Holiday Self Care and De-stress Tuesdays

by Sean Honea L.Ac


  • *Updates
  • De-stress Tuesdays continues thru 2017 under Erica
  • 2017 Sliding Scale: $20-50

Happy Holidays RVA,

If you're like me, you are probably still recovering from a few indulgent meals and the joyful reunion of different generations of extended family over the past holiday weekend. You probably sat in a few traffic jams on the drive back, maybe ate a little too much fast or gas station food, and if you are brave like my partner headed right back out there to see what sales magic could be wrought gladiator-style on Black Friday. If you are especially fortunate you might have gotten some more sleep to compensate. If you have kids, probably not.  

That's right RVA, acupuncturists are people too.   We have families, we celebrate the holidays, and we eat too much turkey / cranberry sauce just like everybody else. Although, I must confess the pecan pie was totally worth it this year. So we can sympathise with all of you out there who could use a break from your break.

On that note, we are announcing De-stress Tuesdays in December: Every Tuesday for the rest of 2016, we are waiving the new patient / paperwork fee. Since we are sliding scale that day, you can afford acupuncture for as little $18 or as much as $40. No Income Verification Required. Pay what you can Afford. Please feel free to bring your travelling family and friends, so everyone can enjoy gift of less stress, better sleep, and regular digestion this season.  

I'll leave you which a few standouts from this systematic review done in 2009 on PubMed.

Acupuncture for Treatment of Insomnia: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

  • Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders, with a prevalence of 40% in adults. It is generally believed that 10%–15% of the adult population suffers from chronic insomnia, and an additional 25%–35% have transient or occasional insomnia.
  • Patients with insomnia may feel tired, tense, lazy, or have delayed reactions, distraction, or headache. The serious consequence of insomnia can be mental illness, and the worst mental illness is schizophrenia.
  • The mechanism of acupuncture treatment may be regulating yin and yang to reinforce health and eliminate the pathogenic, thus improving sleep.4 In modern medicine, acupuncture can increase the content of γ-amino butyric acid, and then enhance sleep quality.
  • Forty-six randomized trials involving 3811 patients were included, and the methodological quality of trials was generally fair in terms of randomization, blinding, and intention-to-treat analysis.
  • Meta-analyses showed a beneficial effect of acupuncture compared with no treatment (MD −3.28, 95% CI −6.10 to −0.46, p = 0.02; 4 trials)
  • Acupuncture was superior to medications regarding the number of patients with total sleep duration increased for >3 hours (RR 1.53, 95% CI 1.24–1.88, p < 0.0001).
  • However, there was no difference between acupuncture and medications in average sleep duration (MD −0.06, 95% CI −0.30–0.18, p = 0.63).
  • Acupuncture plus medications showed better effect than medications alone on total sleep duration (MD 1.09, 95% CI 0.56–1.61, p < 0.0001).
  • Similarly, acupuncture plus herbs was significantly better than herbs alone on increase of sleep rates (RR 1.67, 95% CI 1.12–2.50, p = 0.01).
  • There were no serious adverse effects with related to acupuncture treatment in the included trials.
  • Conclusion: Acupuncture appears to be effective in treatment of insomnia. However, further large, rigorous designed trials are warranted.

Happy Holidays RVA, from Southside Community Acupuncture





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