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Chronic Pain & How Acupuncture Can Help

What is Pain?

Pain is a signal from your body that something is wrong. This signal is sent to your brain so that you pay attention to the problem, possibly alter your behavior (keep weight off a broken leg, get therapy to help the healing process etc.) and allow the body to heal the problem. Pain is often caused by an injury and as it heals, the pain becomes less severe and eventually goes away. Chronic pain (pain that lasts at least 12 weeks) is when your body continues to send pain signals to your brain ever AFTER the injury is healed. In fact, chronic pain can exist without any physical injury.

  • Common Types of Chronic Pain:
  • Low Back Pain
  • Arthritis Pain
  • Headaches
  • Post Surgical Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Post Trauma Pain
  • Psychological Pain
  • Pain Management

As indicated by the term, chronic pain is often managed, not cured. There are traditional treatment options but some of them come with drawbacks. Pain relievers are often employed but all have side effects (especially opioids and their addictive nature). It is also often necessary to continually increase the dosage of pain relievers just to maintain the same level of pain relief. There are other pharmaceuticals that can be used, from muscle relaxants to antirheumatic agents. Results vary from patient to patient and side effects are again a concern. When the pain is psychological in nature, antidepressants are often used. These work best in conjunction with psychotherapy.

Other Therapies

Massage, physical therapy and even meditation can aid in managing chronic pain. Acupuncture is also a powerful therapy to help reduce pain intensity and frequency as well as increasing range of motion and mobility. Acupuncture can induce the body to produce endorphins such as serotonin and epinephrine that will alter the way your brain processes pain signals. Acupuncture can also “re-train” the nervous system to stop sending pain signals to your brain. By increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation, acupuncture can help your body heal from things like post surgical and post trauma pain.

Chronic pain can be debilitating and have a drastic effect on your quality of life. If you are considering acupuncture, don’t wait. You can start feeling better today, call to schedule a consultation and we can start you on the path to feeling better.

​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 & Your Gut, Reducing the Severity of COVID-19

It may seem strange that the health of your gut can impact how a virus affects your body when invaded by something like COVID-19. There are many seemingly strange relationships within your body that can affect your health. Gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease, depression increases the perception and persistence of pain, low stomach acid can cause acid reflux and there are many more. Our bodies systems must work in harmony for us to remain healthy, so it should come as no surprise that when there is a problem with one system, it can influence others. This article How your intestines may affect the severity of Covid-19 explores how diseases such as obesity and diabetes (things that affect the digestive system) increase the severity of a COVID infection and can even make it deadly.

Ancient Secret

The Chinese knew, thousands of years ago, that there was a link between the digestive system and the lungs. The Lung meridian and the Large Intestine meridian are “paired” meridians and we often treat diseases of lung with large intestine points and vice versa. Modern science is discovering just how right Chinese doctors were. As the article cited above states, the danger of a COVID infection is an overreaction of the immune system causing widespread inflammation and tissue damage. The gut microbiome aids in regulating the immune response to respiratory viruses. In people who have risk factors such as obesity or diabetes, the gut microbiome is imbalanced toward pro-inflammatory mechanisms that can lead to damage and even life-threatening complications.

What you can do

Exercise & Diet: Yes, believe it or not, if you exercise regularly and include more fruits and vegetable along with whole, organic foods it can help you lose weight and re-balance your gut microbiome. I say that tongue and cheek because I think at this point, we all know this, it is the implementation of it that is a problem. But what this pandemic has made abundantly clear, if it was not already, obesity and diabetes shorten your lifespan.

Supplements: Probiotics, probiotics, iodine, zinc, and other supplements (if you cannot consume enough in your regular diet) can improve not only the microbiome of your digestive system but can help improve your digestion overall. Colostrum is probably the single best supplement you can be taking to improve your digestion and your immune system as I talked about in this post Colostrum, Your Gut & Your Health.

Health Care: Get your yearly checkup, possibly seek out a nutritionist who can tailor a diet to your needs. Acupuncture can help regulate your digestive system, aid in weight loss, and improve your immune system. If you are struggling, get help.

The data is clear. Those with pre-existing conditions are at higher, often much higher, risk of serious consequences from a COVID-19 infection. For your sake, for the sake of those who love you, start today, make the changes necessary to remove yourself from the high-risk side of the equation.

​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.

