Your Winter Herbal Pharmacy

Ah, winter-time . . .

Here in Cornelius, Winter can be downright “un-wintery.”  We go from a nice, toasty warm indoor heat out into 30-40◦ weather.  Sometimes the winds blow, sometimes it’s rainy.  Sometimes, just when we get used to using indoor heat, the Cornelius area Winter decides to let the sun shine and the temperatures to turn into Spring.

How is a body to keep up?  So many of us end up with colds, flu, sinus infections and the like.  This is one area where Chinese Medicine excels.  Herbal medicine and acupuncture can help the body adapt to the frequent weather changes, maintain healthy immunity, and even speed up the recovery process once you are sick.

Here are a few Herbal formulas, and a general description of what they do.  But remember to consult with your Licensed Acupuncturist to decide which are best for you!

Gan Mao Ling – This can be taken, preventatively for the common cold and the flu.

Jade Windscreen – If you’re susceptible to catching cold, this is a “go to” formula.  It is beneficial for immunity, but can also be used for an acute or sudden onset.

Jade Screen & Xanthium – This formula adds certain herbs to help combat sinus symptoms such as allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.  It’s a great allergy formula for people with hypertension that can’t tolerate some of the “over the counter” pharmaceutical decongestants.

Viola clear fire – This formula contains herbs found to be especially effective against respiratory infections.  Many of these herbs inhibit viruses, bacteria, and even fungi.

Acupuncture for Winter Health and Wellness

Why wait until you are sniffling, sneezing or coughing?  You can easily PREVENT the common cold using acupuncture to head it off at the pass!

Our bodies don’t always adapt well to sudden fluctuations in temperature, and we are traditionally more vulnerable to catching colds during change of season. This, combined with the busyness and stress of the holiday season, calls for some extra help to boost the immune system. Acupuncture is the best way available to do this as it naturally drives up function in your body.

Using acupuncture for wellness and prevention is like going to the gym or to a fitness class:  the needles help to condition your body to run more efficiently. We all know that doing 1 workout or 1 acupuncture treatment, will not change much of anything, however, a steady routine of wellness or maintenance treatments, repeated over time, will keep you in a state of optimal health.

If you take the time and energy to give this gift to your body, it will pay off in ways you cannot imagine. You will be able to stay well when everyone else around you is getting sick.

And if you do happen to get caught off guard and the cold sets in, we can also help you to move it through and out of your system FASTER, using our medicine.

This Winter, let acupuncture help you to stay balanced and feel good!

Winter Wonderland & Chinese Medicine

Winter is a time when things stay inside, hibernate, regroup, and get ready for the start of a new year and a new period of growth.  Chinese medicine describes the Winter in much the same way.  However, there are some fascinating things we can learn from this perspective.

We all know someone who catches the cold or flu during this season.  We’re used to hearing about viruses and bacteria.  Chinese medicine describes “catching” illness in a little different way.  During the winter, wear that scarf and turn up that collar.  There is a set of acupuncture points called “wind pool” or “wind gate” at the back of the neck and base of the skull that is particularly susceptible to what we call a “wind invasion.” In other words, the wind carries the cold and/or damp from the weather.  And if our defenses are down, we might “catch” the cold at these points.

The Winter is associated with the “Water” systems of Chinese medicine.  These include the functional aspects of both the Kidneys and the Bladder.  Makes sense, right?  Would you want water that needs to keep moving getting cold or frozen?  Of course not!  So, when it’s too cold outside, we need to avoid foods like ice-cream, cold or iced drinks and cold foods.  What’s better on a cold day than tea, a warm bowl of soup, or foods that warm our middle?  Eating seasonally is less mysterious than you would think.  We don’t eat watermelon and cooling fruits in the winter.  Those are Summer foods, eaten when we need to cool down.  Likewise, there are plenty of hearty, warming foods for the winter.  Onions and string beans are warming.  Spices, such as garlic and ginger are also warming.  Most animal proteins are warming.  While tofu is neutral, you can actually alter the temperature of certain foods by the cooking method you choose.  For example, Deep frying creates dampness, while flash-frying or cooking in a wok actually creates warmth without the dampness we’d be better off without.  What’s so bad about dampness?  Nothing in and of itself.  However, if your internal body environment is too damp, and if the outside environment is too damp, you’ll probably start getting some symptoms.  For example, sore knees and sore backs are common during the winter, especially if we’re not mindful of keeping a balance with our internal environment.   Remember, we said that the Chinese Medical view of Winter included the “Water” organs of the Kidney and the Bladder.  Well, it just so happens that the Kidney system governs the knees and the lower back.

