing of ginger, says Anna Lam, founder of natural skin-care brand GingerChi.

 

Ginger has been used in Asian cultures for thousands of years for culinary and medicinal purposes due to its anti-inflammatory, circulation-boosting, and digestion-aiding effects year-round. But, the fibrous root becomes that much more crucial during the colder months, thanks not just to its naturally warming properties, but it’s also in accordance with the traditional Chinese concept of chi, which is the energy force inherent in all living things. In order for chi to circulate, there must be balance—otherwise known as the ancient philosophy of yin and yang.

 

“The heat of a warm bath and the ‘yang’ energy of ginger is much needed for the ‘yin’ season of winter,” explains Lam. “Eating ginger, drinking ginger tea, and taking ginger baths all help warm the meridians, opening the blockages to promote the flow of blood and the chi throughout the body. Bathing during the cooler months is essential as it helps bring the body back into balance, improves blood flow, and fortifies the immune system.”

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

A ginger bath is the perfect winter treat to warm you both physically and chemically. Make your bath into a healing tea bath. Come on in to the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey to learn more about what herbs might be good for you.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Vets Turn To Tai Chi For PTSD, Pain, & More

Vets Turn To Tai Chi For PTSD, Pain, & More | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

Guo, a medical anthropologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has modified his tai chi to work from a seated position. Even though many of the participants aren't in wheelchairs, using the mobile chairs makes it easier for them to get through a half-hour of movement.

Pruning Back Prescriptions For Better Health

This idea of going beyond prescriptions — and especially beyond opioids — in dealing with different sorts of pain and trauma has become a focus of the VA nationally. According to a national survey from 2015, nearly every VA hospital now offers some kind of alternative health treatment — like yoga, mindfulness and art therapy.

 

"When you have a good amount of body harmony, people tend to engage in proactive life," he says, "so that helps with all kinds of symptoms." In addition to making a vet feel better physically, the VA also hopes these alternative therapies might help ease symptoms of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
 

Floating Away Your Anxiety And Stress

"You'll find yourself flashing back to being out there with the fellas, and you'll just kind of snap," he says. "And I found myself, for some reason, thinking about doing the breathing techniques [from tai chi], and doing the 'heaven and earth,' and then breathing deep and slow." Sales says he knows it must look crazy to some people when he reaches to the sky and then sweeps his arms to the ground. There was a time when he would have agreed.

 

Most of the patients in this class had some skepticism going into the tai chi program. But Vietnam veteran Jim Berry of Spring Hill, Tenn., says he's now convinced of its value. Berry credits meditation and tai chi with helping him quit smoking. "No cigarettes for three months now," he says.

Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance

Zarita Croney, a veteran with the National Guard, says tai chi has helped her with chemical dependency. She now makes the nearly two-hour drive from Hopkinsville, Ky., to Murfreesboro each week, and has reduced her use of pills for pain.

 

"My whole life ... revolved around, 'Oh shoot, when can I take my next pill?' " Croney recalls. "I've gone from about 90 percent of my day being on my bed to being able to come out and be social."

 

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Tai Chi is deceptively simple in its movements, but profound in its effects. I've seen people who are really struggling to recover from illness quickly improve when incorporating Tai Chi. Want to know more about acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities? Give us a call and make an appointment at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Why You Should Be Using Hibiscus

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Hibiscus flowers have been used for centuries. In traditional Chinese medicine, hibiscus leaves were used topically to help treat shingles and chickenpox. Now, this colorful flower is predominately used in healthy teas by millions of people all over the world.

 

Health Benefits of Hibiscus

Traditionally, Hibiscus has been used to relieve a cough, deal with liver disorders and reduce high blood pressure. It can be used alone or in combination with Indian gooseberry and coconut oil to promote hair growth and delay premature graying.

 

Aside from the mentioned benefits, hibiscus is also used for the following:

 

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Prevents the growth of cancerous cells
  • Improves digestion
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Aids cardiovascular health
  • Helps treat urinary tract infections
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Helps treat kidney stones
  • Prevents oxidative stress

 

Ayurveda recommends the use of extracts from the Hibiscus flower and leaves to treat menstruation disorders in women. These extracts also possess anti-fertility action and have been used for contraceptive purposes. Research even suggests that hibiscus possesses anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antidepressant properties.

 

How to Use Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus can be made into a tea by steeping the flowers in hot water for a few minutes. To benefit from the hair growth promoting properties, soak a few hibiscus flowers overnight and the next morning, squeeze them, collect the extract and apply to the hair and scalp. Wash after a few hours with warm water.

 

Side Effects of Hibiscus

Hibiscus is generally safe for use, but because it tends to cause a lowering of blood pressure, it should not be consumed by individuals suffering from hypotension. This herb is likely to cause drowsiness and its use must be avoided when driving or performing activities that call for enhanced alertness.

 

Hibiscus must also not be taken by persons who are on anti-cancer drugs due to a possibility of harmful interactions. Due to its anti-fertility action, hibiscus is prohibited for pregnant women as it may lead to miscarriage. Make sure you talk to your doctor before using hibiscus to determine if adding it into your daily diet would be beneficial for you.

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Lowering blood pressure can be very tricky. If you need a little extra help, make an appointment with us at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey.

- Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Alternative Medicine Treatments Doctors Actually Recommend

Alternative Medicine Treatments Doctors Actually Recommend | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it
 

Alternative medicine isn’t just “woo-woo” wellness. Here are the once far-out remedies top docs are using.

 

Alternative medicine is only slightly more mainstream

Last year, I had a few months of odd symptoms including heart palpitations, insomnia, and intense fatigue. Finally, after some blood tests, my gynecologist whipped out her prescription pad and scribbled… the name of an ancient herb. Two things about this were strange. First, the herb, ashwagandha, seemed to help. Second, my mainstream doctor in suburban Florida recommended an herb?

 

Acupuncture to treat pain

According to Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, the director of the pediatric pain program at the Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, people with chronic pain often experience a “snowball effect.” Meaning, the longer the pain persists, the harder it is to treat. That’s why she recommends acupuncture to most patients, among other methods. “We don’t know exactly how it works, but it has been found to increase levels of feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin and endorphins, and it may also deactivate parts of the brain involved with pain perception,” she says. Research published in the Journal of Pain backs this up. Researchers concluded that acupuncture effectively treats chronic pain. More specifically, the effects persist over time, and the benefits cannot be explained away solely by the placebo effect.

 

Tai chi for insomnia

New research published in the journal of Biological Psychology shows that cognitive behavioral therapy combined with tai chi could reduce both insomnia and inflammation. The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota recommends practicing tai chi to reduce stress and help you fall asleep faster, too.

 

Aromatherapy for anxiety and stress relief

Aromatherapy is a therapeutic alternative medicine approach for people suffering from anxiety, depression, or chronic illness. According to the Mayo Clinic, some smaller studies have also shown that aromatherapy could improve quality of life for people with dementia or reduce pain for people with kidney stones.

 

Yoga for depression and anxiety

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people with major depressive disorder who participate in yoga and deep breathing classes at least twice weekly experience a significant reduction in their depressive symptoms, Psychology Today reports. That said, Dr. Gerbarg still prescribes medication for patients who need it, but she’s seen people who don’t respond to drugs or psychotherapy improve after practicing yoga with deep breathing for 20 minutes twice a day.

 

Guided imagery to speed recovery from surgery

Visualizing your success pre- and post-surgery could help you recover more quickly, Scientific American reports. Research published in the Permananete Journal also indicates guided imagery reduced surgery anxiety.

 

Hypnosis to calm irritable bowel syndrome

Various studies show that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients can reduce their symptoms with hypnosis. One study from 2015 found that 76 percent of 1,000 IBS patients cut the severity of their symptoms in half with hypnosis. Another study also found that the benefits of this alternative medicine last after six, ten, or 12-month follow-ups. 

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

It can be easy to think of Chinese and Western medicines as an either/or equation, but they often support and complete each other (hence why it is often called complementary medicine). Make an appointment with us at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey to see how we can take your health care to the next level.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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7 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginseng

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginseng | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

For centuries, ginseng has found its use in traditional Chinese medicine. There are many varieties of ginseng, of which American ginseng is known for its relaxing properties, whereas the Asian one is known for its invigorating properties.

 

Let’s look at some of the many benefits of this magic root:

 

Anti-inflammatory: Ginseng is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Many studies have indicated a remarkable reduction in its inflammatory markers.

 

Improves cognitive function: Ginseng has a calming effect and helps improve memory in Alzheimer patients.

 

Improves sexual function: Ginseng is used in remedies for erectile dysfunction. It helps increase blood supply to penile muscles and reduces oxidative stress in the cells.

 

Boosts immunity: It helps convalescent patients to recover faster, and keeps infections at bay.

 

Anti-cancer effects: Ginsenosides have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

 

Invigorates: People with chronic illness feel energetic after taking this magic herb, as it relaxes the mind and body.

 

Lowers blood sugar: Fermented ginseng, especially the red variant, increases insulin production and helps regulate sugar levels.

 

Ginseng can be incorporated in food to enhance its healing power and reap all benefits. You can try ginseng in the following forms:

 

Tea: Steep ginseng root in water for a few minutes to make delicious tea.

 

Stir-fry: Add grated or sliced ginseng to stir-fries as a taste enhancer.

 

Soups: Ginseng root can be used in soups along with other vegetables.

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The herbs we use in Chinese medicine can do so many amazing things, but where they really shine is in the combination formulas we use to treat pretty much anything. Come on in to the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey today and ask us about herbal formulas.
 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Liying XU's curator insight, October 28, 2018 2:27 PM
Ginseng 人参 in Chinese, it does have many benefits.  I've heard so many people talking about Ginseng when I was a child. Mostly, people will make soup or tea with it when they feel tired. But it's not recommended for children of young age.
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How to Fight Allergies Naturally

How to Fight Allergies Naturally | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

Why is it some people suffer from allergies while others don’t? In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), allergies are a sign that one or two organ systems are out of imbalance or have an energy imbalance in the body.

