Acupuncture For Frozen Shoulder

Have you ever rolled out of bed in the morning only to realize that your shoulder muscles are not working properly? Now imagine this has been going on for months or years. Then, add in a nagging, achy pain that wakes you up at night and prevents you from being active. These symptoms can mean you have a frozen shoulder, which is sometimes called adhesive capsulitis. The experience of searching for frozen shoulder solutions [...]

Acupuncture For Frozen Shoulder2021-04-18T09:25:10-05:00

Feelings Kinda Numb? Try Acupuncture for Neuropathy

Neuropathy can range from annoying to outright debilitating. If you've been suffering from neuropathy, and you've seen a doctor about it, you've likely been through a lot already! If you don't like the medications, or are tired of constantly feeling this way, keep reading. What is Neuropathy Really Like? Neuropathy can mean a lot of different things, which means patient's don't often know when they have neuropathy. They just think, 'My feet hurt all [...]

Feelings Kinda Numb? Try Acupuncture for Neuropathy2021-04-18T09:26:42-05:00

Acupuncture for Chronic Bowel Irritation, IBS, Bloating, Etc.!

Going through life with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be incredibly disruptive. Productivity at work is affected, and it can influence travel decisions, as well as strain relationships. These difficulties are often all because you never know when you will have to run to the bathroom. Many patients find this incredibly embarrassing or difficult to talk about. Sadly, most people never seek help for this issue, either because it is taboo to talk about, [...]

Acupuncture for Chronic Bowel Irritation, IBS, Bloating, Etc.!2021-04-18T09:26:01-05:00

Back Pain Solutions: Get Relief Without Pain Medications

No one considers the full depth of how pain can change your life until something happens. For many of us, we believe we are healthy and doing great until one day some minor event like stepping off of a curb and jolting your spine or lifting your kid the wrong way can change everything. If you have ever experienced back pain longer than three months, you are not alone. Chronic back pain has grown [...]

Back Pain Solutions: Get Relief Without Pain Medications2021-04-18T09:25:41-05:00

5 Tips for Improving Sleep and Resolving Insomnia

Have you ever experienced the frustration of laying in bed trying to sleep but you can't calm your mind? Well, you are not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30-40% of American adults report that they have had symptoms of insomnia within the last 12 months, and 10-15 percent of adults claim to have chronic insomnia. I wanted to take a minute to talk about this issue and how making a few lifestyle [...]

5 Tips for Improving Sleep and Resolving Insomnia2020-01-31T08:44:14-05:00

Acupuncture for Anxiety

Anxiety can be a truly overwhelming experience, but it feels different for everyone. It can feel like a racing heart or a churning pit in your stomach. It can make you feel nauseous, or mess up your bowels. It can involve feeling restless, or light-headed, or like you have hot flashes. It can increase your breathing rate. It can give you problems sleeping, and make you grind your teeth at night or clench your [...]

Acupuncture for Anxiety2020-01-31T08:44:25-05:00

Treating Fertility with Acupuncture: Richmond, Virginia

The experience of coming face to face with your fertility can be a stressful and overwhelming one. And it can be taboo even to discuss it, making the experience just that much more intense. If you're undergoing treatment, there are the lab tests and the hormones and drugs and all the strong emotions that come with having your body poked and prodded and your hormones altered. It's a modern miracle, but it can be [...]

Treating Fertility with Acupuncture: Richmond, Virginia2020-02-10T07:52:03-05:00

Acupuncture and Stroke Recovery: Decrease Spending on Long-term Care

If you or someone you know has ever experienced the effects of a stroke, you probably understand how devastating this event can be. Stroke obstructs blood and oxygen supply to the brain. Stroke can cause damage to brain cells and nerves. Depending on which part of the brain is damaged, many things can transpire. An individual’s ability to speak, see, swallow, or move can be affected. Fortunately, there is hope. Acupuncture therapy is a [...]

Acupuncture and Stroke Recovery: Decrease Spending on Long-term Care2020-01-31T08:44:37-05:00

Maegan N. Hodge Speaks On Lyme Disease

Last summer, our Principal Acupuncturist, Maegan N. Hodge, took some time to sit down with her colleague Andrew Miles, DOM of the Botanical Biohacking podcast to discuss the modern treatment of Lyme disease, and how traditional practices of "witchcraft" in ancient southern China unwittingly contributed to advances in the field. Sounds strange right? We promise we do not advocate the practice of witchcraft for medical purposes. We have, however, been told that it is a very interesting [...]

Maegan N. Hodge Speaks On Lyme Disease2020-01-31T08:44:45-05:00

My Experience: Using Acupuncture For Anxiety

Here is a happy tale about acupuncture for anxiety: Imagine trying to concentrate on something important while in the middle of a raging hurricane. The volume of background noise is amplified to a deafening high level, so you can’t even hear when people are talking to you, stress hormones are coursing through your body giving you the idea that every little task you face will be life or death. Now imagine that this happens [...]

