The Benefits of Acupuncture in the Summer
Looking for a little bit of relief from physical ailments? How about some help de-stressing? Try acupuncture! This practice, which originated in China, has been around for over 2,500 years and has been shown to have physical and emotional benefits. Not only can this practice be used to help fertility patients regulate their menstrual cycles and improve blood flow to the pelvic area, the reproductive organs and the uterine lining, but it can also be beneficial for other ailments as well.
With summertime in full force, we wanted to share with you all the ways acupuncture can help you feel your best during these precious months:
- Sports and other outdoor injuries. Ah, summertime. Golf, tennis, waterskiing, gardening, biking, hiking, kayaking—the list of fun outdoor activities is enticing. The aches, pains, strains and sprains we might experience is not nearly as fun. Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities can help decrease inflammation, stop pain, relax muscles, and help you heal. Even those long hours spent driving to and from vacations can exacerbate neck, back, hip and knee issues. Acupuncture can help you nip the injury in the bud, so you can get back out there while the sun is still shining!
- Allergies and cold and flu season are on their way. Summer is the time to start preventive care for fall allergies and colds by boosting your immune system. Follow our blog for more information about how to help yourself stay healthy and feel better during the fall and winter months.
- Moods know no season. Stress often doesn’t take a vacation. Many people feel MORE anxious in the summer months. For some, extended periods of down time mean lack of structure, which can trigger or worsen low mood or anxiety. For others, travelling to see family can be a stressor. Acupuncture helps smooth the nervous system, keeping us from being in “fight-or-flight” patterns. Acupuncture has also been shown to help anxiety and depression, in part by stimulating the “feel good” hormones you produce naturally.
If you would like to give acupuncture a try this summer, RMACT offers the services of three experienced acupuncturists to both patients and non-patients of RMACT, all of whom are registered and licensed by the State of Connecticut. For an appointment call: Amy Matton, MSTOM, L.Ac. (203-858-6286), Elaine Malin, MTCM, L.Ac. (203-450-0230), or Melissa Morone Sommer, M.S., L.Ac. (203-536-7394).
About Elaine M. Malin, DACM, L.Ac
Dr. Elaine M. Malin, DACM, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist who has worked with RMACT patients for seven years, currently in the Norwalk and Danbury offices. A general practitioner with a broad range of experience, Elaine has specialized training and experience in women’s health issues including fertility and pregnancy, as well as in treating anxiety, stress and its physical manifestations. After 12 years in practice, Elaine completed her doctoral program in 2019 from Pacific College of Health and Science. The highest level of education in her field, the doctoral degree focused on increasing clinical skills, patient centered care, working integratively with Western medicine, and evidence-based practice. In 2008, Elaine completed an intensive 4-year Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. She is Board Certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM-Dipl.O.M.), and is licensed in both Connecticut and California. Elaine’s experience includes over five years as an acupuncturist with Norwalk Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Program, an externship at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China, where Chinese and Western medical disciplines are integrated and performed in hospital clinics. In the past, she served as the Treasurer and a Board member of the Connecticut Society of Acupuncturists. Elaine has a JD and was a practicing attorney for 12 years before embarking on her acupuncture career.