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EFT Tapping Acupressure Points for Anxiety (Same Points Used in Acupuncture)!

Did You Know EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping uses Acupuncture Points for Anxiety?

It’s True! 

This is Helpful to go along with our AcuPRESSURE sessions (Patients doing the 1-on-1 Free Video Sessions with me during the COVID-19 Pandemic while we Stay-at-Home to help flatten the curve).

These are points you can use at home to help move from Fight-or-Flight back into the Rest and Digest

aka “chilling in a hammock” state of being. 

This can help in all types of situations, not only during a scary, stay-at-home-we are in a Pandemic” kind of situation!

 

For the point of this simple version (and because I do not care for doing the self-talk therapy along with it), we will leave out the affirmation/ self-talking part of the technique.

That is the beauty in most things in life, if ya don’t like part of something or it just doesn’t work for you, you can leave it out. Stick with what works! GET IT? “STICK!” Never mind.

You shouldn’t be sticking yourself with needles anyway-unless you are a licensed acupuncturist like me, of course or a phlebotomist or a nurse (by the way, acupuncture needles are not hollow like a hypodermic used by a nurse because it does not need to carry anything like a vaccine into your body.

That is why some call it “DRY NEEDLING.” It is also why the needles acupuncturists use do not hurt the way the hypodermic needles do-well that and you can fit like 10 acupuncture needles into a hypodermic! They are about 1/10 the diameter or thickness so WAY more comfortable!

So as to not get off track…

EFT Tapping-How to:

To do the EFT Tapping on acupuncture points (OR for you, acuPRESSURE), 

Tap Points: Simply tap lightly with a finger on each point. Be gentle. You don’t have to leave a mark to be effective. More pressure is not better, necessarily. 

Sequence of Points: I like to go in order of  outer hand, below pinky finger (at 2nd crease) aka the “karate chop” point. You know, right where you strike when you karate chop all those wooden boards in your garage (or in your mind if not trained), then top of head, going in downward direction to each point, ending at side of torso/ under the arm.

# of Taps Per Point: Tap each point 5-7 times. Then go on to next point.

 

How Many Times Should I tap on the sequence of points?

Rinse and Repeat.

You can repeat this as many times as needed until you feel more chill. Let your Highstrung-ometer be your guide to how many times to repeat in one session.  Sometimes I like to do this in traffic, like when another driver tries to kill me by cutting me off or  driving so close behind that I cannot see the first 1/3 of their car (and cannot move any further than the bumper in front of me). Or-like now during a friggin’ PANDEMIC! Who is NOT Stressed? 

Some of us, pendulate back and forth between a healthy state of,

“I’m okay, You’re Okay” to “OMG-When will Life EVER Go Back to some type of NORMAL again?”

I digress. Again. What can I say? I’m a story teller. A close friend recently told me that one of the things her husband really likes about me is my story-telling ability!

Wow, that really FELT GOOD to hear!

 

Back to it: So like I said, repeat as many times as possible. Some like to talk about what is bugging them while doing this. I am not one of those. I like to keep things As Simple As Possible. Lots of other stuff can’t be simplified. I believe THIS can be simple.

 I DO like to work on breathing techniques. This can cause more anxiety, however if you find you start trying to control the breath or the mind starts to ask you, “Are You SURE You’re DOING this RIGHT??!”

 

Don’t get stuck! Get it? Okay, okay. I’ll stop.

…So, if you find focus on breath is more of a hassle at  first, leave it out. Remember, as with most thing, you gotta do what works for you. We have all self-soothed with a healthy tool, only to start going down a dark rabbit hole of over-thinking!…There are a lotta tools in life. Use the best tool that works for you. Lefties  don’t like Right-handed scissors for a reason! Do not Overthink it!

Find Other Meditation/ Breathing Techniques Here

 

Does it Matter Which Side You Do First?

You can do one side, then alternate to the other.

You can do left side a couple times, then right side. 

For some points you can choose the side with the most tender spot (under the clavicle or collar bone). This is often tender while feeling anxious.

Recap: 

  1. Starting with Karate chop point on hand. Then at top of head, progressing down body to last point which is located under arm.
  2. Tap each point gently about 5-7 times each.
  3. Repeat sequence as many times as you need.
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Thanks for Reading!

