Acupuncture. Does It Really Work?

Traditional acupuncture can help with a wide list of ailments ranging from back pain to insomnia. But what many people are not aware of is the ability of acupuncturists to tap into the body’s natural ability to heal even in the face of cancer. As most of my close friends and patients know, my sister is currently receiving treatment for cancer here in Austin. She has gone through the traditional routes of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, all of which have had their risks and side effects. In the last few months, she has been seeing an acupuncturist who specializes in cancer patients. As complementary treatment to her traditional Western medical care, acupuncture has proven to help my

Back Pain! Can It Be A Serious Risk To My Health?

Back pain, however common, is never welcomed. Even though the most likely cause of your back pain is benign, there are red flags to be aware of that can indicate something more serious. Typically, back pain is localized to the mid or lower back, worse with movement and better at rest. Conservative measures such as alternating ice/heat and taking some over-the-counter pain relievers helps most back pain symptoms. But what is causing this pain? Most commonly, back pain is a dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. The vertebrae from your spine can be abnormally rotated/flexed/extended or you may have an acute muscle spasm causing pain. Statistically speaking, most typical back pain epi

Can Having A Pet Really Help Keep Me Healthy?

Pets are fun for a lot of things. Swimming at the natural springs with your dog and having a furry friend to cozy up with on the couch during a rainstorm are just a few examples of how our pets can provide home safety, companionship and a workout partner all in one. What about the less active pets? Do they bring anything to the table? Studies have shown that pets can help lower blood pressure, anxiety and even detect seizures. Simply stroking your cat or dog can lower blood pressure better than some commonly prescribed anti-hypertensive drugs. The benefits of seeing eye dogs are obvious, but there are dogs being trained to to detect seizures and cancers. For those that are single or eld

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