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Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

By Eric Baumgartner

You have probably heard of adrenal fatigue. It’s a buzz phrase in the health community right now, and no wonder—if we could slap one diagnosis on our culture at large, adrenal fatigue would be it.

In my last several years of practicing acupuncture—across many different settings, from the most casual and community-oriented environments to luxurious spas and sterile medical offices—adrenal fatigue shows up in the large majority.

But when we say someone is suffering from adrenal fatigue, what are we actually talking about?

Adrenal fatigue is a root imbalance that causes various systems throughout the body to break down. It is the source of many, if not most, of the symptoms patients commonly report: fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, hormone imbalances, and poor digestion. Keep reading

Improve Your Sex Life With Acupuncture

By Marisa Fanelli

Acupuncturists treat the mind, body, and spirit. It’s a critical distinction between acupuncturists and Western doctors, who generally focus exclusively on specific parts of the body. The mainstream approach to healthcare, separating body from mind, can result in patients failing to mention problems that affect them on multiple levels.

Issues around sex—not having it, having it but not wanting to have it, being unable to have it—are often swept under the rug in discussions with MDs. Acupuncturists, on the other hand, ask and hear a lot about people’s sex lives.

The multifaceted nature of sexuality means that many systems throughout the body play a role, and seemingly unrelated symptoms or habits can influence whether someone has a fulfilling sex life. Acupuncturists are experts at making these connections and restoring balance so that you’re able to fully experience and enjoy sex. Keep reading

Stop Bloating: 11 Tips from Acupuncturists

By Sara Calabro

Thanksgiving is this Thursday. In previous years, we’ve written about the similarities between acupuncture and Thanksgiving. We’ve also talked about what acupuncture can teach us about gratitude and change.

This year, we’re honoring Thanksgiving with tips for battling the holiday’s most common nemesis: bloating.

Often, the meals we share on Thanksgiving are memorable for more than just good times with family and friends. Bloating and indigestion can be epic on Thanksgiving, and they can put a major damper on otherwise joyous celebrations.

We asked acupuncturists from around the world for do-it-yourself recommendations for reducing bloating. Here are 11 tips for staying comfortable this Thursday, in the days that follow, and whenever else you experience bloating. Keep reading

The Benefits of Acupuncture Before and After Surgery

By Denise Cicuto

Have you seen Iron Man 3? At the end, there’s a scene when main character Tony Stark is undergoing surgery. If you look closely, you can see acupuncture needles in his chest.

That’s Hollywood, but historically, acupuncture actually has been used, mostly in China, for anesthesia during surgery. It’s no longer standard practice, but with acupuncture becoming increasingly present in mainstream medical settings, we may see it make a comeback in surgical procedures.

In the meantime, acupuncture can go a long way toward keeping people healthy before and after surgery. You don’t have to be a superhero to reap the combined power of acupuncture and surgery. Keep reading

Acupuncture Success Stories: Less Pain, Greater Awareness

By Sara Calabro

Time for another edition of Acupuncture Success Stories. If you are unfamiliar with this series, read the introduction to the first installment to understand what it’s all about and why we’re doing it.

Today we hear from two women who used community acupuncture to reduce physical pain and discover greater bodily awareness.

Acupuncture Success Story #1

Patient: Vicky
Age: 27
Location: San Jose, CA
Acupuncturist: Ellie Schafer

What initially brought you to acupuncture?

I came to acupuncture after leaving my hometown to move to San Francisco. I was feeling depressed and anxious. Prior to that, I had become interested in trying acupuncture for a nerve issue I was having in my neck, down my arm and into my fingers. On top of everything, my new job was stressing me out. I decided enough was enough, and finally gave it a try. Keep reading

Your Pain Is In Your Head

By Adam Cantor

Chronic pain is a growing and complicated issue. Millions of people feel stuck with their pain, suffering day in and day out with no resolution in sight. For many, acupuncture can shed light at the end of this very dark tunnel.

We know that the nature of chronic pain can vary widely, from musculoskeletal and neurogenic to gastrointestinal, urogenital, and gynecological. However, less attention gets paid to the emotional component of chronic pain, which can be caused and exacerbated by negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety.

Pain conditions that are emotionally charged—which, ultimately, describes all cases of pain, since being in pain produces negative thought patterns—often are unabated by the pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications that are so commonly prescribed.

Treating chronic pain effectively requires approaching it holistically. This is where acupuncture excels. Keep reading

5 Common Questions About Acupuncture During Pregnancy

By Denise Cicuto

The last edition of Acupuncture Success Stories focused on two women who used acupuncture to overcome fertility challenges. And indeed, acupuncture alone and in combination with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has been shown to help women achieve pregnancy.

But what about once you get pregnant? Many women and their partners have questions about acupuncture during pregnancy. Here are answers to some of the most common questions. Keep reading

Acupuncture Success Stories: Help With Fertility Challenges

By Sara Calabro

Time for another edition of Acupuncture Success Stories. If you are unfamiliar with this series, read the introduction to the first installment to understand what it’s all about and why we’re doing it.

This time we have two success stories about how acupuncture can help women who are having trouble staying or getting pregnant.

Acupuncture Success Story #1

Patient: Sara
Age: 32
Location: San Jose, CA
Acupuncturist: Cynthia Ignatovsky

What initially brought you to acupuncture?

I was recommended to my acupuncturist after suffering two miscarriages. My husband and I did not have any problems getting pregnant but I was unable to maintain my pregnancies past six or seven weeks. I learned that my acupuncturist, Cynthia, had great success in helping couples maintain pregnancy so I decided to make an appointment. Keep reading

Acupuncture Works for Kids, Really!

By Melissa B. Light

Kids and needles—bad combo, right? After all, kids hate getting shots. So, how is it possible that acupuncture is a good idea for helping your children stay healthy?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques, including acupuncture, can be amazingly effective at treating a variety of childhood ailments.

Common complaints like ear aches, respiratory infections, digestive troubles, bedwetting, ADHD, and much more can be resolved with pediatric TCM techniques such as acupuncture and tuina bodywork. I see it happen every day. Keep reading

Acupuncture Success Stories: Depression Symptoms and Stress Decrease

By Sara Calabro

We’re back with another edition of Acupuncture Success Stories. If you are unfamiliar with this series, read the introduction to the first installment to understand what it’s all about and why we’re doing it.

This time we have two success stories. The first is about a woman from Victoria, British Columbia who used community acupuncture to manage symptoms of depression. The second is about a Seattle-based writer who sought acupuncture for physical and emotional stress caused by too much computer use.

Acupuncture Success Story #1

Patient: Sheryl
Age: 30
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Acupuncturist: Jean-Paul Thuot

What initially brought you to acupuncture?

I was diagnosed with major depression in November 2012. I wasn’t having much success with my medication. It helped take a bit of the edge off, but I was still having daily episodes of sadness. I had started looking into other methods of managing depression, when I came across acupuncture. Keep reading