Why You Should Get Regular Acupuncture Treatments

Everybody knows you should see your family physician at least once a year and your dentist at least twice a year. But not everybody knows about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and the many benefits it can provide for you. If you start incorporating acupuncture into your health and wellness regime, you may not have to rely on the family physician so much for those minor little issues. Let’s look at how getting regular acupuncture treatments can help you stay happy and healthy. continue reading »

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Carleton talks acute injury treatment with acupuncture!

Today we have another mini interview with Carleton about how acupuncture can help if you get hurt! For example- a sprained ankle, a tweak in your back from yard work or heavy lifting, a sports injury or a motor vehicle accident.
So, Carleton- What do you recommend for someone who has a recent injury? Of course, start with first aid: things like taking the pressure off the joint, raising the joint and applying ice to alleviate swelling and inflammation are all great places to start. I’d say that if it is a minor injury, just try to get an appointment with me as soon as possible, and feel free to call for a last minute appointment, we can often get you in on the same day even if the schedule looks full. If the injury is more major, check in with your primary care doctor first and then come to acupuncture during the healing phase. 
How does acupuncture help with acute injury? Well, acupuncture is great at speeding up the healing process and decreasing the pain you’re in right away. Needling the acupuncture points helps direct the body to send those cells that help with healing right to the location they are needed, which decreases swelling and inflammation and helps the recovery go faster. 

What does the treatment plan look like for acute injury?
That depends on the severity, for something like a pulled muscle or “tweak” from overdoing it on the weekend, we can often get you all fixed up in one to two visits. For a more serious ankle sprain, acupuncture treatments can shorten the recovery time by 25% according to a study done in China, though it may still take a few weeks to get you back to feeling completely normal.


If you or someone you know has an acute injury, try Alpine Acupuncture right here in Issaquah, we treat kids, teens, adults and elders!

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Add 12 YEARS to your life! And a Special Offer!

Hi there, Dr. Katja Magus here! I’m taking over your regularly scheduled acupuncture newsletter to talk about some AMAZING headlines in the news this week (read on for a rare special offer)!

Did you see headlines on Facebook or Google this week, like this one from the Guardian: “The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life”?  I did and I was so excited! All of the habits studied in this article are things ANYONE can do, and I happen to specialize in LIFESTYLE TRANSFORMATION– which fits this research exactly!

5 Habits that can add a DECADE to your life!

Here’s the scoop:

Upon realizing that Americans have a lower life expectancy than residents of almost all other high income countries, researchers from Harvard University studied a huge group of volunteers- over 120,000 individuals for almost 35 years, to determine which lifestyle factors could lengthen life span. They determined that these 5 factors are present in individuals who live longer and feel better throughout their lives:

  1. Exercise 30min/day
  2. Healthy Diet
  3. Never smoked
  4. Healthy weight
  5. Drink in moderation

I know, I know, you’ve seen this list before, and it is so easy to do these things, right? If you are like most people, the answer is NOPE! Sometimes it seems like the simplest steps we need to take, are the hardest ones! I’m a Naturopathic Physician and if you have ever visited an ND, you know that the first two years of our training is very similar to an MD, studying anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and so much more! The next two years of our doctoral program focus on how to treat patients using natural medicines, conventional drugs and lifestyle changes. My personal speciality is Lifestyle Transformation- which in easy terms, means helping you make those changes that seem SO simple, but really aren’t. You choose which of the above factors YOU want to work on (or PICK ALL 5!) and  I will be right there with you each step of the way, helping with a plan that works for you and fits into your life.

For the FIRST FIVE people who schedule after reading this email (ready, set, go) a First Office Visit with me will be $140 (Regularly $200- that’s 30% off)- which is exactly the same price as a first office visit to acupuncture. You will have a WHOLE HOUR with a doctor to discuss how we can help you lengthen your life span and feel great today! Together we will develop on ongoing plan that helps you meet those goals.

Click the red button to schedule now or call us at 425-391-7777. Feel free to share this offer with friends (there’s button for that below too!)

See you next week!

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Acupuncture and TCM for Sprains and Strains

We’ve all heard of and maybe even experienced a sprain or a strain. But do you really know the difference? A sprain is defined as a stretch or tear of a ligament. A strain, on the other hand, is defined as an injury to a muscle or tendon. Sprains can result from a fall, a sudden twist or a blow to the body that forces a joint out of place, while a strain can happen from twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon. continue reading »

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Who Knew Acupuncture could do THAT?

Well, we did! Every day we meet someone with a new complaint or condition here at Alpine Acupuncture and we are always excited to be learning and helping! Some of our patients are AMAZED when they find out acupuncture can help with such diverse range of conditions- all the way from hiccups to the nausea from cancer therapies! Take a look at the list below and see if you can find anything surprising. We are always happy to answer your questions over the phone or at your next appointment and we always welcome referrals of any friends, family or co-workers that may have any of these concerns. 

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain
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