My Experience: Using Acupuncture For Anxiety2020-01-31T08:50:10-05:00

The Root Of It All

Circulation and the Gut: The two most important systems to get in order One of my teachers says something that is very obviously true, but also quite helpful to think about: “The basic requirement of health is to have highly oxygenated, highly nutritious blood flowing to all of the tissues in the body.” This means you need plenty of blood flowing to any given area of the body, and that the blood has to [...]

The Root Of It All2020-01-31T08:50:26-05:00

Acupuncture For Headaches

Acupuncture For Headaches, ExplainedOh, Richmond, you all seem to have a lot of aching heads! Clearly, you are not alone, as headaches are one of the top ten most disabling conditions. Good news!  We are going to talk you through the discomfort, and teach you about when acupuncture for headaches is most appropriate.Specifically, there are two types of headaches: tension and migraine. Tension headaches are the most common, while migraines may be accompanied by a [...]

Acupuncture For Headaches2021-04-18T09:27:56-05:00

Got Wacky Hormones, Ladies?

Acupuncture + Chinese Medicine for Hormonal Balance In today’s highly endocrine-disruptive society, we’ve seen a steady rise in female patients struggling with hormonal imbalance and dysfunction. In fact, it’s one of the most common complaints that we see here at Centered: Richmond.  Here, we treat with acupuncture, herbs, and help patients make lifestyle changes to support healthy hormones. Environmental toxins, BPA (found in plastics), common household cleaners and chemicals used in pesticides and herbicides [...]

Got Wacky Hormones, Ladies?2020-01-31T08:52:37-05:00

Chinese Medicine: A Basic Primer

What is Chinese Medicine? Chinese medicine, which includes the acupuncture modality, is a nature-based healing modality which has thousands of years of rich history. It is still being used today in clinics and hospitals throughout China and most of Asia as a primary medical modality and its popularity has been increasing in Europe and the United States over the last 40 years. It is a complete medical system that is capable of treating a [...]

Chinese Medicine: A Basic Primer2020-01-31T08:52:54-05:00

Acupuncture For Chronic Injuries

Many patients ask, “How does acupuncture work?” It’s a tricky question to answer because terms like “qi” and “yang” aren’t what most people are looking for right out of the gate. They want to hear the question answered in a way they can understand, which means explaining things from a Western perspective.  This can be done, but the reality is that the scientific community’s inquiry into the workings of acupuncture is really in its [...]

Acupuncture For Chronic Injuries2020-01-31T08:53:38-05:00

Acupuncture For Stress

If you've gone through a particularly stressful period in your life and feel drained, or feel chronically prone to "getting stressed out", you should consider Chinese medicine, or acupuncture, as one of the best ways to recuperate your energy. Stress is a part of life, but if the body isn't able to maintain a healthy balance between the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) branches of the nervous system, you're headed for trouble. This chronically [...]

Acupuncture For Stress2020-01-31T08:53:46-05:00

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

... or Nourishing Life with Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are poorly understood terms.  In the Western world, we have developed an unfortunate nomenclature for practitioners of Oriental medicine. We call nearly all practitioners of this fully developed medical system “acupuncturists”, despite the fact that acupuncture is only one of the many tools available for the study and application of this system of medicine. To call someone an acupuncturist is thusly misleading, unless [...]

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture2020-01-31T08:53:56-05:00

Why Acupuncture Is Fun & Not So Scary!

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. After living in Portland, Oregon for five years where an acupuncture or naturopathic clinic is practically on every corner, and people seem almost bored if you tell them you’re an acupuncturist (only because they have one already, and 2.5 of their friends are acupuncturists), coming back home to Virginia provides some stark contrast. First, acupuncture is relatively new here and lots of people are excited about it, and that’s [...]

Why Acupuncture Is Fun & Not So Scary!2020-01-31T08:54:06-05:00

How to Pick An Acupuncturist

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. Through conversations I’ve had with some folks lately, I’ve come to a fresh state of awareness regarding how overwhelming it can be when it comes to picking the right health care practitioner.  It’s hard enough to find a doctor or a dentist that you like, and you don’t even really have to think too much about their qualifications – anyone who practices as a M.D. or a dentist has [...]

How to Pick An Acupuncturist2020-01-31T08:54:15-05:00

Acupuncture for Allergies (Herbs, Too!)

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. It’s that time of year again! The trees are starting to bud out, and bulbs are coming out of the ground (never mind the periodic snows we were still getting in Richmond in mid-March this year). Folks are already pouring in to the office with the beginnings of their seasonal allergy symptoms. Have you considered getting acupuncture for allergies? From the physiological perspective, one has to consider many factors [...]

Acupuncture for Allergies (Herbs, Too!)2020-01-31T08:54:48-05:00

Acupuncture and Bloating

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. One of the coolest things about the acupuncture or Chinese medicine approach to disease is that it recognizes that no two people, or their diseases, are the same. If a patient comes in with a cold for example, Chinese medicine treatment is based not only on a person’s specific symptoms but also on the patient’s constitution, or overall landscape of their body. For example, a young person who has [...]

Acupuncture and Bloating2021-04-18T09:25:19-05:00
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