Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling

Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - A Beverly Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine. Acupuncture originated in China approximately 3,000 years ago. For thousands of years acupuncture has been successfully and safely assisting patients with various ailments and disorders in a gentle, non-invasive fashion. The side effects of acupuncture are low when treatment is performed by a nationally and board certified acupuncturist. Through the use of sterile, single-use, thin needles, acupuncturists balance the vital flow of energy (Qi - pronounced chee) of the body by utilizing specific points on meridians in a pain free and relaxing manner.

How does Acupuncture work?

Scientific research suggests that acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body to release chemicals into the nervous system and into the bloodstream. The release of chemicals changes the experience of pain. The experience triggers the release of other substances that influence the body's innate ability to heal.

Brain scans show that acupuncture normalizes the signals that reach your limbic system, which is the system that controls the "fight or flight" response. Almost every patient we see is transformed from being on edge to calm, relaxed and zen-like. And the reason is acupuncture works to reset the central nervous system, and once reset, the body can restore to homeostasis or normal functioning.

Dry Needling:

Dry needling is typically performed by physical therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers and can also be called myofascial trigger point dry needling. Dry needling focuses only on knotted areas of muscle and connective tissue. Needles are used to stimulate the muscles and surrounding tissues to relieve painful knotted areas.

Acupuncture in Massachusetts:

Acupuncture is a Masters and Doctorate level education. In Massachusetts acupuncturists are required to pass 3 acupuncture board exams which are regulated by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Acupuncturists who practice Chinese herbal medicine are required to pass an additional NCCAOM board in oriental medicine. Additionally, to be a licensed acupuncturist in Massachusetts, the acupuncturist must have their credentials reviewed by the Massachusetts board of Medicine. Lastly, acupuncturists are required to renew their license every two years, maintain continuing education hours, clean needle technique, CPR and first aid certifications. Acupuncturists are required to take specific course work in Needle Technique, materials and methods of Chinese medicine which offer extensive supervised education of needle insertion, anatomy around acupuncture points, muscles, organs, and tissues. With lengthy clinical hours and countless hours supervised practicing needling acupuncture points, the occurrence of pneumothorax (lung puncture causing lung collapse) is virtually no-existent.

Dry Needling in Massachusetts:

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the term "Dry-Needling" is neither in, nor out of, the scope of practice for allied health professionals (physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, etc). This means that there are no rules preventing allied health professionals from performing dry needling and also no rule giving them permission to do so. Allied health professionals are only required to attend 24 hours of classroom time to receive a certification in dry needling. Additionally, they are not required to obtain license by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or Massachusetts board of medicine. Nor, is do they have to obtain a clean needle technique certification (CNT) A certification in CNT focuses on prevention of blood born pathogens such as HIV, as well as proper sterile techniques and disposal of used needles.

Acupuncture or Dry Needling as part of your health care?

Acupuncture is highly praised throughout the medical community for its effectiveness and lack of negative side effects. The main difference between dry needling and acupuncture, is that dry needling focuses only on the problem areas. In the case of dry needling, problem areas are displayed as painful conditions or muscle knots. On the other hand, acupuncture looks to identify the root cause of the painful condition or disharmony that is occurring. During the first acupuncture treatment at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, an acupuncture clinic in Beverly, MA, we will review the patient's health history, including medications, diet and daily habits. Additionally, we will access meridians, acupuncture points, and obtain pulse and abdominal diagnosis. Through observation and diagnosis tools, we are able to gather extensive information relating to your health, and determine what treatment plan is best for your individual health. As a result, an individualized health care plan is created to restore balance and harmony within the body and mind. It is our goal to restore each patient back to a state of inherent health and vitality regardless of how acute or chronic a symptom or disease may be. Acupuncture is rooted in concept of total vitality. Patients with presenting symptoms such as chronic low back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, fertility issues, anxiety, insomnia, digestive discomfort or any other issues that affect their daily living, are considered warning signs that their health is out of balance. Acupuncture works as the ultimate form of preventative and restorative medicine. Acupuncture works to re-establish harmony by stimulating acupuncture points with specific needle insertion techniques to restore total vitality. The effects of acupuncture tend to last longer than that of dry needling because acupuncture is addressing the causes of symptoms of illness or pain. Additionally, your acupuncturist is able to provide vitamins and supplements, and Chinese herbal medicine to further assist in the management of your health care.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No - Through the use of refined needle insertion, acupuncture points can be stimulated with comfort and ease. This traditional Chinese medicine is a extremely powerful form of medicine has shown positive results within the mind, body and spirit of millions of patients.

What can I expect after an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine affects each patient differently. While it is common to experience immediate relief from your symptoms, acupuncture works best with a number of treatments. This is especially true for chronic conditions, as chronic conditions are more deeply rooted and a greater number of treatments are necessary to completely resolve the health condition.

Whether you are looking for pain management, to improve your digestive health, enhance your fertility, support your pregnancy, or lower your stress, acupuncture has been safely and effectively treating patients for thousands of years. Experience what acupuncture can do for your health and wellness!

Acupuncture for Allergies

Suffering from fall allergies?

Learn how acupuncture works to alleviate allergy symptoms!

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Despite the official start of fall yesterday, summer blooms are still here and grass pollen counts are through the sky! However, with cooler nights ahead, fall allergy season is right around the corner. If you didn't suffer from allergies during the spring or summer, it doesn't mean you can't suffer from fall allergies. During the fall, the main triggers are ragweed pollen and mold spores. If you suffer from spring allergies there is a 75% chance you will be allergic to ragweed pollen. However, mold is a unique trigger of fall allergy symptoms. Piles of damp leaves on the ground create the ideal breeding ground for mold spores. Additionally, dust mites often sit dormant all summer long, and get stirred up in fall when the winter is turned on for the first time.

What are the symptoms of fall allergies?

  • Itchy eyes and nose

  • Runny nose

  • Watery eyes

  • Sneezing

  • Coughing

  • Wheezing

  • Post-nasal drip

  • Headaches

Why do allergies occur?

Allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies, is the result of a hypersensitivity reaction that occurs within the body. Allergic rhinitis is commonly triggered by environmental allergens such as, pollen, mold spores, pet hair and dust. Western medicine and research has demonstrated that an individual who grew up on a farm or have multiple siblings are less likely to suffer from seasonal allergies. The main mechanism involves the human immune system releasing IgE antibodies which causes the release of inflammatory chemicals such as histamine. The result of the release of these inflammatory chemicals causes the common symptoms of allergies, such as, itchy eyes and nose, runny nose, etc.

How does acupuncture work ?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for treatment of many conditions. Here in the United States, acupuncture is commonly used for treatment of neck pain, back pain, and other pain conditions. However, many people aren't aware of the positive effects that acupuncture can have for other conditions such as, asthma, allergies, ADHD, and many others! Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have many commonalities when it comes to allergy symptoms. First, western medicine describes the release of inflammatory chemicals coming from spleen, gastrointestinal tract, lymph nodes and bone marrow. When it comes to TCM and acupuncture the common treatment plan would include emphasis of the Spleen, Stomach, and Large Intestine meridians. Western medicine looks at

However, the main difference between Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is acupuncture focuses onto specific symptoms that a patient is expressing. When an acupuncturist chooses acupuncture points, they will be specific to the patient. The same is true for Chinese herbal medicine, it will be specific for the patient's needs rather than a one formula fits all mindset. Thus, acupuncture has an ability not only to stop allergy symptoms in their tracks, but also improve the overall quality of the immune system through a series of acupuncture treatments. This way, allergy symptoms will reduce over time and may even become allergy free!

Does acupuncture work to resolve allergies?

A 2018 study demonstrated that acupuncture significantly reduce the number of days of antihistamine use compared to the control group. Additionally, the acupuncture group did not need to increase the number of days of antihistamine use from the onset to peak allergy season. This study, demonstrates that acupuncture can be a safe and effective method to reduce allergy symptoms. Another 2018 study, demonstrated that acupuncture on rats was able to improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Additionally, acupuncture was able to inhibit the expression of IgE, IL-1β and TNF-α. This inhibition lowers inflammation and in turn allergic rhinitis symptoms. Acupuncture works to reduce allergies symptoms without the harmful side effects that antihistamines can cause.

