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Breast Cancer Awareness Month  

As many of you may be aware of, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Each year, many charities come together to raise money and increase awareness for the brave fight against breast cancer in hopes of finding a cure. Here is some more information on the topic of breast cancer and how to combat the negative symptoms that it brings.

Run Down of Breast Cancer


Breast cancer begins when cells in the breast start to grow out of control, often forming a lump or tumor. If malignant, it has the ability to spread to other areas of the body through the blood or lymphatic system and cause a lot of harm. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually possible for both men and women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, although it is most commonly seen in women.

Side Effects

Along with the many trials to one’s health breast cancer brings, there are multiple side effects that one faces during the fight and even after they are cancer-free. One of the most common is pain. Cancer related pain can originate from bone metastasis, nerve compression, and the cancer itself.For most, this pain can be excruciating, and for patients that try to avoid opioid dependencies, there are many holistic substitutes. One of those being acupuncture. According to the Cancer Network, “Since January 2018, the Joint Commission, which accredits more than 20,000 US healthcare facilities, has required hospitals to pay more attention to safe opioid use and to include nonpharmacologic pain treatment modalities in its standard for pain management. In addition, a recent National Cancer Institute (NCI) symposium on acupuncture highlighted the clinical evidence for its use in oncology symptom management.”


Recently, a study was conducted to establish the effects of acupuncture on pain symptoms in breast cancer patients by the NCI Community Oncology Research Program where they found that women who received proper acupuncture by licensed professionals experienced twice the reduction in pain than those who received placebo treatments. Many other studies have been conducted showing positive results for wide ranges of patients.

Aside from pain relief, acupuncture has also been shown to also help with other symptoms that occur with the onset of cancer. These include drasticfatigue, hot flashes, nausea, and vomiting. Doctors advise providing a more natural and safer alternative to opioids. “Reducing the drug toxicity experience may then translate into improved adherence to therapy, and ultimately, improved breast cancer outcomes,” Dr. Reinbolt said. As a result, acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular today in supportive cancer care due to its increasing evidence base and patient preferences.


It is recommended to perform regular physical activity, maintain a healthy diet, and refrain from consuming exorbitant amounts of alcohol in order to decrease your risk of breast cancer. Women should get regular doctor checkups, especially if you are more susceptible to breast cancer.

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306or click hereto schedule your appointment today.


October 3rd, 2019|Healing Acupoints News|

The Holistic Solution to Facial Rejuvenation

Acupuncture is the art of inserting needles into the body as a form of alternative medicine used to relieve pain, stress, and circulation. But many don’t realize the cosmetic benefits of acupuncture. The trend of treatments such as botox and facial fillers has become popular over the years. However, there is a natural alternative that will not only address signs of aging, but also improve the skin’s overall health. Facial rejuvenation is an extension of the traditional use of acupuncture to target signs of aging and unhealthy skin. Afterall, skin is your body’s largest organ, so it is vital to take good care of it. Even celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow are raving about the “acu-face-lift” procedure, bringing this more holistic approach into light.

Time is the Enemy

Over time, your skin accumulates imperfections such as sunspots, wrinkles, acne scars, and sagging skin. This is a product of sun exposure, stress, and well, gravity. And let’s face it, there’s only so much we can do to prevent this inevitable damage. In today’s high-stress world, trying to relax both your mind and body can be a challenge, causing tightened muscles and even brow tension. Using acupuncture can promote blood flow and healing to these stressed areas. It can also balance out hormones internally and bring you the peace of mind you’ve been searching for.

The Science Behind Facial Rejuvenation 

So how exactly does it work? Fine needles are placed on certain pressure points around the face, evoking what we call microtraumas to the skin. Your body will then activate your lymphatic and circulatory systems in order to repair the wound. This will promote blood flow, causing a rush of nutrients and oxygen to the areas and repairing your skin from the inside out. It will also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are major components of connective tissues that minimize fine lines and wrinkles, leaving fuller, more toned skin. It’s a lot like creating micro-tears in your muscles while exercising. Your body will react by healing and then reconstructing the muscle so that it is bigger and stronger for future stress encounters. It relaxes your tight muscles while also strengthening those that are weak through cell reproduction.

