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Acupuncture and Natural Medicine Benefits. Learn simple, yet effective tips on how to improve your health naturally!

Eczema, what is it telling you?

January 26, 2015

Starting Point Acupuncture was featured in the Winter 2015 Issue of Try Acupuncture Magazine. The Try Acupuncture Magazine has several featured articles including, “Healing with acupuncture during times of stress”, “Help for PMS and cramps: the alternative answer”, and “Good news for Crohn’s disease sufferers”, and Dr. Heintze’s article “Eczema, what is it telling you?”…

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How to End Seasonal Affective Disorder and Start Loving Winter

January 25, 2015

Many people feel down as winter approaches. It’s dark. It’s cold. The holidays can be stressful. But for some people every winter is unbearable. They’re tired and depressed. They don’t want to get out of bed. They snap at their families and binge on junk food. These people have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Our moods…

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Acupuncture can help with stress and anxiety

Cold and flu prevention with acupuncture

January 23, 2015

Wei Qi provides an “immune system-like” barrier that protects the body from harmful pathogenic factors that can cause illness and disease. When we are exposed to bad air, germs, and viruses, our first line of defense, according to Chinese medicine is our Wei Qi barrier. Over time, Wei Qi can become weakened and unbalanced due…

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Insomnia and acupuncture

Acupuncture and Insomnia

December 20, 2014

Suffer from poor sleep? Acupuncture can help! Acupuncture has shown to help achieve a relaxing and sound sleep. Two powerful points in the ear can send you off to dreamland. Take a moment: Make some time in your schedule for a pre-sleep relaxation ritual. Taking a hot bath just before bed has been shown to…

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Acupuncture helps those with PTSD

Acupuncture and PTSD

November 14, 2014

What is PTSD? PTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event. The disorder results in several different symptoms. Re-experiencing. Some PTSD sufferers relive the traumatic event over and over. This can be in the form of bad memories, nightmares and flashbacks. Sights, sounds and smells can trigger re-experiencing…

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Cancer Care with Acupuncture

Cancer Care: How Acupuncture Helps

November 1, 2014

Cancer. It’s a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. It can leave you feeling frightened, uncertain, and powerless. But if you or a loved one is facing cancer, it’s important to have hope. In many cases, cancer can be cured, especially when it’s detected early. There are more treatments available now than ever before…

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Acupuncture treats SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder

October 27, 2014

Don’t let Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) get you down this winter! How to prepare for those dark gloomy days ahead… Did you know that there are simple ways to stay healthy and happy during the Fall and Winter? Yes there are! Studies have shown that Seasonal Affective Disorder aka “SAD” can be prevented. What is…

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Acupuncture and Digestion

Your Super Spleen: Key to Digestive Health

October 10, 2014

The Spleen and Stomach rule the summer season. That means these organs are now most active, accessible, and unfortunately prone to problems. They are also associated with the “Earth” element. Earth provides support and nourishment for all life. Likewise, these active organs provide the body with nourishment. Food is ingested, digested, transformed, transported, and assimilated…

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quit smoking with acupuncture

Acupuncture for Quitting Smoking

October 6, 2014

Consider kicking the habit! 5 Facts to Know When Using Acupuncture to Quit Smoking Smoking is a strong, complicated addiction. Quitting smoking is no small task and you will need lots of support to be successful. You need the best tools to help with the physical and emotional symptoms, and acupuncture is a great resource…

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acupuncture and stress

Further Research Closing in on How Acupuncture Treats Chronic Stress

October 2, 2014

It is a widely held belief that acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress. Several studies have seen groups diagnosed with chronic stress display remarkable improvement in quality of life and lower stress levels due to acupuncture. Despite this evidence it has remained largely unclear why or how acupuncture is able to reduce stress…

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Coffee Benefits

No coffee, no problem…?!

September 30, 2014

Many of you know that I am a coffee lover…some say coffee snob. I drink coffee black. Over the years of perfecting my palate, I pride myself on being able to tell the difference of different brands of coffee around Seattle just by trying their drip. This is a fun fact about me but could…

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Summer Eating Tips

September 29, 2014

It should come as no surprise that I recommend eating lots of fruits and vegetables in the summer. In fact, I recommend eating fruits and vegetables all year, but in the summer they are especially important. Summer is a yang season and is associated with the fire element. Fire governs the heart and small intestine.…

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9 Ways to Rid Your Home of Endocrine Disruptors

September 25, 2014

Can a shower curtain be bad for your health? It can if it contains phthalates. Phthalates are just some of over 800 chemicals that are labeled as endocrine disruptors. These chemicals are toxic for a number of reasons. They may mimic estrogen, androgen or thyroid hormones and cause your body to respond to them inappropriately.…

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Cupping for pain relief

6 Acupuncture Treatments You Have Never Heard of

September 25, 2014

Most people know that one way to feel better is with acupuncture needles. You go to your acupuncturist feeling bad. I put in a few needles. You leave feeling lighter, energized, more pain-free. Using acupuncture needles to heal is part of a broader medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). By observing body systems and…

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Stress management

Stress Management with Acupuncture

August 1, 2014

A recent study was done on health care workers using auricular acupuncture to reduce stress levels. Subjects given acupuncture tested much lower stress.

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