Preparing for Pregnancy Naturally

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on July 28, 2015

This is the first in a series of articles that address the topic of pregnancy.  Whether you are preparing for pregnancy, struggling with infertility, are pregnant and are dealing with health issues, are near the end of term and preparing for labor, or if you are postnatal and are thinking about optimum health, we have something for you.

Most of these topics are written for both the woman who is carrying a pregnancy and her partner as each is equally important

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NSAID Risks In Treating Pain

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on July 21, 2015

NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents are one of the most common medications for treating pain.  They come in prescription and OTC (over the counter) strengths to suite the varying levels of pain felt by sufferers around the world. Unfortunately NSAIDs also come with a host of complications and negative side effects, the extent of which we are just beginning to learn. On July 9, the FDA announced that it was strengthening the existing warning labels for NSAIDs, focusing specifically on

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Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on May 16, 2015

Do you have a pain in your butt? No, we’re not talking about the holiday pains of mothers-in-law or ex-spouses who can’t agree on when you’ll have the kids. We mean a literal pain in your lower back and buttocks. This can mean that you have a pinched or aggravated sciatic nerve, and it can result in acute or chronic pain that can lead to more issues than those in-laws you might be trying to avoid.

Defining Sciatica
Technically, any pain that

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Chemicals and Our Body Care Products

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on March 18, 2015

Most of our patients pay attention to what they’re putting IN their bodies but how often do you think about what you’re putting ON your body? The scary truth is that only the cosmetics companies know for sure, as all ingredients are not even required to be on the label. Most personal care products are therefore nothing more than a product of marketing success, formulated to smell good, look good and feel good when your rub them on your skin,

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Congee Recipe: delicious and nutritious

Written by Ann Rea, Phoenix Acupuncturist on March 10, 2015

Recipe time!

Experimenting with cooking is an excellent way to try out new and healthy foods. This congee (porridge) can be made sweet or savory depending on your toppings and is healthy and delicious!


What is it?

Congee is a grain based (usually rice) medicinal porridge served for centuries in traditional Chinese homes.  Congee is used preventatively to promote good health and long life.  Congee is also used to help the body recover from various ailments.

Benefits of a congee breakfast

Congee is an

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