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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2 Essential Elements For Healthy Scalp and Hair

this brand for clay as wellAs someone with a long history of dry, itchy scalp, believe me, I’ve tried it all — shampoos, ointments, pills, anything that offered a vague promise of a life with “normal” hair.  Physiologically, what’s happening to your body is a combination of one or more of these things: Fungus – usually non-contagious, but it can infect the skin on certain individuals, especially if you live in a damp climate Allergic reactions – typically a histamine response impacting the Liver, could be a food-based allergy Vitamin deficiency (A, B, C, D, E, iron, zinc) – deficiencies make your body more vulnerable to fungus, allergies, toxins, and just overall dryness and poor elasticity of the skin Toxic overload – all these perfumed, chemically-based lab experiments that call themselves “beauty care items”  do your body no long-term favors Stress – will make all the symptoms worse The best solutions that I’ve found are natural and topical treatments with oil and clay.  Internal treatments, for example, taking herbal anti-fungals or a food-based vitamin supplement, do help, but it’s limited to how healthy your whole body is.  If your body’s health is compromised in some way, the absorption of the internal supplements will not be as good.  For the cells of your scalp to receive the optimal benefit, it’s best to just put the healing stuff right up on there.  So what do we need to heal the scalp?  It depends, but for most people, you’ll need to alternate between clay and oil.  Clay has been used in indigenous cultures across the world for who knows how long for... read more

Lower Blood Pressure and Sleep Better with This Ancient Breathing Technique

If you’re feeling exhausted or stressed, or if you’re a health optimizer, I have a little breathing exercise you can do anytime, anywhere. Yogis will recognize it’s similarity to Pranayama, but we don’t need to name names. Do this while you’re working; when your kids have you at your limit; when you feel your blood pressure rising; when you go for a walk; or just have a daily practice and do it as part of a meditation. Eventually you can try to breathe like this all the time! The benefits include: * reduced blood pressure * improved circulation to the digestive tract * stimulation of the autonomic nervous system * stress reduction Breathe in for a count of 6. Feel your lower abdomen expand in all 6 directions: 1. the space between your anus and genitals goes downward 2. pubic bone and naval move forward 3. lower lumbar and sacrum press backward 4. and 5. hips and lower ribs expand out and 6. top of diaphragm (stomach area) expands up. Don’t worry too much about expanding just right or focusing too hard on the directions. Just feel overall expansion in your lower body as you breathe slowly. Then slowly exhale for a count of 6. Gradually, you can increase this to a count of 30. As you exhale, you feel the expanded areas relax and naturally contract. Repeat as many times as you... read more

Turning This Healthcare Crisis Around with Herbs

The search for a COVID-19 cure — ideally a pill or a vaccination — seems to be the most uplifting thing in the news these days.  For mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, treatments that allopathic medicine can provide include acetaminophen to reduce the fever, cough suppressants, and inhalers for the shortness of breath.  There are currently no medications to assist the body in fighting off the offenders, although some doctors in Wu-Han started using intravenous vitamin C with some success.  Another thing China used in their fight against COVID-19 were herbal medications. Even a senior scientist of the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, said in 2014, “I shoulder that the CDC has put the research 10 years behind.  Because the CDC has not been transparent, we’ve missed ten years of research.” There are no tools in allopathic medicine that help you get healthier.  The best they can do is prevent you from dying.  And lately, I’m sorry to say that’s not going too well either.  For the whole to survive, and even to thrive, we can’t think of killing just one organism, but of strengthening the whole.  This is how a body can fight it off.  Viruses are not going away any time soon, so we had better learn how to outsmart them. Why are elderly people more susceptible to COVID-19?  Chances are, as the average American ages, they’ll find themselves on one or more pharmaceutical medication.  The typical medication for hypertension, for example, lists more than 10 possible side-effects.  And the average elderly American is on 15 separate medications. Of course, hypertension, and other serious illnesses need to... read more

How to Survive the Plague (with a Robust and Resilient Immune System)

Luckily, or maybe not so much, we live in a time where antibiotics are a phone call away.  But what about viruses?  We’re told there’s no cure for viruses, and are even given antibiotics (like a “Z-pack,” which sounds like something a hip millennial wears while going on a hike, but it’s really azithromyacin, an antibiotic) for the flu or other short-term infections. The problem with using antibiotics for every type of infection, even fungal or viral, is that they weaken your immune system, and promote antibiotic resistance.  They really should used only if absolutely necessary, after all else has failed. So if there’s a new, deadly virus on the loose, what do we do?  First:  don’t panic. Second:  do what you can to protect your immune system.  Rest, drink water, and avoid sugar.  Get fresh air and sunshine.  Play and have fun.  Stress is the worst thing, next to sugar, for your immune system.  Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Third:  stock up your natural medicine cabinet. Lots of herbs have antiviral and immune-enhancing properties.  When you’re taking herbal medicines, keep in mind that traditionally, herbs are not taken in solitude.  They’re normally taken in a formula that balances the nature of the main herb.  For example, if one herb is very cold-natured, we use hot herbs like ginger to balance it.  Some herbs are contra-indicated for pregnancy or if you’re on certain medications as well.  Always consult with a licensed herbalist before self-prescribing herbs. But I also believe that plants are here to help us, and we have the power to choose how we address our... read more

