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  • Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression

    Two studies caught our eye this week – the first, published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that the use of prescription painkillers (think oxycodone) in the United States has increased 415% in women and 265% in men. The second was a large study that found acupuncture treatment was more effective than standard care (medication alone) and standard care + counseling for the treatment of depression where pain was present. With levels of depression rising – one American in ten taking an anti-depressant, when you look at women between the ages of 40 and 50 the rates is one in four – we may be heading into an epidemic of drug use if we do not explore alternative approaches.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a mind/body medicine system that views conditions of the mind and emotions no differently than conditions like pain or headache. In all cases, TCM seeks to address the root cause of the condition a person is experiencing. The core TCM techniques – acupuncture, Chinese herbs and lifestyle recommendations – have been shown to be effective in alleviating depression, reducing anxiety and even improving cognitive function. Holistic therapy for anxiety and depression can be used in conjunction with anti-depressant and other medications. Acupuncture treatment does not need to replace your current treatment. What acupuncture can do is help your body learn to relax when you cannot make it relax, improve your ability to get a good night of rest and bring you back to a state of wholeness. Furthermore, MRI studies have shown that acupuncture treatment directly stimulates parts of the brain engaged in promoting wellbeing and sense of self. It has also been shown to generate new neurons in the adult brain, improve recovery following brain injury and stroke and even help with autism and Alzheimer’s Disease.

    If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, acupuncture with a skilled professional can help with the root causes of this condition. For more information about services available for depression and anxiety at Pulling Down the Moon please contact us at .

  • What Yoga for Fertility Can Do for You

    Relaxation and stress reduction are very important when it comes to one’s fertility journey. With all of the anticipation and constant wondering, the conception process can be trying. At Pulling Down the Moon’s we are very aware of what women go through at this time, which is why we offer a Yoga for Fertility class that is sure to provide participants with a calming environment.

    Recently, Pulling Down the Moon’s six-week Yoga for Fertility session was featured in the New York Times. This article highlighted the benefits of yoga on the mind and body, as well as the support women receive throughout these classes. Although it is essential to lessen the anxiety that can come with trying to conceive, it is just as important to provide women with encouragement and positive energy during a challenging time.

    So, I’m sure you are wondering how yoga can benefit you on your voyage to pregnancy?

    1. Stress reduction
    2. Increases blood flow
    3. Strengthens the immune system
    4. May support ovarian function
    5. Studies have shown that a mind/body program that includes yoga may increase odds of IVF success rates
    6. Provides support and relaxation

    Our very own yoga teacher Keri Hammel, turned to yoga with us during her own difficult fertility journey. It was helpful for Keri to be able to connect and share her story with the women in her class. She was so drawn to yoga, that she began teaching classes for women in her same predicament. Soon after, she was pregnant and birthed a healthy baby girl.

    Keri will now be teaching Pulling Down the Moon’s $210 six-week Yoga for Fertility session starting June 10, 2014 from 8:00-9:30 pm. This session will be held at Opus Yoga in Gaithersburg, MD. If you are interested in registering for this session, visit, or give us a call at (301) 610-7755. We would love to see you become a part of the Pulling Down the Moon community!

    Visit our website for upcoming yoga dates in the DC Metro and Chicago area.

  • Free Holistic Fertility Classes