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How Herbal Medicine Can Treat Your Depression Aug 1st, 2019

In 2017, more than 7% of American adults experienced at least one major depressive episode. If you’re one of the millions of people in the US with depression, you understand how it can impact your life.  It’s critical to seek treatment because without it, depression can be life-threatening. However, conventional...

Myths and Facts About Acupuncture Jul 1st, 2019

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that is widely accepted in modern medicine as an effective treatment for a range of issues. However, there are plenty of myths regarding acupuncture. We present a few of those myths and counter them with facts in this post.  Myth 1: Acupuncture is painful It’s...

Why a Holistic Weight Loss Program Could Be the Answer to Your Weight Control Issues Jun 1st, 2019

Just over 26% of adults in the United States are considered obese, and many more are classified as being overweight. The health consequences of being overweight can be dire, as excess weight has been linked to numerous chronic conditions from sleep apnea to heart disease. The struggle to lose weight...

Understanding How Functional Medicine Differs from Conventional Medicine May 1st, 2019

Functional medicine is an approach to good health that begins with understanding the underlying causes of your symptoms. There are many examples, but here’s a common scenario that illustrates the difference in functional and conventional medicine: It’s early afternoon, and you have a headache, so you take an over-the-counter pain...

Reversing Diabetes and Pre-diabetes with Functional Medicine Apr 1st, 2019

Approximately 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, have diabetes, and another 84.1 million people have prediabetes, which if not treated can lead to Type 2 diabetes within five years. Conventional treatment for the disease often involves medication and monitoring, but Functional Medicine provides an effective alternative to pharmaceutical...

Why a Customized Treatment Plan Is So Important When Dealing With Thyroid Disorders Apr 1st, 2019

Your thyroid gland, which is located just below your larynx, regulates your metabolism. When there’s a problem with it, you may experience a number of different symptoms. Your thyroid produces two main hormones: triiodothyronine, or T3, and thyroxine, or T4. Common thyroid disorders There are several common thyroid disorders, and...

3 Amazing Benefits of Functional Medicine Mar 7th, 2019

If you’ve seen the phrase “functional medicine” and wondered how it differs from other kinds of medical care, this post is for you! Here at Family Acupuncture and Wellness, we approach your medical care from the perspective that you’re a whole person, and all of aspects of your body affect...

Understanding How Acupuncture Can Benefit You Feb 4th, 2019

Many people are under the impression that there’s no possible way sticking needles in your body could decrease pain. Yet, acupuncture has existed for more than 2,500 years as a therapeutic approach, and recent scientific studies have shown that it’s an effective treatment for chronic pain, as well as other...

How Functional Medicine Can Help with the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue Jan 7th, 2019

In order to understand how functional medicine can alleviate the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, you have to understand how functional medicine approaches treatment and the definition of adrenal fatigue. First, let’s look at adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands and why you’re so tired Your adrenal glands are located just above...

What’s the Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine? Dec 5th, 2018

Nearly everyone has a headache at some point in their lives. However, a migraine is not classified the same as other headaches, for several reasons. The American Migraine Foundation notes that “migraine is a neurological disease and there are a number of different subtypes of migraine.” If you have a...

Chronic Pain? Functional Medicine Can Help Nov 13th, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 50 million US citizens had chronic pain in 2016. If you’re one of them, you understand how chronic pain can change your life, limiting your activities, affecting your moods, impacting your relationships, and lowering your quality of life. Pharmaceutical...

What Are the Effects of Untreated Anxiety? Oct 29th, 2018

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that as much as 30 percent of the adult population in America could be dealing with untreated anxiety disorders. While most people understand anxiety can negatively affect their emotional well-being, few realize the toll it also takes on their physical health. Even fewer people...

Warning Signs of a Thyroid Issue Sep 12th, 2018

You probably don’t think much about the function of your thyroid -- until you’re not feeling well and don’t know why. This small, but vital, gland controls several body functions that keep you feeling your best. Vague symptoms can be frustrating. But don’t worry, because our trusted team at Family...

5 Headache Trigger Foods and Beverages to Avoid Aug 15th, 2018

Few people want to experience headaches or migraines, and most will try to avoid doing things that may start an episode. Yet some people may not be aware of the trigger connection between headaches and consumables. Certain foods and drinks may start the process that results in headache or migraine...

