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Acupuncture for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or PTS…

 

PTS(D) has been shortened to PTS.

Drop the “D” and Drop the Stigma.

This is a VERY REAL issue that more folks than you think (and their loved ones) must deal with.

 

Why Acupuncture for PTS:

  • Sleep
  • Energy
  • Anxiety
  • Drug-free
  • Mild to Moderate Depression

 

Most report on how much better their sleep is after Acupuncture.

Anxiety and Depression improves. Energy gets better.

Brain fog and memory around fuzzy thinking seems to lift along with the mood. 

Overall, PTS patients report improvement in their Quality of Life (QOL). 

Most people now days are looking for a drug-free alternative for their PTS issues. Acupuncture provides that medical alternative. Licensed acupuncturists pay a state medical tax to provide acupuncture medical therapy.

 

 

Findings of PTSD Research & Acupuncture on Depression, Anxiety and Impairment…

  1. Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) shows Acupuncture improvement in PTSD compared to a Waitlist Control Group with no improvement.
  2. Therapeutic effects on PTSD of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acupuncture was about the same.
  3. Research shows Acupuncture and SSRI treatment had no significant difference.

SSRI’s are a class of  seretonin Reuptake Inhibitors anti-depressant drugs.

SSRI’s are the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants. They treat moderate to severe depression. 

   4. More Trials are needed in order to prove what the evidence suggests on how acupuncture can improve PTS(D) issues. This is how science works. We need to be able to measure the same thing over and over and over again in order to prove that something works the way the evidence seems to indicate.

 

More money is spent on researching Acupuncture and Pain relief. The U.S.A. military has spent a lot on studying acupuncture and pain.

One pain protocol that I use at times for severe pain was started by the military and is called, “Battlefield Acupuncture.” 

Interestingly enough, I only claim acupuncture can help with mild to moderate depression. This is because not enough research is available as of yet to show it significantly helping with severe depression. This is also because acupuncture is not a replacement for prescribed antidepressants. One must always work with one’s doctor before tapering from prescribed medications. 

 

 

Most of my Patients who have seen me for PTSD-related issues get good results. Schedule Online Here

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

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!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson 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

 

 

Vitamin D Deficiency and COVID-19

 

What’s the deal with vitamin D and COVID?…

 

Countries have found their sickest people with COVID-19 also have tested deficient in vitamin d.

Countries with the highest death rates from COVID-19 also reported highest rates of vitamin d Deficiency.

This is no surprise, as Vitamin D is crucial for a healthy immune system. More vitamin D usually means less colds and flu in general.

Am I Prone to Vitamin D Deficiency?

 

This should be a good enough reason to keep up on your vitamin d supplementation or to ask your doctor to order labs for a blood draw to check that your vitamin d level is not deficient, especially during COVID-19!

…Especially if you have Signs/ Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency.

 

Do You Have any of these Signs/ Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency?

 

 

 

Ask Your Doctor 

Only Take Vitamin D after Your Doctor orders a lab test that determines deficiency. As always, follow your doctor’s recommendation for how much to take.

Many take 1,000 I.U.-5,000 I.U. Some take even more. Your doctor will let you know what range to start with. You will know within a few months from the next lab test if you are within a healthy range.

 

Be Your Own Health Advocate

You may have to prod your doctor to order the test. I am always advocating for my own health by nudging my doctor to run tests and it has served me very well! You get an intuition about things once you start to really pay attention to your body and what is normal for it.

Get curious. Speak up for Yourself-and Your Body! It is the only one you get.

 

When Should You Take Vitamin D?

Some need to supplement all year, while some only need to take during Fall/ Winter months depending on sun exposure and other individual factors. I get my vitamin D checked in labs twice per year to see if I need to supplement during the summer months as well as during the winter. Many of us across the world are needing to take it year-round. 

 

Can You Take Food with Vitamin D?

It is a fat-soluble vitamin which means it absorbs better with fat. So, I try to take mine in the morning with chia seeds or my black cumin seed oil, flax seed/flax seed oil or nut butters.

I like to take it in the morning around coffee time just because that is when I remember to take it. Setting it in front of the coffee machine as a hoop to jump through before my ritual cup of love helps me to remember.

Don’t get caught-up on the taking it with fat thing too much, though. I found some were not compliant in taking it daily if they had to skip breakfast due to thinking they needed fat with it at the same time. You should get enough fat eventually in your day to absorb it.

Just do what works for you in order to be compliant. If taking it at night works better, then of course do that. 

 

 

Summary of Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Many are Deficient Worldwide
  • Many long-term Health effects 
  • Calcium needs D for Absorption (Bone health/ Heart health)
  • COVID-19 & Low Vitamin D
  • Diagnosed with Blood test 
  • Easy to Supplement

So, look out for Low Mood and Low Energy-it Could be Low Vitamin D!

 

See other Signs/ Symptoms of Low Vitamin D Here

Ask your doctor to order a blood test to screen for vitamin d deficiency if you have low mood and/or low energy. If it is not low, then you have ruled out one possible cause to your low energy and mood. Note: many doctors in private practice (like my primary care doc) actually like to see vitamin d level higher than what conventional family medicine doctors deem as “healthy range” levels of vitamin d.

Why? …because vitamin d can be high enough to keep you alive, though may not be “optimal” for your health as an individual. Just like with vitamin C; you may have enough to not get scurvy. However you want enough for “optimal” health to avoid illness in general.

 

Licensed Acupuncturists, Naturopathic doctors and Functional Medicine Doctors look at this way as well. Providing medicine from a prevention perspective strives to keep the body in balance to avoid disease or dis-ease. It is a different medical paradigm than the Western one which is focused on treating only once there is a state of disease. Both types of medicine are needed and each has its time and place, for sure. I sure do appreciate the Emergency Room and antibiotics (when necessary).

