How Often Should I Receive Acupuncture?

We get asked all of the time, “how many acupuncture treatments do I need?”.  The answer is, it depends! 

     Treatment frequency and number of treatments needed depend on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem, and the quality and quantity of your Qi.  Acupuncture works in a series of treatments.  You can never have acupuncture treatments too close together, but you can have them too far apart.  It works cumulatively and we want to continue building on your progress.  Please refer to your treatment plan given to you by your acupuncturist to know when to schedule your next appointment.  Acupuncture is also great for long term emotional health, immune response, and longevity so we recommend a minimum of one treatment per month for optimal health and wellness.

It is super important to note that If we treat you today, but then before your next appointment a week later your symptoms slowly start to creep back in so by the time we treat you again we’re at square one, then we went too far between the first appointments.  We’ll be stuck in this see saw of your symptoms improving, then getting worse, then improving, and getting worse.  We don’t want this, we want your symptoms to slowly improve, and improve, and improve.  Your acupuncturist will work with you to find a treatment schedule that works for you.  After you are on a consistent schedule and your symptoms are starting to improve, the frequency of treatments can lesson.

It is also important that between visits you are making note of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, changes in sleep or mood, and any changes in the frequency and type of symptoms.  These are all things to discuss with your acupuncturist during your next visit.  This may indicate the need to bump up or lesson the number of treatments or discuss the possibility of adding herbs as well.

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New Year, Same You – Better With Acupuncture

Here are 5 ways acupuncture can help you maintain your goals this New Year! 



Eliminate Stress 

Stress reduction is always list for New Year’s resolutions and for a good reason. Stress is often the cause of illness and the deterioration of health. Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress, anxiety and lowering blood pressure.


Reach Target Weight and Stay There

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s Resolution. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help you reach your goal weight and maintain it by promoting better digestion, smoothing emotions, reducing appetite, improving metabolism, and eliminating food cravings.

From an Oriental medicine perspective, the acupuncture points and foods and herbs that are chosen to assist with weight loss directly influence the Qi of the Spleen and Liver systems to treat the root imbalances that are causing the weight gain.

From a Western perspective, acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been shown to have an effect on the function of the nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, food cravings, and metabolism. All of which can help to energize the body, maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite, and reduce anxiety.

The beauty of acupuncture is that each treatment is catered to the needs of the individual patient. Acupuncture points on the body will be chosen for overall well being with the objective of increasing circulation of the blood and Qi (stimulating the metabolism) and calming the nervous system.


Stay Sharp

Your New Year’s resolution may be to learn a new language or take a class at your local college. However you choose to exercise your brain, acupuncture can help. Numerous studies suggest that acupuncture can help improve memory, mental clarity, concentration and cognitive function.

One recently published study shows how acupuncture can be used to treat memory impairment induced by diabetes and cerebral ischemia. Other studies have looked at how acupuncture affects the performance of students during an exam, post-menopausal “brain fog”, Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. All results, thus far, have been positive.


Relieve Pain Naturally

If pain is keeping you from living your life to the fullest, acupuncture can help.  Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medications. Acupuncture has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the pain is located. Some studies have shown the pain relief it provides can last for months.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain before and after acupuncture treatment for pain shows dramatic decreases in activity in the pain centers of the brain – up to 70%.

In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to an injured area.


Quit Smoking

Acupuncture has turned a growing number of cigarette cravers into permanent ex-smokers. In fact, researchers say that acupuncture is a promising treatment for all types of addiction from cigarettes to heroin.

In one study, a team from Yale University successfully used auricular (ear) acupuncture to treat cocaine addiction. Results showed that 54.8% of participants tested free of cocaine during the last week of treatment, compared to 23.5% and 9.1% in the two control groups. Those who completed acupuncture treatment also had longer periods of sustained abstinence compared to participants in the control groups.

The acupuncture treatments for smoking cessation focus on jitters, cravings, irritability, and restlessness; symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation and detoxification.

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January Package Deal!

New year, same you – better with Acupuncture!
We are offering our annual package deal! Four treatments for just $88 (Regularly $100). This is a great way to get a jump start on your health and wellness this year. This offer is only available for purchase through the month of January.

*We have also re-opened on Wednesdays from 9 am-1 pm!

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What is CBD?

What is CBD?
CBD is a hemp-derived extract that can be used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes.  It has been shown in numerous studies to benefit pathological conditions such as anxiety, inflammation, cancer, addiction, and epilepsy.