CBD & Weight Loss…How Ironic

I think many of us associate cannabis with an attack of the “munchies”...not a recipe for weight loss. CBD oil of course is different since it has the psychoactive component, namely THC removed. But still, weight loss? I have had amazing results in the clinic with CBD oil for inflammatory conditions (arthritis), pain syndromes, sleep and anxiety. According to this article
weight loss can be added to the list.

Metabolism and Appetite

How exactly does it work? There are two mechanisms at work with CBD oil that can help you lose weight. CDB activates the endocannabinoid system boosting your metabolism. Additionally, unlike THC, CBD binds receptors that suppress your appetite. This provides a powerful combination to help you lose weight.

Exercise and Lifestyle

Unfortunately, you cannot expect to sit on the couch eating potato chips and lose weight no matter how much CBD oil you are taking. You still have to eat healthy and exercise to maximize your weight loss and reach your goals.

Other Consideration

Ready to give it a shot? Here are some things you should consider:

  • How to dose: You should consult with someone who has experience with CBD oil to determine the ideal dosage and strength for your situation.
  • How to take it: For best results, CBD oil should be taken on an empty stomach. Place the drops under your tongue and hold there for 30 seconds before swallowing.
  • Where to buy: The counter at the local 7-11 with the clerk giving you advice is probably not the best place to make your purchase. You need to buy a product that is third party certified to verify both the strength of the product and that the product has had the THC removed. Otherwise you could be wasting your money or getting something, you did not bargain for.

The absolute best way to purchase and take CBD is to do it as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan under the guidance of a practitioner who is trained in the use of CBD oil. You can either do hundreds of hours of research on your own or rely on someone who has and has clinical experience in its use.  Acupuncture provides wonderful results for weight loss by itself. When you add in CBD oil it only makes it that much more effective.

Steven Hoffman, L.Ac. has hundreds of hours of training and study in the safe and effective use of CBD oil and can tailor a weight loss plan to your individual needs. Don’t wait another day, start yourself on the road to accomplishing your goal!

​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 You Can Help Acupuncture?

​Wait, isn’t acupuncture supposed to help me? Well, yes but just like any healing modality and like many things in life, much of the outcome hinges on you. Going to PT but not doing the exercises at home, don’t expect much progress. Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a heart condition? Medications can help, but the real healing takes place when you start to make better choices about your health. Trying to accomplish, well, just about anything? The results are directly dependent on you. OK, so how do I help acupuncture.

Enough Is Enough

I heard someone talking recently and they were saying that they were listening to an audio book. They went on to say that they liked to exercise or clean when they listened to the book because they liked to “do something”. Um, they were doing something...listening to a book! We have become so driven by what we “get done”, what we accomplish (or don’t) that the simple pleasure of sitting and listening to a book feels like we are somehow being lazy. We haven’t checked something off the list. We sit there, listening to the book but looking at all of the things that need to be done and we can’t even take the time to be with ourselves.

So How Can I Help

There may be several things that your acupuncturist might recommend to help with your healing process. Exercise, changes in diet, changes in lifestyle or maybe working with other health care practitioners depending on your situation. One thing that will help your body heal in almost any case is reducing stress. When we are under stress, our bodies simply do not recover the way they do when we are relaxed, when we get good sleep. Did you know that your body heals better when you are on vacation? You do now! Give yourself mini vacations every day. Schedule them into your day so that they happen. Say enough is enough and take care of yourself.

Silver Linings

One thing that I hope comes from this whole situation we are in with COVID-19 is that we will realize that we can STOP, completely. And you know what, things are still OK. The world keeps turning, we figure out a way to get through. I hope that communities come to rely on one another more closely and that families realize that, really, the most important thing IS family, not the work that you do to provide for your family. We can survive and even thrive without schools and camps and organized activities and all the other crap we surround ourselves with.

The rewards for this are many fold. One of them is that you can improve your health and improve your outcomes with any healing modality by simply giving yourself some space to heal.

​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.

To Supplement or Not to Supplement

Vitamin D is crucial to strong immune system. No, it’s vitamin C, you must have vitamin C. Load up with zinc, that will keep you from getting sick. Iodine, selenium, magnesium...Oh My! So, which is it? The truth is you need all of them and more to maintain a strong immune system and with the Coronavirus still spreading, keeping your immune system strong is more important than ever. So why do so many articles I read seem to indicate that supplementing is unnecessary, does no good or can actually be harmful like this one. I am not sure why there seems to be a bias against supplementing, but you do have to be careful about what and how much you are taking. Getting input from a trained professional can help in this area rather than leaving your health decisions to the kid at the vitamin store or reacting to an article you read.

