Entries by Steve Hoffman

Acupuncture and Knee Pain

The knee is an incredibly complex structure facilitating a wide range of activities, allowing us tremendous flexibility in motion, all while bearing the weight of almost our entire body, every day. It is no wonder that knee pain is so prevalent in patients that we see. From runners and athletes who put a huge amount of strain on this joint, to people dealing with arthritis, and those whose knees are “tricky” or give them trouble after being on their feet for extended periods, knee pain can be bothersome to debilitating. Typically, people will take anti-inflammatory medications, use ice, massage, physical therapy and restrict their movements or exercise to deal with the pain. Except for physical therapy however, none of these will help you heal. Acupuncture will.

The studies in this article Acupuncture and Knee Pain Click show that acupuncture is effective and often more effective than other therapies in treating knee pain. For the majority of cases, what we find to be most effective is taking a break from all activities that put stress on the knee for 4-6 weeks while we help the knee heal. This is often the most difficult part for some people. Athletes hate to stop training and some peoples work requires them to be on their feet. Braces can help and what I tell athletes is if you want to deal with the problem on an ongoing basis then by all means keep doing what you are doing, but if you want to really heal, and eventually get back and even surpass your performance level, you must let the joint heal. Proper strengthening of the joint comes next and then stretching. Supplements can also help depending on your situation. Weight loss can also be a key component of helping knee pain heal and we can help our patients reach their goals with acupuncture and tailored dietary advice.

Not sure if it is right for you? Come in for our initial three treatment packages and find out. Most patients will experience an immediate reduction in their pain and an immediate increase in their range of motion, right on the table! There is no better advocate for our medicine than someone who walks in with pain in the range of eight to nine out of ten and walks out with a two to three and a huge grin on their face! You can also call or book a free consultation to see if we think acupuncture will be right for your situation.

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

The knee is an incredibly complex structure facilitating a wide range of activities, allowing us tremendous flexibility in motion, all while bearing the weight of almost our entire body, every day. It is no wonder that knee pain is so prevalent in patients that we see. From runners and athletes who put a huge amount […]

Got a Pain in the Neck? Try Acupuncture!

For the record, we are talking literally about pain in your neck, not a figurative pain in the neck (although with a big enough needle, we can probably take care of those as well!) I would say that about ninety percent of the patients that I see have some degree of neck/shoulder/upper back pain or discomfort, even if it is not the thing that brought them in for acupuncture in the first place. Why is this so prevalent, why does everyone seem to have a pain in the neck. Because the body has a certain wisdom and we tend to not listen to it.

Wisdom? Really! Why would my body sabotage me like that! I say this to many patients and get many sidelong glances. For the most part, neck/shoulder/upper back pain is due to stress. Some of it is poor posture (hunching over a keyboard for hours etc.) but often, if the stress is removed, the pain and discomfort go away. When the body has too much to handle, it “moves” this stress to one area or another until it can deal with it (when you are not under stress and resting). The body also and gives us signals that it is under distress, i.e. pain. So, let me ask you, would you rather have the body shunt this stress to you neck or would you rather have it put it on your heart, or your kidneys or some other critically important organ. I think I know your answer.

So here is the problem. Because we are under so much stress and many of us do not get enough rest so that the body can heal itself, these problems often become chronic. And what do we do about it? Often, we ignore it until it becomes so uncomfortable or affects our daily lives so much that we must do something about it. We ignore what our bodies are saying. Think about this, if you break your leg, can you put weight on it, walk, run. Of course not, your body sends you such strong signals that you CAN’T ignore them. But a little bit of neck pain, heck, we can push through that, or take medications to dull the pain so that we can get through the day. But with increasingly serious side effects being revealed, do you really want to manage your pain this way. So, what can you do?? Get help of course and acupuncture is a great, natural and EFFECTIVE way of not only reducing your pain, but also actually healing the body.

