Acupuncture and Immunity

What Is Our Immune System and How Can We Strengthen It? Our immune system is a beautiful and complex system of defense. Many of us know that the immune system acts as a shield to keep germs outside of the body, but beyond that we are not really aware of all the work it is doing for us on a daily basis, or how we can strengthen it. Following is a brief overview of the…

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Acupuncture and Detoxification

Toxicity can take many shapes and forms, from air and water pollution to chemicals in our foods. These are considered external toxins. We also have internal toxins that build up in our bodies through our everyday cellular functions that also need to be eliminated–they’re called free radicals. Free radicals are considered a common factor in chronic disease, so it’s important to learn ways to neutralize these molecules and heal our bodies. Emotions, negative thinking and…

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Acupuncture and Sunshine: What’s the connection?

Summer is almost here, and so we thought it best to talk about the power of Sunshine! Sunlight has such a positive effect on the body in so many different ways, we are going to discuss a few… 1.Sunlight helps regulate the pineal gland The pineal gland and its secretions affect our hormones, body temperature and sleep patterns. Messages about the amount of light in the environment are received from the retina of the eye…

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Tissues of the Body: Healing Rates, How Acupuncture Helps and 5 Tips to Speed and Enhance Healing

Spring is around the corner, so we thought it would be fun to talk about some rates of renewal and regeneration in the body… Why does it take 2-3 weeks to get rid of the flu?  If only 25% of a healthy liver exists, is there any hope for a normal life?  What about arthritis, bone loss, meniscus tears, ligament sprains, tendon strains and rotator cuff injuries? What can we hope and/or expect from our bodies…

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Acupuncture and the Heart

The heart is a gem of an organ, and like gems that have facets that sparkle and shine, the heart has many different functions within the body. So how can we strengthen our hearts? What are the functions of the heart?  And, how can acupuncture help heal the heart? In Chinese Medicine the heart is called the Emperor.  This is a deeply profound title.  Emperors in China had reached the peak of accomplishment, they were revered…

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Acupuncture and the Brain

Acupuncture and the Brain   As we begin our new year we tend to take a step back to evaluate our lives and our health to determine what is working and what needs change. Our bodies and minds have been overloaded through the holiday season, and then just like that it is over and we’re thrust back into our regular routine. For many people the holidays create a sense of urgency, as for several months…

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Holidays and Health Goals

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

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

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

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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