Monthly Archives: February 2018

Acupuncture before Opioids

Pain management is big business in the US. Sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. And 80% of the world’s opioid supply is consumed in the US. Two million Americans have a substance abuse disorder related to prescription pain relievers. The annual economic costs of chronic pain in the US is nearly $700 billion.… Read More »


This is the most common question I hear from clients, usually after they have had a few treatments and seem amazed at how good they feel with acupuncture! I usually explain how it works from a traditional point of view and a more scientific, biological point of view. From a Traditional Chinese medical theory perspective,… Read More »

Tai Chi improves balance, prevents falls in elderly

As we age, balance becomes more of a challenge and falls become a serious threat to our aging, fragile bodies. Falls are a leading cause of mortality among older adults ages 65 and older. With population models predicting steep increases in the 65 and older population, the need to address these falls and the strain… Read More »

Acupuncture Tells Brain To Reduce Pain

Use of brain imaging has revealed that acupuncture affects the brain’s ability to reduce and regulate pain. This study was the first of its kind to provide imaging of how acupuncture affects specific receptors in the brain that process and suppress pain signals. Previously, in studies using MRI’s,  research has shown that acupuncture raises a… Read More »