At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine we often see dramatic, immediate improvement for these types of issues and you know what, other symptoms tend to improve as well (sleep, energy, digestion etc.) The other thing you should remember is that your body can only deal with this stress by giving you a pain in the neck for so long. Eventually, you will be putting stress on other body systems, so just like you wouldn’t ignore a broken leg, don't ignore the other signals your body is sending you. Call today, we offer a free consultation and will take the time to discuss your problem and let you know what we can do for you.

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

For the record, we are talking literally about pain in your neck, not a figurative pain in the neck (although with a big enough needle, we can probably take care of those as well!) I would say that about ninety percent of the patients that I see have some degree of neck/shoulder/upper back pain or […]

Acute Pain, Acupuncture and the Opioid Crisis

The attention that the opioid crisis is getting in the media is shining a light on a problem that has reached epidemic proportions. While this is a significant step forward, the fact that things got to this point in the first place is distressing. This article FDA Suggest Doctors Learn About Acupuncture shows how serious the media and even government agencies are taking this problem. Today, I want to talk about acute pain and how acupuncture can help the opioid crisis. Acute pain syndromes are of abrupt onset, normally of short duration and often needs urgent care. Think of a sprain, strain or even a bone break that happens because of an injury or accident. This is a situation for which opioids are often prescribed. Not a bad idea. Manage the immediate pain, allow the injury to heal and then discontinue the opioids when the pain level has reduced to a “manageable” level.

There are a few problems with this approach. One is that sometimes the pain level does not decrease to a manageable level and where does that leave the patient. In need of more opioids just to get by and this is a recipe for addiction. The other problem is that pain is there for a reason. With a broken leg, the pain will be so severe that if you try to bear weight on it, the pain prevents you from doing so. Imagine if you took opioids to mask the pain and continued to do weight bearing activities. The bone would not heal right, setting you up for further complications and quite probably chronic pain. A similar thing could happen with back pain. If you use opioids to manage the pain, you are likely to continue to do things (poor posture, lifting things you shouldn’t etc.) that can exacerbate the problem or NOT do things (physical therapy, exercise, lose weight) that could help the problem. Further, opioids do absolutely NOTHING to heal the body.

Acupuncture does not normally come to mind for most people when it comes to acute pain. Often, we see patients who have been dealing with their pain issue for years or even decades and traditional therapies have done little to nothing to address the problem. This is the exact wrong approach! Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help manage pain but that is because it is helping the body heal the problem. Injuries heal faster, more completely and with fewer long term problems than letting the body heal on its own. I have seen dramatic improvement in pain, swelling and range of motion after just one treatment. By taking advantage of what acupuncture can do, many can avoid turning to pain reliving medications all together.

If you have an acute injury don’t wait, the sooner acupuncture is performed on an injury, the faster an injury will heal, even a day or two makes a difference. There is a place for opioids but with other interventions, you can stop using them sooner or may not have to use them at all.

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

The attention that the opioid crisis is getting in the media is shining a light on a problem that has reached epidemic proportions. While this is a significant step forward, the fact that things got to this point in the first place is distressing. This article FDA Suggest Doctors Learn About Acupuncture shows how serious […]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Acupuncture Treatment: Part 2

In my last post How To Get The Most Out Of Your Acupuncture Treatment: Part 1, I talked about how to get the most out of your acupuncture treatments in general terms. I’m going to make this installment a bit more specific. I last talked about heeding the advice of your acupuncturist outside the office, between visits. As part of our training, things like diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications are integrated as they are often as, or even more important than your actual treatment. So, let’s take these items one by one with some specific examples that you can implement right now to get yourself on the path to optimal health!

Diet: Typically, in the west, we are given advice like “calories in calories out” and eat less fat or eat more protein or eat less carbohydrates (whatever happens to be in fashion). Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at things a little differently. We look at your complaint, your constitution and other factors to diagnose disharmonies. With dietary therapy, your acupuncturist may suggest foods that are said to nourish a certain organ system, or “tonify” yin or yang, or are cooling or warming. These are the same concepts we use when we are treating you in the office so the advice will support and work synergistically with your treatment.

