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Acupuncture Relieves Stress: New Understanding Of Why The Ancient Practice Eases Anxiety

Good news, acupuncture fans: It really does help relieve stress. And now, a new study is giving a closer look at why.
The new study explores the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress-relieving abilities, something science has yet to fully understand.
The researchers discovered that stress hormones were lower in rats that had received electronic acupuncture. Results were published in the Journal of Endocrinology.
The body secretes an assortment of hormones into the bloodstream as a reaction to stress, which the researchers were then able to measure in the rats. They assessed blood hormone levels secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the adrenal gland — together these are known as the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. They also measured a peptide involved in creatures’ “fight or flight” responses, called NPY.
Researchers discovered that the “…electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway,” Eshkevari said in the statement.
Since stress has been linked with detrimental health effects including heart disease and even brain shrinkage it’s important to study any measures to combat its detrimental nature.
Adapted from Huffington Post

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Dr. Gabrielle Steinberg is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ( acupuncture and herbal medicine), Craniosacral therapist and Shiatsu therapist. Many years of study have also included completing courses in Nutrition, various forms of massage. She has over 15 years’ experience working in the field of wellness.
Dr. Steinberg works with people of all ages with the goal to enhance their performance in daily life- whether it be in competitive or day to day activities. Her scope includes working with stress relief and other emotional issues, injury recovery, chronic pain issues, infertility, digestive issues, allergy treatments, men’s health and more.
Her work starts with the understanding that each individual has an innate capacity to heal. She feels that her role is to support people on their journeys to wellness and to find ways to educate and empower clients to find ways to maintain their health in their daily lives. Often integrating the various modalities that she has in her repertoire, the sessions are tailored to meet each individual’s needs. This may include Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Craniosacral therapy, massage, and nutritional counseling.

Dr. Gabrielle Steinberg, Dr. TCM, R.Ac, RHN

Your Body is a Garden

One of the philosophies underlying Chinese medicine is that we are not separate from nature. Nature’s constant motion – its flowing seasons and cycles – coincide with our body’s natural rhythms. When we engage in gardening, we strive to be in harmony with nature’s rhythms. This allows us to reap a bountiful harvest. Life flourishes when the elements of air, water, light and earth are balanced.

There are basic principles of gardening that you can apply to facilitating the health of your body:

Fertilize: Just like plants need fertilizers, we need food in order to re-energize our bodies. In general, a healthy, balanced diet is made up of unprocessed, organic foods such as grains, fruits and vegetables.

Water: Our bodies are made up of 70% water. We need its life-giving force to cleanse our bodies of toxins, to regulate body temperature and to aid digestion and circulation.

Sunshine: Just like plants, we also need sun’s energy to grow and thrive. Sun provides our bodies with Vitamin D, which promotes strong bones, supple muscles and a healthy immune system.

Weeding: Weeding your garden is vital to keeping the soil clean and properly oxygenated. Our body also needs cleansing. One of the easiest ways to cleanse our body is sweating through exercise as well as eating meals of fresh veggies and fruit.
Your goal is to learn how to cultivate and support your inner garden. My goal as a Chinese medicine practitioner and acupuncturist and is to help balance your inner ecosystem so that it can flourish—and you can enjoy health and harmony.  Together, we garden and can identify and “weed out” any imbalances that could cause problems.
.Acupuncture isn’t a “quick fix.” It does provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to nourish the garden from within. Your participation in the process is essential. After all, you wouldn’t simply plant seeds in the ground and expect them to bloom unattended. It’s the same with your health. Working with your acupuncturist and committing to long-term care can create positive changes for your overall health.

 Do you have seasonal allergies?
If you are an allergy sufferer, I recommend avoiding mucus producing foods, such as dairy, wheat, sugar, and cold raw foods and also taking a pro-biotic. This will help minimize allergy attacks in most people. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are also great to help with allergy symptoms.

Acupressure For Seasonal Allergies

Acupressure For Seasonal Allergies

Acupressure Points for Relieving Allergies

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?  Try these acupressure points to help get relief from some of the symptoms
Points (A)  —  Elegant Mansion
Location: In the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone. Benefits: Relieves allergies associated with chest congestion, breathing difficulties, asthma, coughing, and sore throats.

Points (B) — Crooked Pond
Location: On the top, outer end of the elbow crease. Benefits: Relieves allergies, particularly inflamed skin disorders (such as hives and rashes), itching, and fevers.

Points (C) — Sea of Energy
Location: Two finger widths directly below the belly button. Benefits: Relieves allergies that accompany constipation, gas, fatigue, general weakness, and insomnia.

Points (D)  — Three Mile Poin
Location: Four finger widths below the kneecap on the outside of the leg. Benefits: Strengthens the whole body to prevent as well as relieve allergies.

Points (E) — Bigger Rushing
Location: On the top of the foot in the valley between the big toe and the second toe. Benefits: Relieves all kinds of allergic reactions, especially bloodshot eyes and neuromuscular disorders.

Points (H) — Joining the Valley
Caution: This point is forbidden for pregnant women unless they are in labor because its stimulation can cause premature contractions in the uterus.
Location: In the webbing between your thumb and index finger. On the outside of the hand, find the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index fingers are brought close together. Benefits: Relieves all kinds of allergies, such as headaches, hay fever, sneezing, and itching.