Monthly Health Update

Chew On This: Digestion and the Spleen

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acupuncture okcby Toni Twitty, M.Ac., Ph.D.c 

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture OKC Expert

August 2, 2018

 

The Spleen and Stomach rule the late summer season. That means these organs most active, accessible, and unfortunately prone to problems RIGHT NOW. They are also associated with the “Earth” element. Earth provides support and nourishment for all life. Likewise, these active organs provide the body with nourishment through what we eat. Food is ingested, digested, transformed, transported, and assimilated into the physical body, creating bone, muscle, energy, and blood. Literally we are what we eat!

The health of these organs is critical to our feeling well. Digestive troubles plague modern society. Check out your local drugstore and you’ll find an entire isle dedicated to items designed to suppress various symptoms of poor digestive health- probiotics, antacids, antiemetics, Pepto… The only problem is that they DON’T get at the root cause of the problem. They are a bandaid. 

Over time, a poor diet coupled with irregular eating habits, over-concentration, worry, excessive studying, or sitting too long can injure our Spleen and Stomach. Adopting a few new eating habits may allow your digestion to function better. In turn, the health of your entire being may improve. Caring for your health, naturally, with acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help get to the root cause of digestive troubles as well as other problems that you are experiencing.

 

So. How is Your Spleen Doing?

 

Below are a few symptoms that appear when a Spleen/Stomach disharmony is present:

 

•Abdominal distention, bloating, aches or pain
• Flatulence after meals or with stress
• Watery, loose stools, or diarrhea
• Blood or excessive mucus in stools
• Bruising easily
• Nausea, vomiting, or lack of appetite
• Sallow complexion or pale lips
• Pale and swollen tongue
• Weakness and heaviness in the arms, legs, or muscles
• Fatigue, lethargy, or low energy
• Dizziness or history of anemia
• Susceptibility to colds and flu
• Cold hands and feet

• Difficulty Concentrating

• Infertility 

 

If you said yes to a few of these, Give us a call at 405-693-5121 or schedule online to get started towards better digestive health today!

 

 

Bon Appetite and enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

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Dr. Toni Twitty, owner of Be Well Acupuncture OKC in Edmond, OK is an highly respected expert Acupuncturist. She specializes in resolving pain, treating chronic conditions, and fertility. Learn more about Toni and get started on your road to better health at: www.bewellokc.com

New Look and Location for Edmond Acupuncture Clinic

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by Toni Twitty
OKC Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Expert

 

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I am very excited to announce the new look and new location for my acupuncture clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma! On February 20, 2017 Be Well Acupuncture moved to 204 East 2nd Street, Edmond, OK 73034. The new clinic is located in a great location with easy access, a private parking lot, and only two blocks north from our previous location.

The look of the new clinic is more like a home instead of an office, because it’s very cozy, inviting, and warm, which is perfect for acupuncture treatments. The feedback from my patients, friends, and family has been overwhelmingly positive, and I’m very grateful for the support in this move.

edmond acupuncture clinicMy new location is so awesome that my Edmond acupuncture clinic deserves a new look. You may have noticed that Be Well Acupuncture has a new logo and I hope you love it as much as I do! In warm colors, the new logo displays the chinese symbol for balance, which is much like acupuncture that helps with your feeling of overall health and wellness.

Visit our Facebook page to see pics of the new place or come by and take a tour with me, Toni Twitty – the top rated Acupuncturist in Edmond and surrounding areas of Oklahoma City!

 

 

 

 

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Toni Twitty, M.Ac. is an highly respected expert Acupuncturist located in Edmond, OK. She specializes in resolving pain, treating chronic conditions, performs facial rejuvenation, helps athletes with sports medicine, and has a focus on fertility. www.bewellokc.com

 

7 Reasons to Seek Out Acupuncture

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by Toni Twitty

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Expert in Oklahoma City

 

 

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you ever feel your life is a roller coaster ride?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • How often do you truly take time for yourself?
  • Do you have aches and pains almost daily?
  • Are over-the-counter or prescription medications controlling your life?
  • When was the last time you actually felt at peace?
  • Are you having difficulty getting pregnant?

reasons for acupunctureIf any of these questions resonate with you, then it might be time to look at Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for an answer. People in Asian countries have known the magnificence of acupuncture for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is growing in popularity in the United States and here are some reasons for acupuncture and why you might want to consider utilizing it also.

 

  1. Insomnia / Restless Sleep

Acupuncture can address imbalances in your body that may contribute to your inability to get a good night’s sleep. The needles can actually encourage the brain to produce the chemicals that help you relax and sleep better. If you have difficulty falling asleep, you wake up frequently or you toss and turn a lot, acupuncture might just be the missing link.

One of our patients shared her experience: “My migraines, insomnia, & anxiety are all reduced to almost nonexistent.Read more of Julee’s testimonial by clicking here. 

 

  1. Anxiety / Depression

Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from depression and anxiety, and while there are many amazing therapists available to talk to, psychotherapy may not be enough. Also, many of the prescription medications available have terrible side effects. This is where acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can help. Acupuncture can actually start to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety in as few as two treatments without any harsh side effects.

 

  1. Allergies

Runny nose? Sneezing? Watery, itchy eyes? Does this sound familiar?

Seasonal or otherwise, allergies can be debilitating, but multiple studies have shown that allergy symptoms can be decreased and sometimes even eliminated with the use of regular acupuncture treatments. Immunity begins in the gut, and acupuncture treatments for allergies will focus on the energetic meridians that support your immune system.

 

  1. Migraines

For those who suffer from these monsters, life can be a toss of the dice. Migraines can come on without warning and can be completely devastating. And yet again, the pharmaceuticals that most migraine sufferers are prescribed can lead to harsh side effects. Acupuncture can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines over time.

