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Happy Fourth of July from Open Sky Acupuncture in Eugene, Oregon! As we celebrate our independence as a nation, let’s also remember to strive for independence from all of our physical, mental and emotional issues. This is the crux of what Chinese Medicine and acupuncture therapy are designed to accomplish. This is the independence we were all meant to enjoy. Have a happy and safe holiday:)

Terry M. Chen, L.Ac.

Open Sky Acupuncture, Eugene OR

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Chinese Medicine and Mental Illness Part I

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Chinese Medicine and Mental Illness

In a very well written book, author Robert Whitaker notes that since the advent of second generation psychiatric drugs like prozac in 1987, the number of Americans with mental illness has not only not declined; as one would think they should with drugs that are actually improving or helping to reverse mental illness; but rather the number has continued to increase dramatically (Anatomy of an Epidemic, Crown Publishing, New York 2010). Mr. Whitaker further illustrates that between the years 1987 and 2007 the number of Americans that were mentally ill enough to be receiving Social disability checks from the government had in fact nearly doubled from a little over 2 million to 4 million.

Even though statistics are showing conclusively that medications alone are not helping to reduce incidence of mental illness, prescriptions for such medications are on the rise, and more and more, also being prescribed for an ever widening variety of conditions. According to a Washington Post Article from March 12, 2012, physicians are now beginning to prescribe atypical antipsychotic medications like, Zyprexa, Seroquel and Abilify for conditions which they have not been approved for including insomnia, anxiety, attention-deficit disorder, dementia and behavioral problems in toddlers (http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-03-12/national/35448725_1_atypical-antipsychotics-psychotropic-drugs-abilify.

The same article goes on to note that that anti-psychotic prescriptions for conditions that were considered “off label” doubled between 1995 and 2008, from 4.4 million to 9 million. These statistics are clear indications that our current medication based approach to mental illness needs some revision. Medications alone are not an all encompassing answer to mental illness and writing prescriptions for such medications without due diligence in attempting to help a patient with more natural, less invasive means could not be considered best practice.  Why wouldn’t a therapist or physician first attempt to help people with more natural means like behavioral therapy, dietary therapy, exercise or how about one of the world’s oldest and most tried therapies for all types of physical and mental imbalance: Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Writing prescriptions for “problems of living” is fast, it’s easy and there is plenty of financial incentive to utilize them, but is that really the best direction for the treatment of mental illness and the future of healthcare in America? This is the first in a 5 part series in which we will continue to explore the topic of America’s rise in incidence of mental illness and the role that Chinese Medicine could play in helping find more natural solutions for mental illness.

Terry  M. Chen, Licensed Acupuncturist

Open Sky Acupuncture, Acupuncture Eugene Oregon 

(541) 343-4343

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5 Tips to Beat Holiday Stress

 

              

  1. Don’t plan too many activities in too short a time.             Vacations, even holiday vacations, are meant to be a source of renewal and regeneration. Planning too many activities in small amounts of time is a sure fire recipe for holiday stress and agitation. Take a little time out for yourself. Have a walk. Do some deep breathing.
  2. Keep your diet as normal as possible. One of the main focal points of holiday gatherings is food. Often times when placed in different situations for the holidays we tend to simply cave toward eating recklessly and willy-nilly, a cupcake in one hand and leg of lamb in the other. Digestive upset and unstable blood sugar levels can only contribute to stress. Keep mindful of your dietary comfort zone.
  3. Don’t believe the hype. Remember that the holidays aren’t about buying, selling, having and owning things. We are constantly bombarded from every conceivable direction with ads that tell us image is everything and we can’t possibly be happy unless we own certain indispensable items like high priced sports cars, watches and jewelry. Remember, a kiss begins with your lips not with Kay, so put your wallet down and pucker up. Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday and play a nice game of Pinochle with your family instead.
  4.  Cut your relatives some slack. Family gatherings are often hotbeds for unleashing repressed antagonism towards family and friends we haven’t seen in a long while. No body is perfect, probably, especially your family members. Try and give everyone even a little more leeway for acting a bit goofy around the holidays. Keep your awareness and attention focused firmly on ideals like acceptance and appreciation for everything that is right in your life.
  5. Cut yourself some slack too. As we wind down the year it is the perfect time to reflect on what we’ve learned over the past months, to forgive ourselves for any mistakes we’ve made and any perceived imperfections we still maintain. Love yourself as much as possible and you can’t help but be a joy and source of inspiration for other people. Remember that life is about journey and change. There are no permanent destinations in life so enjoy yourself wherever you are.

