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FAQ: Do You Give Yourself Acupuncture Treatments?

This is one of the most common questions I get from my patients.

Everyone is curious what an acupuncturist does for their own treatment! It’s actually a more complicated answer than you’d expect, so the best I can say succinctly is “it depends.” I’ll give you the inside scoop, just like my patients, and we’ll see if the answer surprises you!

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5 Easy Supplement Free Tips to Improve Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Spring has sprung and the trees, flowers, and grasses are popping and pollenating. It’s a beautiful sight, but it can also mean coughing, sneezing, watering eyes, congestion, fatigue, and generally feeling miserable for those with seasonal allergies. I like to address both the cause (it’s generally deeper than just the exposure to pollen) and symptoms when helping patients to shake the allergy haze. In this post, I’ll address some of my favorite tools to help control the symptoms and make it just a little easier to breathe in life!
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Spring Waterfall Hikes

Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to dust off your hiking boots and get outside! Spring is my favorite time of year to roam in nature; the environment is awakening and new growth is bursting forth. It also tends to be a little less busy on the trails than the hectic Seattle summer that’s just around the corner.
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Why I Love Epsom Salt Baths

If you’ve seen me as a patient, I’ve probably recommended an Epsom salt bath. You’ve also most likely heard my impassioned spiel on the wonders of salt. Specifically high mineral salt. I speak about it with such rapture (and rightfully so), that my patients must question whether I think this stuff is magical fairy dust deposited on earth by a benevolent super power which I see in the form of fluffy cats (I also talk about my fluffy cats occasionally). As a matter of fact, salt pretty much is the magical fairy dust of health. No, really.
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FAQ: Can Acupuncture help you to quit smoking?

Quitting smoking is a common reason people seek out an acupuncturist. It’s true, acupuncture can help (with addiction in general), and there are specific ways in which acupuncture supports the body through the quitting process.
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Not All Acupuncture Is The Same

One of the most beautiful and most frustrating things about the natural medicine world is that no two practitioners are alike. It’s wonderful to find a practitioner with whom you develop a deep bond; in fact, it’s essential to the healing process. They understand you as an individual and tailor their care to meet your needs. Likewise, you are drawn to their unique practice style and appreciate the particular modalities they use. It can be devastating if that practitioner decides to move or retire, and it can be frustrating to find another whose style is similar.

In order to find someone with a comparable style, it’s important to know a few specifics about the types of treatment you received. In this post, I’ll cover a the differences in the most common types of acupuncture practiced in the United States.
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FAQs — Can You Treat Urinary Tract Infections?

This is the beginning of my FAQ post series! The series will be interspersed with other topics and will probably pop up whenever I’m asked a question often enough it inspires me to write about it!

This first post tackles the question: “Can you treat urinary tract infections?” Emphatically, yes! Naturopathic medicine and acupuncture have a lot to offer when it comes to urinary tract infection (UTI) treatments. They are gentler on the body than conventional treatments and it is possible to avoid the use of antibiotics altogether.
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