Author Archive for Hillcrest Community Acupuncture

Holidays and Health Goals

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At HCA we see a diverse array of health issues, and we love treating all of them. That’s the beauty of acupuncture: it can treat everything from a common cold to addiction to shoulder pain. The month of December usually brings about a significant increase in activity as the year comes to a close. People are rushing to complete their holiday shopping, many travel during this time to visit family, and there are changes in…

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The Holistic Art of Prevention

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The season of autumn provides us a transition from the hot summer months into the cold, sometimes harsh winter. This is the time of year when we prepare our bodies for “hibernation” and, though we do not hibernate in the same sense that animals do, we are still slowing down and spending more time indoors. During the summer we spend a lot of time outdoors, in the hot sun. We tend to focus on more…

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Treating and Maintaining Autoimmune Diseases with Acupuncture

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My boyfriend was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 15 years ago, and other than a somewhat strong flare up 5 years after that it has stayed pretty dormant. He maintained a vegetarian diet, limited alcohol intake, and stayed very active, all of which seemed to help keep this condition at bay. For 10 years he only dealt with the occasional, mild flare up that usually subsided on its own. Even so it was still something that…

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Using Acupuncture Before, During, and After Pregnancy

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We’ve discussed the wide range of benefits of acupuncture in the past, but this month we wanted to talk about a particular group of individuals who have been seeking acupuncture, and the more specific purpose that has been bringing them in. Over the last few years there has been a noticeable increase in the number of women who have been seeking out acupuncture for issues relating to pregnancy. Often they are met with success, and…

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Children and Acupuncture

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Summer is just around the corner, and for many of us this means we become more active in our free time, or perhaps even take a short vacation from work if we’re lucky. For children, however, this time of year has a more special meaning as it brings about the beloved summer break!  They get months away from school, and this extra time is filled with a wide variety of activities. For most kids this…

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Healing with Dit Da Jow

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As the popularity of acupuncture increases in the western world, it opens the doors to the wonders of Chinese medicine. More and more people are broadening their sights beyond what has long been considered “traditional medicine” in their mind, and are branching out to different modalities. Even so, people often find themselves in an acupuncturists’ office only once “all else has failed”, or they have grown tired of endless surgeries and medications. We tend to…

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Obtaining Restful Sleep with Acupuncture

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Last month we “sprung forward” with Daylight Savings, which means that we lost an hour of our day. Of course the hour isn’t actually lost, but as we change our clocks an hour ahead we certainly feel that way.  Just changing that single hour can throw off our schedules, but it is our internal schedule that is the most affected. We struggle to get to sleep earlier than our bodies are used to, and then…

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Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

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Spring is a time of renewal, and every year we watch with anticipation as the world reawakens. Animals emerge from their winter hiding places, and we witness seemingly dead plants burst back to life. The days begin to get warmer, and the dull and muted tones we see around us are replaced with lush and vibrant shades of every color. It is difficult not to feel inspired as you breathe in the fresh air and…

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Fighting the Winter Blues

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Winter got you down? Essential Oils are a natural remedy for anxiety and depression, which we all know are very common during the winter. Those who may not normally suffer from these afflictions still may experience the “Winter Blues”, and those who do experience them regularly tend to feel an increase during these months. Gray skies and low temperatures can really affect our mental state, even here in southern California! Whether you’re using with a…

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Honeyskin Ultimate Face and Body Cream

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Happy New Year! We hope that the holiday season has treated you well, and that this new year will bring you nothing but joy! This month we wanted to talk about a product that we introduced in the clinic fairly recently, because over the last few months we have found it to be extremely beneficial for a number of skin issues and conditions that we have seen. This time of year can wreak havoc on…

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