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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!

Acupuncture and Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can be debilitating. Can you imagine not being able to walk, planning vacations around minimizing walking, not being able to run and play with your kids? Well if you suffer from this ailment, you don’t have to imagine, you know all too well. It typically strikes people between 40 and 60 years old but can happen at any age and is twice as likely to affect women. So, what can you do. Well the best medicine is rest. With enough rest it will heal itself but who can stay off their feet for a few months! Common western approaches to the problem include NSAIDs to relive pain and reduce inflammation along with orthotics. While I believe orthotics can be helpful reliance on NSAIDs can bring its own problems. There are exercises that can help but this can exacerbate the problem in some people. What if I told you there was a safe, natural, effective way of not only relieving the pain but also reducing inflammation and helping the healing process along. Well if you guessed acupuncture and Chinese herbs, you win the prize.

Acupuncture, often in conjunction with herbal foot baths and formulas that are taken internally, has demonstrated effectiveness in clinical trials in treating plantar fasciitis. The best results are seen with those who seek out help as soon as they start feeling a problem or are diagnosed early on. If the pain is ignored for months or even years, outcomes are not as good and longer treatment plans are required.

You don’t notice your feet very much until you can’t use them! If you are suffering from this problem, or know someone who is, sign up for our free 30-minute consultation and we can go over your specific situation so that we can give you an idea what it will take to “get you on your feet again”!

​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!

Don’t Drink the “Cool” Aid

Well why not and what does this have to do with acupuncture? First of all, what I am talking about is drinking cool or cold drinks (and for that matter cold or raw foods in some cases). As far as the relationship to acupuncture, I could probably spend a few blogs on this but will try to sum it up. A good acupuncturist will look at more than just where to put needles. Diet, lifestyle, physical activities and several more factors will be analyzed when compiling a comprehensive treatments plan. Specific recommendations in these areas will be given to compliment your acupuncture and herbal treatments. Not only what you eat but the thermal quality of your food and drink can have a big impact on your health.

Chinese medical practitioners have known for thousands of years what the west is just waking up to. This article show how drinking cold water can damage your health. ​Think about jumping in to an nice icy pond in the middle of winter! How does your body respond to this? Well, you are doing the same thing to your insides when you drink a nice big glass of ice water! Cold and raw foods can have a similar effect. I have many patients complain of low energy, weight gain and poor digestion. I ask them what they eat and they say, “I eat healthy, I have a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch and a salad with protein for dinner.” Cold, cold, cold! Drinking warm water (and I would add warm foods) can help with all these issues. In fact, in Chinese medicine, cold can contribute to or cause many other problems including pain, infertility, PMS, headaches and migraines. How many people that you know suffer from one or all the following: weight issues, fatigue, pain and PMS. Consuming warm foods and drinks can help with all these issues.

What if you are warm or even hot constitutionally, after all, we are not all alike. You would think that drinking ice water and consuming cold foods would help in these circumstances. Cold and raw foods and drink simply cause too much stagnation and create too many problems. We would work a little more subtly with this type of patient. Cooling foods (think mint, summer squash, tomatoes, pears, persimmon) along with avoidance of spicy foods would be what I would prescribe for someone with a hot constitution or with complaints that have to do with heat in the body.

Want to find out about your constitution or what might be good for you? Call today or book your free 30-minute consultation and we can discuss what might be good for your specific needs.

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!

Acupuncture: Beyond the Pain

Pain syndromes can range from annoying to debilitating. From an injury that will heal, with thing eventually return to normal, to chronic problems that are a constant source of discomfort. These issues can affect everything from the quality of your life​ to your mental health. Acupuncture can safely and quickly reduce or eliminate most pain syndromes. The problem is that the pain will return. So how do we get the pain to go away permanently. The answer will often depend on the cause of the pain.

Pain due to an injury that your body is healing from will typically reduce over time (which can be dramatically decreased with the use of acupuncture and herbs) until you are back to 100% (or close to it, depending on the nature and severity of the injury). Chronic pain, that has no specific origin can be a different story. Where did the pain come from? Often, there are a variety of factors that will contribute to pain syndromes. Diet, weight, posture, stress, exercise (lack of and improper), simple aging, immune factors. One, many or all can be factors in pain. Acupuncture can not only directly address the pain but also the underlying causes. Here’s the catch: if you go back to habits that led to the pain in the first place, it will always come back. I see many patients who get better after a course of treatment. I don’t see them for six months and suddenly, they are back in my office, with the same severity of pain that they started with.

The key to obtaining lasting pain relief is twofold when it comes to acupuncture. Firstly, the corrective care phase of treatment is super important. After the acute care phase, when the pain is under control, a second phase of treatment is started called the corrective care phase. Treatments are normally less frequent, but we work on “constitutional” issues that cause or contribute to pain syndromes. Improvements in symptoms will be far less dramatic in this phase (I think that is why some patients stop treatment) but this phase of treatment is crucial to getting lasting relief. The second key to getting lasting relief? Changing some of the habits and mitigating some of the factors that caused the problem in the first place. At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we can help you with dietary and exercise plans and suggestions that will help you maintain the relief you have achieved.

Call us today for a free consultation and we can tell you how we can help you get beyond your pain!

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!

