Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Acupuncture can relieve low back pain and get you back to doing the things you love.

Acupuncture can relieve low back pain and get you back to doing the things you love.


Lower back pain can be triggered by structural injuries such as poor posture, trauma, overworking the muscles from physical activity and even long-term emotional stress.

It affects nearly 80% of the population at sometime in their life. For most it’s likely to develop gradually over time through poor body mechanics or may have started after an emotionally stressful time in your life. Acupuncture can help diminish and eliminate your lower back issues. It is a safe, nonsurgical, drug free approach and can also be used in conjunction with other therapies like cupping, gut sha, local electrical stimulation and/or customized herbal medicine.

Your acupuncture practitioner can go over what combination of therapies will work for you. If stress is a trigger, additional acupuncture points can be used to help treat stress or anxiety. Acupuncture has been shown to increase the circulation of blood in the area treated, decrease inflammation, calm areas of the brain that register pain and release endorphins (our bodies’ natural feel-good chemicals). The symptoms each patient is experiencing can be looked at differently person to person, as pain frequency, intensity, location and quality can differ in each patient.

After an exam, we will give you a comprehensive treatment plan developed for your unique symptoms as we gage your response time to treatment. Many patients start noticing relief after 1-2 treatments. Herbal formulas can also be recommended at this time. Other home recommendations will be given to further assist you in achieving a strong, healthy back and prevent further injuries from occurring. Recommendations may include exercise regimens, proper stretching and lifestyle adjustments.



5 Unexpected Ways to Take Care of your Gut

Try buying (or making your own) non-toxic household cleaners.

Try buying (or making your own) non-toxic household cleaners.


5 Unexpected Ways to Take Care of your Gut

by Zach Moyer, Health Coach and Wellness Coordinator

A healthy gut is the foundation to a healthy life. Over the last few years, research into the field of the gut micro biome has exploded and developing research is showing correlations between gut health, auto-immune disorders, obesity, mental health— just to name a few.

On a more intuitive level, we know that we are what we eat. When we eat real, whole foods we nourish our gut and beneficial bacteria flourish. This allows for healthy digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals.

From time to time, we intentionally do harm to our good bacteria. After a night or drinking or junk food, we may feel bloated or heavy in our intestinal regions. Our bodies are able to bounce back, but we shouldn’t create any more unintentional disturbances to our gut than absolutely necessary. Here are six unexpected ways you can take care of your gut:

1. Stop using toxic chemical cleaners. — Believe it or not, what you clean your house with, can and does make it into your body! Super toxic all purpose cleaners, for example, when used on your counters can very quickly make its way into your food… and then your gut! Toxic chemicals kill and destroy beneficial bacteria in your gut. This applies to chemicals used to treat produce as well— make sure you’re washing fruits and vegetables with clean water.

2. Don’t swallow your mouthwash! — No one intentionally swallows their mouthwash… but sometimes it can linger and we may unintentionally swallow some. If you use intense or harsh mouthwashes, it can harm your gut biome unnecessary. Opt for natural mouthwashes that aren’t poisonous if you ingest some accidentally.

3. Avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily. — Western medicine is amazing— thank goodness for the advances in science that allow us to live longer and better! Antibiotics are part of this, when our bodies have bacterial infections, this medication allows us to heal when in the past it was not possible. Work with your doctor and make sure that you are not taking antibiotics for illness that is unrelated to bacterial infections. Next time you have a cold, don’t take your extra pills you have from the last time you have strep. Have the flu? It’s viral- not bacterial and an antibiotic won’t help. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria, including beneficial bacteria in your gut. When taken unnecessarily, we kill off the population of essential bacteria, harming our gut heath.

4. Say no to non-organic animal products. — If meat, eggs and dairy are part of your diet, then take extra care to eat USDA Organic products. Key words like pasture raised, free-range, cage-free, grass fed, humanely-raised, vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free are marketing labels. Conventional animal products are often treated with antibiotics which make their way into the meat, eggs and dairy we eat. This unintentionally causes harm to our gut. When you eat foods with the USDA Organic label, you are opting for animals that were not treated with antibiotics and were raised within acceptable, natural standards. Is it a perfect system? No. But is it better than the alternative— oh yeah.