 

In TCM we look for the root cause of your allergies and the system(s) affected. Often the system affected are the Kidney, Liver, Lung or Stomach. When the allergy is predominantly due to one organ we will see more symptoms related to that specific organ. If you had issues with itching watery eyes, your allergy is rooted in poor Liver function, if you have more sneezing or coughing, your allergies would be rooted in the Lung since the lungs relate to nose and throat. The season in which you react to allergies also gives us an idea to which organ is responsible. If your allergies are mostly in the spring, we look at liver. If they are mostly in the fall, we look at the lung since that’s when these organs “rule” during that time of the year.

 

Here are some tips to alleviate allergies:

 

Alleviate Stress

In TCM stress heavily affects our livers and while stress doesn’t cause allergies it can make a reaction worse by increasing the histamine in your bloodstream.

 

Try Cupping

If you have nasal congestion, wheezing or coughing, cupping can help to reduce blockages in the lungs. This technique helps circulation in the lung area, which helps cleanse the lungs and open the alveoli within our lungs that allow oxygen and carbon dioxide to move between the lungs.

 

Get Acupuncture

There have been numerous studies that have found acupuncture to be an effective and safe treatment for allergies. Acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms almost immediately for acute or chronic allergies when combined with other modalities.

 
 

Clean Up your Diet

Eliminate Dairy, Sugar and Processed foods. In TCM a poor diet rich in sugar, dairy, cold, raw greasy and processed foods create phlegm in the body. Phlegm is the mucus in the body seen as a runny nose, sputum in your lungs, clogged ears, post nasal drip and swollen tonsils. Opt for warm foods that are steamed or boiled. Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C. This is a natural antihistamine and can be found in citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, melon and cabbage.

 

Add the Following

Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that supports the respiratory system. You should increase your intake of beta-carotene by eating yellow and orange fruits, such as mangoes and papayas, orange root vegetables such as carrots and yams, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. Low magnesium has been linked to allergies in clinical research, in addition magnesium has been shown to relieve constricted airways in the lungs. Increase your magnesium by including sunflower seeds, spinach, chard, salmon and sesame seeds in your diet. Quercetin is an antioxidant that is high in bioflavonoids. It too has an antihistamine effect and can also help reduce inflammation in the airways. Get more quercetin by eating onions, red grapes, apples (with the skin on), tomatoes and leafy green vegetables.

 

Herbs

There are herbs that can help support your immune system, drain the phlegm in the body, open the airways, reduce heat, support your digestion and respiratory system. For example Ginger, not only helps with our digestive system, its anti-inflammatory, helps with sore throats and it increases blood circulation. Garlic is another great herb that contains allicin, which makes it a potent antibacterial agent. It is a natural antibiotic that helps against bacteria and viruses and can be easily added to your diet.

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

While we can always help alleviate your allergy symptoms. The best times to treat your allergies using TCM are often when they are at their lowest (off-season or a couple months before they start). Make an appointment with us at the Acupuncture Center of NJ to make your next allergy season a breeze.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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What Element Are You? Here's What Chinese Medicine Has To Say About It

What Element Are You? Here's What Chinese Medicine Has To Say About It | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

In Chinese medicine, your personality can say a lot about your health. In fact, there’s little separation between behavior and body function in this tradition.

 

There are five elements in Chinese medicine — fire, earth, metal, water and wood — and each one connects to a personality type. But figuring out your personality also means figuring out which organs are functioning smoothly and which are overactive or weakened.

 

Acupuncturists and herbalists trained in Chinese medicine base their work on qi, and one of the first things they’ll do in a session is try to assess the strength of your elemental channels. Each channel is partnered with an element. If you have strong qi in your fire channel, for example, that would mean you show fire personality traits, but you might also have heart problems.

 

Fire

The fire channel is associated with the heart and small intestine, summer and joyous emotions. Laura Rose Lambert, a local acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner, said “fire people” have high-pitched voices, talk faster and act as social butterflies. She said a possible downfall of a fire personality is mania, like a blazing fire.

 

Kameron Schott, an acupuncturist in Moscow, said it’s all about moderation. “It’s not that any one of these emotions are good or bad,” she said. “It’s always about things being in balance.”

Joy sounds like it would be a good thing, Schott said, but some people struggle with mania and it can cause heart issues.

 

Because all the heat and excitement of a fire personality is focused in the heart and small intestine, it’s common for fire people to feel anxiety in their heart. To bring a fire personality into balance, it’s important to have healthy, strong relationships.

 

For a quick way to determine your element personality, think about your first reaction to a scary incident. If you hear a dish break, where do you feel your emotion? Is it tight in your chest, maybe with a racing heart? Then you are probably a fire personality.

 

Earth

Earth is associated with spleen and stomach. Chinese medicine follows five seasons, with the Earth element landing on the end of summer or early autumn on an American calendar.

 

Lambert said earth relates to “Mother Earth,” and the personality follows the traits a mother would have. Earth personality possess caretaking and thoughtful traits but they also worry more often and have the pathology of pensiveness.

 

Naomi Brownson, an acupuncturist who practiced in Pullman for seven years and now works in Boise, Idaho, said that earth personalities may experience issues in the gut like stomach pain or ulcers.

 

To improve qi flow in your earth channel, Brownson suggested eating regular meals and snacking in between. She said eating while performing other tasks can put stress on the stomach.

 

When earth personalities hear a dish break, they will feel tightness and anxiety more in their gut rather than the chest area where a fire person would feel tension.

