Is Acupuncture Hocus Pocus?

acupuncture on back“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

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How to Treat Back Pain with Acupuncture

Acupuncture close on backBack pain is one of the most common ailments for people to stay home from work and miss school.  The good news is that acupuncture is very effective at treating back pain.

Not all back pain is alike and each acupuncture treatment is tailored specifically to your experience of back pain.

These are the most important factors to consider.

1. What are the right acupuncture points?  There is not one specific acupuncture point for a given condition.  Acupuncture points are chosen based on location of the pain, type of the pain, and the underlying imbalances causes the pain.   For … 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

Acupuncture Treats Depression

blog feeling better -1Acupuncture is a holistic medicine which works to treat both the mind and the body.  Acupuncture is very effective at treating depression without medications or side effects.  Recently, a new study shows that acupuncture treatment for depression not only works quickly but also has long lasting results.

In this study, 755 patients were given acupuncture, psychological counseling, or standard care which is depression medications. After only 3 months with an average of 10 visits, the depression levels in the acupuncture group were significantly less than in the group that took medications. This reduction in depression was not only fast but … Read More

Lunch Break Acupuncture

“Can I get acupuncture during my lunch break?” is a common question we get when new patients call.

The answer is Yes.  Many of our patients enjoy coming to our calm, serene office for their lunch hour.  An acupuncture break is wonderful way to relax and stay healthy during your workday.

One of the great qualities of acupuncture is that it can help a specific health concern and you also feel relaxed.  Come in for your back pain, neck and shoulder pain, or  headache and you will leave feeling relaxed and balanced.

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Chinese medicine for April Allergies

April allergies can be cruel.  Headache, itchy eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throat are overwhelming.   Chinese herbal formulas are very effective for reducing the runny nose and stuffiness, headaches, and itchy eyes,

Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Headache

For people with hay fever and sinus symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headache the overall most effective formulas is called Bi Min Gan Wan, the nasal congestion formula.  This is a mild formula that helps to reduce headache, nasal congestion.

Itchy Eyes

In Chinese medicine, itchy eyes from allergies is generally from heat.  The herbal formula best for itchy eyes form heat … Read More

Acupressure to stop your eye twitching

Eye twitching is annoying.   A fluttering eye will buzz on and off throughout the day causing distraction and frustration.  Sometimes, the fluttering can be quite strong leading to total closing of the eye and impairing your vision.

Most often eye twitching is caused by stress, fatigue, use of alcohol, or irritation of the eye.  In some, the eye twitch becomes chronic which is called benign essential blepharospasm.   Benign essential blepharospasm not only is annoying but can lead to periodic trouble seeing.

In a very small number of individuals, chronic eye twitching is a sign of  a neurological condition.  If the … Read More

What Makes a Great Acupuncture Treatment

The process of treating back pain with acupuncture, or any pain for that matter, is complex.  As an acupuncturist, we have many factors to consider in the treatment.

Important factors include:

  • What acupuncture points to use
  • Length of the acupuncture treatment
  • Comfortable positioning
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Cupping

1. How to choose acupuncture points:

Acupuncture points can be chosen based on location of the pain, type of the pain, and the underlying imbalances causes the pain.  Some pain, such as pain from sciatica, is best relieved by acupuncture locally in the lower back, around the sacrum, and throughout the course of … Read More

Acupressure for constipation

Constipation is an all too common issue causing discomfort, pain, frustration, and stress. (1) Digestion is central to health and wellbeing.

In acupuncture healthy digestion is central to overall health.  We obtain nutrients and energy, the Qi of the food, for all of our body’s activities through digestion. In acupuncture terms, the stomach’s digestive Qi extracts energy from food in order to make Qi for the heart, brain, muscles, and other organs to function properly.

In my acupuncture clinic, I have helped many people with chronic constipation and IBS.  I find that a combination of multiple therapies is the … Read More

Headaches and Other Symptoms

A recent patient with headaches at my acupuncture clinic reminded me of the powerful way acupuncture treats the whole person.

She was coming in for tension headaches which were exacerbated by seasonal allergies.  Stress was also a major factor.

The acupuncture had almost an immediate effect in reducing the headaches.  After 4 treatments she had very little pain.

The following month this patient returned for follow up acupuncture treatment.  And she reported she did not have any PMS or cramps that month.

The acupuncture treatment was focused on the headaches, but correcting the underlying imbalance helped to heal the whole … Read More