 

The two main symptoms or main complaints that walk into my practice are low mood and fatigue.

The body needs to remain in balance to stay in optimal health.

Aleesha D Acupuncture carries vitamin D in liquid form for better absorption.

This liquid form comes with added vitamin k2 to help your body absorb the vitamin d even better!-Watch out if you take blood thinners like Coumadin®/ warfarin as vitamin k is contra-indicated for use with blood thinners as it can lower the effect of the drug. This is why you always check with your doctor first before adding supplements like vitamins.

 

Low Mood or Energy? Low Libido or Imbalanced Hormones? Aleesha Treats Mood, Energy, Hot flashes and Fertility, too.

Go online to Schedule at: AnokaAcupuncture.com

 

Thanks for Reading!

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!

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson 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

 

 

Warning: We will be Talking About Poop!…

What’s the Difference between Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics?

 

Should I Take Probiotics or Digestive Enzymes?

First, lets find out the difference between the two. How do they work? What are the Signs and Symptoms of Deficient Enzymes vs Imbalanced Probiotics within the body?…

 

What are Digestive Enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are proteins made in the GI tract to break down food so it can be digested and used by the body.

So, Digestive Enzymes Help You Digest Your Food.

  • From Raw Foods
  • From Supplements
  • Not Alive

(Only Alive in Food form, not supplement form)

 

So, if the Body Makes Enzymes, Why Supplement?

Though made in the GI, eating processed foods in place of raw foods, lowers these enzymes needed for proper digestion. There is an epidemic of processed foods in the Modern diet. This is why we hear so much about supplementing with digestive enzymes today. Enzymes Improve Poor Digestion.

 

What Do Digestive Enzymes Help?

  • Help break down foods & Improve Energy
  • Improve nutrients absorbed from food
  • Lack of Stomach acid (breaks down food)
  • Lack of Pepsin (breaks down food)

 

How Enzymes Help:

Digestive Enzymes assist your body when there is impaired ability to break down any of the three major macros in your food.

Essentially, digestive enzymes help you turn these into energy…

Macros- 3 main types of nutrients found in foods:

  1. Proteins
  2. Fats
  3. Carbohydrates

Macros & Specific Enzymes that Help Digestion:

  1. Protein (Proteases)
  2. Fats (Lipases)
  3. Carbohydrates (Amylases)

(Unless you know which specific macro your body needs help with, look for digestive enzymes to help you digest all Three).

 

Signs & Symptoms of Deficient Enzymes:

Look for Signs in Your Stool:

  • Pale or floating stool
  • Diarrhea (within 1 hour of meals)
  • Undigested food in stool (within 1 hour of meals)
  • streaking, fatty deposits of stool left in toilet
  • Lowered Immunity

Look for Digestive Symptoms:

  • Abdominal bloating after meals
  • Gas after meals
  • Acid reflux

Diagnosed Disease or Deficiencies:

  • Vitamin D
  • B-12 Deficiency
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Liver disease
  • Leaky Gut
  • IBS

Deficiencies or Diseases dealing with malabsorption issues may result in becoming more prone to Digestive Enzyme Deficiency.

Where Digestive Enzymes are Located in Your Body:

  • Saliva
  • Stomach
  • Upper GI tract
  • (Helping) the entire GI tract

How to Use Digestive Enzymes?

  • Take 20-30 minutes prior to meal
  • Take half dose before and half dose with first bite (if this seems to help)
  • Take with meals that tend to cause digestive upset (avoid these foods when you can)

What to Watch Out for in Digestive Enzyme Supplements:

Be sure the product is a practitioner- quality supplement. You want Digestive Enzymes without added fillers, free from common allergens such as; gluten, wheat, corn, milk, eggs, fish, tree nuts, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Individuals who already have impaired digestion are more prone to sensitivities of one of more of the above-mentioned additives.

Aleesha D Acupuncture carries practitioner-grade brands of Digestive Enzyme Supplements which are free of additives and fillers.

Probiotics—

What are Probiotics?

Bacteria that live mostly in the lower GI tract. These are good bacteria that fight the bad bacteria. This good bacteria is easily wiped out by antibiotics taken. Probiotics are living organisms.

  • Protect Digestive Tract from Harmful bacteria
  • Alive

Where are Probiotics?

Probiotics are mostly in the small and large intestines.

 

More on Probiotics Here

What Are Prebiotics (coming soon)?

 

Should I Take Probiotics or Digestive Enzymes?

Take Enzymes for: Breaking Down the Nutrients in Food (Digestion Issues)

  • Low Immunity
  • Acid Reflux
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • IBS

Help with Digesting Foods

Take Probiotics for: Improving Microbial Balance in Intestinal Tract (Bacterial Imbalance Issues)

  • Low Immunity
  • Imbalanced Diet
  • Imbalanced Lifestyle
  • After Infection or Antibiotic use
  • Skin issues

How to Take Probiotics

Take Probiotic supplement with meal, right before meal or right after meal. This way the food provides some friendly bacteria

Aleesha D Acupuncture carries Probiotic supplements in practitioner-grade brands which are free of fillers and additives.

A Note of Caution:

Start out slowly with Probiotics in supplement for as well as Probiotic-rich foods, as they can have a powerful effect on digestion. If you start out taking too much, you will know… hello, Gas and Bloating!! If this happens, just back off of it or stop taking for a while until the symptoms subside. When you start taking again, use smaller dosage or try another brand. As always, check with your doctor before starting any new supplement such as Probiotics or Enzymes.

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 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