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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you don’t need vitamins, you need food

Have you seen these recent studies on Vitamin C that show how excessive use causes more problems than it cures?  Except that the studies didn’t study vitamin C, they studied ascorbic acid! Ascorbic acid is NOT vitamin C.  It is made in a laboratory.  Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables. “Back in the 1930’s ascorbic acid was isolated out of little red peppers. The man who first performed this experiment was Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi who won a Nobel Prize for his work. What he also found, which has mostly been ignored until recently, was that ascorbic acid was far more biologically available and active while it was still in the red pepper.” – Vitamin C “vs.” Ascorbic Acid By Michael and Nora Wohlfeld Ascorbic acid (“vitamin C”) that you buy at your local drugstore is made in a laboratory with corn syrup and hydrochloric acid.  No wonder it causes problems.  The idea that we can take something man-made to replace what nature provides for us is ludicrous.  This thought pattern is the essential problem behind reductionist medicine (the study and focus of a singular diseased part and ignorance of the whole) and taking isolated chemicals in place of whole foods.  The only way you can replace a food in your diet is with that food- although, perhaps, in an easier to take format such as a tablet or capsule.  This is why I love Standard Process supplements so much; they’re all food-based.  I see a lot of folks with signs of calcium deficiency (muscle cramping, immune challenges, etc.)  When I ask if they’re taking calcium, I see... read more

How to Have More Will-Power

“I should exercise more…” “I should drink more water…” “I should eat healthier…” “shoulda, woulda, coulda…” We all know what we need to do.  So why don’t we do it? What it is… is that deep inside of all of us… is a little toddler.  No, not like that!  Our inner child who is sometimes like a little toddler who wants to eat ice cream, who doesn’t want to do what they’re “supposed” to do, and who will pout if someone “makes” them.  I’m sorry you think this is brash, but I like to think of it as “tough love.”  Just because you don’t want to do something, or you don’t enjoy the healthy things, you still need to do them.  That is, if you want to be healthy and feel good.  If not, disregard.  If you don’t like the taste of water:  I’m sorry, but just because you don’t like the taste of it, it doesn’t mean your body doesn’t still NEED it.  If you don’t like vegetables:  Sorry, but your body still needs them. If you don’t like to exercise:  Yep, you still need to do it.  When you’re a kid and you decide to eat muffins and juice for breakfast and not drink water all day long, and skip meals, and play video games all day, there’s not too many immediate consequences to convince you that’s a bad idea.  But for adults, there are consequences, and while they won’t show up the first day you eat bad or just laying around for one day, eventually it will catch up with you.  Then you will need to... read more

Changing Parameters to Prescribe More Meds?

Imagine this:  you’re a detective and you’re trying to figure out who is setting fires all around your city.  You start to think, “Hmmm, at every fire I see these fire-fighters.  I think they’re involved somehow.” The plaque that can build up in your blood vessels is made out of cholesterol.  When these plaques detach from the cellular wall, they can cause a blockage which is the beginning of a heart attack or stroke. Is it the “bad” cholesterol causing this?  Healthy fats glide right through and actually help keep your blood vessels clear.  LDL cholesterol (the “bad guy”) is needed too.  LDL moves nutrition to your cells and also is what repairs tears in your vessel walls.  When the LDL is “too high,” it’s usually from the Liver being over-loaded with glycogen from a diet too high in carbohydrates. In the late 1990s, the average American’s cholesterol reading was around 204.  Now the average is around 189.  So do we have healthier hearts?    Cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, are the #2 most prescribed medication in the US, second only to thyroid meds.   Yet cardio-vascular disease is still the #1 (#2 if you consider deaths from medical errors) cause of death in the US.  Can we really say this is working? The guidelines for prescribing the medications keep changing too.  For statin drugs, as well as hypertension drugs.  If you want to sell more drugs, you lower the limits that increase the number people of “sick” people.  Before 1984, the upper limit for cholesterol was 300.  If you want to sell more drugs, just lower the limit, right?  Then... read more

Passive Medicine?