Check back next week for some Qi Gong (“Chee Gong”). If you are a patient of mine, it will pair well with our Free Video 1-on-1’s during the COVID-19 stay-at-home time!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel cared for and listened to. They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka this summer to schedule!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Low Thyroid? Hashimoto’s?…Not sure? …

Did you know that 90% of the time Low Thyroid is Hashimoto’s?

Did you know Hashimoto’s is considered an Auto-Immune Thyroid Disease?

Before you give up on ever having enough energy again, losing weight, not feeling cold all the time, growing back your now thinning hair, or thinking you are stuck with this “Brain fog” that keeps you from being on top of your game, ask yourself…

–What Can I Do?– 

As overwhelming as it seems, there is actually a lot you can do!

With some lifestyle changes and healing modalities like Acupuncture, your body will slowly heal itself.

You may or may not have to take Thyroid medication.

Either way, cleaning up your lifestyle will give your body and brain the correct “soil” to start to heal

–and you will slowly start to feel better.

How can I Feel Better?–

  • Energy starts to improve and you start feeling like getting out of bed more easily (Better Motivation)
  • Brain fog starts to clear away like parting clouds (Better Mental focus)
  • Mood Lifts (Less Anxiety & Depression)!
  • Weight Loss/ Maintenance (Balanced Metabolism)
  • Libido (healthy sex life)
  • Joint pain improves(Pain Relief)
  • Cold Intolerance (Improve Circulation)
  • Digestion cleans up (Less constipation or diarrhea)
  • Skin rashes & Dry skin Improves (Clearer skin/ Dry Skin Relief)
  • Hair/scalp become healthier again (No more thinning hair) and eyebrows can start to fill-in again-slowly!

 

–What Can I Work on (Lifestyle)?–

Diet / Acupuncture and other healing modalities/ Movement/ Sleep…

 

ACUPUNCTURE: When Acupuncture is Good for Your Thyroid

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that acupuncture can be used to treat thyroid disease.

 

DIET: How can we choose to eat healthy foods that support a low thyroid when the information out there is always changing and there are so many telling us to eat Paleo! or Eat Vegetarian! or Eat Vegan! or Eat Keto!…

Well, I find it easier to think of foods in terms of…

LOW INFLAMMATION DIET. 

So, why eat a Low Inflammation Diet?… Well, as you know Disease is caused by Inflammation.

So what is Inflammation, really?…Well, think of it as a fire. The fire does not go away. It continues to burn…

It becomes chronic…

This chronic,burning inflammation or fire can manifest as skin irritations or with joint pain…Especially if you have been diagnosed with Thyroid Disease or really, any disease. Even when the fire is kept low by good lifestyle, it can continue to smolder. It is our job to keep it down and not add fuel to the fire with high inflammation foods or other stressors which can trigger stress responses in the body, and affect the thyroid. 

Low Inflammation Foods include good, quality fats and proteins, green leafy vegetables and non-processed, non-packaged foods. Good Low Inflammation Fat Examples include: Quality fats like Raw nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, ghee/ clarified butter/ grass-fed butter, rendered fats like rendered duck fat. Be sure to check first with your doctor before starting a new diet.

High Inflammation Foods include things like gluten, refined sugars, simple carbs (think bread products). Even eating a small bite of glutinous food will create inflammation in the body that lasts months. Once we stop eating it and find we can cook and bake other delicious alternatives and avoid all the pain and suffering, avoiding these inflammatory foods becomes easier. I liken it to returning to an abusive relationship and use this example with my patients: we think this time will be different-this time I can handle it-I am stronger somehow this time-last time wasn’t so bad-this time I won’t get burned or hurt-and yet we always do-and it gets worse each time until some of us become very broken and unhealthy. It is our job to look out for our bodies and minds so that we can stay healthy.

Supplements: More than likely You are Low in Magnesium (especially with low thyroid)… 

Read the 7 Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Often Progesterone is Low with Low Thyroid. (Interestingly enough, Magnesium helps the body with Progesterone balance). So, supplementing with Magnesium is usually a good thing. Read Here Why You Probably Don’t get Enough Magnesium

 

MOVEMENT: Moving the body improves both mind and body, whatever ails you. Specifically for thyroid, good forms of exercise include: Yoga, Qi Gong, Walking and perhaps Jogging or Running. Be sure to check first with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

SLEEP: Sleep is crucial to our health and well-being and can help stave off disease. We now know the effects poor sleep can have on the brain…

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Sleep deprivation increases Alzheimer’s protein in the brain.

