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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 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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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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Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

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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Autumn is Here!

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With the cooler weather and beautiful changing leaves comes the start of pesky cold and flu season. We offer a variety of essential oils, diffusers, and herbs to keep you feeling healthy! Diffusing Essential Oils Did you know that diffusing certain essential oils can boost your immune system, and either prevent you from catching nasty cold and flu viruses, or help you get back on your feet quicker? Diffusers distribute the oils into the air,…

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