Slowing Down to Preserve Your Qi

A few Saturday evenings ago, I was driving on a quiet neighborhood road and a small, waddling, Texas animal (armadillo/possum?) was slowly crossing the street ahead of me.  So I slowed down.  WAY down.  It’s Saturday night!  I’m doing nothing truly important.  Just hanging out.  The truck behind me was not happy about it.  They flashed their lights and honked, and sped around me as soon as they could.  Don’t worry, the animal made it to the side of the road OK.  Thousands of years ago, as Chinese medicine was evolving, skilled practitioners noticed the fluctuations of nature, the cyclical changes of plants, animals, weather, and people. Winter is a time of rest and slowing down.  The seeds are in the ground; animals are hibernating; and even the water can freeze and stop. But here in the “modernized” world, we’re in a freakin’ hurry.  Get all the presents!  Go to all the parties!  Travel!  Get out of my way!  Let’s not save all our resting for just the 25th and January 1st.  Let’s slow it down.  Test yourself:  see how slow you can breathe.  See how slow you can walk down the hallway when you stand up from your computer or phone.  See how slow you can drive (!) without endangering yourself or others.   One thing I remember from years of martial arts training:  in a drill where you and a partner square off and one person punches while the other person blocks, if you try to block in a hurry, your arm tightens up.  Tight muscles are less responsive.  You lose the connection between your eyes and... read more

Figuring Out What You REALLY Want

I constantly tortured my little brother when we were growing up.  We were both hard-headed.  Since I was 10 years older, I would try to force him to do what I wanted him to do.  Luckily I’ve learned since then!  At the time, even as a little kid, I remember him saying something profound to me one time that has stuck with me since, “I don’t want to do what I don’t want to do!“ Whoa. Now keep in mind this is coming from someone who, just a few months later, spit out of a window of a fast-moving car whilst facing forward.  But still.  We don’t want to do what we don’t want to do. Because we do want to do what we want to do.  If something makes you feel good, you can (within reasonable limits) keep doing it.  It doesn’t need to be logical.  It doesn’t need to have a specific outcome by a specific date.  And you don’t need anyone else’s approval to do it either.  Unless it’s with someone else, of course. What you want to do one day may be different on another day and that’s OK If you’re constantly on the go, you have to pay attention to when your inner voice tells you it’s time to slow down. It goes the other way too:  if you’re in a phase where you’re slothing around, maybe watching too much TV, you need to listen to when that inner voice says, “Get off your butt.  Let’s go do something.” By following what feels good, you have a perfect map to lead you to a... read more

Wellness is a Journey – Not a Destination

If you Google “wellness,” you’ll find images like this: The reality is that wellness, especially when we’re first deciding to seek it out, rarely feels or looks like that.  It can get pretty ugly!  Detoxing reactions. Addictive behaviors we don’t want to give up.  Trial and error.  Healing happens when you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.  It’s not pretty.  Sometimes there’s tears or yelling, or both.  You may have to disagree with family members who have different opinions of what you should do with your health.  There’s almost always some trial and error.  If you want to feel different, you have to be willing to experience discomfort and doing something different.  It’s like the opposite of “comfort food.”  Plus, even as things heal, there are ups and downs that are bound to happen.  It’s life.    A big frustration for natural health practitioners are patients who want this immediately: Patient:  “I’m not better yet, I want a refund!” Me:  “It’s been 2 weeks of treatment and you’ve had the pain for 10 years.” Patient:  “I’m just going to take some (pain medication) my doctor gave me.” 先苦后甜 ” Bitter first, Sweet later ” ~ A Chinese Proverb.  What does this mean?  A bitter practice could be waking up an hour earlier to exercise; choosing the broccoli instead of the mac-n-cheese as your side dish; or having an acupuncture treatment on Friday afternoon instead of joining your friends for happy hour after work.  Bitter practice leads to a sweet life.  Sweet as in, you feel good.  In the realm of herbal remedies and physical medicine like acupuncture,... read more

