Acupuncture for Beginners

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It’s the rare person that can’t remember their first time…uh, having acupuncture. For me it was about twenty years ago, when a groin pull had me completely hobbled, threatening to ruin an upcoming backpacking trip. I went to my Western doc early on, and got a whole lot of ibuprofen for my efforts. After . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Beginners

Ear Acupuncture Relieves Anxiety

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked about acupuncture is what kinds of conditions it can treat. Most people are well-aware of the benefits of acupuncture for relieving acute and chronic pain. However, many are surprised to learn that acupuncture and Chinese medicine has a lot to offer people who are struggling with . . . → Read More: Ear Acupuncture Relieves Anxiety

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is becoming more and more mainstream by the day! A greater number of people are using it for a variety of health concerns, large hospitals and medical clinics are adding acupuncture to their services, and more athletes and celebrities are talking about their successful acupuncture experiences. However, despite the increasing popularity of . . . → Read More: Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Acupuncture?

Why Does My Acupuncturist Ask So Many Questions?

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Dear Acupuncture in the Park:

Why do you guys ask so many questions? Some of your questions are unrelated to what brought me in to see you in the first place. My Western doctor doesn’t do that. What’s up?


Curious Acupuncture Patient


Dear Curious:

That’s a great question! As practitioners of Chinese . . . → Read More: Why Does My Acupuncturist Ask So Many Questions?

My Friend Tried Acupuncture Once

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Every once in a while, I’ll come across someone who, in talking about acupuncture, will tell me that they had a friend or a family member who tried acupuncture once—as in one time—and it didn’t work.  I’m always amazed and curious as to what that one-timer was thinking.  Did they think acupuncture was a . . . → Read More: My Friend Tried Acupuncture Once

More Than One Acupuncture Treatment

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My goal for my acupuncture patients is the same as theirs–to help them feel better as quickly as possible. However, from time to time, I will see a patient who comes in for a first acupuncture treatment expecting that all of their health issues will be resolved after that one session on the table. . . . → Read More: More Than One Acupuncture Treatment

Does Acupuncture Work?

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Score one for acupuncture! In a newly published review of over two dozen studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture, researchers concluded that acupuncture worked better than usual pain treatments for chronic headaches, back pain, and arthritis.

This analysis of previous research involved almost 18,000 people who rated their pain on a scale of 1 . . . → Read More: Does Acupuncture Work?

Community Clinics Versus Private Style Acupuncture

Community and Private Acupuncture Clinics

I spent yesterday morning performing acupuncture at the Minnesota Stand Down event for homeless veterans. Some local acupuncturists pulled together and set up a community style clinic to offer acupuncture to any veterans who wanted a treatment. We treated dozens of men and women during the time I was there, and volunteers continued to . . . → Read More: Community Clinics Versus Private Style Acupuncture

Six Reasons You Need Acupuncture Maintenance

Six benefits of acupuncture for health maintenance

 You do it with your dentist, car mechanic, and doctor.  Pet owners do it for their animal companions.  And around the house, many people do it for their furnace, roof, and even their pool.  You should be doing it with your acupuncturist, too.  What is it?  Regular maintenance visits.

Why should you be having . . . → Read More: Six Reasons You Need Acupuncture Maintenance

Chinese Medicine and Self Care for Seasonal Allergies

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During certain times of the year, I see an increase in patients who are suffering from similar conditions.  In the late fall, I tend to see more patients who are struggling with seasonal depression, and around the holidays I see an increase of patients coming to acupuncture to be treated for stress.  I also . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and Self Care for Seasonal Allergies