If you are interested in learning how you can benefit from acupuncture, please contact us by clicking the link below.


Acupuncture Post Surgery

Acupuncture Post Surgery

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Acupuncture Clinic in Beverly, MA

I have been receiving a lot of questions lately on how acupuncture fits into a healthcare plan for those who are going into surgery or looking to receive acupuncture treatment post surgery. These questions will serve as the outline for this blog post. If you have any additional questions regarding acupuncture for pain management, acupuncture post surgery, or acupuncture in general please contact me and I'd love to answer your questions!

Can acupuncture be used to reduce postoperative pain?

  • Absolutely, acupuncture is a safe and effective method to reduce postoperative pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising, etc. Acupuncture is a wonderful holistic form of medicine for the management pain and pain relief. Additionally, acupuncture is often advised to prepare the body and mind for surgery. Ideally, a few appointments prior to surgery can jumpstart the healing process. And, can often eliminate the need for surgery altogether! Acupuncture is a great resource to treat many conditions that Western medicine deems 'untreatable'. Having a different perspective and approach to your health care is always advisable before going through with any elective surgery.

Does acupuncture reduce the need for pain medication?

  • Acupuncture minimizes the need for the use of opioids and pain medication. A recent study, has demonstrated that acupuncture can be more effective than morphine. Acupuncture also has limited to no side effects whereas, pain medication and opioid usage over time can lead to an increased tolerance. If a patient has a long recovery ahead of them, this increased tolerance requires the patient to use a larger dose of pain medication to experience the same level of pain relief. Increased tolerance can lead to dependence. Dependence is a result of the high levels of chemical neurotransmitters circulating within the blood stream, leading the body's inability to produce these chemicals naturally. Acupuncture has a long history as a safe and effective painkiller, is an excellent modality to reduce general and postoperative inflammation, and the ability to boost immunity and immune system health.

What are the effects of acupuncture and how quickly will I experience pain relief?

  • Scientific research suggests that acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body to release chemicals into the nervous system and into the bloodstream. The release of chemicals changes the experience of pain. The experience triggers the release of other substances that influence the body's innate ability to heal.

    Brain scans show that acupuncture normalizes the signals that reach your limbic system, which is the system that controls the "fight or flight" response. Almost every patient we see is transformed from being on edge to calm, relaxed and zen-like. And the reason is acupuncture works to reset the central nervous system, and once reset, the body can restore to homeostasis or normal functioning.

    Acupuncture is rooted in the concept of total vitality. Patients with presenting symptoms such as chronic low back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, fertility issues, anxiety, insomnia, digestive discomfort or any other issues that affect their daily living, are considered warning signs that their health is out of balance. Acupuncture works as the ultimate form of preventative and restorative medicine. Acupuncture works to re-establish harmony by stimulating acupuncture points with specific needle insertion techniques to restore total vitality.

Acupuncture is commonly believed to affect the body in the following ways:

  • It stimulates electrical impulses in the body and the flow of endorphins. Endorphins are the body's natural painkiller. Acupuncture needles stimulate the signals that control the flow of endorphins in the body.

  • It releases naturally occurring opioids in the brain. A natural pain-relieving opioid can be released in the brain when the precise location and combination of acupuncture needle points are utilized.

Are there any side effects of acupuncture postoperatively?

  • There are limited to no side effects of receiving acupuncture postoperatively. A 2016 meta-analysis demonstrated that patients treated with acupuncture on Day 1 postoperative had less pain and less opioid use compared to the control group. Additionally, those treated with acupuncture did not experience undesirable side effects of opioid drugs such as, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sedition, or decreased gut motility. If you are looking for a safe and effective postoperative pain control then try acupuncture!

Are they any clinical trials or controlled studies on acupuncture and post operative pain?

  • Yes, there are both clinical trials and controlled studies on the benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown to benefit the body in a number of ways. Pain relief/easing pain, neurologic injury, weight loss, nausea/vomiting, hot flashes, tinnitus to name a few. At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we specialize in acupuncture for fertility, women’s health, mental health, digestion, musculoskeletal & pain conditions, and pediatric acupuncture. If your health condition, doesn't fall within our specialities that doesn't mean we can't treat you! We utilize Japanese style acupuncture which can be used for many conditions and can treatment child as young as 3 weeks to older adults. Make the choice to improve, maintain or enhance your health! Enjoy a life full of joy, health and happiness.  We look forward to supporting you every step of the way!

Acupuncture for Psoriasis

Acupuncture for Psoriasis

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Beverly, MA Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat psoriasis and other skin conditions in a number of ways. Acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing symptoms associated with psoriasis, such as psoriasis flares. Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that impacts around 2-3% of the global population. Acupuncture treatment is widely used in Eastern countries for the treatment of psoriasis. Acupuncture therapies have been demonstrated to be a simple, effective and natural modality with minimal side effects and toxicity in the treatment of psoriasis. Today, I would like to discuss the therapy options for those suffering from psoriasis and how an acupuncture treatment can be used to activate the body’s innate healing ability to restore balance and harmony within the body.

Therapies for Psoriasis:

Typical therapies for psoriasis include, topical creams and ointments, light therapy (phototherapy), oral or injected medications, and alternative medicine such as acupuncture and fish oils. And, if you have been looking for a natural treatment of psoriasis without side effects, then try acupuncture!

  • Topical creams and ointments: These are typically used to treat mild and moderate psoriasis. Often these modalities reduce psoriasis symptoms by decreasing inflammation, slowing skin cell growth, and sloughing off dead skin cells. Generally, these modalities are safe to be on long term, however in some cases, such as calcineurin inhibitors long term use isn't recommended due to increase risk of skin cancer and lymphoma.

  • Light therapy (phototherapy): This treatment includes both artificial and natural ultraviolet (UV) light. Generally, short term exposure to UV light reduces scaling and inflammation. However, too much UV light exposure worsens psoriasis symptoms.

  • Oral or injected medications: Typically used in treatment of severe psoriasis or resistant to other treatment options. These treatment options have the greatest risk of side effects such as, lip inflammation, hair loss, severe liver damage, kidney problems, high blood pressure and deduced immunity as immune system is comprised.

  • Omega-3 fish oils: Clinical trials show that Omega-3 fatty acids are incredibly important and have many health benefits within the human body. Omega-3 fatty acids work to fight inflammation within the body which can have many protective effects against disease. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk or improve symptoms of diseases such as, Alzheimer's disease, high blood pressure, skin conditions, psoriasis and and depression (among many other diseases).

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Psoriasis:

A 2004 study whose medicinal principle was to enrich the blood and moisten the skin had an effective rate of 91.3% after 5 acupuncture treatments. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) relies on acupuncture and Chinese herbs to restore harmony within the body. When suffering from a chronic disease or illness, then a long term acupuncture treatment plan is created to restore balance and harmony. Acupuncture works to activate the body’s innate healing ability. During and after acupuncture treatment the body works to rebalance & restore harmony naturally. Our acupuncture clinic uses a time-honored, safe, medically substantiated method to help patients become pain-free, achieve optimal health, and heal and rejuvenate their skin and other systems. The effects of acupuncture can be felt immediately after an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is highly praised throughout the medical community for its effectiveness and lack of negative side effects. Acupuncture has been known to successfully treat many acute & chronic illnesses that Western medicine had trouble treating effectively such as psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Acupuncture for Tinnitus

Acupuncture for Tinnitus

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Acupuncture Clinic in Beverly, MA

Tinnitus is a common issue that affects approximately 15-20 percent of the adult population. People with tinnitus experience a noise or ringing in the ears. People with tinnitus describe the ringing in the ears as a phantom noise. The phantom noise manifests differently in each person and possible sound descriptions include:

  • Ringing

  • Buzzing

  • Clicking

  • Humming

  • Static

  • Chirping (to name a few)

The phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low hum to a high pitched buzz or ring. Additionally, the noise may be intermittent or be present all the time. Although tinnitus may be bothersome, typically the common causes of tinnitus are not life threatening. Tinnitus is typically a sign of age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory disorder.

