Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Summer vacation hours for Aug 26-30th


Alpine Acupuncture will be closed from August 26-30th, 2019 while we are away at our annual trip to Manzanita Beach in Oregon.  We are looking forward to boogie boarding, beach fires and smores and relaxing with our extended family. Hope you can find time to put your feet up and enjoy the gorgeous weather before the next school year and fall come barreling our way. We will be back and open for business on September 2nd, Labor Day! Feel free to call: 425-391-7777 or schedule online: www.alpineacupuncture.com and we look forward to seeing you all on our return.

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

Is it Chinese Medicine Cupping or an Octopus Attack?

Is it Chinese Medicine Cupping or an Octopus Attack? 
If you’ve ever seen the circular marks left from cupping you might have wondered if your friend or family member had suffered from an unfortunate encounter with an octopus. But do not blame the cephalopods this time…..your friend probably just went to the acupuncturist recently!

So what is cupping and why do we use it? Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine, which involves applying glass or plastic cups using suction to the skin to encourage smooth energy flow; it stimulates your Qi as the cups are placed along the meridian lines of your body. This dissipates stagnation of blood and lymph fluid, promotes blood flow, eases stiffness, encourages better circulation to muscles and tissues, and feels great. It leaves a purple bruise and “cup” mark, only temporarily.

As a real life example-In 2012, during the London Olympics, acupuncture was widely acknowledged in the Olympic community as an extremely beneficial solution to guaranteeing a higher level of athletic performance. Since London, more and more Olympic athletes have been turning to the needle to and have been receiving excellent results.

Wang Qun, an Olympic swimmer for the Chinese team has been known to perform in events with cupping marks still present on her skin. In addition to Qun, other members of the Chinese Olympic Team use acupuncture, most notably being windsurfer Yin Jian, a gold medalist in the 2008 Olympics. Jian attributed nightly acupuncture with helping her achieve success and curing the muscle strains she experienced on a daily basis.

Carleton uses cupping when the condition is very difficult to treat and when acupuncture alone isn’t working as well as he would expect. He uses it primarily for musculoskeletal conditions where the muscles are tight and “adhered” or stuck together, to help loosen them and create flow throughout the body.  If you are curious about cupping, just ask Carleton and he can show you how it works!

What a week and hours update!

First of all, we hope all of our patients are warm and safe and have had plenty of good food and good books over the past few weeks. This winter has been challenging and magical in equal measure! Wow!

For all of you who made it in for appointments- thank you! And a small request- once life returns to semi normal in the next few weeks, take a moment to think about your favorite small businesses in Issaquah and our surrounding areas and try to visit them if you can. All small businesses suffer during storms and large weather events and this one was particularly hard on them, because even if the business was able to open, patients and customers couldn’t necessarily get in.

So, when you can safely be out and about- buy a cup of coffee from a locally owned shop, stop in to a mom and pop owned restaurant, and/or book an appointment with your favorite chiropractor, massage therapist or acupuncturist 🙂 If you don’t need coffee or a treatment right now, we (and all the small businesses in our area) would love it if you could send a friend in, write a review or just talk to people you know about how much you love your favorite spots. Small favors like these can keep businesses thriving even when the unexpected strikes. Thank you!

HOURS: We are open next week February 20-22 (Wednesday thru Friday) 10-7, Carleton has already planned to take Monday and Tuesday for President’s day off to visit with out of town family 🙂 We would love to see you later that week to share stories of the winter wonderland!