Exercise: I know, we have all heard this before, exercise is important! But again, the type of advice you will receive from your acupuncturist is different than what you have typically heard. You do not need to flog yourself at the altar of CrossFit to achieve and maintain optimal health. On the contrary, that type of exercise is simply not good for everyone. For the most part, all you really need to be doing is walking and doing something like yoga or tai chi. So, walk to your yoga class and you kill two birds with one stone! Everyone is different and at various stages of their life. Your acupuncturist can help you find what is right for you to help you nourish yourself rather than beating yourself up!

Lifestyle Modifications: What else? Incorporating things like meditation, spiritual nourishment and mindfulness exercises can have a profound effect your health and well-being. This article from the Mayo Clinic shows how dramatically meditation can affect your body. By ignoring this aspect of yourself, you are ignoring fully a third of what makes up your health and well-being: Body, Mind and Spirit.

So, do you want to spend a whole bunch of time and money going to your acupuncturist? That’s fine with me! Seriously though, these areas can have real, lasting and powerful effects on your health and health is one thing that you simply can’t live without! At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we use your comprehensive health history and combine it with proven diagnostic techniques to assemble a picture of you as an individual, not just a disease or health complaint so that we can provide you with the right modifications for you! Call us for a free consultation to see what we can do for you or book your appointment at www.pa-om.com

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

In my last post How To Get The Most Out Of Your Acupuncture Treatment: Part 1, I talked about how to get the most out of your acupuncture treatments in general terms. I’m going to make this installment a bit more specific. I last talked about heeding the advice of your acupuncturist outside the office, […]

Why Acupuncture Works, Your Brain & Nervous System

Wait acupuncture can affect my brain? Absolutely! Any type of stimulation you encounter is ultimately interpreted by the brain (and in some cases your spinal cord but both are part of your nervous system). As I noted in a previous post 5 Reasons Acupuncture Works recent studies of the effects of acupuncture on the brain show some pretty amazing things. Different areas of the brain are stimulated when different acupuncture points are stimulated. This means that by selecting the proper acupuncture points, an acupuncturist can target the effects of the acupuncture to help with very specific problems. This can have some far-reaching effects. Regulation of pain is a huge one for anyone suffering from pain. Acupuncture can induce the body to release different endorphins to help moderate pain symptoms. So how does this help the body heal. Well, if one is constantly in pain, it is difficult to rest, sleep or exercise. Proper sleep is critical to the bodies healing process and with some conditions, exercise is essential to healing. The nervous system (along with the hormonal system) regulates all functions in the body. The use of acupuncture to stimulate specific areas of the brain can affect things like cardiovascular function, digestion, mood and immunity. It is almost easier to ask, “What can acupuncture NOT effect”.

In our clinic, we often have patients observe that not only is their primary complaint getting better but other things are getting better. Like someone who comes in for pain treatment and they remark that their menstrual cycle is smoother, they are sleeping better and their digestion is also better. Because acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, and the nervous system has such far reaching effects, the acupuncture similarly has far reaching effects.

So, if you want to tune up your brain, come on down! Seriously, since the effects of acupuncture can be so targeted and yet so far reaching, we can help with a whole host of health problems and now you know why! Call or sign up online for a free consultation today and we can let you know what we can do for you!!

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

Wait acupuncture can affect my brain? Absolutely! Any type of stimulation you encounter is ultimately interpreted by the brain (and in some cases your spinal cord but both are part of your nervous system). As I noted in a previous post 5 Reasons Acupuncture Works recent studies of the effects of acupuncture on the brain […]

Why Acupuncture Works – Your Immune System

In my last BLOG POST, I discussed a few reasons as to why acupuncture works. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to delve in to each of those reasons in greater depth because, well, it’s my blog! I find these topic fascinating, I hope you do as well.