 

Metal

Metal is associated with the lungs and large intestine. Lambert said they are known for their clear voices and effective communication and leadership skills.

 

Schott said metal personalities can struggle with grief but on the flip side, they can master the art of letting go. Lambert added that these people tend to be social activists. In Eastern medicine philosophies, the emotion of grief is often tied with the lungs, likely because crying involves near-spasms of the lungs.


“So if you get frequent colds, it’s a good time to do extra work on your lungs to open up your chest,” said Liz Lee, the acupuncturist at Summit Therapy.

 

Lee suggested breathing exercises and going into nature for fresh air. Because the lungs are related to crying, so is the metal reaction to a shock. When a metal person hears a dish break, their reaction will be to cry, Lambert said.

 

Water

Winter marks water season, which is associated with the kidneys and bladder organs. “The spirit of the kidneys is willpower — survival,” Lambert said. “If the spirit is willpower to survive, then that can lead to fear.”

 

Schott said water personalities who struggle with fear can also become masters of trust. This person is always quiet and likes to be alone, Lee said. Lambert said water people are still and wise. They are more like the ocean than a river because rivers are more fast-paced and directed.

 

Brownson said water people benefit from regular sleep schedules and staying hydrated. When a water person hears a dish break, they will feel strong fear. This is different from the startled feeling a fire or earth person would sense in a specific place in their body.

 

Wood

Spring marks the beginning of the wood season, which involves the liver and gallbladder. Like the term “gall” suggests, in Chinese medicine the liver and gallbladder are associated with anger.

 

The liver type wants to get things done and they’re organized, Lee said. When out of balance, liver people can be uptight. “Think Type A, red face, that kind of thing,” Schott said.

 

The liver is the organ that moves qi most and so problems with the liver can be varied. Liver people need to move though or they become inflexible. Brownson suggested exercise outdoors for wood people. Lambert said consciously incorporating more relaxed movement in your upper body while walking can be helpful.

 

When a dish breaks, wood people react angrily and might immediately want to identify who broke the dish. More positively, they will want to take action to remedy the situation.

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Five element acupuncture mostly uses points on the knees to feet and elbows to hands. It excels at emotional issues and issues that are at the core of who you are (often things that emerged at birth or when very young). If you're curious, come into the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey for an appointment.

- Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Here’s What Chinese Medicine Says You Should Be Eating During Each Season

Here’s What Chinese Medicine Says You Should Be Eating During Each Season | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

Changing seasons are more than just giving your house a wall-to-wall dust and hunkering down with a long list of binge-worthy shows. Each new season is a time of growth, rebirth and new beginnings, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) says that eating in accordance with the season will reap you serious benefits. 

 

Here’s what TCM says you should be eating for each season:

Spring

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is considered a time of rebirth and growth. The liver and the gallbladder are the organs of the season; meaning that a diet tailored to support these two is going to be the best choice for spring.

 

The thinking is that when the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly, which lend itself to optimum health. Of course the liver is responsible for detoxification within the body, so incorporating foods that contribute to this process is ideal.

 

Foods to focus on:

  • Leafy green vegetables like kale and chard
  • Bitter greens like dandelion, endives and parsley
  • Milk thistle tea for its cleansing properties
  • Sour foods like lemon, lime and grapefruit supports the liver’s naturally sour flavour
  • Radishes as they help to move Qi around the body
  • Sprouts like alfalfa, mungbean and sunflower make delicious, nutritious additions to every meal

Summer

According to TCM, summer is the most ‘yang’ (which represents fire) of all of the seasons, and this can quickly lead to imbalances if not treated carefully. Because of the hot, drying weather, the best foods for summer are cooling, sweet, hydrating and neutral.

 

Here’s what you should be incorporating:

  • Neutral foods can help to counterbalance the heat, so things like rice, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and salmon can make healthy choices during summer
  • Hydrating foods like cucumber, strawberries, lettuce, celery, and pears really help to temper excess yang in the body and are especially good in dry heat
  • Sweet foods like sweet corn, carrots, sweet potatoes and cooked grains
  • Light broths and soups to keep portions smaller than during other seasons
  • Cooling foods like coconut, apples, tomatoes and chilli are great in hot, humid environments

Autumn

Autumn is a season of distinct transition from the yang-heavy summer to yin-laden winter. Warming, pungent foods are the best picks and methods like slow-cooking or braising make for delicious meals that will support your emotional and physical health, and focus on the season’s organs—the lungs and large intestine.

 

Foods to focus on:

  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables like pears, figs, pumpkin, apples and brussel sprouts
  • Onions, peppers and cabbage are great to incorporate during autumn or prepare and preserve for oncoming winter
  • Ginger, leeks, cinnamon, coriander, turnips, mushrooms, garlic and radishes will all help to nourish the lungs
  • Quinoa, rice and oats are the perfect grains for this transitional season

Winter

With such high levels of yin (water) energy at play during winter, your diet needs to be tailored in order to support the kidneys—which in TCM, is the root of all of our energies. Unsurprisingly, foods should always be cooked and warm (see ya later, morning smoothies—unless you fancy trying a warm one).