Basically, the protein plaques which are cleaned up during sleep, are not cleaned up due to lack of quality sleep.

I think of the little yellow Pac-Man (gobbling up all the bad plaque in my brain at night when I sleep) and this usually gets my butt to bed in time for 8 hours of sleep. What can I say?- I am a very visual learner.

If visual is one of your more dominant learning styles, you may choose to adopt this method of getting yourself to bed earlier, too!

I am all about doing what works for us as individuals to make ourselves compliant on the big stuff.

–Hey, sometimes we have to convince the little kid in us that it really is time for bed!

Thanks for Reading!

Check back for more.

 

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 169 with free parking.

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Fertility, IVF and When to Start Acupuncture

IVF-When to Start Acupuncture:

Start acupuncture as soon as possible before starting IVF, ideally 3 months (at least one month before)

  • Acupuncture 1-3 months before IVF
  • 2 months prior: 2 x/ week
  • 3 months prior: 1x/ week

 

Frequency of Appointments After IVF Transfer:

Within 24-hours of having transfer is ideal.

 

Acupuncture Also Treats Infertility with other Issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Sleep Issues

 

Acupuncture is good at helping the body to balance itself. This is why it is a good medical treatment for Anxiety, Mild to Moderate Depression, Hormonal imbalances, Hot flashes, PMS and Uterine Fibroids.

 

Your licensed acupuncturist will more than likely go over lifestyle, including diet. Here at Aleesha D Acupuncture, we may recommend some exercise and diet modifications under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as it is appropriate to you, the individual.

 

A healthy, balanced lifestyle can allow the acupuncture and IVF to be more effective.

 

Male Fertility Acupuncture-

  • May improve sperm production
  • May improve motility of sperm 
  • Less structural defects have been shown in sperm
  • May increase percentage of healthy sperm
  • May improve fertility hormone levels

Thanks for Reading!

 

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

After being struck by a semi truck during her last year of high school, Aleesha’s life was forever changed. Since getting pain relief from acupuncture, Aleesha has dedicated her life to helping others to Feel better and Move forward in life, as she has. Read Aleesha’s Story Here.

Schedule an Appointment with Aleesha Here

Aleesha D is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school.

Aleesha specializes in treating Cosmetic Facial, Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS. She is certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can help many things, including wrinkle reduction and improve collagen. Read more on what Facial Rejuvenation can do for you here.

Aleesha suffered many years herself with debilitating migraine headaches almost every single day for over fifteen years! She can truly empathize with her suffering patients and her passion is to help them feel better as quickly as possible.

Feel better, Move forward

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha atAnokaAcupuncture.com

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in downtown Anoka at 207 E Main near Andover, MN.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.

Acupuncture Helps Hot Flashes!

Like the Mayo clinic, Aleesha D Acupuncture treats Hot Flashes due to Menopause and Perimenopause in Anoka.

Hot Flashes Patient Testimonial Here

How Acupuncture Balances the Body

Acupuncture is good at relieving many unwanted signs and symptoms of the hormonal ups and down women experience during Menopause and Perimenopause. For years women have suffered without relief. There is no reason to continue suffering! Acupuncture is a great natural medical treatment for helping your body to balance itself through these hormonal transitions. Acupuncture can help your body feel less radical ups and downs with the fluctuating hormone levels. This is because acupuncture can help your body to balance itself, hormonally.

Acupuncture signals the body to release pain and stress-relieving hormones, including neurotransmitters (feel-good hormones). This explains why acupuncture is so commonly used by those with Anxiety and Mild to Moderate Depression.

Read How Acupuncture Helps Depression Here

Fluctuations are natural during changes in hormone levels in our lives; during puberty, pregnancy, nursing (breast-feeding), peri-menopause, menopause and even post-menopause. Often times stress worsens these hormonal changes, making the transition more difficult and stressful than it needs to be. Thyroid Disease or thyroid imbalance can worsen during sudden hormonal changes within the body. Acupuncture can help the body balance itself during this time, making for a more harmonious transition.