Another matter that facial rejuvenation acupuncture is used for is reducing acne. According to Huff Post, this is done by surrounding the area with needles. “When you’re putting needles around the breakout, your body has to think about that area more again, so it’s going to send more blood and more white blood cells to the area, which is going to ease the bacteria under the skin that’s also causing the acne,” says Dr. Singh.


Many people turn to botox, facial fillers, and even surgical facelifts to prevent anti-aging, but these involve putting something foreign into the body and using harsh methods to complete a task that the body can do all on its own, in a much more natural way. Unlike more invasive procedures, acupuncture uses a gradual method of treatment that will benefit your health on top of your looks. It is known to have the ability to balance hormones and jumpstart the immune system. Some of the other benefits of facial rejuvenation include:


  •   Reduction of inflammation and puffiness
  •   Minimizing of wrinkles and fine lines
  •   Removal of age spots
  •   Lifting of sagging skin and drooping eyelids
  •   Elimination of acne and rosacea
  •   Moisturized, evenly toned skin
  •   Improved muscle tone



If you are looking into ways to make your skin look younger and healthier, try facial rejuvenation. Don’t add more stress to your routine through uncomfortable procedures. Instead, get acupuncture and open up a world of relaxation to both your mind and body. Keep in mind, the goal is to create a long-term effects on the skin, not just quick fixes, so it may take several treatments to really make a positive impact on your skin. Combine treatments with a well-balanced diet and quality skin routines to keep your skin glowing like it should! Don’t just mask aging, reverse it!

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or click here to schedule your appointment today.



September 11th, 2019|Healing Acupoints News|

Don’t Just Mask Back Pain – Get Rid of It!

It is no secret that back pain is one of the most common types of pain for adults today. In fact, “80% of the population of the United States, at some point in their life, is going to have back pain,” says Dr. Wisneski, an orthopedic surgeon, specialist in spinal disorders and spine surgery, and associate in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. 

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There are many common risk factors that can contribute to the development of back pain. These include age, weight, gender, posture, mental health, and trauma. It is very common to possess a combination of these factors, leading to anything between acute and chronic pain. According to www.pracitcalpainmanagement.com, it is most common in those ages 35-55, primarily in women. Everyday routines that you may not take notice of like slumping at your desk at work or overexerting yourself while exercising can add up and cause wear and tear to your muscles. If you are experiencing back pain, it is important to realize what factors may be the root cause of the pain so that you may try and stop it at the source. 

Other Methods

Many turn to medications to alleviate the pain, but turning towards a more natural method of care may put your body under less stress, as well as fix the problem instead of simply masking it. Many doctors recommend acupuncture as an alternative route, often when conventional methods fail to make a difference. Consequently, back pain is the number one reason people try acupuncture. 

How Acupuncture Can Help

  • Acupuncture focuses on 2,000 electromagnetic points in the body that, when stimulated, are in charge of releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. 
  • It also tends to release opioids, natural chemicals in the brain that can have an analgesic effect. This can alleviate pain and even promote sleep. 
  • Furthermore, acupuncture operates by adjusting the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Neurotransmitters control the severity of nerve impulses while neurohormones affect the functionality of the body’s organs. Together, the body is able to alter these in a way that reduces pain and ameliorates the immune system.
  • Acupuncture has also been known to show improvements in inflammation and circulation, providing relief from muscle soreness, stiffness, bruising, and swelling, allowing for overall enhanced movement. 

