Acupuncture can help you achieve the health and vitality you need to enjoy your life.

For 5,000 years, Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture and herbal therapies, have been helping people get out of pain, feel more energy, and clear their minds.  Wellness is not found in one single isolated item – like a drug.  Healing your body at a cellular level and maintaining that vibrancy is wellness.  

Why Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine?

80 – 90% of all health problems can be treated with our care of balanced nutrition, acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicines.

As your body systems return to health, you will find yourself more centered, relaxed, and energetic.

Modern stresses may never totally go away, but we certainly have the power to change how we handle them.

Discover the Natural Way Back to Health & Happiness

“I had been dealing with hot flashes and sleepless nights for a couple of years.  After a few visits with Nicole, I started taking herbs and started sleeping better and the hot flashes diminished.  I also had treatment for allergies and knee pain.  The herbs work!  Through the appointments I learned a lot about my eating habits and was able to lose weight too.  I am currently doing great and feeling healthy!  Thank you NHC!” -Sharon

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With treatment in our clinic, you should be able to feel some improvement within the first few visits.

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The Breakfast Test

What are the best breakfasts? Yes, some foods are healthier than others, and a lot of what your body needs to eat depends on, well, your body, and your needs will fluctuate over time as well. Do the “breakfast test”    Take 4 or 5 different ideas for breakfast and just carefully track how each makes you feel for a few hours afterward.  Of course, eat the breakfasts on different days, not all in the same day!  And I would even try one breakfast meal idea several times over a longer period of time before forming an opinion to how it makes you feel.   When I did my own breakfast test, these were the meals that I tested out: Breakfast #1:  bacon and eggs Report:  decent energy and satiated until afternoon Breakfast #2:  yogurt with nuts and fruit Report:  low energy and hungry almost instantly afterward Breakfast #3:  bacon, eggs, and sprouted grain toast with butter Report:  OK energy but hungry just a few hours after Breakfast #4:  eggs and kale salad Report:  great energy and full until lunch time Breakfast #5:  eggs, bacon and kale salad Report:  the best energy and full until almost 2 or 3 pm I’m not saying that I found the one true breakfast for everyone, because we are all different, but since I am carb-sensitive (and I know many of you are too!), one of the lowest carb meals with the highest fat content won out.  Just eggs and bacon was OK, but I definitely noticed better energy when I added in some vegetables. Try it out: See what your body is... read more

A Must-Read for People with Chronic Allergies

Last month I started coughing – with no other symptoms – and it was really bad.  Like hacking up a lung kind of bad.  I tried every single herbal remedy and vitamin I could get my hands on.  It would get a little better, but it just kept coming back. Out of desperation, after 2 weeks of coughing, I finally went to a MD.  He wanted to test me for the flu (I know what the flu feels like and this wasn’t it) which I refused.  Then he tested me for my lung capacity … which was low.  Big surprise there.  He gave me an inhaler which he guilt-tripped me into trying.  I did, and I hated every anxiety-inducing minute that crap was in my body.   Then he gave me a prescription for antibiotics and a cough suppressant.  Which is exactly what I expected him to do.  And I took them like a good patient does.  Except that inhaler.  I tossed that in the trash as soon as I could.  I know I’m not an asthmatic.   I didn’t take the antibiotic prescription lightly.  Taking antibiotics is what got me into Chinese medicine in the first place.  In the past – over 22 years ago – I kept getting prescribed antibiotics for things that were not due to bacteria!   And here I was again.  I was really torn, emotionally, about taking them, but I did take them. The prescription antibiotics worked nominally, but I certainly was not 100% better.  On my last dose of antibiotics I was coughing so hard that I vomited on my floor.  Right... read more

When It Rains It Pours

When you have your health, everything runs so much more smoothly.  Your job is easy; your home life is fun; you sleep good at night; it’s all good. It’s like Spring-time.   Just as sure as there is spring, there is winter.  And, yes, I’m speaking in metaphors here. When you are in a personal winter-time, it’s like you just can’t catch a break.  One illness leads to another.  The pills aren’t working.  It starts to impact your mood.  Your mood and low energy start to impact your work.  Which impacts your money and time.  Which impacts everything else. In spring, be thankful.  Also, stay vigilant.  Keep up your health maintenance:  eating healthy; maintain proper sleep habits; exercise.  Because winter is bound to be right around the corner. Hopefully it’s a short one. If you’re in winter, keep hope, because spring is... read more

