Success Story: Insomnia and Ironman Training

“I met Curry Chaudoir at the 2009 Multi-Sport Expo. At the time, I knew very little about acupuncture or the potential benefits it could provide. However, I was curious, so, I spent some time speaking with him.

For about 15 years, I suffered from episodes of insomnia. About every 3-4 months, I would experience 5-7 nights in a row of little to no sleep. I had sought treatment for my insomnia and was given only the option of prescription medications. I never followed this option for fear of becoming dependent on sleeping aids for life.

Curry explained how acupuncture could help, so, I gave it a shot. The results were simply amazing. After only a few weeks, my sleep patterns became completely regular. I fell asleep easily and remained asleep, uninterrupted, all night. I had more energy and was more productive than ever. It has now been just over a year and I have not had a single episode of insomnia.

I soon learned other benefits of acupuncture. Due to my triathlon training, I often experienced tightness in my legs, especially my left side. During my course of treatment, we adjusted the acupuncture points, which provided relief to overworked muscles.

I must admit that I entered acupuncture treatments with what I would call “healthy skepticism.” While I have been open to the concept of holistic treatments, I had no prior experience with this option, so, I did not know what to expect. Needless to say, I could not be happier.

Acupuncture and Holistic Health Associates did great things for me. I could not be more pleased with them and highly recommend their services.”

-Joel A.

Oriental Nutrition: What Should You Eat in the Summer?

Oriental Nutrition—the second branch of Oriental Medicine—is based on the same theory as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, therefore can increase organ function, blood circulation, or energy circulation. Using it properly will also increase response to care. The basic premise is two-fold: first, eat the correct food for your constitution. Second, eat the proper food for the season. This all comes from a wonderful school of thought in Oriental Medicine called the “Five Element Theory.”

To stimulate heart, small intestine, pericardium, or overall metabolism function (which all correspond to summer), use foods that are bitter flavored, like brussels sprouts, lamb, peaches or mustard greens. Interestingly, people who crave the taste of unsweetened coffee (bitter) are inadvertently making up for a deficiency in heart function in many cases!

As usual, do not hesitate to call and speak with me if you ever want to know more. We also offer Nutritional Consultations where you can learn more specifics for your own circumstances.

Hot and Sour Chinese Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups snow peas, cooked slightly

4 cups noodles, cooked and drained and cut into 2-inch lengths

For the dressing:

1 green onion, chopped

1 tablespoon umeboshi paste

2-3 teaspoons mustard

Juice of 1-2 lemons

Directions:

-Gently combine peas with noodles.

-Blend ingredients for dressing with a mortar and pestle or blender.

-Add dressing to noodle mixture.

-Mix lightly and serve before noodles become mushy.

Success Story: Eczema

“When I walked into the office on 11/02/09, I was in pain.  My eczema was so bad that all I wanted to do was scratch and cry.  I wasn’t sleeping well, I was so self-conscious about my face that I didn’t want to leave the house.  Just 3 weeks later, I now feel better than any time I can remember.  I have the energy to do activities.  My skin is healing well.  My great thanks to AHHA.”

Barbara G.

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