An acupuncturist will place needles at various points depending on what your particular diagnosis is and the causative factors affecting you. However, not everyone is treated using the same points. The treatment is catered to each patient’s individual pain patterns based on their unique issues. By stimulating these areas, it will improve the blood circulation and release endorphins, thus providing a decrease in pain.

Although very successful, acupuncture works best as a long-term treatment and may take numerous sessions for the best outcome. Talk to a practitioner about your pain symptoms to see if acupuncture is right for you.

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or click here to schedule your appointment today.



August 1st, 2019|Healing Acupoints News|

Plagued By Sinus Infections? Acupuncture May Be The Cure

Acupuncture might be your cure for sinus infections.With the recent and devastating flooding due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, many people are experiencing an uptick in allergy issues related to mold, dust from debris, along with the usual changes in the pollens due to the incoming Fall season. Persistent allergy issues can lead to things like sinus infections, bacterial infections or upper respiratory infections.

Along with pain and discomfort, sinus infections can cause missed work and school days and can even become a frequent problem for many allergy sufferers. Thankfully, there are treatments that can help reduce the instances of sinus infections and help prevent future illnesses. Acupuncture is one such treatment and the best news is that it is 100% natural.

How Do You Get A Sinus Infection?

The sinuses are tiny pockets near the eyes, your cheekbones and in your forehead that are points where fluid from your head drains. During allergy season, sometimes these pockets become fluid filled and that fluid can become infected, causing pain, discolored drainage, body aches, fever and more. Common treatments for sinus infection include antibiotics and steroids, but these often have uncomfortable side effects.

How Acupuncture For Sinus Infections Works

Some recent studies show that acupuncture can be a remarkably effective treatment for sinus infections. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, when there are health issues somewhere in the body, it is thought to be caused by an interruption in Qi, or life-force, which can affect the blood and fluid systems in the body. TCM practitioners believe that sinus issues may be caused by a number of factors like lung heat and dampness, among other causes.

If you choose to try acupuncture as a treatment, a TCM practitioner will evaluate your needs and ask you questions about your sinus infection. Then a course of treatment will be selected, including certain acupoints through which small needles will be inserted to release pressure in the sinuses. Your practitioner may also recommend natural herbs or dietary alterations.

What You Should Know

Studies about acupuncture and its effect on sinus infections are still in their infancy, however, there is ample anecdotal evidence about how effective a treatment it is. If you’re considering trying a course of treatment, be sure to choose a certified Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner who is well-versed in the treatment of acupuncture.

Other Things You Can Do

Aside from acupuncture treatment for sinus infections, here are a few other tips about things that you can do to help alleviate or prevent sinus infections:

  • Using saline mist or doing sinus rinses.
  • Using a nasal steroid.
  • Getting plenty of rest.
  • Applying warm compresses to painful sinuses.
  • Increase your intake of fluids.
  • Inhale steam or take a steamy shower.

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or contact us to schedule your appointment today.


October 19th, 2017|Healing Acupoints News|

Acupuncture Might Be Your Cure For Headaches

Sick woman suffering from head acheMigraine headaches can be life-altering for those who suffer from them. From interrupting work to making simple everyday living difficult, migraines are often debilitating and there really isn’t a cure. All hope is not lost though. According to a recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, however, acupuncture may have lasting positive effects against migraines.  Let’s take a closer look.

Types of headaches

There are two different types of headaches. Primary headaches include headaches that are characterized by migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches. Secondary headaches are usually caused by a secondary medical condition such as a brain tumor, sinus infection or other medical cause. Generally speaking, acupuncture can be highly effective in managing pain from primary headaches like migraines. Acupuncture can also help with some secondary headaches depending on the cause.

How acupuncture treats headaches

It may be surprising to learn that TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has been utilizing acupuncture as a treatment for thousands of years. One of the biggest plusses of treating migraines with acupuncture is that there are no negative side effects, unlike some migraine prescription and over the counter medications which can help with headache pain but may cause other uncomfortable side effects.