Acupuncture and Herbs Relieve PMS and Cramping

Did you know that in some areas of the world they have no term for PMS and that the cramping and discomfort that can accompany one’s menstrual cycle are virtually unheard of? Additionally, in other areas of the world, symptoms of PMS are significantly different than those experienced in western societies. Th​e article Is PMS Real? discusses cultural differences in how PMS is experienced. So if symptoms of PMS are experienced differently or even not at all in other areas of the world, is this syndrome something that women have to necessarily suffer from every month. The answer is decidedly no. This is not to say that “it is all in your head” or that the symptoms that you encounter are not real, just that you do not have to suffer from them.

When discussing menstrual cycles and symptoms with patients, I often hear “well you know, just the normal moodiness and cramping”. While it may be the average in western society it is not “normal”. After all, if you sprain your ankle, you have swelling, pain and possibly some physical limitations requiring immobilization. Your body is telling you, through pain signals, that something is wrong. You don’t just say “Oh, it’s normal”. Why then, when women experience pain or emotional symptoms around their menstrual cycle, do they choose to ignore the signals that the body is sending! I believe that much of what women suffer with on a monthly basis comes from stress, anxiety, depression and societal expectations that result in real, physical and emotional symptoms. What you experience on a day to day basis and on an emotional level can result in changes in hormones causing these symptoms. The good news is that you don’t have to continue to suffer with these symptoms. And just like if you continue to ignore pain signals from a sprained ankle, you can do further damage to your ankle, ignoring the signals that your body is sending you about your menstrual cycle, can result in problems in the future.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help reduce or even eliminate these symptoms. This study Acupuncture & Herbs Relieve PMS Research shows how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine reduced PMS symptoms in several studies. Don’t buy in to the mantra of “oh, its just normal”. Call us today for a free consultation and we can discuss your situation 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!

Acupuncture, Pain & Quality of Life

Everyone knows what it is like to deal with a strained or sore muscle. An ache or pain here or there that comes and goes, but how can pain affect your quality of life. What happens when that pain becomes something that you are living with on a day to day basis. Are you taking pain relievers to get through the day or get a decent night’s sleep? What happens when that pain starts affecting what you can do, what activities you can no longer participate in, or how much you can play with your kids. This is when pain starts to affect your quality of life. Many of us do not realize it, because the pain creeps in slowly. Why just last year, this hardly used to bother you “Oh well, have to get on with my life”. Another few years passes and now there is more pain in and it is a constant companion. Pain changes so subtly and so slowly that, unless you really look back on it (and most of us don’t want to think about it except to hope it will go away) you don’t realize the progression and the impact it is having on your life. We don’t often think about how pain relates to the quality of our lives and most of us also don’t realize that there is relief.

Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbal medicine can provide immediate and lasting relief for a most pain conditions. Chronic conditions will often take a longer course of treatment and some lifestyle changes to get treatments to “hold” or last but there is relief. The cost is pennies when compared to traditional western approaches and getting your life back is priceless. Call today for a free consultation and we can help you determine a treatment plan for your specific condition.

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!

Top 5 Acupuncture Points for Allergies:

Allergies? Already, it’s the beginning of March! Yep, for me, this is the critical time of year to treat for allergies. If my patients wait until the allergy season is already underway, it is too late. The body and immune system must be prepared before it is under attack so that it can correctly deal with the irritants. So, what are some of the best points to treat allergies…read on!

Bladder 2:  Located at the beginning of the eyebrow (toward the middle of the face) this point is indicated for headaches, blurred vision, tearing and redness/swelling/pain of the eye. Sound like a lot of peoples’ eyes during allergy season. Massaging this point, and then continuing along the eyebrow to the outside will hit three of the five acupuncture points that will give you relief. The other two are the next two I will list.

Yu Yao:  This point is an “extra” point that is not located along one of the twelve main meridians and is referred to only by its name (all the points on the main meridians also have names but are typically referred to by their meridian name and number). The point is located at the middle of the eyebrow so when you massage outward from Bladder 2, you will activate this point as well. This point is indicated for pain in the area above the eyes as well as redness/swelling/pain of the eyes. Again, one of the major complaints of allergy sufferers.

San Jiao 23:  This point is located on the outside end of the eyebrow and will be the last point you hit as you massage out from Bladder 2. Again, headache and redness and pain of the eye are some of the indications for this point.

Stomach 2:  This point is located below the eye, directly under the pupil when you are looking straight forward. The point is on the bone, just below the soft part of the lower eyelid. Redness, pain and itching of the eye and pain in the face are some of the indications for this point. Slightly different but still some of the main complaints of allergy sufferers.

Large Intestine 20:  The name of this point is Open Fragrance or Welcome Fragrance and it is no surprise that this point will open the nasal passages. Without fail, when I needle this point on someone who is congested, they can breathe freely within a few minutes. The point is located right next to the nostrils in the groove next to the nose. The point is indicated for nasal obstruction, rhinorrhea and itching and swelling of the face.

These points are better for an acute allergy attack. You can look at ​TOP 5 WAYS TO TREAT YOUR ALLERGIES for some other ways to treat and even prevent your allergies. The best way to avoid severe allergies is to come in for our Seasonal Allergy Treatment (SAT). Right now, you can get a free bottle of echinacea and goldenseal solution for our nasal rinse that will keep you clear all spring long when you sign up for the three treatment SAT package. Call today, before it is too late!

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!