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Teens Love Acupuncture!

It’s true — teenagers love and benefit from acupuncture in so many ways.  Acupuncture helps balance male and female hormone cycles, and when teens are first navigating new hormone fluctuations it can feel intense for both teens and their parents!  Acupuncture helps teens unwind and relax, supporting them in the intense demands of the middle and high school years.

As us parents of teenagers know, it’s hard to slow them down – yet acupuncture actually does “pin them down!” . . . for awhile anyway.  Over and over in our clinic I witness teens easily go into a deep state of relaxation with acupuncture.  Yes, they sleep, unwind, and wake up refreshed and ready to conquer their multi-faceted day!

Acupuncture helps unplug, reset and unwind that overtaxed teenage brain!  There is so much growing and transition from the teen adolescent years well into their 20’s — big hormonal changes, demands at school and in sports, and just learning to navigate the everyday stressors of life.   The transformation from adolescence to young adult is hard work.  My son is very active in sports and says acupuncture helps his tired muscles let go, relax and stay strong.   It helps him quickly overcome the bumps and bruises that come with the active teen boy lifestyle, and it helps him focus and study for big tests at school.  He often says hey mom “how ’bout some acupuncture!”

Here’s a personal acupuncture account from Isabel Luecke, a lovely accomplished teen writer who frequently visits our clinic and would like to share her experience with our peeps:

“It was just the other day that, suffering from both writer’s block and the carpal tunnel that was the symptom of not having writers block, that I went to get acupuncture. This had not been my first visit and, unless I suddenly end up living solely in a survivalist bunker, it will not be my last. I use acupuncture to treat everything from colds to skin blemishes, to re-inspire and relax. It is truly something that I whole-heartedly recommend for people of all ages.”

And here’s a personal quote from sweet Gracie, age 13 who also comes regularly for acupuncture:

“I have been going to Charlotte for acupuncture for a few months to work on relaxation for anxiety. I like it because it is relaxing and helps me get a grip on life.  It doesn’t hurt at all.  I love it!

Acupuncture helps teens learn a strong and steady pattern of  slowing their bodies down, letting go to rest, and to breathe and unwind when it’s needed.  Self-care is a nice thing to teach our teenagers, and a skill that gets refined over time and serves them well.   Believe me your teen will thank you for introducing them early in life to this ancient medicine for our sometimes overstimulating busy modern world.  Even if at first teens are skeptical or a little bit nervous – they quickly become believers once they experience the deep relaxation and healing power of Acupuncture.

I’ve also noticed some of our teens are having allergies.   Here in Austin along with all the lovely bloomin’ green, and the beautiful lakes and rivers that support the nature that abounds — come the high mold spores, grass and tree pollen.  Sometimes we get an over-zealous immune response to this abundance of pollen inundating our body, causing things like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and swollen lymph glands — this is an overactive inflammatory response.  Acupuncture helps to balance, soothe and support the immune system so it does not consider the pollen and molds threatening invaders requiring such arduous response.  A little proactive care at home helps too, nasal rinses – I recommend NeilMed, showers to rinse off the excess pollen from the day, a healthy diet free of inflammatory foods, and the right herbal remedies and supplements to help support the immune system through the more challenging seasons here in Austin.

Helping your teen set up a support network outside the vital support they get at home is nice because it expands their self-care knowledge and supports you in your job as parents — it takes a village!

So instead of here take this pill to fix what ails you (but beware it may cause other issues) — acupuncture says . . .  here try this needle it will remind your body of what it innately knows how to do . . . balance, relax,  heal and transform!  To add to the good qi flowing here at Acupuncture Together, we keep it affordable by giving treatments in a group setting so you can come along with your teen if you’d like to — or just drop them off and pick them up in an hour!  Many Lamar and McCallum kids are right in the Acupuncture Together hood, so once they are all set up in our system they can schedule online and walk down themselves whenever they would like an Acu Nap – especially if you buy them a 6 pac which saves you even more money!

Make your appt. here, $30.00 for the first treatment, $25.00 for all treatments thereafter, or 6 treatments in a package for $125.00.

Summer Vacation and Travel Acupuncture!

A lot of our peeps are traveling this summer, both here in the states and abroad.  At Acupuncture Together we want to remind you that building immunity to prepare for a healthy summer vacation is important — this helps your trip remain stress free so you can return feeling rejuvenated and recharged from your vacation rather than depleted and fatigued.

