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Acupuncture works by stimulating the body to heal itself.  In Chinese Medicine this is done by identifying the underlying imbalance in the body and tailoring the acupuncture treatment to correct this imbalance.  I like to describe this process as hitting the reset switch bringing the body back to balance. Acupuncture also works by releasing pain relieving chemicals and reduce inflammation.(1) Treating the Root and Branch In Chinese Medicine we say we need to treat both the root cause of the issue and the branch, the symptoms.  The process is focuses on getting to the root cause of the issue in order to reset the body. Many patients come to me after seeing others for long periods of time with intense

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During and acupuncture treatment there are many considerations: what acupuncture points to choose, how long should the acupuncture treatment last, and if to use electroacupuncture or not. Another goal is to “Get the Qi” at certain acupuncture points. Getting the Qi Qi is the energy which flows through channels on the body. Acupuncture stimulates the movement, production, and balance of Qi. Getting in the Qi, traditionally called De Qi, is when I stimulate the acupuncture needle to stimulate the acupuncture point. You will feel the acupuncture point grab the needle and if there is a trigger point, the muscle under the acupuncture point will twitch. This is getting the Qi which has been described as the feeling of catching a

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“I used to think that acupuncture was hocus pocus.  But now I am happy I tried,” a once skeptical now relieved patient said to me. People new to acupuncture are sometimes wary because they think it’s magical.  But after experiencing an acupuncture treatment, they usually feel very different.  This is because acupuncture relaxes the body, decreases pain, and regulates the nervous system, so you physically feel different after an acupuncture treatment. Research has shown that acupuncture works by regulating pain relieving chemicals in the brain , modifying pain patterns within the nervous system, as well as stimulating the release of anti-inflammtory chemicals in cells close to the needles. (1,2,3) A Language of its Own While acupuncture has real physiological effects on

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Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of promoting longevity and treating age related conditions. Recently, research shows that Chinese medicine therapies such as herbs, acupuncture, and tai ji all have antioxidant capabilities. Oxidative stress can be understood as an imbalance between the creation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the body’s ability to detoxify through antioxidants and other mechanisms.[1]  Health in TCM is based upon the idea of balance which can be understood as a homeostatic state.[2] Herbal Antioxidants Traditional Chinese medicine has long focused on longevity and improving health for those with age related diseases such as arthritis, joint pain, senility, and maturing skin. Recently, scientists have theorized that herbs which enhance and boost yin and yang properties

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Digestive health is central to feeling good and preventing illness. Unfortunately, up to 45 million of people in the US live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that comes with a number of uncomfortable symptoms including, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or mixed diarrhea and constipation. There is hope to feel better. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are effective in treating IBS. In my ten years of practice I have seen hundreds of patients with IBS improve with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also supported by research studies focusing on acupuncture for IBS and Chinese herbal medicine for IBS. What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome According to acupuncture not all people get IBS from the same reason. This makes sense.

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During the early fall this year many people have already come down with a cough, cold, or a fever. Patients always wonder can acupuncture help your immunity and the answer is a loud boisterous YES. Acupuncture has long been touted for it’s ability to enhance health and keep people from getting sick. In fact, acupuncture doctors in service the emperors of China were only paid if they kept the Emperor’s healthy and not if they got sick. So it has long been known acupuncture works to keep people healthy. Acupuncture helps build up your immune system Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s ability to defend against pathogens though it’s ability to reduce stress, inflammation, and stimulate the immune system. Many studies

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Acupuncture offers an effective drug free treatment for allergies.  So you can smell the flowers without worrying about being too drowsy and foggy brained. Acupuncture is different than taking a pill Antihistamines are commonly taken for allergies.  These are medicines which block the chemicals called histamines that cause the symptoms of allergies. Acupuncture is different than taking a pill.  Rather than a medication that will temporarily block a receptor, histamine in the case of allergies, acupuncture works to regulate the body’s functioning. The goals is for long term improvement from the acupuncture treatment. How does acupuncture work? The idea is that acupuncture helps to reset the body and remind it how to be healthy. As balance is achieved, your body

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Research about acupuncture for pelvic pain is common question from my patients who are seeking help. There have been a number of studies focusing on acupuncture for pelvic pain, each showing acupuncture has a strong effect on pain and function. Here’s a summery of a few which I think are interesting. 1. Electroacupuncture relieves pain in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: three-arm randomised trial. (1) Thirty-six men with CP/CPPS were randomised to three treatment groups: advice and exercise plus 12 bi-weekly sessions of electro-acupuncture (EA), advice and exercise with sham electro-acupuncture (SEA), and advice and exercise (AE) alone. Acupuncture points used included bilateral stimulation of Ciliao BL-32, Zhongliao BL-33 and Huantiao GB-30. The needles were stimulated at 4 hertz

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Many people believe acupuncture is mysterious.  It’s not.   Acupuncture is practical because it works.  It’s not about the body’s energy or imbalances that are the root of your problem. It’s about feeling better and staying healthy. Feel Better, Get Acupuncture Acupuncture is about staying healthy.  The acupuncture works by reminding the body how to be healthy. Acupuncture works on many levels. First it works where the problem is to release tight muscles and reduce inflammation.  It works to heal the connective tissue in the region and reduce trigger points.  Acupuncture also works within the central nervous system, in the brain, to stop pain and regulate hormones. Acupuncture is a simple idea but complicated in practice Creating an effective therapy

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Coming in for acupuncture for the first time?  Here’s are the most commonly asked questions. What should I wear? People come to their acupuncture treatment dressed in everything from business suits and dresses to sweatpants. We will have gowns and towels so you can change if need be. Many people prefer to wear loose clothing so they do not need to change.  Most acupuncture treatments begin on your arms and legs so changing is not always needed. For specific joint pain conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, Joseph will have to look at your posture and balance.  If is helpful to wear shorts or boxers for men and a sports bra for women. For skin conditions,