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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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

Contrary to Popular Belief, Arthritis Pain Can Be Reversed

Does pain take up more head-space than you would like?  I find pain highly distracting.  Focusing on work becomes a challenge; enjoyment of simple things like reading a book becomes a chore.  It’s certainly hard to stay active and exercise.  Even going to the grocery store becomes a huge and potentially dangerous endeavor.  It can totally ruin your quality of life. What a downward spiral that can become:  you can’t cook healthy food because it hurts to stand on your feet in the kitchen, so you gain weight, so you hurt more, so now you can’t exercise, which makes you hurt more…and so on and so forth. How nice would it be to wake up in the morning and actually have energy and feel like doing things?  When you’re not constantly thinking about pain, life can be fun. And this is possible. Contrary to what most MD’s will tell you, arthritis pain is not an incurable, life-long thing you have to suffer through.  I’ve seen hundreds of people reverse arthritis pain without medication.  I’ve seen hundreds of arthritis-sufferers get off their pain medications* and actually feel good. CAUSES OF INFLAMMATION Arthritis comes from an inflammatory response in your body. But inflammation is not the enemy.  Inflammation is a blessing in disguise that shouldn’t be medically reduced via chemicals. Along the same lines, surgery to reduce inflammation is only a temporary solution, at best.  Your genius body creates inflammation to protect itself from something it views as a danger. Most people don’t realize that inflammation is reversible. There are 5 potential causes of inflammation: food allergies (which often go undiagnosed)... read more

Complete Acupuncture Appointment Checklist

Imagine going to a restaurant and the server comes to take your order and you want them to guess what you want.  They’re the restaurant expert, so they should know, right? “Would you like water?”  “Yeah, that’d be nice.” “Would you like tea?”  “No, I don’t really like tea.” “Would you like juice?”  “Well, I do like juice.  But I usually just drink it in the morning.” “Would you like soda?”  “I gave up sodas.” “Would you like a beer.”  “Normally, yes, but not tonight.” “Well, now let’s move on to the entrees!  Would you like chicken?”  “Nah…(shrugs shoulders)” Obviously, this is a terrible way to order food in a restaurant. But for some reason, people do this to their medical professionals!   Especially to acupuncturists because we see you more often and we usually have a pretty good idea of your various health concerns, more so than the average MD anyway.  I guess people assume we already know what’s going on.  And that we remember it all (Ha!).   The way to get the best possible result from your treatment is to keep this acupuncturist visit checklist in mind when you come in for your appointments. List your priorities.  Pick 2 or 3 areas you want the acupuncturist to focus on for that day’s treatment.  It’s OK if it’s different from what you originally came in for.  We can treat just about any health condition.  If you’re not sure, just ask! For each of the 2 or 3 areas, make sure we know The onset date – Especially for new problems, we need to know how long has... read more

Self Love

I have fallen madly, passionately, head-over-heels in love with … myself. I think we have a tendency to brush off the idea, “yeah, I love myself.  Anyway, now back to the important things I was doing…” But if you think about what it means to be in love and how you want to be loved, it can take on a whole new dimension.   WHAT WE WANT In a relationship, we want to be told we’re beautiful, and have the person really, truly mean it (not like, “you’d be more beautiful IF…”).  We want to have our needs met on demand:  whether that’s a need for a jacket when it’s cold outside or a glass of water when we’re thirsty.  We want our ideas listened to and thought about in a considerate way.  We want to not be rushed – ever. Why can’t we do this for ourselves?  If we’re not doing that, why not? I think at some level, we all love ourselves.  I never thought to myself, “I don’t like/love myself.”  But a good relationship – or even better than that – a great relationship celebrates that love, or you could call it a romance even to a higher degree. When you’re in a long-term relationship with someone (like yourself), you tend to start taking the love for granted.  “Of course I love myself, why wouldn’t I?”  But I like the idea of rekindling the self-love/romance for yourself. STOP WITH THE “C-WORD” That’s “criticism.” Being self-critical is the antagonist of self-love.   No-one wants to be in a relationship with someone who is always criticizing them.  It’s... read more

How to Get Fit

Exercise doesn’t have to be punishment.  In fact, your results will infinitely improve if you enjoy the process, not torture yourself. Exercise as a form of punishing yourself to fitness will never work in the long run because #1 you will hate it and eventually quit #2 stress hormones cause weight gain So find something you love to do and do it.  Don’t worry about calories burned.  Don’t worry about what your favorite celebrities are doing to stay fit.  Don’t worry about what your friends will think. Just move your body. Enjoy the movement:  the sensations that you get from your body as you move.   A lot of times the “exercise” doesn’t sound like real exercise.  Like archery or skiing.  It’s more like a hobby.   In France and New York City, people walk everywhere so they don’t necessarily have to make a concerted effort to “work out,” because their life is a series of movements.   Some of the fittest people I know are training for a special event:  a dance competition, a cycling race or triathlon, or a baseball/football/tennis game.  In these cases, I don’t think the person struggles to make it to the gym because the bigger goal is in mind:  the performance and, well, winning.  Because winning is fun – for some.  And performing is fun for some people too.   So, what’s fun for you?  What inspires your body to move more?... read more

Beef: friend or foe?