Pulsatile vs. Non-Pulsatile tinnitus:

  • Pulsatile tinnitus is a rhythmical noise that beats at the same rate as the heart. The sound is the blood circulating through the body, and can be confirmed by feeling their pulse and listening for the high pitched noise.

  • Non-Pulsatile tinnitus is presented in approximately 90 percent of people with tinnitus. The most common causes are: Hearing loss that occurs with aging, living or working around loud noises.

Experience the positive effects of acupuncture:

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is a restorative medicine. This means when you receive acupuncture, your whole body benefits. According to TCM, your health and wellness depends on the flow of Qi (blood flow). When Qi is blocked, your body is out of balance and disease manifests. When Qi is flowing freely, your body is in balance and is able to naturally heal itself. During an acupuncture treatment, an acupuncturist stimulates various acupuncture points to clear blockages and allow for flow restoration.

Acupuncture Works:

A recent study, demonstrated that acupuncture works to effectively reduce the loudness and severity of tinnitus and can be useful for treatment of non-pulsatile chronic tinnitus. The patients within this study found that acupuncture made the tinnitus sound quiet and less severe, improving their quality of life.

Acupuncture for Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Conditions:

According to TCM and acupuncture theory, the sensory organs are connected to the internal organs, and because the sensory organs are susceptible to external factors such as hot, cold and wind, they can easily succumb to illness and disease. The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs in the treatment of ENT disorders look at treating the body as a whole, rather than just the signs and symptoms that manifest. This allows acupuncture to get to the root of the issues that negatively impact your health and wellness. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of issues that cause inflammation, pain, depression, and many other disorders.

Should you try acupuncture?

Absolutely! National Institutes of Health and many systematic reviews demonstrate that acupuncture is a safe and effective approach toward health care. Our approach at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine is to use acupuncture to rebalance and restore harmony to the body naturally. We specialize in acupuncture for fertility, women’s health, mental health, digestion, musculoskeletal & pain conditions, and pediatric acupuncture. Today make the choice to improve, maintain or enhance your health! We look forward to working with you!





Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

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Acupuncture in Beverly, MA

Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

Acupuncture is a medicine that has been around for thousands of years and it becoming more popular in the United States. The increase in popularly is likely to due to many clinical trials illustrating that acupuncture works as a safe and effective treatment option for a number of conditions. Today, I would like to discuss the benefits of acupuncture treatment for headaches and migraines.

Headache vs. Migraine

Globally, headaches affected an estimated 50 percent of adults. Headaches cause pain in head, face, upper neck and/or upper back. The frequency and intensity of headaches can vary and can result from two main causes. Migraines usually produce symptoms that are more intense and debilitating than headaches. It's important to note that not all migraines manifest as head pain.

Two main causes of headaches:

1) Primary: Primary headaches refer to conditions that cause pain in head, face, or neck. Examples are migraine and tension headaches

2) Secondary: Secondary headaches are a result of another medical condition such as stress.

Today, I am going to discuss tension-type headaches and migraine. It is important to note that there are multiple types of headaches and each has it's own type of symptoms that are associated with it.

Tension-headaches:

Tension-headaches are the most common type of primary headache disorder. A classic symptom is ban of intense pressure around the head and causes vary.

Example include:

  • Clenching jaw

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Lack of sleep

  • Stress

  • Poor Posture

If chronic headaches have been getting you down, at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we work to reduce the frequency and intensity with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Through a series of acupuncture treatments our goal is to reduce your symptoms and headaches. Our long term goal is to completely resolve you from your tension headaches. Additionally, if you feel a headache "coming on", receiving acupuncture can stop symptoms in their tracks! If you've been suffering from acute or chronic headaches, schedule an appointment today to experience the benefits of an acupuncture treatment.

Migraines:

Migraines causes severe pain and other symptom such as, slurred or jumbled speech, difficulty writing, flashing lights, blurred vision and numbness to name a few. A migraine usually affects only one side of the head and can last from a few hours to a few days.

Risk factors for migraines:

  • Being female

  • Family history

  • Lack of sleep or sleep disorders such as sleep apnea

  • Mental health disorders such as, depression or anxiety

Acupuncture as a treatment option:

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option in the management of migraines and it's associated symptoms. Acupuncture works to treat the individual as a whole and not just the symptoms. By receiving acupuncture, not only are you receiving relief from your symptoms, but receiving long term benefits to improve your health and wellness. Regular acupuncture works to reduce the frequency migraine by resolving the factors that contribute. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for disease and there are no to minimal side effects! If you've been looking for a natural migraine treatment then try acupuncture for your migraine pain! We forward to working with you to restore harmony and wellness within your life.

Acupuncture for Women's Health

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Specializing in Acupuncture for Women's Health

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we use acupuncture to treat conditions that effect women's health such as: back pain, headaches, menstrual cycle irregularities, hot flashes, menstrual cramps and more!

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been used for over 3,000 years to successfully treat and relieve pain and other medical conditions. Acupuncture uses hair-thin acupuncture needles to stimulate acupuncture points. At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, Allison Camire, a licensed acupuncturist, discovered acupuncture when conventional medicine couldn't offer her any help for her painful and debilitating menstrual cramps and menstrual cycle. After receiving acupuncture for 2-3 times weekly for a few months Allison's pain was completely resolved. Acupuncture worked to completely reduce her pain and discomforts associated with her menstrual cycle, and she experienced no side effects! After experiencing complete relief from her pain, Allison knew that she wanted to become a licensed acupuncturist so she could help restore health and harmony to those who conventional medicine could not. At this "point" your probably wondering how does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture Works:

As previously discussed, acupuncture uses hair-thin acupuncture needles to stimulate acupuncture points. When these points are stimulated studies have shown that acupuncture releases chemicals into the nervous system and into the bloodstream. The release of chemicals changes the experience of pain and disharmony. This experience triggers the release of other substances that influence the body's innate ability to heal. Brain scans show that acupuncture normalizes the signals that reach your limbic system, which is the system that controls the "fight or flight" response. Almost every patient we see is transformed from being on edge to calm, relaxed and zen-like. And the reason is acupuncture works to reset the central nervous system, and once reset, the body can restore to homeostasis or normal functioning. Restoring the body to homeostasis allows the individual to restore their internal and external health and harmony. Acupuncture works to support women's health in following ways!

  1. Menstrual issues: Acupuncture supports blood flow. When blood is flowing freely, benefits to the menstrual cycle are seen such as, regulated menstrual cycles, alleviated/reduction of cramps, reduction of headaches and other pains within the body.

  2. Menopause and perimenopause: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are a wonderful addition to women's health care. Symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and anger are reduced! Acupuncture offers a safe, effective, and natural solution in management of menopause and perimenopause conditions.

  3. Fertility/Infertility: Acupuncture works to normalize menstrual cycles by supporting blood flow. When blood is flowing freely and properly to reproductive organs, fertility is typically restored.

  4. Pregnancy and Postpatrum: There are tremendous benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy. Acupuncture benefits both the mother and baby, and has the ability to support overall development of the baby during pregnancy. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been shown to reduce side effects of pregnancy such as morning sickness, breast tenderness and fatigue. Additionally, there are acupuncture points to induce labor, turn a breech baby, resolve low back pain, and assist in development of the baby during all three trimesters.

  5. Endometriosis: Painful periods (dysmenorrhea), pain with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and nausea are common signs and symptoms of endometriosis. Fortunately, these symptoms are easily treatable through a course of acupuncture treatments.

  6. Insomnia: Women have a greater risk of suffering from insomnia. Fortunately, studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for improving sleep and sleep quality! Acupuncture improves sleep by lessening stress and anxiety. Decreasing stress and anxiety causes an increase in melatonin. Increases in melatonin, induces the onset of sleep and reduces sleep disruptions. Better quality of sleep allows your body to recover from the events from the previous day.

