Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies in Chester County PA

Ahhh..spring has arrived – and so have seasonal allergies. Pollen allergy affectsnatural sinus relief with acupuncture an estimated 35 million Americans each year, according to Web MD. Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and sinus congestion are just a few of the allergy symptoms people face each year as the pollen count rises.

While over the counter remedies such as antihistamines can help in the short term, many people find that these medications lose their effectiveness over time. Fortunately, natural treatment alternatives exist. Acupuncture has been proven to effectively reduce and even eliminate allergy symptoms. CNN reported research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine in March 2013 on the positive benefits of acupuncture treatment for seasonal allergies.

How does acupuncture work? By placing tiny, sterilized needles into just a few specific acupuncture points, acupuncture has been shown to boost your immune system so you can combat common allergens such as pollen, dust, and animal dander. In Chinese medical terminology, acupuncture boosts the ‘Wei Qi’ or protective qi that circulates just beneath the skin. Wei qi becomes weak due to common dietary factors such as excess sugar and not enough quality nutrition like fresh vegetables. Additional factors include stress and lack of sleep. Acupuncture combined with good nutrition is a winning combination for seasonal allergies.

To read more, please see my Allergies & Asthma page  complete with patient testimonials and research articles to see how acupuncture can help YOU with your allergies this season.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/relieve-allergies-natural-way?page=2

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/19/health/acpuncture-allergies/

Acupuncture for Colds and Flu

Cold and flu season is upon us. Are you ready? Although flu is only sporadic in Chester County PA right now, it will become widespread as the weather turns colder.  This year it is predicted that there will be 1 billion colds and 95 million cases of the flu in U.S. Besides the obvious measures to prevent colds and flu – things like washing your hands, getting enough sleep and avoiding people who are sick, what else can you do?

For starters, keep your immune system strong all year long – a healthy immune system is key to prevention. Acupuncture is a tool you can use to keep yourself healthy and prevent all types of disease, not just colds and flu.

Acupuncture Boosts Immunity

Acupuncture helps boost immunity by stimulating the production of natural killer cells – your first line of defense against viruses such as colds. In addition it acts on a complex immune building system that regulates white blood cells directly linked to fighting infections, allergic reactions, and even autoimmune disorders.

Acupuncture boosts the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways. Disease prevention begins by focusing on the protective layer around the exterior of the body called Wei Qi or defensive energy. This protective barrier acts like a shield to keep out unwanted pathogens responsible for colds and flu.

Faster Healing Time

Receiving acupuncture at the first sign of a cold can also provide symptom relief and faster healing if you do catch a cold or the flu. Acupuncture helps with common symptoms such as chills, fever, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sore throat and cough. Not only can acupuncture provide immediate symptom relief – a course of just a few treatments can also reduce the risk of a cold progressing to bronchitis as well as shorten the duration of the illness.

Are you Qi Deficient?

If you catch colds easily, have low energy, and require a long time recuperating from an illness – your Wei Qi may be deficient. In Chinese medicine, Wei Qi is known as the defensive energy that surrounds your body to provide a protective barrier between you and the environment. Regular acupuncture keeps the defensive qi strong to more easily resist colds and flu.

Foods to Eat – Foods to Avoid

Acupuncture works best when combined with a proper diet. Diet is important for strong Wei Qi. Acupuncturists are trained to provide dietary recommendations that help keep your defenses strong. Foods to avoid would include dairy products such as milk and cheese, as well as wheat. These are cold and cool natured foods in Chinese medicine. Sugar is another major no-no when it comes to immunity. Did you know that your immune system is depressed for several hours after consuming sugar?

Eat With the Seasons

Balance is key to keeping healthy and this goes for diet as well as lifestyle. Try practicing eating with the seasons by eating more root vegetables such as baked yams or steamed carrots. Avoid out of season foods like salads, fruits, and cold drinks in the winter. A nourishing diet of steamed vegetables, rice, and small amounts of animal protein such as chicken or beef are recommended in winter time. Fish is a cold food so is better in summertime when the weather is hot.

Soup is a wonderful immune boosting food and can act as a remedy for colds. Be sure the broth is clear and does not contain wheat noodles. Chicken soup has long been heralded as a good cold remedy. Chinese medicine recognizes chicken as a warm natured food that combats internal coldness which can lead to weakening of the defensive energy.

