Entries by Steve Hoffman

Searching for Substance

We are all settling into our fall routines after summer, but I have one last post about a summer trip. We took our annual two-week summer vacation at the end of August and I was a bit disappointed with the location. I don’t want to disparage any place and the location was admittedly not my style, so I’ll just say that the location rhymes with girdle reach. What struck me was that the main road that paralleled the coast was littered with pancake houses, candy shops, beach shops, donut shops and vape shops. There were seriously at least two of each on every block. I like a good pancake every now and then but seriously, there had to be 10 of them within a 2-mile stretch. The beach shops all sold the same cheap, plasticky, disposable junk and touristy memorabilia. And it is no wonder that we have gone from consuming 5 pounds of sugar per person per year 200 years ago, to about 150 pounds per person today.

Instant Gratification:

I was talking to my wife, as we were driving that road one day and I said that there had to be a niche that all these shops were not filling. I suggested that a yoga studio might do well. Almost as soon as I said it, it struck me. A yoga studio would fail miserably in this environment. EVERY shop, store and restaurant had to do with one thing: instant gratification. The problem with instant gratification is that, well, it is instant. And then it is instantly over. It leaves you feeling hollow and searching for the next thing to instantly gratify you.

Lasting Gratification:

Practices like yoga and tai chi are just that: practices. It takes time, effort, perseverance and commitment to improve or see physical benefits. Artistry, playing an instrument or earning a degree all take a similar amount of time and effort. But what these pursuits leave you with is a deep sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and self-worth. They are meaningful and lasting.

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine:

OK, ready for this, I’m going to tie all of that into what I love to do. Acupuncture is typically the antithesis of instant gratification. It can take 6-8 or even 10-12 treatments in chronic cases before the patient starts seeing results. Have I had cases where someone has hopped off the table and looked at me with wonder saying, “My backache is completely gone!”, yes, I have! But these are few and far between. Most of the time it takes commitment, time and financial, to achieve lasting results. But the results are just that, lasting. Most of us are used to the instant results that western medicine provides. Have a headache, take an Advil, an hour later, the headache is gone (for most people). Have heartburn, take a tums, your tummy feels better. Now I’m not going to compare western medicine to the ode to instant gratification I saw on vacation, but I think we have been conditioned to expect this from our health care. The one similarity is that, in many cases, western medicine does not actually fix anything. The results are fleeting. If you are fed up with the results you are getting for your problem and are finally ready to achieve lasting results and leave your problem behind, call today and set up a consultation.

​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.

TAXI RIDE IN NYC & YOUR STATE OF MIND

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my impending trip to NYC. Great trip, my twins saw a Broadway musical for the first time, and we had a nice visit to the American Museum of Natural History that they tolerated reasonably well. I’m always observing human behavior (might be why I found myself helping people heal) and this trip was no different. We took a cab to get to and from a couple of places and I had two very different experiences that really struck me.

Typical NYC Cab Ride

I’ll talk about the second cab ride of the day first. We all pile into the cab and the driver starts our ride by cutting right in to traffic. As we drive, we get behind a car that is hesitating to turn at an intersection. “Bleeping Uber drivers, that’s why they shouldn’t be allowed!” as our cab zooms around the car, making a left turn from the right lane. There’s music going on, the driver is chugging some energy drink and I notice some other broadcast going in the background. I’m in the front seat and I notice the driver looking down into the door handle well, where there is a phone going with a soccer game playing! I grab the “oh, crap” handle and hang on until we get to Penn Station. Fairly typical cab right in the city, no?

Zen Cab

What made the second cab ride all the more remarkable was the contrast to our first cab ride. We get in and the driver is singing, kind of under his breath. A pretty, lifting melody that I couldn’t quite make out the words to, not even sure if he was singing in English. We pull up to a light and have another cab next to us in the right lane. I notice that a car is parked in the right lane ahead of us, past the light. I brace myself for a jack rabbit start when the light turns green so that the cab to the right of us would be cut off and have to merge in behind us. The light turns green and the driver hesitates…yes, he hesitates so the cab next to us could start and easily merge into the lane ahead of us. Huh, did that just happen? The driver continues his melody and then notices that there is construction ahead of us. He very calmly asks me if I would like to take 52nd or 54th instead. Wait, did he just ask me my route preference?? What a nice, peaceful ride.

Stress in The City

The contrast was stark. What it made me think about was how these two different people handled the stress of one of the most harrowing jobs in the world. Was it their upbringing, genetics or life experience that made them handle things so differently? Probably a combination. But what it showed me was that no matter your environment, it does not have to rule how you react to it. Stress, change, joy, sorrow; these things are inevitable, they are part of life. How you respond to and process those events determines how much of an impact they can have on your health and wellbeing.

