The experience of depression is a complicated and highly individualized experience. Over the years, I’ve seen a number of articles (both research and non-research), blog posts, and opinion pieces on the main solution to or cause of depression. Most of these articles and research pieces capture one piece of the puzzle, but inadequately address the […]

While at the grocery store the other day, the clerk looked at my sweet potato pile and remarked “Wow, I haven’t had a sweet potato in years. I really should start cooking again.” While my household burns through a sack of sweet potatoes every week, I wasn’t surprised by the lack of that beautiful root […]

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as when you think you are doing all the right things for your health and still don’t feel the way you would like. You are exercising, eating well,  and even getting massage, acupuncture, or other self-care. Still, you have nagging health issues. Maybe your digestion is not quite right, your […]

One of the things I wish we talked about more openly is that many women struggle with postpartum depression. It is common. I hope that we can all agree that there is no shame in experiencing it. There are many ways to get help with postpartum depression. In acupuncture, there are a few indicators pre-delivery […]

Pain is the primary impetus for most patients coming into our clinic. Although acupuncture is usually very effective at treating pain, it becomes limited when sleep is hindered. Often there is a correlation between insomnia and pain patterns. Our bodies perform some of their best repair mechanisms while we sleep, and if we cannot find […]

The holidays have passed and now we can take a collective deep breath. Whether the holidays are a time of running around, or a rejuvenating break from work, the end of the calendar year can be a blur. While January is culturally a time of “re-starts” and resolutions, it’s important to remember that, in the […]

What is Self-Care?  We often refer to self care as creating time to relax, get a massage, or treat ourselves with food and fun shopping sprees. All of this can definitely be incorporated into self-care, but the real heart of self-care is taking care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves often relieves a number of […]

When you work in a busy health care clinic with multiple practitioners, there are times when you can see public health trends clear as day. Aside from the waves of viruses that roll through during the winter months, one of the more common trends observed is magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical […]

Whether you consider yourself an athlete or just a proud user of your human body, getting injured is the pits! Sometimes even the smallest roll of the ankle can become a longer term nuisance. Chinese medicine has wonderful tools to get you back in the game of sport or game of life. The earlier you […]

People come to acupuncture for the first time for a wide variety of reasons with an equally vast array of expectations. Sometimes individuals struggling with chronic illness arrive in an acupuncture office with the explicit goal of addressing their chronic illness. More often, these individuals come with hopes to manage pain or another adjacent symptom […]