How the Iron Cowboy Used Acupuncture to Fuel 50 Ironman Triathlons in 50 Days in 50 States

By Sara Calabro Go ahead and read that headline again. 50 Ironman triathlons in 50 days in 50 states. There are no typos there. James Lawrence, who goes by the nickname Iron Cowboy, actually did that last summer. And he used acupuncture to help fuel his journey. The Iron Cowboy’s 50.50.50 has been documented by numerous media outlets. It’s worth a Google search to understand the magnitude of what he endured to break his own world record of consecutive Ironman races and raise money for the child-obesity epidemic. A lesser covered aspect of the Iron Cowboy’s great adventure is his use of acupuncture. Specifically, he received laser-acupuncture treatments several times a week leading up to and during the 50.50.50. I recently caught up with the Iron Cowboy about how his consistent acupuncture regimen helped him achieve an unfathomably impressive feat.

May 13th, 2016|Acupuncture success stories, Interviews|6 Comments

Acupuncture Success Stories: Seasonal Allergy Relief

By Sara Calabro A previous acupuncture success story, about an advertising professional suffering from tight hips, recently found its way around Twitter. It got me thinking that we should revisit the success-stories series. Deidre, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, sought acupuncture for something many people are struggling with this time of year: seasonal allergies. Here’s her story. Age: 34 Location: Cambridge, MA Acupuncturist: Practitioners at Acupuncture Together What initially brought you to acupuncture? I was looking for a solution to my horrible seasonal allergies and debilitating menstrual cramps after finding that Western medicine could offer more medications but not more relief.

April 13th, 2015|Acupuncture success stories, Specific conditions|0 Comments

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.

October 29th, 2013|Acupuncture success stories, Specific conditions|1 Comment

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.

September 24th, 2013|Acupuncture success stories, Specific conditions|5 Comments

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.

August 13th, 2013|Acupuncture success stories, Specific conditions|2 Comments

Acupuncture Success Story: Corporate Guy Loosens Up

By Sara Calabro Welcome to a new AcuTake series, Acupuncture Success Stories. This is where we’ll share first-hand accounts of the various ways in which acupuncture changes people’s lives for the better. “How does acupuncture work?” is a popular, contentious question these days. Many people want the answer but most are looking for it in the wrong place. Acupuncture research and clinical trials, while useful in some regards, do not paint a complete picture. Understanding how acupuncture works requires an eagerness to listen and an openness to ideas that challenge conventional thinking. One way to practice this kind of listening and openmindedness is through stories about how acupuncture improves quality of life and inspires new perspectives on health. This series will tell those stories. And so, without further ado, here is the first of many acupuncture success stories.

July 16th, 2013|Acupuncture success stories, Specific conditions|4 Comments
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