Passive  Medicine –  The patient sits / lays there and takes the medicine or treatment prescribed.  The doctor alone figures out what the patient needs. The patient’s input is not appreciated and is considered a distraction. Possibly, the patient’s body is diseased and cannot recover and then the use of drugs will enable the patient to exist, but never truly thrive.  Active Medicine –  The patient and the doctor have a dialogue. The patient has valuable input on their condition and the doctor has knowledgeable questions that can help them pinpoint the causes and solutions to the health condition. The patient can learn and practice techniques and life skills (exercises, cooking, etc.) that enable them to stay healthy on their own.  A key component of this type of medicine is figuring out WHY the health problem started in the first place, and what can be done to ensure it completely heals and doesn’t return.  Through this style of medicine, the patient can achieve higher states of well-being:  truly achieving happiness, energy, and relaxation.  And they know how to keep themselves and their families happy. Now, knowing these differences, why do you think so many people opt for passive... read more

Natural Quick Remedies

We’re ingrained at a young age to reach for an Advil or Tylenol when we have a headache.  We get a Midol with period cramps.  A Tums when we eat too much of the wrong foods.  Zirtec when the pollen is high. The problem with medications is that they’re too strong.  And anything that strong is going to come with a side-effect.  Even really strong herbs come with side-effects.  And medications are all derived from herbs.  When an herb has been found to be effective in treating something or having a particular impact on a bodily process, the pharmacist finds a way to derive the active ingredient from that herb, synthetically manufacture it into a large dose, and patent it.  Then sell it to you for too much money. If you want to make healthier choices for your body, knowing how to treat the common ailments with natural means is a good first step. For natural remedies to “work” on your body, you need to live a “natural” life:  doing your best to make healthy food choices, drinking enough water, getting enough rest and exercise, etc. Beyond that, there are some tricks and tips that can refine your healthy existence. TURMERIC – for inflammation, pain, or skin problems, keep some turmeric paste on-hand to make a cup of turmeric tea.  Just a small scoop of paste, stir into hot water with or without tea.  You can substitute oat, almond, or hemp milk for the water to make it into a turmeric latte as well.  Yum!!  *For best results, stay away from “curcumin,” which is a derivative of turmeric, and... read more

Recipe: Springtime Vegetable Bowl

Ah, spring! Time to spring clean our homes and our bodies too.  Things move faster in the spring, and our bodies want to move faster too.  To enable this, lightening up the diet and including more veggies is the perfect way. Since this is considered seasonal cooking, you can find any of these food (in the northern hemisphere) at the farmer’s market or organic section of your grocery store this time of year. For those of you with food allergies, no worries.  Just eliminate what you’re allergic to (for example, eggs, nuts, grains, etc.)  The recipe will still work!  Ingredients: 1 cup brown / wild rice of quinoa 2-3 cups bone broth 4 medium-sized carrots 2 cups crimini mushrooms 1 large bunch of arugula olive oil red wine vinegar 2 free-range eggs 1/4 cup pecans butter sea salt and pepper Preheat oven to 425. Prepare rice / quinoa according to its directions:  making it with 1 tsp of sea salt and using bone broth instead of water. Cut carrots into 1/2″ thick rounds.  Slice mushrooms in half.  Toss in 1 T oil, and pinches of salt and pepper.  Arrange on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time. Wash arugula and dry thoroughly.  Chop or tear into bite-sized pieces. Roughly chop pecans. Toss arugula, pecans, 2 T olive oil, 1 T vinegar, and pinches of salt and pepper to taste together in a bowl. Bring a sautee pan to medium high heat.  Add 1 T butter to the pan when it gets hot.  Crack eggs into the pan, reduce heat to medium, and... read more

