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 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

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
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