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Moving Away from Pain Management Drugs to Pain Management with Acupuncture

In America today, opioid pain medications are prescribed at alarmingly high rates for pain management. Opioids include pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and others, as well as the Schedule I street drug heroin. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. with 47,055 overdoses in 2014. 18,893 of…

Taking care of your body during the summer

The summer is a wonderful time to spend with family, take vacations, and enjoy the weather. But, warm weather activities and summertime come with negative effects on the body such as heat exhaustion, dehydration, sun burns, injuries, stressful schedules and so much more. These are just a few of the issues that I see during…

6 Illnesses That Can Be Treated with Acupuncture

Many illnesses are so overwhelming that life seems unbearable with them. As the owner of To The Point Acupuncture in Raleigh, NC, I help my patients overcome a variety of illness with acupuncture.  Acupuncture is a great medicinal tool, but many people are too afraid to give it a try or are unaware of how…

Acupuncture and Breast Cancer: A Clinical Research Overview

You have probably noticed little pink ribbons popping up everywhere and many people dressed in pink clothing. That’s right. It’s October. Breast Cancer Awareness month, and everyone is coming out to show their support. Whether you are a survivor yourself or you know someone who has had breast cancer, it has affected the lives of…

Acupuncture- Is it working for me? 

I was talking to a patient the other day (she is being treated with acupuncture for fertility issues) and she said to me, “I know I am not pregnant yet, but I can tell the acupuncture is working.” She mentioned to me that she is sleeping better, her energy is up and she is more focused…

Acupuncture for Depression

We have all felt sad or depressed at one time or another in our lives, but it tends to quickly pass. For those who are clinically depressed, this feeling tends to last for a much longer period of time and not only does it affect their lives, but the lives of those around them as…

What Are The 4 Gates?

Through my time as an acupuncturist I have had many people ask me, “Why are you doing that point? What is that point for?” I do not always use specific points for specific ailments, but rather a combination of points tailored to treat the individual. The 4 gates is an acupuncture point combination consisting of…

The Key to your Wei-Qi

The change of seasons, especially late summer into fall, can also mean the start of cold season. In Chinese medicine, there are 5 Elements. Each are related to a particular season: winter, spring, summer, late summer, and fall. The element associated with the fall is Metal. The two organs associated with this element are the…

Coping with Traumatic Events with Acupuncture

No matter where I live, Massachusetts and Boston will always be considered home for me. The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013 affected the whole country in some way or another. Our spirit may have shook for a brief moment, but today we stand united and banded as a people. There are things in life that we…

2013: The Year of the Snake. A year for transformation.

Gong Xi Fa Cái! Happy New Year! If you are like me, the New Year is a time to start over. We all have things we want to do to make ourselves better. Maybe it is to sign-up for a gym membership to try and work off that enormous turkey leg we ate on Thanksgiving,…