Fight the Flu with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture for Prevention and Treatment of Colds and Flus With the weather changing, and cold and flu season upon us, you may well be looking for ways to support your immune system.  Have you considered how acupunture might help you ward off sickness? Q: Is acupuncture useful for preventing colds and flus? In Chinese medicine, […]

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Injection Therapy

Injection therapies can be a game changer in the battle against chronic pain.  In my practice I have seen dramatic improvements in long-standing conditions after just one treatment.  These techniques can provide lasting relief when other options have failed. The therapy is based on the use of a short-acting local anesthetic called procaine, which acts […]

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Sunburn Relief

Sunburnt?  Not after you try this. Fortunately we are all aware of the amazing healing properties of aloe.  It’s amazing what one plant has been able to provide for us through all of our mishaps in the sun.  Usually less is more, but there is an amazing plant duo which will speed up healing time […]

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Hydration

Alternative Solutions to Hydrate this Summer We are constantly reminded to drink more water throughout our day, but what if we could spice things up to get even more benefits from our hydration goals?  Hydrating isn’t just about drinking enough water for your body’s basic needs, it is also about ensuring proper electrolyte levels to […]

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Trauma Relief

In terms of societal goals, reducing childhood trauma is something we could probably all agree upon. One of the ways that researchers have measured childhood trauma is by looking at the number of different types of traumatic events that a child experiences.  These are termed adverse childhood events and given the acronym ACEs. One of the […]

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Essential Oils

3 Tips to Invite Clarity & Tranquility with Essential Oils Aroma acupoint therapy is the art of skillfully applying essential oils onto specific meridians of the body. Utilizing the energetics that plants provide makes for a truly creative and revitalizing experience.  Next time you find yourself in a quiet space, give these a try. Bergamot: […]

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Immune Assessment

From the desk of Dr. Rak – One of my interests in medicine is the study of inappropriate immune responses.  These responses can manifest as seasonal allergies, food sensitivities, or autoimmunity.  When the immune system is devoting effort to non-infectious causes, this often allows infectious pathogens to exist in the body unaccounted for.  Lately, I […]

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#MoveinMay

What better time to focus on dusting off those running shoes, tuning up your bike, or finding that old tennis racket than National Physical Fitness and Sports Month?  Remember: you don’t have to be an elite athlete to get out and move.  All you need is to carve out 30 minutes daily to start incorporating […]

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Stress and Gut Bacteria

Understanding the relationship between your gut and brain is key to optimizing digestion and improving stress levels. These two seemingly separate organs are strongly connected via the vagus nerve. This nerve delivers messages between the enteric and central nervous system. Eating while in a state of stress causes decreased absorption of nutrients by reduction of […]

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Keep Those Peels

We are all accustomed to peeling fruits and vegetables, tossing away the rinds.  But what if these seemingly inedible plant parts are actually beneficial to us?  As it turns out, the rinds of many fruits are loaded with powerful phytochemicals that nourish, detoxify, and scavenge free radicals found within our bodies. Here’s a list of […]

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