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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Eye Health

I confused the hell out of my ophthalmologist a while back.   “Hmmm…this is unusual.”  He was checking and rechecking some things.  “Huh.  Normally at your age people’s eyesight gets worse, but yours is going in a more ‘favorable direction.’  Whatever you’re doing, keep it up!”   The prescription for my near-sightedness on both eyes was 1/4 a point better (from -3.25 to -3 on the right eye and -2.5 to -2.25 on the left eye), and my astigmatism in both eyes improved.  No sign of any far-sightedness yet.   So, here’s what I’ve been doing 🙂 RELAXING MY EYES We’re so unaware of how much tension we hold in our faces through the day.  The main reason I even started caring about this was to prevent wrinkles, but I think the benefits have extended beyond the superficial.   There is a theory on natural eyesight healing that near-sightedness and far-sightedness is due to tension around the eyeball.  The current medical model says that your cornea is either too strong (near-sighted) or too weak (far-sighted), but this theory goes a step further to say that the cornea changes in strength due to straining to see. So I consciously decided not to strain to see things.  If something is blurry far away, I just go closer.  I look away from the computer several times an hour when I’m working on it to relax my eyes.  If I’m reading or watching a movie and it’s hard to keep my eyes focused, I stop trying to focus and do something else (like go to sleep!).  I even try, when I’m at home and not doing much,... read more

Qi Gong Workshop

Master Jeff Hughes has been training martial arts since 1974.  He has been teaching Chinese Kung Fu in Austin since 1995 to thousands of students.  His own health journey led him to practicing the Asian art of Qi Gong. There are different types of Qi Gong exercises.  At this workshop, you will learn the “8 Brocade Qi Gong.”  There are 8 movements, each of which strengthens and conditions a different organ or body part. This Qi Gong is a gentle exercise used to heal your internal organs and improve your health.  It’s considered “medical Qi Gong” that almost everyone can practice it regardless of your current health condition. Conditions benefitted from Qi Gong exercises: Anxiety / Stress / PTSD / Insomnia / Depression Joint Pain (back, hips, knees, ankles, fingers, elbows, shoulders, neck, wrist, etc.) Weight Gain Immune Disorders Fatigue SATURDAY, MAY 13 10 am – 12... read more

Acupuncture and Science

I love the skeptics:  “I’m a scientist, so I have a hard time believing in acupuncture.” My response:  “People used to not believe in bacteria, but they would still get sick.”   What I remember from 4th grade science class is that the scientific process consists of these steps: make an observation (I had a headache, then I had acupuncture and now my headache is gone.) form a question (Does acupuncture get rid of headaches?) form a hypothesis (Acupuncture gets rid of pain in the body, including, but not limited to headaches.) conduct an experiment analyze the data and draw a conclusion We’ve had tons of steps 1 through 3, but not too many steps 4 and 5.  Why?   Because it’s very time-consuming and expensive AND because there’s very little money in natural healing.  Not like the pharmaceutical industry anyway. One single clinical trial for a new medication can run $100 million (Forbes, 2/10/12, The Truly Staggering Cost of Inventing New Drugs).  I’m not sure if we added up the money made by every single acupuncturist in the US for one year if we could come up with $100 million. Some studies have been done on acupuncture, and have shown favorable results, but the studies are limited.  The population tested was limited and the acupuncture techniques tested were limited.  The health conditions tested were limited.  Limited not by imagination or desire but….money. I know plenty of under-employed acupuncturists who would love to run a clinical trial.  The problem comes down to funding.  Most acupuncturists, if they’re not busy treating patients or hustling up new patients, have no money!... read more

Superfoods

While I think we all know which foods we need to eat less of to stay healthy (hello, Cheetos!), what about the foods we need to be eating MORE of? These 5 superfoods are items I could recommend for everyone to add into their diet.  Your need for dietary supplementation (herbs and vitamins) will be reduced according to how much of these superfoods you regularly consume.  Shoot for 3 – 4 times a week per item. If there’s a superfood that just really grosses you out, no worries.  You can always take these in pill / supplement form.  “Take it or eat it!” 1.  Fermented foods.   Fermented foods like saurkraut, kombucha, pickled vegetables are full of naturally occurring probiotics.  So, do you need a probiotic for your gut health?  Not if you’re regularly eating these.  Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in your intestines.  If they get out of balance you end up with problems like poor immunity, skin issues, and even cancer.  I wrote this article years ago on how to make your own fermented vegetables. 2.  Organ meats. To be honest, this is one that I just take in pill form.  They’re so good for you, but I just can’t stomach the taste.  If you want to eat it,  you can find good quality organ meats, even in ground meat or sausage form at  www.uswellnessmeats.com.  Organ meats have a lot of the vitamins and trace minerals that we become deficient in on a regular basis.   Adrenal Gland:  great source of Vitamin C.  Your adrenal glands are your stress glands.   That’s why when you... read more

