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


With treatment in our clinic, you should be able to feel some improvement within the first few visits.

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How to Survive the Plague

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

Seasonal Medicine

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

Choose Your Own Adventure

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

A New Season for Healing

  On my daughter’s birthday morning I saw a text from my best friend that her husband was in a coma and they were pulling the plug the next week.  His chances of recovery were not good and he wouldn’t have wanted to live like that.  I was devastated.  I also loved this man as he had been in our lives for nearly 20 years.  * That must be the hardest part of growing older, is witnessing your friends dying.  After a couple of days with lots of tears and lazing around watching cat videos, I knew I had to make a decision.  In sadness, it’s easy to stay in that mood.  It’s like a swamp you can get stuck in.  No; I had to try to find happiness again.  * I didn’t try to stifle the grief; I respect the moments of grief.  Like when your mind takes a trip down memory lane and you realize that was it.  It will never happen like that again.  * Like when we watched people go off the diving board at Barton Springs one time.  We would give each person a “walk up song,” kind of like what they do for MMA fighters before a match.  “That guy is a Metallica song, for sure.  No, Def Leppard.”  “I’m thinking ‘Rhiannon’ by Fleetwood Mac.”  “Yes, perfect!”   * Jon would also send texts to me with the most random, funny things, like a photo of a guy crossing the road (in LA) holding a whole, live rooster, or that he had “asked for, and received the senior discount at El Pollo Loco.”... read more

Low-Sodium Diets: Not Worth Their Salt

Why does salt have such a bad rep? The word “salary” is derived from salt, as salt was used to pay wages in ancient Rome.  Have you heard of the phrase “salt of the earth?”  That’s what Jesus called his homies.  Salt has been used in many of the world’s religions in purification rituals.  The words “salad,” “sauce,” and “sausage” are all rooted in the word “salt,”  their inherent deliciousness depending on it.  The early American pioneers used salt to preserve their food and probably ate about twice as much salt as we do today.  When the colonists were denied salt by the British as a Revolutionary war tactic, they figured out how to make it on their own.  The human quest for salt, throughout history, has led to the creation of the main trade routes and therefore, human civilizations have sprung up along these lines.  And now salt is bad? Salt, you may remember from chemistry class, is made of sodium and chloride, held together by a ionic bond that breaks down upon digestion.  Sodium is found in many other food sources, good and bad, but chloride is not found in many food sources, save salt.  Chloride helps regulate water pressure in our cells and it also produces hydrochloric acid, a necessary ingredient for digestion. Do you have acid reflux?  Most people who suffer from this problem are actually lacking in hydrochloric acid. DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN “LOW-SODIUM” AND “LOW-SALT” The war on salt began around 1972 when the National High Blood Pressure Education Program began to warn people of the danger of eating too much sodium.  Many of the... read more

Seaweed – the superfood you need for calm energy

When I was in college and struggling to turn my health around, I read a nutrition book that suggested eating seaweed.  So, being the “A-student” I am, I bought some nori sheets (what is used to wrap up sushi) and wakame to put in soups and crumbed dulse to use instead of salt on my food.  The first time I ate a meal that contained a large amount of seaweed I noticed an instant feeling of relaxation.  I kept eating it regularly because I instantly felt good whenever I ate it. Turns out it wasn’t just in my head:  seaweed, also known as micro algae or sea vegetables, has been considered a superfood and an essential part of one’s diet in Asia for thousands of years.  Some types of seaweed are considered medicinal in Traditional Chinese medicine to shrink goiters.  Seaweeds are full of macro and micro-nutrients:  vitamins A, C, D, E, K and calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron.  It’s also the best real food source of iodine:  a trace mineral that is essential for thyroid and breast health. Newer studies are proving that there is a link between reduced risk of breast cancer and thyroid disease and increased dietary iodine.  Here’s another link showing how in this sector of Korean women, the ones who ate more seaweed had significantly lower risk of cancer. The average Asian person consumes 25 times more iodine – probably due to the prevalence of fresh seafood and seaweed in their regular diet – than the average American person.  They also have roughly 1/3 the chance of breast cancer than Americans. So, “seaweed... read more
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