Acupuncture Improves Your Immunity

As the change of season upon is upon us, many people get worried about coming down with colds. For some, every change of season brings with the a cold.

People always ask the question, can acupuncture help my immune system, and the answer is a loud, boisterous, YES.

Acupuncture can help prevent you get over a cold faster.[1] In my experience, it can also help for those to prevent colds for those who get frequent colds by boosting the immune system.

Acupuncture helps boost up your immune system

Acupuncture has long been touted for its ability to enhance health and … Read More

Smell the Flowers: Acupuncture and Allergies

Flowers 1Acupuncture 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?

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Acupuncture helps pelvic pain

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. … Read More

Practical Acupuncture

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 modelAcupuncture 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, … Read More

Preparing for Your First Acupuncture Treatment

Coming in for acupuncture for the first time?  Here’s are the most commonly asked questions.

What should I wear?acupuncture on back

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 … Read More

Acupuncture for muscle rehabilitation

man runningMany people find it hard to recover from an injury even with rounds of therapy. Stellar athletes, weekend warriors, people working in an office with with repetitive stress injuries,  and older individuals can all have problems recovering from an injury.  Many of my patients have tried dozens of therapies before finding their way to our acupuncture office.

Electro-acupuncture has a unique effect to help individuals who have stubborn injuries and chronic pain. Not only does acupuncture reduce pain and inflammation, but acupuncture also stimulates the growth of muscle tissue.

In a report at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting suggests that … Read More

Using Painkillers will Worsen Your Headache

pain killersMany people with chronic headaches take pain killers almost daily. But a report from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom asserts that taking too many pain killers is actually making your headaches worse. The guidelines define overuse of pain medication for more than 15 days out of the month.

Types of chronic headaches include migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches among others. What happens is your nervous system becomes accustom to the medication, and eventually it requires more and more medication for pain relief. But taking more of the medication … Read More

The Acupuncture Map

blog acupuncture for itch 1Acupuncture has a powerful ability to address pain all over the body. Often, the acupuncture treatment will focus on areas that are far away from the pain. This is because an acupuncturist can use acupuncture channels to address pain and illness throughout the body.

Acupuncture channels connect different parts of the body and run along different places in the body. The acupuncture channels create a type of map that interconnects different regions of the body.

Acupuncture Channels

I like to think of the acupuncture channels as an map of the body to address pain in specific areas. The acupuncturist will … Read More

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

blog what goes into an acupuncture treatmentAcupuncture does not hurt. We use very thin sterile solid needles which means they do not feel like a doctor’s needle. Upon insertion, some points can feel a prick, but many do not feel anything. The acupuncture needles remain in the acupuncture points for 20-30 minutes. Patients can feel numbness, tingling, warmth, heaviness, or movement at the acupuncture point. All of these feelings are good. At some acupuncture points the muscles will twitch. This is particularly true when using acupuncture points such as GB 30 for treating acupuncture for sciatica and acupuncture for chronic low back pain. Acupuncture is very … Read More

Do You Always Use the Same Acupuncture Points?

blog acupuncture pointsThis is one of the most common questions I get. The acupuncture point prescriptions will differ between patients, but also will change over time within one treatment plan.

Acupuncture is highly focused on treating the correct imbalance at the correct time. As the acupuncture treatment progresses, the imbalances will change and the acupuncture point prescription will change.

For example, in acupuncture for overactive bladder the initial acupuncture treatment will focus on relaxing the bladder and calming the mind. After the intense discomfort and symptoms are corrected, the acupuncture will focus on boosting the energy, or qi, in the body to … Read More