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Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by Mary Vincent, L.Ac. Many people have been turning to acupuncture for chronic digestive issues, with especially good outcomes for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a common, chronic condition that affects the large intestine, causing uncomfortable symptoms which include: Constipation and/or diarrhea (can alternate between both) Bloating and gas Abdominal pain and […]

Hypertension

by Mary Vincent, L.Ac. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most common disorders seen today. The harder the heart has to work to pump blood through the arteries, especially if those arteries are clogged or narrowed, the higher your blood pressure will be. This can ultimately damage the heart. The blood pressure is […]

ME and Chronic Fatigue

by Nicole Murray, L.Ac. You know that feeling when you’re getting sick with the flu? Remember feeling exhausted, achy, chilled and feverish, and being unable to concentrate? And how you just sleep and sleep but still feel severely tired when you wake up? For people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (more accurately called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or […]

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy Side Effects

By Mary Vincent, L.Ac. One of the most studied aspects of acupuncture is its ability to decrease the severity of many of the side effects of chemotherapy. There are many different types of chemotherapy medications, and a wide range of short and long term effects, some which can become severe enough to be debilitating and […]

Infertility and Acupuncture

By Mary Vincent, L.Ac.     Infertility is the inability to conceive a child or to carry a pregnancy to full term. The time frame when a couple is considered infertile varies based on where you live in the world. In general, and according to the World Health Organization, a couple is assumed to be infertile […]

Bell’s Palsy

by Mary Vincent, L.Ac. Bell’s palsy is one of numerous disorders causing weakness and/or paralysis of the facial muscles, and is estimated to be responsible for at least 80% of cases. It is diagnosed when all other more serious conditions (e.g., stroke) have been ruled out. The exact cause of Bell’s palsy is unknown, but […]

Acupuncture for Depression

by Nicole Murray, L.Ac. All of us experience sadness sometimes, as part of the range of human emotions. We experience ‘the blues’, grief, heartache, and irritability. Depression, however, is a serious medical illness of the brain. This mood disorder “causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest” (Mayo Clinic). The National Institute of […]

Tension Headaches

By Mary Vincent, L.Ac. Tension headaches are the most common type of all headaches, and definitely one of the most common issues we see here at BCA. These types of headaches occur for a variety of reasons, and are often described as mild to moderate pain that includes a squeezing, throbbing, or feeling of pressure […]

Acupuncture for Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

By Nicole Murray, L.Ac. Tennis and golfer’s elbow are conditions we frequently see at BCA. Tennis elbow is a condition affecting the lateral elbow (on the thumb side when you turn your palm up). It’s known medically as lateral epicondylitis-or a painful inflammation of the tendons where they attach to the lateral side of the […]

Acupuncture and Menstrual Pain (Dysmenorrhea)

By Mary Vincent, L.Ac We see a variety of complaints related to menstrual problems at BCA. We see a variety of complaints related to menstrual problems here at BCA, but by far the most common (and one that almost every woman has experienced at some time in her life) is due to pain occurring before […]

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