Acupuncture

Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Reduce Stress

Stress is a word many people are familiar with. The dictionary defines stress in multiple ways, but there is only one that matters when we discuss how stress affects our physical bodies. The definition is this, “stress is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.” And while most people think of stress as being detrimental, it truly does have a function in our bodies. Stress is the body’s way of signaling for help or a break in the routine. If we don’t listen to these signals, we can develop imbalances in our bodies, which can then lead to illnesses. continue reading »

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Five Acupuncture Points for Indian Summer

Acupuncture is part of a medical system that dates back nearly 3,500 years. This medical system is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM acknowledges not four but five seasons. The fifth season, Indian Summer, occurs in late August through mid-September. Each season in TCM has a pair of organs or energetic pathways it corresponds to. For Indian Summer, these pathways are those of the spleen and stomach. continue reading »

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Seven Ways Acupuncture Can Help Men’s Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been around for nearly 3,000 years. It combines nutrition, herbs, acupuncture and other modalities to help keep the body functioning properly, while also treating any ailments that might occur. TCM has been used to treat both men and women, regardless of their age, and TCM is frequently becoming the medical choice for those who prefer to use holistic forms of medicine to heal themselves. continue reading »

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How do you become an acupuncturist?

We had a great question from a patient last week- “How do you become an acupuncturist or naturopathic doctor?”

That’s a great question! It’s a long road, but it is worth it, read on below….

How do you become an acupuncturist?

Carleton Magus, LAc, moved to Washington in 2001 from the Midwest to attend Batsyr University. He started in the Herbal Sciences department and quickly progressed to Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in 2006. Along with having a wife who was in medical school at the time and celebrating the birth of all THREE children while he was in school, Carleton worked hard at school.  For six years he focused on taking courses to learn how to do acupuncture and how to prepare Chinese herbs (of course!) as well as classes in anatomy, nutrition, microbiology, medical Chinese and so many more!  In the last few years of his education, Carleton spent most of his time at the Bastyr clinic seeing patients for a total of 1,356 clinic hours as an intern. After clinical boards and graduation, in 2007 he bought Alpine Acupuncture and has enjoyed seeing patients from Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Renton, North Bend and the surrounding areas ever since! If you have any more specific questions here is the link to Bastyr’s program guide for acupuncture and herbal medicine or you can ask Carleton! Next week’s topic: “How do you become a Naturopathic Physician?” See you soon!
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TCM and Libido in Men

If your love life is lackluster, have you considered Traditional Chinese medicine to help a sagging libido? Acupuncture and herbal formulas may just be the ticket to improve your sex life and reignite your fire. continue reading »

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