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 Insurance Game

  Several years ago I conscientiously opted out of health insurance.   For most people that’s just not an option because of chronic or genetic dis-ease and the cost of medications and doctor’s visits, so I know I’m lucky that I can make this decision.  It’s not for everyone.  And I’m not necessarily recommending it either.  I just want to make a point that Our healthcare system is deeply flawed. I don’t want to participate in it.  I choose not to.   MY HEALTHCARE EXPENSES FOR 2018 I pay out of pocket for the expense of staying healthy.  That being said, I spend most of my money (just a little less than my mortgage LOL) on healthy food.  I pay cash for massages (luckily I can trade for most of my massages), Chiropractic care (around $500 total for 2018), Around $400 total for out of pocket dentist expenses (for myself and 2 kids – just cleanings this year.).  One eye exam for $125.  Glasses cost $12.50 (Zenni.com is fabulous for prescription glasses; you should check it out) and contacts $120.  We had 4 therapy sessions @$65 = $260.  Other out-of-pocket expenses, that insurance wouldn’t even cover anyway:  herbal medicines and nutritional supplements $400 (wholesale :).  I would probably also throw a consultation I had with my psychic in there too.  Talking to her does more good than therapy for me.  Cost:  $80.  Acupuncture I can do for free; but, if I had insurance there’s a 50/50 chance they’d actually cover it, and I would end up paying the $800 or so out of pocket or towards deductible anyway. Total for... read more

Quick Neck Stretches

If you sit at a desk all day, or if you are bending down looking at small children all day, or if you just have a cranky, stiff neck, this is for you. Take a handful of your hair from the lower, back part of your head.  (Sorry, my beautiful, bald ones, you do kind of need at least some hair to do this, although if you have a good imagination you can still probably do it.  Below I’ll list another stretch that you don’t need hair for.)                       When you have a handful of hair, pull your hair slightly back and up.  As you do this you should feel a nice stretch through the vertebrae (spinal bones) of your neck.  Ideal neck posture is a straight spine all the way up to the top.  A J-shaped spine is the idea, not the S-shaped spine that we were taught years ago.   A few times throughout the day, do this exercise to remind yourself of proper neck posture. Another quick neck traction exercise you can do with a broom.  Lay down on the ground and place the broomstick perpendicular to your body and under your neck.  Place your hands on either side of the stick – on either side of your neck and pull the stick toward the top of your head.  When it reaches the occiput – the place where your skull meets your neck bones, you should feel a good stretch through your neck.  Hold it for a few seconds and repeat.... read more

When Is It Your Last Treatment?

My reaction when people say to me, “So today’s my last treatment, right?” It’s like saying, “So today’s the last day I need to exercise, right?”  Or, “This is my last haircut, right?” Or, “This is the last time I need to eat broccoli, right?”   Your needs for acupuncture change over time.  Some problems go away, and your needed frequency and intensity of treatment reduces, but there’s always new stuff happening.  There’s always stress.  There’s always aches, pains, and head colds.   Acupuncture at its best is actually a preventative medicine.  You can prevent problems from happening by doing acupuncture.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to show people how that works because… you feel fine!  I can’t say, “Wow!  You see how you didn’t get sick for the last year?  If you hadn’t come in, you surely would have been sick at least 3 times.” There’s no way to prove that acupuncture can keep you well, so a lot of people choose to stop coming in when they feel better or when their treatment plan ends.   But if you think of acupuncture as a health maintenance tool, kind of like an oil change and tire rotation maintains your car’s well-being, I do think you can prevent many types of dis-eases from occurring in the first place with regularly scheduled acupuncture.  ... read more

The Value of Mindfulness in Healing

A health condition not getting better – not to be confused with getting better slowly – is the primary reason people try acupuncture in the first place.   When a health condition doesn’t get better with acupuncture and herbs, there’s something that is continually aggravating the condition either in the body or in the environment of the patient.  We need to ask ourselves, “Why is this happening?”   The problem with that, and probably the reason we seek healthcare providers in the first place, is that it’s hard to figure out what we’re doing or what’s going on that’s causing something.  We get used to living a certain way, and it’s hard to recognize that it’s causing harm.   Is there some kind of continual emotional stress I’m under (like a bad relationship or a stressful work environment)? Continual, even low-grade stress is the primary reason for all hormone imbalances, including thyroid dis-ease and adrenal fatigue.   We are accustomed to thinking that relationship tension is inevitable and normal, but it’s not.  These types of negative interactions do have an adverse impact on your health.  It can start to shut down natural body processes.  Sometimes quite literally, we get a “pain in the neck” or “pain in the a**.”  If we’re “walking on eggshells” around someone, our feet may hurt.  If we’re biting back our words, our throat chakras close off, which can lead to thyroid dis-ease.  If we’re doing all the work, we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders.  You’re constantly trying to please someone, and end up with knee pain (through your unconscious genuflecting).... read more