I have blogged in the past about how much acupuncture can help you deal with stress and how it can help your body process the inevitable ups and downs that you run in to. If you find it hard to be like the Zen cabbie and you find it affects your job, your sleep and even your family, call for a free consultation today and we can help you “get on the road” 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.

Red Yeast Rice & Cholesterol

A regular patient at Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine was recently advised by their doctor that they should start taking a statin because their cholesterol was elevated. The patient is a 50-year-old female in otherwise good health. Statins do have side effects, some of the serious, especially for females. I recommended that she try a natural product, Red Yeast Rice (RYR), that has been shown to reduce cholesterol with far fewer side effects.

Concerns

“Jane” did a little research on her own and had a few concerns. Jane found an article that she said that the side effects of RYR were the same as for statin medications. I reviewed the article and the author said that he assumed that the side effects would be the same, he was not basing this off clinical data. I did some more digging and found the side effects profile for both statins and RYR and have listed them below. As you can see the side effect profiles are different although RYR has not been studied nearly as much as stain medications. Nevertheless, as I said to Jane, even if the side effect profile was identical, I would choose the natural product over the synthetic product every time. Having discussed this, Jane decided to try the RYR.

Side Effects:

Red yeast rice can cause mild side effects, including:

Abdominal discomfort

Heartburn

Gas

Headache

Dizziness

​(Above information from the Mayo Clinic website)

Common side effects of cholesterol drugs include:

Diarrhea

Constipation

Nausea

Stomach cramps

Muscle soreness, pain, or weakness

Vomiting

Headache

Dizziness

Drowsiness

Fatigue

Problems sleeping

Rash or flushed skin



More Severe Problems

Statins are a common cholesterol medicine, but for some people they can cause severe side effects like muscle damage, dark-colored urine, liver damage, increased blood sugar or type 2 diabetes, and memory loss or confusion. It’s unclear why these issues happen.

(Above information from WebMD)

Results

I have attached a copy of Jane’s bloodwork and the results are amazing. The before and after bloodwork was performed approximately 5 months apart and she did not start taking the RYR until 5/18.

2/15/19:

Total Cholesterol:        236

HDL Cholesterol:          44

LDL Cholesterol:         148

7/19/19:

Total Cholesterol:        178

HDL Cholesterol:          50

LDL Cholesterol:         100

Total and LDL “bad” cholesterol both dropped significantly, and HDL “good” cholesterol improved. Jane is thrilled with the results, has experienced no side effects and her husband, who is on statin medications, is asking if the RYR could be right for him. While Jane is in very good health, she did start exercising more regularly and reduced her intake of sugars and carbohydrates on my advice. These lifestyle modifications can help reduce cholesterol on their own and certainly help either statins or RYR work better but I have never seen this type of difference, in this short of a time period, from lifestyle modifications alone.

Cautions

While these results are remarkable, RYR is not for everyone. As with statin medications if you experience muscle pain, tenderness or weakness you should call you doctor immediately. Pregnant women or those with active or chronic liver disease should not use statins or RYR. The other precaution, whether you are taking a statin or RYR, is that you should also supplement with CoQ10. Statins and RYR will lower levels of CoQ10, a nutrient that is cardio-protective and is implicated in lowering cardiac risks.

Bottom Line

If you are taking a statin or have been advised that your cholesterol should be lowered, RYR could be a good option for you. Consult with your physician and health care practitioner before you start any supplement regimen. It is also important to make sure that the RYR supplement that you are taking is of consistent quality and has third party testing to insure strength and purity. Supplements that are bought online can often be fake or of questionable quality. At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, the RYR supplement that we carry is purchased directly from a third-party certified manufacturer. The supplement is also available with CoQ10 already in it so that you do not have to take a separate supplement.

​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.

The Sale of Central Park

I was talking with a patient recently about earthing (​you can read my post about it​) and connecting with nature and the resultant health benefits (a good article about nature walks and depression ). As I had a trip to New York City coming up it got me to thinking about Central Park and how we, as a society, put an emphasis on preserving nature even while progress marches on.

How much is Central Park worth

It is estimated that the sale of the land that Central Park covers would be worth about $35 billion (give or take a few billion). Let that settle in for a moment. Billions and billions and billions of dollars, just for the land. The park was developed in 1857 but even then, the land would have been worth $350 million. Any government could use that kind of cash infusion.

