Successful Tonics to Boost the Kidneys

The kidneys in Traditional Chinese Medicine are a vital energy system. They are the root of all yin and yang in the body, and they store our essence. They govern growth, reproduction and healthy progression through the different cycles of life. They play a role in healthy aging and preventing lots of age-related decline. They also control the bones, the low back and the knees. On a mental-emotional level, the kidneys are associated with fear – an imbalance in the kidney energy often leads to irrational or pervasive fear. On a spiritual level, the kidneys are the source of our Zhi, or will-power – our drive to succeed, to thrive and to be alive. continue reading »

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We are Thankful for YOU!


The blog post for today was supposed to be “Eating right for your body type” but we will delve into that next week after we have all enjoyed amazing tasty (and maybe not so healthy) foods with our families and friends for Thanksgiving. It is the season for laughter and stories and tasting foods we haven’t tasted all year!

Our family is so grateful to all of our patients every day, but today is a good day to say it. You make Alpine Acupuncture the amazing clinic that it is. Did you know that Carleton has seen over 1,000 patients in the last ten years and completed over 11,000 acupuncture treatments? Because of you sharing the “love” of natural medicine, we have been able to help so many people feel better! So many patients start their day with less pain, feel more balanced in their digestion or hormones and less stressed.

Thank you for your visits and thank you for your referrals. Over the years, we have been able to help whole families (even babies and kids!) and groups of friends and even offices full of co-workers experience the health benefits of acupuncture, all because of you.

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours-
Carleton (and family)

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Eating Right for Your Body Type

Five Elements

Traditional Chinese Medicine, a medical system that has been around for nearly 3,000 years, views the body differently than modern medicine. When the body is broken down to its core, its tiniest molecules can be classified as energy. This means every element of the universe resides within the human body, to some degree. And every organ has its own properties and energies that must remain balanced for the body to function properly. The energies within the body must be a perfect synergy of elements. This allows for homeostatic balance, biochemical balance, longevity and harmony between the body and mind. continue reading »

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Positive Side Effects of Acupuncture

During an initial session of acupuncture, most practitioners began with an extensive health intake that goes over all of the systems in the body. We use this to determine certain patterns of imbalance, allowing us to treat the root cause of issues. This is one way we differ from Western medicine. continue reading »

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Combat Illness with TCM

Everybody gets sick at some point in their life. For some, it’s just a quick weekend thing. For others, it can last for several days and even weeks. Why do some people always get sick whenever there is a bug going around and others don’t? It all comes down to immunity. People who have a stronger immune system, tend to be sick less often. Those with compromised or weak immune systems, seem to get sick at the drop of a hat. There are many things that can be done to strengthen the immune system though. And Traditional Chinese Medicine is probably one of the best and least invasive ways to boost the immune system, not just during the winter months, but all year long. continue reading »

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