 

Read How Acupuncture Can Help Thyroid Imbalance Here

 

Are You Suffering with the following…

Lately have you been struggling with your mood going up and down more frequently?

Hot flushing felt and seen by others in your face, especially when you feel flustered?

Are you Stressed more easily?

Do you feel more Anxiety or more depressed lately?

Are Hot flashes bothering your sleep or getting in the way of work (“brain fog”)?

Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Hot Flashes, Night (and day)Sweats, and the Up and Down Mood, Low Energy and “Brain Fog.”

Acupuncture Helps with:

  • “Brain Fog”
  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats (and daytime)
  • Chills (following hot flashes)
  • Perspiration (Sweating)
  • Nervousness/ Anxiousness
  • Insomnia (Issues Sleeping)
  • Low Libido (Low Sex Drive)
  • Low Mood/ Mild to Moderate Depression

Your licensed acupuncturist will most likely go over your diet and lifestyle with you to get a better idea of how to treat you as the individual that you are. Aleesha at Aleesha D Acupuncture may include patient recommendations based on  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diet therapy as well as lifestyle tweaks that may help your individual situation for your main complaint.

What You Can Do to Avoid/ Decrease Hot Flashes:

  • Avoid Processed Foods
  • Try Removing Refined Sugars
  • Try Removing Alcohol
  • Try Stress Relief like Meditation

How to Start Mindfulness Meditation Here

 

Check back weekly for new posts.

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

 

Aleesha treats Hot Flashes and Hormone Imbalance successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN with free parking.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Magnesium is responsible for helping regulate many systems in the body and can affect the muscles, including the heart.

Are You Magnesium Deficient?

Here is a Loooonger List (than prior post) of Signs/Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

Allergies

Insomnia

Irritability

Thyroid Issues

Kidney Stones

Back pain

Uncoordinated

Extreme Fatigue

Excessive Cavities

Digestive Disorders

Low concentration

Low appetite

Muscle spasms

Low Progesterone

Cold Hands & Feet

Difficulty Handling Stress

Anxiety, Depression, Mental unrest

Palpitations (strong sensation of heart beat)

More on How Magnesium Affects the Body Here

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture treats Anxiety, Mild to Moderate Depression, Low Energy and Low Mood by helping your body to balance itself.

Thanks for Reading!

Feel free to leave a Question or Comment.

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Acupuncture is good at treating pain and inflammation. Aleesha treats digestion issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN with free parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Why You Should Supplement with Magnesium:

7 Signs/ Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Anxiety
  • Low Energy
  • Constipation
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Imbalanced Mood
  • Headaches/ Migraines
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Aleesha D Acupuncture Treats Restless Legs Syndrome.

Patient Testimonial on RLS Here

 

Which Type of Magnesium Should I Take?

The type of magnesium depends on digestive symptoms…

Take Magnesium Citrate to help with Mood, Energy and Constipation. Magnesium Citrate is the magnesium type that is actually prescribed at the hospital to help get things moving again after surgery and the medications given that both can cause constipation. If taking for constipation, back off the dosage if diarrhea results. Too much Magnesium (just like too much vitamin C) can cause diarrhea. It can be a good way to measure the threshold of how much Magnesium (Citrate) to take.

Take Magnesium Glycinate to help with Mood and Energy if you already have regular, daily bowel movements. Taking the Citrate form when you are already having regular, daily bowel movements will probably result in loose stool and possibly diarrhea.

 

Why Can’t I Just Eat Magnesium-Rich Foods Instead?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get enough Magnesium in our foods now days. This is because the soil which the normally Magnesium-rich foods grow in are deficient of Magnesium due to conventional fertilizers, over-tilling the soil, and not rotating crops appropriately. The roots of plants cannot pull up out of the ground what is just not there. So, the food is devoid of Magnesium.

 

Wouldn’t Low Magnesium Show in my Labs?

Less than 1% of Magnesium is found in the blood, so this is not the best way to test if you are getting enough Magnesium.

Checking the Signs and Symptoms above is a better way.

More Symptoms of Low Magnesium Here

 

Why is Magnesium So Important?

Helps with Vitamin D absorption (which you need to absorb Calcium)

Blood Pressure Regulation

Lower Cholesterol Serum &Triglycerides

Aids Digestion of Carbohydrates

Helps Metabolism (and Weight loss)

 

Thanks for Reading!