For more information on diet and Chinese medicine, read my nutritional counseling page and find out how YOU can stay healthy to prevent colds and flu this winter.

Carpal Tunnel Relief with Acupuncture

In a 2009 study  acupuncture was shown to be “as effective as short-term low-dose prednisolone [prednisone] for mild-to-moderate CTS. [Carpal Tunnel Syndrome] For those who do have an intolerance or contraindication for oral steroid or for those who do not opt for early surgery, acupuncture treatment provides an alternative choice.”

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Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Many people ask if acupuncture is good for weight loss and obesity. Weight loss with acupuncture is such a hot topic that Dr. Oz reviewed it on his blog. Acupuncture is not a quick fix for such a complex problem as controlling your weight. But research shows that  adding acupuncture treatment to your weight loss regimen can help. Losing weight involves multiple factors. Dr Oz says it requires a ‘multi pronged approach’.  Read more

Weight Loss With Acupuncture

Weight loss is more successful with acupuncture. Obesity is rampant in our country and seems to be on the rise. Acupuncture for weight loss is proven successful in research studies.

Acupuncture Weight Loss Research

Research on acupuncture and weight loss show positive benefits for people with obesity. Most studies focus on auricular acupuncture tiny needles or magnets placed at key spots on the ear. Why would an acupuncturist treat the ear? The ear represents a small version of the human body – a microcosm of the larger macrocosm of the body. Many acupuncturists do not perform acupuncture weight loss treatment on the ear, however, so don’t be confused if your acupuncturist chooses body points exclusively.

Acupuncture Points for Successful Weight Loss

Acupuncture points on the body are known to affect brain chemistry and regulate hunger signals. Some of the major points for treating weight gain are located on the arms and legs near your knees and elbows, as well as near your ankles and wrists. One of the main points for weight loss is called “Stomach 36” or Leg Three Miles (Zusanli in Chinese). Stomach 36 is located on the muscle near your shin just below the knee about one hand’s width below the kneecap.

Legend has it that the “Leg Three Miles” point helped soldiers walk ‘three more miles’ when they would become fatigued on long marches. Stomach 36 known to increase energy production because it boosts metabolism by regulating stomach function. Chinese medicine recognizes that weight gain is caused by blockage in the acupuncture meridians, or channels that course through your abdomen and body. Certain foods block the acupuncture meridians because they affect the underlying organ system that regulates the meridian. Foods such as dairy, wheat, and sugar affect an organ system responsible for extracting energy from food. When the extraction process is disrupted, metabolism slows resulting in unwanted weight gain.

Chinese Medicine & Nutrition

Acupuncture doesn’t work alone – diet is important. Choosing lighter foods such as an abundance of cooked vegetables (not raw), rice, and small quantities or animal or vegetable protein helps keep the meridians flowing because these foods nourish the underlying organ system responsible for regulating the Stomach meridian. Bottom line? Acupuncture combined with proper food choices is a winning combination for weight loss.

Nutritional Counseling & Digestion Treatment

For more information on acupuncture for weight loss, digestive problems, and success stories, read our Acupuncture for Digestion page

For more information on Chinese medicine diet recommendations check out our Nutritional Counseling page for printable articles on how to make the Asian medicine diet a part of your healthy lifestyle for 2014!

Is Acupuncture the Cure for Holiday Stress?

Ahh…Thanksgiving. A time to relax with family, enjoy a delicious meal, snuggle by the fire……really? When was the last time you felt relaxed around the holidays? Holidays have become synonymous with the word ‘stress’. Why is this?

If you think about it, modern life is unbalanced. We work too hard, play too little, and consequently experience high levels of stress and anxiety. Add a few more tasks to the ‘to do’ list like preparing a huge family meal and doing some Black Friday shopping and you’ve got the perfect recipe for stress hormones which flood the brain leading to ‘fight or flight’ response.

Acupuncture treats chronic stress by moving stuck energy or stagnant ‘qi’. (Qi is the life force that flows through your body – it literally is the force that keeps you alive!). Qi gets stuck when we are frustrated.Too much ‘to do list’ and not enough time creates a condition acupuncturists call ‘qi stagnation’. Most people describe qi stagnation as feeling ‘pent up’ or frustrated. Acupuncturists use hair thin acupuncture needles to move your body’s qi which helps you relax. But how does it work?

