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Happy 2017!

Think about that your life looked like one year ago. Where you lived, what you spent your time doing, where you worked and socialized. Who you surrounded yourself with. How much (or how little) you slept, ate vegetables or drank alcohol. I bet somethings are different right now. You might be working at a new […]

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Find Your Happy

A lot of people are under the false impression that happiness is some magical, mystical place that you arrive at one day and the rest of your life will be amazing. This myth is pervasive and is perpetuated by media marketing companies but it could not be further from the truth. The truth is that […]

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You have it all wrong about weight loss

I love helping women become healthier (body and mind). It’s what I live for. So, it equally drives me crazy and breaks my heart when I see or hear them spinning their wheels trying to lose weight by out exercising their crap diet. This. Does. Not. Work. I forget sometimes that I live in a […]

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How to thrive during winter

Chinese Medicine teaches us that to live a long and healthful life (not just a life free of diseases) we much live in accordance with the seasons. The ancient Chinese knew that we as human beings are not separate from nature but rather our bodies are a microcosm of the world around us. Because of […]

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Eating Foods Locally and in Season

I always recommend eating fruits and vegetables when they are in season in your local area.  By doing this, you are consuming the products when they are freshest and therefor most nutrient dense.  In addition, you are supporting the local economy and by eating in season, you are in harmony with nature which is a […]

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Gratitude

We love that people spend time thinking about what they’re grateful for during the holidays, and we teach and encourage our patients to actively practice gratitude all year long! Practicing gratitude is a powerful way to change your attitude, outlook and create a more positive life  As it turns out, there is scientific proof that […]

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Meditation for Calming the Mind

You may have heard about the amazing benefits of meditation, and you may have thought that’s great, but it’s not for me.  I don’t have the time, I can’t sit still, my mind is always racing. The truth is, everyone can meditate, you just need to get started.  What do you think about starting with […]

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Basic Supplements Everyone Can Benefit From

We are not real big on taking a lot of supplements.  We think the best way to achieve optimum health is through eating nutrient dense foods that are grown in a way to optimize nutrition (ie organic). But there are some basic supplements that many people can benefit from: Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D is […]

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“Flu Season”

It’s that time of year again when every time I drive past a Walgreens or CVS I roll my eyes at the message on the monument sign. If you hadn’t heard by now its “flu season”, cue eye roll. The flu comes from a virus, which is more active in the winter. The virus is […]

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PMS: why it happens and how to deal with it

When a young woman starts her menstrual cycle, it can come with a good amount of pain from cramping, as well as emotional upheaval associated with changing hormones. For some women, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be debilitating, leading to missed school or work, taking a variety of pain pills to lessen the symptoms, and even […]

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The ONE thing that changed my life.

If I were to be completely honest, the ONE thing that changed my life was going to acupuncture school. It was the most challenging, interesting, life-changing thing I have ever done, as my mom told me before I started “it changes the way you think and see the world.” But I know everyone doesn’t have […]

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When it comes to your health, control what you can

I was at Ulta, the cosmetics store this week, browsing for a new facial cleanser when a woman who worked there came over and asked if I needed any help. I told her what I was looking for, a detoxifying cleanser that was preferably charcoal based to even out my skin tone. She said she […]

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4 tips to stay calm when things get crazy

I have some news for you that may come as a shock. Stress is a choice. I know it seems crazy but it’s true. We usually think of stress as the thing that happen to us in life, but stress is actually our perception of what happens to us. Here are 4 strategies to help […]

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Why do I have Back Pain?

Does you back hurt, does it ache all the time?  Perhaps you have been to the doctor and they did not find anything wrong, so they gave you muscle relaxants and pain medication.  They may have sent you to PT.  After dutifully going to PT several times a week, you still have an achy back.  […]

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I’m sooooo Tired – Acupuncture for Fatigue and Insomnia

You have a hard time sleeping through the night.  You wake up every night, maybe you need to pee, and when you get back to bed you find yourself wide awake.  You look at your clock and it is always about the same time every night.  I bet it is between 1 am and 3 […]

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5 Myths about Cupping Therapy

Cupping hurts. The bruise-like marks left from cupping therapy can look scary but unlike actual bruises they are completely painless. If you know someone who says they were cupped and it was painful it’s likely they had the technique done by someone who is not fully trained. The concept of cupping is pretty simple but […]

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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Cancer

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are not used for the primary treatment of cancer in the United States.  But, these healing modalities are excellent for the treatment of the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery. Common side effects of cancer or cancer treatment may include pain, fatigue, loss […]

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Sitting is the New Smoking

A large number of patients who come to our clinic complain of neck, back, shoulder, knee, wrist and hand pain.  A typical seated office worker “has more muscular skeletal injuries than any other industry sector worker including construction, metal industry and transportation workers”. A contributing factor to a lot of muscular skeletal pain is excessive […]

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Can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine help Excessive Sweating?

Chances are you’ve never heard the term palmar hyperhidrosis.  That is, unless you have been diagnosed with the condition.  Some might be surprised to know that having sweaty hands is actually a medically diagnosed condition.  Most would associate clammy or sweaty hands with feeling nervous or stressed, but there are individuals who suffer from sweaty hands on a […]

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Fitness Myths

• Organic foods are best for weight loss:  While eating organic/pesticide free foods are on the healthier side, it does not change their caloric or fat contents. Eating organic does not mean you can eat more of it and gain less weight. Be aware of nutrition labels when setting health and fitness goals. • You […]

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