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5 Natural Remedies for Knee Pain

Knee pain can be debilitating. It can affect everything from your job, to your mood, to your enjoyment of life and everyday activities. Typical western interventions include pain relievers, anti-inflammatories and in severe cases, surgery. Except for surgery, these interventions do not do anything to help heal the problem. Surgery is a last resort that comes with its own problems and risks. If knee pain is affecting any area of your life, you can get relief, safely, effectively and naturally. Even if, and I would suggest, especially if, knee pain is something that has just started bothering you, now is the time to avail yourself to some or even all of these remedies to prevent further degradation and limitations as you get older.

Exercise

The benefits of exercise can be two-fold when it comes to knee pain. Excess weight can cause and exacerbate knee pain. Exercise can help you lose weight relieving strain on the knee joints. Exercise can also strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee, stabilizing the joint to relieve stress. Exercise can also stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments, increasing blood flow to keep these tissues healthy. The best exercises to strengthen, stretch and stabilize the knee are yoga and Tai Chi.

Supplements

Supplements like glucosamine and chondroïtine, Knox gelatin and bone broth soup can help nourish the tendons and ligaments that connect and cushion the knee joint. Knox gelatin is available at most grocery stores and can be mixed with orange juice and some calcium to maximize absorption. You can order bone broth soup, already made through this LINK to our website or even make it yourself.

Heat

Heat will help alleviate pain, increase blood flow and relax the muscles in the area. I recommend using a heating pad or some type of wrap once or twice a day.

Acupuncture

There are numerous clinical trials that have demonstrated not only pain reduction for knee pain but also an increase in blood flow to the area to help heal damaged tissue. The increase in blood flow will also help keep tissue healthy. Depending on the severity of the damage, acupuncture can help halt further degradation and even promote healing.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

There are both internal formulas that will heal and relieve pain and topical herbs that are pain relieving and anti-inflammatory. By stimulating blood flow to increase healing along with topical and internal formulas that have anti-inflammatory compounds, pain can be managed, and healing can be promoted.

Whether you have been dealing with knee pain for years or it is something that has just started to bother you, take advantage of these natural remedies to help prevent further loss of function or even gain some back!

​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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Distal Acupuncture

You’re going to put a needle where?!

Distal acupuncture refers to the use of acupuncture points distal to, or away from the location of the problem, sometime far away. So how does this work. Well a pretty clear example of this is how the connections of the acupuncture meridians were first discovered. Thousands of years ago, healers would see every problem under the sun. They would also dissect patients after they passed to learn what they could about the disease that caused their demise. Patients who complained of chest pain and subsequent pain and numbness in the arm were found to have heart disease. The ancient Chinese doctors then wondered about the pain that went down the arm and often in to the pinky. They postulated that if an internal problem could have an external manifestation along the arm and in to the pinky, couldn’t you influence the heart by accessing nervous system and vascular junctions along the distribution of that external pathway. The answer was and is yes, all of this being borne out in recent MRI studies.

Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture for pain is often performed on the opposite side of the body or the opposite limb. As one of my teachers said, “Don’t poke the crying baby”. Simply put, if there is a problem in the wrist, don’t make it worse by poking it with needles. In this case, the opposite wrist is often needled. The most likely explanation for why this works is that we are cross wired. Most of our sensory nerves cross somewhere in the spinal column and go to the opposite side of the brain. That is why, when someone has a stroke, the affected side is opposite to the side of the brain that had the stroke. So, when the brain gets nervous system signals from one side, it will increase circulation and healing on the opposite side.

Still Skeptical?

I will often use acupressure on certain acupuncture points and then ask the patient to check the painful area to see if there is an improvement before inserting needles. This lets me know that I have the correct point. If you are dealing with any type of pain, take us up on our free consultation and I can demonstrate how, just by pressing a few points, your pain can be immediately relieved. After that, most people are eager to book their first appointment!

