If nature had her way, being female should entitle you to a little extra sleep! According to research, women need about 20 minutes more of shut-eye than the average man. All that multitasking and flexibility actually means women expend more mental energy and end up using more of their brain during the day. That’s why women need the extra time to restore the brain a little more too. Plus, women are also more prone to poor sleep, insomnia, and other sleep disorders, so there’s that to make up for too.

Why Do Women Need More Sleep Than Men

It’s the little things. A strong espresso. An afternoon nap. A walk with your dog. No matter who you are or what you have going on in your life, 2018 is bound to be full of these daily gifts. But when we’re feeling unwell, either physically or emotionally, or constantly distracted, it’s easy to miss them.

Acupuncture is about more than just needles. In fact, the Chinese word that typically gets translated as acupuncture, zhenjiǔ, actually means “acupuncture and moxibustion.”

So, what the heck is moxibustion?

Acupuncture goers may know moxibustion, or moxa, as the smoky-smelling stuff that sometimes appears during a treatment. More specifically, moxa is an herb—known as mugwort or Artemisia vulgaris—that gets burned on or near an acupuncture point.

Burned?! Stay with me. It’s not as scary as it sounds.

It’s not all about needles.

Gua sha is one of several non-needle tools in an acupuncturist’s arsenal. It’s often used in combination with needles, but gua sha is a therapy in its own right.

Gua sha is an East-Asian technique of scraping or stroking the skin using a device made of metal, bone, or horn. The scraping can be done on various parts of the body, and most often it’s done on the back and neck.

Here are answers to some commons questions about gua sha.

What can gua sha help with?

Ibuprofen has a negative impact on the testicles of young men, a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. When taking ibuprofen in doses commonly used by athletes, a small sample of young men developed a hormonal condition that typically begins, if at all, during middle age. This condition is linked to reduced fertility.

Advil and Motrin are two brand names for ibuprofen, an over-the-counter pain reliever. CNN has contacted Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, the makers of both brands, for comment.

When people start a detoxification plan, they often think about boxed cleanses and cleaning up their diet for a week or two. Acupuncture is not often associated with the detoxification process, though it can be an extremely helpful addition to whatever cleansing technique you have in mind – whether it be guided by a naturopath or done on your own.

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In America today, roughly 19 million people suffer from depression. It is estimated that at any given time, three to five percent of adults are experiencing a major depressive episode, and 2 of every 100 kids and 8 of every 100 teenagers have severe depression. All of these statistics exist despite depression being a very treatable mental illness. Why? Because many people’s struggle is invisible, even to the people who are closest to them. This is known as concealed depression. (3, 4, 5, 6)

When you are young Imagine yourself as a small child and living in a household where the parents drink excessively, argue and at times lash out angrily and abusively towards you. Or imagine living in a situation where you are poor and living in a violent neighborhood where you feel threatened regularly. Through studies, we now know that this type of stress is linked to higher potential for physical and mental illnesses such as autoimmune disorders, depression and anxiety later in life.

It's that time of year again. We're coming to the end of the year in 4 short weeks, which means holidays are ramping up and life is very busy. Again.

It also means that if you have benefits through your employer, you need to use them up by the end of the year. At All Deep Massage & Wellness Clinic, we offer acupuncture & massage therapy, with appointments for adults and children, and direct billing services.

Schedule online or contact our clinic for further questions 780-416-0659