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Where the best of Eastern medicine and Western science converge to form a comprehensive, cross-discipline approach. Listening, instead of dictating, allowing a deeper dialogue to manifest a more complete diagnosis. Revealing the true root causes behind symptoms and conditions and crafting unique health plans that empower you through education and inspiration to conquer bad habits and create better ones.

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Natural Relief for Post-Travel Illness

With January nearing its end, many of you have returned from your vacation travels and are back at work and school. While unpacking the souvenirs and gifts from your travels, you may realize that may not be all that you’ve brought back. Traveling to a foreign country is a privilege everyone should experience at some point in their lives. You get to encounter different cultures and traditions, have new experiences, and meet wonderful people. However, your body also comes into contact with very foreign environments, most of which it won’t be used to. Inevitably, your body can contract a foreign strain of bacterium, most often from the bathing water or water used to cook most foods, causing you to become ill during and after the...

Auricular Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pain

     Pain, whether chronic or acute, can be debilitating.  When faced with pain, most people will reach for the over-the-counter painkillers or call their doctor for a prescription for something stronger.  If it’s bad enough people will stay home from work and rest until the pain goes away.  That formula works for the general population but not for the men and women in the military and more specifically the Air Force.  When you are flying a jet fighter that costs billions, you can’t be groggy from Percocet.  You also can’t always take a sick day or week when actively deployed.  So about 15 years ago the U.S. military looked to methods to manage pain without medication and time off.  Until Dr. Richard Niemtzow, a...

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Aroma Acupoint Therapy

If you’ve ever received a treatment from me, you’ll know that I am very passionate about the use of essential oils. Many of my patients ask, “What is it that you’re doing with oils?” So, I’m going to share that now! Aroma Acupoint Therapy is a system developed by two Chinese medical doctors, Peter Holmes and Tiffany Carole Pollard, that taps into the potency of essential oils to complement and accentuate an acupuncture treatment. It is a beautiful marriage of aromatherapy with Chinese medicine. And it’s a technique that I have extensive training in. As an aromatic plant medicine, essential oils have an affect on the mind and body. The Aroma Acupoint Therapy technique involves applying certain oils on acupuncture points to trigger positive change on...

What is ear acupuncture and how does it work?

In the 1950s, Dr. Paul Nogier, coined as the “father of Auriculotherapy,” discovered that certain points in the ears correspond directly with specific parts of the body. The process of inserting hair thin needles into these specific points within the ear is called Auricular, or “ear,” acupuncture. Auricular is different from "regular," or body, acupuncture because it does not utilize the meridian system. Auricular utilizes points or areas within the ear to stimulate specific organs or to obtain certain results. It is similar to reflexology in that certain groups of cells gather in certain areas, like these specific points, and represent or dedicate themselves to specific parts, functions, and/or organs of the body. Therefore, “stimulation of a reflex point in the ear can relieve symptoms...

All About Breech Presentation and How Acupuncture Can Help

Having a baby can be one of the most joyous experiences for any mother. While many women hope for a vaginal delivery, pregnancies can sometimes come with complications that may require other forms of delivery. One of these complications, breech presentation, occurs in almost 4% of full-term pregnancies (Cruikshank, 1986). A breech pregnancy can occur for a number of reasons, some of which we will discuss below. What is Breech Presentation? Breech presentation is when the baby’s buttocks and/or feet, instead of its head, are closest to the mother’s cervix. The baby can be in either of the following three breech positions: Complete: The baby is in a fetal position with the knees bent Frank: The baby has both legs extended Incomplete: The baby has one knee...

Acupuncture and Sperm Quality

If you and your partner are having difficulty getting pregnant, you’re not alone! Many couples and individuals that seek help at Naturna often come in with fertility issues. Infertility is clinically defined as not being able to conceive after having unprotected sex for six months to one year. Since fertility in women declines steadily with age, some healthcare providers use six months as a benchmark to evaluate women of 35 years and older. However, infertility is not only a woman's problem. Both men and women can contribute to infertility. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35% of infertility cases involve both male and female factors. Of these cases, 8% involve the male factor only (Infertility FAQs, 2017). Since there are plenty...

A Safe Solution for Treating PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects between 8%-20% of reproductive-age women worldwide. It has numerous symptoms, many of which can seem unrelated, but health care providers will typically look for these common characteristics in a potential PCOS patient: Absence of ovulation Cysts on the ovaries Excess androgens Health care providers look for several PCOS related symptoms in order to establish the diagnosis. Additional symptoms can include: irregular menstruation, infertility, excess hair growth, persistent acne, and/or stubborn weight gain, particularly around the stomach area. Unfortunately, while researchers understand there are genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the development of PCOS, they do not know the exact cause of PCOS. This makes it difficult to have a definitive diagnosis, as the diagnosis...

Research Supports Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Research has found acupuncture to be an effective tool in both weight loss and suppression of appetite. While the most effective way to lose weight is diet and exercise, maintaining the weight loss requires lifestyle changes. Acupuncture has been shown to create physiological changes in the body that reduce body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, body fat percentage, blood sugar levels, and lower the levels of peptides like leptin and ghrelin that are involved in appetite control. Here’s a look at the multiple ways that acupuncture can help with weight management: Acupuncture Promotes Healthy Sleep Chinese Medicine is very effective in treating insomnia and sleep issues. Studies show that sleep deprivation causes the brain to crave calorie-rich junk food. In chronic states of sleep deprivation, the...

Acupuncture for Pain Management

A new study recently published in Brain, A Journal of Neurology, has found new evidence showing that acupuncture not only works at a local anatomical level, but that it also influences the brain to rewrite a mental map of the body. This is an incredibly important finding, especially during a time where people are seeking alternative treatments that are minimally invasive and cost efficient. Researchers in the study explored the efficacy of acupuncture in helping to reduce pain in patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, the most common entrapment neuropathy. The study was a single-blind, placebo controlled, randomized neuroimaging study where subjects received sixteen acupuncture treatments over eight weeks. They were divided into three groups by treatment type: electroacupuncture performed close to the affected hand,...