You Are What You Eat

My general take on supplements is that you should be getting most of what you need from the food you eat. This is the way we developed as a species. There are a few caveats to this, however. Food is not the same as it used to be. Large scale farming practices often strip the soils of vital nutrients. Foods are also grown in areas that they were not traditionally grown in and their nutritional make up is often different. So, unless what you are eating is grown on a sustainable local farm using heirloom seeds, it is possible that you are not getting what you think you are getting. The other caveat is that we no longer eat the way we used to. When our ancestors got ahold of a chicken, what did they eat. EVERYTHING! The organs, the gristle, the marrow...every last piece of nutrition they could get out of it, they simply didn’t know when they might get another one so nothing went to waste! Between these two things, many of us have “holes” in our nutritional profile that should be filled if we are to maintain optimal health and immunity.

Fill Those Holes

So how do you fill those nutritional holes? Supplement. Don’t eat fish...ever, take a fish oil supplement. Don’t get enough sun (and none of us get the full body sun we need for vitamin D production, especially in the winter), take a vitamin D supplement. Don’t eat a lot of fruits and veggies, take a fiber supplement. Vegan take a B12 supplement, your life may depend on it. Don’t get me started on iodine. None of us get enough of that in our foods and the prevalence of thyroid problems in our society is a glaring indicator of this fact. These examples are fairly easy to spot but there are others that take time and training to tease out and properly diagnose and treat. That is why it is important to work with a professional.

Cautions

For some supplements, you should speak with your doctor before beginning a regimen. Blood tests can be helpful in spotting trouble areas. Be careful about overlapping supplements. If you are taking a multivitamin with vitamin D in it, that should be considered when dosing a vitamin D supplement. Therapeutic or high doses of any supplement should be done under close supervision with your doctor. This pandemic has shined a spotlight on the importance of being healthy, optimally healthy. Proper supplementation, done safely and under supervision, can go a long way to helping you achieve and maintain that level of health.

​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.

Coronavirus and CBD, More Important Now Than Ever

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives, probably forever. One of the scariest parts about this pandemic is the sense of helplessness. “I have to stay inside so I don’t get it or spread it to others”. But what if you do get it. Hopefully, you are in the large majority that has either mild or no symptoms. But we read about seemingly healthy people who are in the fight of their lives and some of them don’t make it. So the advice is to stay home if you are sick and basically there is not a lot you can do to treat it. If it gets bad enough, you go to the hospital where it is really the same story. They do what they can to keep you comfortable and manage symptoms but there is no real treatment for the disease. While we wait for a vaccine or other treatment, CBD oil may prove to be a viable option in managing the disease and preventing deadly complications.

Inflammation

We know that those who develop serious and even deadly complications from a COVID-19 infection suffer from systemic inflammation and inflammation in certain organs. Those with overall increased in inflammation are more pre-disposed to developing dangerous inflammation from the infection. If we look at other pre-existing conditions that put people at higher risk for serious complications from a COVID-19 infection, all of them are marked by increased inflammation. Heart disease, lung disease, obesity, diabetes, one and all, are marked by increased inflammation. Even in the elderly, who’s immune systems are not as strong, the reaction to the infection is an increase in inflammation. This is the body’s way of trying to make up for a weakened or compromised immune system.

The role of CBD

This research article reveals that cannabinoids, found in CBD oil, act to reduce inflammation in the body. Further, cannabinoids demonstrated antifibrotic properties. This finding could be a tremendous weapon in the fight against serious complications from COVID. Antifibrotic lung medications have shown promise in treating lung distress and prevention of fibrosis may be key in prevention and treatment. Cannabinoids are also free from the side effects of NSAIDS and other anti-inflammatory medications currently in use.

Treatment and Prevention

CBD oil should be used for anyone who contracts the COVID virus. The above cited article also indicates that “Ultimately, this process results in an increase in the rate of resolution of chronic inflammation.” In other words, if you have a pre-existing condition, you can use CBD to help get the inflammation under control so that you are less susceptible to serious complications if you do contract the virus.

