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|

Strengthen and Nourish Your Kidneys This Winter

Mushroom soup. The concept of cooking.The winter season can wreak havoc on your internal systems as cold air and emotional stress puts pressure on your body’s most important organs. The cold air can knock your internal systems out of balance and stress can cause major problems during the busy, overscheduled holiday season. According to Chinese medicine the kidneys are considered one of the most crucial systems in your body and can be brutally affected during the wintertime. The kidneys are the bodily system that is responsible for sexuality, growth, renewal, fertility, and bodily system filtration. In Chinese medicine, your kidneys provide the central source for Yin and Yang and when one or the other is out of balance then you suffer physical and emotional effects.

Located at the back of your body, the kidneys are rooted deeply in your body and are considered essential for facilitating the most deep-seated human needs of reproduction and survival. When the kidneys are weakened due to stress or malnourishment, you can experience symptoms like sore joints, bladder and urinary problems like urinary tract infections, reactions to temperature changes, and most commonly lower back pain. Some people may experience symptoms like edema, hearing issues, thinning hair, fertility issues, and irregular menstrual cycles, among other things.

One of the most important things that kidneys do is to store and regulate Kidney Essence, also called Jing, which is the basis for all bodily functions and body matter. So, according to TCM, kidneys can tell a great deal about the overall state of a person’s health and how they will age in the future. Safeguarding the kidneys can be the best defense against the issues mentioned above as well as avoiding tooth issues, greying hair, bone and skin weakness, and more.

But the physical body isn’t the only thing that can be impacted by kidney dysfunction. The kidneys are linked to human sexuality and emotional creativity. They are directly responsible for facilitating reproduction and can have an impact on an individuals’ libido and ability to reproduce. During stressful times, the adrenal glands pour stress hormones into the kidneys which can be damaging both emotionally and physically.

If your kidneys need a little TLC this winter, follow these tips to help prevent kidney dysfunction:

  • Manage your stress. Stress is at the root of much of the issues associated with kidney dysfunction. Take calming walks, do yoga, meditate, or try acupuncture to help manage your emotions and reduce stress.
  • Consume the right foods. The best foods to consume when you are struggling with kidney issues are fruits and vegetables that are dark in color. Good examples would be black nuts like walnuts and sesame seeds, black beans, blueberries and blackberries. Also consuming foods that contain the water element like fish, sushi, and seaweed can be beneficial.
  • Use herbal remedies. Consulting your acupuncturist on appropriate herbal remedies or other courses of treatment can help cure kidney issues and prevent flare-ups in the future.
  • Try massaging and stretching. Since the kidneys are located in your lower back, doing lower back stretches can stimulate the energy in your kidneys. Massage can also help stimulate them.
  • Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol. These things can deplete your kidney essence, so try avoiding them if possible. Also, try to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
  • Strengthen by consuming broths. Making a delicious bone broth can help strengthen your kidneys and warm your body up from the inside.

To learn more about how Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help with your overall health and diet, call 832.282.3306 or email us today.

January 25th, 2016|Healing Acupoints News|

Warm Your Body This Winter With Healing Spices and Food

Spicy ginger rootThe temperatures are dropping and the cold and rainy weather of fall and winter are starting to creep in. This is the time of year to hibernate, cozy up and try to stay warm. According to Chinese medicine, nothing may be better for warming yourself up from the inside than the food that you eat. Consuming warming spices like ginger and turmeric can help balance the Yin energy which is considered the cold, dark, slow energy that is predominant during the colder months. In addition to warming spices, consuming seasonal root vegetables and bone broths can help facilitate energy balance, defense against illnesses that run rampant in the wintertime, and help conserve energy.

This is the season where cold and flu viruses become a major problem. People are busy bustling around preparing for the holiday season while germs circulate where people congregate in public places. People are stressed out which can also compromise the immune system, It’s important to arm yourself against the havoc that the busy, stressful, germy season can wreak on your health. In addition to taking basic health precautions like following proper handwashing guidelines and using hand sanitizer, taking extra care when preparing meals with the right ingredients can make a big difference in how you fare this season.

Foods like pears, apples, squashes, winter greens, mushrooms, and others have life-giving nutrients that can help facilitate the circulation of good energy in your body. Other foods that can help warm the kidneys are beans, broths cooked with bones, chestnuts, walnuts and more. Spices like black sesame seeds, nutmeg, clove, turmeric, and ginger can also be instrumental in helping a number bodily systems. Ginger not only tastes fantastic in foods, it can be particularly beneficial to use in cooking during cold months.

Here are some reasons why ginger should be considered a must-have during the fall and winter:

  • Offers a natural immune booster that has been used for thousands of years
  • Contains anti-inflammatory compounds called ‘gingerols’ that protect against diseases and cancers.
  • Provides aromas that have been shown to reduce stress.
  • Helps facilitate and aid digestion.
  • Rids the lungs and sinuses of toxins.
  • Reduces nausea and stomach upset.
  • Provides relief for coughs and respiratory issues.
  • Clears nasal congestion.
  • Prevents strokes and heart attacks.
  • Helps to alleviate the pain of migraine headaches.
  • Reduces fever.
  • Helps relieve muscle aches and pains.

To help you prepare for the season, we have included two delicious and healthy ginger recipes:

Chinese Ginger Health Tea


2 cups water

8 slices ginger

2 Tbsp dried longan pulp

1.5 Tbsp brown sugar, or to taste

1 slice lemon


Rinse the ginger and slice. Rinse the longan pulp and drain well. Pour water in a heavy pot and add ginger and longan. Cook over medium-high heat until it boils. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and cover. Turn off the heat but don’t remove the lid. Let it stand for 20 minutes. Serve with a fresh lemon wedge or add honey for extra sweetness.

Delicious Ginger Broth

You can make your own simple ginger broth to sip on this season by starting with water and adding garlic, onions, carrots, celery, and of course ginger. Let it simmer for an hour, strain it, and add sautéed onions and ginger. Delicious and very simple!

To learn more about how acupuncture can help with your overall health and diet, call 832.282.3306 or email us today.


November 3rd, 2015|Healing Acupoints News|