 

Terry  M. Chen, Licensed Acupuncturist

Open Sky Acupuncture, Eugene OR

(541) 343-4343

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Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

I wanted to touch base about acupuncture’s effectiveness for quitting smoking in this post. There is a common misconception out there amongst some that acupuncture is supposed to be a miracle cure all that can ensure someone somehow quits smoking. Unfortunately I have to tell you that that is not exactly the case. Take a look at this study by Rueters – acupuncture to quit smoking .

The article is interesting and it does eventually go on to say that acupuncture is useful for quitting smoking, but it seems biased toward encouraging people to try nicotine patches and other medications as the first alternative. Why wouldn’t you try the most natural alternatives first?

Anyways back to what I started to say…It’s true that acupuncture can’t make you quit smoking. In fact, nothing in the world can make you quit smoking if you’re not yet ready to quit. What acupuncture can do and does do in my experience, is help someone who is committed to quitting transition through the process with far less physical and mental discomfort and emotional swings as they would otherwise. The key is you have to start with someone who is already committed to quitting. Any studies that are using people who are less than committed to quitting really can’t mean much as far as accurately measuring acupuncture’s effectiveness in helping a person quit smoking.

Terry  M. Chen, Licensed Acupuncturist

Open Sky Acupuncture, Eugene Oregon 

(541) 343-4343

Open Sky Acupuncture

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Another Verification of Acupuncture for Depression

acupuncture combats depression by increasing seratoninYet another study has come out adding to the growing body of evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for depression. A group of researchers in Hong Kong conducted a study in which one group of patients suffering from depression received electro acupuncture on the scalp, while a placebo group received sham scalp acupuncture. The group receiving real acupuncture after 9 weeks, showed markedly less depression than the placebo group. Acupuncture has long been known to help regulate neurochemicals in the brain including serotonin. Read the full article here. http://www.reuters.com

Terry  M. Chen, Licensed Acupuncturist

Open Sky Acupuncture, Eugene Oregon 

(541) 343-4343

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Study Verifies Acupuncture Effective for Stress

A new study has been published that shows that acupuncture does indeed help combat stress. Researchers at Georgetown University set up a study to determine the effect of acupuncture on blood levels of neuropeptide Y (NPY), which is secreted by the sympathetic nervous system in humans. Acupuncture was shown to decrease NPY quite significantly and for several days even after acupuncture was discontinued.

See the full story here: http://zeenews.india.com/ayurveda/story1000.html

 

Terry  M. Chen, Licensed Acupuncturist

Open Sky Acupuncture, Eugene Oregon 

(541) 343-4343

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New Location

Open Sky Acupuncture and Cascade Health Center have recently moved to 90 E. 27th Ave in South Eugene, just off of Willamette. It has been alot of hard work and effort building out the new office, but we are now up and running at full speed and very happy with the look and feel of our new location.
We have two wonderful new front desk staff, Autumn and Catherine who are ready to help you book your next appointment, so give us a call for a free consultation or to schedule your acupuncture, chiropractic or massage appointment today.


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Open Sky Acupuncture Blog

Terry M. Chen, L.Ac., acupuncture, Eugene, Oregon
Eugene acupuncture blog is the companion blog site for Terry M. Chen, L.Ac. and Open Sky Acupuncture. On this site I will discuss topics relevant to Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, Taoist philosophy and meditation techniques. I am creating this site as a resource for my patients and for all others interested in mental, emotional and physical well being. All participants on this blog will abide by the policies set forth on the policies page. To return to the main Open Sky Acupuncture Site click Open Sky Acupuncture below.

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