Acupuncture For Kidney Stones

Kidney Stone

Kidney Stone Wave Machine

Kidney stones are a common problem and perhaps one of the more painful things we can experience. Many who suffer from kidney stones end up in the emergency room with incredible pain and the only solution offered is pain killers. If you don’t want to experience this, I suggest the natural route.

Chinese Medicine can offer both Herbs and Acupuncture to help with kidney stones. Herbs and Acupuncture can help reduce pain, dissolve the stones and guide them out of the body. Not only that, but Chinese Medicine can help change the underlying condition that caused the stones in the first place. We can help you prevent a relapse too.

Are you or is anyone you know experiencing kidney stones? Call us at Spring and Autumn Acupuncture to schedule an appointment today.

Ongoing Special

Spring and Autumn is continuing its special of a free initial consultation. Come meet with Adam to talk about how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help you. We offer a wide range of services here in Portland including Acupuncture, Herbs, Massage, Qigong, Cupping and Moxa. Chinese Medicine can help with many problems such as pain conditions, women’s health, stress, depression, neurological complaints, sports injuries and many others. Are you wondering if we can help you? Come in for a free consultation and we’ll let you know how.

New Fall Special

New Fall Special: Free Initial Consultation

Worried about how your immune system is going to handle the coming Fall and Winter? Ready to tackle the pain that has been bothering you for years? Ready to get your digestion back on track with ancient chinese wisdom? This is a great time to take advantage of our Free Initial Consultation and see how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help you!

Give us a call at 971 599-1228 or send us a message

Just Finished My Media and Technology Fast

I’m not sure if this will interest you media hounds out there, but I just finished a media and technology fast. One week without TV, movies, web surfing and news. It was fabulous. I’m a bit of a news junkie, so it was nice to have a little more time with my family, my many responsibilities and life. I don’t know if you’re like this, but when I have a lot going on I find myself craving a little peace and satisfaction. I find this in meditation and Qigong, with family and friends, or out in Nature; but with my free moments often ocurring at unscheduled times (at breaks in my work schedule, or in the evening) I absently mindedly turn to the internet or a favorite TV show instead of getting responsibilities done or making connections with others. The week was tough at moments, especially the last couple of days. When faced with a few minutes of free time, I had to remind myself to relax and either enjoy the free moment or get some work out of the way.

Now I feel a little calmer, better rested and more focused on life. Plus, maybe my wife and I will take in a movie this weekend!

Eating a Vegetarian Heart Healthy diet?

Vegetarian and vegan diets are often recommended for “heart health.” These diets contain many important nutrients and help you avoid some of the excesses of the Standard American Diet (SAD). The problem is, you also miss out on some of the important nutrients you need to live.

Chinese Medicine suggests that a healthy diet includes more warming or cooked foods than the typical American vegetarian diet includes. Chinese Medicine sees the Stomach and intestines as a environment that needs heat to properly digest food. Probiotics add to this heat while too many cold or raw foods cool it down.

Rather than eating a lot of uncooked fruits and vegetables, try cooking those veggies, and adding plenty of bean based dishes, tofu and tempeh (both cooked!) and don’t be afraid to add spices. Cultured foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi and nato can be sources of Vitamin B12 when prepared properly, plus they taste great. Another way to make that food more warming and better for your digestion is to add warming herbs like ginger, garlic, onions, rosemary, pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Good luck on your journey to better health!

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Insomnia

Earlier this year a study came out linking the use of sleeping pills to a higher risk of death. This is not the kind of adverse result we want to hear about with medications. Luckily, Chinese Medicine provides many solutions to the problem of insomnia.

There are a few herbal formulations that are available to treat insomnia with Chinese Herbs. In fact, any formula that treats your unique condition can help you with insomnia. The most commonly prescribed formula is called Sour Date Seed Decoction. The primary ingredient is “sour date seed” or Suan Zao Ren (no surprise there) which is Ziziphi spinosae seed. This herb nourishes the Liver, the Blood and the Heart to help with sleep.

