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The 5000 year-old wisdom of Oriental medicine can help you regain your energy and vitality, naturally.  Get out of pain and fire your pharmacist! 

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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Back Pain? Tighten your corset!

If you’re having lumbar pain (that’s the small of your back or the area where the Doan’s back pain guy is holding), listen up! I’m sure by now you’ve heard the importance of “strengthening your core.” But I have some important information for you, especially if you have been working on your core but you’re still having pain. The part that you may miss in your core work is called the “Inner Corset.” (Courtesy of Esther Gokhale) Where can I buy this “Inner Corset,” you may be asking? Good news!  It’s free. Your body already has one, you just need to activate it. Even more good news: you don’t have to do any weird special exercises to make it stronger. We need to know 2 things to activate your Inner Corset: the location, and the how-to. LOCATION: The abdominal oblique muscles wrap around your waist like a corset. Place your hands just under your ribs, across your belly. You’re right on top of them.  HOW TO: To engage the obliques, you need to anchor your ribs. I can’t emphasize this enough.  Anchor your ribs.   Do this test: put one hand on your lumbar spine while you “sit up straight.”  Do you feel how your back muscles are tight and ropey? Now use your other hand to guide your ribs down toward your belly, as if you’re going to hunch over. Feel your back now. The muscles are no longer tight, but relaxed. This is how you want them to be all the time. With your ribs anchored and down (not popping out), then engage your abdominal muscles. You can do this as if... read more

Keeping Out of the Doctor’s Office

#1 reason people miss their appointments with me:  work meetings.  #2 reason:  traffic.   #3:  sick (themselves or children). Okay:  first of all, come in because you’re sick!  We’re kind of like a doctor’s office…and we can help you get better.  Unless you’re not able to get here, running to the bathroom to vomit every 2 minutes, then just, we’ll see you tomorrow hopefully.   Many people don’t know that we can treat the same things that you would see your “regular” doctor for…but with natural things.  We can treat: head colds, flu, sinus infections, croup, phlegm, coughs, weird rashes, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, parasites, and all the other million things kids bring home from school and you pick up from your coworkers at the office. This is a photo of my “medicine cabinet” at home and everything I need – my arsenal if you will – for treating my family and myself at home. For any sort of “invasion” of virus / bacteria: 1.Congaplex (chewable or capsules):  this you can get from any Standard Process rep where ever you live.  It’s mainly used for when you are sick, but I have my kids take 2 or 3 every morning during the school year as a prophylactic.  If they are sick:  take 2 every 3 hours as needed.  For adults, 3 every 3 hours as needed.     2.CQ Jr.:  this is a pediatric liquid herbal antibiotic / antiviral.  It is a life saver for me.  I have used it for:  high fever, croup, hand-foot-and-mouth, anal itching, UTI, flu, head colds and sinus infections.  Basically anything.  You can get it in our office... read more

Dealing with Grief

The Holy-days are approaching, and you may start to feel sadness from ones past, or sadness and anger from the last election… There’s a tendency in our society to want to mask these emotions.  It makes people feel uncomfortable if we’re not smiling 24-7. We don’t like that in other people so we don’t like that in ourselves…or is it the other way around?   My way to deal with grief and the other so-called “negative” emotions, is to let them fully ensconce you.  You have to let go of the need to feel happy and just let yourself feel what you feel.  Take a sick day from work if you need to.   How to have an awesome “Mental Health Day”: Wear all black.  Bonus points for rips and tears in your clothes.  Bonus points for incorporating part of your Halloween costume.   Put on outrageous makeup and make your hair all crazy-looking.   Listen to some really angry / sad music.  Cry / scream / dance Watch a movie or read a book that makes you cry. Make /do something creative:  art collage, altar, painting, or even just cleaning out your closet (literally and figuratively!) You need to take your time with the grieving process.  You can’t rush this, but allowing yourself to wallow for a time will help you move through the process quicker.   If you try to rush the process of grieving, it will only slow you down.   Take as long as you need.  Don’t hide it.  If people ask you how you’re feeling, tell them the truth.   Like this: Store Clerk:... read more

What Point is That?!

I have to laugh a little when I hear that question as I’m treating my clients.  They get a needle sensation, and then want to know, “What WAS that?!” I laugh because…it’s so hard to explain exactly what that was! First, the “Qi” sensation is arriving at the needle.  It’s the nerve “waking up” an area of your body.  So, it’s a good sign that we got the right point. Second, as far as why this point and why not other areas feel this sensation, it’s necessary to look a little more in-depth into Chinese medicine basics. Acupuncture 101 You have 6 meridians on each arm and another 6 on each leg.  There are 3 yin meridians and 3 yang meridians on each limb.  Then you also have a meridian that runs up the front center of your body and one that runs up the back center of your body. The names of the hand / arm yin meridians are: Lung, Heart, and Pericardium.  The hand / arm yang meridians are Large Intestine, Small Intestine, and San Jiao (“triple burner” which is not an organ, not the movement of water between the upper, middle and lower “burners” of your torso).  The foot / leg meridians yin meridians are Kidney, Spleen, and Liver.  The foot / leg yang meridians are Urinary Bladder, Stomach, and Gall Bladder.  The “Ren,” and “Du” are the front and back center meridians.   Based on the position on your limb determines the “amount” of yin or yang on each meridian. Of course, the meridians do connect internally with the organ of it’s name, but for just straight-up acupuncture, the meridian name... read more