Feel free to leave a Question or Comment.

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Acupuncture is good at treating pain and inflammation. Aleesha treats digestion issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN with free parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

How Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture Treats Disease versus Western Medicine

Main differences between TCM Acupuncture and Western Medicine: 

TCM Acupuncture Treats More than Your Symptom

Treating the Branch (Symptom) vs the Root (Cause)

TCM acupuncture is known for treating chronic pain and issues that have been lingering for a long time. Often acupuncture is something we seek out after we have tried all other options. This is probably due to not really buying into the idea that acupuncture could actually work on something real, like severe pain or for hormonal imbalance, as with infertility. I thought the same way before I FINALLY tried it. (See My Story Here) TCM Acupuncture works to find out the root cause of disease and dis-ease in order to treat and resolve the pain or issue and – help prevent it from returning.

Western Medicine often only treats the branch of the disease, instead of also treating the root, where the disease started. Shining a dull leaf on a plant or tree will not resolve the problem long-term if there is disease within the root.  The root cause must be treated in order to treat the whole plant. It is the same with the human body.

Another words, TCM acupuncture treats more than just the symptoms, it also treats the cause of those symptoms.

Of course, there are times when the marvels of modern Western Medicine are necessary and appropriate to use over acupuncture or other medical treatments, i.e., Cancer, emergency surgery, life-saving medications and fixing major structural issues like broken bones and torn tendons, to name just a few.

Acupuncture does not treat such things as Cancer and should never claim to. However, acupuncture is good for many of these ailments, once the patient is in a healing stage. For instance, acupuncture is very good at helping relieve common issues in patients due to the effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for Cancer. Many patients come to Aleesha D Acupuncture for relief after chemotherapy/ radiation Cancer treatment appointments in order to feel better.

Acupuncture Relieves Nausea, Vomit and Low Energy after Chemotherapy Cancer Treatment

 

Treatment Aimed at Prevention vs the “Wait and See” until Symptoms Manifest into Disease:

TCM acupuncture aims for prevention. It is concerned with preventing the issue from recurring or worsening. TCM acupuncture treats specific TCM disease patterns (according to how an individual patient presents) with the aim of helping the body regain balance in order to stop the disease or dis-ease before it progresses into something worse, or before it progresses into an actual diagnosed disease (where there once was no diagnosis).

Western Medicine operates within a different medical paradigm. This is why Western Medicine often can only treat the individual after a disease has been diagnosed. Then medications, surgeries or other therapies can be recommended, taken and monitored-sometimes for life, i.e., thryoid medications!

This is common with patients who complain to doctors (sometimes for years) of chronic signs and symptoms such as low energy, fatigue, constipation, anxiety, depression, low libido, dry skin and cold hands and feet. At first these individuals are told there is nothing showing up in their labs in regard to imbalances (such as thyroid)…only to be told years later, once the labs finally show the imbalance as a thyroid deficiency or excess (once the imbalance progressed enough to show up on the tests). Unfortunately, by this time the signs and symptoms have been allowed to progress to the state of disease, i.e., Thyroid Disease such as Auto Immune Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and Auto Immune Grave’s Disease.

It is interesting that in ancient China, doctors were only paid for prevention of disease; they were not paid if they did not prevent disease in their patients because they did not do their job.

Thyroid, Auto Immune Issues and Acupuncture

Your licensed acupuncturist is trained in TCM Food Therapy and may go over your diet and other lifestyle factors, and may make recommendations in order to help with issues such as infertility, insomnia, anxiety and sub-clinical (symptoms of low thyroid not showing in labs) thyroid deficiency. Acupuncture aims to help your body balance itself, in order to avoid disease and dis-ease.

 

Acupuncture for Anxiety

TCM acupuncture treats the whole person. This is why acupuncturists ask so many seemingly un-related questions. Your acupuncturist is going to ask about your digestion, diet, exercise, mood, menstrual cycle (if you are female), etc. The answers to these questions are each like a puzzle piece. These puzzle pieces make up a picture of you, the individual. This information allows them to treat you according to fitting within TCM Disease patterns, which are different than Western Medicine disease.

This also explains how TCM acupuncture can treat an individual under a TCM disease pattern even without a Western diagnosis, when Western medicine is at a loss as to how to define or treat certain issues or Syndromes, i.e., Fertility, Fibromyalgia, SIBO, Thyroid issues, Endometriosis and Insomnia.