So how does acupuncture influence your immune system? Just like when you get a cut, the body sees the insertion of the acupuncture needle as an invasion and your immune system is activated to protect the body and heal the damage. Special cells, proteins, enzymes and antibodies are sent to the site to deal with the problem. Blood flow is increase to the area to bring these immune factors to the area, to remove damaged tissue and to repair tissue. Our bodies are nothing if not careful and redundant, if they weren’t, none of us would be here. So, when our bodies react to damage, far more healing factors are sent to the area than are needed and these factors go to a general area, not a specific spot. Remember, the surrounding area, the tissue beneath the wound and even the organs below the area of the wound are all on a shared blood supply so these benefit from the boost of immune and healing factors. Further, scientific research has shown that acupuncture increases white blood cells (those that fight infection) in the body and moderates the immune system allowing it to react properly to threats.

Acupuncture also relaxes the body, allowing the body to enter in to a parasympathetic

mode of “rest and digest” quickly. You can read my two-part blog on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system HERE and HERE. Basically, when your body is in a parasympathetic dominant mode, your body is able to heal, regenerate and repair itself. It is well known that when the body is under stress (sympathetic dominant mode) our immune systems become compromised. Just think about shingles. This is the chicken pox virus that lies dormant in our spinal nerves and can reassert itself when the body is…you guessed it, under stress.

The influence of acupuncture on your immune system is far reaching and extremely powerful. This is just one reason why acupuncture works. Therefore, complaints like pain, illness, immune deficiencies and even allergies respond so well to acupuncture. If you are dealing with one of these problems, contact us today to set up a FREE in person or telephone consultation to discuss what we can do for you!

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

In my last BLOG POST, I discussed a few reasons as to why acupuncture works. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to delve in to each of those reasons in greater depth because, well, it’s my blog! I find these topic fascinating, I hope you do as well.So how does acupuncture influence your immune […]

HEADACHES, WHAT HE GU CAN DO FOR YOU!

LI4He what?? He Gu or “Junction Valley” as translated to English, is the acupuncture point Large Intestine 4 (LI4 for short). In my last post The Top Five Acupuncture Points For Headaches, I talked about how this point (along with and among others) can help treat a headache. So what else can this acupuncture point treat. Well, among other things it is good for pain in the neck, redness, swelling and pain of the eye, nasal obstruction, toothache, deafness, swelling of the face, sore throat, facial paralysis, abdominal pain, dysentery, constipation, amenorrhea, delayed labor, pain, and weakness and motor impairment of the upper limbs. Alrighty then! How can one acupuncture point do all of that? Well the answer is that it can’t, not all by itself. In Chinese medicine there are very few 1:1 correlations, like; when you needle this point, the result will be “this”. That is because, we very rarely use just one point in a treatment. Points are used together with other points to strengthen a treatment, guide a treatment to a specific area of the body, work on a “root” cause of a problem, work on a “branch” or symptom and finally to work on different problems that the patient presents with. Also, while LI4 might be good for a headache for one person, it might not help another person.

That is where the beauty of this medicine lies. By using the right point or points for the right person, an acupuncturist can come up with a treatment that works, as well as a treatment that will “fix” the problem so that it does not come back. But let’s take a look at the overall thrust of this acupuncture point. We see pain several times, delayed labor, constipation, paralysis, impairment of limbs. The overall “feel” of these disharmonies is that something is stuck. In Chinese medicine, when the energy of the body does not move, stagnation occurs and things like pain ensue. With paralysis, the energy of the body is not moving correctly through, or to the area. You may look at dysentery and say that things are moving too much, but in reality, the body is trying to get rid of something, by moving things along more strongly, the patient gets better sooner. The fact that the meridian runs along the arm, up the neck and in to the face explains why it is helpful for symptoms in these areas. The fact that the meridian runs internally to the large intestine, explains why it is helpful for digestive and abdominal problems.

So, what can He Gu do for you? Well it really depends, but if you are suffering with one of these problems, it may very well be that a little attention to this area can help!

