Category Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture And Chronic Illness

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 […]

WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH AND ACUPUNCTURE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER

As a teenager and well into my early twenties, I frequently suffered from dysmenorrhea– or painful periods. Everyone told me it was normal. Many of my matriarchs confided in me that  they had debilitating cramps when their cycles started and well through their school years– painful enough to send them home from work and school. […]

Chicken Soup To Ward Off A Cold

It is cold and flu season again. I find it is nice to have a few nutritional tricks up your sleeve to boost immunity. This soup is best utilized when someone in your family first starts showing signs of a cold or flu. You can also make it preventatively, if you find yourself surrounded by […]

Cupping Therapy for Colds and Flus

One of the first introductions to cupping therapy that I had as a patient was in college. I developed a cold that progressed quickly into a strong cough with a nice chest rattle within 24 hours of getting sick. I was worried since two months before I had struggled with pneumonia, and didn’t want to repeat the […]

Nutrition Video Series Has Arrived!

Two years in the making, our Chinese nutrition video series has arrived just in time for the season of Late-Summer. Late-summer is one of the most important seasons to support our immune system, our overall energy, and our physical health. Why? Because it is the season of the stomach and spleen/pancreas. These organs are the […]

Soup Au Pistou

This is a delightful French summer vegetable soup that uses many of the July-August veggies for a flavorful, nutrition packed and colorful soup. You’ll add a heaping tablespoon of the French version of pesto (pistou) to each bowl as you are ready to serve. First make the Pistou: 1 large garlic clove, pinch of salt […]

Using Food As Medicine: Treating Qi Deficiency

What is qi?  Qi (pronounce chee) is essentially our energy. The Chinese character for qi represents steam rising off of rice, and many scholars translate it as the substance that we get from our food and beverages. Our qi circulates through our body giving energy to our muscles, organs, and immune system. The classical texts say […]

Yin Yoga: supporting mental and physical resiliency

  Resiliency is key when it comes to stressful times. Often described as a plasticity, resiliency is our ability to bend with stress, but resume our original shape after the stress passes. Resiliency is not only a physical phenomenon, but a mental one as well. Psychologists have been teaching mindfulness techniques for decades to enhance […]

Acupuncture Research and Fertility

There is a growing amount of research that supports the notion that acupuncture used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization may increase the outcome of pregnancy. Randomized, controlled, double-blind studies are the current gold standard for research trials, and as you might imagine, they are difficult to produce with something like acupuncture. The RCT standard was […]

Paleo Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients: 3 TBSP flax seeds 1 TBSP, plus 2/3 cup coconut sugar 2-3 TBSP lemon zest 1 TBSP lemon juice 1 cup (4 oz.) arrowroot flour 3 large eggs 1/2 cup water 3 TBSP coconut oil (melted and cooled to room temp.) 1 TBSP vanilla extract 1 tsp sea salt 3 cups (9 oz.) almond […]