Acupuncture and Back Pain

ACUPUNCTURE AND BACK PAIN: HOW TO HEAL YOURSELF IN 5 EASY STEPS Back pain is one of the biggest orthopedic pain symptoms we hear about at our clinic. It can range from slight achy-ness to full on debilitating pain, making it difficult to walk or perform normal daily functions. There are many factors and considerations that an acupuncturist takes when determining how to treat back pain: the onset, location, duration–does it come and go? What’s the character of the pain? Is it

Acupuncture and Skin Conditions

Skin is an amazing organ that is helping us every moment of the day. It is the largest in the body and has so many fascinating functions. We see many different skin conditions here at HCA so we thought it would be good to share some fun facts and offer some solutions for everyone. 5 amazing functions of the skin… 1. Immunity Skin cells (mainly epidermal dendritic cells, phagocytic cells and langerhans cells) work closely with the immune system to fight off bacteria, viruse

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 immune system, how acupuncture affects the immune system, and some self-care tips and products that can help k

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 stress

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 and sent back to the pineal gland. This creates a schedu

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 in terms of healing rates.  Is renewal, recovery and regeneration possi

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 our own lives as well as the world around us as winter t

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 refreshing foods like fruits, berries, cucumbers, and other ways to cool our bodi

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 loomed over him day to day, as he had seen what this sa

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 then don’t think to continue treatments. What

Children and Acupuncture

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 means they spend their days outdoors exploring the world around them, playing sp

Healing with Dit Da Jow

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 hear phrases li

Obtaining Restful Sleep with Acupuncture

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 awaken the next morning feeling exhausted. For some people this adjustment pe

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 the aromas of newly blooming flowers. But for some this time of year also

Gifts of Health & Wellness

Here at HCA our goal is to help as many people as we can to feel like their optimum self. In addition to our quality and affordable acupuncture treatments, we also offer a number of health and wellness products designed to help treat whatever issues you may be experiencing. The holidays are the perfect time to share these health benefits with your friends and family! You may be familiar with some of these products already, and we’ve also added some great holiday specials and

The Benefits of Ear Seeding

We all lead complicated and busy lives, and sometimes we just can’t receive our acupuncture treatments as regularly as we would like. With the holidays fast approaching, our already full schedules become even more packed, and the hustle and bustle of this joyful time can actually add more stress for a lot of people! So what can we do to not only keep up with our treatments, but also ease any additional tension and stress that we might experience? Why Not Try Ear Seeding? Many

What’s New at HCA?

We hope that you’ve all been enjoying this beautiful summer so far! We’ve made some changes over the last few months, offering new products and services in addition to the quality acupuncture treatments that you’ve come to expect from our skilled practitioners. Whether you’re in need of a session, would like to attend one of our classes or events, or you just want to pop in to say “Hello”, we would love to see you in the clinic! Be sure to like us on Facebook for more updates