  7. Stress and anxiety: Most people suffer from stress and anxiety to a degree. Regardless of your level, acupuncture will reduce your stress and anxiety, improving your overall quality of life. The health benefits of acupuncture can go far beyond the basic manifestations of the stress response. Acupuncture can reduce blood pressure, chest pain, palpitations, fatigue, grinding teeth, heartburn, anger management, bi-polar, eating disorders, and lyme disease to name a few!

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine is a Woman-Led acupuncture clinic in Beverly, MA. Specializing in acupuncture for fertility, women’s health, mental health, digestion, musculoskeletal & pain conditions, and pediatric acupuncture. Our acupuncture clinic offers a diverse selection of safe and effective acupuncture treatments incorporating Integrative and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today make the choice to improve, maintain or enhance your health! Enjoy a life full of joy, health and happiness. 

Acupuncture Works in the Treatment High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Acupuncture Works to Treat

High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common disease, which makes one out of three hearts work harder to pump oxygen-rich blood through the arteries. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder by increasing its oxygen demands. Excessive pressure within the heart can lead to an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), and damage blood vessels in the kidneys and brain.

Your emotional state, time of day, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, medication, thyroid problems, and obstructive sleep apnea are just some factors that can raise your blood pressure from the average reading of 110/70 mmHg to hypertensive levels of 130/80 mmHg or above. Risk factors for developing chronic hypertension include excessive alcohol consumption, a high salt and low potassium diet, and an inactive lifestyle.

It is very common for a person with hypertension to not experience any symptoms. If you do experience symptoms they may include headaches, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, fatigue, confusion, vision problems, and blood in the urine.

Lifestyle modifications such as, eating a healthier diet with less salt and processed foods, exercising regularly, and getting high quality sleep can often work to reduce blood pressure. If you are trying to avoid blood pressure medications, your doctor will likely recommend trying acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for a holistic approach for management of high blood pressure. A 2015 study in the journal of Medical Acupuncture showed that the effects of acupuncture were able to cause a significant reduction in blood pressure for over 70% of patients in the clinical trial!

Acupuncture Works in the Treatment of Hypertension

A German study published in the June 2007 issue of Circulation found that acupuncture significantly lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The top number in a blood pressure reading is systolic and refers to the force of blood flow when the heart is sending oxygen rich blood to the muscles of the body. The bottom number is diastolic and measures the strength of flow when the heart is at rest. The extent of the blood pressure reductions by acupuncture treatment was comparable to those seen with anti-hypertensive medication or aggressive lifestyle changes, including radical salt restrictions. At the end of the clinical trial of 6 weeks, 24-hour ambulatory systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly reduced from baseline in the acupuncture-treated patients while there were no significant changes seen in the sham acupuncture group.

Scientific research suggests that acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body to release chemicals into the nervous system and into the bloodstream. The release of chemicals changes the experience of stress. Stress can manifest in many ways, and medically stress is anything that disrupts the body's homeostasis and the innate ability to heal. The experience triggers the release of other substances that influence the body's innate ability to heal.

Brain scans show that acupuncture normalizes the signals that reach your limbic system, which is the system that controls the "fight or flight" response. Almost every patient we see is transformed from being on edge to calm, relaxed and zen-like. And the reason is acupuncture works to reset the central nervous system, and once reset, the body can restore to homeostasis or normal functioning.

The most common organ imbalance when it comes to hypertension in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the Liver. The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi or blood flow within the body. When the Liver is out of balance, these symptoms often arise; hypertension, irritability, anger, headaches, menstrual pains, and digestive disorders to name a few.

Acupuncture has the ability to restructure the circulation of Qi within the Liver organ and reduce the symptoms of stress, hypertension and anxiety in the body through a specific acupuncture treatment that is based upon the individual pathology of the patient. When liver yang Qi rises uncontrollably, it can initiate the symptoms of high blood pressure. An acupuncture treatment is then needed to calm the liver Qi and stabilize the emotions of rage, frustration, and anger that can negatively impact blood pressure.

A North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine an acupuncture clinic in Beverly, MA. We work to restore harmony and wellness within the body to improve the health of the North Shore community one patient at a time. Our acupuncture clinic offers a diverse selection of safe and effective acupuncture treatments incorporating Integrative and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today make the choice to improve, maintain or enhance your health! Enjoy a life full of joy, health and happiness. Schedule your acupuncture appointment today, we look forward to supporting you every step of the way.

Source: Flachskampf FA, Gallasch J, Gefeller O, Gan J, Mao J, Pfahlberg AB, Wortmann A, Klinghammer L, Pflederer W, Daniel WG. "Randomized trial of acupuncture to lower blood pressure." Circulation. 2007 Jun 19;115(24):3121-9. Epub 2007 Jun 4.

John Longhurst, M.D., Ph.D., cardiologist, University of California, Irvine; Randall Zusman, M.D., director, division of hypertension, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, and associate professor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Aug. 19, 2015, Medical Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Exercise & Stretching Acupuncture for Pain Management

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Traditional Chinese Medicine: Exercise & Stretching

Acupuncture for Pain Management

For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture have been used for the treatment of pain conditions. When acupuncture is combined with regular exercise and stretching the effects of acupuncture are even more powerful. Cardiovascular exercise is typically seen as a benefit within TCM, however, according to TCM too much vigorous exercise is depleting. This is especially true during the summer months, as sweating/perspiring too much depletes Qi energy. Qi energy is necessary for vibrant health.

What types of exercises should I do?

Brisk walking: According to American College of Sports Medicine, adults should exercise at moderate-intensity for at least 30 minutes five days each week. Multiple studies have found that walking reduces risk of cardiovascular events by 31%! People who walklonger distances, walk at a faster pace, receive the greatest protection against cardiovasular events. If you are suffering from knee pain or osteoarthritis, walking has been shown to rebuild joints, as cartilage is compressed and decompressed, which restores vital nutrients back into the joint. Additionally, walking helps you lose weight, which takes pressure off of the joints. Less pressure equals less pain.

Acupuncture and TCM recommends regular movement and exercise to sustain adequate Qi-energy flow (blood flow and circulation), additionally, the effects of regular movement and exercise can also correlate to improved mental health and overall wellness. By exercising regularly there is not only an increase in vital flow of Qi-energy, but also a reduction in dampness within the body. Dampness can be seen as excess weigh, and can affect mood by causing patients to feel more sluggish, foggy headed, and even depressed. It is not advised to sustain continued vigorous exercise for long durations of time or to participate in exercise that promotes excessive amounts of sweating. This type of exercise can deplete the amount of Qi and Yin in our bodies. Yin plays a large role in the amount of blood and other vital fluids that are contained within the body and acupuncture meridians. Vigorous exercise is depleting of this vital energy source and this negatively impacts physical and mental health. Acupuncture and TCM is all about balance, and this is true even when it comes to exercise. Some amount of vigorous exercise can be recommended in bursts, but is typically not recommended to be sustained. Whereas, brisk walking is seen as a balance to both ends of the extremes.

Stretching: Flexibility is extremely important to your health. Regular stretching helps you stay flexible and move better as you age. According to ACSM stretching each major muscle group at least two times per week is recommended. Stretches can be either dynamic stretches or static stretches. Dynamic stretching is typically performed prior to exercise, and is performed to prepare the body for exercise. Static stretching on the other hand is typically performed post-exercise as a means for recovery. Both dynamic and static stretching increase range of motion (ROM) and improve overall flexibility. If you are having postural or activities are becoming a problem, make a habit to stretch those muscles regularly. Unfortunately, for those who work in a sitted position all day, you make have side effects such as, overall back pain, neck pain, and lower back pain. Fortunately, acupuncture and regular stretching can provide pain relief!

Acupuncture for Pain Management:

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we utilize acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, craniosacral therapy, and Reiki to provide relief from your pain conditions. Acupuncture works to treat the root of the condition and not just the symptoms. Therefore, we use acupuncture points across multiple meridians and not just at the site of the pain. The effects of acupuncture can be felt even after one acupuncture treatment, and there are limited to no side effects. Acupuncture is an excellent choice for those looking for pain relief without drugs or surgery. During an acupuncture treatment, you will likely experience a sense of calm, relaxation, and mental-clarity. The reason for these experiences is that acupuncture works to reset and restore harmony to the central nervous system. In addition to pain, acupuncture works to lower stress, anxiety, and many other health conditions that can promote disease and illness, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Disease and illness within the body interfere with sleep, work, and overall quality of life. The interference can lead to additional stress, anxiety, and even depression further impacts your quality of life.