Acupuncture not only helps strengthen the immune system, but helps prevent and relieve jet lag, motion sickness, flight anxiety, and balance your body’s rhythms.

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle.  The term circadian comes from Latin words that literally mean “around the day.”  When traveling, especially to different time zones, we get around our day outside of our normal flow and rhythm.   When we give our body the right support to stay in balance throughout changes in our usual rhythm and environment, it can do so without skipping a beat, which is such a nice feeling!  After traveling, come reset your circadian rhythms — your body’s internal clock at Acupuncture Together.

Does flying, or driving long distances make you nervous, stiff, tired, give you headaches or nausea?  Acupuncture soothes the nerves and takes your body into a state of relaxation you can carry with you on your summer journeys.  Acupuncture can relieve tension and help keep your nervous system balanced and strong, by supporting the qi (energy) to flow freely, this also helps prevent headaches and nausea.  We can show you a few good acupressure points for your travels, as well as prescribe you an herbal remedy that helps with any travel challenges you tend to have.

When traveling it’s sometimes more challenging to eat as healthy as we do at home — so our digestive systems can take a hit.   Acupuncture is good for regulating digestion and if you come before and after your trip, acupuncture can assist in keeping the digestive juices flowing freely and your intestinal tract running smoothly!

Too much drinking and partying on your trip — get acupuncture to unwind, detox and reset.  At Acupuncture Together we give affordable $25 treatments — get one or two before you embark on your travels.  You can get a treatment the day of travel if you leave in the afternoon, or get a treatment the evening prior to leaving early the next morning.  Check our clinic schedule here and see what works best for you.

Ashley and I will be traveling this summer too!   Yet, rest assured either one or both of us will be here to take care of you this summer.   We wish you happy healthy travels . . . see you around the clinic this summer!

 

 

 

 

Insurance Sucks . . . Affordable Acupuncture Rocks

Are you concerned about healthcare in America, and where it’s headed?  Well I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately!  Let me introduce you to a great healthcare option — Acupuncture, and better yet – Affordable Acupuncture!

Health Insurance Sucks, the premiums are getting higher and higher and coverage less and less.  The good news is in many cases, you can rely less on insurance and prescription medications, and more on holistic healthcare like Acupuncture, and diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes to help you feel better.

I am one of the fortunate that Obama Care helped – and for now I have a decent policy.   I’ve used that policy for getting diagnostics this year, as I see the benefit of western medicine diagnostics especially when they are not particularly invasive.  However, after getting the diagnostics I feel I need, most often I then turn to the holistic healthcare model of care for gently and naturally guiding my body back into balance when needed and helping me stay healthy and strong.  We are lucky here in Austin as it is a city rich in holistic healthcare resources, and Affordable Acupuncture at Acupuncture Together is one of them!
We don’t take insurance at Acupuncture Together, because our rates of $25.00 per treatment are generally less than a co-pay, even if your plan covers acupuncture.  Sometimes acupuncture is cost prohibitive, then you are left unable to go enough to actually heal at a deep level.  At Acupuncture Together, we use the business model called community acupuncture so you can afford to get as many treatments as you need to heal.  Many HSA’s and FSA’s allow you to get acupuncture and we take those debit and credit cards as well.  We can help you resolve your health issues and feel better, see some of the many ways Acupuncture can help below:

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In many cases digestive symptoms, headaches, and even pain are due to stress, anxiety, overwork or depression.  Acupuncture helps bring your body back to a state of relaxation, so instead of the usual “here take this pill it will fix things — but be notified it could cause several other problems,” we say Try Acupuncture!  Acupuncture reminds your body what it is innately able to do – Heal, and it supports your body to do just that and stay in balance!

So remember, Affordable Acupuncture is a great option for many common healthcare issues.  At Acupuncture Together we also help guide our patients when they are interested towards healthier diet, nutrition and lifestyle through Charlotte’s Herbal and Holistic Healthcare Consults!   When you feel the need for an MD by all means it’s important to go . . . however, when you feel your body needs more natural healing support which gets to the root of the issue and re-balances your body systems  remember Acupuncture Together.   Our bodies are so smart and able to reprogram, adjust, and compensate as necessary when supported through a healing process holistically.  Healing works best when we tend to our diet, and nutrition, get plenty of rest, exercise and give our body gentle and loving support to guide it on its way.