​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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

5 Natural Remedies for Tension Headaches

Tension headaches, also known as stress headaches are the most common type of headache and they affect up to 80% of Americans from time to time. Most sufferers will reach for a bottle of over the counter pain killers to take care of the headache, at least temporarily. The problem with this is that, like any other pain, your body is trying to tell you something. A broken bone will send you such strong pain signals that you cannot ignore them. This is so that you do not cause further injury and so that the injury can heal. Somewhere along the way, however, we were conditioned to ignore the signals our bodies are sending us when we get a headache. Headaches can be caused by allergies, eye strain, bad posture, substance abuse, blood sugar, hormones, stress, fatigue and even nutritional deficiencies. Instead of ignoring what your body is telling you. Listen and try to get it what it needs, after all, the headache may be the “tip of the iceberg” for other health issues. Here are five natural remedies to reduce or eliminate headaches.

Magnesium

There are several foods that are rich in magnesium such as spinach, squash and pumpkin seeds, brown rice, lima beans, nuts, dark chocolate and avocados. If you suffer from frequent headaches try adding some of these foods to your diet. If that does not do the trick you may need to supplement. At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we carry a liquid calcium/magnesium which we find to be the most effective form of the supplement, call or email for details.

Hydration

Many people are chronically dehydrated. A drink or two the night before, a cup of coffee or two to get through the day and a packed work schedule that often makes a person “forget” to drink water is the perfect recipe for dehydration (and a headache for that matter). Cutting down on alcohol and caffeine alone can help reduce headaches. Keep a container of water on your desk or in your car if you drive a lot. Hydrate as soon as you wake up with a large container of water that you keep on the nightstand. Adding fruits and vegetables to your diet can also help with hydration.

Rest

Poor sleep alone can cause headaches. Add to that the caffeine you are using to get through the day and you are again setting the stage for have chronic, recurring headaches. If you are having trouble getting 7-8 hours of good restful sleep you will be more prone to headaches.

Exercise

Exercise will dilate blood vessels, increase blood flow, move toxins through your body and release endorphins. A CrossFit workout is not necessary. Walking and yoga on a regular basis can be enough to get things moving and reduce or eliminate headaches.

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Study after study has shown the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture for headaches. Many insurance companies who provide coverage for acupuncture, provide coverage for headaches. This is a sure sign that the problem has been well researched or else insurance would not provide coverage! At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we find that acupuncture, when combined with Chinese herbal medicine is the most effective method of reducing or eliminating headaches.

Taking even over the counter pain relievers can have side effects and they will never fix the problem if the things causing the problem are never addressed. Adopt some of these changes and see how you do. If they do not get you to your goal, reach out for some help, there is no reason to suffer and every reason to finally get to the root of the problem.

​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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Pain, Sleep, Stress:

Pain, stress and sleep often go together in a vicious cycle that can affect our lives in profound ways. For some, it is a pain syndrome that leads to lack of sleep, leading to stress that in turn exacerbates their pain syndrome. For others, insomnia can result in the body not healing itself, leading to pain, leading to further interruption of sleep and stress. Still others may have stress at the root of the problem. High stress can lead to both pain syndromes and lack of sleep.

How does this affect our lives? Moodiness, irritability, short temper, lack of fulfillment, lack of joy, withdrawal and reliance on substances to self-medicate are some emotional symptoms. Physical symptoms include heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Every part of the cycle can be addressed with the use of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Acupuncture is safe, effective, has little to no side effects and is safe to use during pregnancy. Acupuncture can also address these issues at the same time.

Pain

As acupuncture for pain relief has become more mainstream, more studies have shown its effectiveness. A recent research study compiled the results of 29 studies involving close to 18,000 participants. The study showed that “Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.”[1] Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be as effective as NSAIDs and even some opioid pain medications for treating pain.[2]

Stress

Stress is endemic in today’s society and we often wear how much stress we can bear as a badge of honor. But stress can have real physical and psychological effects. Stress raises blood pressure and can cause cardiac disease. Stress also leads to behaviors to reduce that stress such as poor diet, smoking, alcohol or drug abuse. Psychological effects such as anxiety and depression can also result from stress. A recent study performed on animals showed that acupuncture blocked stress induced elevations of stress hormones and reduced sympathetic (fight or flight response) nervous system peptides.[3]

Sleep

Lack of sleep can result in irritability, lack of focus and poor performance. But lack of sleep can also affect overall health leading to increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The body also heals itself during sleep so without adequate sleep, pain syndromes often become chronic problem. A recent acupuncture study showed an improvement in not only sleep but also in mood over a four-week treatment period.[4]

If you or someone you know suffers from any or all these problems, breaking the cycle can improve your physical and psychological health. Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine offers a free 30-minute consultation. Schedule one today, right from our website and we can discuss your unique problem and let you know what we can do to help.