Make the choice today to manage your pain, so you can live a vibrant life full of health and wellness! Learn more about our acupuncture clinic located within the heart of the North Shore community.

Acupuncture for Stress & Anxiety: Acupuncture Works to Improve Your Mental Health

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An Acupuncture Clinic in Beverly, MA

Acupuncture for Stress & Anxiety: Acupuncture Works to Improve Your Mental Health

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, an acupuncture clinic in Beverly, MA, one of our specialities is acupuncture for mental health. Stress effects nearly every person and manifests in each person differently. Some individuals suffer from panic attacks and while others many have chronic pain. Acupuncture treatments help to reduce stress. Scientific evidence showed that rats who suffered from stress conditions and then received acupuncture had lower levels of stress hormones. The same effects of acupuncture can be seen in human patients. Another commonly associated disease with stress is anxiety. While it is completely normal to experience anxiety in a stressful situation, it isn't normal to have constant anxiety. Often times it is difficult to spot the differences between stress and anxiety. Both stress and anxiety symptoms can lead to rapid heart rate, muscle tension, exhaustion, sleepless night and headaches. At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we have treatment options to reduce anxiety and relieve stress to improve your overall mental health.

How does Acupuncture Work:

Acupuncture uses hair-thin needles on acupuncture points throughout the body. The body has multiple meridians, and much like a highway at rush-hour, these meridians can become "clogged" and qi energy (blood circulation) can not flow freely. When acupuncture points are stimulated and qi energy flows freely, disease is less likely to occur. Scientific research suggests that acupuncture works to stimulate the body to release chemicals into the nervous system and into the bloodstream. The release of these chemicals, triggers the release of other substances that influence the body's innate ability to heal.

Brain scans show that acupuncture normalizes the signals that reach your limbic system, which is the system that controls the "fight or flight" response. Almost every patient we see is transformed from being on edge to calm, relaxed and zen-like even after their acupuncture treatment. And the reason is acupuncture works to reset the central nervous system, and once reset, the body can restore to homeostasis or normal functioning. Our goal with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is to allow the parasympathetic system to take over and restore the sympathetic/parasympathetic balance.

Our approach at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine is based on the "whole person" and doesn't separate the physical and mental aspects of health. If you explain to Allison, you are suffering from stress and grinding your teeth at night, we won't separate the issues. According to Chinese medicine you are: "Liver Qi Stagnant". For women, liver qi stagnation could also see symptoms such as, irregular or painful period, PMS irritability or swollen breast and constipation. For men liver qi stagnation could also see symptoms such as, bitter taste in mouth, inappropriate anger, constipation, upset stomach and mood swings.

Acupuncture for Anxiety Disorders:

A 2015 study found that acupuncture improved anxiety symptoms in those people who didn't respond to other treatments. Each participant received 10 acupuncture sessions over 12 weeks and the participants experienced significant reduction in anxiety and this continued for 10 weeks post-acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety!

Acupuncture for Stress:

Stress is normal, however, long term chronic stress isn't! Chronic stress can cause many serious health problems such as, major depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart attacks, skin and hair problems. Typically, the root of all stress effects the central nervous system. Fortunately, as we previously discussed acupuncture works to restore homeostasis via the central nervous system. The restoration can be seen after each and every treatment! A 2014 study using Heart Rate Variability(HRV) to measure reductions in stress, showed that during treatment, after acupuncture needling and post-acupuncture treatment there are increases in HRV. Increased HRV is a good thing, meaning there was a decrease in their physiological stress. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment to improve and treat mental health!

Schedule an appointment today to experience how acupuncture can benefit your health! We look forward to continuing to assist the North Shore community with their acupuncture needs!

Acupuncture for Women’s Health, Fertility and Pregnancy

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Acupuncture Beverly, MA

Acupuncture for Women’s Health, Fertility and Pregnancy

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine is woman led acupuncture clinic in Beverly, MA specializing in acupuncture for women's health and fertility. We understand that each woman's body undergoes numerous changes over a lifetime. Hormones play an integral role during each stage of development, from puberty to post-menopause. Additionally, hormones play a pivotal role in a woman's fertility and the ability to become pregnant. Acupuncture can assist in creating harmony and wellness throughout all stages of a woman's life!

What are hormones?

A hormone is a chemical that carries messages to and from all the organs in the body. A hormone has a specific action, and these specific actions can be thought of as a lock and key (as each hormone has a specific destination) Hormones are critical as they help to maintain balance and optimal function within the body. At birth, hormone levels are extremely high and decrease within a few months of a child's birth. During puberty, hormone levels increase and stimulate the production of sex hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone.

Testosterone: principal male hormone, however is present in females in lower amounts. Assists with libido, mood, energy, and body fat.

Estrogen: A female hormone, produced by the ovaries, the adrenal gland, and by body fat. Assists with regulation of cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and calcium retention in the bones.

Progesterone: A female hormone, produced in largest amounts over the menstrual cycle, specifically, during and after ovulation and prepares the uterus for fertilizing the egg. Additionally assists with reduction of body fat, aids in relaxation, reduction of anxiety and to promote hair growth.

At puberty, a woman's body undergoes numerous changes, with one the most desired outcomes to become pregnant. Monthly menstrual cycles continue until perimenopause, which is the stage at which a woman's body begins to start menopause. During menopause, a woman may experience night sweats, trouble sleeping, hot flashes, increased anxiety, irritability, vaginal dryness - all of which acupuncture treatments can work to reduce. Postmenopausal woman need to be sure to have their bone mineral density checked, as the loss of estrogen can reduce bone mineral density significantly. A 2015 study demonstrated that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can relieve osteoporosis and increase bone mineral density(1).

About 10-15% of couples have difficulty becoming pregnant

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we with work with couples to increase fertility without the harmful side effects of fertility drugs. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that is often used for infertility treatment.

Why Acupuncture for infertility treatment?

Couples choose include acupuncture in their infertility treatment due to the little side effects that exist.

Benefits of acupuncture for infertility include:

  1. Increase blood flow to reproductive organs

  2. Relieving stress

  3. Balancing hormonal levels

  4. Improving menstrual cycle (As a poor and inconsistent period can correlate to increased risk for infertility)

  5. Relieving anxiety

For women who are receiving IVF, acupuncture treatment can increase the success rate of embryo transfer and implantation.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Pregnant women's bodies undergo sudden and dramatic increases in estrogen and progesterone, and these dramatic changes are necessary to support embryo development. Acupuncture works to create harmony within the body, to assist with balancing hormonal levels. During the first trimester, miscarriage rates, fatigue, breast tenderness, and morning sickness are most likely to occur. An acupuncturist will use acupuncture points to reduce the risk of a miscarriage and to resolve nausea and vomiting related morning sickness. During the second and third trimester, weight gain can lead to lumbopelvic pain. Acupuncture treatment can reduce this chronic pain. Additionally, acupuncture is a safe treatment option as many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are not recommended during pregnancy.

A study conducted at Yale University demonstrated that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pregnancy-related lower back and posterior pelvic pain (2). At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we utilize Japanese style acupuncture, which uses hair-thin acupuncture needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points that best suit a woman's needs. Additional therapies such as craniosacral therapy, cupping, moxibustion, and Reiki are added to an acupuncture treatment plan to maintain optimal health and wellness throughout all three trimesters.

Whether you are looking at acupuncture as a natural healing technique to reduce lower back and posterior pelvic pain, to reduce stress and anxiety related to pregnancy, or as a fertility treatment. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, holistic method to increase fertility and to treat pregnant women suffering from pregnancy related pain, discomforts and illnesses.

Book an appointment today, to experience the profound benefits of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine that are offered at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Acupuncture in Beverly, MA!