So, get yourself in to your Acupuncturist for more information on how to stay well, in balance with the season, and with a strong immunity to ward off any bugs out there!  And Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

Acupuncture Can Help You Overcome These Addictions

acupuncture can help you overcome these addictions

Acupuncture can help you overcome these addictions

Acupuncture is a fantastic alternative medical treatment that has been popular for centuries. This form of treatment originates from China and was used as early as 6000 BCE and has since helped millions of people overcome many medical issues over thousands of years.

Acupuncture has many fantastic benefits and can be used for to treat a wide range of conditions. The stimulation of nerves, muscles and connective tissues boosts blood flow and cell regeneration in these areas as well as connecting areas and also triggers endorphins. The most common use of acupuncture is to overcome physical problems but this medical treatment can also be used to treat various other issues and aid in addiction recovery.

How acupuncture is used in addiction recovery

Many addiction recovery methods result in terrible withdrawal phases. These withdrawal phases can include various symptoms such as muscle spasms, tension, panic attacks, tremors, concentration problems, short-term memory loss, anxiety, irritability, headaches, heart palpitations, sweating, nausea, muscle aching, hypertension and irregular heart rates. Withdrawal symptoms differ from person to person and for different addiction types. The withdrawal period also varies and the addict can experience symptoms that last from mere hours up to 10 weeks.

Acupuncture aids in addiction recovery in a sense that the treatments reduce pains, combats cravings, improves retention rates, and supports continued treatment enthusiasm and more. 5 major points are targeted during NADA acupuncture sessions;

  • Automatic target point – This target area relaxes the nervous system
  • Shen Men target point – This target area treats anxiety, tension and nervous feelings
  • Kidney target point – This target area promotes the healing of organs and reduces fears and anxiety
  • Liver target point – This target area promotes detoxing, aids in blood purification and assists in anger management
  • Lung target point – This target area promotes air circulation and is one of the best target areas for the first addiction recovery phase

Which addictions can be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be used to treat the withdrawal symptoms of just about any addiction. The sessions are mostly designed to enhance detoxifying of your body and blood which gets the substitutes out of the system a lot quicker, relaxation which helps you stick to the program, increases air circulation and breathing which makes you feel much better in general and the programs are great for relief of pain and physical symptoms like tremors or muscle spasms. Acupuncture also suppresses cravings which help you reduce the chances of a relapse. Here are some of the addiction types that have been known to get great results from acupuncture sessions;

  • Heroin
  • Benzodiazepine prescription drugs
  • Other prescription drugs like sedatives, anxiolytics, sleeping pills and more
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Opioids
  • Cannabis

Acupuncture is a great treatment to help you overcome all of those horrible withdrawal symptoms of addictions and the treatment is amazing for getting your body clean from drugs. You also stand a much better chance of successful rehabilitation since future cravings are suppressed and the treatment also aids in depression and anxiety. This is without a doubt one of the best remedies to consider if you are battling to overcome a terrible addiction.

Ready to start feeling your best? Contact us to start your journey to becoming a happier and healthier you!

Treating Diabetes With Acupuncture

Treating Diabetes With Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been known to be a wonderful alternative medication for various medical conditions and especially for managing chronic conditions. Diabetes is one of those chronic conditions that are incredibly tough to live with and life-threatening if not managed accurately. Diabetes has become a very common medical condition, especially since type 2 diabetes mostly results from unhealthy lifestyle choices. Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment to improve life quality for those with diabetes and to help control the symptoms and regulate blood sugar levels much better. The treatment is absolutely fantastic for finding balance if you are struggling to control your diabetes.

How acupuncture is used for diabetes treatment

The most common use of acupuncture focuses on neuropathy which is the wrist-ankle treatment. The treatments mostly involve stimulating wrist and ankle nerves although your acupuncturist might combine various treatments and lifestyle changes in order to achieve the best possible result and relief.

Acupuncture can reduce pain

Diabetes has been known to cause a lot of pain. The pain symptoms of diabetes can be relieved through acupuncture because the treatments are designed to stimulate endorphins (your happy hormones) and relax your body and muscles.

