13Jan, 2017

Acupuncture and Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

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Acupuncture can be useful in the treatment of interstitial cystitis (IC).  IC is also called “painful bladder syndrome” and can cause incredibly urgent and painful urination. It is hard to diagnose, and hard to treat. I am writing this post because I have seen success firsthand using acupuncture protocols in my office for this condition and my clients are ecstatic! (and no, I’m not tooting my own horn, acupuncture deserves all the accolades!)  Differentiation is important to an acupuncturist for all conditions, as not all people who develop IC get […]
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16Aug, 2016

When Will I See Results?

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This is one of the first questions I get from new clients, right after “Do the needles hurt?” As a consumer and patient myself, I get it.  You want results, you want them now, or at least have a ballpark answer as to when you might see improvements with your issue. The answer is usually not so simple. Here is what I take into consideration when responding: Is your issue chronic or acute?  How long have you been having hot flashes/not sleeping/an aching back/panic attacks? The sooner you seek treatment, […]
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26Apr, 2016

Acupuncture and Insomnia

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Let’s all just look at that sweetpuppyface for juuuust a minute…awwwww. Is sleep even necessary?  If so, why?  It’s hard to pin down exactly why we need sleep, just like it’s hard to pin down the specifics of why acupuncture works to help it. Before I start telling you the statistics regarding insomnia and acupuncture (SPOILER ALERT:  it works!!!) I want to drive home the detrimental effects that too little sleep can have on the body.  Sure, when you don’t get a great night’s sleep, you’re less focused, more irritable, […]
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15Mar, 2016

Acupuncture in the ER–a Step in the Right Direction

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An article published today in the Minneapolis Star Tribune online details their use of acupuncture in a observational study in the ER–and how it decreased analgesic opioid usage there.  Although this was a small study, it nonetheless shows a need for further research, as the results look promising.  Patients that opted for acupuncture alone felt a reduction in pain equal to that of those who received both acupuncture and pain killers.  Patients not only felt a reduction in pain, but also in anxiety. See the article here:  http://www.startribune.com/abbott-pioneers-acupuncture-in-the-er/371991031/ Not only is opioid addiction […]
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25Feb, 2016

Chronic Stress and its Toll on Your Health

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I’ve noticed recently that there is a running theme in my posts: Stress affects your health. The body’s stress response was important during our evolution as humans–for instance, if we were cave people running from bears (a favorite example I give to people in my office).  The body’s fight/flight  response would boost cortisol and adrenaline so in the short term blood would rush to the extremities, allowing for a quick escape.  This automatic response also shuts down your other system–the feed/breed system. You shouldn’t be breeding, digesting or sleeping for […]
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19Feb, 2016

Acupuncture and Fertility

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If you Google “infertility,” you are bound to come across references to acupuncture and how it can help with couples trying to conceive, whether through natural means or “assisted” interventions (IUI, IVF, FET, etc).  Acupuncture can indeed help a couple achieve their dreams of parenthood. If you plan on trying the natural route, acupuncture can help regulate menstrual cycles, can boost sperm counts.  Proper planning through temperature charting can help you make sure you are “trying” during the best window for conception. If you are taking the assisted route, acupuncture […]
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17Feb, 2016

Acupuncture can help with Fibromyalgia

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Of course, the pic of Miss Piggy in no way reflects any standard protocol for a fibromyalgia acupuncture treatment.  But, it’s Miss Piggy! Below is a link to a news article out of the Chicago Tribune today that reported on a study that found acupuncture can help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.  As I have talked about in previous posts, no medicine is one-size-fits-all (repetitive much?).  Fibromyalgia definitively falls into that category.  If your current medications are not keeping  your symptoms at bay, acupuncture can have a synergistic affect when […]
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8Feb, 2016

A Cardiologist Recommends Acupuncture for 5 Leading Heart Issues

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  The link below is to a great article written by a cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn.  After learning from one of his patients that her racing heart had seen 95% improvement after starting an acupuncture regimen (and after numerous attempts to adjust her Western pharmaceuticals and supplements without success), he researched the numerous benefits of acupuncture on the heart, an “energy” organ (and a pretty gosh darn important one!).  What he found was evidence enough to recommend acupuncture from then on to his patients for a wide array of disorders affecting their […]
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22Jan, 2016

Acupuncture helps Adolescents with Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain can affect us all, no matter our gender, weight, level of health, economic status, or age.  Researchers at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, Illinois) tested acupuncture on adolescents between the ages of 7-20 years old with chronic pain. What isn’t surprising is that not only did the subjects report less pain with acupuncture (and no opioids!)–but also reported less social, emotional, and educational issues by the end of their course of treatment!   Here’s a link to the article concerning this study: http://www.hcplive.com/medical-news/acupuncture-provides-relief-for-children-with-chronic-pain
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5Jan, 2016

Pediatric Tui Na for Constipation (works for adults, too!)

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Robin Green, LAc, is my go-to resource for acupuncture for children and infants.  The link below will guide you through several techniques to help your kiddos when they are constipated.  However, these acupressure techniques can also be helpful for adults, too (just make sure to repeat them the maximum number–usually 300 times).  These techniques are also helpful for overindulgence in food (anyone done that lately?). Self-care is so important, and these amazing and simple techniques can help your little ones (and you) back in business in the digestive department. Here’s […]
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