1.Yuan LM, Li YM, Chen LM, Lei XH & Jia SJ. (2015). Therapeutic Effect on Primary Osteoporosis Treated by Electro-acupuncture Combined with Jiawei Shentong Zhuyu Decoction. Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 31(8).

2. Wang S.M. et al. “Auricular acupuncture as a treatment for pregnant women who have low back and posterior pelvic pain: a pilot study” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology September 2009.

Acupuncture for Arthritis

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Acupuncture Clinic in Beverly, MA

Acupuncture for Arthritis

You don't need to suffer from arthritis pain!

Acupuncture works to solve chronic pain. It is suggested that acupuncture can help the common types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. In the United States, 1 in 5 adults suffer from arthritis and is the leading cause of disability. Acupuncture uses hair thin needles to stimulate acupuncture points which release tight, spasmed muscles and restore them to their relaxed or resting state. Additionally, scientific research suggests that acupuncture works to stimulate specific points on the body to release chemicals into the nervous system and into the bloodstream. The release of chemicals changes the experience of pain. The experience triggers the release of other substances that influence the body's innate ability to heal.

The combination of these two effects of acupuncture allow for people with arthritis to have improved joint function and a decrease in joint pain without side effects!

Additionally at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we utilize supplements and herbal medicine to resolve arthritis pain. We utilize three supplements that have clinical evidence to reduce joint pain and swelling by blocking inflammation. Turmeric/Curcumin, Omega-3 Fatty acids (EPA and DHA), and Magnesium.

Turmeric/Curcumin

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we utilize a physician grade Turmeric/Curcumin supplement that contain additional anti-inflammatory ingredients that have the greatest effects to reduce joint pain and swelling by blocking inflammatory cytokines. Most clinical studies show long-term improvement in joint pain and joint function.

Great for OA & RA!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids (EPA & DHA)

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we carry a variety of high-quality Omega-3 Fatty Acids good for a variety of conditions, from ADHD to arthritis pain. Omega-3s block inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins, and are converted by the body into powerful anti-inflammatory chemicals. For arthritis pain, a combination of EPA and DHA is suggested to for the greatest anti-inflammatory benefits. A 2010 meta-analysis found that fish oil signficationally decreased joint pain and stiffness in RA patient and reduced or eliminated NSAID use. Similar studies have shown the same results for those with OA. EPA and DHA is also good for heart-health, brain health & brain development, depression, anxiety, lower blood pressure, and many other common conditions! Most people who live in the United States, could benefit by adding Omega-3s as the american diet does not have a healthy ratio of Omega-6s to Omega-3s in their diet. This unhealthy ratio causes excess inflammation within their bodies.

Great for OA, RA and most Americans!

Magnesium

Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Unfortunately, many dietary surveys of people within the US consistently show that intakes of magnesium are lower than the recommended amounts set forth by the USDA. The most likely reason for low intakes is due to the fact that the foods that contain the highest dosage of magnesium are not highly consumed within the Western diet. When the body is magnesium deficient, it undergoes oxidative stress. Oxidative stress triggers tissue damage, which can lead to joint inflammation and joint pain. Long-term oxidative stress can eventually cause arthritis, heart-disease, and other common aging conditions. When magnesium is present in the diet whether through dietary foods or supplements, oxidative stress is prevented by using anti-oxidants. This ultimately reduces joint pain, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Wonderful addition to most people's health care!

Great for OA, RA and most Americans!

Today, make the choice to reduce your joint pain and to improve your joint health! Learn more about how acupuncture works to solve pain and improve your health!

Using Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for ADHD

Using Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for ADHD

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Acupuncture in Beverly, MA

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture treatment has many health benefits, from lowering blood pressure, alleviating back and neck pain, to treating ADHD.

One of the most common childhood diagnosis in the United States is ADHD. Over 10% of boys and 5% of girls are diagnosed with this disorder according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Western treatment of ADHD is typically through the prescription of a stimulant called methylphenidate (trade name is Ritalin). However, methylphenidate can have many health side effects and many parents are looking for alternative therapies.

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine in Beverly, MA we use acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, Chinese herbal medicine and Omega-3 supplementation to address ADHD. Our approach toward ADHD is a effective, safe, and gentle approach for your child's health care. Acupuncture works to solve countless illnesses through the stimulation of acupuncture points with hair thin needles. Additionally, at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we employ the use of Japanese style acupuncture. Japanese style acupuncture allows us to use needle-free techniques that stimulate the same acupuncture points and have tremendous health benefits for your child's health and wellness.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we address the full spectrum of your child's health rather than just the symptoms that are showing. From a traditional chinese medicine (TCM) standpoint there are many reasons why ADHD maybe occurring within your child. Our goal is to determine exactly what patterns and pathologies are specific to your child and provide an acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbal medicine plan that is specific to those patterns and pathologies. This allows for greater success with treatment plans and reduction of symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

Omega-3 EPA and DHA

Omega-3 fatty acids and fatty fish supply two of the most important essential fatty acids for optimal brain function and health.

If levels are low many side effects can occur. Without getting into detail, every aspect of brain signaling is impacted. That means that every "message" that is sent from brain cell to brain cell is affected. Every thought, emotion, and action is impacted by Omega-3 levels within the body. Unfortunately, the diet of most individuals in the United States does not have the proper ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3s. The recommended ratio is 2:1 and the average diet is in the range of 15:1 - 40:1. Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids, more specifically, EPA and DHA are beneficial to those who suffer from ADHD. Studies show that children who use Omega-3 supplements experience less hyperactivity. Additionally cognitive functioning is better, and the "working memory" is improved allowing for more success in school, sports, and social interaction

Omega-3 supplements and fish oil supplements go beyond ADHD. Omega-3s reduce cellular inflammation and improve all neuron functioning! If you are a parent, reading this article for your child, you too can benefit from Omega-3s. Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids have shown anti-amyloid, anti-tau, and anti-inflammatory actions in the brain. All of which play a role in the development of alzheimer disease. North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine carries a high-quality line of Omega-3 supplements that are great addition to your daily health care routine. Take the step to reduce the risk for loss of cognitive functioning and inflammation within your body!

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Summer Heat and Dampness- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture Remedies

Summer Heat and Dampness- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture Remedies

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Acupuncture Beverly, MA

Summer time, the season all long for, but when the heat and humidity ramps up, there is a sudden shift and most are wishing it was cooler again!

Today I would like cover a few topics:

1)What is "Summer Heat"

2) What is "Dampness"

3) How does Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help to prevent and resolve symptoms of "Summer Heat" and Dampness"

On previous blogs, related to Seasons: I covered Food & Summer Heat and Prepare for Spring.

What is "Summer Heat"?

With the weekend heat wave behind us, you may have noticed symptoms of summer heat such as fever, nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, dizziness, whole body heaviness, or heaviness in the arms and legs. TCM likes to refer to these symptoms as "Summer heat".

Summer Heat is sweltering heat which can be experienced here in Beverly, MA on a 95 degree day. Add humidity and you are experiencing what TCM would refer to as Dampness. This weekend you were likely experiencing some symptoms of Dampness as well. Symptoms are body heaviness localized (i.e. arms, legs) and possible overall body heaviness, diarrhea, stuffiness in chest, irritability, fever, excessive sweating, and dizziness

Symptoms of summer heat and dampness, should NOT be confused with heat exhaustion or heat stroke (i.e. fainting, dark colored urine, rapid heart rate, dry skin, etc). If you are experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke seek immediate medical attention.

How to Combat "Summer Heat" and "Dampness"?

First, if you are an individual who is suffers from summer heat or dampness, try acupuncture! Acupuncture works to prevent the onset of summer heat and dampness through acupuncture points that release heat and harmonize the spleen to prevent dampness from occurring. Acupuncture points are stimulated through hair thin needles, and while you may experience relief after one acupuncture treatment, the greatest effects of acupuncture occur after a number of treatments.

Second, let's focus on cooling and harmonizing your body to reduce and resolve symptoms of summer heat and dampness.

1) Watermelon: There is a reason why watermelon is widely consumed during the summer months. Watermelon contains many cooling properties, vitamins, minerals, simple sugars, and water to help you stay cool. Try to eat as close to the rind as possible as there are diuretic effects.