Regulate blood sugar levels better

Acupuncture can be applied to regulate cortisol levels better. These hormones are responsible for stress feelings can trigger diabetic episodes. With better control over cortisol levels, you are much more likely to feel a lot better in general and you endure fewer diabetic episodes such as tremors.

Fight off depression

Diabetes is a very common side-effect of obesity and anyone obese knows exactly how depressing it can be to struggle with your weight. It is incredibly hard for diabetes sufferers to manage their weight since their ability to control glucose production is restricted. Obesity can quickly result in depression and acupuncture can help reduce the effects of depression so you will feel more positive about your body, life, chronic condition and your drive to eat and live healthy will be boosted.

What to expect from acupuncture sessions for diabetes

Acupuncture sessions for depressions are not to be feared at all. These sessions are incredibly relaxing, educational and fun. The acupuncturist will inquire about physical diabetes symptoms. He or she will also inquire about your lifestyle choices, pain levels, goals, relationships, stress levels, depressive state and much more. After the consultation, you might receive an acupuncture treatment or more sessions will be booked at times that are more convenient for you. It is important to note that your acupuncturist might also suggest several lifestyle changes such as regular workouts, diet changes, activity changes and much more in order to manage diabetes better.

With the right help and a few acupuncture sessions you can find your balance with diabetes so you will be able to enjoy a much higher quality of life, feel much better in general, become a lot healthier in general, manage your weight and blood sugar levels much better and enjoy life to the fullest. Acupuncture is a great alternative medication for the best possible results.

Ready to feel your best? Contact us today to start your journey to becoming a happier and healthier you!

Beat Chronic Fatigue With Acupuncture

Chronic fatigue is one of those conditions that are overall tough to treat. This type of condition is quite common and is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Those with chronic fatigue syndrome will experience frequent symptoms like fever, aching, prolonged tiredness, depression. The condition is much more common in women and can have a huge impact on your work and social life. If you have been feeling tired, experience body aching and cannot seem to get your energy levels up despite taking vitamins and eating healthy then you might be suffering from chronic fatigue.

What causes chronic fatigue?

Chronic fatigue can be confirmed through lab testing but the cause of the condition is still unknown. Many speculate that chronic fatigue is a genetic condition, although the condition is also thought to arise as a result of a viral infection. Some also speculate that the condition results from a weakened immune system, prolonged high-stress levels or hormonal imbalances. The condition can last for years and can even be lifelong.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue

The condition can either be mild or severe and can include various symptoms, such as:

  • Memory loss, poor memory or a lack of concentration,
  • Feeling of tiredness after sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Frequent headaches
  • Joint pains but no sign of swelling or redness
  • A sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck and in armpits

Popular treatments for chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue usually isn’t treated with medication althought the condition can also trigger depression for which acupuncture, yoga, massage, tai chi, counseling and physical therapy may help to alleviate.

Why acupuncture is the best treatment for chronic fatigue

Acupuncture has been known to give the best result for chronic fatigue. The treatment has been in use for over 2000 years and is combined with other treatments to help you regain functionality and overcome the symptoms of chronic fatigue and help you to enjoy a much higher quality of life.

Different people experience different levels of chronic fatigue. The more severe your condition is the more frequent acupuncture sessions you might need.
Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system which promotes blood circulation throughout the body and in the brain. This in return reduces “brain fog” and enhances memory. You will also feel a lot more alert and awake.

Acupuncture can also be applied to reduce the physical symptoms of chronic fatigue. These sessions are also targeted to promote relaxation and to reduce tension in muscles which in turn reduces muscle pains, aches, stiffness, and tension.

This natural remedy is also fantastic for improving sleep, air circulation throughout the body and for restoring internal organs all of which contributes to a boosted immune system and a much more positive overall outcome with regards to energy levels, physical performance, and physical health.

Chronic fatigue might be ongoing for you, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. With acupuncture and the correct lifestyle you can still enjoy your life to the fullest and live to your full potential.

Acupuncture To Treat Colds And Flu?