Beauty and Aging

When the 10s unit of your age goes up one digit, you stop and pay attention.  10s…almost an adult!  20s…party time!  30s…oh, so mature.  40s…wise and not-too-old yet.  50s…distinguished.  60s…been there, done that, and going to do some more.  70s…this could be a good thing / could be a bad thing.  80s…look at me, I’m 80!  90s…I need an award or something.  100s…would you like to know my secrets? I love to read Vogue magazine and I subscribe to it even, but I absolutely can’t stand their articles on “beauty,” because they’re always about how to mask your age with lasers, chemical-based potions, and other invasive – albeit high-tech –  procedures.  Can’t a woman (or man) age naturally anymore? I never in my life worried about my skin (except in the 80s when “everyone” was tan and I was – at the most – slightly less white in the summer) until recently when I had to face the fact that I had wrinkles.  My face was looking my age.  So I did what any other sane person would do and go to my hippy-cosmetics store (everything there is so natural you could eat it, I think), and buy a $400 face cream. The good news is that I think it’s working.  But in the meantime I have some other (mostly free / affordable) snippets of wisdom for maintaining fresh-ish skin as you age. These I hope you already know:  drink more water and less alcohol / caffeine / junk beverages.  Alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and those god-awful sugary drinks dehydrate you.  Dehydrated skin is dry, wrinkled skin. Same goes for... read more

Fire Rooster Year 2017

If you’ve ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant, you’re probably at least a little familiar with the Chinese zodiac.   On your placemat you see the 12 animals with years written underneath.  What a great conversation starter that is.  “What is your year / animal?”   But what trips people up is the actual start date of the Chinese new year.  It’s not the same day every year because it is a LUNAR (moon-based) calendar.  The new year starts on the new moon in Aquarius (some time between January 20 – February 18) every year.  So if you were born in the beginning of January like me, your Chinese astrology sign is actually for the year before.  For example, if a baby was born this year on January 1st, they are not the Rooster, they are the Monkey year.  My mom thought for years I was a Snake, but I had to inform her that I am a Dragon!  How dare you insult the mighty Dragon!  I’m only kidding.   Here’s another fun part:  if you want to find out how old someone is, just ask their Chinese sign, then, according to one of my teachers, Richard Teh-Fu Tan, “count their wrinkles.”  The Chinese zodiac repeats itself every 12 years.  Am I 28, 40 or 52?  Easy to tell, most of the time.   2017 (starting on January 27th) is the Fire Rooster year.   The “Fire” part is called the “stem” and the Rooster – associated with yin metal – is one of the “branches.”  There are 10 stems (yin and yang of each of the 5 elements) and 12 branches... read more

Can I Stop Taking My (Prescription Medication)?

    My absolute favorite moments in my practice are when patients tell me they’re off their prescription medications.   Pain relievers?  Nah…don’t need them anymore; I feel great!  Thyroid medication?  Nope…all my blood work has been great!  Diuretics for hypertension?  I threw them out because they were making my blood pressure too low! But, please – there is a procedure for this.   Don’t just stop taking prescription medication; you have to go through these steps first. WORK WITH A NATURAL PRACTITIONER TO GET HEALTHY It doesn’t matter who you chose to work with – a chiropractor, naturopath, nutritionist, or acupuncturist – you should work with someone who can help you get the results you are looking for.  You need someone who can help you get to the root of the health problem you’ve been having.  You can try doing this on your own, but you will get there much faster with some objective, expert help.   Allopathic MDs can prevent you from dying, but they (in general) don’t do much to actually get your body healthy.  It’s just not what they have in their tool box of treatments.  Natural practitioners (like acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, nutritionist, etc.) specialize in health and wellness and can help you get to a point where you are healthy enough that you don’t need the prescription. Once you start feeling better (and you’re still on your prescription, of course, because you’re following the rules), then you can  TELL YOUR DOCTOR YOUR PLANS Tell the doctor who prescribed the medication in the first place that your plans are to get off the medication(s).  Tell them exactly what... read more