Nutrition for Fertility

In the 1930s, Francis Pottenger, MD conducted a ten-year-long study in which nearly a thousand cats were fed the same basic diet of milk, meat and a small dose of cod liver oil. “The healthiest cats were the ones who received raw meat and raw milk. This was the only group to produce generation after generation of healthy kittens with broad faces, adequate nasal cavities, broad dental arches, strong and correctly shaped teeth and bones, excellent tissue tone, good-quality fur with a minimum of shedding and an absence of gum disease. These cats were resistant to infections, fleas, and internal parasites. They showed no sign of allergies and were gregarious, friendly and predictable in their behavior patterns. Miscarriages were rare and litters averaged five kittens, which the mothers nursed without difficulty. Another group received raw milk and cooked meat. The cats in this group developed skeletal and dental deformities, heart problems, vision problems, thyroid imbalances, infections of the kidney, liver, testes, ovaries, and bladder, arthritis and inflammation of the joints, and inflammation of the nervous system with paralysis and meningitis. Their second and third generations had abnormal respiratory tissues. Cooked-meat cats were so irritable that some of the females were named Tiger, Cobra, and Rattlesnake, while the males were docile and passive, a sexual role reversal not seen in the raw-food cats. Vermin and intestinal parasites abounded and skin lesions and allergies appeared frequently. Adult cats died of pneumonia or infections of the bone while kittens died of pneumonia and diarrhea. The cooked-meat cats had serious reproductive problems including sterility, miscarriage, a lack of maternal instinct and difficult labors... read more

Kitchen Essentials for Eating Healthier

If a goal of yours is to eat healthier, eating at home is the way to do it.  Most restaurant food is of unknown origin (to you, anyway) and probably has many unsavory, not to mention unhealthy qualities (GMOs, MSG, hydrogenated oils, added and unnecessary sugars, etc.). Cooking healthy food at home is really the only way to ensure you’re getting the best quality food. Some myths about cooking at home are that it has to be expensive time-consuming difficult taste bad Quite the contrary!  Once you learn some go-to recipes and have the right tools for the job, you’ll be doing fine in no time. I’m going to assume you already have a kitchen equipped with a stovetop, oven, and a refrigerator.  If not, those should be a priority!  Or at least a nice campfire cooking kit and cooler. First, you need a set of nice knives.  This is a must.  I’ve bought cheap knives in the past, and similar to buying cheap shoes, you may as well save up your money to get the good ones.  You know what they say, “Buy cheap – buy twice (or 3 or 4 times…).”   Cheap knives dull fast, and trying to cut a tomato with a dull knife is not only frustrating but dangerous as well.  I use Cutco knives because they are a great quality, plus they have a lifetime guarantee.  They’ll even sharpen your knives for life for free!  Yes, they’re a little pricey, but just like a nice pair of shoes, well worth the extra effort. Next, you need a couple of nice pots and pans.... read more

The Acid / Alkaline Myth

  You may have heard that your ph (pronounced “P. H.” not “fff”), is a balance between acid (1 on a scale of 14) and alkaline (14 on the same scale).  Your blood is almost perfectly neutral at 7.2.  For years, the thought on ph in natural-health circles was that you want your body to be as alkaline as possible.  “Cancer only exists in an alkaline body,” which I embarrassingly admit I once said.   What most people (myself included) don’t realize is that your ph is different in different parts of your body; your saliva is closest to blood ph, but your digestive system ph is extremely acid (between 1 – 3) to be able to digest your food and kill bacteria and other immune system invaders.     your body’s ph doesn’t change much from food or drinks.  Changes in ph mostly occur in your digestive and endocrine (hormone) systems’ health.  You can check your saliva ph with test strips that are available at most drug stores.  If you do this, don’t eat or drink anything, including water, for at least 1 hour before testing.     What we find is that some people need to alkalize and some people need to acidify.   Sign of acidity, or acidosis (lower than 6 on the saliva ph scale)  insomnia and unable to relax lump in the throat (feeling, not an actual bump) cold sweats dry skin dry stool irritability Signs of alkalinity, or alkalosis (over 7.2 on the ph scale)  calcium deposits, but with paradoxically low blood calcium levels (calcium deficiency) allergies arthritic pains stiffness especially in the morning... read more