  Red meat is perhaps the most misunderstood food out there. “Red meat increases your cholesterol.”  “Red meat makes you gain weight.”  “Red meat is bad for your digestion.”  “I’m eating so bad this week. (ME: ‘what are you eating?’) Red meat.”   Here’s the true facts about beef (and buffalo and lamb): Quality Matters Not all red meat is made the same.  Conventional feeding organizations (CFO), where most of the meat in the US is from, (98.5% of it to be exact) unfortunately, is not the same as the grass-fed beef from your local farmer’s market.  CFO cows are usually fed corn and soy, which makes the animal fatter, and, therefore, more toxic.  The vitamin content in the meat is less than it is from healthy cows.  Cows in nature, AKA healthy cows, eat grass.  The beef has more omega 3s and typically doesn’t have added chemicals like hormones and antibiotics that many CFOs use on their animals. Find What Works For Your Body Type Rather than blindly agreeing to the latest food documentary, book, or even what I say, try it yourself.  If you’re tired, anemic, or have “O” blood type, try incorporating a small amount of good quality red meat into your diet one or two times a week.  Pay attention to how you feel afterward.   Some people do have food allergies, which may include beef.  If you feel terrible after eating it, you should seek the help of a clinical nutritionist who can direct you to other options for optimizing your diet, and possibly use NAET or food enzymes to improve your body’s reactions... read more

If You Have Social Anxiety, Read This

The things that we see in other people that make us nervous … or angry …  or hopeful … or jealous … are things that we are and that we do too. You’re unique, but yet, you’re not.  We all experience very similar things at different times. *Someone is driving bad.  So do you (at times, come on, admit it). *Someone you see looks great, but they seem a little too cocky about it.  A little stuck up.  There’s a part of you that can look down on others too. *Some people accomplish a lot, they’re heroes.  Selfless and giving.  You have the same capacity for helping others too. *Someone is spacing out and not listening to you.  You do that too at times. *OMG, they’re so cute!  You are cute! *Someone close to you notices all your faults and points them out to you.  I’m sure you do that to people you’re close to as well. *Someone is looking a little rough; a little unkempt.  How did you look when you just woke up this morning?*You notice someone who looks just perfect:  perfect body, perfect hair, perfect clothes.  You have looked that good to someone before too. *The homeless man on the corner.  We’ve all lost jobs before or made bad decisions.  We all have ups and downs. *You notice someone’s hair loss or wrinkles; that’s going to be you some day. *Someone is bigger (or smaller) than you.  Everyone is bigger or smaller than someone else. *Someone’s being loud when you’re trying to relax or concentrate.  Sometimes you’re loud too. *If you’re crushingly depressed, someone else has... read more

Dear Vegans,

Vegan diets have become more popular in the last couple years.  Don’t get me wrong:  a vegan meal can be very healthy.  Vegetables are necessary and so good for you; they’re the best!  But for some nutrients – zinc, B12, protein, D, omega 3s, and iron – the best source for these are animal proteins.  Sure, you can take a vitamin for those missing nutrients, but the quality of most vitamins are quite terrible.   Most vitamins are synthetic and made in a laboratory.  Centrum, a multivitamin many trust, is made by the drug company Pfizer.  Of course, how they make the vitamins are closely guarded industry secrets.  I’ve heard that synthetic B-vitamins are made from coal tar and other unsavory things.  If they were made from real food, they would list real food on the label.   Enriched foods laden with synthetic B-vitmains, like some cereals, rice, and flours, are worse for you than a B-vitamin deficiency.   Dogs fed a diet of synthetic B-vitamins suffered neuromuscular degeneration and early death (Dr. Agnes Fay Morgan’s studies).  The problem with synthetic vitamins is that they’re too pure!  Meaning, our bodies are meant to digest and assimilate nutrients in their natural state.  The natural state of food – all real foods – is a mixture of several elements:  fats, vitamin compounds, and fiber, for example.  Many long-standing vegans and vegetarians will argue that all those nutrients are found in plants.  But for our bodies we want the “best source” for those nutrients not just “any source.”  Some things are more bioavailable and easily absorbed in some forms than in others.... read more

Antidote to Technology Addiction

How do you feel about “namaste?”   I don’t say it.  You’re supposed to say it at the end of yoga class with your hands in prayer position, but I typically rebel against most things you’re “supposed to do.”   Mostly it’s because I don’t really understand the meaning of it.  I’m not Hindu and I won’t pretend to be for someone else’s comfort.   Another phrase that I instantly turned up my nose to was “holding space,” as in “you need to hold space for someone…” “Holding space,” phhhft.  “What a bunch of hippies!” Now you still won’t catch me saying those words; it helps if you say it with an ultra-spiritual voice, “holding space.”  But I have come to understand the meaning. And the meaning is important.   Listening to someone without interrupting is holding space.   Being with someone as they’re going through some intense emotional shit is holding space.   Pretending to be Rainbow Dash when your daughter asks you to play my little ponies with her is holding space.   Scheduling time for an acupuncture treatment is holding space for yourself. Holding space means taking the time without being overly concerned about the time being taken.   And I think it may be the antidote to all the craziness we’re dealing with:  consumerism, violence, Netflix-and-iphone-techno-binges, sexism, racism, classism, hey, it’s starting to sound like a John Lennon song here.   So how about for the holidays, you hold some space.   Namaste.  ... read more

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
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