 

Foods to incorporate:

  • Spices, spices, spices! Warming ones like cardamom, cinnamon and ginger will help to stimulate digestion
  • Black beans and lentils reinforce kidney energy
  • Ginger tea will nourish body and soul
  • Potatoes, pumpkin, Brussel sprouts, beets, parsnips and turnips are great for roasting or including in slow-cooked soups and stews
  • Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and other collard greens

 

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Being in balance is more than just a static level. As the seasons change, so should you in order to balance the changes that come with them. Diet is a great way to do that, as it is something you do every day. Another great way to keep your body in balance is getting regular maintenance acupuncture treatments. So give us a call and book yourself some balance.

- Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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 ACNJ Back to School � Autumn Health Tips  ☯  Qi Gong video with Dr. Ted

 ACNJ Back to School � Autumn Health Tips  ☯  Qi Gong video with Dr. Ted | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

The beginning of Fall and the school year is an exciting and busy time. Our young ones have returned to school and that often means an increase in stress on everyone’s physical and mental well-being. Insufficient sleep, over-scheduling, high-stakes testing, after school sports and activities, homework, and inadequate nutrition are all abrupt and demanding parts of the return-to-school experience.

Our team of acupuncturists at ACNJ understands these issues well. We are also parents who have gone through these experiences with our children and we have noticed that these pressures have grown over the years so we wish to offer our expertise and empathy to parents and young people in several areas.

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Please enjoy our Fall newsletter. We have included valuable tips on how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help children and families feel their best this season. Acupuncture works great to bolster the immune system, relieve allergies, treat sports injuries, address anxiety issues and sleep disorders, and improve digestion. There's also a Qi Gong video and several other helpful articles.

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You're Doing What To My Qi? - And What Is Qi Anyway?

You're Doing What To My Qi? - And What Is Qi Anyway? | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered what qi — pronounced like ‘chi’ — really is?

 

Qi is a central concept in traditional Chinese medicine. According to this philosophy, qi is one of many types of energy. When this energy is depleted, overactive or somehow unbalanced in parts of the body, it causes ailments.

 

One popular way to balance qi is with a trained acupuncturist. Acupuncture needles are meant to manipulate this energy. Liz Lee, an acupuncturist at Summit Therapy in Pullman, said qi sometimes stagnates.

 

“Not only do you need enough qi, but it needs to flow smoothly,” Lee said. “There are pathways that the qi travels in the body, like freeways in the body. Sometimes those pathways are blocked.”

Lee said qi could be blocked in many ways, usually caused by a structural or hormonal blockage. Headaches, for example, could have a structural cause like slumped posture. When you are often leaning forward, qi can get trapped in your neck, which can cause headaches.

 

A hormonal imbalance could cause headaches with menstruation, Lee said. This could be related to unbalanced qi in the liver. Symptoms of liver problems in Chinese medicine include irritability, anger and depression.

 

Laura Rose Lambert is an herbalist and acupuncturist at The Nest Birth & Wellness in Pullman. She said root causes can also be emotional, which she experienced firsthand.

 

It’s important to determine a root cause, because Chinese medicine practitioners will treat causes rather than symptoms, she said.

 

 

“There are lots of different explanations of qi,” Lee said. “I usually say qi is energy that’s in all living things, but qi can also mean breath or air.”

 

Now, with an understanding of qi, you can start directing your own. 

 

Charge your qi with whole food

Lambert and Lee said you can replenish your qi with ginger, pepper and ginseng, all “hot” foods that can warm you up when your qi is depleted from a cold.

 

Breathe into nature

There’s a lot of qi in nature. Lee especially recommended a breath exercise that works best when you’re around lots of trees. Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, and with each inhale swoop your arms up above your head. You can visualize scooping qi up from around you and directing it in through the top of your head. With each exhale, move your hands down in front of your body as if you are pushing bad energy away from you.

 

Use a pressure point for a headache

You can feel for the tender point in between your thumb and your first finger on your left hand. Use your right thumb to squeeze this meaty area between the digits. This pressure point is connected to the head, and it is one of the most powerful points.

 

Try Taichi Qigong or Acupuncture 

Taichi is described on Lee’s flyer as an ancient martial art that increases body awareness and improves flexibility and balance. This martial art also helps you move your qi.

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Qi is one of the most basic substances of life and yet is one of the hardest things to describe. Everyone has a slightly different take on it (I like to think of it as the interface between energy and matter). Regardless of your philosophy, Chinese medicine works wonders at manipulating it to make you feel better. So come on in to the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey today to see how we can help you.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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4 Ways Acupuncture Can Improve Your Appearance

4 Ways Acupuncture Can Improve Your Appearance | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

Between the hectic pace of life and a seemingly never-ending to-do list, taking time for self-care is essential. In fact, prioritizing your health and well-being can accomplish what no beauty routine can — it can make you look and feel your best. Adding acupuncture to your regimen, for example, can have a whole host of benefits, from calming puffy eyes to keeping stress under control. Read on to learn more about how tiny needles can make a big difference in four ways.

 

1. Reducing Puffy Eyes: Waking up with puffy eyes is a daily occurrence for most people, but if the swelling lingers, acupuncture may be the solution. Since the practice helps with blood circulation, it can be an effective remedy for under-eye bags. “Blood contains all the components we need to heal: Red blood cells rebuild tissue and white cells reduce inflammation, for example,” says Karinn Gallagher, a licensed acupuncturist at San Francisco-based Retreat Acupuncture. “It’s a simple matter of directing the proper material (white blood cells) to the source, which in this case, is the area around the eyes.”

