When to Use Acupuncture and When to Go to Your Doctor

Acupuncture versus Western medicine

When it comes to trying acupuncture, either for the first time or for treating a new condition, patients are faced with a number of questions and concerns. In the past, alternative healing came with stereotypes, and even today some of my patients are surprised to find us in a clinic—they were expecting incense, beaded . . . → Read More: When to Use Acupuncture and When to Go to Your Doctor

Acupuncture, Heartburn, and PPIs

Side effects of PPIs for GERD

There’s nothing that can put a damper on a delicious meal faster than knowing that an hour or two later you’ll be suffering from heartburn. If you’ve ever experienced heartburn, or GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease), you know that diving into a favorite dish often means suffering the fiery aftereffects.

Heartburn occurs when your . . . → Read More: Acupuncture, Heartburn, and PPIs

Acupuncture in Minneapolis

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The first time acupuncture ever appeared on my radar was over 25 years ago when I was in school working toward my undergraduate degree. I fellow classmate asked me if I were interested in learning how to be an acupuncturist. At the time the suggestion was as ridiculous to me as if she had . . . → Read More: Acupuncture in Minneapolis

Seven Surprising Conditions Your Acupuncturist Can Treat

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When I first opened my practice many years ago, I thought that most of the people I would be treating would have some kind of pain or overuse injury. In my previous career, I spent years researching women’s health and sports. So when I hung out my shingle, I just assumed that I would . . . → Read More: Seven Surprising Conditions Your Acupuncturist Can Treat

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

Acupuncture in the Park

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