Through a variety of methods, acupuncture uses the insertion of needles with manual stimulation in specific parts of the body, which stimulates blood vessels and circulation and can be great for pain management.

Although studies show that acupuncture does help people who suffer from migraines, it is still unclear how the science works. It is thought that acupuncture releases the body’s natural painkillers or endorphins, which plays a part in the lessening of headache pain. Regardless of the science, a significant amount of evidence suggests that acupuncture can help migraine and tension headaches by:

  • Providing pain relief.
  • Reducing inflammation.
  • Modulating blood flow to and from the head area.
  • Affecting serotonin levels in the brain.

Prevention of migraines and tension headaches

According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in early 2017, acupuncture may also be helpful in reducing the frequency of migraines and preventing future attacks, so consultation and regular therapies with a certified acupuncturist can be added to a solid migraine prevention plan. Other things that may help prevent headache attacks include:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety levels.
  • Getting at least 7 hours of sleep nightly.
  • Avoiding alchohol and especially red wine.
  • Avoiding caffeine.
  • Avoiding trigger foods like wheat, chocolate, dairy, and others.
  • Avoid other known triggers like environmental changes (weather changes, etc.).
  • Reducing tension in the shoulders, neck, and upper body.

In addition to acupuncture, herbal  remedies or formulas may be prescribed based on individual needs or diagnoses. Your practitioner may also recommend additional nutritional and dietary changes as well as lifestyle adjustments.

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or contact us to schedule your appointment today.



June 27th, 2017|Healing Acupoints News|

Acupuncture: The Holistic Pain Cure

acheAcute and chronic pain can be simply debilitating to live with. People who suffer from chronic syndromes or diseases like fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraines, backaches, muscle and joint pains, sports injuries and sprains and more can face life-altering struggles if pain goes untreated. That’s why it’s important to consider a variety of options when trying to find solutions to pain management problems. Aside from over the counter medications, ointments and prescription pain medications, there are alternative therapies like acupuncture which can dramatically alter the negative effects of pain. Here is a closer look at how acupuncture can help manage pain symptoms.

How it works

Acupuncture is performed when an acupuncturist inserts extremely fine, sterile, disposable needles into a patient’s skin at important points throughout the body–called ‘acupoints’. The needles can then stimulate  neurotransmitter signals to the brain which can affect how the body processes pain signals. For example, this process may release endorphins which are considered the body’s natural painkillers. It also affects the portion of the brain that controls serotonin which is a chemical involved in mood. Acupuncture also helps in improving the blood circulation and the lymphatic flow in the body to improve healing.

Types of acupuncture:

There are a number of different types of acupuncture that can be used. All of them can be extremely effective if practiced by a licensed and board certified acupuncturist. Here are some examples of different types:

  • Local Needling-Local needling involves targeting the area of pain by inserting needles in the specific area of pain itself and the surrounding area, which helps by bringing local blood circulation to the area. This is a highly effective therapy that can treat muscle spasms and tension that is commonly caused by nerve issues, muscle and ligament strains, disc problems and arthritis.
  • Distal Needling-This produces instantaneous results for any kind of pain. The arms and legs are used opposite to the side of pain, by placing needles in the different channels or meridians that are affected. This procedure causes the blood circulation to improve in the area of pain. Most patients only require a few sessions depending on how acute or chronic their condition is.  
  • Cupping-This is a process by which the TCM practitioner uses suction cups to create suction and heat around certain acupuncture points. Cupping causes myofascial release to improve the blood circulation and ease the stiffness in the area. It can be done wet, dry or with needles and is thought to relax the deep tissues of the body. It is particularly effective for joint and muscle pains as well as lower back pain.
  • Moxibustion-This is the stimulation of acupoints by burning an herb called “Moxa” near the acupuncture points in the body. It can be done by burning a moxa stick with herbs, or can also be done by electrical moxa. Not only is moxibustion great for treating pain, but it is also used to treat colds and flus.