What Acupuncture is Good at Treating

Acupuncture is good at treating pain and promoting functional issues within the body; digestion issues, hormonal imbalances, range of motion issues and of course, pain due to almost any root cause. Acupuncture can help with Depression when it is mild to moderate and is good for Anxiety. This is because it helps move stuck “Qi” or energy that has turned into stagnation in the body, commonly referred to as “Liver Qi Stagnation” with depression-like issues.

When Western Medicine is Needed

Acupuncture is not suitable for fixing structural issues; broken bones, torn or severed nerves, ligaments or tendons. Obviously there is a time and place for everything, including appropriate medical care for each situation. Once the tendon, bone or ligament is repaired, however acupuncture can be a good modality to help the effected area of the body to heal more quickly. An example of this is after knee, hip or shoulder surgery. Acupuncture is so common after surgeries that many hospitals are providing this option to their post-op patients to help lower the pain and inflammation, especially as they taper from pain medications.

Many patients come to Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka after hip surgery, knee surgery, shoulder surgery and back surgery to help relieve inflammation, swelling and pain, as well as getting back on their feet more quickly.

Thanks for reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free lots, ramps and street parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Try Acupuncture for Your Anxiety!

Yes, Acupuncture is an effective medical treatment for the relief of anxiety.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been a natural alternative to anxiety medication for many of my patients over the years, even the most skeptical.

Of course, anyone thinking of stopping any prescribed medication should always consult with their doctor first, and should only begin tapering any prescription medication under careful doctor supervision.

Read in this Anxiety Patient Testimonial

About How Acupuncture Relieved Anxiety & Improved This Person’s Quality of Life!

What to Expect at Your Acupuncture Visit 

Your acupuncturist will likely ask you about your daily diet and come up with some diet and lifestyle modification recommendations to help ease your anxiety. Be sure to ask your acupuncturist about any questions or concerns you may have.

Licensed acupuncturists have gone through rigorous education in order to become licensed in their state and certified nationally. They have dedicated much time and money to learning the art and medicine of acupuncture and are therefore, likely dedicated to you, the patient and to making you feel better! So, ask them questions. Most acupuncturists are very passionate about what they do!

What Can You Do to Improve Your Anxiety?

  • Try adding a daily Magnesium Supplement (check with doctor first)
  • Include Yoga or Running in your weekly routine (check with doctor first)
  • Deep Breathing/ Mindfulness Meditation
  • Get regular acupuncture treatments (be sure you see a licensed acupuncturist)
  • Eat a low inflammation diet and pay attention to how food affects you as an individual
  • Surround yourself with a good, loving, positive support network of people who you actually see regularly!

More on benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

Can Magnesium Help Your Anxiety?

Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Low Mood (Anxiety, Depression)
  • Low Energy
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Headaches/ Migraines

Did You Know 90% of us Do NOT Get Enough Magnesium in our Diets?

How Do I Know if I am taking the right type of Magnesium?

Resources:

Mindfulness Meditation:

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Pema Chodron
  • Tara Brach

Many free guided Mindfulness Meditations can be found by Jon Kabat-Zinn on youtube.com. He has written many books on the subject.

Tara Brach has some of her interesting talks available for free on youtube.com. She has written a couple of books on the subject.

Pema Chodron has some free audio downloads available on her website. She has written many books on the subject.

I have been able to find all three of the above-mentioned authors at my local library. Here are some of my favorite books on Mindfulness Meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pema Chodron and Tara Brach.

Diet:

  • Book: “The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution” by Trudy Scott
  • Your licensed acupuncturist can be a good resource for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diet therapy
  • Books: TCM Food Therapy books by Bob Flaws

Other Related Blog Posts by Aleeshadackerman.com :

Thanks for reading! Feel better, Move Forward

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free lots, ramps and street parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Mindfulness Meditation for your Mind and Body (Anoka Acupuncture Pain and Women’s Health)

Why You Should Practice Mindfulness Meditation Every Day

  • It’s Free!
  • Reduce Stress
  • Ease Chronic Pain
  • Lower Anxiety
  • May Lower Blood Pressure
  • May Help with PTSD and Depression

What is the Point of Mindfulness Meditation?