Creating Abundance

Every November it seems everyone’s talking about the importance of having a regular gratitude practice.  I totally get it.  We should be thankful for what we have, etc…  But why reserve it for one time a year? Regularly focusing on what you have; what you’re grateful for; the nice things people have done for you in your life has many benefits. Right away, you feel emotional relief.  You are blessed.  You have enough.  The Universe has taken care of you in its own unique and sometimes twisted way. A great way to feel depressed is to have expectations of other people’s behavior.   Expect your boss to give you a raise; expect your son to send the college applications in all by himself; expect your wife to have the house clean 24/7.  …Expect to be disappointed. No one is going to make you happy.  You have to take responsibility for your own happiness. That being said, it’s always good to know what you do want just in case someone happens to ask! A mentor of mine once said, “Be happy, but never satisfied.”  I think what he meant was, be thankful, but also be OK with your dreams and goals.  Not only be OK with your dreams and goals, but regularly think about exactly what they are and even take the time to write them down.   The saying, “Be careful what you wish for, it may come true.”  It’s true!  The Universe may take its time getting those dreams to you, but you will eventually get what you really, truly want if your focus is pure.  If you’re kind of... read more

How to Be Happy

Let pleasure be your guide. When you make a decision, ask yourself, “Which of these choices would bring me the most pleasure?”  Everyone then says, “ha!  I can’t do that, Nicole.  If I did that I would be eating cake all day long and doing who-knows-what with who-knows-who.” No you won’t.  I am willing to bet real, actual money that you won’t do harm to yourself.  Not if you’re really in touch with what real pleasure is. You may make some really radical life changes.  You may decide that your relationship has run its course and you need out.  You may decide that your career needs a major makeover.  You may decide that college just isn’t for you and that may make your parents mad as heck. But if you open up to these scary possibilities, your life will open up to more pleasure. You will find a relationship(s) that meet your requirements for respect and freedom. You will find a job that fulfills your desire for art, community, and commerce all in one. You will chart a course of life that can’t be predicted by books or “experts.” Doesn’t matter what happens, just as long as it’s your own personal pleasure path.  Your PPP. But first you must figure out what exactly pleasure feels like. Let me give you some ideas: Imagine the best dish you’ve ever eaten.  Any type of food, but something that made you close your eyes and go, “Oh, my God!  This is the best _____ I’ve ever had!” The last time you saw a puppy / kitten and were all like, “Oh, my God; you’re... read more

What are “Chinese Herbs”

When I suggest Chinese herbal medicines for my clients, many people are concerned that The ingredients are weird animal parts or worse:  endangered, weird animal parts Toxic perhaps? Will interfere with medications Have side-effects You have to take them forever Will taste bad (well, let’s just say they’re an “acquired taste”) There are around 6,000 herbal species in use in Chinese herbology.  Around 1,000 of those are derived from animals.  Around 100 of those are from minerals.  But we call all of them “herbs.” We learn about 300 of the 6,000 herbs in Chinese medicine school.  Out of those, we learn about 500 different combinations of those herbs.  Chinese herbology is confusing!  There is tons of memorization involved, and even now, after studying this system of medicine for over 16 years, I still have to look things up from time to time.   A traditional Chinese herbal formula has on average between 2 and 20 different herbs.  Each herb has one of four main functions:   Chief or Emperor herb(s) – the primary function of the formula (for example to stop a cough) Prime Minister herb(s) – enhances the function of the chief herb (for example to nourish the Lung Qi to stop a cough) Minister herb(s) – enhances functions of Emperor and Prime Minister herbs, and also mitigates side effects of those herbs (for example, nourishes Spleen Qi to support digestion and clear phlegm to stop a cough) Envoy herb(s) – mitigate side effects of all the other herbs in the formula (for example, nourishes yin in a formula that otherwise would be very drying to stop a wet... read more

