Qi in Media

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We’ve all seen the movies where marital artists fly through the air, Asian monks levitate off the ground in their meditation, and even throw energy blasts out of their hands. These powers are attributed to qi and when you master this energy you will gain self discipline, tranquility, and superpowers.

Or would you?

Acupuncture is useful for performance enhancement. I have treated people who dramatically improved their running mile.  Others have took a few strokes off their golf game.  Clearly something was helpful with these treatments.  The meditative disciplines of the Orient help with mental and emotional control and are the basis of mindfulness based cognitive therapy.  Performing the hadouken however, is a bit of a stretch.

Qi is seen by many as something like The Force in Star Wars. Traditionally, many Asian cultures saw the influence of qi in several aspects of the world around them. Qi moved the heavens and animated life. There were many different kinds of qi, and a skilled qigong master was thought to be able to change and use their qi as they saw fit. These claims come from Daoist texts, which did influence the teaching of acupuncture.

Reality, however, is far less mystical. Qi can be viewed as air in some contexts, in others it relates to metabolism or electricity and other phenomena. While these phenomena do incredible things they will not grant you the ability to bend spoons with your mind. Even if they could the texts from which these claims come state that you would have to be celibate for several years and follow strict dietary and meditative practices.  All of this would require you effectively becoming a hermit, cut off from the rest of the world. Life lived in such a fashion would be lonely, boring, and lacking in purpose.

So if qi doesn’t work like in the movies then how does acupuncture work?  The cultures which developed the system of acupuncture found something that works, just not the way they thought. Acupuncture influences the nerves, endocrine, and circulatory systems.  These systems send blood, nutrients, and appropriate signals to various parts of the body to help tissues repair, inflammation reduce, and metabolic processes to run smoothly. This leads to the body healing itself and improving athletic performance.

Every culture likes to tell tall tales. It makes for good story telling and is entertaining. However, one should always remember that reality has a habit of being right. While we may not be flying through space on the back of a giant turtle, we do live on a planet where electric eels, platapi, and ball lighting all exist. Acupuncture works because of anatomical principles, primarily ones associated with the nervous system. Qi need not be used to explain how things work. Instead of going and meditating under a waterfall for a few years, talk to an acupuncturist about how to sleep better, improve your circulation, and increase your performance potential.

Acupuncture in the Media

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When the Bride struck Bill with the five point exploding heart technique many movie goers thought it was a great way for a bad guy to fall to some ancient martial arts technique. People familiar with these kung fu films knew the technique was based on Dim Mak, a method of using pressure points to damage ones opponent. The points that Dim Mak uses are usually similar, if not identical, to those of acupuncture.

So wait, is your acupuncturist a trained assassin? Well no, acupuncturists don’t wear black masks and strike you with needles in the middle of the night. Many acupuncturists familiar with martial arts and the points used in kung fu flicks by Jaune Claude Van Damme and others.  How could they not be as this is one of the most popular ways their art is portrayed.

So how accurate is the portrayal? Dim mak is, for lack of a better term, is the malpractice of acupuncture. The points acupuncturists use are based on human anatomy. The points on the neck that a karate master strikes to knock their opponent unconscious are used by acupuncturists to help calm the mind and help insomniacs sleep. Points on the arms or legs that disable a limb in media are used by acupuncturists to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome. However there is no acupoint combination I am aware of which mimics the technique of the Bride or from the anime Fist of the North Star. Acupuncture does work on the nervous system and, if used improperly, could damage a person. That stated there are points which often clear sinus pressure or headaches immediately and even a few that can restore consciousness. These points are based on sound anatomical reasoning and are not reliant on eastern magic. Acupuncturists train for years to ensure that they do no harm and that their patients benefit from such care. As such it is important that anyone claiming to be an acupuncturist be properly trained and credentialed before practicing this art of health.

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In my practice I see many people who have been in pain for months or even years. Like anyone in pain they want to how long it will take to get better. Read More

Easy, natural alternatives to icing injuries

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Well, that is a sprained ankle. Time to apply ice, let the swelling go down, and move on.

Not so fast.

See, in recent years the practice of icing injuries has come under scrutiny and after reading up on aches, pains, and other injuries, I am inclined to give this practice a pass and you should too. Read More

4 Types of Pain

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Chronic pain is exists along with us

Everyone has experienced pain.  Acute pain is often due to some form of injury, like catching your finger in a door. Chronic pain, while normally not as intense as acute pain, lasts much longer. This article focuses on the types of chronic pain. Broadly, chronic pain comes from four sources: Read More

Vitamin K2 Sources for Your Bone Health

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Front, side, and back views of the human skeleton.

