The key to health and longevity is found in a holistic health practice.

Combining nutrition and physical relaxation with acupuncture, you can feel more energy and mental clarity.  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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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

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