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By vitalhf, Aug 1 2018 03:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


Acupuncture is considered “complementary medicine,” “alternative medicine” and “integrative medicine.” Complementary medicine means that it is a good adjunct to traditional or “conventional” medicine (medicine that uses drugs, surgery and other modalities that we are most familiar with). It complements the effectiveness of these treatments, speeds healing and can lessen the amount of medications needed.


Acupuncture is also considered alternative. Some people choose not to use drugs or surgery to remedy their health challenges. These seek “alternative” treatments such as acupuncture, as the sole means of treatment. Most are happy with this choice.


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By vitalhf, Jul 25 2018 02:00PM

By Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


So often I hear from a patient “I wish I would have come in for care long before this, but I didn’t know it was available!” So many have searched for answers to their health challenges, trying this internet recommendation or that blog advise, only to wind up even more frustrated. They go to their assorted doctors because “something is off” – they don’t feel very well… and they can’t find anything wrong, or their answer is drugs or surgery.


The search for health can be daunting. For every plausible suggestion, there is conflicting information, causing doubt and more confusion. My hope is that this article clarifies things for you.


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By vitalhf, Jul 18 2018 03:00PM

By Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


Have you ever walked into a room and forgot what you were there for? Have you ever misplaced something and couldn’t for the life of you find it anywhere? I’m sure when things like that happen you declare “I must be losing my mind!” Most people have done this and are not losing their mind. Unfortunately, there are too many that are. There are an estimated 7.5 million Americans that have Alzheimer’s Disease. Out of that, about 200,000 are under the age of 65. There is even a new category of “young-onset Alzheimer’s”. One out of ten over the age of 65 and half over the age of 85 have it. What’s going on and what can we do about it?


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By vitalhf, Jul 11 2018 04:00PM

By Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans. Sleep apnea is diagnosed generally after a sleep study that reveals the person’s breathing stops momentarily multiple times per night. Several common treatment choices include the use of a CPAP, a mouth appliance, surgery, losing weight, avoiding sleeping on your back, taking medications or supplements and quitting smoking.

Gaining popularity is getting acupuncture treatments to help.


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By vitalhf, Jul 7 2018 03:28PM

By Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


I met up with a delightful lady today that I hadn’t seen (as a patient) in many years. She told me that she is still so grateful for all that I did for her health and that she continually refers people to me. “But”, she said “Everyone is so afraid of needles that they won’t try acupuncture! You need to write an article about how acupuncture doesn’t hurt!” What a great idea. So, here it is!


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