Functional Medicine Treatments for Stubborn Weight Gain Jul 18th, 2018

An estimated 40% of adults in America use complementary health approaches to improve their wellness and more are discovering the benefits every day. The goal of functional medicine is to identify and address the underlying cause of imbalances in the body that lead to a disease state. Functional medicine practitioners...

Functional Medicine Treatment Resolves Headache and Migraine Pain Jun 19th, 2018

Do you feel alone in your battle against headache and migraine pain? Does it sometimes feel that no one truly understands your struggle? Here at Family Acupuncture and Wellness, we understand and want to offer treatment that works. That’s where functional medicine comes in.Headache and Migraine SufferersThirty-nine million men, women,...

Functional Medicine Treatments for Unresolved Thyroid Symptoms May 22nd, 2018

An estimated 20 million people suffer from some form of thyroid dysfunction. If you have symptoms or have recently received a hypothyroid diagnosis, your doctor may have told you that it is easily treated with a pill that you take daily to replace the hormone your thyroid isn’t making. The...

Low back pain dramatically on the rise Mar 21st, 2018

Acupuncture opportunity, but highly preventableA recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that America may be headed for an epidemic of low back problems.The researchers, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that the proportion of people suffering from long term, impairing low back pain...

Pine bark supplement may help arthritis sufferers Mar 21st, 2018

Pine bark supplement may help arthritis sufferersI read this study recently, and as Pycnogenol is one of the ingeredients in a product that we commonly recommend, ISO-OPC, I wanted to share it. This is another study which demonstrates this amazing anti-oxidant’s ability to reduce inflammation, and it seems that the...

Response to Newsweek Article Mar 21st, 2018

Response to Newsweek ArticleI have copied below a response that I posted online to an article written by the medical reporter David Noonan that appeared in the January 26 issue of Newsweek titled, “My elbow is killing me!”  Hits on a couple of issues that are near and dear to my heart. ...

Energy medicine effective in pain management according to new study Mar 21st, 2018

Energy medicine effective in pain management according to new studyI am often asked my opinion of the efficacy of several of the more common energy medicine modalities (i.e. Qigong, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, etc). Although I have personally had some very interesting experiences with energy work, and do believe that there...

Turmeric Benefits Acupuncture Patients Mar 21st, 2018

Turmeric Benefits Acupuncture PatientsOne of my favorite medicinal spices, turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years.  It has many uses, including flavoring food, and as a dye.  However, it is the medicinal uses of turmeric that are attracting increasing attention in the west.Turmeric’s medicinal properties have been...

7 Myths about Pregnancy Mar 21st, 2018

As many of you are aware, I am always deeply, (and often vocally) suspicious of wives’ tales and superstitions.  Thats why I found this slideshow on Scientific American both fun and interesting.  They took a hard scientific look at several common myths about pregnancy.  Suprisingly, some of the myths look like they...

Acupuncture and Knee Pain Mar 21st, 2018

Acupuncture and Knee PainA recently published report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) examines the effectiveness, safety, and adverse effects of various common treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee.These include:•    Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements•    Fluid injections•    Arthroscopic surgery•    Pain medicationsThey concluded that the first three of these treatments for...

Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Mar 21st, 2018

Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory DietAcupuncturists treat many patients with inflammation – for example, arthritis – but did you know that inflammation is also a component of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and strokes?Inflammation itself is not a bad thing – it is a normal part of the body’s...

An Acupuncturist’s Take on Antibiotics for Sinus Infections Mar 21st, 2018

An Acupuncturist’s Take on Antibiotics for Sinus InfectionsAs an acupuncture practitioner, I’m constantly amazed by the extent to which doctors prescribe – and patients demand – antibiotics.A classic example is the use of antibiotics to treat sinus infections.  A new study, conducted at the University of Southampton in England, has...

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine effective in treating Eczema Mar 21st, 2018

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine effective in treating EczemaWorking with acupuncture and herbal medicine, as I do, gives me the opportunity to treat patients with a wide variety of symptoms.  One issue we treat repeatedly at our practice is skin conditions.  Although this is something many people don’t at first associate...

Herbal Medicines Effective for GI Disorders Mar 21st, 2018

Herbal Medicines Effective for GI DisordersAs practitioners of so-called ‘alternative medicine’ it sometimes seems that we are constantly on trial.  Whereas newly approved medications, with their often multiple and harmful side effects, are deemed to be ‘proven’ successful, a treatment like acupuncture or herbal medicine, which merely boasts thousands of...