Vitamin K2 is an important vitamin not typically found in the standard American diet. K2 is specifically beneficial to activating vitamin D and calcium in the production of bone tissue by moving these vitamins from the blood into the bones. In fact, it is so important in this capacity that if you are trying to improve your bone density, then not having a good source of vitamin K2 in your diet will mean your efforts are probably moot. Read More

The Importance of K2

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Front, side, and back views of the human skeleton.

I have spoken before about a number of supplements which may be useful to reduce your pain, improve your nerves, and even help your mood. Recently I had my attention drawn to a supplement I have only briefly touched on, which is K2. Read More


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So this post is more of a clinic announcements than educational info, but there is plenty to discuss.

30-day Dietary Challenge

I have encouraged many of my clients to consider a Paleo diet, and I have even adapted the practice myself. However, it has been awhile since I did the Whole 30 myself. So if you are wanting a partner in your own health goals, follow me and do your best.  I will be starting this and the challenge listed below, on Monday the 6th of March.

Exercise Challenge

Some of my friends have been persuaded by me to try Freeletics which started as a body weight only intensive exercise program. I have done this twice and feel it is time I get back on it again. The program is adaptive to your own level of fitness but is fairly rigorous. As a way of encouraging my friends and clients, I will be going through the program again myself. Because of specific fitness goals I have in mind, I will be adjusting my own workouts to employ a more gymnastic element at times, as well as martial arts and perhaps more greater distance cardio. I will periodically post my progress on the Facebook page and may have a few workout events on occasion.


The clinic stopped billing out of network insurance a few months ago. However, I recently was referred to a new insurance billing company in state which I have singed on with. If you wish to verify your insurance benefits click on the Price Schedule link at the bottom of the home page then scroll till you see the insurance section and download then e-mail the verification form to the clinic. Please allow three business days for verification of your benefits.

Beyond the out of network billing, by the end of the month the clinic will be in the process of becoming in network with a few providers. This credentialing process takes a number of months, as the insurance companies themselves have to do a lot of processing. However, if you know that you have an insurance benefit for acupuncture and would like to have a provider in network with your company, please contact the clinic and suggest an insurance provider you would like to see us credentialed with.

That is all for now, I look forward to hearing from you on your health and fitness goals and on what insurance you would like to see represented at the clinic.

I Feel Sick But My Blood Work Is Normal

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Normal Isn't Normal Anymore

You haven’t felt rested in months.

Your muscles ache all the time.

You don’t have energy to be out with friends.

Enough is enough it’s time to go to the doctor and figure out what is wrong. Read More

Does Acupuncture Work?

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The title of this article is the same as one of the most common questions I have been asked. It is a question that is problematic because it is incomplete. If someone asks ‘does acupuncture work?’ that gives me very little. A better question would be ‘what does acupuncture work on?’

At the most extreme I have used acupuncture to briefly restore the color orange to a trauma-induced color blind individual. More realistically I have prevented a friend from vomiting on his 21st birthday with acupressure, treated insomnia, hypertension, low energy, fatigue, digestion issues, rashes, constipation, and sinus issues. With a breathing exercise recommendation I helped a woman rid herself of hot flashes. I have treated all sorts of aches and pains ranging from moderate headaches to loss of feeling in the feet. With herbal formulas, I have helped

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people alleviate psoriasis, sores, and menstrual cramps.


I do not practice only acupuncture, I am a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. Acupuncture is simply the insertion of needles, whereas what I do involves herbal supplement recommendations, dietary and health advice. This gives me a robust skill set to draw from and means I can treat quite a bit.

But back to the title question, ‘does acupuncture work?’ Well that depends on how well a person responds to treatment as well as what I am treating them for, and how long I have to work with them. It took me three months but I did get a cancer survivor looking and feeling better in that time. She was even able to avoid the cold that both her daughter and husband picked up. I have had people come into my office limping and walk out with almost no visible twinge. At the same time, I have had people come in with very persistent pain which I could reduce but never seem to make it go away.

Generally, acupuncture works very well for pain management, but I cannot realign your spine. I can reduce the physical symptoms of stress and point you in the direction of some stress and emotional management literature and techniques, but I am not a counselor. I can help your allergies, high blood pressure, and digestion but there are things that doctors and nutritionists can do that I cannot. So if you want to know if acupuncture can work for you, give me a call.

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