Did you know that the cucumber is watermelon's cousin and that the whole watermelon is edible.

2) Mung bean or Mung bean soup: Mung beans help clear heat and toxins from the body, balance organs and skin, and tonify Qi. Mung beans have been shown to regulate body temperature and to prevent heat stroke. You likely don't crave Mung bean soup, or you might not even know what a Mung Bean is, but Mung Beans are surprisingly sweet and tasty!

3) Mint tea: Mint or Bo He is classified as cool, acrid herb which can relieve heat in the head and chest. Drink cool or at room temperature. If you aren't already growing mint in your garden, head over to your local nursery to grab this easy to grow herb and begin making your own tea!

4) Avoid outside activities during the hottest parts of the day.

5) Electrolytes: replenishing fluids and electrolytes are very important. Replenish with just water and you could risk hypoatremia. Hypoatremia, occurs when you drink too much water and dilute salts in the body.

If you health care doesn't include acupuncture, make the choice today to see how acupuncture works to better your health!

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Chinese Herbal Medicine in Beverly, MA

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Women & Children

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Women & Children

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Acupuncture Clinic in Beverly, MA

I would like to discuss 3 topics related to omega-3 supplementation.

1) Omega-3 and Brain Health during Pregnancy

2) Omega-3 during Childhood Development

3) Omega-3 and Menstrual Pain

Over the past 3 blogs, I have discussed how Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and can combat the inflammation that occurs in the human body. Inflammation manifests in many ways, from menstrual cramps to alzheimer's disease. Inflammation is the cause of most disease and at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we use acupuncture, craniosacral therapies, chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapies to address inflammation.

Why should you consider supplementing with Omega-3 for brain health during pregnancy?

Omega-3 fish oil supplement should be included before, during, and after pregnancy for both the mother and the baby. The source of Omega-3 fatty acids, should content high levels of DHA and EPA. High levels of docosahexaenoic acid or DHA play a role in the fetal brain, eye, immune and nervous system development. Maintaining high levels of DHA throughout the pregnancy is important. It's very important to take omega-3 fatty acids pre-conception as during the course of the pregnancy, DHA levels drop quickly, especially during the third trimester. During the third trimester the greatest amount of brain development takes place. After birth it's important to maintain high levels of DHA in both the mother and baby as brain development occurs rapidly during this time and the mother needs to replenish her levels lost during pregnancy. Low levels of DHA are associated with cognitive deficits and behavioral conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and aggression in children.

Omega-3 during Childhood Development

When choosing an Omega-3 supplement be sure that the source of omega-3 is of high quality and carefully processed to remove environmental toxins. During childhood development the nutritional goal would be for your child to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and high quality sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. However, not all children want to eat a high quality diet, if that is the case then Omega-3 supplementation is necessary for proper development. During childhood development, Omega-3s play an important role in brain function. Research studies have found that when Omega-3 levels are low, symptoms or conditions such as ADHD, anti-social traits, poor reading ability, and poor memory can result. To avoid the side effects of low levels of DHA and Omega-3s be sure to include a high quality polyunsaturated fatty acid, fish oil supplement in your child's health plan!

Omega-3 and Menstrual Pain

If you are suffering from primary dysmenorrhea, there is evidence you don't need to suffer from severe period pain anymore. A 2011 study found that fish oil is better than ibuprofen in treatment of severe pain in primary dysmenorrhea (1). A year later a 2012 study confirmed that supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids reduced the symptom intensity of primary dysmenorrhea (2). Supplement with an Omega-3 fish oil to stop suffering from severe period pain. Looking for even greater pain relief from your period pain? Try acupuncture! Acupuncture works to reduce menstrual cramps and overall period pain!

1) Comparison of the effect of fish oil and ibuprofen on treatment of severe pain in primary dysmenorrhea 

Mandana Zafari, Fereshteh Behmanesh, Azar Agha Mohammadi

Caspian J Intern Med. 2011 Summer; 2(3): 279–282.

2) Effect of omega-3 fatty acids on intensity of primary dysmenorrhea.

Rahbar N., Asgharzadeh D., Ghorbani R.

Int J. Gynaecol Obstet. 2012. April; 117(1): 45-7.

Omega-3s and Mental Health

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Omega-3 and Mental Health

How Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect Your Mental Health?

Omega-3 supplements are a popular over-the-counter supplement that are readily available. However, not all Omega-3 supplements are created equal. When choosing a Omega-3 fish oils, be sure that the fish oil contains high levels of DHA and EPA. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for brain function and development throughout all stages of life. Many studies show that those who take fish oils during pregnancy give birth to children who score higher on tests of intelligence and have better brain function. As we age, studies have shown that individuals with lower EPA and DHA levels are more likely to have a smaller brain size.

Unfortunately, studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids won't improve brain function of those already suffering from Alzheimer's disease. It is best to begin supplementing with fish oil and Omega-3 from childhood. On the other hand, several studies have shown those who have mild memory impairments may have brain and memory improvements from fish oil supplements.

Omega-3 and Depression

There are many studies that illustrate different mechanisms of why Omega-3 supplementation improves depression. The most likely cause is to the anti-inflammatory effects that Omega-3s have. For the most health benefits, be sure that the fish oil contains long chain EPA and DHA.

Omega-3 and Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are a common mental health condition that impacts many individuals in the United States. Symptoms of anxiety include, excessive worrying, feeling agitated, restlessness, and fatigue to name a few. Fortunately, studies have shown that Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids can improve mood and anxiety disorders. For the greatest health benefits, be sure to start supplementing with Omega-3s at a young age.

Omega-3 and Sleep

Looking to improve your sleep without taking melatonin? Try Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids instead! It's suggested that 600mg of Omega-3 DHA will improve children's sleep.

Why do Omega-3s improve sleep?

Sleep issues are associated with poor health. Poor health can manifest as behavioral, cognitive, or both. These same manifestations are associated with deficiencies of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. If Omega-3 fatty acids are supplemented, then it is possible that sleep, behavioral and cognitive health issues may be reduced, improving both children and adult's quality of life.

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine's last blog on Omega-3s will focus on Women's Health and Children.

  • Brain health during Pregnancy and childhood

  • Reduction of ADHD

  • Alleviate Menstrual Pain


Omega-3 Fatty Acids

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Inflammation, Autoimmune Disease and Cardiovascular Health

Today, I would like to discuss how Omega-3 fatty acids impact your overall health. Last blog, I discussed the three main sources of omega-3 and how diet and/or omega-3 supplements have many positive impacts on your health and wellness.

Omega-3 and Inflammation

The human body is impacted by inflammation in 2 ways:

Acute Inflammation: a biological response to anything harmful. The causes can be of physical, biological, chemical or psychological in nature. Commonly understood examples are:

Physical: Burns, trauma, physical injury, exercise

Biological: infection, stress

Chemical: Alcohol or chemical irritants i.e. bleach

Psychological: Excitement, fear

During acute inflammation, the body responses in a number of ways, but the most common are pain, heat, redness, swelling, itchiness or loss of function. Acute inflammation is the first line of defense, and the response is short-lived and ceases once the stimulus is removed (i.e. chemical irritant is washed off). If acute inflammation is prolonged then the immune response continues and becomes chronic in nature.

Chronic Inflammation: Chronic inflammation occurs when inflammation persists for an extended period of time. Long-term inflammation can contribute to every chronic Western illness i.e. Heart Disease. Since Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce production of substances linked to inflammation, it is strongly recommended to use a omega-3 supplement or eat foods high in Omega-3's. Studies show omega-3 supplements reduce the risk for inflammation. Health benefits include reduced risk of heart disease, heart failure, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer.

Omega-3 and Cardiovascular Health

Unfortunately, the world's leading causes of death are heart attacks and strokes. Countries that have a high Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio (2:1 - 4:1) have extremely low rates of these diseases. Western countries such as, the United states typically, have a Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio much higher! (16:1 - 40:1 or higher). Studies show that diets that have a healthy Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio are less likely to suffer from inflammation including, body pain, low energy, excessive mucus production, skin rashes, and many other signs!