Pop Quiz: How much water do you need to drink per day? Mar 21st, 2018

Pop Quiz: How much water do you need to drink per day?If you answered “eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day” you would certainly have given the answer most commonly cited – you would also be wrong!Eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day has been repeated so often that almost...

Fish Oil: My Favorite Supplement Mar 21st, 2018

Fish Oil: My Favorite SupplementMany of our acupuncture patients ask if there are any nutritional supplements that we recommend for their specific condition, and fish oil is clearly the one I recommend most frequently. Based on both my clinical experiences and and recent research findings, I believe in its ability help...

Acupuncture More Beneficial than Medication for Hot Flashes Mar 21st, 2018

Acupuncture More Beneficial than Medication for Hot FlashesAs acupuncturists specializing in the treatment of women’s health issues, one of the most common issues that Betsy and I treat are hot flashes and night sweats.  Whereas they occur most often in peri-menopausal women, they can have other causes them as well. ...

Whose Interested in Cutting their Risk for Chronic Disease by 80%? Mar 21st, 2018

Whose Interested in Cutting their Risk for Chronic Disease by 80%?Our acupuncture patients are constantly asking us for lifestyle advice to stay healthy.  This is proper,  as it is a  fundamental principle of Chinese Medicine that its always better to prevent a disease than to treat one that has already...

Chinese Medicine and Migraines Mar 21st, 2018

Chinese Medicine and MigrainesChinese Medicine and MigrainesApproximately 28 million Americans suffer from chronic migraine headaches.  No exact cause of migraine headaches has been discovered but they are known to be related to blood vessel constriction, and inherited abnormalities.1  Researchers have recently identified a gene called TRESK, which can trigger pain...

Probiotics, Digestive Health, and Weight Loss Mar 21st, 2018

Probiotics, Digestive Health, and Weight LossIn our acupuncture clinic, patients are routinely asking us for advice about diet, supplements, and issues surrounding weight loss.  One topic that comes up repeatedly is probiotics.  Let’s take a look at what probiotics are and what role they play in the body.Our digestives systems...

Acupuncture for Weight Loss Mar 21st, 2018

Acupuncture for Weight LossAcupuncture for Weight LossA new study released on 6/29/10, shows obesity rising in 28 states in the past year.  Over two-thirds of states have adult obesity rates over 25%.  According to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 66% of American over age 20...

Why Infrared Sauna? Mar 21st, 2018

Why Infrared Sauna?In our acupuncture clinic, we are constantly looking at safe, effective, natural ways to help patients improve their health.  We are excited to announce that after conducting a bunch of research, we have added a Far Infrared Sauna to our office, and are confident that it will provide...

Chinese Medicine for Seasonal Allergies Mar 21st, 2018

Chinese Medicine for Seasonal AllergiesAcupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Seasonal AllergiesFall allergy season, which can run from mid-August until October, affects approximately 36 million Americans.  The most common allergen in the fall is Ragweed Pollen and unfortunately for those with allergies, the northeast is one of the most prevalent areas...

Cardiovascular Exercise, Heredity and your Brain Mar 21st, 2018

Cardiovascular Exercise, Heredity and your BrainCardiovascular Exercise, Heredity and your brainWe all know that exercise is good for us.  So why isn’t everyone doing it?  Are some people just lazy?  The answer may not be that simple.Many studies are illustrating the genetic, hormonal links to exercise and our physical and...

Acupuncture, Back Pain, and How I Know that We’ve Arrived! Mar 21st, 2018

Acupuncture, Back Pain, and How I Know that We’ve Arrived!While recently doing research for a patient, I came across this quote on the Mayo clinic website:  “When performed properly by trained practitioners, acupuncture has proved to be an effective therapy for back pain.  Several studies have found that acupuncture can...

Our Top 10 Tips to Staying Healthy this Winter Mar 21st, 2018

Our Top 10 Tips to Staying Healthy this WinterWe are now into the heart of autumn, and that means that cold and flu season is just around the corner.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners have always placed a huge premium on preventing disease whenever possible, and as there are...

Arthritis Mar 21st, 2018

ArthritisOctober 12th-20th was Bone and Joint National Action week.  The goal is to raise awareness of the possibilities for prevention, management and treatment of all forms of arthritis.  We decided it was a good time for a blog on Arthritis.Arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability today.  Currently, 22.2...

