What is a “disease process?”

Let’s talk about the concept of “disease process”.

Disease is defined as: “a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.”

Process is defined as: “a natural or involuntary series of changes”

Putting this together, when we look at the definition of “disease process,” we would say that it is “a series of natural or involuntary changes that caused a disorder of structure or function, which produces symptoms.”


One of the things that makes our treatment style unique is the fact that we treat the underlying cause of the problem. After we develop a diagnosis of the underlying cause (or disease process), we treat that to resolve the symptom(s). A term that could be used to explain in broad terms that underlying cause of a symptom would be the term disease process.

Let’s use an example of high blood pressure: We view high blood pressure as a symptom of an underlying disease process. A person has long-term emotional stress, which leads to a breakdown of liver function. The liver (known in Oriental medicine as intimately connected to stress in day-to-day living), may have a negative effect on the heart. This, in turn, leads to tension in the blood vessels, increasing the pressure (due to less elasticity) of the fluid in the inside of the blood vessel. Hence, high blood pressure.

Outlined above is obviously one of many potential causes of high blood pressure, however is relatively common and illustrates the fact that a disease process will often lead to a symptom. If a person treats the symptoms only, it will never fully resolve.

Nothing in this document is tended as a replacement for a medical doctor’s diagnosis or treatment.

Acupuncture Flu Shot

Annually, we field questions from many concerned patients regarding flu shots for themselves and their children.

This may be a difficult decision to make; what follows are viewpoints to help you in the decision making process:

“There are three main types of flu virus, and each type can mutate, or change, from year to year. Thus, there are literally thousands of possible strains. (Each strain is thoroughly analyzed and given a proper name, often a title associated with the place where it was initially discovered.) Every year health officials produce a new flu vaccine containing three mutated strains of flu virus. To determine which strains to use, officials travel to China at the beginning of the year to assess circulating flu viruses in that region of the world. They try to guess which strains will reach the United States by the end of the year. Production begins, and the new vaccine is usually available by October.”*

We, unfortunately, treat quite a few people each year for the side effects of the flu shot.

*Source: http://thinktwice.com/flu_lie.htm

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.


This year, we wanted to provide you with a way that you can boost your immune system naturally at home. In this video, Mindy explains a technique called “The Acupuncture Flu Shot.”

Meet Mindy, Diplomate in Acupuncture


You may have noticed a new face in the office recently. We would like you to meet Mindy Wilhelm, Diplomate in Acupuncture!

Mindy graduated Summa Cum Laude (4.0 throughout her training) from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.  She is part of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and is licensed in the state of Wisconsin.  Mindy also has a background in massage therapy.  Her  passion is to help improve people’s quality of life naturally so they may live long, vibrant and happy lives.

Next time you’re in, make sure you say hi to Mindy!

How Acupuncture Helps Treat Allergies

There are many reasons one could experience allergies with variations from person to person, however what follows are the basic mechanics. The spleen and the lungs govern the immune system, and although other systems in the body can be involved, these are most significantly involved with allergies.

The spleen, which is understood in Western Medicine as connected to the lymphatic system, governs internal immune function. The lymph is in charge of eliminating material from the body that is unneeded or unhealthy, such as toxins or pathogens. The following is a useful analogy: the lymphatic system is like the alley behind a city home where the trash is removed, whereas the blood vessels are like the street in front of the house which brings in groceries and other needed items.

Spleen function generates internal immune system activity, fighting pathogens that penetrate deeper into the body and destroys pathogens in the blood stream so that they don’t cause internal allergies. If one were to eat or inhale a potential allergen, the spleen is in charge of destroying this material.

The lungs govern your external immune function and open to the nose, throat, and sinuses. If the sinuses and the lungs are functioning well, the mucosal membranes of the sinuses have immune system factors that destroy any incoming pathogenic material, such as pollen.

Another thing to mention about allergies is the following 2,000-year-old quote: when the spleen malfunctions, it will cause fluids to build up in the body. When the lungs malfunction, they will take on fluids. An example of this would be one consuming food and fluids that aren’t fully metabolized by the spleen and stomach. Those fluids could then “travel” upwards into the lungs. The lungs, to protect themselves, would activate the cilia (small hairs that are designed to move substances up and out of the lungs), which would push those fluids out of the lungs and into the sinuses, causing sinus problems.

Acupuncture can help boost organ function and, in turn, help your body deal with any airborne particles that may cause allergic reactions.

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.