What to expect:  

The thought of acupuncture can be intimidating, but it can be a remarkable and holistic way to help ease your pain symptoms. Finding a professional, licensed, certified TCM practitioner and acupuncturist is just one key. They will take time to get your entire health history and you should spend time talking to them about your diet, level of activity and physical challenges. Expect to participate in weekly sessions until your symptoms start to subside and then visits might become slightly less frequent.

Other Methods For Pain Management:

In addition to recommending weekly acupuncture sessions, your practitioner may recommend dietary and activity changes, herbs, supplements or other treatments to add to your pain management regimen. Some other methods for pain management may include heat therapy, Tui Na, a type of therapeutic massage that uses pinching and pulling movements, or herbs and herbal therapies.


Acupuncture can be a highly effective way to not only manage chronic pain but can also have side benefits like lowering stress levels and boosting your mood. It can also be a welcome alternative to medications that can have unwanted side effects. Throughout the process, make sure to maintain your relationship with your regular doctor and work to find a trusted, professional acupuncturist. Ask plenty of questions and share helpful information about the status of your health and chronic pain issues.

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or contact us to schedule your appointment today.


April 20th, 2017|Healing Acupoints News|

Could You Be Suffering From Seasonal Depression? Find Out What To Do

Lonely teenage girl sitting on the dockThe fall and winter seasons conjure up images of excitement and fun, but for people who suffer from a debilitating syndrome called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), these seasons can bring depression, excessive sleepiness, and extreme fatigue. This phenomenon, which affects thousands of people annually, occurs during the fall and winter seasons when days are shorter and it gets darker earlier.

Symptoms of SAD range from depression and suicidal thoughts to excessive sleeping, loss of sexual urges, weight gain due to carb-loaded food cravings, anxiety, lack of desire for social interaction, and more. Although SAD can affect men, it seems to run rampant in females. This complicated and difficult disorder can wreak havoc on the lives of those who suffer from it. Even people who are not technically diagnosed with this disorder can benefit from a little bit of extra self-care during this dark and cold time of year.

People who suffer from seasonal depression may benefit from some of the following self-care techniques:

  • Try to get as much exposure to sunlight as you can. A little bit of light goes a long way for patients with seasonal depression issues. Try waking up earlier than normal to take advantage of any sunlight that you can. Throw open the blinds and windows, take a walk outside, and do everything you can to get that natural sunlight. If you live in a really dark place, there are tools that you can buy, like light boxes, that simulate natural light from the sun that may help you.
  • Take a Vitamin D supplement. Many people who suffer from seasonal depression also suffer from low levels of Vitamin D. Adding a supplement to your daily routine may give you an extra boost and can even help to alleviate other symptoms like achiness. Consult with your practitioner or doctor about the recommended amount.
  • Exercise and play. Science has proven that exercise and daily physical activity can help keep depression at bay, and seasonal depression is no different. The best case scenario is to exercise or play outside in the sun, but you can also join a gym or exercise class if weather tends to be inclement in your area.
  • Eat hearty and healthy. Good self-care during this time of year is critical in combatting depression, and consuming the right foods can make a huge difference in the way you feel. Filling up on broths, winter vegetables and fruits and cutting down on sugar-laden foods will make you feel best.
  • Practice good sleep hygiene. Getting good quality sleep each night can also work wonders for depression. Try to create a relaxing routine before bedtime and go to bed and wake up at the same time each day to get the most benefit from sleep.
  • Try acupuncture. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help alleviate or eliminate depression symptoms. Best of all, your acupuncture practitioner can help offer advice about herbs, supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes that can help you feel better this season.

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or click here to schedule your appointment today.

January 6th, 2017|Healing Acupoints News|

Is Cupping Right For You?