Our Top Cold Fighting Secret Mar 21st, 2018

Our Top Cold Fighting SecretAs acupuncturists, we are constantly around sick patients.  We actually encourage sick people to come in and be around us!  Last week on our blog, we posted an article about the top 10 ways to prevent getting sick this winter.  Today we’ll discuss how we treat...

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Mar 21st, 2018

Endocrine Disrupting ChemicalsEndocrine Disrupting ChemicalsThere has been a great deal of speculation as to the true effect that chronic exposure to common toxins might have on our health.  Acupuncturists have traditionally attempted to bring attention to these issues, but their opinion has consistently fallen outside of the mainstream.  As more...

Treating Thyroid Problems with Acupuncture Mar 21st, 2018

Treating Thyroid Problems with AcupunctureWhen functioning properly, the thyroid gland secretes just the right amount of thyroid hormone to regulate almost all the metabolic processes in your body. Too much or too little of these vital body chemicals and it can drastically influence energy levels, body weight and your mental...

Acupuncture for Endocrine Health Mar 21st, 2018

Acupuncture for Endocrine HealthThe endocrine system is responsible for hormonal functions in the body and produces in excess of thirty distinct hormones each of which has a very specific job to do. This system controls your physical growth, mood, hormone output, reproduction, mental functionality, and immune system. When not working...

The Magic of Massage Mar 21st, 2018

The Magic of MassageMassage therapy has now been proven a viable treatment option for low back pain. This is great news, since it is the number one reason people see their doctor. While it has been known for awhile that structural massage helps relieve back pain, recent studies have shown that Swedish massage...

Overcoming Cancer with Acupuncture Mar 21st, 2018

Overcoming Cancer with AcupunctureDealing with the challenges of cancer can be a traumatic experience both emotionally and physically. Thankfully, there are many alternative therapies and adjuncts that can help ease the process. In fact, there have been several studies and clinical trials indicating the positive impact that acupuncture can have on...

Understanding the Body’s Defense Team Mar 21st, 2018

Understanding the Body’s Defense TeamDid you know that 80% of our immune system resides in our intestines?  This is key to understanding how to keep the sniffling, sneezing, and achy muscles at bay.  Unfortunately modern eating habits, long term stress, and prolific antibiotic use deplete the internal flora that compromises our immune...

The Many Roles of the Immune System Mar 21st, 2018

The Many Roles of the Immune SystemMost people tend to think of their immune system in terms of protection against a cold or flu. In actuality, the importance of your immune system is much greater. Our immunity plays an immense role in the quality and length of our lives.For example, proper immune...

Healing Benefits of Infrared Sauna Mar 21st, 2018

Healing Benefits of Infrared SaunaIt’s hard to think of a more enjoyable way to relieve pain, assist detoxification, and speed the healing process than relaxing in a sauna. We are not talking about just any sauna; research has shown Infrared Saunas to be more cleansing than traditional saunas due to the deep...

Not Just For Your Brain Mar 21st, 2018

Not Just For Your Brain What if you could resolve fertility issues, eliminate chronic pain, and lose weight all with one supplement? Sound too good to be true? The fact is that fish oil has been scientifically proven through numerous studies to do just that and more. Fish oil contains two fats...

The Gift of Calcium Mar 21st, 2018

The Gift of CalciumI recommend and take myself 5 daily supplements: probiotics, mulivitamin/mineral, fish oil, magnesium, and calcium.  The combined affect of these supplements has a synergistic affect in the body.  Take for example, calcium: without magnesium or vitamin D, its absorbability and utilization within the body decreases dramatically. Calcium is an important mineral...

Circulation Affected by Belly Fat Mar 21st, 2018

Circulation Affected by Belly FatA study recently conducted by the Doctors at the MayoClinic revealed that as little as 9 pounds of additional fat around the waistline (otherwise known as visceral fat), will impair blood flow to the entire body.   Good blood flow is not only important for cardiological implications, but is...

Emotion Management Mar 21st, 2018

Emotion ManagementA state of distress causes stress…According to Oriental medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger play a role in disrupting the immune system and allowing pathogens to affect the body.  Dr. Tao Xie, our herbal medicine mentor who is very well known for his success in the treating of patients with immune...

How Massage Helps at the Cellular Level Mar 21st, 2018

How Massage Helps at the Cellular LevelPut away your pills and knead away your aches and pains instead.  The same mechanisms that are associated with anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain are now believed to be at work with massage.  While there has been plenty of studies demonstrating the feel good affects...