 

2. Diminishing Fine Lines: If your anti-aging cream isn’t holding up, consider facial acupuncture. Using acupuncture to target pesky wrinkles can plump up problem areas, like crow’s feet or laugh lines. “By repeatedly working with the tissue under fine lines and wrinkles with tiny acupuncture needles and electric stimulation, we can build muscle tone, which can lift and brighten the face,” Gallagher tells us. “The added bonus to having acupuncture facial rejuvenation is that bringing blood to the skin’s surface hydrates and creates a glow that no moisturizer or serum will ever achieve.”

 

3. Decreasing Stress: Regular acupuncture sessions can help you deal with the day-to-day pressures of life by both calming you and controlling stress-related issues like breakouts, according to Gallagher. “By placing acupuncture needles on the body, we can create a state of rest and digest, which means that blood flows to the core, nourishing the skin and internal organs,” she explains. “It’s really important to take some time each day to tap into this space through rest, meditation, or acupuncture to keep stress levels under control.”

 

4. Boosting Gut Health: Since so much of our outward appearance is based on what’s going on inside, it makes sense that our skin is impacted by our stomach. Discussing your lifestyle, like diet, stress, and sleep habits with your acupuncturist, and targeting the gut with treatment, can help them find a solution to various inflammatory concerns like eczema or rosacea. “One’s facial glow and tone are all a reflection of the gut,” she says. “It takes time to address skin conditions related to the gut, but working together, we can get to the bottom of the inflammatory source.”

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

All of our excellent acupuncturists are just waiting to tailor a treatment to helping balance and heal your body. If you are looking for a special treat, book a facial acupuncture session with ACNJ's very own Punita Jhangiani.
 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Jujube: The Many Benefits Of This Sleep-Promoting, Anxiety-Easing Fruit

Jujube: The Many Benefits Of This Sleep-Promoting, Anxiety-Easing Fruit | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

You've probably been downing plenty of salmon, berries, and green smoothies in the name of good health. Maybe even a couple of adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms for good measure and stress relief. But there's a funky-sounding fruit that may deserve a place in your wellness repertoire that you've probably never heard of: jujube fruit (Ziziphus jujuba), aka jujube date, red date, or Chinese date.

What are jujube fruits, dates, and trees?

Juju-what?! Although many of us in the Western world haven't heard of the jujube, the fruit, seeds, and bark of this plant have been widely used as food and in Traditional Chinese Medicine for 3,000 years to help calm the mind and relax the body, among other things. Some preliminary studies on the fruit, fruit extract, and seed extract do suggest these relaxation benefits are real and that jujubes offer additional perks, like improved digestion and cancer-fighting properties.

 

Even better, jujube fruit is legitimately tasty. Fresh jujubes, which come from the small deciduous jujube tree, are oval-shaped drupes—fleshy fruits with thin skin and a central stone—that taste similar to a very sweet apple. Mature dried jujubes, on the other hand, are often referred to as jujube dates, as they're dark brown and wrinkly with a flavor similar to regular dates. Jujubes can also be brewed into a mildly fruity tea.

 

Health benefits of jujube fruit.

 
  • Promote high-quality sleep.
  • Ease anxiety and stress.
  • Provide a natural glow.
  • Improve digestion and cure constipation.
  • Possess cancer-fighting properties.
 
 

Where to find (and how to eat) jujube fruit.

Fresh jujube fruits can be hard to find in U.S. grocery stores, but they do exist here—in fact, they grow particularly well in Texas and can frequently be found at farmers markets in warmer Southern states. If you live farther north, you'll have the best luck in Asian markets. Fresh jujubes should be smooth and unblemished and may range from a greenish-yellow color to a darker brown. Their fruit can be used in any recipe that calls for apples. Try slicing one up and adding it to a salad, or even whip them into a batch of jujube butter this fall.

 

Dried jujubes, or jujube dates, are easier to get your hands on. In addition to Asian markets, they're readily available to purchase online. Use them any way you'd use typical dates—blended into a smoothie for sweetness, stuffed with goat cheese, or simmered into a jujube tea. To make your own tea, simply combine a pound of jujube dates, a gallon of water, and a few slices of ginger in a large pot and simmer up to four hours. The result is mildly fruity with a hint of spice.

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Chinese dates are one of the more common herbs to find in a formula. Formulas in Chinese medicine include combinations of herbs that balance and enhance the properties of the other herbs in the formula to treat the full array of medical problems. Come on in to the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey and ask us if an herbal formula could help you.
 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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Why You Should Try Acupuncture — Even If You Don't Need Pain Relief

Why You Should Try Acupuncture — Even If You Don't Need Pain Relief | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

"The next prescription from your doctor just might be for acupuncture instead of pain meds. As the science increasingly shows that the ancient Chinese therapy can be as effective as drugs, more doctors are acknowledging its legitimacy. At the same time, exciting new discoveries about how acupuncture works are also boosting its standing as a bona fide medical treatment overall. "There's plenty of quality research supporting the use of acupuncture for a number of health conditions," says Joseph F. Audette, M.D., the chief of the department of pain management at Atrius Health in Boston and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

 

For starters, one groundbreaking new study from Indiana University School of Medicine found that acupuncture prompts the release of stem cells, which can help tendons and other tis­sues repair, and also produces anti­-inflammatory substances that are associated with healing. According to research at UCLA Medical Center, the needles cause the skin to trigger the release of molecules of nitric oxide—a gas that improves circulation in the smallest blood vessels in the skin. By carrying substances that can help dull pain and reduce inflam­mation, this microcirculation is essential to the healing process, says Sheng­Xing Ma, M.D., Ph.D., the lead author.

