The Benefits of Acupuncture:

The Western world is gaining interest in Acupuncture recently, which is apparent in the articles appearing in newspapers and magazines, studies cited in the media, and even Hollywood stars sharing their Acupuncture health success stories.

The benefits of Acupuncture are numerous. The most common include:

In addition to the above benefits, many patients experience other subtle improvements, including sensations of well-being that permeate all aspects of their lives, as well as feeling more connected to their bodies and minds.

Commonly Treated:

Treatments Offered:

Treatment Philosophy:

Nicole strives not only to give you relief from your symptoms, but to address and treat the root cause of your condition in order to provide long-term wellness. Nicole believes healthcare extends far beyond the practitioner’s office, and aims to give you the knowledge and tools you need to maintain and enhance the results you achieve with acupuncture.

Nicole recognizes that one size does not always fit all. With acupuncture, health coaching, herbs/supplements, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, Nicole is able to draw upon different approaches if necessary, in order to personalize your treatment plan to attain the most optimal results for you. Nicole is results-oriented and will work with you to realize the best you possible.


Balance Method/ Dr. Richard The-Fu Tan’s style:

Balance method acupuncture uses “distal” points (points found away from the symptomatic location) on the arms and legs to treat the affected area. For example, if a person comes in with low back pain, needles are often put in the ankles and arms, and not the back itself. This is advantageous for a number of reasons. First, it allows the practitioner to observe the effectiveness of the treatment right away, by having the person move the affected area once the needles are in. Secondly, this style of acupuncture is unique in its ability to yield quick and often immediate relief from pain. Patients often feel immediate relief from their pain and improved range of motion. Additionally, this approach to treatment usually involves acupuncture points that are accessible without having to remove clothing (ankles, wrists, legs, arms, etc).

This particular form of acupuncture is very effective for pain conditions. Also, due to its balancing nature, this acupuncture approach offers a systematic and extremely effective way to treat internal disorders and psycho-emotional conditions. With this approach, one can treat many symptoms in the same treatment. Although immediate relief is often felt by patients, (or at least 50% relief) for long-lasting relief to occur, multiple treatments are necessary (see FAQ for more info on treatment frequency).

Japanese Acupuncture:

In general, this approach of acupuncture relies heavily on palpation for diagnosis and treatment. The needles are typically thinner than Chinese acupuncture, and it uses minimal amount of stimulation to achieve the most effective results. Nicole tends to use this style of acupuncture with patients who are very sensitive to needles, with children, and with pregnant women.



Herbal Medicine:

Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat all sorts of conditions—physical and emotional. An herbal formula is put together only after the practitioner has taken a detailed history about the patient’s condition, current functioning and past medical history. The formula is then created using anywhere from 3-15 different herbal ingredients, tailored to the individual patient.

Chinese herbs traditionally work on the level of the qi (body’s energy) and blood (nourishment), aiming to balance both physically and energetically. Modern research has shown the biomedical actions and benefits of many Chinese herbs. This information is also taken in to account when creating formulas for patients.

Supplements & Vitamins:

We use only the highest quality, whole food supplements.  Why do we need to take supplements?  Isn’t eating a healthy diet enough?  


Food Sensitivity Testing:

Nicole uses a local testing company called Alletess to test for food sensitivities. Their website is:

Most people think of allergies as being limited to reactions to environmental or seasonal allergens (dust, mold, pollen, etc). When we think of food allergies, what often comes to mind is a severe peanut allergy that sends someone in to anaphylaxis shock. While those allergies do exist and can cause life-threatening symptoms (body’s IgA response), there is another type of reaction to some commonly eaten foods that cause more subtle, chronic and potentially very troubling symptoms. These are known as food sensitivities, or a body’s IgG response.

An IgA response (eg. Eating a peanut and your face swells up and you can’t breathe), is an “immediate response” (food allergy). It provokes an immediate reaction from the immune system when the food is ingested. An IgG response, or “delayed response” (food sensitivity) can cause a milder reaction that can occur anywhere from a couple hours to 72 hours after the food is ingested. Therefore, it is very difficult to determine which food or foods caused the reaction or symptom. This is where testing comes in handy. A simple blood draw tests 92 commonly eaten foods, showing which foods your immune system is reacting to at an abnormal level.

Nicole works with her patients to develop simple food plans to help eliminate foods they are sensitive to, and replace them with foods that are neutral or tolerated. If more assistance or guidance is needed, Nicole can refer patients to a health coach to help with their food/diet goals.

Common food sensitivity symptoms include:


Other symptoms connected to food sensitivities (especially long-term problems, if underlying sensitivities and GI issues are not addressed):


More often than not, patients conditions require “outside work” or “homework” in order to achieve the most long-lasting and the most optimal results. If necessary, Nicole creates a list or plan of recommendations that the patient can take home with them as “homework”. Examples include relaxation techniques, a diet plan tailored to the patient, visualization exercises to incorporate, sleep hygiene recommendations, etc. Nicole talks to the patient to figure out ways to make these suggestions reasonable and applicable to the person’s life. These recommendations are made in order for the patient to not “re-infect” themselves after they received benefits from their acupuncture treatment. An example of “re-infecting” is a person who comes in for acupuncture to treat his cholesterol and blood pressure. With acupuncture and dietary supplements and herbs, we are able to help improve both of these conditions. However, if the patient leaves the acupuncture office and decides to eat cheeseburgers, hot wings, and ice cream every night, they will certainly not keep the improvements we make with the treatments.

The more involved with your health and invested you are in improving your body and mind, the most bang for your buck you will get!

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