CBD vs. THC? 
Both CBD and THC interact with cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system.  However, CBD is non psychoactive – meaning it won’t make you “high”

What brand of CBD do we carry?  
We carry Charlotte’s Web CBD oil which is the market leader in the production and distribution of innovative hemp-based cannabidiol (“CBD”) wellness products.  The Stanley brothers began researching alternative cancer treatments when they re-branded as “Charlotte’s Web” after the mother of a young girl who had a rare, severe form of epilepsy approached them seeking a solution for her daughter.  The girl’s name was Charlotte and the Stanley brothers’ CBD dramatically reduced her seizures.  The Stanley brothers’ CBD products are not the same as hemp oil. Hemp oil comes directly from hemp seeds, which contain negligible amounts of CBD.  Charlotte’s Web products come from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which carry the good stuff you’re looking for.  CBD is not regulated by the FDA so it is important to find a reputable brand that is willing to show you their batch reports.  The batch report of a Charlotte’s Web product can be located here, by simply entering the number on the bottom of the box.  The hemp used in Charlotte’s Web is sourced in Colorado and is legal in all 50 states.  Let us know if we can help you get started.

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6 Essential Oils To Help You Lose Weight!

I am sure you have heard about essential oils for relaxation or allergies, but did you know that essential oils can help with weight loss?  No, essential oils aren’t magic and you won’t drop 30 pounds in 30 days, but by ingesting, diffusing or applying essential oils topically, you can promote weight loss by giving your body the tools that it needs to burn fat, lesson cravings, and increase stamina to stay physically active.

Here are five essential oils that, along with a healthy diet and exercise, can promote positive weight loss and vitality.

1. Peppermint Oil
Not only does peppermint oil boost energy levels, it can also help soothe sore muscles, minimize recovery time and help you get back to working out sooner. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that ingesting peppermint oil with water enhanced exercise performance in male athletes by relaxing the bronchial smooth muscles and increasing the ventilation and brain oxygen concentrations.  Peppermint can help you power through a tough workout without getting out of breath as quickly.

Peppermint is a natural energy booster that reduces fatigue and improves focus.  It also reduces hunger cravings and can help you to feel full faster.

Peppermint oil has a cooling sensation when you use it topically, so just rubbing one to two drops into your temples and behind your neck can give you the energy and pain relief you need. You
can also diffuse peppermint oil for a quick energy boost; Add five to 10 drops to bathwater to soothe achy muscles; add one to two drops to a glass of water; or even mix in a couple drops with your toothpaste before brushing.

2. Lemon Oil
Research shows that breathing in the scent of lemon essential oil improves the neurological activity that promotes the breakdown of body fat. Lemon oil actually has both stimulating and calming properties, and it promotes a positive mood, which can be extremely helpful when you are working to reach your weight-loss goals. It also enhances the body’s detoxification capabilities and supports healthy digestion.

Try adding two to three drops of lemon oil to water, salad dressing or a smoothie, or you can diffuse it at home or at work. If you are feeling groggy during the day, inhale lemon oil directly from the bottle for a quick pick-me-up.

3. Grapefruit
Grapefruit essential oil helps to activate enzymes in the body that work to break down body fat. Grapefruit benefits weight loss because it contains compounds like D-limonene, which helps to support your metabolism and cleanse your lymphatic glands so they can carry nutrients between the tissues and the bloodstream. Studies also show that using grapefruit oil affects autonomic nerves, which regulate important body functions like heart rate and digestion, and reduce appetite and body weight.

To use grapefruit oil for weight loss, add two to three drops to a glass of water, diffuse it in your home or office, or massage two to three drops onto your chest and wrists when a craving strikes.

4. Ginger
One of the most important benefits of ginger essential oil is its ability to support digestion and the absorption of nutrients. By improving the absorption of the vitamins and minerals that you’re consuming, ginger oil is supporting the body’s cellular energy and, in effect, promoting weight loss. A key compound in ginger oil, called gingerol, also effectively reduces inflammation in the body and possesses antioxidant activity. This process naturally reduces pain and swelling, which helps keep you active and burning more calories.

Add one to two drops of ginger essential oil to tea or a green smoothie for the best results. You can also diffuse ginger at home or work, inhale the oil directly from the bottle or apply two to three drops topically to the stomach area after eating.

5. Cinnamon
Cinnamon oil helps to balance blood sugar levels, thereby aiding weight loss and reducing sugar cravings. When your blood sugar levels are unstable, you may find yourself overeating and gaining weight. Plus, when your energy levels are low, it’s difficult to exercise and burn calories. Using cinnamon oil will help reverse these issues that are standing in your way and, as an added bonus, cinnamon oil serves as a cardio protective agent that reduces the risk of heart disease and inflammation. You can use cinnamon oil internally by adding one to two drops to a smoothie or tea. You can also diffuse cinnamon oil at home or inhale the oil directly from the bottle.

6. Slim & Sassy
Get the best of all of these essential oils in one with doTerra’s Slim & Sassy.  Slim & Sassy combines powerful essential oils known to promote a healthy metabolism when ingested. The flavorful blend of Slim & Sassy helps manage hunger throughout the day while supporting healthy metabolism and promoting a positive mood. Slim & Sassy contains Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon. When taken with a healthy eating and exercise plan, Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend can help you reach your weight management goals.

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