5. Probably just skip the probiotic yogurts. — It’s true, many yogurt products you see at the grocery store or your friendly frozen yogurt self-serve shop probably do have lots of probiotic cultures. But make sure you look at the ingredients. If the product is riddled with added sugars, any benefit of the probiotic cultures is destroyed. Opt for no-added sugar yogurts naturally lightly sweetened with fruit, honey or stevia instead. There are tons of natural, fermented foods that offer a host of beneficial probiotics you can eat, including probiotic capsules.

At Deep Roots Natural Medicine we’re holistically treating the roots of your health concerns. If you’re feeling driven towards improving your gut health, schedule a consultation with us today! You can never go wrong trusting your gut!



Acupuncture for Allergy Relief


Treatment with acupuncture for allergies is a safe and effective approach. Acupuncture allergy treatments are able to naturally treat your symptoms without side effects, relieving your nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose or itchy, red, watery eyes. You can feel better and have a great time doing all the things you love indoors and outdoors!


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for allergies can help regulate and strengthen your immune system. Environmental changes, a weakened immune system or certain foods and chemicals that are ingested into the body may create patterns that make us more susceptible to allergies.


We will look into your overall health, diet, sleep, physical and mental energy as well as detailed information about your main complaint. 


There are many natural remedies for allergies that can be recommended along with your acupuncture treatments. Some suggestions may include supplements, dietary changes, Chinese Herbal Medicine and lifestyle changes to strengthen your immune system.


Customized herbal formulas are a good way to treat your unique and individual symptoms. Adding an herbal formula to treat your seasonal or chronic allergies can improve your symptoms quickly.  

Acupuncture treatments can be use alone or in combination with conventional medicine to relieve your allergies. Unlike conventional medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine won’t cause drowsiness, fatigue or dryness.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for allergies can begin to relieve your symptoms after just one treatment. You’ll be able to breathe clear again! 



Immune Boosting Ginger Tea


Winter is the time to seek inner warmth for our mind, body and soul. Internal and external balance occurs by adjusting ones health through eating, exercising and other factors affecting each season. Fresh ginger root tea is an easy way to help us achieve inner warmth, strength and balance during the winter season.

Ginger tea to boost your immune system and help combat cold symptoms.
You'll need:
1) 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root grated or chopped up
2) 1/4 fresh lemon
3) 1-2 tablespoons of honey

Place ginger in a pot with about 4 cups of cold water. Bring it to a boil then turn off the heat, cover and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes. Add freshly squeezed lemon and honey before serving. For an extra kick add just a pinch of cayenne powder. Drink 1-3 times a day as desired. Enjoy!

Acupuncture for Headache Relief


At my acupuncture South Loop office in Chicago, we use acupuncture for headaches. Headaches are often triggered by stress, cold/flu (sinus congestion), poor posture, inflammation from injury or trauma. When these disorders are not treated properly headaches can become chronic.

The most common headaches treated with acupuncture are:

Tension headaches: Mild to moderate band-like pain that affects the whole head. In some patients acupuncture for jaw pain may be used to relieve tension and stop headache.
Migraine: Throbbing, moderate to severe pain usually on one side of the head, that is worsened by physical activities, light, sounds or smells. Patient can have nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture for migraines can be effective after just one treatment.
Cluster Headache: The pain is severe and piercing, focused around the eye but can be felt in the nostrils as well, eyes may water, droop or swell. Pain can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours. Pain can be so severe the patient cannot lay down comfortably and frequently paces.
Others: sinus headaches, hypertension and anemia headaches.

Research studies support acupuncture for the treatment of headaches.  1) http://www.cochrane.org/CD007587/SYMPT_acupuncture-tension-type-headache 
 study states, “The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headache".  
2) Medicine. http://mobile.journals.lww.com/neurotodayonline/_layouts/15/oaks.journals.mobile/articleviewer.aspx?year=2016&issue=11170&article=00007 
"Acupuncture appears to reduce headache frequency among patients with episodic migraine"

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the occurrence of headache is related to exterior pathogenic factors and/or internal emotional factors. Below are some examples of this.