 

  1. Fertility Issues

Many women have trouble conceiving. It’s still not entirely clear how acupuncture for fertility works, but there is evidence that it increases the production of the body’s own natural chemicals such as endorphins, red and white blood cells, etc.  These make you feel good and help reduce stress. It may also improve blood supply to the ovaries, which improves their function, and to the uterus, which can make it easier to nourish a fetus and reduce the risk of miscarriage.

Don’t take our word for it, our patient Courtney shared her experience: “After 2 miscarriages in one year, I needed to switch things up a bit.Read more of Courtney’s testimonial by clicking here.

 

  1. Chronic Pain

Pain is the number one reason why people turn to acupuncture, and for good reason. If you’ve tried everything else and got little to no relief, acupuncture may be right for you.  But remember, chronic pain took time to develop, and it will also take time for acupuncture treatments to work. Many people get some relief immediately, but acupuncture works on a cumulative basis, so commitment to the process is a must.

Jason shared his experience with chronic back pain relief: “After a short, painless treatment I was instantly relieved and did not have any back pain whatsoever for about 10 days (a personal record).Read more of Jason’s testimonial by clicking here.

 

  1. Preventive Medicine

Did you know that acupuncture’s main function is to help keep you healthy? If not, then you’re not alone. While acupuncture may not be known for preventive care, it should be.  Waiting until there is an injury or illness will only cause the treatments to take longer.  Using acupuncture preemptively will help you fight off illness and let you recover more quickly. That’s reason eough to give it a try.

Now that you know how acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help you, what are you waiting for? Contact Toni to schedule your first acupuncture treatment.

 

 

 

 

acupuncture okcToni Twitty, M.Ac. is an highly respected expert Acupuncturist located in the Oklahoma City, OK metro. She specializes in resolving pain, treating chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and fatigue, facial rejuvenation, and fertility. www.bewellokc.com

How to Prepare For Seasonal Affective Disorder

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prepare for seasonal affective disorderSad isn’t just a feeling, it’s also an actual diagnosis called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

 

As we begin to lose the summer sun and transition into the darker months of the year, depression and fatigue seem to make that transition with us. But, there are ways to shake off the impending gloom and brighten your day, if you follow some of these steps you can prepare for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and find yourself being just as happy as you are in the warm summer months.

 

Try light therapy. Doctors have called this idea phase shifting. Because we lose sunlight so quickly as we head into the winter, you should start setting out bright lights when beginning your day. By eating breakfast and starting your daily routine under bright indoor lights, you get used to not having sunlight and can better acclimate to your new surroundings.

 

Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Regular exercise works wonder for depression in general, so why would it not work for SAD-induced depression? By maintaining regular exercise habits you can work to get rid of the fatigue, depression and tiredness by adding at least 60 minutes a day of activity into your life.

 

Healthy Eating and Sleeping Habits. These next two ideas go hand in hand, as both work together to not only combat SAD, but promote a healthy lifestyle. Maintain a heart-healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. No brainers? Maybe. But, you would be surprised at the amount of people who do not follow both or one of these guidelines, I’m sure you know someone who fits into those categories. Make sure to maintain a regular sleep schedule while keeping up with a heart-healthy diet in order to fight seasonal affective disorder.

 

prepare for seasonal affective disorderLast, but not least, try acupuncture! Acupuncture is a great solution to combating SAD. There are various points on the body that have been known to alleviate symptoms of SAD. A primary point that should be addressed when treating SAD is Yintang, and when being treated for SAD by an acupuncturist you should be seen between one to two times a week. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with the highest rated okc acupuncturist, Toni Twitty.

 

Try some of these techniques that will help you prepare for seasonal affective disorder that may bother you during the change of seasons.

3 Alternative Treatments to Support Cancer Care

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alternative cancer treatmentsAccording to the National Cancer Institute, acupuncture can be used as a complementary therapy in system management of cancer-related symptoms such as side effects to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, boosting blood cell count, and improve natural killer cell activity.

The National Institutes of Health have confirmed that there is evidence acupuncture is effective in postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.

In a study done by Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, researchers found in a randomized placebo-controlled trial, acupuncture was proven effective for cancer patients with a variety of chronic pain and aiding in pain management. Acupuncture is found to have positive results as a complementary method to pain relief.

Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment that works by addressing the body as a whole to release any blockages or stagnations in the body’s natural energy flow. Contact your OKC Acupuncturist, Toni Twitty, for more information or to schedule an acupuncture appointment.

Massage therapy

Researchers from the Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center found massage therapy to significantly reduce the pain of cancer and chemotherapy treatments, more so than conventional care.

Many cancer patients who receive chemotherapy report adverse side effects such as nausea, pain, muscle aches, weakness, and fatigue. When these patients are treated with massage therapy, however, both the frequency and severity of these symptoms begins to subside. It doesn’t take many sessions before patients experience a positive improvement in their symptoms. While the study mentioned above lasted for seven weeks, many patients report an improvement in their symptoms after just a single session of massage therapy.alternative cancer treatments

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphedema, a swelling in the arms or legs, is common among patients who have received treatment for breast cancer. Manual lymphatic therapy works by using a light touch to help move fluid out of the tissues. Although lymphedema is not curable, it can be manageable with lymphatic drainage treatment.

The lymphatic system is essential for overall health. This system absorbs fluid, toxins and waste from tissue where it can pass through lymph nodes to be filtered. Lymphedema happens when the lymphatic system is blocked. The drainage therapy can help release these blockages to let fluid flow as it should.

 

We hope these alternative treatments help you or a loved one win the fight against cancer! 

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