No treatments Feb 28, 2017

I’m writing to say I won’t be treating my private patients, nor will I be treating​ at Kingfield Community Acupuncture on Tuesday Feb 28th. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience, but I don’t want to expose anyone to what I’m experiencing!

I hope you’ve been able to avoid what is a nasty bug!

I should return to normal in a day or so, but I will be in contact!


Acupuncture/herbs informational video

I recently stumbled upon a very well-made video I felt I should share with my patients. The video explores how the Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques including acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and lifestyle approach may benefit fertility treatments.

I know that a lot of my patients would benefit from a good description of how Chinese medicine helps fertility, and finally there is a well-made, clear video doing just that!

There is a lot of good introductory information on how acupuncture and Chinese medicine may help you in your journey towards building your family!

Acupuncture for Fertility – click image for link to video

The website that produced the video is called 

Acupuncture helps young babies stop crying

Acupuncture may help colicky babies

Acupuncture helps young babies stop crying – new research

If you’re a parent, or would like to be one, crying babies will be known to you.  There can be many reasons for a crying baby, but one that cries for hours on end is not only heartbreaking (and crazy-making), but could indicate a health problem the baby is experiencing, but can’t communicate.

A recent study showed that acupuncture may help babies suffering from intestinal colic. It even showed that one needle, even when compared to a group of needles, may be useful in treating the condition. In children, and in acupuncture treatments in general, more needles are not necessarily better.

Click this link to check out the original article to find out more about the research.

Acupoints can also be stimulated in other ways, and can prove most useful when trying to help children.  Point massage, laser, tuning fork stimulation and other ways to stimulate acupuncture points may help your child stay healthy and treat issues when they arise.

I will be teaching a children’s health class for parents on January 21, 2017 from 1-3pm where I will give more information for parents to help their kids maintain health and provide support for their kids when they do become ill. Topics taught include massage techniques, specific points for maintaining children’s health using a tuning fork, dietary advice.

Click this link to sign up for the class




Acupuncture and herbs gain international recognition

State, federal, and international organizations recognize and regulate acupuncture and herbs after thousands of years of widespread utilization.

National health survey finds acupuncture patients have high rates of satisfaction


Children’s health class, January 21, 1-3 pm

Saturday January 21, 2017, 1-3 pm, Solomon’s Porch 2nd floor meeting room
Click on the BLUE LINK above to go to the class signup page!
Please consider joining me for a 2 hour class on simple treatments everyone can do at home for children, to help them maintain health and even to support them if they become ill.
This class will have a short lecture section on some background TCM info, but the bulk of the time will be spent showing and doing techniques to help kids stay healthy.
Participants will receive a tuning fork that can be used at home to effectively treat specific acupuncture points – kids think it’s fun and love how the tuning fork feels!
In addition to the tuning fork treatments, I will demonstrate some massage techniques to promote health, talk about dietary suggestions for children, and discuss some herbal treatments.
Each participant will walk away with specific tools to actively help their children’s health.
Click on the BLUE LINK below to go to the class signup page!
Saturday January 21, 2017, 1-3 pm, Solomon’s Porch 2nd floor meeting room

New York Times article discussing IVF

The Misleading Promise of IVF for Women Over 40

Click this link for the article

The New York Times published an article on In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) on October 17, 2016, and it discusses the difficult situations many potential parents find when thinking about their fertility.  As a practitioner who works with clients struggling with their fertility every day, I think this article brings up a good topic that all people, male or female, should keep in mind when thinking about their fertility, especially as they age.

This topic is so difficult because it not only touches on the issue of fertility, but it also highlights the difficult situations women and their partners and families face in our society.  How can women in particular further the equality in work advancement opportunities, wages and their general success in the workplace, when the workplace doesn’t support the natural and universal right to having children (and nurture them) when women are most likely to conceive naturally? How can partners expect to help support these women in their family and work goals?

The topic of fertility should be seriously discussed with young men and women starting in high school, or beginning with sex education courses in middle school.  Starting early will help women be as informed as possible about their fertility changes as they age, and help men understand the issues at the same time.  The New York Times article on IVF makes it more clear that not all patients going through the IVF process will be successful, so I think more and earlier discussion would help women see both sides of the fertility coin- should childbirth be put off and risk being unable to conceive naturally or otherwise, or start a family when fertility is at its peak?

There are no judgements to be made here, only an attempt to more openly educate the public on the realities of starting families in an era where IVF is a useful tool, but not the definitive answer to putting it off until later in life.

What has your path been?  What would you suggest to others trying to decide this issue for themselves? Read the article and leave a comment so I can highlight it for others going through the same process- you may help someone else decide for themselves!

The Misleading Promise of IVF for Women Over 40
Click this link for the article

MN hospital uses acupuncture in the ER

Abbott pioneers acupuncture in the ER

Abbott pioneers acupuncture in the ER

This article highlights an exciting use of acupuncture in the hospital ER setting, and marks an exciting development for acupuncturists!

Opioid pain drugs are now admittedly over-prescribed for pain treatment. In an effort to reduce the numbers of patients addicted to them, their use is being re-evaluated.

Acupuncture can now be recognized as an effective and NON-ADDICTIVE treatment to alleviate pain in the body. Acupuncture is not only effective for the treatment of pain.  Acupuncture may have benefits above and beyond pain reduction.

Acupuncture Provides Significant Benefits for Migraine Patients

Acupuncture provides significant benefits for migraine headache

Are you a migraine sufferer, or do you know someone who is?

A 2004 report published in the online version of the British Medical Journal (click for PUBMED abstract)  has found that acupuncture is a useful, cost-effective treatment for chronic headaches, particularly treatment of migraine headaches. There is also a link to an AcupunctureToday article summarizing the results here.

The report found that over a 12-month period, headache patients who received regular acupuncture sessions reported fewer headaches, had a higher quality of life, missed fewer days from work, used less medication, and made fewer visits to a general practitioner than patients given standard treatment for headaches.

I have certainly seen my migraine and other headache patients benefit from Chinese medicine treatments. Acupuncture, combined with herbal medicine, usually provides the quickest most long-lasting results, especially for women with migraines headaches associated with their menstrual cycles.

Call today for more information or click here to make an appointment online.

New online scheduling system – Patient Fusion portal


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I am so happy to announce that I am finally able to schedule clients using the Practice Fusion EHR, through the Patient Fusion portal.

Please click here to see my profile and schedule your next appointment.

There are bound to be some kinks to work out of the system, so bear with me as I gradually work those out.

Thanks as always for your support and referrals!