Balancing Yin

Where unchecked violence grows, the feminine energy has been suppressed.  For 3,000 years masculine energy has dominated our society. Masculine and feminine energies are complimentary and we need both (the “yin-yang”).  But it’s out of balance.  Then what happens to the world?  What happens to the women? We get stressed, we have no libido, and we gain weight.   And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What is masculine energy? Work really, really hard It’s the bottom line that matters It’s all about me, not about society as a whole What is feminine energy? Noticing the sacred in the small detailed things Fostering connections and societies Intuition  The ability to give life itself! I love that the Dalai Lama himself said at the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009, “the world will be saved by the western woman.” I was like, “Yes! I think so too!” Too long has our world been led by men. Guys, nothing against you or your ability to lead, but it’s been a little (no, a LOT) lopsided here. More than 3000 years ago, women were revered as holy. We could be priestesses, mothers, and community leaders.  The female figure was not harshly judged, but in fact revered for its curves. The curves are life-giving.  Have you ever looked at a fertility goddess from thousands of years ago? No body shame here.  Hips for child-bearing (or child hoisting), breasts for nursing or snuggling up against. Do you think she wants to lose weight?  No.  Wanting to lose weight is something that your brain comes up with. It’s when we lose touch of our bodies... read more

8 Foods to Eat When You Crave Sugar

When you crave sweets (chocolates, ice cream, candy, sugary drinks, etc.), there are 3 underlying reasons why: Reason #1 you crave sugar:  you have a bacteria imbalance in your gut.  The little bacteria / yeasts that can overgrow in your intestines feed on sugar.  They’re literally telling your brain, “Feed me!” Reason #2 you crave sugar:  you are stressed out or otherwise just not happy in your current situation.  You want something “sweet” but not necessarily on a plate.   Reason #3 you crave sugar:  you need some quick energy / you have a deficiency of some vitamin(s).  Iron, magnesium, protein, or vitamin B deficiencies could all cause cravings.   So, yes, there are sweet food alternatives for less healthy sugary snacks, but really we also need to address the real root (or roots) of the problem in the first place.   1 Sweet Potato – sweet potatoes are creamy, satisfying, and naturally sweet.  Don’t add more sugar after you bake or boil them:  just a little bit of butter, coconut oil, or cinnamon for flavor if you like.  I like to mash mine with grass-fed butter and raw whole milk.  Root vegetables like sweet potatoes are grounding and earthy so will help you feel calm.  Plus they are a great source of vitamins like vitamin A and trace minerals. 2 Plain, full-fat Yogurt – this is what I eat when I crave ice cream.  If you like, add some liquid stevia drops, cherry extract, berries, nut butter, etc. 3 Green Tea – this is called “dancer’s tea” in China.  My friend, who is quite thin, went to China a few... read more

Meditation for Dummies

If you “can’t meditate,” it’s not ’cause meditation is not for you or certainly not that you’re dumb.  It’s because it’s hard.   If you’ve never done a real push up before, I can guarantee you it will be hard.  Unless you’re one of those strangely strong people who just naturally have great muscle tone and have never worked out a day in your life, your belly will want to cave toward the floor and your arms and legs will shake like jello.  If you’re doing it right. Back to meditation, if you’re doing something that’s worthwhile for the first time, it will be difficult.  We tell this to kids, but we forget it for ourselves.   After you practice it every day, for at least 30 days in a row, it will become easy.   You can do meditation sitting in a quiet room, focusing on your breathing, with your legs crossed on a regulation, official meditation pillow. You can meditate when you do yoga. You can meditate when you go for a walk. You can meditate when you focus on your breathing before you go to sleep. You can meditate when you unwind, cooking dinner, after work. You can meditate when you take a bath and consciously relax your body. You can meditate when you work, watch your kids, or have sex.  Whoa, whoa, whoa, there, Nicole. Yes, this is the “advanced level.” Once you “get” meditation (letting go of your daily thought cycle; acknowledge the thoughts, let them go, blah, blah, blah…), you can and SHOULD try to bring that mindset to your dailies. Most of... read more

When You’re Sick of Being Sick

Do you ever feel stuck in a rut?  Suffering with the same problems day in and day out?  I’m going to give you a little bit of tough love about that.  The real problem is:  you’re not paying attention to what’s real. We humans have this tendency to identify ourselves with our problems.  Such as “I am overweight.”  Or “I have an autoimmune (meaning ‘untreatable’) problem.”  Although it is true that those may be areas that need work, it is folly to believe that you ARE what you suffer with. When people say “I can’t avoid gluten,” or “Every woman in my family has that (problem),” they disallow for changes to happen.  “I have always moved this way; I can’t change it.”  “I have a chemical imbalance in my brain; I need these medication.”  “I have to have a job I hate because I need the retirement fund.”  What you have here are limitations.  Those ideas are not absolute truths; they are what non-optimistic people refer to as “reality.” Ok, yes, those things may be true.  Accidents happen; our bodies and minds suffer injuries; life is stressful. But our true identity is pure potential.  Life is potential.  If you have life, you have limitless options for how your future may unfold. No one can predict from a DNA test on an embryo the overall potential that could unfold.  There are just too many variables.  Consider Helen Keller.  What if she had concluded as “reality” what people told her about her life potential.  “You can’t see or hear.  You won’t be creative.  You can’t communicate or think…”  She is a... read more