Acupuncture Blocks Stress Hormones

Scientists have discovered that acupuncture actually affects the brain chemistry by blocking stress hormones. In fact, acupuncture research published in the Journal of Endocrinology in 2013 demonstrated a reduction in ‘fight or flight’ hormones involved in stress response.

To read more on the acupuncture and stress reduction study: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130314085528.htm

To read more about acupuncture, stress, and anxiety relief:

http://innerlight-wellness.net/we-treat/anxiety-stress

May your holidays be happy and stress free. Well, at least less stress-full!

S.A.D. Acupuncture for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Feeling S.A.D.? Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D. is a condition that describes feeling depressed in the fall and winter when the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. Acupuncture treatment is very effective for people who get S.A.D. But how does it work? First we must understand how acupuncturists view S.A.D.

Is S.A.D. a Disorder?

Is S.A.D. a disorder? It really depends on the severity of your symptoms. S.A.D. occurs during the change of seasons so it is called ‘seasonal’. Acupuncturists know that moods fluctuate with the seasons. Chinese medicine recognizes that our bodies are a microcosm of the natural world and that our bodies are composed of the same elements that occur in nature. As a smaller version of nature, we are intimately connected to changes that occur during seasonal cycles. Shouldn’t our moods be expected to shift accordingly?

In the fall, acupuncturists know that our energy is beginning to contract and pull inward – similar to what is happening outside our front doors as the leaves fall and trees begin to go dormant.  With the waning of daylight hours and the cessation of plant growth, our ancestors would have gathered inside to hunker down for the season.

There is a natural desire to turn inward as the fall becomes winter. As we enter the dark cold winter months, it is normal to want to conserve energy as we seek to renew ourselves for the next cycle of expansion that begins with the first buds of spring.

Since contraction of energy in the fall and winter feels like the direct opposite of the outward expansive energy of spring and summer, we may mistake our feelings for depression. Our cultural aversion to anything that is not outright happiness doesn’t help us accept the inward, reflective cycle of the approaching winter season.

Acupuncture Treats S.A.D.

Seasonal moods are a natural part of our human design – it is normal for them to change as seasons turn.  Acupuncturists know that the body is thrown off balance by any sort of ‘change’ – including the change of seasons. Adapting to change is a sign of good health and balance. But when you are unable to adapt to the change of season and your mood begins to affect your daily function it could be S.A.D.

The good news is – acupuncture can help with seasonal depression (or any type of depression for that matter). Acupuncture helps your body adapt to the change in season so you can ‘go with the flow’. Regular acupuncture treatments help people who are prone to S.A.D. adapt to the seasons more readily. People who get regular acupuncture report an overall balance in their emotional life with less severe ‘ups and downs’.

For more information on Acupuncture and Depression please visit our We Treat Depression page.

For a more complete look at Acupuncture and Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) see the blog:

http://acutakehealth.com/seasonal-affective-not-a-disorder

Acupuncture and Restless Leg Syndrome

In 2002 Bob Flaws reported the results of a study treating restless leg syndrome with acupuncture. “Twelve of the 18 cases in this study were judged cured. This meant that bilateral pain and strange, uncomfortable sensations disappeared. Another six cases were judged to have gotten a marked effect, meaning that their lower limb pain or uncomfortable sensations, were decreased. Therefore, the total amelioration rate was 100% using this protocol.”

In 2001 Wang Jian-bo published an article titled, “The Treatment of 18 Cases of Restless Leg Syndrome with Acupuncture,” in the Zhe Jiang Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Zhejiang Journal of Chinese Medicine), #10, 2001, p. 457.

An abstract of that article appears below.

Cohort description:
Among the 18 patients in this study, there were six males and 12 females aged 54-72 years, with an average age of 63 years. All suffered from RLS. The disease course had lasted from as short as three days to as long as 16 months. In 10 cases, this was the initial diagnosis. The other eight cases had been previously diagnosed and treated with Western medicine but without effect.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) & Acupuncture Vol II

All these needles were retained for 20 minutes and one treatment was given per day, with 14 days equaling one course of treatment. Patients were reassessed after 1-3 such courses of treatment and, during the time of this treatment, Western medications for this disorder were suspended.

Treatment outcomes:
Twelve of the 18 cases in this study were judged cured. This meant that bilateral pain and strange, uncomfortable sensations disappeared. Another six cases were judged to have gotten a marked effect, meaning that their lower limb pain or uncomfortable sensations, were decreased. Therefore, the total amelioration rate was 100% using this protocol.

http://bluepoppy.com/cfwebstore/index.cfm/feature/526/research-report-294-restless-leg-syndrome–acupuncture-vol-ii.cfm

Alternative Digestion Treatment for IBS, Reflux and More!