Acupuncture can also be quite helpful for sleep. There is a point just behind the ear that is called An Mian or “peaceful sleep,” which is commonly used for that very purpose.

Both Herbs and Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, settle the spirit and reduce stress to combat sleeplessness.

Come visit Spring and Autumn Acupuncture, and we’ll see what we can do for your insomnia!

Fall Discount, Come Tune Up That Immune System!

I’m offering a Fall Discount of 50% off your first two treatments. Here is a flyer:FallSpecialFlyer

Come tune up your immune system before the cold weather arrives!

Also, here is a great article on the Classical Chinese Medicine view of the body’s immune response

Managing Pain with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Pain is something that many of us take for granted. We wake up in the morning with back pain, foot pain or neck pain. We get headaches from stress or as part of menstrual cycles. We suffer from migraines, disc degeneration and osteoarthritis. While from the perspective of conventional medicine pain is often permanent and pre-determined, this is not always true with natural medicine.

The Chinese Medicine perspective on pain is simple and that’s why Acupuncture is known for dealing with pain well. It comes down to this: pain means lack of movement. If the Qi (Energy) and Blood are not moving, you will have pain. All we are doing in Acupuncture is moving the circulation harmoniously to reduce or completely eliminate pain. This is done by placing needles above and below the pain and sometimes in the area with pain. Stimulation of the needles moves the Qi and the circulation, activates the nervous system and, sometimes instantly, pain is reduced. Now, I’m not saying that we are doing magic here. If someone has pain because they broke their arm, they may still experience some pain until that arm has healed. But often pain is not caused by a current problem. The reason Acupuncture reduces pain is that it activates the nervous system and immune system and improves circulation to allow the body to do its job better.

Let me give you an example: Everyone has headaches at one time or another in their lives. I treat at least ten headaches a week. I know one thing for certain: the Qi and Blood in the head and neck is not moving enough. Most simply this entails needling acupuncture points in the back or side of the neck (to release tension from the neck and release Qi from the head) and needles somewhere below (often the shoulder, the back or the feet). Even with seemingly intractable headaches this method often brings instant relief.

With this theoretical framework, you don’t even need to see an Acupuncturist to get pain relief. Since pain is caused by poor movement of Qi and circulation, you know now that exercise (in moderation) and massage (including self-massage) can open up tight muscles and relieve pain as well as its source. Other possibilities: a warm soak for your foot, leg or hand and a warm compress for your back or other painful area can do wonders because warmth also increases that circulation.

So are you taking opiates for chronic pain? Are you taking Triptans or other drugs for migraines? Are you regularly taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches and pains? You should consider Acupuncture. There is no reason for you to be tied to medications when a natural fix is right around the corner.

Don’t believe me? Need some research? Here are a few studies:

Acupuncture relieves pain in cases of osteoarthritis of the knee, better than “sham” acupuncture or standard care.1 2

Both a trial and analysis show that acupuncture can reduce chronic low back pain.3 4

An analysis shows that women receiving acupuncture during labor have less need for conventional pain management.5

82% of patients with cancer related pain obtained benefits, showing the most benefit for vascular problems, muscle spasm and dysaesthesia.6

1 Cao L, Zhang XL, Gao YS, Jiang Y. Needle acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee. A systematic review and updated meta-analysis. Saudi Med J. 2012 May;33(5):526-32.

2 Kwon YD, Pittler MH, Ernst E. Acupuncture for peripheral joint osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2006;45:1331-7.

3 Manheimer E, White A, Berman B, Forys K, Ernst E. Meta-analysis: acupuncture for low back pain. Ann Intern Med 2005;142:651-63.

4 Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Avins AL, et al. A randomized trial comparing acupuncture, simulated acupuncture, and usual care for chronic low back pain. Arch Intern Med 2009;169:858-66.

5 Smith CA, Collins CT, Cyna AM, Crowther CA. Complementary and alternative therapies for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2006;(4):CD003521.

6 J. Filshie, D. Redman International Medical Acupuncture Conference, Dept. of Anesthetics, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, England. May 4-8, 1986.