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

He what?? He Gu or “Junction Valley” as translated to English, is the acupuncture point Large Intestine 4 (LI4 for short). In my last post The Top Five Acupuncture Points For Headaches, I talked about how this point (along with and among others) can help treat a headache. So what else can this acupuncture point […]

ACUPUNCTURE FOR BACK PAIN

Nearly 8 out of 10 people will experience some type of back pain in their lifetime. If you have ever dealt with back pain, you know how miserable it can be. It can affect your mood, your work, your activities, basically the enjoyment of your life. How can you possibly be in a good mood when you are in pain? Have you ever had to call in sick to work because your pain was so severe? What activities have you had to stop since you have been in pain, can you enjoy your time with your kids. But many do not see any hope, they think that it is something they have to put up with and that is just not the case, there are things you can do to reduce or even eliminate your pain.

HOW DID I GET HERE? 

Let’s look at some of the causes of back pain. Often it is due to the way your spinal joints, muscles, discs and nerves fit together and move. Herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, inflammation and pinched nerves are some examples of how all of these interlocking pieces can cause pain. Poor posture, obesity, lack of exercise and even smoking are some lifestyle triggers that can contribute to back pain. Arthritis, pregnancy and even stress can cause back pain.

Read Acupuncture For Stress Relief 

TYPICAL APPROACHES TO BACK PAIN 

If you go to a western medical practitioner, pain medications are on the menu, possibly physical therapy, maybe even surgery. We all know, pain medications are (or should be) a short term solution, and when you think about it, they are not really a solution at all because they do not fix anything AND they come with side effects. Physical therapy can be good, but chances are it will be for a fairly brief period of time and once it stops, the pain will come back. Surgery? Sometimes the end result is worse than the original symptoms and I have seen people who have had multiple surgeries just to try and correct what the original surgery has done! 

THE HOLISTIC APPROACH TO BACK PAIN 

Acupuncture has been clinically proven to be more effective at relieving back pain than conventional treatments! At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, I see patients get immediate and lasting relief from their pain. But, if you look at my last blog on stress relief  under the “What can I do” heading, you will see that lifestyle changes are part of an overall approach to healing. In my clinic, I work with patients to provide them with attainable lifestyle changes that will help them get better more quickly and completely relieve their pain. Depending on what is causing the problem, there are other things that we suggest such as: 

Exercise:  Strengthening muscles in the back is key to eliminating back pain from a variety of causes. Strong muscles will help stabilize joints so that pain from things like disc problems and arthritis is relieved. If obesity is contributing to the problem, exercise will help patients lose weight. We know that exercise helps with stress and even back pain from pregnancy can be helped with proper exercise. As I mentioned in my last post, exercises like yoga, tai chi and qi gong are nutritive exercises that nourish you on many different levels and are good for just about everyone and any stage of life, especially as you get older. When you are dealing with back pain high impact exercises can exacerbate the problem so I normally recommend one of the above exercises to my patients. 

Heat:  Unless the problem is due to an acute injury, heat is always the best thing. A heating pad, every day will help relax the muscles in the area. It will also dilate blood vessels, bringing more blood and oxygen to the area, speeding up the healing process. A hot bath with Epsom salt is also great. 

Topical Herbs:  I have some fantastic topical solutions in my clinic that are safe, effective and provide great relief. 

ACUPUNCTURE 

As noted above, acupuncture has been proven to be effective in treating back pain. The use of acupuncture induces the brain to release pain relieving endorphins and other healing factors,  improving circulation, bringing oxygen to the tissues while removing waste. It is also important to rest to heal and I often have patients ask if they can stay just a little longer to rest a bit more because they get some of their best rest while on my table! Call Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist today, there is no reason to suffer for even another minute!

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

Nearly 8 out of 10 people will experience some type of back pain in their lifetime. If you have ever dealt with back pain, you know how miserable it can be. It can affect your mood, your work, your activities, basically the enjoyment of your life. How can you possibly be in a good mood […]

Top Ten Benefits of Acupuncture That You Need to Know NOW

1. Stress Relief

It has long been known by practitioners that acupuncture can relieve stress, which is responsible for or contributes to a whole host of diseases. Studies are now showing a measurable reduction in the amount of stress hormones in patients that receive acupuncture treatments. Regular treatments can keep even those under tremendous stress from suffering from the toll that these stress hormones take on our bodies.