Root Cause of AutoImmune Dis-Ease

  When diagnosed with an autoimmune problem like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Endometriosis, Chron’s, Grave’s and even, one could argue, Cancer, among many others, the prescribed solution never addresses the root of the problem.  In fact, the question of WHY this condition occurs in the first place is rarely addressed. There’s a (controversial) theory circulating in natural healing groups that the underlying cause of most types of AiD (autoimmune dis-ease) are covert, or hidden, pathogens. Pathogens, including things like viruses, protozoa, helminths (worms), bacteria, fungi, and mycoplasmas are really smart little creatures.  They can hide in your body, hide from your immune system, for years.   New scientific research has found that Ebola, for example, can survive for years in eyeballs and also in testes!  The influenza virus can enter the body virtually undetected by our immune systems because of a protein coat surrounding its DNA structure.  Herpes virus has a way to eliminate the toll-like receptors that attach to its surface that would normally tell your body to seek and destroy it.   Tuberculosis bacterium releases a protein that triggers a response within a microphage so that instead of engulfing and destroying the bacterium, it allows the bacterium to live and replicate inside of the macrophage.   The trigger for Lyme disease, Borrelia Bacterium, is like a super-villan.  It has a flagella structure to speed through your body, even through structures that would stop most invaders, like thick mucous.  Then, it can change shape.  An invader is brought to your body’s attention via its unique cell wall protein structure, but Borrelia can alter its structure.  So when your body... read more

Why Do I Need So Many Treatments?

I was reading some online reviews of my business.  Have you ever heard of “negative bias?”  It’s a psychological phenomena where regardless of all the positive experiences we have, when we see, hear or experience something negative, we hold on to that memory instead of the positive stuff.  This is deeply ingrained in our mammalian brain as a survival mechanism, but in today’s world it just makes us anxious and depressed.   For every 5 good reviews, there’s 1 bad one that I focus on. Watching “Real Actors Read Yelp” on youtube makes it all better.  But, the bright side of a bad review for me anyway is that I always learn from it and I always try to improve what the complaint originated from.  One thing I saw in the reviews was that “…I have to keep coming in to get better…” Well, there’s nothing I can do about that.   Why does acupuncture (or any natural way of healing for that matter) take so darn long? Because the problem doesn’t happen overnight 90% of the cases.   Your symptoms are the LAST things to show up.  Think of someone who has a heart attack.  Did their heart go bad suddenly overnight?  No way!  It’s been heading in that direction for years probably.   People think allergies happen overnight.  While the symptoms of allergies can happen suddenly, the underlying cause of the allergies has been building up (slowly increasing histamine reactions in the liver for example) for months or even years.    It often seems that weird pains can start overnight.  Again, unless you fell down and bumped... read more

PRE-biotics

I’m sure you’ve heard of PRO-biotics before.   If not, probiotics are bacteria naturally found in your gut in a good supply if you’re healthy.  After taking antibiotics or if your digestive system needs a little extra help, you may take probiotics in supplement or food form. These bacteria that help your digestive system uptake and transport nutrients; synthesize vitamins K, B12 and biotin; enhance your immune function; and help with intestinal transit.  You absolutely need them there.   Probiotic foods are fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and pickles.  The bacteria in probiotics supplements and foods help keep things working and moving in your intestines. Your intestines naturally also have a small amount of “bad” bacteria as well.  But the “good guys” keep them in check.  That is:  if everything is healthy.   But, what in the heck is a PRE-biotic??? If you find that you are constantly needing to take probiotics to stay well, chances are what you really need are PRE-biotics. When you take antibiotics (which wipe out a lot of the intestinal flora – good and bad), the clostridium difficile, candida, and other potentially harmful intestinal flora have a chance to multiply. When they overgrow without the good bacteria there to keep everything in check, inflammation happens. These bacteria are “bad” because when their populations explodes, they start releasing toxins that make you sick. These toxins can start deteriorating the cells that comprise the lining of your intestine. And thus, the beginning stages of ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To combat this, your MD gives you more antibiotics, but I’m... read more

Why Arteries Get Clogged (Really)

Tell me if this sounds familiar:  “My doctor said I need to give up eggs and bacon.  I have high triglycerides and my blood pressure is rising.”   Me:  “You eat eggs and bacon every morning?”   Patient:  “Yes.” Me:  “JUST eggs and bacon?” Patient:  “No.  I eat them with a large glass of orange juice and either toast or flour tortillas.”   Me:  “It’s not the eggs and bacon; it’s the juice and refined flour products (i.e. white tortillas and bread) that’s causing your problem.”    In fact, your heart ♥‘s fat for energy. People think it’s the cheese or the meat that causes their high triglycerides or hypertension, and their doctors (usually) agree, but I do not.  It’s the stuff you’re eating WITH the cheese, eggs, and meat that’s causing the problem.   And the stuff you’re not eating with it (vegetables, whole grains) that leads to these circulation problems. When you eat carbohydrates – as a general term here – the good (broccoli, quinoa, sprouted grains, carrots, etc.), the bad (white flour, white rice, pastured skim milk), and the ugly (corn syrup, pastries, sugary drinks, etc.), your body metabolizes it as sugar.   If it doesn’t have a mother or a father, your body digests at least part of that food as a sugar.  The more fiber and other nutrients you have there, the less “sugary” it is.   If all goes well, when you eat carbohydrates (which we do need in some quantity), your pancreas releases insulin to use the carbs for energy as glucose or to store it as glycogen in your liver and muscles... read more