Cupping therapy, woman doctor removes cup from the patient's backDuring the summer 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, cupping was all the rage with olympians from around the world. Anyone who watched the Olympic Games saw those bright red and purple circles scattered across the backs of swimmers, divers, and more. Were those Olympic rings, or something else? Turns out it was an alternative form of therapy for muscles called cupping. But what exactly is cupping and could it be right for you?

About Cupping Therapy

Fascinatingly enough, people have been using cupping as a therapy for centuries and history notes that it was used in Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern Cultures. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping is a method of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts cups made of glass, bamboo, silicone or pottery on a patient’s’ skin for a few minutes to create a suction that can help with a number of conditions including muscle pain and stress. Cupping can be done either dry or wet and the therapist adds flammable substances like oils or alcohol in the cup. As the flame dies out, the cups are placed on the skin and left for about 3 minutes. As the cup cools off, it creates a vacuum on the skin which causes the skin to rise (hence the red and purple circles that were so prominent on the 2016 olympians).

Practitioners who perform cupping in a more modern fashion utilize a pump to create the same suction action that the cups produce. Some therapists use silicone cups and move the cups around the skin to create a movement that mimics deep tissue massage. Cupping treatments vary from therapist to therapist and range from more traditional forms to forms that include the insertion of acupuncture needles following the cupping therapy.

What Cupping Can Treat

Although science has not caught up with the research behind cupping just yet, cupping supporters believe that it can treat a number of conditions such as inflammation and pain, shingles, acne, and more. There have not been many scientific studies conducted yet on cupping, but according to the British Cupping Society, cupping can be used to treat:

  • Rheumatic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.
  • Gynecological disorders.
  • Skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
  • Headaches including migraines.
  • Blood pressure problems.
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Allergies, asthma and bronchial conditions.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Paralysis of the face.
  • Shingles.
  • Osteoarthritis.

What You Should Know

For believers, cupping can be a great supplementary treatment for those who are using treatments like medication or acupuncture for some of the conditions listed above. There are a few side effects such as mild burning, possible skin infections, inflammation and discomfort, but overall cupping is thought to be relatively safe. It’s important to choose a qualified and trained TCM practitioner before deciding to try your first cupping treatment. Be sure to talk to your therapist and detail about your medical condition and what treatments you are currently undergoing for your medical condition. It’s also recommended that you ask about their training and level of expertise in cupping as well as how they generally use cupping for their patients.

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or click here to schedule your appointment today.






October 7th, 2016|Healing Acupoints News|

Acupuncture Can Offer Relief from Allergy Symptoms


Houston has had a difficult spring and early summer in terms of the weather. Flooding coupled with extreme heat and humidity can make trouble for people suffering from allergy symptoms. Although summer has begun and the season is lively with the promise of fun, troublesome pollens and allergens can make people sick very quickly. From mold spores to grasses, allergens can be hard on the nasal passages, causing inflammation and thickening of the mucous membranes. People with allergies also suffer from asthma outbreaks which can cause upper respiratory infections, and patients are checking in with their medical practitioners for relief from annoying symptoms like sneezing, wheezing, runny noses, coughing and itchy eyes. Before you decide to pop another antihistamine, take a look at how acupuncture may be the antidote that you are looking for:

Acupuncture is effective in multiple ways

In recent years, there have been a number of studies that have shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment for sinusitis and allergies and now the practice is gaining popularity among western doctors and patients. Acupuncture has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, which reduces the symptoms of nasal swelling and sinusitis. Acupuncture can also help positively and negatively regulate the immune system, which helps patients with low immune systems or auto-immune response problems. Acupuncture, if practiced correctly, can essentially reprogram someone’s immunity, making him or her virtually no longer allergic to the thing that caused so many problems.

Acupuncture has no side effects

Ever taken an over the counter or prescription antihistamine that left you feeling so sleepy you needed to crawl into bed? Side effects are one of the biggest drawbacks of using medications to treat allergies, and drowsiness is one of the most common side effects of medications like these, among other side effects like stomach upset or rashes. One of the best things about acupuncture is that there are zero side effects, so you can be sure that you won’t feel drained after trying it.

