Combining Acupuncture and Qigong is a way to support immune function on a deep level and shift your baseline immune health.
Our stress responses are whole-bodied, which means they affect every part of our body and mind, because they come from the nervous system.
Acupuncture and Bodywork treatments support immune function, helping you stay healthy and build resilience against immune threats like viruses.
Ha.Le’ means home in Hawaiian. Ha.Le’ Acupuncturist Dr. Brian Meyer, MD speaks a little about what home means to him.
Acupuncture strengthens the immune system, helping you better resist viruses like COVID-19, flu, and colds. It is a proactive way to protect your health and build resiliency.
Acupuncture regulates and rebalances the reproductive system of women and men. It helps promote healthy ovulation and sperm count, as well as supporting positive pregnancy and birth outcomes. Acupuncture works well in conjunction with other medical treatments, and is considered very safe.
Low back pain treatments work with soft tissues and the nervous system to correct imbalances and address dysfunction. Bodywork, acupuncture, counseling, and somatics are all effective, and can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address the specific causes of your low back pain.
Sciatica is pain from the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lumbar spine, through the hip, and down the leg to the foot. The pain can be felt anywhere along the path of the nerve, and can range from minor to severe.
Treatment for sciatica involves working with the structures of the back and hip that may be impinging on the nerve. The piriformis muscle of the hip is the most famous cause of sciatic pain, but it is not the only cause. Our posture, the way we walk, how we sit, and other habitual body habits change how our muscles work together over time, and when those systems become imbalanced, the ways they compensate often cause pain.
Sciatica treatment focuses on releasing tension, freeing adhered tissue, and addressing the structure and range of motion around the sciatic nerve, as well as other related issues that are causing imbalance and stress in the body. Often, a combination of bodywork, acupuncture, and somatic movement can help reduce and often resolve sciatica.
Bodywork works with the tissues directly to free adhesions, restore range of motion, and reduce muscular tension that may be impinging on the nerve. It also increases blood and nutrient flow to the nerve, which helps reduce pain signaling. Bodywork is also able to address complex causes of sciatica, like neck or shoulder tension, that in turn is affecting the hips and low back and so contributing to the pain.
Acupuncture is proven to be effective for pain treatment, including sciatica. It helps tone the nervous system, turning down the volume on pain signals from the nerve to the brain. When the body has been in pain for a while, or the issue has become chronic, the pain signals can get caught in a feedback loop that gets worse over time. Acupuncture is able to safely reset this process, which helps the restore nervous system health.
Somatic movement, like yoga or feldenkrais, brings awareness to where and how the body moves in space. It helps reconnect the brain to movement patterns in the body, and to rejuvenate tissues through movement, stretching, and using a larger range of motion. This in turn reduces tension in the body and helps address dysfunctional movement patterns.
Sciatica can be persistent, painful, and frustrating. Effective treatment understands that it is the result of dysfunction in complex structures of the body and works to release tension, restore function, and rebalance the nervous system in order to manage the pain and create health.
If your feet hurt when you wake up in the morning, especially in the heel, then you probably have plantar fasciitis. It is a symptom of larger problems in how you walk, run, and stand. Though there are many ways to reduce the pain in the short term, effective treatment usually requires working with the structure of the body as a whole, especially the legs, pelvis, and back.
Plantar fasciitis refers to pain in a band of connective tissue along the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel to the toes and is an important part of maintaining the arch of the foot. The arch needs to have just the right tension, neither too tight nor too loose, in order to best absorb the impact of the foot on the ground with each step.
Biomechanical issues like imbalanced posture, how you walk, or even the shoes you wear, are usually the main contributors to plantar fasciitis. Your connective tissue (fascia) runs all the way from the bottom of the foot, along the back of the calf and thigh, and continues up the back and neck to the head. Tightness anywhere along this path can in turn tighten the plantar fascia and cause pain.
Bodywork and acupuncture are effective treatments for plantar fasciitis, usually as a series of bodywork sessions supported by acupuncture (depending on the severity of the pain). Treatment begins with releasing tension along the full fascial lines of the body that connect with the feet. This includes working with both muscle and connective tissue to free adhesions and restore function. Treatment also works to increase blood and fluid flow to the plantar fascia, helping to nourish the tissue and reduce the pain caused by blood restriction. Nerve signal regulation also helps to reduce pain sensations while structural issues are addressed.
Plantar Fasciitis is a symptom of larger structural issues in the body, and can be treated effectively through bodywork and acupuncture. By working with the body as a whole, we can understand plantar fasciitis as a symptom of tightness in the back of the body, rather than only a foot issue, and resolve the dysfunction accordingly.
Acupuncture can be very effective for treating allergies. Instead of using daily or frequent medications to only suppress symptoms, acupuncture can help rebalance the immune system and other systems that are contributing to symptoms in the first place.
Seasonal allergies can be miserable, and we tend to strongly notice the sudden change in our sense of wellness. Acupuncture can provide an improvement of symptoms, often within a few minutes of beginning treatment. Continued treatments will work further to address the underlying imbalances so that symptoms continue to improve.
Chronic allergies can also be treated with acupuncture. According to Chinese Medicine, people with chronic allergies often show signs of spleen or kidney energy deficiency, as well as lung issues. Rebalancing these deficiencies while also using specific allergy treatment protocols can greatly reduce sensitivity.
Treatment for allergies focuses both on reducing the symptoms that make us miserable, as well as treating underlying levels of imbalance that caused the symptoms. After a course of treatment, some people find that it works best for them to come back a few times a year for maintenance. Often, treatment includes dietary and lifestyle recommendations. There are also some excellent chinese herbal formulas for treating allergies and strengthening the immune system.
Acupuncture treats allergies in a way that both works with the symptoms and the underlying cause, so that treatment can step down over time. It is an effective addition to other allergy treatments, and can help create health on multiple levels.