That said, what will you do to care for yourself after your doctor checkup, and diagnostics?  We are here to help and would love to introduce you to the ancient medicine healing modality of Acupuncture, it’s still around because it works!  Read more about our clinic here.

Affordable Accessible Fertility Acupuncture in Austin!

Have you ever felt the high prices of modern fertility treatments in both western assisted reproductive technology and eastern acupuncture are limiting your visits even though you feel it is working . . . let’s face it, modern fertility treatments can be hard on the pocketbook.

Western fertility intervention can also be hard on your health and body as well.  For couples wading through the waters of fertility, affordable holistic support can be the perfect fit — it’s good for your health and your pocketbook, making it work on your family budget.

I’ve helped countless couples and single mothers by choice realize their dream of a baby through acupuncture, herbal medicine and holistic health care coaching over the last 15 years in my own practice, an eastern medicine fertility clinic, and now at my favorite place – this wonderful affordable and accessible clinic Acupuncture Together.  Ashley O’Brian, the clinic owner and myself have a combined 26 years of experience as acupuncturists, and we both live and raise our own kids in the Brentwood Neighborhood where we treat patients.

At Acupuncture Together we provide $25.00 treatments so couples can partake often enough to actually make a positive difference in their health and fertility without going into debt to do so!  Couples can even get  “acupuncture together” in our comfortable group setting!  So you can get poked here, then go home and get poked again!  Speaking of . . . treating male fertility, it is just as important as female fertility and often goes unattended to.  Fact is over half of couples that have fertility issues have an unidentified contributing issue found in the male partner, like low sperm count, poor morphology, varicocele, all of which acupuncture helps to correct.

Acupuncture partnered with good diet, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can help you conceive and carry a healthy baby to term.  Advanced maternal age is one factor to consider as couples are waiting longer to start families, however as I know from my own personal experience, even at an advanced age women can conceive when they tend mindfully to their overall body health and balance – reducing chronic stress, examining the quality of their diet, considering factors in the environment and elsewhere that disrupt the hormonal balance, incorporating good self care rituals and getting acupuncture!

In fact, it has been estimated that acupuncture can increase your likelihood of pregnancy by 40-60%…that’s comparable with a lot of drug-based fertility treatments out there.  Studies show acupuncture alone can help to correct infertility issues . . .

  • Acupuncture improves blood flow to the uterus, ovaries and male reproductive organs —strengthening the male and female reproductive organ systems making conceiving and carrying a baby more possible.
  • Balances male and female hormones and hormone cycles
  • Regulates digestion and other organ functions, which is vital to fertility.  
  • Reduces body tension, stress and anxiety – helping your body breathe, let go and relax so it can do what it’s innately able to do — conceive and carry a healthy baby to term.

So consider Acupuncture Together — your affordable, accessible and well established acupuncture clinic in north central Austin as a part of your fertility care team.  We will take excellent care of you!

Make your appointment and read more about our clinic here.

Happy Baby Making!!!

Pregnancy and Postpartum Care $25.00 a Treatment at Acupuncture Together!

Excellent self care during pregnancy and afterwards in the postpartum year sets the stage for well-being throughout motherhood and the nourishment extends to your child, family and beyond.  Taking care of yourself first really matters!

Many things contribute to well-being during pregnancy, including plenty of rest, eating a well rounded nutritious diet, gentle exercise, stress management and nurturing your passions to mention a few.

Acupuncture treatments are excellent self care to help keep your body’s energies flowing freely, balancing and relaxing so your body can focus on what it is innately able to do — grow a strong healthy baby and stay healthy afterwards!

In addition to relaxing your body and helping to manage stress, regular acupuncture relieves common minor ailments experienced during a pregnancy — for instance back and hip pain, neck and shoulder tension, achy joints, carpal tunnel, numbness and tingling in fingers, sciatica, pregnancy rhinitis, swelling of hands and feet, fatigue and more.

Taking care of yourself also teaches your children the importance of self care in their own lives. My heartfelt advice is to become solidly settled into rituals of self care during your pregnancy which will enable you to care for others from a full cup and avoid going into motherhood depleted.  A solid self care practice during pregnancy will keep your reserves flowing for when they are needed even more — in motherhood!

