How “Normal” Stress is Hurting your Body and Mind

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As a society, we have learned to adapt to stress and sleeplessness. We have learned to accept that burning the candle at both ends, running on empty, not getting solid sleep, are all “fine” and a part of life’s process. A common response, when I ask patients about their stress level is, “it’s normal”. When…

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How We Use Acupuncture to Induce Labor

Labor Induction Acupuncture written by Allie Machen, LAc   Here at Willow Tree, we often get folks coming in at the end of pregnancy asking for induction acupuncture. Often times these people are 40+ weeks pregnant and they already have a medical induction with their medical provider on the calendar. What is Induction Acupuncture Anyway?…

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Acupuncture for Insomnia ? Yes, it works wonders!

Insomnia is a common complaint, affecting well over 25% of the US adult population. It has happened to us all: you’re exhausted and all you want is to tuck into bed and sleep forever, but instead when you need it the most, you just lay there thinking…and waiting. It can prevent us from falling asleep…

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Acupuncture Helps Postpartum Recovery

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by Allie Machen, LAc If you are reading this, chances are you have heard how awesome acupuncture can be in pregnancy. From pain relief to labor preparation, acupuncture truly excels in supporting healthy pregnancies. What many folks don’t know is that acupuncture can help you feel great postpartum as well! Postpartum is a special and…

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Pregnancy Acupuncture for Labor Prep in the 3rd Trimester

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  Hooray! You are in the home stretch of a full term pregnancy and it is time to start getting your mind and body prepared for labor and delivery! I was recently interviewed by a researcher about educating women as well as health care providers about how acupuncture can benefit women during pregnancy. Inspired by…

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10 Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

    1) Get plenty of rest Winter is the time of hibernation, slowing down to conserve our energy in order to protect and best resist illnesses that more easily invade our bodies when the weather is cold and wet. Plenty of rest supports our immune system’s important work that is done at night when…

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Natural Mind Body Medicine for Depression

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Acupuncture as a Natural Treatment for Depression by Melanie Misenheimer, LAc     Depression is referred to as a mood disorder characterized by persistent sadness, despondency, hopelessness, and/or loss of interest.  It is a condition that brings disruption to daily life and impairs normal functioning.  Other symptoms that can be associated with depression in the…

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How to Find an Awesome Portland Acupuncturist!

“Help!  I need an acupuncturist but where do I start to find the ONE that is the right match for me, and my particular condition ?” Acupuncturists are as varied as allopathic physicians. Hopefully we are all Walking our Talk and living by example of what optimal health can look and feel like for ALL…

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How To Choose The Right Fertility Acupuncturist in Portland

Many studies have shown that Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can improve fertility for women and men, and we are getting a lot of exposure in the media!  As a result, many acupuncturists have made the claim that they treat infertility in their practice but the reality is that most have only received a minimal training…

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How does Acupuncture work? The physiology behind the mystery.

How does acupuncture work?  What is it doing? These are the questions that I asked when first introduced to Oriental Medicine and  now answer every day as an acupuncturist. Those of us who practice acupuncture in the West have done a disservice to the medicine by only giving the simplistic explanation of “moving Qi,” and…

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