Colds and flu are the most common disease across the globe. These diseases are regarded as mild for the biggest part but recently started to spike with regards to symptoms, severity and can even be life-threatening. The number of deaths from colds and flu has greatly increased and this ‘common’ disease is becoming tougher to battle and more dangerous with each passing year. A number of 3,697 deaths in the US resulted from the common cold last year alone. But even a perfectly normal common cold can leave you feeling absolutely horrible, weak and left with no energy.

Symptoms of cold and flu?
You are probably very familiar with the symptoms of colds and flu. Fever, a runny nose, a blocked nose, sneezing, coughing, headaches, body aches, mucus, nasal congestion, sore throat, and headaches are all common symptoms of colds and flu.

In Western Medicine, medication is the most common treatment for colds and flu
When you visit a doctor for your cold you are very likely to get the usual medication to treat the symptoms. You will get medication for the pain and fever, something to clear up your runny nose, soothe your sore throat and quiet a dry cough. In extreme cases, you might even get a dose of antibiotics. While these medications are great for temporary relief, they have one huge negative side effect; every medication you take is loaded with lots of unhealthy chemicals that have some form of negative side effect on your body. A common headache tablet, for example, can result in kidney failure if used incorrectly.

Acupuncture is a better solution to treat colds and flu
Very few people are aware of the fact that acupuncture can be used for the treatment of colds and flu. This form of alternative medicine is designed to stimulate white blood cell production which fights off your disease a whole lot quicker and may even aid in the prevention of colds and flu entirely by improving your immune system.

How acupuncture is applied to cold and flu treatment
Various pressure points and target areas are stimulated to treat colds and flu. Here are some of the most effective target areas for cold and flu treatment and prevention:

  • Union Valley – This target point is located in the webbing between your index finger and thumb. This area promotes headache relief and clears congestion.
  • Great Abyss – This is the spot below your thumb on the wrist. Stimulating this area reduces phlegm and opens the chest so you can breathe easier and get the needed oxygen to produce white blood cells.
  • Outer Gate – This point is located on the forearm and boosts your body’s ability to resist colds.
  • Crooked Pond – The point is located on the inner elbow bend and is great for reducing fever and physical symptoms.
  • Wind Pool –At the base of your neck between your ear and spine is an area that is great for aiding in long-term cold and flu relief, fever relief as well as for prevention.

  • Various acupuncture steps are used to treat colds and flu and it is important to get a professional to apply the acupuncture techniques so you can build good resistance against common colds and flu and perhaps learn how to properly apply some of the pressure techniques yourself for symptom relief and for long-term prevention results.

    The What, How, and Why on Acupuncture

    Why Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is a term that is commonly heard and seen on TV. You probably know that this medical treatment involves pricking nerves and muscles inside the body with needles. But do you know exactly what acupuncture is, how it is used and why this ancient medical treatment is still so popular?

    What exactly is acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is a holistic system of complementary health techniques that focus on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. Different countries utilize various techniques in the application of very fine needles into specific body locations to stimulate acupoints and Acupuncturists usually apply acupuncture in combination with other forms of treatments and can alleviate or cure a great variety of medical conditions.

    The history of acupuncture

    Acupuncture’s origin is greatly disputed. Some believe that acupuncture originates from China around 100 BC. Others believe that the practice of acupuncture is older than 5000 years because mummified bodies showed tattoo markings on common acupuncture spots. Some even believe that the practice of acupuncture was used during the Stone Age and sharpened stones were used instead of needles.

    How is acupuncture used today?

    This medical treatment is commonly used to this very day. An acupuncturist will stimulate certain points or nerves in the body by inserting stainless steel needles in various nerve points. Most modern acupuncturists combine these prickly sessions with other life changes in order to solve or reduce the symptoms of a medical condition.

    What types of conditions are treated with acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is used for a great variety of medical conditions. The most common conditions include the following:

    • To promote weight loss
    • For back pain relief
    • For general pain
    • To relieve arthritis pain
    • To reduce nausea
    • To improve sleep
    • To treat anxiety
    • To reduce high-stress levels
    • Relieve tension in nerve or muscle groups

    Why acupuncture is popular to this very day

    Most historical medical treatments fade away or are replaced with modern medical treatment but acupuncture treatments remain popular to this very day. This is because acupuncture has been tried and tested for many centuries and people enjoy actual perceived results from the sessions.