To Vax or Not to Vax

I have avoided this topic for a long time, but here it is – This article is just going to be my opinion.  This is just what I think and what I have decided for my family.  Whatever you decide for you and your family is totally between you and your family physician. IT’S RISKY VAERS, a vaccine injury reporting website run by Health and Human Services, shows over 59,000 reports of injuries, 450 of which are death, in 2016.  It’s also speculated that many incidences (estimated 10x as many) go unreported.  I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to die or risk my kids dying just to get a vaccine against something like measles, which – chances are – people will survive if they get it. NOT ENOUGH STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE The big argument pro-vaccination is that “this is science.”  And if you’re anti-vax, you’re anti-science.  In school, when I learned about how vaccines were created, I was amazed.  “This is a great invention!”  But, unfortunately, the science stops there. In the early 2010’s, a mass influx of Somalians immigrated into the US and many of them ended up in Minnesota.  As per federal regulations, they all received 100% of the recommended vaccines.  Then, the autism started.  In the whole of the United States, the autism rate is around one out of 500 kids.  In this Somalian community, it was one out of every 32 kids.  At first they didn’t know what was happening to their children because no word exists in their language for autism.   By 2016, around 40% of the population had stopped vaccinating.  Then... read more

A Decision is Not Just an Event, It’s a Path

Tough love time. (No, not like that!) It’s about your life decisions.   When you’re a baby, it’s OK to make decisions based on emotions.  You see a cookie, then you eat it.  No worries about tomorrow – about consequences.   When you’re an adult, you have to start making decisions based on how they will effect you tomorrow.  It’s no longer acceptable to make decisions based on emotions. It’s like when you’re driving.  Good drivers are paying attention to what’s 2 or 3 blocks ahead of them.  Bad drivers are reacting to every little thing – slamming on the brakes at the last minute; causing accidents. What you eat and how you think and how you move dictate what pre-determined path you’re on.  They also affect the people in your life. Yeah, sure, muffins are delicious.  For now.  Today’s delight on your tongue is tomorrow’s spare tire.  The spare tire turns into diabetes.  The diabetes and excess weight strains your heart and then you have hypertension.  The medications leave you feeling tired.  The lack of exercise makes the other problems worse and also your body starts hurting everywhere because you can’t move it properly.  Next thing you know, you’re spending your long-awaited retirement years alive, but with no life.   And it all comes down to decisions.   Once you’re an adult, it’s no longer a matter of “bad genes” or “bad luck.”  Lots of people have “bad genes” and have gone through periods of bad luck – we all have.  But it’s ultimately your decision how to react to these things.  If your spouse is bringing pizza home for... read more

One Vital Ingredient for Weight Loss

Oxygen. Breath. Without deep, conscious breath, it’s easy to eat mindlessly, unaware of satiety. Nourishment of your body can and should be a spiritual ritual.   What else is holding you onto this earth if not food and oxygen?   Why rush through it? When you breathe deep and fill your whole lungs up with air, you become more aware of your body. We tend to make the ritual of eating more like a chore of feeding.  We think, “I’m hungry; let’s eat.” In your head you have a mental list of foods you have enjoyed in the past.  The less consciousness you put on this memory, the more likely you are to grab at things that you remember gave you a sensation of happiness, like sugar, for instance.  You remember that taste sensation and associate it with happiness. Cravings are nothing but food memories. Tweet This Instead, take a minute.   Seriously, just ONE MINUTE.  SIXTY SECONDS.  And breathe.  Just take some time to LISTEN to what your body is actually hungry for.  What she needs to be nourished, fulfilled, and energized for the day.  You may choose differently. As you eat, don’t snarf food down like a dog. Breathe, chew a lot, and feel your body.  Feel what your body is telling you as you eat.  Are you full yet?  Are you still hungry?  Whatever the answer, honor your body and her / his sensations. Yes, you can find peace with your body.  And it will involve listening to her / him. And the only way you can listen is by oxygenating each cell.  The oxygen, or in... read more