[1] Eshkevari, L. (2013, March 14). Eshkevari publishes new study on acupuncture, stress. Retrieved from https://nhs.georgetown.edu

[2] Xuan, Y. et al. (2017, January 12). Efficacy and safety of acupuncture on primary insomnia: a randomized controlled trial. Retrieved from https://www.sleep-journal.com

[3] Vickers, A., Cronin, A., Maschino, A. (2012, October 22). Acupuncture for chronic pain, individual patient data meta-analysis. Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com

[4] Cohen, M. (2017, June 19). Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence, and non-inferiority trial. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

​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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Top 5 Natural Remedies for Shoulder Pain

In 2010, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as many as 1.2 million people went to an emergency room for some type of shoulder problem. Add to this that millions more likely suffer from chronic shoulder problems that did not necessitate a hospital visit and you have a problem that affects a great deal of the population.

Where Does Shoulder Pain Come From:

Injuries are often the cause of shoulder pain, whether it is from sports or an accident. Overuse causes other shoulder problems and then there is simple wear and tear or arthritis. Shoulder injuries can also cause a weakness in the tissue that holds the shoulder together and this weakness, over time, can become a chronic issue.

How to Treat Shoulder Pain:

Depending on the severity of the problem, surgery might be an option. If there is a substantial tear, no amount of natural healing is going to repair the problem like surgery. Since shoulder surgery is so common among athletes, shoulder surgeries are often very successful. For more chronic problems or for problems that do not necessitate surgery, there are effective, natural interventions that can help.

1.  Acupuncture

Acupuncture can trigger the body to release endorphins to relieve pain. Acupuncture can also cause the body to produce healing factors and increase blood flow to the affected area, helping the body heal as well as relieving the pain.

2.  Massage

Massage improves circulation and can reduce swelling and stiffness. Especially if there is an acute injury, this should be done cautiously or with a massage therapist that is familiar with working with injuries.

3.  Heat

Heat can be applied to the area in several ways. Hot Epsom salt bath, heating pad, bead pillows that can be heated. A simple pillow can be made at home by using a sock and uncooked rice. After filling the sock and tying off the end, place the pillow in a microwave for a minute or two and you have something that can mold around the shoulder. Heat will relax the muscles, dilate blood vessels and increase circulation. In the case of an acute injury, this should be done 48 hours after the injury.

4.  Herbal Compress

There are great herbal compresses, oils and tinctures that can be applied to the affected area. Especially in the first 48 hours, when you shouldn’t use heat, herbs are a great way to help the shoulder heal in lieu of using ice. Ice will short circuit the bodies natural healing process and while it makes the area feel better by numbing the pain, it will cause an injury to heal more slowly.

5.  Exercise

There are exercises that can target the muscles, tendons and ligaments that hold and stabilize the shoulder. These exercises should only be done after the acute phase in the case of an injury and should be tailored to your situation by an experienced professional.

If an injury is severe enough, surgery may be an option. But even with surgery, the recovery period will be helped using any or all these remedies. And for more chronic issues where surgery is not an option, the use of these remedies can get you better, faster and with more complete resolution.

​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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Top 5 Acupuncture Points for Shoulder Pain

For the first time in my life I suffered a pretty serious injury this past December. I was snowboarding, hit a patch of ice and fell hard on my elbow, driving my upper arm up in to my shoulder causing damage to some tendons and ligaments. Thankfully, nothing was torn but it was extremely painful, and nothing makes you realize how much you rely on something until you cannot use it. Those who suffer with shoulder problems know that your arm is useless without the use of your shoulder. It can affect everything from your work to your leisure time and even sleep and mood. Acupuncture got me back on a snowboard by March and the top 5 acupuncture points for shoulder pain were always in the mix.

Fan Hou Jue

fan hou jue

​This point is located on the back of the hand about a thumb width down from the webbing. A great way to activate this point is by pinching the flesh between the thumb and forefinger. The spot will often be sensitive, especially with patient who have shoulder pain. Massage the opposite side from the shoulder that is affected.

Ce San Li

Ce San Li

​About four fingers width below the knee cap and three fingers width to the outside of the shin bone, this point affects nervous and vascular tissues that have a connection to the shoulder. Again, the side opposite of the affected shoulder is massaged.

