Fibromyalgia – not the usual pain

Fibromyalgia pain is a different kind of pain. It is not triggered by pain receptors in the skin, muscles and joints. Also, it usually does not involve inflammation, so pain relievers and anti-inflammatories don’t work. Doctors have found that antidepressants such as amitriptyline can provide some relief…

Blue Cross drops Oxycontin, adds Acupuncture…

On January 1st, 2019, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee stopped covering the prescription drug Oxycontin, an opioid commonly used for pain. It was seeing too many newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal from drugs that their mothers took during pregnancy. On the same date, Blue Cross started covering acupuncture treatments for chronic pain. The change was […]

Lake Superior Tai Chi Featured on Fox News

NEW Tai Chi Class Offered in the Twin Ports! Find Your Inner Chi, Relieve Stress, Workout & Learn Self Defense In This Week’s Active Adventures Published September 21, 2018 on Fox 21 View VIDEO By Brittney Merlot   DULUTH, Minn. — Active Adventures: Tai Chi Join Lake Superior Tai Chi instructor Richard Tosseland and his class as […]

Acupuncture and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be characterized as a cluster of symptoms that develop after a traumatic event. Commonly seen in veterans and survivors of abuse or disasters, it can cause flashbacks, persistent nightmares, rage, anxiety and depression. Untreated, it can severely limit a person’s ability to function. Veterans in particular often avoid treatment for PTSD […]

Craving sweets? Acupuncture can help.

According to the World Health Organization, we should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. But the average person in this country eats 31 teaspoons a day, often without even knowing it, because it is added to nearly every processed food you can buy. Why so much sugar is added to food […]

Acupuncture and Migraine Headaches

Imagine that you have an ice pick through one eye, and that ordinary sounds or light cause it to twist. That’s how many describe their migraine headaches. Now imagine having the ice pick in the eye for 3 months! That’s how a patient described her migraine when she came to me for acupuncture. She had […]