Feeling “at home:” A powerfully content place to be

Acupuncture acts as a compass leading us back to a state of homeostasis. Modern research shows numerous examples of acupuncture's bi-directional regulatory action:1

     “... lowers the blood pressure in patients with hypertension and elevates it in patients with hypotension…” 

    “… increases gastric secretion in patients with hypoacidity, and decreases it in patients with hyperacidity…”

     “… has holistic and bi-directional regulatory effects on immune function.2

Beyond the physiological and biochemical effects, acupuncture also helps us feel more relaxed and grounded within ourselves.

As a Five Element acupuncturist, I take the time to treat clients based on their constitution - not just their symptoms. fiveelementtheory

What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Five Element theory is rooted in understanding the essential energetic qualities found in nature: The elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal.

In nature, as within our bodies, the elements “work interdependently in an elegant and systematic balance, each one sustaining and supporting the next in the cycle as with the change of seasons.”3

My training focused

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Acupuncture can improve quality of life for allergy sufferers

If you and pollen don’t get along, then you probably know that tree pollen levels are high in Bozeman today and Accuweather maps our area as one of the three highest overall pollen counts in the nation.More importantly, you may be seeking relief from itchy, watery eyes; ear or throat irritation; sneezing; post-nasal drip or all of the above.

Evidence for relief without unwanted side effectstree pollen

Whatever you call it, “hay fever,” “seasonal allergies,” or “allergic rhinitis (AR),” acupuncture and Chinese herbs can bring you relief and offer an alternative to allergy medications and their unwanted side effects.

There is evidence that acupuncture is useful in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. It’s likely due to its potential to modulate the immune system.

A recent meta-analysis involving 2,365 participants found a significant reduction in nasal symptoms, medication necessity, and serum immunoglobulin E, an antibody that plays a role in hypersensitivity to allergens. Additional data “ultimately point to the efficacy of acupuncture treatment in improving quality of life in AR patients.”2

It’s best to

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Acupuncture: A standard complement to cancer care

In Bozeman, we are fortunate to have access to a wide variety of health-related treatment options. When it comes to cancer treatment, the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center offers comprehensive standard care services and acupuncture is offered in private clinics throughout our fair city.

Acupuncture is a recognized complement to standard cancer careacu crop

I teach an Introduction to Complementary Medicine class for people with cancer. The focus is on how acupuncture can relieve side effects often caused by cancer treatments and improving immune response.

The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (under the US Department of Health and Human Services) publishes an Acupuncture Physician Data Query (PDQ).1 It is an independent source chock full of information about the research and theories behind acupuncture and how it has the potential to ease the suffering of cancer.

Hope for reducing side effects of cancer treatment

Surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and other anticancer drugs are known to cause a huge range of negative side effects. Fortunately, there is mounting scientific evidence from decades of

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