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Attention Veterans!

Our office is happy to announce that we are now able to serve our local veterans. Thanks to the diligence of a local veteran, our office was able to join the TriWest insurance network. We are now authorized to treat veterans with TriWest who have a referral through the VA. Acupuncture has been utilized by the military to help in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, pain management and injury recovery, insomnia, and more! Please call the office with any questions.  

Back to School Office Hours

New Office Hours Effective 09/11/2018

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Official 2018 Summer Hours! 

Got Allergies? Get Acupuncture!

Tips For Natural Relief From Seasonal Allergies

Research published in American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy finds that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of allergic rhinitis. This condition is often referred to as "hay fever" and is characterized by sinus congestion and pain, runny nose, postnasal drip, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, and irritation of the ears or throat. According to the study "acupuncture significantly lowered Immunoglobulin E (IgE), an antibody associated with allergies and hypersensitivities, in allergic rhinitis patients. In addition, subjective measures demonstrated acupuncture’s ability to improve quality of life scores. Acupuncture demonstrated significant efficaciousness in reducing allergic rhinitis symptoms including the reduction of nasal symptoms."  

Acupuncture for nasal congestion and seasonal allergies

Chinese Herbal Formulas:
Traditional Chinese Medicine theory typically views allergies as an invasion of "wind". Wind invasion symptoms include: watery and burning eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, headache, and sore throat. There are a few traditional Chinese herbal formulas that are very helpful for seasonal allergies. The focus of the formulas are to help boost the "wei qi" or "defensive qi" (which is needed to prevent wind invasion) and to tonify the lung qi. Whatcom Family Acupuncture has adult and pediatric herbal formulas in stock to get you through this Spring!

Dietary Suggestions:
Some find it helpful to add stinging nettles to their diets, as they have antihistamine properties. These should be steamed or boiled to remove the stinging quality! Find out more on how to harvest and prepare nettles here. Nettle supplements are also available at health food stores. Others have found that eating local honey acts as a natural (and delicious) preventative against seasonal allergies. Alcohol, processed foods, and dairy should be avoided.  

Other Supplements:
There is strong evidence that Bioflavonoids, like Quercetin, are natural antihistamines and strongly anti-allergenic. Sources indicate that Bromelain and Vitamin C can enhance the action of Bioflavonoids.   As always, be sure to check with your doctor before adding any herbs or supplements.  

Nasal Irrigation:
Using a netti pot, or nasal rinse can be very helpful in reducing allergy symptoms. Nasal irrigation helps thin out the mucus and improve the coordination of the cilia in the nasal cavities to help them more effectively remove bacteria and other irritants from the sinus passages.




Happy Chinese New Year From Whatcom Family Acupuncture!

Happy Chinese New Year!
恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái)
'Happiness and prosperity!'

longevity noodles and greens for a lucky New Year

Happy Chinese New Year From Whatcom Family Acupuncture!

Chinese New Year celebrations begin on February 16th. The Year of the Rooster is ending and we are moving into the Year of the Dog. Below are some fun facts about the Chinese Lunar New Year, and ideas for a "lucky" start of the year.
Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated with red paper decorations, gifts of money, deep house cleaning and big family dinners filled with symbolic foods meant to ensure luck and prosperity in the new year. If you would like to add some good luck in the New Year, add some of the following foods to your meals: 

Whole Fish: In Chinese, the word for fish sounds a lot like the word for abundance (food puns/sound-alikes are a big theme in Chinese New Year foods). It is important that the fish be served whole with the head and tail intact; this will guarantee a great start and finish to the year.

Leafy Greens: Greens, like Chinese broccoli or bok choy, are served whole to symbolize a long life for parents.

Leeks: The word for leek in Chinese is a homophone for calculating money. While leeks are typically served with slices of Chinese sausage (because they look like coins) they can also be sliced into coin-shaped rounds and cooked until tender. 

Uncut Noodles: Long, uncut noodles represent longevity.

Dumplings: Rectangular dumplings symbolize money and prosperity because they resemble gold or silver ingots. Round or crescent-shaped dumplings are also acceptable, as making them symbolizes packing luck into a little, edible gift.

Seeds: If you’re hoping to add a new member to your family this year, include some pumpkin, sunflower, or melon seeds in your meal—they symbolize fertility.

So you may find me munching on whole fish with noodles, greens, leeks, and dumplings next week. I'm going to leave the seeds out though! ;)  Gōngxǐ fācái


Happy Healthy New Year!

It is the "resolution" time of year, and we are here to support you! Our Accountability Group is starting back up again on Facebook, and we would love to have you join us. The focus will be on the Whole30 elimination diet and healthy eating, sharing recipes, and general resolution support. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1768750386758030/about/

This is also a great time to check on your acupuncture benefits for the new year. Plans and copays can change with the beginning of the year. We wish you a happy and healthy 2018!

Happy Thanksgiving: Acupressure for Digestive Upset!

by Heather Fairall, L.Ac.

Happy Thanksgiving friends! 'Tis the season for over-indulgences! I have put together a list of helpful acupuncture points that can be used for digestive problems. Press and hold these points for 1-2 minutes for best effect every 5-10 minutes or until symptoms subside. As always, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Aim for moderation this Holiday Season.  

large intestine 4

  Large Intestine 4: Caution: do not use with pregnancy. For regulating the intestines: diarrhea or constipation, and abdominal pain and bloating. LI4 is also a great acupressure point for headache, neck and jaw pain.  
Location: On the top side of the hand, on the web between thumb and index finger. To locate, squeeze the thumb against the base of the index finger. The point is located on the highest point of the bulge of the muscle, level with the end of the crease.

St 36

  Stomach 36: "Master point for the abdomen": great for gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea. St 36 is also a good point for boosting your immune system and combats fatigue.  
Location: On the front of the leg, one hand width (four fingers) below the kneecap, on the outside, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle.


  Pericardium 6: Used for nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, heartburn, and low appetite. P6 is also a great point for calming, and can be helpful for anxiety and insomnia.  
Location: On the middle of the palm-side of the wrist, in the depression between the two tendons, 2 finger widths proximal to the wrist crease.