Wild Wild West

The questions I get all the time from patients is: “Where do I get it”. The other question should be: “How do I dose it”. Well, you can take seminars, do a few weeks worth of research, find practitioners who have used different products in their clinics and found which worked best...or, you can seek someone out who has done all of this work! Less reputable companies can slap whatever label they want on a bottle. There is very little regulation at this point, it is like the Wild West with this stuff. So you may be getting a product that does not contain what the label says it does OR you may be getting a product that contains things you do not want! Even if the company is trying to produce a good product, unless they are third party certified, you still do not know what you are getting and you could be wasting your time and money. The other piece of it is that, like any medication, you have to know how to dose it properly. You can be taking more than necessary and while this is not really dangerous, it wastes your money. On the other hand you can be taking too little for your condition and this will not only waste your money but it will be ineffective.

In Our Clinic

The long and short of this all is that CBD can be a potent weapon in prevention and treatment of COVID. You do have to seek out someone who can properly advise you as to what product, what strength and what dosage is right for you. At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine we have done extensive research and training and have practical experience with clients who have used CBD oil for a variety of health complaints. Call today to schedule a phone consultation and we can help you during these trying times.

​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.

What The Coronavirus Is Teaching Us About Our Health

Well, nothing that we really didn’t know before. Those most vulnerable to serious and even deadly complications from a COVID-19 infection are those who are immune compromised and those with pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing conditions like heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity. Age is also a factor in susceptibility. I suspect, however, that a large part of the reason that age is a factor is that the elderly population is more likely to HAVE one or more of these pre-existing conditions. Do you know what else this population is at risk for developing serious and deadly complications from? The common flu.

What we have known for decades

This information has been widely available a long time. So why has it taken a global pandemic to open our eyes to this fact. The flu does not drive us to shelter in place and avoid contact and social distance. As a society, we have been dealing with the flu forever. Most who contract the flu, get sick and then get better. The flu also does not drive tens of thousands of people to hospitals at one time, overwhelming the health care system and forcing providers to decide who gets a ventilator and who doesn’t. The fact remains though, that having one or more pre-existing condition pre-disposes you to serious or even deadly complications from not only the flu but other infections. Developing these conditions will also shorten you life expectancy.

What can we do

The advice, like the information, has been there for a long time. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Optimize your vitamin and mineral levels either through diet or supplementation. Exercise regularly and minimize or learn strategies to cope with stress. Making these things a part of your life will reduce your risk for developing pre-existing conditions and will strengthen your immune system. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are two great ways to help fill in holes in your diet, strengthen your immune system and help reduce stress.

Silver linings

I suspect that we will find many silver linings as we get through this crisis. Slowing down or even STOPPING the cycle of everything having to get done...right now! Spending time with our immediate family, without having to schedule and work around five hundred different activities each week. Realizing what our kids are and are not getting in their daily lives. Being kind to those in our communities and ourselves. And, my hope is, that we will recognize the importance of our health and take an active role in fostering and maintaining that health so that our bodies are more capable of taking care of themselves and we can all live longer, healthier lives.

​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.

Coronavirus, What We are Doing To Protect Our Patients

There was a meme the other day about COVID 19 that said when you see the name, think of the song Come on Eileen...now I can’t get it out of my head. Almost like the omnipresent news and nonstop social chatter about it! There is justifiable concern but also reasons not to panic as I outlined in my last blog Afraid of Coronavirus? I'm Not, Here's Why.. I have had a few folks cancel their appointments and I understand their concerns. I am planning on remaining open since I can help people not only with their chief complaint but also with keeping their immune systems strong. I have always followed applicable OSHA standards, Clean Needle Techniques along with disinfecting procedures and frequent hand washing/sanitizing. I have implemented a few new procedures as listed below to minimize the chances of spreading this virus and to “flatten the curve”.

1)  Elimination of table linens. While I use table paper to cover the tables, the linens are impossible to disinfect after every treatment. Even changing the linens after every patient can result in contact and spread of pathogens.

2)  I have also removed table warmers from the tables as, once again, these are impossible to disinfect after every patient. SORRY, I know many of you love the nice heated table to lay on but for the foreseeable future, we need to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this virus.

3)  Tables and rooms will be disinfected after every treatment. Normally, removal of the table paper and replacement with new paper would suffice as a standard of practice but with the heightened urgency to prevent the spread of this virus, more stringent measures are warranted.

4)  Reduced schedule. In order to maximize social distancing and to give me a chance to properly disinfect rooms after treatments, I will be moving to a reduced schedule.