When to Use Ice or Heat

For years, the go-to medical treatment for bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, and pains was ice.  And for all these years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine do our best to convince people otherwise. One of the 1800-year-old books we study in Chinese medicine school is called the “Shang Han Lun,” which is roughly translated as “On Cold Damage.”  The theory is that from our environment or from organ weaknesses, coldness is the root cause of several chronic illnesses:  arthritis being chief among them, but also including chronic allergy problems, digestive weakness, and skin problems.   A body that succumbs to cold damage is fatigued, retains water, and becomes ill easily.  There is usually pain, and the pain increases with cold weather. Most arthritis pain is diagnosed as “wind-cold-damp Qi” by acupuncturists.  Most arthritic joints are areas that have old injuries:  repetitive movements or sprains, stitches or surgical sites can be weakened areas that are more susceptible to chronic pain.  By introducing unnaturally cold temperatures to these weakened areas, you invite “Evil Qi” into your joints. Don’t laugh:  “Evil Qi” is not something I made up!  It’s a long-standing theory in Chinese medicine. Cold is one of the elements that you don’t want to introduce on a regular basis into your joints. You can think about it like this:  cold causes things to contract, right?  Contraction of your blood vessels causes pain, right?  So…cold causes pain. The argument in Western medicine has been the opposite.  A hurt joint has inflammation (heat injury) and the ice counteracts inflammation. As with most Western medical solutions, the problems are this: Short-term thinking, not long-term... read more

Flu Vaccine: we’ve been duped

Do you ever wonder:  Why is it that some people get sick and others don’t?  Is it nutrition?  Is it positive thinking?  Is it genetics?  Is it the environment?  Is it exposure to germs? Or is it something that’s a combination of things; something that’s not totally “black or white?” INNATE IMMUNITY VS ACQUIRED IMMUNITY Your immune system is a network of cells, organs, and glands in your body that fight invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other foreign matters (chemicals and pollens, etc.).  98-99% of disease-prevention is based on your innate, cellular, immune system.  This includes epithelial barriers, mucous membranes, phagocytes, and natural killer cells.  It also includes the functioning of your thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.  You can think of this part of your immune system as your police force, your military, and your justice system all rolled into one. Acquired immunity is a cellular memory.  These cells, or antibodies, remember how to effectively fight off certain diseases.  Antibodies are only about 2% of your immune response.  This is what vaccine-producers and many physicians want you to focus on.  This 2% of your immune system.  Whereas the innate immune system is like your body’s military/police, the acquired immune system is like someone who sees something happening and calls the police to tell them.  It’s your immune system narc.  Which is good, but, you know, it’s not the whole picture.   Even Rudolph Virchow, the “Father of Modern Medicine” said “If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the... read more

The number always corresponds with excess weight

Hydration. I have a scale (a cheap one, probably $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond years ago) that measures your hydration levels and I used to check all my clients regularly for that.  Ideal hydration levels are between 50-60% of your total body mass.   One thing that all good scientists have in common:  noticing patterns.   The pattern I noticed is this:  the heavier people always (ALWAYS) are dehydrated.   In a great book that I highly recommend, French Women Don’t Get Fat, by Mireille Giuliano, the author states that French women hardly ever snack between meals, they drink water. According to this 2016 study, it seems to be true.  Increased hydration leads to decreased body weight.   Many studies have also shown that dehydration produces similar body sensations as hunger.    If you’re wanting to slim down, I would try increasing your water intake.  If you hate the taste of water, well, learn to like it.  Sorry, there’s just no other way around it!  Here are some tips for enjoying more water:   Add some fresh squeezed lemon or lime to it.   Get a good filter for your home.  Filtered water tastes so much better!   Use carbonated water with or without natural flavors.   Use herbal tea:  green tea often gets me through a hungry afternoon. Get a fun water bottle (non-plastic) that you take with you everywhere and fill up when you’re out running errands, exercising, and at work.   Once you’re hydrated properly, you’ll be able to better discern signs of true hunger vs. your body’s sign for water.   And, of course, you’ll... read more

How to Stop Monkey-Mind

“And though guilt and shame are incredibly painful feelings, they’re far better felt and released than left smoldering inside.  When you feel shame, guilt, sadness – or any other painful emotion – congratulate yourself!” ~Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD (Dodging Energy Vampires) If you’ve ever laid awake at night, not able to sleep, because of your thoughts and emotions running a rollercoaster through your mind, this is for you. Some people are incapable of feeling guilt or remorse.  This is a small percentage of people.  Psychologists would call them “borderline personality disorders” or “narcissists.”  And like with most classifications of people, it’s not black and white either.  It’s more like a continuum.  Some people are worse than others.  On one hand you have your serial killers, and on the other hand, you have an emotionally distant spouse. Most of us do feel guilt, remorse, shame, and other “negative” emotions.  And I think this is at the crux of “monkey-mind,” when you can’t shut off your thoughts when you’re trying to relax at night. The funny thing is – the people who suffer the most from negative emotions tend to deserve the negativity least. Guilt serves a purpose to help us analyze our actions.  So do that:  by doing (X, Y, or Z) did I (intentionally or unintentionally) hurt anyone?  Usually, the answer is “no.” I’ll give you an example.  As a mom, I feel guilty all the time about leaving my kids with a babysitter.  So, to do this technique, I need to ask myself is anyone getting hurt?  Answer:  no.  Everyone’s fine. People who are made to feel shame about... read more