 

Acupuncture also has a dramatic effect on your nervous sys­tem, calming you down so your body can rejuvenate faster, Dr. Audette says. When a needle is inserted, it stimulates small nerves beneath the skin, setting off a chain reaction that shuts down your fight ­or­ flight response. As a result, your stress lev­els plummet. “It’s basically what’s supposed to happen when you meditate, except it’s even stronger and faster,” Dr. Audette says. “Acupuncture relaxes your muscles, slows your heart rate, and reduces inflammation to promote healing.”

There Are More Benefits to Acupuncture Than Just Pain Relief

The analgesic effects of acupuncture are powerful and well studied. But a growing body of research reveals that its bene­fits are more wide-ranging than doctors thought. For instance, allergy sufferers who started acupuncture at the beginning of pollen season were able to stop taking antihistamines nine days sooner on average than those who didn’t use it, according to a study from the Charité—University Hospital Berlin. Other studies have indicated that the practice may be useful for gut issues, including irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Recent research has uncovered powerful mental bene­fits of acupuncture as well. It can decrease feelings of stress for up to three months after treatment, according to a study from Arizona State University. The reason for its long­-lasting effects may have to do with the HPA axis, a system that controls our reactions to stress. In an animal study at Georgetown University Medical Center, chronically stressed rats that were given electroacupuncture had significantly lower levels of hormones known to drive the body’s fight ­or­ flight response compared with those that didn’t get the treatment.

 

And that may be just scratching the surface of what acu­puncture can do. Scientists are also looking into the practice as a way to reduce migraine frequency, improve PMS symp­toms, ease insomnia, boost the effectiveness of depression meds, lower blood pressure in people with hypertension, and reduce side effects of chemotherapy drugs. While much of the research is still in the early stages, it points to a pretty bright future for this ancient treatment. 

The Standards Are Higher

As acupuncture becomes more mainstream, the require­ments used to certify practitioners have gotten stricter. “The number of educational hours non-physicians have to put in to qualify for the board certification test has steadily risen, from 1,700 hours of training to up to 2,100 hours—that’s about three to four years of studying acupuncture,” Dr. Audette says. 

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

I love the moment people realize that acupuncture can help support their body in addressing all of their medical needs. What can we help you with? Come visit us at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey.

 - Dr. Teddy Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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8 Ways To Treat Allergies, According To Acupuncture And Eastern Medicine

8 Ways To Treat Allergies, According To Acupuncture And Eastern Medicine | Acupuncture Healing by ACNJ | Scoop.it

"Allergies are a nuisance to deal with, and if you're someone who is sick of popping antihistamines every time you get the sniffles, you might be looking for alternative remedies. There are a number of ways to treat allergies, according to Eastern Medicine, and incorporating some of these treatments into your routine might be helpful if you're struggling to get rid of those pesky symptoms. Since Eastern Medicine deals more with the cause of allergies, you might find that you have more success managing your allergy symptoms by incorporating these natural remedies.

1 Load Up On Greens

If you have bad allergies in the spring that include red, itchy eyes, you might want to consider a lifestyle adjustment, says Wan. "According to TCM, green foods help detox the liver, so whether it’s a green juice or a diet rich in greens, help out your liver so it can help you." Some key greens to consider include kale, beet greens, dandelion, spirulina, broccoli, and spinach.

2 Alleviate Stress

According to TCM, the liver is heavily affected by stress. "Use techniques such as meditation and yoga on a regular basis to help keep your stress levels down," says Wan. "A dietary supplement rich in adaptogens, which help your body manage stress, is also good to add to your routine."

3 Eat Liver

You can also boost your liver health with nutritious foods. "To function efficiently, your liver needs specific vitamins and nutrients from your diet," says Wan. "According to TCM, eating liver is one of the best foods to help do just this. Whether it's beef or chicken livers, eating them once to twice a month is a good start."

4 Try Cupping

If your main symptoms are coughing, wheezing and nasal congestion, you may want to consider getting cupping to help reduce blockage in your lungs. "This ancient technique can help circulation in the lung area, which helps [cleanse] the lungs and opens the alveoli, tiny sacs within our lungs that allow oxygen and carbon dioxide to move between the lungs," says Wan.

5 Get Acupuncture

Multiple studies have found acupuncture to be a safe and valid treatment for allergies. "Acupuncture can alleviate symptoms almost immediately for temporary allergies or even chronic issues combined with other modalities," Elizabeth Trattner, a Chinese and Integrative Medicine expert, tells Bustle. "There are specific points that alleviate phlegm, wind, heat, and other pathogenic factors where western medicine hits a 'glass ceiling.'"