Lou Zhen

​Located in the depression just behind the knuckles of the first two fingers, you may need to use your pinky to get in deeply and massage this point. This point is famous for stiff necks but is also a great point to treat shoulder pain.

Small Intestine 3

​Shortened to SI-3, this point is located by making a fist and following the long palm crease to the end, just below the pinky. The small intestine meridian goes right through the shoulder and in Chinese medicine we often treat the one part of a meridian to affect another part. This point would be massaged on the same side as the affected shoulder.

​Gallbladder 21

Located at the top of the trapezius muscle about half way between the midpoint and the end of the shoulder, this is a “local” point. Local points will increase the flow of blood to the area helping the injury heal. Note that this point is contra indicated in pregnancy. It is helpful to have someone massage this point for you, just be cautious if there is an acute injury.

Point should be pressed or massaged for two to five minutes and the easiest way to tell if you are massaging the right spot it to move the affected shoulder and see if there is a noticeable difference in your level of discomfort. Follow the point stimulation with 20-30 minutes of heat daily and you will be “raising the roof” in no time.

​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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Why Bone Broth is so Good for You.

Bone broths have been used for centuries to keep people healthy and to help people get better when they are sick. This is because bone broth is packed with vitamins, minerals and other compounds that are not available in modern diets. Glycosaminoglycans, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, minerals, electrolytes, collagen and healing amino acids to name just a few. As a society, we simply do not eat the way we did during our development and this causes us to be depleted of certain vital nutrients. Bone broth is a perfect way to get those nutrients and maintain health and vitality. Bone broth has become a recent fad and was even featured on ABC news. Some of the things that bone broth can help with are listed below.

Benefits of Bone Broth:

Boost your immune system

Promote weight Loss

Smooth wrinkles is anti-aging

Alleviate common colds and bronchitis

Fight inflammation

Strengthen bones and teeth

Restore exercise capacity

Build stronger, healthier nails

Fight arthritis and joint-pain relief

Lower blood sugar; support insulin regulation

Normalize stomach acid and heals you gut for issues such as colitis, celiac disease, ulcers, and other inflammatory gut conditions

Where Do I Get Bone Broth?

Bone broth can be made inexpensively, links are listed below for recipes:

http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2012/01/end-all-be-all-cure-all.html

http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2011/09/can-food-be-medicine-part-i.html

http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2011/09/making-medicine-part-ii.html

This is rather time intensive and the broths must simmer for 12-24 hours. Bone broths are also available in many health food stores and some supermarkets, but you are more likely to encounter preservatives, MSG and other additives that extend shelf life with these. A better choice, if the home-made option is not for you, is frozen, pre-packaged bone broth. Frozen options are available in some supermarkets or you can click th​e Wunder Bones Image below ​and order it directly. At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we keep a small supply of all four flavors if you want to try it and see if it is right 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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

How Often is Acupuncture Needed for Back Pain

One of the most common questions that is asked when someone is considering acupuncture is: “How many visits will it take”. This is a simple question, the answer however, is complex. This is because there are many causes for back pain. Injury, arthritis, bulging/degenerated/ruptured discs, weakness of muscles, obesity, stress and posture are just some of the causes for back pain. Additionally, any or even all these causes can be present in the same individual. The number of causes involved and length of time that they have been present greatly affect the duration and frequency of treatment. The most common reasons seen in an acupuncture clinic are typically: acute injury, disc dysfunction and then some combination of stress, weakness of muscles, posture and obesity. Typical treatment plans for each are outlined below.

Acute Injury - An acute sprain or strain of the back is the easiest and most responsive of all these scenarios. Treatment 2-3 times per week for about a month will get the problem 80-90% resolved. At that time, stretching and strengthening can be added along with a decreased frequency of treatment over another 6-8 weeks. This should have the injury back to close to 100%. Obviously, some of this will depend on the severity of the injury along with the age and physical condition of the patient.

Disc Dysfunction - This type of back pain is less clear cut because the nature and severity of the dysfunction will dictate not only the length and frequency of treatment but also how much the pain can be eliminated and/or managed. A bulging disc that occurred very recently in a young, healthy individual can respond much as outlined above with an acute injury. A highly degenerated disc in an obese individual who does not exercise and is in their mid-60’s is more likely in a pain “management” situation requiring ongoing treatment on a long-term basis. Other cases can end up anywhere between these two situations.

