Blood deficiency is a common pattern that underlies many ailments in Chinese Medicine. It can be a key factor in resolving chronic pain issues, insomnia, anxiety or depression. It can also be an important factor in many other ailments such as constipation, menstrual irregularities, headaches, migraines or forgetfulness. Nourishing the blood to treat these ailments […]

Low back pain is one of the most frequent ailments that comes through the door at Thompson Family Acupuncture clinic. We treat low back pain from various etiologies: old sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, to over-use from labor jobs and under-use from desk jobs. Regardless of what brings on the back pain, core strength and […]

Many of our patients are coming in noticing that airborne allergens are particularly strong this year. If you are noticing strong allergy symptoms or first time seasonal allergy symptoms and have not tried acupuncture for them, now is the time to start.  In East Asian medicine, there are three excellent treatment modalities to help you minimize […]

As an acupuncturist, I often hear a variant of the question: “Whoa! What does that point do?” This usually occurs when a point being needled elicits a unique or strong sensation or feeling. I often respond with a smile and tell the patient a little story. Story-telling has been used throughout human history as a […]

The resources available for what it means to be healthy and how to achieve wellness can be overwhelming. There are many hands in the pot that filter information received by the general public. This can lead to confusing and often contradictory information. One week red meat is the cause of heart disease, the next it’s […]

Acupuncture and East Asian medicine provides a valuable addition to your healthcare routine. Many patients try it for the first time due to pain that won’t resolve, or because a friend recommended it. Not knowing what to expect, patients are often surprised that acupuncture can treat a wide variety of health concerns, and is a […]

This is one of our favorite spring recipes. The natural sweetness of both the buckwheat noodles and peanut sauce pairs beautifully with braised bitter greens. With the farmers market back this weekend, we can get a grand braising mix and rapini from our local farmers. Ingredients: 1-2 packages buckwheat soba noodles. Note: most sold in […]

It’s that time of year! Fresh produce is abounding in our little valley town. While indulging in delicious asparagus may already be happening, the season promises much more to come. There are a few reasons why eating local is a great idea. First off, supporting local farmers is an efficient way to boost the local […]

  Now that New Year’s resolutions are 4 months behind us, whether you’ve kept on track with your wellness goals, or you have run into some boredom, it’s time to refresh things! Working out does not have to be work, tedious, or have a specific structure (i.e. 20 minutes of jogging, or 10 reps of […]

Ingredients: Pulled pork: Pulled pork recipe inspired by Nom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Kalua Pig Recipe. We like to swap out the bacon with paprika. See her original recipe here: 5 pound pork butt 1-2 T paprika 5 garlic cloves, peeled coarse sea salt Lettuce wraps: 1 head butter lettuce (it makes the best wraps) […]