Why not cash out

So why was the property never developed for real estate or commercial use. I don’t think there were enough “tree huggers” back then (or even now) to stop that kind of temptation. Today, we know, with scientific certainty, that practices like grounding and communing with nature have tangible, measurable effects on our health and wellbeing but we didn’t back then. We didn’t know with scientific certainty, but I believe, on some level, we (as a society) knew. We knew on some intrinsic level that this was not only good but necessary for us to thrive as a species. I am sure that there were those back then (and now) who salivate over the prospect of putting a hotel or attraction smack dab in the middle of the park. But most of us, even those who are not “tree huggers” both then and now, know how vital these spaces are to us.

Acupuncture

So, Steve, what does all of this have to do with acupuncture and oriental medicine? Nature heals. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself and with the help of nature, we can maintain or restore balance allowing the body it to heal itself. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is a prime example of taking advantage of what nature provides. Acupuncture, especially when used with electric stimulation, provides the very electrons that are provided by practices like earthing or grounding. Electro Acupuncture goes beyond this though, allowing a skilled acupuncturist to target specific areas of the body or even internal organs with the healing power of electrons and precise neurochemical stimulation to effect healing. So, take advantage of what nature provides. You have everything you need to heal yourself all around you. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be a major part of the healing process.

​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: When to Look Within

Patients come to me looking for answers. Answers for their pain, mood, energy, infertility, the list goes on and on. This is a huge and important first step in any healing process. First, admitting that there is a problem and second realizing that they need help with the problem. Often, however, patients are looking to be “fixed”. They are seeking out a “magic” cure for their problem. They are looking for that one supplement, that one herb, that one type of treatment that will make their problems go away. This sets unrealistic expectations and sets patients up to failure and frustration. Any healing, first and foremost, comes from within.

Too much noise

Most of us are conditioned, through societal, family and even cultural pressures, to expect a quick fix. Have a problem, take a pill. Feeling blue, eat some comfort food that spikes your blood sugar and gives you a rush. Accomplish something, you deserve to indulge or have a few drinks. Want to feel better, buy something, heck you don’t even have to get off your couch to do that anymore. And when that package comes to the front door the next day, it’s a quick hit of endorphins. All of this sets us up for highs and lows that tend to leave us looking for the next high. It also conditions us to look outside of ourselves for our well being.

Striving for more

You are enough. Just as you are, right now in this moment. Flawed, imperfect, mistakes, blemishes and all. You don’t need that gadget or that drink or that new car or that next goal to make you more than you are. Once you firmly believe this, true and lasting healing can take place. Constant striving, dissatisfaction, frustration and belief that your need something outside of yourself can lead to a lifetime of searching for something that is already inside of you.

When to seek help

Societal pressures, stress, lack of proper nutrition and exercise can throw our bodies out of balance, even in the best of circumstances. This is the society and life we have chosen for ourselves, so we are left to deal with the consequences to our health and well being. Acupuncture can help you cope better with stress. It can help you digest your food better and get the most out of the nutrients you are putting in your body. Acupuncture can help you sleep better and reduce or even eliminate pain. But I think the key word here is help. Patients who take an active role in their healing process simply respond better to treatment. They spend less time and money coming to see me. How well will that fancy diet plan work if you don’t follow it. How much good is that gym membership doing you if you don’t use it. How well will that physical therapy work if you don’t do the exercises in between appointments. Help, guidance, support is there if you need it. Just remember, there is no magic cure. Healing takes work and a willingness to change. These things come from 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.

Acupuncture & The Mouse?

Acupuncture and the Mouse

Wait, is this about veterinary acupuncture? Nope. So, what does acupuncture have to do with mice you are asking? Take a few minutes and find out!

Saving Up

I owned a house in Boonton New Jersey and one fall I went to get my work boots out of the closet to do some yard work. I put one on no problem but when I went to put the other one on, I couldn’t get my foot in! I look in the boot and it is FILLLED with dog kibble!! I look at my dog...she looks at me and we both shrug our shoulders. I lived in a wooded area and after thinking about it, I realized that it must have been mice who moved the food from the dog bowl to the boot for storage! Thinking about it further, I realized that there was enough food in the boot for 10 mice for 10 lifetimes. Why the heck didn’t the mouse take a look, realize that he or she was set for life and kick back with a mai tai.

Survival Instinct

I since spoke to a physiologist friend and related the story and they said that the behavior was driven by a primitive portion of the brain that has to do with survival. Humans still have this portion of the brain, but we also have higher level functioning that lets us look at this behavior or drive and shut it off. In essence, say enough is enough, I’m going to relax. The mouse didn’t have this ability and therefore couldn’t stop the behavior. Silly mouse. I often think about this with people who have more money than they could possibly spend in 10 lifetimes yet continue to work 80-hour weeks to get more. Ostensibly, they are working for their security and maybe the security of their family but at what cost. How much time do they get for their own pleasure and how much time are they sacrificing with their family, the things in life that really matter! Silly human.