Wireless Technology – a Modern Horror Story

Happy Halloween!   Wanna hear a scary story?  A former patient of mine had come in to my office with a terrible ringing in her ear.  She felt it had something to do with a radio antenna just installed close to her home.  The ringing was incessant and severe.  She couldn’t sleep or function during the day.  Acupuncture provided some relief, but the problem would come back as soon as she went back home.  Out of desperation to feel better, she relented to having brain surgery.  She came in for a treatment soon after, her whole head bandaged up.  The surgeon had cut one of her auditory nerves, I believe.  This was a while back, so I don’t exactly remember, and I lost touch with her soon after this, unfortunately.  She still had the ringing in her ears.  And other members of her family were having health problems coming up too.  It’s horrifying to think that something around all of us all the time could cause serious health problems.  With the cell phone technology, wireless everything, smart TVs, ear buds and apple watches, we are being bombarded with invisible radio waves non-stop.  Some studies have shown that it may lead to the growth of tumors or cancer.  The waves heat up whatever is in its vicinity.  Imagine what this hot radiation can do to your brain, or if it’s in your pocket, to your sex organs.  Studies or not, it just doesn’t seem like a good idea to have too much exposure.  And some of us are more sensitive to it than others.  But at some level, it’s affecting... read more

If you carry tension in your shoulders, read this

To be more specific, by “shoulders” I mean your upper trapezius, and sometimes also your levator scapulae and rhomboids.  We’ll talk more about the deltoids, supraspinatus, and teres minor another time.  My gymnastics instructor said, “what most people don’t realize is that your ‘shoulders’ really extend all the way to the middle/lower part of your back!” Why is this such a common area of pain and tension?  Life.  So much of what we do every day involved forward bending:  driving, computer work, picking up kids, and cleaning things.  When your body moves forward, it’s tempting, especially if you’re tired, to forget about your posture and slump.  When your neck slumps forward, the shoulder muscles tense up.  This is why so many people say it’s stress because, when we’re stressed we’re usually more tired and slump more.  Times of stress also usually coincide with times of increased work, when we’re also doing more of these forward-motions.  What can we do then – just stop working?  Our bodies are designed to work and do things, so doing nothing is not a good solution either.  But we have to work smart.  SHOULDER BLADE CONTROL Each muscle has an opposite muscle.  When one contracts, the other relaxes.  For the muscles on top of your shoulders to relax more, it makes sense that there are muscles that need more activation.  Typically, if the tops of your shoulders have more tension, it’s the muscles that pull your shoulders down and open your chest that need more activation. There are exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles that keep the tops of your shoulders more... read more

what to expect when you try something new

To live life at its fullest, at times we may have to try something new.  The downside to trying something new is that, at first, you suck at it.  For example, the first class I took in martial arts.  I didn’t even know how to make a fist.  The teacher, several years after the fact, confided that he hoped I didn’t come back for a second class!   I may not be the quickest learner, but I am persistent AF.  By the end of my first year in the class, I still wasn’t very good at it, but I knew how to make a fist.  I knew what it felt like to punch someone!  I also knew what it felt like to get punched!  Which is a skill I highly recommend.  When you get punched, you need to maintain your composure, and that’s like the most difficult thing to do in the moment.  It’s easy to just fly off the handle and let your emotions take control.   I ended up in that martial arts class for 17 years.  I won gold medals in tournaments.  I was even in this commercial for Lily Lau’s Kung Fu Tournament from 2001.  It’s literally one second that I’m in it.  Second #52:   But, at first, I sucked at it.  Another thing I sucked at first at was Tango.  This is a more recent endeavor, as I like a good challenge.  The first class I was literally stepping on everyone’s toes.  Each dance partner I had was, in the nicest way possible, telling me what to do.  I HATE being told what to do;... read more

Body Positivity

Ok – I need to get this off my chest!  A few months ago I posted something on our FB page that received some harsh comments: The last thing I want to do is “fat shame;” I want to explain myself. First of all, you are beautiful.  No matter what your size is or what your skin looks like, you are beautiful.  Big, small, and all shapes in between. Our media has for too long glorified an unrealistic body image, especially for women, but men too.  How many times have you been watching a movie and thought to yourself, “Hmmm.  Everyone in this police department looks like they were recruited from a fashion magazine.”  Soooo unrealistic!  I actually appreciate some of the newer shows that show regular people – of all backgrounds and sizes and shapes.  I love it.  I love to see diversity.  I really do think all people are beautiful. BUT – yes, there is a “but” – being overweight is a health symptom.  As a health practitioner, it’s something that indicates to me some type of imbalance in the body. Can you tell if someone is overweight based on how they LOOK?  Sometimes.  But not always.  Some people can hide excess fat very well because they are tall or have very little muscle tone.  In Chinese medicine, there are 5 elements:  water, fire, earth, metal, and wood.  People who have a more ROUND shape tend to be more weighted (no pun intended) in the water element.  I can think of several examples of people who are water element folks who are in excellent shape!   Sammo Hung... read more
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