Looking for natural treatment for digestion? Digestive problems such as acid reflux, indigestion, upset stomach, belching, bloating, and occasional diarrhea are considered by most people to be ‘normal’ because so many people experience these symptoms – sometimes on a daily basis! But difficulty processing your food is far from normal and has long term consequences to your health.

When you aren’t properly digesting your food, vital nutrients are passing through the digestive tract, largely unabsorbed. Taking vitamins doesn’t help because if you aren’t utilizing your nutrients due to poor digestion, the vitamins are not going to be absorbed either. Western medicine offers several pharmaceutical options that control symptoms but when you take away the drug, the symptoms return. Drugs are not a cure, they are a mask.

Acupuncture to the rescue! I have studied a wonderful technique, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method which treats every type of digestive problem. By balancing the underlying energy disturbance at the root of the dysfunction, your body returns to normal functioning and stops generating uncomfortable symptoms. Dr. Tan’s Balance method has worked wonders for many who thought they were destined to either live with their digestive problems or to mask their symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs. Read this article to learn more. Although written for acupuncturists, if you scroll down to the ‘Case Studies’ you can read how this amazing acupuncture technique helps heal the imbalances that are causing your digestive problems.

Eliminating Waste in Practice: Dr. Tan’s Eight Magic Points for All Digestive Disorders

By Lisajeanne Potyk, LAc

Most of the patients I see in my clinic suffer from a variety of digestive disorders. They do not effectively process their food. They have diarrhea, heartburn, and acid reflux disease. They’re nauseated.

And who would expect any different? In this fast-paced, high-technology culture, we’re overrun with time constraints and stressors of all kinds.

People unaware of what a good diet consists of rely on processed fast foods and meats packed with hormones and antibiotics. In the West, we’re overprescribed antibiotics and other medications; women are reeling from the side-effects of birth control pills; and we regularly take any of a myriad of anti-inflammatories for the slightest ache. It’s no wonder so many people are experiencing internal disharmony. And if all of that wasn’t enough, most people either don’t know how to, or are afraid to, release their emotions. Opting for a sense of control, they “hold.” And they get constipated.

The digestive system is a mirror to how we process our external world on every level. Are we assimilating good nutritional, emotional and spiritual nourishment, and effectively eliminating what is toxic to us? Are we letting go of negative situations and allowing ourselves to be nurtured by positive ones? Without the foundation of a healthy, properly nourished body, we can’t find the strength to feed into our emotions. If there’s a backlog of undigested emotions, any digestive symptom can manifest. Once balance in the body is established by poor nutrition and digestive functions, we gain the platform to integrate our internal and external worlds.

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches us to properly diagnose and treat our patients using staid, ancient teachings recorded thousands of years ago. People don’t change from century to century, but their circumstances do. The environment, food, medications, and stressors affecting our patients are very different today, and since the disharmonies that cause them are rampant, digestive disorders are also rampant. Diagnosis and treatment according to the TCM model, written in (and for) a different time, can therefore be complicated and confusing.

Now, imagine a group of acupuncture points that could be used to balance every kind of digestive disorder, including irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, ulcerative colitis, indigestion, and more. Imagine that the points are simple, easy to follow, and quite effective. There is no need to take the pulse, no need to consult a textbook, and no need to fumble through myriad causes. Wouldn’t that be magic? It is, thanks to Dr. Teh Fu “Richard” Tan.

Dr. Tan has dedicated his life to experimenting with combinations of points, which are used with excellent clinical results, often instantaneously. Isn’t that what we, as practitioners, want – to insert our needles, see an immediate change, and know our treatment is working? With the eight magic points, Dr. Tan offers the ability to elicit consistent, positive results.

One could consult any number of the core books written on TCM theory, but isn’t the practice of acupuncture – of healing – about how much better the patient feels after being treated? Better to learn the laws of acupuncture, become skilled at them through knowledge and discipline, and then break out into your own successful expression of them.

