Acupuncture for Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

A new study regarding acupuncture is out: Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for the hot flashes of breast cancer patients taking adjuvant Tamoxifan.

Results : Acupuncture group showed significantly reduced severity of hot flashes during treatment assessed with either VAS and total hot flash score (p=0.000 and p=0.008, respectively). Also, acupuncture group showed improvement of global health status and physical functioning score assessed with EORTC QLQ-C30 (p=0.004 and p=0.027, respectively). Four weeks after the treatment, these trends were retained. No adverse events were notified.

This study affirms what I have found with using acupuncture with women who have been treated for breast cancer. Many of these women report having less hot flashes, and report feeling more "balanced" and at ease after receiving acupuncture. They also frequently say that that their sleep is also much less disrupted after acupuncture.

To schedule for a free 15 minute consult with me to see if acupuncture may be helpful for you, please give us a call at 716-688-8815.

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"Healthy, happy, wealthy and wise"

The goal of this wellness series is to offer you usable knowledge and tools to help you optimize and improve your current wellness. The old saying “there’s nothing new under the sun”, applies to healthy living also. Much of the material covered in this booklet is probably already familiar to you, and you most likely heard many of the recommendations made here from your parents when you were little - like, "Go outside and play", "Eat your vegetables", and "Be nice to other people". Let’s start by perhaps learning some new things, and remembering some old things to get us on the road to being "healthy, happy, wealthy and wise".

Some of the items important to the goal above include the following:

—Eating a diet containing wholesome, nutritious foods

—Drinking plenty of clean, fresh water

—Access to clean, fresh air and nature

—Sufficient deep, uninterrupted sleep

—Healthy exercise and movement

—Nurturing support from those who care for you

—Time for fun, creativity and relaxation

—Meaningful work

—Clarity about your life goals

—A form of spirituality that supports you

As we move further into the wellness series we'll be touching on all these subjects. In the meantime, have a great day!

Curious about acupuncture?

Many people think that acupuncture is only good for pain...However - did you know that acupuncture may also be helpful for these issues?

Women's Wellness:
Hormone balancing -menopausal complaints, PMS, menstrual issues, mood swings, irritability
Endocrine balancing - hypothyroid, Hashimoto's, elevated blood sugar
Weight issues
Fertility support
Autoimmune issues 

Emotional Wellness including:
Depression/lack of motivation

Digestive Wellness including:
Gas, bloating, IBS
Food sensitivities

And for Musculoskeletal wellness and pain support for:
Neck and back pain
Sciatica pain
Shoulder pain
"Achy all over" muscle and joint pain

Acupuncture appointments now available with Dr. Colleen Gagliardi, ND LAc, located within Notaro Chiropractic, East Amherst office at 4754 North French Rd., East Amherst, NY 14051.

Call 716-688-8815 to schedule!

The Importance of Protein in Your Diet

Wellness tip for the day - what do you need that you may not be getting?

Skipping meals (especially skipping breakfast) is hard on the body. In general, your body really likes regularity -especially when it comes to eating. So, the wellness tip for today is:

--Eat three regular meals per day, and include little protein in with each meal. Protein supplies the building blocks for your body to mend and repair itself. Lack of protein in the diet may result in feelings of fatigue, thinning hair, insomnia and headaches.

Some good protein sources to consider including in your diet are: meat, fish, eggs, tofu, beans, lentils, vegetarian protein, amaranth, barley, quinoa, dairy (if you are not sensitive to dairy products), nuts and seeds, nut butter, and rice/pea protein powders.

If you have kidney or heart disease, you should consult with your primary care provider to find out how much protein is right for you to eat.

For healthy people, protein requirements vary, depending upon your overall health and activity. For more information, contact us at 716-688-8815.

About endocrine disruptors...

As a reminder - you (as a body, mind and spirit) are designed to be healthy, when given the right conditions. If you aren't at peak wellness, the question is...what do you need that you're not getting (i.e. healthy food, exercise), and what are you getting that you don't need (i.e. too much sugar, poor quality foods, or toxic environment). The goal in writing these posts is to offer you a daily wellness tip, designed to help you take charge of your personal wellness, and the wellness of your family and to help you know what you, yourself can do in reaching your wellness goals.

Today's tip is for those who have issues with endocrine challenges such as hypothyroidism, blood sugar issues, inflammation, fertility issues or menstrual issues such as cramps or PMS. Here is a great article for you to read: In addition to the recommendations by EWG - I also recommend that people consider acupuncture for hormonal/endocrine balancing, as well as naturopathy for a diet and nutrient evaluation and recommendations with regards to endocrine system support.

Are you reacting to something you ate?

Top 10 indicators that food sensitivities may be causing an issue:

  1. Nasal congestion, runny nose, or itchy nose after eating.

  2. Recurrent headaches or migraines

  3. Chronic muscle aches and pains or chronic “all over” body inflammation

  4. Fatigue, especially after eating

  5. Chronic dark circles (or shiners) under your eyes

  6. Digestive issues - have been diagnosed with heartburn or irritable bowel syndrome

  7. Anxiety or depression

  8. Weight gain

  9. Constipation and /or diarrhea

  10. History of childhood asthma, eczema or ear infections.

The top 7 foods that may be associated with food sensitivities include:

  • wheat (found in most baked goods, breadings, bread, etc.)

  • eggs

  • soy

  • chocolate

  • cow’s milk (milk, cheese, ice cream)

  • corn (including corn syrup, corn oil, corn bread)

  • citrus (lemons, limes, grapefruit)

  • shellfish

If you notice that you seem to be reacting to foods that you commonly eat, an elimination diet and/or digestive support may help. Give us a call to schedule for a complimentary 15 minute visit to discuss if our natural approach may be helpful to you. 716-688-8815