Acupuncture & Holistic Health Associates

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Foods You Should Eat in Spring

Spring in Wisconsin is, at best, a time of sometimes turbulent change. Warm and sunny one day, and 10 inches of snow the next. That’s how the seasons change from winter to spring in this part of the world. In Oriental Medicine, we are reminded to transform our eating patterns to prepare our bodies to stay strong and balanced through the spring time. Spring Time and Your Organs The Liver is traditionally the organ associated with spring. Read more…

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About Your Gallbladder

If you have had your gallbladder removed, there are some things to consider: Digestive Function: The liver produces bile and sends it to the gallbladder. Normally, when one consumes a fat of any kind, the gallbladder automatically releases the bile to break down the fat in the large intestines. Your body cannot use this fat until it is emulsified (broken down into smaller droplets and mixed) with everything else you are digesting (an example of Read more…



Although Quinoa has risen in popularity over the past few years, the seed is actually nothing new…in fact, its quite ancient. It is believed that quinoa was first cultivated in the Andes Mountains in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia around 4000 years ago. The Incas called it “gold of the Incas” and it was one of the main food sources for the Inca Empire. Quinoa may look like a grain, but it actually isn’t a grain Read more…

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Menopause and Oriental Medicine

Various health concerns for many of our female patients include the symptoms of menopause: hot flashes, irritability, weight gain (or the inability to lose weight), irregular/missed/extra periods, skin dryness/rashes, sleep issues, worsening PMS, fatigue, and the loss of interest in sex. These symptoms can be very concerning, especially when they occur in our late 30’s or 40’s. Let’s define what menopause is/isn’t and the “stages” it goes through. Really, it’s the state of healthy function (or Read more…


One Skillet Mexican Quinoa

Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 can organic black beans, drain and rinse 1 can organic sweet corn, drain and rinse 1 can organic diced, fire-roasted tomatoes 1 cup quinoa, rinsed thouroughly 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp ground cumin ½ diced, deseeded jalepeno (optional) 1-3/4 cups vegetable or chicken stock 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 ripe avocado, diced In a large heavy skillet, saute’ garlic (and jalepeno if using) Read more…

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Castor Oil for Healing

What is castor oil? Castor oil is made up of fatty acids with 90% of which is ricinoleic acid, a unique fatty acid found in other seeds but at a much lower concentration. It is believed the high concentration of ricinoleic acid is what gives castor oil its unique healing abilities. Castor oil contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and can be used to treat a variety of health conditions. How to use castor oil Read more…

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Hydrotherapy for Inflammation

Hot and cold hydrotherapy is a technique commonly suggested by medical professionals for those suffering from chronic pain and inflammation. When used correctly, hot/cold hydrotherapy can be quite effective at decreasing pain and inflammation. What is Inflammation? Inflammation is an Immunovascular (immune system and blood flow) response to an inflammatory stimulus. In a healthy system, the inflammatory response becomes activated, clears the pathogen, begins the healing process, and then ceases. If the inflammatory stimuli are Read more…


Chicken and Winter Vegetable Soup Recipe

  Cold weather is here again and it seems appropriate to put out another warming recipe. This one is pretty easy to put together while prepping for the holidays. You can always enhance it with  spices that your family loves (chilis, curry, rosemary, tarragon, etc.). For those in a big hurry, a good organic rotisserie chicken and some quality stock can replace having to make your own; but the results of the home-made are pretty Read more…

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Oriental Nutrition: Things To Eat in Fall

Its that time of year again: the weather is getting colder, jackets and scarves are coming out… Many patients have been asking us about what they should be eating this time of year. Oriental Nutrition—the second branch of Oriental Medicine—is based on the same theory as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. It can increase organ function, blood circulation, or energy circulation. Using it properly will also increase response to care. The basic premise is two-fold: first, Read more…