    Acupuncture is also a more natural alternative medicine that doesn’t have any side-effects. Whereas taking prescription medications often result in undesirable side effects such as nausea, weight increase, headaches, and can even contribute to kidney and heart failure, acupuncture treatments are completely safe.

    Who can get acupuncture?

    Another huge benefit of acupuncture is the fact that this medical treatment has no side effects and is thus suitable for anyone. Pregnant women are much safer when using acupuncture to address typical pregnancy complaints of heartburn, pain, nausea, and swelling in the feet, and even children can get acupuncture to alleviate symptoms and attune their body to a more balanced state.

    8 Unusual and Amazing Benefits of Acupuncture

    Acupuncturists are now able to treat more medical conditions than ever before. Here are 8 unusual, yet amazing benefits of acupuncture.

    Treat anxiety

    Anxiety affects more people today than ever before. Plenty of anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety neurosis, and perioperative anxiety can be treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture that is targeted to treat or relief anxiety usually results in reduced medication and a much higher quality of life.

    Prevents nausea and vomiting

    Acupuncture is used to relieve neck pain and it also reduces symptoms like nausea and vomiting. This is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for pregnant women that want to overcome terrible morning sickness without using medications that can affect the health and development of the unborn child.

    Relieve migraines

    Patients can reduce the pain in headaches and migraines and reduce the number and severity of migraines and other types of headaches they experience through an acupuncture session. This form of medical treatment is also a lot healthier with fewer side effects than normal medications that are typically prescribed.

    Treat arthritis

    Arthritis is one of those generic diseases that is incurable, painful and affects millions of people across the globe. The side effect of this painful condition can, however, be treated with acupuncture that is targeted towards muscle relaxation and pain reduction.

    Acupuncture may help to cure your cravings

    Dealing with hunger cravings is one of the hardest parts of dieting and trying to lose weight. Weight loss and dieting can, however, become a lot easier because you can actually keep hunger cravings at bay with acupuncture.

    Reduce heartburn and indigestion

    It is strange to think that something like a needle can reduce heartburn and indigestion problems. This method of pain relief is often done by pregnant women that experience digestion issues during their pregnancy, and it can also be beneficial to people who suffer with acid reflux.

    Treat insomnia

    Insomnia is a condition where a patient finds it hard to fall asleep. Acupuncture can relieve this condition because the sessions boost nocturnal melatonin production in the body. This chemical naturally boosts sleep and the stress or anxiety reduction benefits of acupuncture also contributes to better and more frequent sleep sessions.

    Boost energy levels

    Plenty of people that enjoy regular acupuncture sessions report that acupuncture boosts energy and drive. Some even experience a boost in energy levels weeks after the treatment.


    Acupuncture is tremendously beneficial and there are so many ways in which this ancient medical practice can help you enjoy a much better and higher quality of life. Start skipping out on those harmful chemical loaded medications and switch over to acupuncture for better results with fewer side effects.

    Acupuncture and Huntersville

    Acupuncture and Huntersville

    From a small mill town to a sprawling diverse area, Huntersville has something for everyone. Feel the speed of your favorite NASCAR racers by visiting the Joe Bibbs Racing. There you can acquire NASCAR merchandise you wouldn’t find anywhere else. If you still feel like shopping visit the outdoor shopping center, the Birkdale Village. For those who want to do something active, visit the Norman Lake. There are countless fun activities you can do while you are at the lake, rent boats and sail or drive through the 50 miles. Kayak, canoe, paddle board or swim around the surreal calm water of the lake. It is a perfect place to spend the day with the family or with friends.

    When you are done with all the fun activities at destinations at Lake Norman come visit Best Acupuncture. Home to the friendliest team whose goal is to build long lasting relationships with their patients.  By providing personalized care, we thrive on utilizing an initial exam to expect what physical or mental strains you are encountering. This is also done with a minor non-invasive physical exam where your acupuncturist will check your pulse and your tongue. The tongue tells a lot about the condition the patient is in based on its color, cracks, texture, and color. This will reflect how one’s organs and meridians are doing.  From there we utilize the information and diagnose what is out of balance or is being blocked.  By using thin Acupuncture specific needles, they can open up the pressure point that is causing this blocking. With the use of natural herbs that the practitioner suggests can help build up your immune system and internal strength.

    So for those living or visiting Huntersville come schedule an appointment at Best Acupuncture where you will have an all around great day by doing so.