5)  As outlined below I am asking patients who are infected or are experiencing symptoms to not come to the office. I will still offer phone/skype consultations to formulate an herb and supplement regimen that will boost your immune system and help you fight this (or any other) infection. We will work out how you receive your herbs/supplements on a case by case basis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a cold/flu or sore throat, with or without a fever DO NOT come in to the office. I will be suspending my 24 hour cancellation policy for the time being. Contact your primary care provider to get advice about testing and self quarantine procedure if necessary.

Above all, use good judgment and take a breath and try to stay calm. We will get through this. Keep yourself and your family safe.

​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.

Afraid of Coronavirus? I’m Not, Here’s Why

OK, everyone take a deep breath, stop looking at the stock market and stay calm. Is the coronavirus outbreak something to be concerned with, sure? Is it something to panic over, no? Are there things you can do to prevent being infected, yes. Is there something you can do if you are infected, yes!

Estimates show a 2% mortality rate for coronavirus, compared to .5% mortality rate for influenza. This number is more than likely skewed based on the small sample size, the fact that a certain percentage of those infected are asymptomatic (one of the reasons that it will be impossible to contain) or symptoms are so mild that those infected do not seek medical attention and are therefore not included in overall infected tally. This is in sharp contrast to something like SARS, with a 60% mortality rate. When people were infected with this virus, it was known very quickly, and health officials were able to quarantine and contain the spread fairy easily. Ironically, this makes SARS a relatively unsuccessful viral infection, it kills the host thus preventing further spread of the disease. But like I said, there is cause for concern but there are also reasons why you shouldn’t panic.

Prevention:

There are supplements and minerals that can “boost” your immune system or have anti-viral properties. Iodine is probably the most important of these and has been shown to inhibit and even destroy viruses when taken orally. Vitamins A, D & C, Zinc, Selenium and garlic are other supplements/foods that have demonstrated an ability to stimulate the immune system and provide protection against viral infections. Regular acupuncture has also demonstrated an ability to improve your immune system. These and the standard protocols like washing hands, keeping children (and yourself) home if sick can go a long way to preventing the spread of this virus as well as keeping yourself from becoming infected.

Care:

You’ve done everything you can to prevent getting the virus (or maybe not) and you still get sick. Now what! Consult your physician of course, they may prescribe anti virals or antibiotics to prevent bacterial infections. Normal things like plenty of rest and fluids to help your body combat the virus will help. There are also specific electro acupuncture anti pathogen protocols that will make your internal environment inhospitable to the virus and even decrease viral loads. Vitamin C, colloidal silver and garlic (again!) are great supplements along with Chinese herbal formulas. All of this can help you combat the infection and get you back on your feet in short order.

This virus should be taken seriously. Preventing the spread of even influenza is something we should all be aware of and working towards. It does, after all, kill people. With proper prevention and care you can do your part to help stop the spread of the disease and keep yourself healthy.

​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, Anxiety & Pain

Most people know that acupuncture is extremely effective for treating pain. Many also know that acupuncture can be used to treat anxiety. What many don’t know is that treating anxiety helps patients who are suffering with pain.

Clinical Results:

Eighty to ninety percent of patients that I treat for pain are also treated for anxiety, even if that is not one of their initial complaints. With these patients it comes up during their initial consultation that, along with their pain, they are dealing with some level of anxiety and stress. In my clinic, when I treat these patients for anxiety along with treating their pain, they get better faster, results last longer and they end up needing fewer treatments.

How Anxiety Affects Pain:

Anxiety drives us in to “fight or flight” mode. This is your body’s natural response to stress. It is an important response and necessary when we are dealing with stressful situations. The problem is that in today’s society, people are under almost constant stress, sometimes at high levels. People also do not allow themselves enough time to deal with this stress through exercise, meditation and restorative practices. This does not allow the body to enter “rest and digest” mode. This is when your body is healing, repairing itself and recovering. High stress levels and anxiety ultimately affect sleep, when your body should be rebuilding and healing itself.

Pain & Anxiety:

Pain is an indicator that something is wrong. Normally, the body heals the problem, we recover and move on. But how is the body supposed to heal itself if anxiety and stress are not allowing that healing to take place. This is how anxiety can perpetuate pain syndromes. Once the anxiety is reduced or alleviated, the body can devote the proper resources to truly fix the problem that is causing the pain.

So, what can you expect when you come in to get treatment for your pain? Look forward to being more relaxed, better sleep and a faster resolution to your 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.