The point of mindfulness (or Vipassana) meditation is to get to a point in your practice where see things as they really are. Add to this a positive side effect of becoming better able to handle stress. You become better able to handle stress in your life-both general, every day little stresses and the BIG kahuna stresses like losing one’s job, deaths, divorce, (you get the idea).

You become more calm. Waves in life that once knocked you down and held you down, no longer have that hold over you. You find yourself dusting yourself off calmly and standing back up. It’s not that the waves (stress) stop hammering us in our lives. Stressful situations are always going to hammer away. Tragedy strikes…We feel the loss… We are human…but we do not stay in that place unable to escape. It is healthy to acknowledge our fear, our loss, our human-ness. It is not healthy to stay in a state of constant up and down or constant state of up (anxiety) or in a constant state of down (depression)-of fear, anxiety and depression. Staying in these states too long creates un-ease which leads to dis-ease.

Meditation can decrease emotional reactivity by increasing self observation. Essentially, Mindfulness Meditation can help us lighten up, stop trying to control ourselves, others and everything else- opening us up to really be present in as many moments possible and, hopefully to enjoy the journey.

 

There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass.

She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. 

Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”

~ Pema Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving-Kindness

 

Methods of Mindfulness Meditation

There are many ways to practice daily Mindfulness Meditation. One way is to focus on the breath. There are various counts used in breath-focused meditations. Many use higher numbers and include how long to hold one’s breath in between the in-breath and out-breath. These can prove useful to you once you have become accustomed to the daily practice. For now, let’s just focus on the breath with a 1-2 count…

Focus on The Breath (1-2 count) Meditation

One of my favorites is very Easy to do. Just simply focus on your breath. It involves simply counting from 1-2. Easy…

Count to “1” on the in-breath. Then Repeat “1” on the out-breath.

Count to “2” on the next in-breath. Repeat “2” again on the out-breath.

Easy… If you forget which number you were on, just start again at “1.”

Another mindfulness meditation method I like is called the “Body Scan.” The point of the Body Scan is to check-in with your body to feel where in your body you are holding the tension caused by stress. It could be your jaw, your chest or your stomach. This is best done lying down…

Body Scan Meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn offers us a marvelous body scan meditation on Youtube.com…Again, it’s free. He has many other free mindfulness meditations there, as well.

 

Resources

Jon Kabat-Zinn – American professor emeritus of medicine and creator of Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I like the way he guides you through the process of mindfulness (Vipassana) meditation (before you give up too soon). He has written many books and cd’s on Mindfulness Meditation and guided meditations in mindfulness.

Some of my favorite books by Jon Kabat-Zinn include:

  • Mindfulness For Beginners
  • Wherever Your Go, There You Are
  • Full Catastrophe Living
  • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

 

Ani Pema Chodron – Buddhist nun who has written many lovely books on mindfulness meditation, including guided meditations on mindfulness. I love the way she uses her own personal experiences in her life as well as stories from others to illustrate the lessons of mindfulness (Vipassana) meditation! You may consider her one of your mentors, as I do.

Some of my favorite books by Ani Pema Chodron include:

  • Awakening Loving Kindness
  • Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning Into the Unknown
  • Start Where You Are
  • The Places That Scare You
  • When Things Fall Apart

 

Tara Brach – Psychologist , teacher and founder of Insight Meditation Community of Washington D.C. Focuses on Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation.

My favorite books by Tara Brach include:

  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of the Buddha
  • True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

Other books:

  • “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential  to Transform Ourselves” by Sharon Begley
  • “The Power of Now” and “Stillness Speaks” by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hanh

The book, “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves” by Begly, uses brain images done by Western Neuroscientists to prove to us in the Western world, what the Buddhist monks from the East have known for thousands of years about the actual extent of human brain malleability (brain plasticity)!

Ever since hearing about this book while listening to NPR, and of course reading it myself, I have recommended it and keep buying it and giving it away-it is that good.

 

The book, “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh, is great to keep us honest about how present we can actually remain from moment to moment, in all the real moments which make up our life. Simple, yet effective teaching method.

 

The books “The Power of Now” and “Stillness Speaks” by Eckhart Tolle offer constant reminders of how and why to stay in the now (remain in the present). “Stillness Speaks” has more of an impact on me when listened to via audio format, perhaps due to the longer pauses he purposely takes between ideas.

