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Acupuncture to help with Anxiety and Depression

 

Wearied, tired, sad, and not able to sleep because your thoughts won’t leave you alone….

Times have been tough and many are noticing signs of depression; low energy, irritability, insomnia, changes in appetite and digestion, difficulty concentrating, and poor moods.  We are all familiar with the symptoms of depression or anxiety, but for some the feelings become persistent, severe and start to interfere with our daily lives.

Reports show that the rates of depression have tripled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Traditional treatments often include a combination of behavioral therapy and medication. While some find relief with anti-depressant medications, for many (up to 34%) medications either do not work, or the side effects become intolerable.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective in treating mood disorders like depression and anxiety, either alone or in conjunction with traditional treatments. Studies shown that acupuncture done over a period of 6-8 weeks has been shown to significantly improve depressive symptoms, and that acupuncture was found to have similar effects when compared to antidepressant drugs.

Chinese medicine recognized the interconnectedness of our mind, body, and spirit.  Imbalances in the body that may have developed recently, or may be constitutional Read More

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What is the Process of Decocting Chinese Herbs Actually Like?

If you are up for it, your acupuncturist may send you home with a “raw” herbal formula. Chinese herbal formulas come in several other forms also including powdered or as pills, but what you are looking at below is the actual plant parts themselves. This could be as the berry, flower, seed, root, and more. This is known as raw herbs.

Essentially raw herbs are just the dried and prepared specific plant part which contains all the important stuff. In Chinese medicine, we use multiple herbs in a single formula to holistically approach your concerns and treat you as a whole. It is tailored just for you. These herbs all set to go into a pot and boil away leaving you with a wonderful decocted Chinese herbal formula to drink as a tea. Read More

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A Spoon Full of Sugar!

A Spoonful of Sugar

It’s midsummer and time to do a gut check. How are all the picnics, patio dates, barbeques, and road trips going? Are they sitting well tummy-wise, or is bloating a regular part of life? If your stomach has been complaining lately, you’re not alone. Indigestion isn’t just for Thanksgiving anymore.

One common symptom of indigestion is hiccups. The involuntary contraction of the diaphragm that produces the “hic” sound is most commonly caused by

  • eating too quickly or too much—especially raw, cold food
  • drinking carbonated beverages or too much alcohol
  • feeling nervous, excited, or stressed

…in other words, all the regular features of a summer shindig. A rushed lunchtime salad or those fresh, straight-from-the-fridge carrots during a busy day can do it too.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hiccups are an example of rebellious Stomach Qi. The Stomach’s descending function is interrupted by foods or emotions that burden the digestive system, and in place of a quiet, peaceful parasympathetic rest-and-digest response we experience an upward movement that brings on the annoying, exhausting hiccups.

Happily, there is a way to have your carrot(cake) and eat it too. Ever heard of taking a spoonful of sugar for a hiccup Read More

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Acupuncture and Low Back Pain

Acupuncture and Low Back Pain

Pain happens. Especially back pain. Pain is very common, with a ⅓ of adults suffering from some form of chronic pain (you aren’t alone!). Chronic pain costs the US around 600 BILLION dollars each year. Opioid medications are still present in the top ten list of most commonly prescribed medications today. Steroids and NSAIDS often come with their own host of side effects and health concerns. As the mainstream starts to recognize the opioid and pain crisis both physicians and patients look to alternatives to muscle relaxers, steroids, NSAIDS, and opioid medications to treat their chronic pains.   Read More

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