TCM isn’t just about the acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) looks beyond the allergy symptoms to uncover the underlying issues that may be exacerbating the symptoms. Rather than using a band-aid to cover the allergy problems (much like modern antihistamine medicines do), TCM practitioners look at the ‘whole picture’ of the patient’s constitution, diet, and specific allergic tendencies to try to find solutions. Things like what patients are eating and drinking can aggravate allergies. Also, TCM incorporates herbal remedies along with acupuncture to relieve allergy symptoms and solve the problem at the root. Practitioners can determine if there are organ deficiencies such as spleen and lung issues which can often cause allergy problems. While western medicine tends to focus on avoiding the allergen while taking medicines to treat the symptoms, TCM focuses on building exposure to the allergen and rooting out the problem indefinitely.

With the TCM approach, it’s important to keep in mind that there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment plan for everyone. Each individual will be assessed based on the current state of their health and what specific symptoms they have along with important lifestyle factors. It’s also important to remember that one session will not be a ‘cure all’ for allergy issues. Acupuncture should be viewed as a path to health and wholeness. To learn more about how Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your allergy symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or email us today.





June 14th, 2016|Healing Acupoints News|

How Acupuncture Can Help You Manage Symptoms of Menopause

beautiful senior woman bored of having menopause bluesAlthough menopause is a perfectly natural phenomenon that happens to every woman, it is known for causing troublesome symptoms that can really impact the lifestyle of any woman going through this transition. From hot flashes to insomnia, symptoms of menopause run the gamut and can be truly difficult to live with. Hope is not lost, however, as the practice of acupuncture has been known to help reduce and eliminate many menopause symptoms. Here are some ways in which acupuncture can help you manage your menopause symptoms:

• Reducing hot flashes. Hot flashes are some of the most notorious symptoms caused by menopause. They give people the feeling of a sudden surge of heat throughout the body and can cause significant sweating, shivers, and red, blotchy skin. They can even cause queasiness and an upset stomach. Although there are hormone replacement therapies that can help with hot flashes, they also come with other health risks such as an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Acupuncture, which is an all-natural treatment and is known for reducing inflammation, has been shown in studies to help prevent and reduce the occurrences of hot flashes.

• Promoting weight loss. With menopause brings hormonal changes, and with hormonal changes brings body weight fluctuations. Many women struggle with unwanted weight gain during menopause, but studies have found acupuncture, often in tandem with TCM herbal supplementation, can be an effective treatment for nagging weight gain.

• Treating mood swings and managing depression. While hormones are in flux during menopause, depression and mood swings can become a huge problem. Acupuncture can help lower stress and increase blood flow, and increase the production of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers. Menopausal women often find that their energy level drops and acupuncture can give them a natural energy boost as well as a mood lift.

• Reducing sleep disturbances. Another truly disruptive symptom of menopause is insomnia. Many women report waking up frequently during the night or having difficulty falling asleep. Following acupuncture treatment, many people feel extremely relaxed and get better sleep. Studies have shown that acupuncture increases the production of melatonin, giving recipients more total sleep time and less sleep interruption at night.

• Reducing vaginal dryness and increasing libido. Some women report that vaginal dryness and loss of sexual desire are big issues that come with menopause. Some studies have shown that acupuncture can help reduce the occurrence of these symptoms.

It’s important to remember that symptoms of menopause will vary from person to person and as with any treatment plan, recommendations will differ. Meeting with a qualified practitioner of TCM will ensure that you get a recommended course of treatment that will be right for you. To maximize the effective of acupuncture treatments, your practitioner may also choose to supplement your treatment plan with dietary recommendations and herbal remedies. To learn more about how Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms of menopause, call 832.282.3306 or email us today.

March 14th, 2016|Healing Acupoints News|