6 Ditch Dairy & Processed Foods

Another way to improve allergies is to get rid of phlegm via the diet, says Trattner. "Phlegm in TCM is your runny nose, mucus, dried mucus blocking your nasal passages, sputum in your lungs, clogged ears, swollen tonsils and post nasal drip," she says. "By removing dairy, sugar, refined foods, cold foods, raw foods and greasy foods, you can drastically eliminate phlegm." Instead of these foods, opt for warm foods, gently steamed vegetables, and organic whole grains and animal products.

7 Incorporate Some Herbs

Allergies can be relieved by using Chinese herbs such as Yu Ping Feng San. It's best to see an herbal specialist who can help give you options specifically for your needs.

8 Practice Qigong

Qigong is an ancient Chinese method that involves movement and mental concentration to help the mind and the body. "In a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, researchers found that Qigong training significantly increases levels of monocytes and lymphocytes, types of white blood cells involved in the immune response," says Trattner. "Studies like these indicate some of the potential physiological benefits of tai chi and Qi gong."

 

Utilizing these tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine might be able to help alleviate your allergies by helping to balance out your body.

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

One of the best times to treat seasonal allergies are either in the opposing season (fall for spring allergies) or in the month or two before you know they will occur. But the acupuncturists at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey can still work wonders if you are in the middle of an attack to calm your symptoms. Come on in and see how we can help you.
 - Dr. Ted Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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7 Ways Acupuncture Changes Your Brain, According To Science

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"Most everyone knows what acupuncture is, but do you actually know how it affects you? The age-old practice has been around for at least two thousand years (and some people believe it is much older than that), and despite any skepticism about its efficacy, the benefits of acupuncture for various health conditions and pain are backed by a large body of scientific research. If you were ever curious as to how and why acupuncture works to combat many chronic health issues, it's because acupuncture can literally change your brain, from its chemistry, to your neurotransmitters, and your response to pain.

 

It Helps Your Brain Release This Molecule

2013 study determined that acupuncture can cause your brain to release neuropeptides — molecules that allows neurons and effector cells to communicate — into the central nervous system. In turn, this can help relieve pain and stimulate your body's self-healing process.

Specifically, It Helps Release Your Brain's Natural Pain Killers

When you think of pain relievers, over-the-counter and prescribed medication is probably the first thing that come to mind. However, our brains naturally produce chemicals, such as endorphins, that can help manage pain, and, acupuncture can actually help your brain produce more of these important chemicals. "Probably the most popular use today for acupuncture is pain. The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends acupuncture as the first line of defense patients suffering from low back pain," Dr. Auth says.

It Can Improve Blood Flow Throughout Your Body

Another cool effect of acupuncture happens throughout your body. Dr. Trattner says, "Acupuncture constricts blood vessels, and releases vasodilators," which causes your blood vessels to relax, and in turn, helps reduce both cerebral blood pressure and high blood pressure in your body.

It Can Help Anxiety

According to a 2013 study published in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, "Acupuncture has clinical efficacy on various autonomic nerve-related disorders, such as cardiovascular diseases, epilepsy, anxiety and nervousness, circadian rhythm disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and subfertility." Moreover, the researchers of the study concluded that acupuncture can alter neurotransmitters in areas of your brain to stop your autonomic response — which would alleviate symptoms of these nerve-related disorders.

Acupuncture Can Boost Your Mood

Not only does acupuncture change the way your brain responds to pain, but it can have a positive impact on your mental wellness. "Neuotransmitters [your brain's way of communicating], serotonin, and noradrenalin are all affected by acupuncture, which affect mood," says Dr. Trattner. Dr. Auth further explains that acupuncture is being used all over the world as a standalone and conjunctive treatment option for depression. She says, "Acupuncture has shown to enhance the effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor treatment, helping the treatment work faster to increase serotonin levels, and restore the immune system."

Acupuncture Can Sooth Your Brain's Response To Stress

If you're constantly stressed, you may want to give acupuncture a shot, according to Dr. Auth. "Your nervous system is divided between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Our sympathetic nervous system is known for 'fight or flight;' when the sympathetic nervous system is on, our blood pressure goes up, as does the body’s stress hormone, cortisol," she says. "Acupuncture can encourage the body to let the parasympathetic nervous system take over — allowing the heart rate to slow down, and blood pressure and cortisol levels to drop."

It "Blocks" This Body Process To Combat Pain

Though science has proven that acupuncture does release natural pain relievers, some researchers and acupuncturists believe the practice works because it essentially prevents pain from being felt in the brain and spinal cord. "Acupuncture is believed to help control pain via 'the gate theory,'" says Dr. Trattner. "Our nervous system, if hit with too many nerve impulses, will become overwhelmed and close of the smallest pain centers — which carry pain messengers. These 'gates' are believed to close during acupuncture." However, this idea has not been scientifically proven." 

Acupuncture Center of NJ's insight:

Acupuncturists often get asked how it works. My answer usually starts with "it depends" because it depends on which points you use and what you are treating. Some points target nerves or specific muscles or even hormone release. This article is a great start on some of the ways it has been shown to help using scientific methods. But the best way to see if it works, is to come in person and see for yourself.

 - Dr. Ted Treantafelles, DACM, LAc [ACNJ Practitioner]

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