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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