Fall is Time for your SAD light and Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Now that the hours of daylight are becoming so few, it is time for us to get out our acupuncture treatment and SAD lights going. Yes. SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. These lights that help reduce the effects of the shortened daylight hours. You may have noticed that you begin feeling “blue” or depressed sometime in December or January, or even sooner in the fall. This is commonly the result of the reduced hours of light during our day. Using a 10,000 lux daylight bulb light for 20 minutes upon getting up in the morning is one of the best ways to alleviate SAD before it happens. NOW is the time to begin doing this, because by the time you have symptoms, it will not work as well. The light that I use is the Sun Touch Plus from the Nature Bright company. It is a lightweight box that I can place next to me in the morning while I read or do emails first thing. It was affordable on amazon, and has a timer so you can set it and forget it. You can even use it during meditation. Just point it toward yourself even with eyes closed, at about 2 feet away. It really helps.

The other thing that can really help is acupuncture. I’m now using an approach called Sa’am acupuncture that is very powerful with just 4 needles. WE can bring you energy, help with conditions worsened by cold damp, as in the fall, assist with craving sweets (holidays are coming up), and help with insomnia, among other issues. A few sessions of acupuncture at this time in the year can help us get back into balance as the seasons change around us.

Our body is very sensitive to seasons, outdoor temperatures and humidity, and hours of light and dark during the day but we can do a lot to optimize our health and comfort during these changes.

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