Schedule your appointment at Acupuncture Together to get started in your acupuncture self-care ritual for the pregnancy and postpartum years.

How to Boost Your Immune System With Acupuncture As Fall Turns Into Winter

Fall has arrived and winter is on it’s way.  In Texas, fall moves into winter with plenty of vacillating weather making it difficult for our bodies to adjust, then bang – cold weather is here!  Our immune and respiratory systems need strong natural support during this time, and regular acupuncture is an excellent way to provide that support.

In Chinese Medicine the immune system is strongly related to internal organ function, mainly the Lungs and Spleen which need extra care during the winter season.  When these organs are well-balanced they support the immune system and strengthen its function, this prevents you from being easily affected by external pathogenic factors such as cold and flu viruses and other infectious diseases.

Acupuncture Together is the perfect place for a long winters “acu-nap,”  to help calm and relax the body, reducing extra stress that can come with the winter and holiday season, and boosting immunity to help you sustain good health.

In addition to Acupuncture, plenty of rest, and daily exercise help keep healthy energies flowing strongly, and remember a diet, full of nutrition is vital to good health.  The abundance of  local fruits, deep rooted vegetables and herbal plants that grow in the winter season right where we live support our bodies as nature intends.  So visit and support your local farmers markets and grocery stores for a fresh colorful winter food supply full of the nutrition your body needs.  Making rich soup broths with plenty of healthy winter veggies, dark leafy greens, and healthy grains; eating good healthy fats, and drinking warm teas are all excellent winter rituals that fuel the body.  Here are a few more winter wellness tips:

  • Avoid eating much frozen or cold foods; instead partake in warming foods which help sustain your body’s energies during the cold season.
  • Be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Avoid exhausting yourself with overwork, or overjoy!
  • Avoid stress and excess emotion by practicing good self-care.
  • Keep warm and protect yourself from the wind and cold with proper clothing such as a hat and scarf in addition to your warm jacket.
  • Balance and support your body with natural medicine (such as acupuncture) before the change of weather so your body has what it needs to do well in the seasonal changes.
  • Dry your hair before going to bed or out in the cold.

Acupuncture Together offers herbal consults to our patients, assisting further in strengthening the immune system as well as resolving health issues that do arise so you can rest at home while recovering.  In our consults we also give diet, nutrition and lifestyle self care tips specific to patient needs.  Our highly experienced practitioners Ashley and Charlotte will set you up with a treatment plan to keep your body strong throughout the season, so remember Acupuncture Together as your family’s Winter Wellness Resource.  Make your appointment here. 

Cedar Fever Meet Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine!

The wind-pollinated cedar (mountain juniper) trees are about to be in full bloom compromising many of our respiratory systems this time of year.   The amount of cedar pollen in the air is a factor in whether cedar fever symptoms such as  sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion, and difficulty breathing develop and how intense they can become.   Dry, windy days are more likely to have increased amounts of cedar pollen in the air than cold, damp and rainy days when cedar pollen is washed to the ground.  The alternating warm then cold days without long periods of freezing temperatures we often experience in Austin promote cedar pollen to grow and thrive in abundance – then the windy days carry it to our noses.

In Acupuncture and Herbal medicine we view cedar fever as an overactive immune response due to an unbalanced immune system.  This can happen for several reasons, including poor sleep, stress, poor diet and nutrition, and other unhealthy lifestyle habits which can energetically weaken organ systems.

Cedar tree pollen count is generally highest from December through February and often continues into March when other pollen arrives.  Don’t wait until the cedar winds blow, come for weekly preventative treatments beginning the week of Halloween and boost your immune system to help avoid symptoms that can compromise your health when cedar pollen is in the air.   If symptoms do arise, bi-weekly treatments are helpful to assist your immune system in re-balancing, then maintenance treatments throughout the season are ideal.  Make your appointment at Acupuncture Together today, only $25.00 for existing patients and $30.00 for new patients.

Community Acupuncture Clinic in the Allandale, Crestview and Brentwood Neighborhood

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Is Getting a Flu Shot Your Only Option?

I just received the latest monthly email newsletter from my daughter’s (former) pediatrician’s office with a ‘flu season update’. The whole newsletter urges parents to get the flu vaccine in their office.

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Treating Childhood Allergies, Asthma and ADD with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – Part 2

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