Acupuncture, Meditation & the Vagus Nerve

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Whenever I find myself talking to clients at the clinic about the same thing over and over again, I tend to think it might be a good thing to write about! The topic that has been coming up more often lately is how acupuncture and mindfulness meditation practices work hand-in-hand to affect nervous system function… Read more »

Acupuncture for Arthritis!

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month in the US, so it seems like the perfect time to dive into a topic that I get asked about a lot. More specifically, I usually don’t even get asked a question, but instead get some version of a statement such as: “I have a lot of knee pain, but… Read more »

What is Cupping Therapy?

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By now you’ve probably seen the marks. Athletes, celebrities and probably some of your friends are sporting circular marks on their backs and shoulders that make it look like they got into a fight with a vacuum cleaner. Those marks are from cupping therapy, and are different from typical bruises in important ways. Typically, bruises occur… Read more »

Can Acupuncture Help with Neuropathy?

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People suffering with neuropathy (approximately 20 million Americans) are given very few options when it comes to effective treatment for the symptoms. Pharmaceuticals are a large part of standard care, and exercise, nutrition and footwear recommendations are sometimes given as well. Beyond those, many people suffering from neuropathy are told to try to come to… Read more »

What is Integrative Medicine and Why Should I Care?

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The term “Integrative Medicine” is gaining popularity. It’s being used by Medical Doctors, Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists, Allergists… the list is growing. As the term becomes more and more mainstream within healthcare practitioner circles, it is ever more important that the general public understands what it means and why it is an important concept. Generally, integrative… Read more »

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

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For all the Millennials reading this with a short attention span, the short answer is: NO… OK, thanks for reading! For the rest of you, here is why acupuncture does not hurt: Acupuncture needles are as thin, or sometimes thinner, than a single human hair. If you compare the size of an acupuncture needle to… Read more »

What is a Licensed Acupuncturist?

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So you’ve decided you’d like to try out acupuncture or at the very least learn more about what it is. Now what? You find a Licensed Acupuncturist! A Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has met the requirements for licensure by the state governing body. Those requirements do vary… Read more »