Umm, What About Acupuncture?

I’m getting there. Whether we work 80 hours a week or not, this instinctual drive can cause things like anxiety, and depression on the flip side. By using acupuncture in conjunction with electrical stimulation, we can induce the brain and body to produce certain neuro-chemicals that relax the central nervous system, engage the parasympathetic nervous system (you can read about the divisions of the nervous system and how they affect you in my 2 part blog ​Are You Sympathetic Part 1 and ​Are You Sympathetic Part 2) disengage your adrenal glands, giving them a much needed rest and reduce stress hormones. These are powerful treatments that work with your body to reduce anxiety and depression and give you much needed sleep to recover from the rigors of your life! When I relate this story to my patients, I tell them “Don’t be like the silly mouse”!

​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.

Work-Life Balance and How Acupuncture Can Help

I recently came across this article ​about work-life balance. The article says to give up on it, it is not achievable in today’s world so you might as well not even try, you will just end up feeling bad when it does not happen. While I think there is a lot wrong with this premise (mostly the corporate environment that has made white collar work the new sweat shops) I do acknowledge that it can be difficult to strike a good work-life balance. The problems with this are numerous but the one that concerns me, as a health care provider, is the impact that this type of lifestyle has on people’s health.

Stress/Anxiety/Depression

Working like this is a perfect recipe for mood disorders like anxiety and depression and creates a great deal of stress with little room for activities to diffuse that stress. Anxiety and depression alone can have a tremendous effect on your life and wellbeing and costs this country billions of dollars in health care lost wages. Stress has been linked to many diseases ranging from diabetes to heart disease to metabolic syndrome and more. As the article states, if you don’t stand up for yourself, no one else will.

What You Can Do

One tip from the article is a very good one, schedule yourself. Schedule social time, phone calls to friends and even time to read or watch TV. If you put it on your calendar and get into a routine, you are much more likely to do these activities.

Use my 15-minute tool. Take 15 minutes a day (and set a timer so you don’t get subsumed) to do something you continually put off but know needs to be done. Like the piles of paper on your desk that you walk by every day or that closet that has not been cleaned out in 10 years. Every time you see these things and tell yourself in the back of your mind that it needs to get done and don’t do it, you are subtly beating yourself up. You will be amazed at what just 15 minutes a day can do to even a large project like a basement. You will notice a significant difference in 1-2 weeks, and you will feel so much lighter.

Say NO! Bosses have their own problems, pressures and stress. They don’t have time to worry about yours. If they keep giving you things to do and you keep doing them, they are thinking “Wow, they can handle a lot!” They don’t realize you are about a minute away from having a breakdown. Even if you end up doing the project or assignment, sometimes saying no at the start can make your boss realize and appreciate your work more.

How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture can help reduce anxiety and depression. Typically, weekly treatments are needed at the beginning but after a course of 10-12 treatments, your body will naturally be able to process the pressure that you are under better. Acupuncture reduces stress hormones in the body and can induce the body to produce stress reducing hormones. This powerful combination will decrease the impact that stress has on your body and your health.

What are you working for? Most often it is to provide a good home and life for your family. But when you are doing that at the expense of you and your family’s quality of life and fulfillment, not to mention your health, it seems downright counter intuitive. We only get one shot at this, take care of yourself and make it count!

​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 Reasons Why You Should Try Acupuncture

Pain

Acupuncture excels at treating pain whether the pain is chronic or acute. Acute pain conditions, such as injuries, resolve quickly with acupuncture. Not only does acupuncture provide pain relief but it will help an injury heal faster and more completely. Chronic pain conditions can take longer to treat and often require maintenance treatments to maintain relief and effect healing. With alternatives like pain medications and surgery, acupuncture is a viable and often preferable alternative.

Stress

Stress has become so prevalent in today’s society and the negative health effects of stress read like a list of “diseases of civilization”. Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, cirrhosis, metabolic syndrome...the list goes on and on and all can be linked directly or indirectly with stress. Acupuncture can reduce stress markers in the body, induce parasympathetic (rest and digest) activity and even short circuit the patterns that cause adrenal fatigue.

Sleep

Often, pain and stress can lead to sleep problems, so by addressing these first two issues, sleep is often improved. Working directly on sleep, acupuncture can reset the body so that patients are able to go to sleep quickly with less interruption and wake feeling rested.

