This week has been brought to you by the letter 'A'

A community acupuncture clinic depends on a lot of people for its continued existance. The model is a low priced-high volume model. That means we need a lot of butts in our recliners receiving acupuncture in order to do well. We have been coasting a bit in the last year, not doing the marketing that we had been doing previously, and it showed in our volume. Our New Year Resolution here at STTPCA was to increase our time spent on marketing. We hope you enjoy the content we bring you.

Asthma - We treat asthma with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. We treat it as a problem of the body not able to control the breath. It can have a deficiency in qi or be obstructed. (Remember, qi is a concept of Chinese medicine that incorporates the western medicine physiology that drives metabolic activity, in this case, breathing.) Exercise-induced asthma happens when the body is deficient in qi. Asthma induced on a hot, humid day, or in cases of chronic asthma there is an obstruction of physiology.

Either way, acupuncture works well to calm an asthma attack and to restore normal breathing. With continuing treatments acupuncture and herbal medicine can reduce the strength, frequency and severity of asthma attacks.

Anxiety - We treat anxiety with either (or both) acupuncture and massage therapy. The studies below show that there is some scientific evidence for using both of these modalities to treat people with anxiety. And what better ways to manage it? Take a time out in your day to go to an appointment. Lay on a table for a massage or in a recliner for acupuncture and just zen out some. Both have very low risk of side effects and known benefits. Perfect.

"Overall, there is good scientific evidence encouraging acupuncture therapy to treat anxiety disorders as it yields effective outcomes, with fewer side effects than conventional treatment." (Amorim 2018)

"...massage therapy was also beneficial for treating anxiety and health-related quality of life." (Crawford 2016)

Amorim D, Amado J, Brito I, Fiuza SM, Amorim N, Costeira C, Machado J. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 May;31:31-37. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.01.008. Epub 2018 Jan 31.

Crawford C, Boyd C, Paat CF, Price A, Xenakis L, Yang E, Zhang W; Evidence for Massage Therapy (EMT) Working Group. The Impact of Massage Therapy on Function in Pain Populations-A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: Part I, Patients Experiencing Pain in the General Population. Pain Med. 2016 Jul 1;17(7):1353-1375. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw099.

Abdominal Pain - Do you have pain or discomfort in your abdomen? This can wear away at your energy and create irritability that is outside of your normal chipper self. Don't let it get you down! Come on in for a series of acupuncture treatments and let's see if we cannot relieve you of this feeling. We find for most abdominal pain, coming in two times per week for a few weeks will calm it down, so you can get back to feeling like yourself again. We treat distally, which means we generally don't put needles in where you feel discomfort.

Book online at or call us at 204-453-7100 to schedule a visit. You will be relieved you did!

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