Lisa’s Blog

Back Pain Simplified: Notes from a Senior Acupuncturist

There are numerous ways to treat back pain using acupuncture needles.  In the ancient texts, distal points were first chosen and then if necessary local points were added.  In my experience, it is best to use distal points, points away from the area of pain and limit the number of needles possible to get the … Continue reading Back Pain Simplified: Notes from a Senior Acupuncturist

Daylight Savings Time and Acupuncture

Recently I been wondering why I’ve been going to bed earlier.  Turns out that some people just naturally adjust to daylight savings time. But others may not be so fortunate and may suffer quite a bit during the switch to Daylight Saving Time. Did you know that there are increased cases of heart attacks during … Continue reading Daylight Savings Time and Acupuncture

Acupuncture Instead of Opioids

Six acupuncture organizations have released an extensively referenced 20-page white paper that outlines the profession's value as an alternative to opioid medication for pain relief. "Acupuncture's Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management" is the product of a Joint … Continue reading Acupuncture Instead of Opioids

Letter of Gratitude January 03, 2018

Dear Lisa, I can not fully express my gratitude to you for inserting the “ear sed” while we were at the Castlegar airport as I began my journey to Toronto for Christmas. I have been a most reluctant flier since the first time I stepped onto a plane at Castlegar on Sept 11, 1966 when … Continue reading Letter of Gratitude January 03, 2018

Healthy Holiday Options To Reduce Stress

Stress is the hottest topic this time of the year.  One of the best things I have done, when the stress is quite high is to take a break and refocus my mind.  How, when there is so much to do?  so many parties to attend?  and the endless shopping for that one last gift? … Continue reading Healthy Holiday Options To Reduce Stress

Evidence Supports Acupuncture Effectiveness 2017

According to The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review, Those conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture are as follows: Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal) Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics) Chronic low back pain Headache (tension-type and chronic) Knee osteoarthritis Migraine prophylaxis Postoperative nausea & vomiting Postoperative pain Conditions with moderate … Continue reading Evidence Supports Acupuncture Effectiveness 2017

Healing Reminders

"The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship you have with yourself." There is old age, sickness and death, however, we can succumb to the pain that seems to be inherent in these conditions or we can recognize that these are temporary states. Pain can remind us of our fragility and weakness. … Continue reading Healing Reminders

Cluster Headaches: Successful Treatment with Acupuncture

Cluster Headaches: Successful Treatment with Acupuncture "Cluster headache is one of the most painful conditions known to mankind and women suffering from cluster headache describe the pain as worse than childbirth." As I was researching this topic, I was surprised to find that once again opioids, which are the hottest topic in the news, are … Continue reading Cluster Headaches: Successful Treatment with Acupuncture

For you…

"For you, there'll be no more crying. For you, the sun will be shining." (Songbird by Fleetwood Mac) I once read that children who are born in warring tribes are often abandoned at birth to create an intense instinct of fear and aggression.  "Emerging research suggest parents who chronically neglect their children increase the chance … Continue reading For you…