(Read More About How Acupuncture Can Relieve Stress)

2. Back Pain

The benefits of acupuncture for those suffering from pain have been well studied. Back pain in particular can respond quickly with lasting benefits. We often see patients leave our office feeling noticeably better after just one treatment! One study showed that just 5 weeks of twice-weekly treatments relieved back discomfort for up to 6 months.

(Read More About How Acupuncture Can Relieve Back Pain)

3. Fertility

A recent study showed a 26% increase in conception rates when acupuncture was used in conjunction with western fertility treatments. With the cost of western fertility treatments, increasing your chances by 26% is a big deal. Normally, about three months of weekly treatments, along with Chinese herbal formulas, is needed and the cost for this is pennies when compared to IUI and IVF treatment.

(Read More About Acupuncture and Fertility)

4. Depression

A new study showed Acupuncture and Chinese herbs were proven to be as effective as antidepressants. A different study found that acupuncture can help treat the side effects of antidepressant medications. This is an insidious condition that people often suffer through because they feel like they need to “tough it out”. Once weekly treatments can treat depression within 3 months so why suffer another day? Get help now.

(Read More About Acupuncture and Depression)

5. Insomnia

Acupuncture increased sleep duration better than medications in a study of almost 4,000 patients. Acupuncture increases the production of neurotransmitters associated with relaxation and sleep, helping sufferers sleep better. The only time our bodies heal is when we are resting. Literally thousands of micro injuries are repaired every day, our immune system is rebuilt and if we are not getting enough rest, our bodies cannot heal and protect us.

(Read More About Acupuncture and Insomnia)

6. Headaches

Nearly half of the people who received acupuncture in addition to their usual headache treatments said that their headache days were cut by at least half in a large study. Only 16 percent of those who received no acupuncture reported the same level of relief. Headaches respond quickly to treatment! Instead of taking yet another pill, get treatment and get lasting relief!

(Read More About Acupuncture and Headaches)

7. Migraines

Not to belittle “typical” headaches but most migraine sufferers will tell you that they would take a typical headache any day of the week. One of the largest studies to date revealed that patients given acupuncture experienced fewer migraine episodes, missed fewer days from work, and suffered no side effects compared to patients on conventional drug herapy. They also found acupuncture to be more cost-efficient, estimating a savings of hundreds of millions of dollars in private and social health expenditures, if it were used to treat headaches alone instead of drugs. Cheap, safe, effective…yes please!

(Read More About Acupuncture and Migraines)

8. Weight Loss

Participants in a weight loss study showed a 6.1% reduction in BMI while the control group who received “sham” acupuncture showed no reduction at all. Results can be seen in as little as two weeks with sustained reductions between two weeks and four months. We provide patients with diet and lifestyle advice that they can work with so they can reach their goals.

(Read More About Acupuncture and Weight Loss)

9. Allergies

In as few as 12 acupuncture sessions, seasonal allergy sufferers experienced reduced symptoms and had to use antihistamines less often. We have found that it is best to start treatments before the allergy season actually hits, so with spring right around the corner, now is the time to start treatment!

(Read More About Acupuncture and Allergy Relief)

10. Immune System

Studies have shown that acupuncture increases the level T-cells (cells which destroy bacteria and viruses). The body reacts to the acupuncture needles like any trauma to the body and increased production of immune cells. Since the micro-lesions caused by the needles take a few days to heal, the effects last for days after the treatment.

 

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

1. Stress Relief It has long been known by practitioners that acupuncture can relieve stress, which is responsible for or contributes to a whole host of diseases. Studies are now showing a measurable reduction in the amount of stress hormones in patients that receive acupuncture treatments. Regular treatments can keep even those under tremendous stress […]