If you are not eating foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids it's extremely important to offset the ratio by taking a fish oil supplement.

Omega-3 and Autoimmune disease

A healthy immune system attacks germs like bacteria and viruses, but in the case of an autoimmune disease, proteins called autoantibodies attack the individual's healthy cells. There are many types of autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes to name a few. The cause of the immune system attack varies from individual to individual. Omega-3 fatty acids can counter the formation of chemicals that cause inflammation. There are many health benefits for an individual suffering an a type of autoimmune disease to take Omega-3 fish oil supplements or to increase possible sources of Omega-3 in their diet. Many placebo-controlled trails of fish oil supplements in chronic inflammatory diseases reveal significant benefit, including decreased disease activity and a lowered use of anti-inflammatory drugs (Simopoulos, 2002).

Stay tuned for Blog 2!

Blog 2: Will focus on Mental Health and Sleep

  • Overall Mental Health and Alzheimer's Disease

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Improving Sleep

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Omega-3 Fatty Acids

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine

Acupuncture Clinic in Beverly, MA

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids are incredibly important and have many health benefits within the human body. Omega-3 fatty acids work to fight inflammation within the body which can have many protective effects against disease. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk or improve symptoms of diseases such as, Alzheimer's disease, high blood pressure, ADHD, rheumatoid arthritis and depression (among many others!).

11 types of Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

There are 11 different types of Omega-3 fatty acids. However, the 3 most important are ALA, EPA, and DHA. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat and are consider essential fatty acids because the human body can't synthesis (or create) them on it's own.

There are only 2 ways to obtain Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

  1. Omega-3 supplements

  2. Diet (or the foods we consume)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are not stored and used for energy, but rather support many important roles in the human body, including supporting the immune system, inflammation, cardiovascular health, and brain health! Studies show that diets high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids are associated with higher intelligence and lower risk for depression, heart disease, arthritis, and cancer.

ALA, EPA & DHA

ALA: Are found mostly in plant foods, such as chia seeds, spinach, kale and flax seeds. ALA is a precursor, (must be converted), to EPA and DHA, but the conversion rate is low (less then 1% is converted). If it is not converted then it is stored or used as energy (fatty acid metabolism)

EPA & DHA: Found mostly in seafood. The highest concentrations are found in mackerel, herring, salmon, and shrimp. Also, found in Grass-fed animals products. EPA & DHA are considered long-chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids and are the holy-grail to combat acute and chronic disease if consumed in high levels.

"All diseases have common genesis in inflammation" - Dr. Joseph C. Maroon MD and Vice Chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Unfortunately in the United States the largest source of omega-3 consumption is ALA. Due to the low consumption of EPA & DHA within the diet, general medical advice would be to eat fish, especially oily fish or grass-fed animal products. If you can't obtain your Adequate Intake (AIs) *see link below for more details* then it would be generally recommended to use Omega-3 supplements. If dietary supplementation does not occur, many health side effects or chronic disease can result.

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/

Over the course of the next 3 blogs, I would like to discuss Omega-3 supplements and how studies published illustrate protective effects against the following diseases:

Blog 1: Will focus on Overall Health

  • Autoimmune disease

  • Inflammation

  • Cardiovascular Health

Blog 2: Will focus on Mental Health and Sleep

  • Overall Mental Health and Alzheimer's Disease

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Improving Sleep

Blog 3: Will focus on Women's Health and Children

  • Brain health during Pregnancy and childhood

  • Reduction of ADHD

  • Alleviate Menstrual Pain

Heart Healthy Summer Foods - Nutrition

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine

Beverly, MA Acupuncture Clinic

Heart Healthy Summer Foods - Nutrition

With the 4th of July behind us, your probably feeling sick of potato salad, grilled chicken, and corn on the cob. However, the height of cookout season is still among us, and North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine wants to provide some tips on how to eat a heart healthy summer "diet".

Heart Healthy Foods are Important to Include in your Daily Diet!

While ice cream, beef brisket and iced tea are iconic summer foods, it is very important to not "over do it" with these foods. As too much refined or fatty foods are a risk factor to develop diseases such as, high blood pressure and diabetes.

On the other hand, heart healthy foods, such as olive oil, fruits and vegetables are extremely important to include in your daily diet as they help reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. High blood pressure can occur in anyone, including children. In the United States, 1 in 3 adults suffer from high blood pressure, which greatly increases the risk for development of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine Provides Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Much More!

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine our goal is to provide our patients with a holistic and complete approach toward health and wellness. We incorporate acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, Reiki, craniosacral therapies, and other natural healing techniques. Often, our patients want help choosing foods that are right for their needs. We use our expertise in Western and Eastern nutrition to help our patients choose foods that are heart healthy and reduce risk of heart disease.

Heart Healthy - Summer Foods

Dark Leafy Greens - Nutritional powerhouse that can be used in salads to braised greens. According to Chinese Medicine (TCM), braised greens are easier on your digestion than raw greens. Perfect for those who suffer from bloating, fatigue or loose stool after a raw salad.

Avocado - Heart healthy alternative to mayonnaise or butter. Full of mono-unsaturated fats!

Salmon - Wild-caught or responsibly farmed, is a heart healthy choice that is great for grilling. Full of Omega 3's, which are anti-inflammatory! Omega 3's reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, inhibit plaque growth and reduce triglycerides.

Tomatoes - Excellent on salads or cut in half, brush with garlic infused olive oil and grill cutside down, Finish with pepper and sliced basil. Yummmm!

Fresh fruit - Nature's candy. Full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Fresh fruit help lower blood pressure and provides water which keeps you hydrated during the summer heat.

Summer squash - Grows like a weed in a summer garden and It's a nutritional powerhouse. Full of vitamins, A, B6, C, you name it, it has it. Slice and toss on some olive oil and grill! Yum!

Book an appointment today to learn how to improve your health and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease!

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Beverly Acupuncture - We like to utilize a holistic approach toward health. Simple changes can make MAJOR impacts on your health!

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Beverly Acupuncture - We like to utilize a holistic approach toward health. Simple changes can make MAJOR impacts on your health!

Japanese Style Acupuncture at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine

Japanese Style Acupuncture

A "5 Star" North Shore Acupuncture Clinic

Pediatric Acupuncture Treatment in Beverly, MA

Acupuncture treatment has been around for thousands of years, as a safe, natural and effective method of health care. Acupuncture works to improve a variety of health conditions, such as chronic low back pain, depression, ADHD, and improve digestive disorders. If you are looking for holistic approach toward health care, give acupuncture a try!

How does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific acupuncture points over the body. Typically, acupuncture points are stimulated through needle insertion, however acupuncturist's can also use magnets, moxa, body work, and non-insertive (needle-free) acupuncture techniques. The effects of acupuncture will take some time to improve acute and chronic symptoms. While you may experience some symptom or pain relief immediately, it is suggested that acupuncture works best when given time. National Institutes of Health states that “You can't expect that one session will tell you whether acupuncture works or not.”

Japanese Style Acupuncture:

Japanese style acupuncture uses thinner acupuncture needles, and a gentler needling technique with shallow needle insertion. Japanese style acupuncture relies on palpation of the abdomen, back and various pulses throughout the body. On the other hand, Chinese acupuncture has a "heavier approach" with needling techniques and is more reliant on "visual diagnosis", an example would be tongue diagnosis. Western medicine and Japanese acupuncture, typically have closer approach to health care, as many of the diagnosis tools can be similar (i.e. monitoring pulse, abdomen, and pain).

Is Japanese Style Acupuncture for me?

If you have received acupuncture before and the effects of acupuncture were "too much" or "too stimulating" emotionally or physically, it is very likely you experience a Chinese acupuncture style. At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, our practice is rooted in Japanese Style Acupuncture and instead you'll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and more in tune with your mind and body. Japanese acupuncture needling techniques are power and effective for pain relief, tension headaches, neck pain, ADHD and many other health ailments.

How do I book an appointment at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine?

There are a few methods to book your acupuncture treatment!