Dr. Tan’s Eight Magic Points

Points on one side: LI 4, SJ 5, Liv 8 (Dr. Tan’s liver point), Sp 9
Points on other side: Lu 7, P 6, St 36, GB 34p (Dr. Tan’s gallbladder point)

Liver 8 (Dr. Tan’s liver point) and GB 34p (Dr. Tan’s gallbladder point) are found in locations not traditionally known. According to Dr. Tan, needling these points is more effective. Dr. Tan’s liver point is located anterior to Sp 9 on the medial condyle of the tibia, a rich region oddly ignored throughout history. The area can sometimes be very painful to the touch, but it can be more useful than Liver 3 in treating any stagnation in the Liver channel, especially when it is attached to the emotional disorders of resentment and anger.

GB 34p is located posterior to GB 34, just under the head of the fibula, where the tendon attaches. When penetrated, the point radiates electrically down to the foot, just as P 6 goes to the finger. It works better than GB 34, and is more sensitive. If both Liver 8 and GB 34p are tender, it can indicate an emotional component to the disorder. I regularly use this treatment for digestive ailments, with excellent results.

Case Studies

A 28-year old female came to me with anxiety and constant, burning pain in her epigastric area, something she’d experienced for much of her adult life. She was highly sensitive to many foods and didn’t eat much. Most of the medical specialists she consulted gave her the same patent answer: “There’s nothing wrong with you; it’s all in your head.” She was very nervous and skeptical about acupuncture, but she was also desperate.

After the third treatment with the eight magic points, her gastric burning and discomfort began to diminish. I continued seeing her twice a week. A month later, she was eating comfortably, and was fairly calm. She’s received so much relief from the eight magic points that even a job transfer hasn’t kept her from traveling to continue occasional treatments with me.

I have found the eight magic points useful for patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation, as it is a wonderful balancing treatment. A 40-year old female with breast cancer was just finishing her course of radiation when she came to me for acupuncture. She looked literally lifeless. Mostly bedridden, she had become frail, pale and weak. Given her delicate digestion and poor appetite, she wasn’t getting the nutrients she needed to recover her strength. I kept the treatment simple, using light needling with the eight magic points. When she returned to me for our second session, a light had already turned on in her eyes. Even her family noticed the dramatic difference in her qi. Continuing treatments, she began her recovery from the adverse effects of radiation.

A pregnant woman, 28, experiencing severe vomiting and persistent nausea, came to my clinic for help. I chose to use the eight magic points, but substituted LI 3 for LI 4, which is forbidden during pregnancy. Her symptoms abated immediately. She continued with me throughout her pregnancy, and ultimately had an unusually easy delivery. She is now the mother of a healthy, contented newborn.

The eight magic points performs wonders on people experiencing emotional upset, especially women with hormonal imbalances. A 42-year old female experiencing perimenopausal symptoms came to see me for her emotional distress. Hypersensitive to everything and everyone, she felt deeply depressed and completely controlled by her emotions. She was so anxious that she couldn’t eat; she couldn’t even lie still on my table for more than 20 minutes without getting antsy. I explored my toolbox of protocols and decided intuitively to try the eight magic points. At her next treatment session, she raved about how much better she felt. I continued using the eight magic points, which became the antidote for her intense emotional imbalance.

Learning From Dr. Tan

The first six months of my apprenticeship with Dr. Tan consisted of simply observing him in his bustling clinic. I was to ask no questions. He told me, “Once you learn it in your heart, your mind will understand.” The Chinese teach by familiarity, which leads to an instinctual knowing (the tiger). Once the ground of knowing is established, the “why” is understood (the wings). The student becomes familiar by watching; masterful and responsive through doing and observing results; and, once they’ve grown their wings, creative, by developing a style uniquely theirs.

I’m just getting my wings under Dr. Tan, but my clinical practice has long taken flight with the success of these treatments and the tremendous results my patients experience. The beauty of a protocol like this is that, as with magic, we don’t have to understand why it works, because we see for ourselves that it works. Consider the eight magic points. See for yourself that it is magic

Article taken from Acupuncture Today magazine.

Acupuncture for Allergy

Got allergies? Acupuncture is frequently used as a natural treatment for allergies and sinus congestion. If the arrival of allergy season has you reaching for a box of tissues and your usual antihistamine or decongestant – you’re in luck. Research demonstrates acupuncture works for allergies and sinus!

Most of my patients come in after suffering for years with allergy symptoms and blocked sinuses. Often it is with only a vague hope of getting relief having tried multiple allergy treatments. Fortunately, natural treatment alternatives are available for people who are seeking allergy and sinus relief. But are the results real or is acupuncture a placebo?

