Entries by Steve Hoffman

Acupuncture & The Q36 Space Modulator?

Could the Q36 space modulator be the answer to your problems. No. But an instrument that introduces electrons, which are negatively charged, in to your body can be. Did you know that when tissue is damaged it becomes positively charged? Did you know that blood cells can clump together, making it difficult or impossible for vital nutrients to reach the cells? But when someone is grounded to the earth for 40 minutes, the cells separate reducing pain and inflammation. Did you know that the surface of the earth is negatively charged, and therefore the body heals and feels better when grounded? You do now. And you also now know that when acupuncture needles are stimulated with electrons, they will not only heal the body, but they will induce the body to produce a whole host of endorphins.

Electro-Acupuncture

Maybe the most amazing thing about using acupuncture in conjunction with electrical stimulation (E-Stim) is that we can target specific areas of pain and injury or we can target more systemic problems like fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders even stress, anxiety and depression. The entire body communicates through electrical impulses and by utilizing specific frequencies and duration of stimulation, electro-acupuncture can induce the body to produce specific endorphins allowing us to target different problems with pin point accuracy.

Your body produces chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, acids that will eat through your skin and pain killers that are many times more powerful than morphine. This allows your body to fight infection, digest your food and heal properly. When your body is not producing the right substances, or an area of the body is not healing, intervention is necessary. Electro-acupuncture can be the perfect intervention to help you feel better and heal properly. The Q36 space modulator? Leave that to Bugs!

​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 &…Vacation??

What in the world could acupuncture have to do with vacation? Well, did you know that your body heals better when you are on vacation. Did you ever notice that you sleep better when you are on vacation. This is because, in general, you are removed from the stresses of everyday life. With fewer stress hormones and your body being in a more restful state, healing is faster and easier. Too often though, our vacations tend to be running from one place to the next, trying to cram in as many memories as possible and we often do not get the rest that we need so badly. The other part of the equation is that we get a week or two here and there and this is simply not enough time for your body to properly heal and regenerate. Pain syndromes, immune problems, infertility and even more serious disease processes can be the unfortunate end result. So what can you do to eliminate these problems. Give yourself a little vacation on a regular basis!

Listen, you take care of your car, you take care of your home, you take care of your kids, you are responsible at work. Why not take care of yourself! What is more important than your health and wellbeing. Quite simply nothing, but our culture does not lend itself to self-care. We are pushed and pressured in to doing more, being more independent and increasingly isolated. Acupuncture and other self-care modalities can be the perfect solution for things like pain syndromes, insomnia, infertility and allows the body to fight off even more serious problems. This is because acupuncture down regulates the central nervous system and systemically reduces stress related hormones. This puts your body in a “vacation” mode and allows the healing and regeneration process to take place.

If you suffer from pain, insomnia or the effects of high stress, your body is trying to tell you something. Listen and take care of the most important thing in your life, 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.

Coping Strategies for Stress

Stress is a fact of life. How you deal with that stress will go a long way toward determining how you feel, how you look and even how long you live! If your coping mechanisms consist of a drink or two at night to “wind down” then a cup or three of coffee the next day to “get going”, compulsively scrolling through Facebook, binge watching Netflix to all hours, compulsive spending or emotional eating then your coping mechanisms, well, suck. Some of these you may not recognize as coping mechanisms or because of stress. By spending every spare minute scrolling on your phone or convincing yourself that you can live without one more hour of sleep, so you can watch the next episode, you are avoiding real contact and real introspection and healthy ways to reduce or eliminate stress. Here are some positive ways you can deal with stress, feel better, look better and live longer.

Yoga & Exercise: First, going to the gym and flogging yourself for 45 minutes doing twenty different exercises, leaving yourself feeling more worn out than when you walked in is not what exercise should look like. Sure, if you are twenty years old, go to CrossFit and go nuts. But when we get in to our 40’s, 50’s and beyond, exercises should be more nutritive and less depleting to our bodies. Just look at some 80-year olds in China, up at the crack of dawn, going to the park and practicing Tai Chi, then look at 80-year olds in this country. Exercises like Yoga and Tai Chi challenge your body in a balanced way and are meditative in nature, further helping to reduce stress.

Meditation: Do not try to sit down for an hour and mediate especially if you have never meditated before. This will only set you up for failure. Take ten minutes. That’s all. If you can’t find ten minutes in your day to sit in a quiet place and mediate, you are heading towards problems (or are already there). The type of meditation does not matter so much, especially when you are just starting. Find something that speaks to you, try a few out and relax. Once you have your ten minutes down expand to twenty and eventually a half hour.