 

In the past I held a free, guided mindfulness meditation class on Monday nights here at the Acupuncture clinic in Anoka and may do so again if enough interest is there within the community. For now, Amazon, Youtube and your public library are great ways to get your hands on some mindfulness resources in order to start you mindfulness meditation journey!

 What Have You Got to Lose? 

Try Mindfulness Meditation- It’s Free!

Thanks for reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free lots, ramps and street parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Who Gets Thyroid Disease?

Thyroid imbalance and Thyroid Disease is common today.  The typical modern diet and lifestyle of highly stressed, over-scheduled lives makes us more prone to disease and dis-ease. Being in a constant or almost constant state of Fight-or-Flight, it is no wonder that our hormones end up imbalanced, especially if one is already prone to thyroid imbalances within their family genetics.

 

Hashimoto’s and Grave’s (Thyroid) Diseases

Most Thyroid Disease is Auto-Immune related.

90% of all Hypothyroidism is due to Hashimoto’s Auto-Immune Disease.

90% of all Hyperthyroidism is due to Grave’s Auto-Immune Disease.

 

Natural Alternative Treatments for Thyroid:

  • Acupuncture
  • Diet Therapy
  • Natural thyroid medications
  • Vitamins/ Supplements
  • Stress Relief Activities
    • Meditation
    • Relaxing-type Yoga
    • Rest and Sleep
    • Running (often helps Hyperthyroidism)
    • Walking at easy pace (often helps Hypothyroidism)

There is a connection with Hypothyroidism, Low Progesterone and Low Magnesium. Magnesium affects Progesterone.

Are You Deficient in Magnesium?

 

Symptoms of Low Magnesium Here

Western Medicine and Thyroid

Of course there are situations when stronger measures are needed in treating thyroid. In these individuals, acupuncture would serve as an adjunct therapy.

For instance, when thyroid hormone levels are not balanced enough using diet, supplements, vitamins, herbs and lifestyle, thyroid medication may be necessary.

Hyperthyroidism must be monitored; if thyroid hormone level becomes too high and is un-monitored, it could turn into a “Thyroid storm.”

“Thyroid Storm or thyrotoxic crisis is extremely dangerous and can involve symptoms such as extreme high blood pressure and can even lead to death.”

Acupuncture/ TCM for Thyroid

Hyper-thyroid and Hypo-thyroid can be explained using TCM disease patterns. Licensed Acupuncturists are often able to help balance the thyroid, whether caused by an over-active thyroid (Hyper-thyroid) or under-active thyroid (Hypothyroidism).

 

The World Health Organization reports that Acupuncture can be used to treat Thyroid diseases.

Several studies suggest Acupuncture can help with Hypothyroidism.

Acupuncture is under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

 

Why Acupuncture is Good for Your Thyroid

Acupuncture is good at balancing common complaints patients have with an imbalanced thyroid. 

This is because acupuncturists treat thyroid imbalance as a TCM pattern which involves “Kidney Qi.”

Acupuncture helps the body to balance itself; we say acupuncture is 20% responsible and the body is 80% responsible for restoring balance to the body.

 

Acupuncture Treats Hyperthyroidism Signs/ Symptoms:

Hyperthyroid Symptoms are “hyper” or excessive (Too High):

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Excessive perspiration (sweating)
  • Clammy skin (excessive perspiration)
  • Increased appetite with weight loss
  • Nervousness/ Anxiety
  • Tremor (shaking, usually in one or both hands)

Acupuncture Lowers Blood Pressure!

 

Acupuncture Treats Hypothyroidism Signs/ Symptoms:

Hypothyroid Symptoms are “hypo” or deficient (Too Low):

Depression

  • Cold sensitivity
  • Weight gain
  • Dry hair and skin
  • Constipation

 

Acupuncture Treats the Root Cause of Thyroid imbalance:

  • Acupuncture treats according to TCM Disease Patterns
  • Acupuncture and TCM treats each patient as an individual
  • Acupuncture helps the body to balance itself
  • Your acupuncturist may also go over individual lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise

Weakened Adrenals, Thyroid Imbalance and Endometriosis often coincide in patients.

Aleesha D Acupuncture treats Endometriosis

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free lots, ramps and street parking.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960