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September 24, 2009

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  • How Acupuncture Can Help Your Immune System
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  • How Acupuncture Can Help Your Immune System

    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) autumn is the season associated with the Lung. The Lungs in TCM function a little differently than the Western description of the organ. While they are still responsible for expelling unclean air from the body, they are most often associated with what we call immunity. Itís their job to make sure that we are protected from external invaders such as viruses or the effects of weather. The environment, stress, diet and unexpressed emotions all contribute to an imbalance that affects the Lungs ability to function optimally. As a result we develop conditions like asthma, allergies, sinusitis and eczema.

    Acupuncture is an excellent alternative or complementary option for the treatment of respiratory issues. By treating both the symptoms and the cause of imbalance the body is able to recover quicker as it becomes less susceptible infection and inflammation.

    Acupuncture is part of a refined healthcare system that has been used for thousands of years in China. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body as a dynamic system in which qi (pronounced chee), or energy which is essential for health and life itself, flows throughout the body along pathways. It is the disruption of this flow that is responsible for disease. Thin needles are inserted at various points along these channels to stimulate and balance the flow of qi in the body. Acupuncture is used when a person experiences pain, becomes ill or feels out of balance.

    Is acupuncture safe?

    Acupuncture is safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional. The 1997 National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Acupuncture stated, ďone of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.Ē The needles used by acupuncturists are sterile single use disposable acupuncture needles made of high quality stainless steel.

    What does acupuncture treat?

    Because acupuncture works to rebalance the bodyís systems it is able to treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupunctureís effectiveness in the treatment of many common disorders including: Allergies Asthma Insomnia Depression Flu Bellís palsy Menopause Hypertension Sinusitis GERD Stress/Anxiety Addictions Fibromyalgia Arthritis PMS Headache Fatigue Paralysis Digestive Disorder

    Iím healthy. I donít need acupuncture.

    Many people donít know that acupuncture can be used to prevent illness and slow down the aging process. So even if you have no immediate health concerns, acupuncture is beneficial for overall wellness. It strengthens our immune system and reduces the effects of stress by resetting our central and parasympathetic nervous systems. To ensure good health it is recommended you see an acupuncturist at the change of each season.

    How many treatments will I need before I feel better?

    Each person is different. Some feel a positive change after one treatment. Acute conditions may be alleviated with just a few treatments. Chronic conditions may require several months of consistent treatment to achieve results.

    I donít like needles. Can I still get a treatment?

    If you are fearful of needles you can still benefit from Oriental Medicine. Treatments are modified to your comfort level. There are several needle free techniques, such as acupressure, tui na (medical massage) and herbs that can be used to provide relief of symptoms.

    What else do I need to know about acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is not a miracle cure, nor a "quick fix." Some patients may experience immediate results, while others may not notice any progress until later in the course of treatment. It is important to remember that acupunctureís holistic approach addresses the underlying causes of a problem rather than masking or alleviating a symptom. This means that it often takes time to have a considerable effect. Therefore it not only requires trust and acceptance of the process, but most importantly a commitment to the healing process itself.

    For Our Local Customers, Join Us October 09th,

    Learn how acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can your improve your health and learn what you can do to support the health of your lungs. Mini acupuncture treatments will be offered in a group setting after the presentation. This treatment will help detoxify the body, benefit the Lungs and improve well-being. Sterile disposable needles will be used to needle points on the ears and scalp, so there is no need to remove clothing. By needling acupoints on the ear, internal healing processes are facilitated. This is because the ear is a self-contained micro system that can affect the whole body. When the ear is needled the bodyís self-regulating homeostatic mechanisms shift into gear -regulating physiological processes that have been overactive or diminished.

    When: October 09th, 2009

    Time: 4.30-6.30 PM

    Cost $10


    Solay Wellness Salt Community Room

    8049 N Ridgeway Ave

    Skokie, IL 60076

    Treatments are 15 minutes. Bring your friends or family and share the healing energy. Call Lisa Alvarez, MSOM, L A c at 773 551-3907 or Isabella at 847-676-5571 to schedule or to find out more about acupuncture and how it can help you.

    Lisa will be joining us once a month as guest healer offering our customers a chance to try acupuncture.

    About Lisa:

    Following the holistic tradition of Oriental Medicine, Lisaís approach to health and wellness focuses on balancing the body, mind and spirit - often incorporating techniques such as Reiki and flower essence therapy in her treatments.

    Lisa believes that wellness is rooted not only in the condition of the body, but in the spirit as well. Therefore, it is essential that we become aware of the ways our bodies work so we can learn how to take care of ourselves. The key is a supportive environment. The process is one of shared responsibility between patient and practioner with the ultimate goal of reaching a more balanced state of being.

    Lisa received her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. She is a national board certified acupuncturist licensed in the state of Illinois and holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Beloit College. Lisa continues to study Oriental Medicine and supplemental therapies to enhance the scope of her treatments and offer a wider variety of therapies.

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