Stress/Weakness/Posture/Obesity - This is the most common situation that people will seek out acupuncture for relief. The reason for this is that western medicine has little to offer besides pain medication for these causes. Treatment planning for this scenario is highly dependent on how much patients can incorporate changes that will help them heal themselves. Changes in diet, exercise and stress management will go a long way toward reducing not only the duration and frequency of treatment but the overall need for ongoing treatment. If patients are willing and able to do things like a half hour of exercise on a daily basis, incorporate dietary changes that help them lose extra weight and do things like meditation on a daily basis, they can often eliminate the back pain on their own in short order.

Complex answers for a simple question. Since the causes are so complex and since people are so complex a complete evaluation by a qualified Acupuncturist will give some indication about treatment planning. The rest becomes clear once responses to treatment can be observed.

​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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Acupuncture Treats Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is extremely effective in treating shoulder pain. There are many conditions that can contribute to shoulder pain such as injury, overuse, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, bursitis, inflammation and arthritis. No matter what causes shoulder pain however, acupuncture has demonstrated an ability to treat multiple factors and can do so at the same time. Acupuncture not only relieves pain but addresses underlying factors such as inflammation and range of motion impingement. This means that the pain is not just masked but that the problem is being healed. This article by ABC News shows that acupuncture relieves pain for a wide array of pain syndromes, including shoulder pain. Adding Chinese herbal formulas that address inflammation and increase circulation to acupuncture treatments increases the effectiveness of the treatments and dramatically reduces healing duration.

The body is pretty amazing and does a great job of healing itself. However, shoulder injuries can take 8-12 months to heal on their own and if left untreated, the healing is often incomplete, leaving lingering pain or loss of function. Patients with acute problems (injuries etc.) respond to treatment quickly but even chronic problems can be treated with acupuncture. While many patients seek out acupuncture only after all else has failed, treating an injury as soon as it happens or as soon as pain is noticed can prevent the problem from becoming chronic in nature and harder to treat.

​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!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Energy Drinks Don’t Give You Energy but Can Damage Your Health

​OK, so first things first. The only thing that creates energy in your body is the food you eat and the air you breathe. Energy drinks and specifically the caffeine that is supposed to “boost” your energy do nothing to actually create energy in your body (technically speaking, drinks with sugar in them will provide a source for energy production, but as we know, there are much better sources of energy than sugar and the amounts of sugar in some of these drinks can be staggering). In fact, the only thing that caffeine does is to trick your body in to thinking you have more energy than you have! It does this by blocking adenosine receptors in your brain. Normally when there is a lot of free adenosine floating around the brain, these receptors fill up, signaling the brain that we are tired and need sleep. By blocking these receptors, we are signaling our bodies that we can continue to work even though we do not have the energy to do so! This alone can cause health problems. We are simply asking our bodies to do more than they were designed to do. Think of it like putting nitrous oxide in to your car engine. Sure, you are going to get outrageous performance in the short term but how much are you going to reduce the life expectancy of the engine!

There are other things that caffeine does in the body that can affect your health as well. This study ​ shows that caffeine impairs blood glucose homeostasis, and this can affect both your appetite and your mood. Ever wonder why you reach for that sugary snack when you are crashing from your caffeine fix. Ever wonder why you get irritable a few hours after your favorite pick me up. Add to this the fact that some energy drinks have up to 20 teaspoons of sugar in them and you get a perfect metabolic storm for everything from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. And how about sleep. “Oh, the caffeine wears off after a few hours” Wrong! The half-life of caffeine can last two and half to ten hours depending on how you metabolize it but that is only half of the caffeine. It can take your body over a day to get rid of all the caffeine. So, if you are having trouble sleeping, look no further than the bottom of your coffee cup as a starting point.

Poor sleep, poor diet, running our bodies ragged...hmm, seems like a recipe for most if not all our “diseases of civilization”. If you are having any of these problems and your health is suffering because of it, we can help. By regulating the body and helping with detoxification, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help you function better without the use of stimulants and stop the roller coaster effects that come with dependence on “energy” drinks. Call today for a free consultation and start down the path to a better and healthier 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!