A Holistic Approach to Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an important time to acknowledge health issues that too often go undiagnosed or untreated. Mental illness affects 1 in 4 Americans. “Mental illness” is an incredibly broad term, but essentially means a condition that “disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.” Acupuncture can work in conjunction with therapy and medication to manage symptoms of mental illness.

New Stress Study

I frequently see patients in my clinic for symptoms of stress or anxiety, and patients coming in for other health ailments often report that the acupuncture seems to help them feel less stressed or manage their stress better. But until now, science hasn’t been able to explain the stress relief effect of acupuncture.

Breast Cancer

Biomedical treatments for all types of cancer are becoming more and more effective as more research is conducted and our knowledge of the behavior of cancers improves. However, many of these treatments are incredibly strong and toxic (out of necessity) and can cause many side-effects for patients. This is where modern acupuncture comes in – studies show that acupuncture can be beneficial in managing some of the side effects of breast cancer treatment and symptoms of the cancer.

Mushrooms

This post is copied from our older, original blog. Original post date 10/15/2012.  By Marcie Bower, Lic.Ac. When I was 2 years old, mushrooms were my favorite food. Weird taste for a 2 year old, yes, but a wise one! Mushrooms are increasingly shown to have numerous health benefits, from boosting immunity to fighting cancer … Continue reading Mushrooms

Shingles

Shingles is a very painful skin rash that can often leave patients in pain long after the rash itself has cleared. As with so many pain conditions, acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be a very effective therapeutic treatment for symptoms of shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia.

Headaches

Headaches are a very common health ailment with a wide variety of causes and manifestations. Up to 90% of adults have experienced a tension-type headache. The 2009 National Health Interview Survey found that 21% of adult females and 10% of adult males experience migraine or severe headaches. The good news is, acupuncture can be a very helpful treatment for all of kinds of headaches – both in the moment and preventatively.