I am One With the Tao, The Tao is With Me

Taoism is not a religion, it’s a philosophy. You go with the flow.  That’s the point.  If something is too difficult, you don’t go that way.  You choose the path of least resistance. Does that mean you don’t try anything new? Does that mean you give up on challenges? Does that mean if you’re scared to do something you don’t do it? No. It means if you are constantly at arms, you are constantly battling a situation or a person, you just drop it.   EXAMPLES:  you’re walking into the wind, and then dust starts to blow into your face, and you have to walk somewhere because you told so-and-so that you would, and the whole thing is just really sucking.  You’re uncomfortable; you can’t even see what’s in front of your face.  You’d rather just not.  But you told so-and-so that you would!  Well, tell them that you can’t anymore.   Or you’re talking to someone and they want to argue with you.  Everything you say, they have a counter-point.  So you argue back.  They argue harder.  So you try to agree with them, just to keep the peace.  They still argue!  Just drop it:  tell them, “I guess I can see your point.”  Even if you don’t!  Just let go.   Let go when it’s time to let go.  If every sign in the Universe is saying, “This is not the way to go,” don’t fight the feeling.   There are different paths of behavior, paths of industry, paths of mood, paths of people, and you can decide for yourself which one is best suited for you at any... read more

One Modification for Your New Year’s Resolution

If you’re like most people and your New Year’s resolution is to “lose weight,” I implore you with one slight change.  Because, really, how exactly does one just “lose weight?” There’s no weight loss knob to turn on at night (“Excuse me, sweetie, I’m just going to lose a little weight and I’ll be right to bed.”) and there is no magic weight loss pill to take (and lord knows they’ve tried). Your subconscious mind can only take action on positives.   In other words, if I told you to NOT think of a blue goat, what do you instantly think of? Remember do NOT think of a blue goat.  Got it?   Your subconscious – where all your actions take root and gain momentum – has no idea what “NO” and “DON’T” mean. So you go to work and there’s doughnuts in the break room.  “DON’T eat them!” you tell your subconscious mind.  “Ha!” says your conscious mind.  “Doughnuts are there and I will eat them.”   The same situations happen when you make carb-leaden foods for your kids that they only eat a few bites of.  “Well, normally those foods are not on my diet, but since they’re just sitting here getting ‘wasted,’ … don’t mind if I do!” OR how about when you’re at a party.  “Would you like to have another drink?”  “Heck, yeah, I want to have another drink!”  Why the heck not?! You haven’t given yourself a reason to make healthy choices.  All you know is what you don’t want.   So…this ever-elusive “weight loss” never really takes shape, so to say. When... read more

What I Want For You For Christmas

It’s really been a crazy year, yes? David Bowie and Prince are gone… 🙁 The Olympics came and went… The election… Deep breath. I like the holidays because it’s (well, it should be) a quiet time of year.  You take some extra days off work.  It’s too cold to be outside (unless you’re in Austin on one of our 70 degree winter days!) and all the stores are closed. I think it’s always a good idea to give yourself a Christmas gift (or five;) as well.  Here’s my list of what I want you to give yourself this year. ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE (MYSELF) GAVE TO ME… Remembering to breathe deeply often. Love yourself just the way you are. Allow yourself to invest in you:  your health, your education, and your interests. Have more experiences and adventures. Take time to read a book. Sleep.  Lots of it. A warm cup of tea. Do what you want to do. Say what you want to say. Move your body every day. Take time to cook healthy food. Thank yourself for doing such a good job!  Seriously, you should list out at least 3 things in the comments below that you accomplished this year.  Pat yourself on the back.... read more

Holiday Cleanse

When you’re finally sick of mashed potatoes and pecan pie, and you know it’s time to get back on a healthy diet track, it may be time to do a cleanse. WHY CLEANSE? I don’t believe that fasting (as in “NOT EATING ANY FOOD”) is healthy.   We should eat food; we can and should use food as a tool to heal our bodies. Food can keep your body running at a top level, or it can be your worst enemy! How and what you eat is simply a HABIT.  You get used to eating and living in a certain way. To break or change a habit, you have to DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. That, essentially, is the purpose of a cleanse. Take the time to eat different foods in a different way.  This helps create a new, changed relationship with food. In the cleanse process, you can feel how the food impacts your body.  After the cleanse, you will also feel how non-cleanse foods may either impact your body negatively or positively.  You will become more aware of your body’s energy changes with food. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEANSE? One word:  vegetables. The best way to eat healthier?  Eat more vegetables. Need some ideas? Artichokes ƒ Asparagus ƒ Avocados ƒ Bamboo shoots ƒ Bean sprouts ƒ Beets ƒ Bell peppers ƒ Broccoli ƒ Brussels sprouts ƒ Cabbages (sauerkraut) ƒ Carrots ƒ Cauliflower ƒ Celeriac ƒ Celery ƒ Chives ƒ Cucumbers ƒ Eggplant ƒ Garlic ƒ Green beans ƒ Green leafy vegetables: beet greens, bok choy, chard, chicory, collards, lettuces (including endive chicory, escarole), mustard greens, spinach ƒ... read more