Digestion

The effects of poor digestion are so far reaching that I almost always include some digestive treatments within the treatment plan for patients. Without the proper building blocks, your body simply cannot rebuild and protect itself. If your digestion is off, no matter how well you are eating, those building block may not be properly broken down or absorbed. Hormonal issues, gallbladder disease, mood problems, fatigue and even auto immune problems can often be traced back to poor digestion. Acupuncture can stimulate the digestive system to work properly, eliminating a host of seemingly disparate health complaints.

Anxiety

We are built for anxiety. If our ancient ancestors did not worry about food and shelter, they quite simply did not survive to pass down those lackadaisical genes. So, you can thank your ancestors for giving you the anxiety “gene”, yay! The problem is, modern society has relieved us of many of these survival worries. So, what do we do? Make up problems of course! As noted above, acupuncture can help reduce the bodies reaction to stress and help relive that “wired and tired” syndrome that so many of us get stuck in and these are drivers for anxiety. By inducing the body to produce chemicals such as gabapentin and serotonin, acupuncture can directly relieve anxiety.

Five reasons? There is only one. Your health and wellbeing. Relieving any one of these problems can be life changing and most of the time patients present with some degree of all of these problems. Come in, get help and live a healthier, happier life!

​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.

Can Acupuncture Cure Your Neck Pain?

If you’ve read any of my blogs, you probably know the answer I’m going to give, so say it with me: It Depends! And what does it depend on? Mostly it depends on the cause of the neck pain along with your definition of “cure”. If by cure, you mean gone, never to return, yes acupuncture can do that in most instances, but the cause will determine the length of treatment and how much maintenance acupuncture you may or may not need.

Neck Injury & Acupuncture

Acute injuries respond very well and very quickly to treatment. Of course, the severity of the injury is also a determining factor. A neck strain, sprain or sport injury can be resolved in rather short order. Severe trauma, be it from sports, car accident or a fall can take much longer and may not ever be cured if your definition is back to 100%. That does not mean that acupuncture is not worth the time or money in these instances. We can give patients improved range of motion and more complete healing then they would otherwise achieve without treatment. These cases also typically require maintenance treatments.

Neck Pain from Stress

I would say about 90% of my patients have some type of neck pain or discomfort, even if it is not their chief complaint. Most of these cases are stress related. The body tends to store tension in this area, and this is really a good thing since it is better than storing tension in your organs. After all, this can result in issues ranging from stomach problems to heart disease. These cases typically need longer courses of treatment and more maintenance treatments than acute injuries. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, I tend to see patients when the problem becomes unbearable and impacts their everyday lives. Most people can ignore occasional neck discomfort or self-medicate with pain relievers for years before they get to the breaking point. The longer the problem has been there, the longer treatment will take. Secondly, most people are unwilling or unable to make the changes in their lives that caused the problem in the first place. These are tough changes, lifestyle changes. Diet, exercise, stress reduction techniques, these are the things that can reduce or eliminate stress induced neck pain by themselves! When coupled with acupuncture, even modest changes can have a big impact.

At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we offer individualized lifestyle modification advice that can get you back to normal fast and keep you neck (along with the rest of your body) in peak condition. Call today for a free 30-minute consultation!

​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 Magic Wand

Um...what. The magic wand! Everyone has heard of acupuncture’s magical healing powers, why not a magic wand. Totally joking but there is something I ask all my patients when they first come in and that is: If you had a magic wand and could make one thing go away, what would it be. Often patients come in with a litany of health complaints and many other times just one or two, but their intake reveals that they are struggling with many issues. What I want to know is, what is the thing that is bothering them the most, what is affecting their lives on a day to day basis. This lets me home in on the main problem and tackle that problem first. And you know what, when that one problem gets better, many of the patient’s other complaints get better as well. Almost as if...by magic!

One problem affecting many things

Take back pain for example. This can have a huge impact on someone’s life and is something I commonly treat. But once the patients back pain starts to get better, they start to sleep better, they have more energy, they can exercise, they don’t have those few drinks at the end of the day, and they find they are making better food choices. This is a huge shift in someone’s life and can have a huge impact on their health. All from one problem.

Acupuncture affects the body globally

The other piece of this is that acupuncture can affect the entire body. So, while I may be treating and targeting the low back for a patient, the treatment will reduce inflammation and increase circulation in the entire body. The endorphins that are stimulated will circulate through the entire body. So, while there are “ancillary” effects due to the reduction of back pain in our example, acupuncture treatment can have a primary effect on symptoms other than the chief complaint.

So, bring me all of your problems, I’m ready with my magic wand! Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine offers a free 30 minute, no risk, no obligation consultation. We can even do it from the comfort of your own home, over the phone or via video conference.

​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.