Exterior pathogenic factors such as cold/flu and allergies can cause headaches with or without the following symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, cough, irritated eyes, chills, or fever. Injury or trauma to the body.

Interior pathogenic factors like stress, anger, depression, excessive worrying can cause headaches with or without the following symptoms: fatigue, feeling of heaviness, digestive problems, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, stiff neck and shoulders.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we determine the type or cause of the headaches based on the patients medical history and exam taken during your appointment. We discuss the characteristics of the headaches including its frequency, duration, location, severity and associated symptoms. Based on your TCM diagnosis I will develop a treatment to suite your unique symptoms.

If you have questions about how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help relieve your headaches email Tracie at tracie@deeprootsnm.com or call (312)759-7600. 

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

In my South Loop acupuncture practice we use Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for depression and anxiety. This can include symptoms of:

1) Fatigue, lack of motivation, irregular appetite
2) Feeling sadness for unknown reason
3) Constant over-thinking
4) Worrying, anger, panic attacks
5) Poor sleep, restlessness

Acupuncture points for depression will be used during your session and may include other acupuncture therapies like Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Depression can happen for different reasons, sometimes it may be related to:
1) Genetic material passed down from your family
2) Develop from internalizing unwanted emotional stress over time  
3) Happen seasonally especially in winter when the days are shorter and colder.

Experiencing long term depression or anxiety can take its toll on your personal and social life, as well as your overall health and well being. Western medicine can offer some treatment for depression but often medication can leave you with other unwanted symptoms. Acupuncture for depression and anxiety is a safe and effective treatment.

Does acupuncture work for depression?” In a research article, Commentary on the Cochrane Review of Acupuncture for Depression it states “a subgroup of participants with depression as a comorbidity experienced a reduction in depression with manual acupuncture compared with SSRIs”. "When patients used antidepressants in conjunction with acupuncture the results are very promising in reducing both the symptoms and severity of depression."

Acupuncture can also be a safe and effective alternative to antidepressants for women during pregnancy. In some circumstances using acupuncture in conjunction with psychotherapy can be a healthy addition to working through severe depression or trauma. 

In Eastern medicine when your feeling depressed your energy can be low, you can feel a lack of motivation and fatigue, this can be associated with stagnant qi. This qi or energy can become build up within the body causing episodes of anxiety and/ or irritability. 


Inducing Labor Naturally

Acupuncture for induction is used in my South Loop acupuncture office. It can be used to address any stress you’re feeling and begin inducing labor naturally. Your baby is unaware of due dates and time, instead he/she is busy developing and preparing for its new life. Acupuncture for cervical ripening and labor induction can boost your chance for a natural vaginal birth. Acupuncture to induce labor is an effective way to begin the process of gently moving things along.

Acupuncture is safe and can be useful at anytime during the pregnancy, most seek it out when they past their due date. I highly recommend most patients begin treatment at the beginning of their pregnancy or at the beginning of their last trimester for the best success rate at natural labor induction. This will allow any symptoms your experiencing to be addressed, like:
1) Swelling and discomfort
2) Back pain, hip and pelvic pain
3) Anxiety
While gently strengthening your body to prepare for birth. It may even help to: 
1) Decrease the pain during contractions
2) Shorten the average labor
3) Reduce recovery time
For some expectant moms, you may be experiencing discomfort in the last trimester and trying to deliver your baby on time can become very stressful. Acupuncture can help!

An article from WebMD, “Can Labor Be Induced Naturally?”, states a small research study from the University of North Carolina found 70% of women who received acupuncture went into labor on their own. Also the women who had acupuncture were less likely to deliver by cesarean section.

The Cochrane Library published an article “Acupuncture for the induction of labor” and it showed evidence of a change in cervical maturation for women receiving acupuncture. See the full article here: http://www.cochrane.org/CD002962/PREG_acupuncture-for-induction-of-labour

Many patients can go into labor 6-48 hours after their treatment. In some cases multiple treatments may be necessary. Acupuncture points for general relaxation are done in addition to points beneficial for acupuncture induction. Mild electrical stimulation may be added for further stimulation and promotion of labor. Acupuncture is a safe and effective choice that gently and naturally encourages your body toward the onset of labor.

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