Category Acupuncture

HOW TO CULTIVATE YIN AND HYDRATION IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER

Originally posted on Stick Out Your Tongue:
We’re now a couple weeks past the summer solstice, and many of us are enjoying the extra daylight hours and the hustle and bustle of summer play. The solstice marks an important time for our health. It  marks the longest day of the year -a time that is…

Celebrating Vegetables

Summer’s finally here! The season of bounty and abundance, especially in regards to vegetables. Each week, the tables at the farmer’s market are expanding with bounty. It’s naturally a time to celebrate fresh, local produce. Here are some recipes if you need inspiration. Zucchini & Cherry Tomato Tango 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 […]

What you didn’t know was causing your foot (and back) pain

  If you’ve ever had foot pain – whether it has been diagnosed as a heel spur, plantar fasciitis, a neuroma, or arthritis, you know it can be a real bear. Foot pain can seem to linger, with nagging sensation that prevents you from comfortably going through your normal day, as well as sidelining you […]

The Mystery of Blood Deficiency

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 […]

Core Competency for Back Health

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 […]

Three Treatments To Treat Seasonal Allergies

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 […]

The Names of Acupuncture Points

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 […]

Mindfulness: a key to unlocking your health

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 […]

How does acupuncture approach healthcare?

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 […]

Eat Local

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 […]