Connect: Connections are critical to dealing with stress. Put the phone down and talk to your family. Call a friend and ask them how they are. Get involved in your community, volunteer, go visit your local shops instead of Amazon. Having roots and a strong support network will do wonders for you.

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine: Acupuncture has clinically proven results in reducing stress and stress related hormones. When coupled with Chinese herbal medicine, it is a potent way to cope with stress. Often, sleep and pain syndromes are part of the picture when it comes to treating stress and acupuncture can help reduce or eliminate all of them.

The best approach to coping with stress is a multi-faceted one, incorporating several coping strategies that will overlap and support one another. The choice is yours and how you deal with stress is a choice.

​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.

Is CBD Right for Me?

Talk about CBD, short for Cannabidiol, has been prevalent in news and health and wellness forums recently. There are many claims about what CBD is good for and you may have wondered if CBD can help you with a specific health complaint. This article will look at some of the reported benefits, along with some cautions about the use of CBD oil.

CBD oil is made from the cannabis plant but in states where cannabis is illegal, all but trace amounts of THC (the psychoactive compound that causes the “high”) are removed. By binding to and blocking specific receptors in the body and nervous system, the cannabinoids can affect things ranging from coordination, mood, pain, appetite and even memories. Some of the studied benefits of CBD oil are listed below.

Pain Relief and Anti-Inflammatory - With all of the attention the opioid crisis has garnered, a natural, effective way of reducing pain and inflammation is fantastic news. Both internal consumption of CBD oil and topical applications are effective.

Smoking and Drug Withdrawals - Researchers have seen reduction in symptoms associated with withdrawal from drugs and nicotine.

Neurological Disorders - Treatment of epilepsy and nervous system injury and degeneration have shown promising results.

Cancer - CBD has demonstrated an ability to prevent the spread of cancer and increase the bodies natural ability do destroy cancer cells.

Stress/Anxiety/Insomnia - These are some of the most common problems that we see in our acupuncture clinic and they lead to a whole host of diseases. CBD has proven to be effective in treating all of them.

Known side effects of CBD use include some impact on liver metabolism, dry mouth, increased tremor in some Parkinson’s patients, low blood pressure, dizziness and drowsiness. If you have liver problems you should use CBD cautiously or not at all without the input of a qualified health care practitioner. Additionally, liver enzymes should be monitored if CBD is used long term. Another issue with the use of CBD is drug testing. There are reports that positive tests for marijuana have resulted from using CBD oil. Caution should also be exercised in choosing a CBD product. Some have tested high in THC content and others in lower than advertised CBD content. Third party testing is the best way to insure quality.

At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine we carry high quality, third party tested CBD oils and topical solutions. We have had great success with pain syndromes and with stress and anxiety when used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. We even have free samples of our best topical CBD cream for patients to try out!

​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 & The Opioid Crisis

The Problem:

Most are aware of the opioid crisis at this point. It is all over the news and social media. I recently had a patient who was awaiting hip replacement surgery. This patient could not go shopping, could barely get through work and when they went home, simply went to bed because the pain was so great. This was a patient who was three weeks away from the surgery and their doctors would not prescribe pain relievers. THIS is the patient that pain relievers were made for. Help them get to and through the surgery and then wean off the medication. But the doctors were either unwilling or unable to prescribe the medication. This is where the opioid crisis has left us.

Acupuncture as the Solution:

Fortunately, this patient sought out acupuncture and was able to gain some level of relief. At the point this patient was at, acupuncture was not going to heal the hip, surgery was necessary. But there was no need to suffer and become home bound when there was relief available. The medical community is becoming more and more aware of the benefits of acupuncture for pain relief. It is just sad that so many have suffered addiction and even overdoses because of the overuse of opioids. This is an interesting article written by a formerly skeptical medical doctor who finally went and experienced acupuncture for himself.

How Can Acupuncture Help You:

This really depends on the problem. The patient outlined above needed surgery but acupuncture was able to give them enough relief to get through daily activities until surgery. It is possible that if I saw this patient 10 years ago, we may have been able to develop a program to prevent the surgery. This would typically involve acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, diet and exercise modifications. All of this would be aimed at nourishing and strengthening the surrounding muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and preventing degradation. If treated early enough, many pain conditions can be eliminated entirely.

Call today for a free in person or telephone consultation. If you have been given no alternatives by your medical doctor, just reference the article above to see how one doctor, to his surprise, found out that there was an alternative all along.

​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 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.