Angie Kociolek, L.Ac. presents at Bozeman Business and Professional Women Luncheon

I had the distinct privilege of being the Bozeman BPW Luncheon Presenter on April 26, 2017. What a fun event! It was 50% learning about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help during all phases of the female life cycle and 50% getting to know each other while locating acupressure points.

I created this card to empower you to do acupressure, too!

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Ancient wisdom for today's ultrarunners

Are you or someone you know training for an ultra?Angie Kociolek of Rootstock Acupuncture Bozeman treats runners

Outside Bozeman just published my article about the importance

of moderation and prevention as part of a wise training approach. 

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Breathe: It makes everything better

While attending acupuncture school in Florida, I saw a bumper sticker that I absolutely loved:

"If anything can go well, it will.”1

That’s Murphy’s Law turned on its head!

We can apply the same idea to smoking cessation. Perhaps instead of thinking “I want to quit smoking” try:

“I want to keep breathing!”Blog 10 lungs

Unfortunately, I’ve seen firsthand a loved one suffer from the ravages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and emphysema.

I’ve also seen the resilience and creativity of another loved one replace cigarettes with black olives for a week. This former pack-a-day, roll-your-own smoker is now happily repelled by the smell of cigarette smoke.

Some people are able to overcome a smoking addiction on their own, others need external support

Acupuncture can help reduce nicotine cravings thereby reducing the risk of cancer and other smoking-related diseases. In addition, acupuncture has been shown to decrease anxiety-like behavior following nicotine withdrawal in rats.2

There is an online community devoted to freedom from tobacco through acupuncture.3 Acupuncture helps overcome addiction, especially when done

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Relief for anxiety that makes you feel good without unwanted side effects

One of the most satisfying aspects of my work is bringing relief to those suffering from anxiety. In my role as an Licensed Acupuncturist, I am trained to see the connections between the body, mind, spirit and emotions. I ask each client where in her body she feels what she calls “anxiety.” Some people report it as persistent feeling in the gut, others as heart palpitations, and others as tension in the head, for example. Anxiety may manifest itself very differently from person to person. pulse crop

You are not alone

Anxiety, worry or fear can all be a normal response to stressors, real life situations, or things that can cause harm. These emotions can motivate us to take action. But sometimes the uneasy feeling lingers, affects sleep, and diminishes quality of life.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, an estimated 40 million American adults suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder but only about a third receives treatment. Their website has a useful chart to help you determine the difference between everyday anxiety

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Three good reasons to include acupuncture in post partum care

Last week I saw Melissa Bang’s performance of “Playing Monopoly with God” and attended her meet & greet with Bozeman area professionals to expand and diversify the medical model for post partum women.

In addition to services such as naturopathy, mental health counseling, and lactation consulting, acupuncture is a great option for post partum care. breastfeeding2

Reason #1: Replenish
Pregnancy and birthing can be fulfilling and depleting at the same time. Sleep patterns can change dramatically after baby is born and fatigue often results. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs serve to replenish a new mother’s qi (the vital energy behind every bodily function) and blood. It also promotes better sleep and can improve energy levels so that mom is in the best position to nourish the little one(s).

Reason #2: Manage milk flow
Breastfeeding is not always as intuitive as you’d think and, even with lactation support, issues can arise. Acupuncture can be used to boost milk supply1 and there are accounts that it can hasten recovery from mastitis. It may also help to stop lactation,

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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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