What Your Sweet Cravings Are Telling You

When you’re craving sugary snacks, it’s possibly a signal from your body that it’s deficient in some nutrient, and oftentimes, our brains turn towards sugary things to satisfy that physical need.  NOTE:  The physical needs often feel emotional in nature.  That’s just how our brains interpret things. CHROMIUM If you’re diabetic (type II), you’re probably deficient at some level in chromium.  Signs of chromium deficiency include glucose intolerance, high blood sugars, peripheral neuropathy (tingling or numbness in the fingers or toes), and mental confusion. Good sources of chromium include sea vegetables (try seaweed chips if you haven’t already!), mushrooms, beets, nutritional yeast (you can sprinkle this on popcorn – delicious!), broccoli, grapes, dried beans, liver, and chicken. PHOSPHORUS Signs of phosphorus deficiency may include anxiety, irregular breathing, fatigue, joint stiffness, numbness, osteoporosis (calcium deficiency) and changes in weight.  Excess phosphorus in the form of phosphoric acid from drinking soda can lead to craving sugar and alcohol as well.  Both excess and deficiency of phosphorus inhibits absorption and use of calcium in your body. Good sources of phosphorus include chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. SULFUR Signs of sulfur deficiency include obesity, muscle pain and inflammation, fungal and bacterial infections, and heart disease and other forms of muscle wasting like Chron’s disease. Good sources of sulfur include dark leafy greens like broccoli and kale, garlic, eggs, onions, meats, nuts, and seafood.  In theory, most reasonably healthy diets should contain enough sulfur, as we only need very small amounts, but sulfur is lost when foods are broken down and then reassembled, as they are with... read more

Easy Winter Dish

  My 3 philosophies for cooking are (in order of priority): EASY – If it’s hard to make, I ain’t makin’ it. DELICIOUS – If you don’t like veggies, maybe… it’s because you’re not cooking them right.  Even healthy food should taste good.  Which brings me to the last point – HEALTHY – Seasonal and organic veggies.  Organic, free-range and local meats.  Healthy fats.  Low carb.  No sugars or refined grains.  You’ll probably never see a vegan recipe on my site, not because I’m opposed to eating vegan meals, but because … butter… Here’s a perfect winter recipe to try.  It’s a one-sheet pan dish and will warm up your house nicely too. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb organic, grass-fed ground beef or lamb 1 T seasoning (or just sea salt and pepper is fine) 1 bunch of organic broccoli – use the real stuff, not frozen (it tastes SOOO much better) 1 large sweet potato 1/2 head of cabbage olive oil and red wine vinegar INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 400.  Cut broccoli into small (approximately 1″) florets.  Peel sweet potato (optional) and cut into 1/2″ chunks.  Mix the vegetables with 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil and a large pinch each of salt and pepper.  Arrange the vegetables flat onto the sheet pan and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  While those are roasting – Put the ground meat into a bowl and mix (use your hands!) with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, or 1 teaspoon seasoning spices.  Form into golf ball-sized balls, approximately 12 of them. After the vegetables have cooked for 10 minutes, flip them around... read more

Q: Do I Need CBD Oil?

In the field of natural healthcare, I could mark time by the latest trending superfood, super-nutrient, magic-bullet herb or diet.  Like, remember back in the Master-cleanse Era of 2003? The late 2010s marks the beginning of CBD oil fascination.  We all want to know – is this something that would help me? For all of these herbs, foods, and nutrients, sorry, but there’s never a clear answer.  Because it depends on your own unique chemistry and your body’s needs – which may vary from day to day. What I can do is tell you a little more about your body’s cannabinoid system and how CBD (and THC) react with it.    Your body contains – naturally – cannabinoid receptor sites.  Your body regulates these receptor sites naturally – with or without taking hemp or marijuana.  The chemicals in your body that react with these receptor sites are called endogenous ligands. The main receptors in your body for cannabinoids and endogenous ligands are called “CB1” and “CB2.”  CB1 activation mostly happens in your brain and can include increased appetite, pain reduction, and reduced psychological stress.  CB2 activation happens in a broader part of your body:  brain, immune cells, GI tract, and peripheral nerves. Depending on your diet, stress levels, and some genetic tendencies, CB1 and CB2 receptors can stay in balance all by themselves or not.  Some people may have more of one receptor than the other.  Or your body can favor activation of one system over the other. Hemp and marijuana plants both contain cannabinoids, which are the some of the components that attach to the receptor sites and... read more

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