Boost Your Chances of Conceiving Mar 21st, 2018

Boost Your Chances of ConceivingBoost your chances of conceiving by combining Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with your fertility treatments!Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that TCM herbs and acupuncture in combination with intrauterine insemination (IUI) significantly increased fertility rates when therapies were administered side by side.Of the 29 women who participated,...

Needling Away at Stress Mar 21st, 2018

Needling Away at StressDo the idea of needles stress you out? You might change your tune after an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is already a well known therapy to relieve stress, as many of our patients can attest to. There is also biological proof that acupuncture can reduce stress, even chronic cases,...

Herbs Proven to Reduce Chemo Effects Mar 21st, 2018

Herbs Proven to Reduce Chemo EffectsDo the idea of needles stress you out? You might change your tune after an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is already a well known therapy to relieve stress, as many of our patients can attest to. There is also biological proof that acupuncture can reduce stress, even...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month–Very Special Offer Mar 21st, 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month–Very Special OfferOctober is National Breast Cancer awareness month.  Many people are probably aware of this, thanks to the many organizations that have been actively promoting it.  However, many people have not yet heard about the many documented benefits that acupuncture offers cancer patients. Having seen...

The Endocrine System and Your Health Mar 21st, 2018

The Endocrine System and Your HealthFor February we are focusing on Endocrine Health. This time of year we often find ourselves battling the common cold, calling out of work with the flu, and fending off the winter blues. Most of us don’t realize that all of these “winter ailments” can...

Can Acupuncture Help Insomnia? Mar 21st, 2018

Can Acupuncture Help Insomnia?Put Insomnia to Rest!Our society puts a premium on our waking hours, and we thus have the tendency to underestimate the importance of a full-night’s sleep. Millions of people who suffer from insomnia look for quick fixes instead of exploring the root causes of the problem. Sleep...

Acupuncture and Your Digestive Health Mar 21st, 2018

Acupuncture and Your Digestive HealthWe hope you enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to a healthy fall! We know that at some point almost everyone has digestive upset.  Sometimes this can affect your day to day life so much that it becomes unbearable. So what are you options besides...

THANK YOU FOR MAKING US #1! Mar 21st, 2018

THANK YOU FOR MAKING US #1!We are so proud to announce that our amazing patients have voted us #1 Acupuncture Office in the Seacoast.  Thank you so much for your continued support.  Without the patience, trust, and loyalty of our patients and friends we wouldn’t be able to do what...

Mayo Clinic Study Proves Functional Medicine Works for Fatigue Mar 21st, 2018

Mayo Clinic Study Proves Functional Medicine Works for FatigueThis is very big news, and and it has the Functional Medicine world buzzing.  If anyone is interested, I would be happy to send you a copy the study in its entirety–just send me an email requesting it.As the women in this...

Adam appears on NH1 News—Cupping for Muscle Tightness and Pain Mar 21st, 2018

Adam appears on NH1 News—Cupping for Muscle Tightness and PainThis past Thursday Adam made his TV debut with a short spot on NH1 News. There has been considerable interest in Cupping generated by the Olympics in Rio as several athletes have appeared sporting the characteristic purple “Cupping marks”. News outlets...

Low Carb vs. Low Fat Diets Mar 21st, 2018

Low Carb vs. Low Fat DietsLow Carb vs Low Fat DietsOne of the key elements of a healthy lifestyle is diet.  In our acupuncture clinic, we try to educate patients based on the most available scientific research.   In the ongoing diet debate, a new study has shown low carbohydrate diets...

How Acupuncture Eliminates Pain Oct 29th, 2016

by Lindsey SissonOften in clinic patients want to know how acupuncture can take their pain away, immediately and long term. How does this work? Why does it work? Why would you put a needle way over there if my pain is right here!? There are two ways we can answer...

How Acupuncture Improves Fertility in Women Aug 23rd, 2016

 When people find out that we specialize in the treatment of fertility issues, the vast majority of people are shocked to learn that acupuncture can significantly benefit couples that are struggling with fertility issues.  The next questions we almost always get is, “How does acupuncture affect fertility?”Its a complicated question...

Family Acupuncture wins awards in Best Acupuncture & Best Massage Categories Aug 15th, 2016

Family Acupuncture wins for 3rd year in a row!We are excited to announce that readers of SeacoastOnline.com and the newspapers of Seacoast Media Group (The Portsmouth Herald, The Exeter News-Letter, The Hampton Union, The York Weekly, The York County Coast Star) have once again awarded us with its Readers Choice...