Acupuncture & Allergy Placebo?

Recent research on acupuncture was published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. But the treatment results left researcher’s wondering if acupuncture was effective in the long run or if it was a placebo effect.

The Research

The study consisted of 422 people who tested positive for pollen allergies and also suffered with nasal symptoms such as runny nose and sinus congestion. All participants took antihistamines as needed.  Researchers divided them into 3 groups: the acupuncture treatment group, the ‘sham’ acupuncture treatment group, and the antihistamine only group. Each of the acupuncture groups received 12 treatments over a two month period.

After 2 months of treatment, patients receiving the real acupuncture reported markedly decreased allergy symptoms and a reduction in their need for antihistamines compared to the other groups. However, even the ‘sham’ acupuncture group reported some symptom relief which led researchers to conclude that a placebo effect might be partially responsible for their improvement. These results even lasted throughout the 4 months of follow up without any further acupuncture treatment, although the differences between all groups were less pronounced after treatment had ended.

This outcome led the authors to conclude: “Acupuncture led to statistically significant improvements in disease-specific quality of life and antihistamine use measures after 8 weeks of treatment compared with sham acupuncture and with RM [rescue medication] alone, but the improvements may not be clinically significant.”

The antihistamine only group did not report significant changes in their allergy symptoms and still required the most medication. Researchers felt that the similarities between the true acupuncture group and the sham acupuncture group were due to patient expectations that acupuncture was going to be effective to relieve their symptoms. In other words – it was the placebo effect that caused both  acupuncture groups to report improvement in their allergies and their decreased need for antihistamines.

Acupuncture Research – Design Flaws?

Some possible reasons for the researchers conclusion that the results were potentially a ‘placebo’ effect could be in treatment design. It seems the sham group DID receive acupuncture – albeit at random areas. However, the researchers did not describe where the ‘random’ points were located.

Often in research studies, sham acupuncture groups receive treatment close to actual acupuncture points. Many acupuncture points are fairly large. Additionally, some points share similar functions and treat the same symptoms.  One more possibility to consider is that any treatment that uses an acupuncture needle on same meridian as the ‘true’ acupuncture point, WILL treat symptoms associated with the meridian.

In the Dr. Tan style of acupuncture that I use to treat my patients at Inner Light Wellness in Downingtown – there are 6 different meridians that can treat nasal allergies and congestion! You only have 12 major acupuncture meridians so the chances of hitting one that might affect allergies is 50/50. This means that ‘random’ acupuncture point selection puts ‘sham’ acupuncture into the realm of potential effect on allergy symptoms.

Acupuncture – Individualized Natural Allergy Treatment

“One size does NOT fit all”

In the follow up, the acupuncture patients’ symptom relief reportedly declined somewhat decreasing the statistical significance of the overall results. This could be due to the lack of ‘differential’ treatment of the underlying factors in a patient’s allergy and sinus symptoms. Unlike western medicine, acupuncturists don’t use the exact same acupuncture prescription for a symptom. Instead we are trained to consider the whole patient and their unique make up.

We consider ALL of your body’s symptoms, not just your allergy symptoms. When we view your symptoms as a whole, each patient has their own unique pattern that underlies their symptom. When we treat you as the individual that you are  – addressing your allergy symptoms AND the rest of your pattern- you get results! Acupuncture is not a cookie cutter approach. Your treatments are individually designed to treat you! Not just your symptoms.

You Decide!

Treatment design flaws are often the culprit behind fuzzy results when research is performed for acupuncture and a specific condition – usually causing researchers to conclude ‘placebo effect’.  Armed with this knowledge, you can weigh in on the relevance of  acupuncture research when deciding to pursue alternative allergy treatment this allergy season. How about patient testimonials? Are the thousands of the people who report that acupuncture treatment is relieving their allergies experiencing a placebo effect?

When reading acupuncture research that concludes placebo effect – consider this: if placebo effect were the reason for improvement, why didn’t you get the placebo effect from the treatments that your insurance covered? Now that you pay out of pocket for your acupuncture, you ‘believe’ it will work? Why not read the evidence of real live patients. Or schedule a visit and see for yourself!

Sources:  PubMed

Ann Intern Med. 2013 Feb 19;158(4):225-34. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-158-4-201302190-00002. Acupuncture in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23420231