Photograph by Tamytha Cameron

Photograph by Tamytha Cameron



Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Adams.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Amy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.

Like many children, I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. That changed after I was diagnosed with cancer at age seven. I couldn’t quite grasp how helping people feel better could involve treatments that seemed harsher than the disease itself. Instead, I became a writer, ultimately building a successful career in both the advertising and publishing industries here in Dallas.

I remain thankful for the incredible care I received at MD Anderson, and for the way it shaped my approach to wellness. I eventually found my way back to healthcare, but from an integrative point of view. This philosophy recognizes the full range of physical, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental influences that can affect a person’s well-being.

The centuries-old practice of acupuncture addresses these elements, making it a powerful companion — or, at times, a viable alternative — to traditional medicine. (It also makes me very happy that top hospitals such as Mayo Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Sloan-Kettering, and, you guessed it, MD Anderson now consider acupuncture a legitimate part of patient care.)

I hold a four-year Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. While in school, I had the opportunity to study at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, an experience that allowed me to observe the combined practice of Western and Eastern medicine at a public hospital. This cemented my belief in the power of collaborative care.

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Photography by Joshua Earle CC0


Acupuncture for stress and depression? Yes, please! Studies prove the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for depression & anxiety

by Teri Goetz, MS, LAC, ACC

Posted Sep 28, 2015

An estimated 17.5 million Americans suffer from depression. People who want to know their options are seeking alternatives to anti-depressant medication. Of course, as an acupuncturist, I am interested in staying on top of recent studies and ensuring I can provide my patients with the most up-to-date information regarding non-prescription treatment options. There are some promising recent studies showing how acupuncture can treat depression, anxiety, and stress. Now there are clear biological explanations for the clinical evidence I have seen. (read more)

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Photograph by Tertia Van Rensburg CC0


A Traumatic Experience Can Reshape Your Microbiome

By Susie Neilson

Posted June 1, 2017

I’m not disputing the scientific soundness of the whole brain-gut connection, but it really does sound a little bit like something out of a science-fiction story. I mean, you’re telling me that the trillions of tiny organisms that live in my gut, chomping up my food for me and maintaining my digestive system, have an impact on what I think and do and say? That the content of my thoughts might be at least partially determined by the eggs I had for breakfast, or the vitamin C I haven’t consumed enough of? It boggles the mind (at least, a mind influenced by my microbiome, fueled almost exclusively by Sour Patch Kids).

Strange as it may seem, though, it’s also a case of our science finally catching up to our idioms. Without realizing it, we’ve been talking about the link between brain and gut for a long time: Ever had a gut-wrenching car ride, or a gut instinct about someone, or butterflies in your stomach? In less colorful terms, the stomach and the mind really do talk to one another; in one study, for example, tentative mice that received gut bacteria transplants from braver ones became more fearless, exploring a maze with less hesitation. So strong is the microbiome’s impact that some have deemed it the “second brain.” And recently, a team of researchers found that our guts may harbor evidence of difficult life experiences many years after the fact, changing everything from how we digest food to how we process stress. In fact, these changes in our “second brain” may substantially alter the structure of our first, creating a feedback loop between the two. (read more)

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Stethoscope CC0


Acupuncture Controls Hypertension, Provides Neuroprotection

Posted JUNE 16, 2017

Researchers conclude that acupuncture reduces hypertension and prevents brain damage due to chronic high blood pressure. A controlled laboratory investigation finds acupuncture effective for the regulation of blood pressure while simultaneously preventing excessive cell death in the brain. In a quantification of acupuncture’s effective mechanisms, researchers identified important biological responses elicited by acupuncture responsible for producing therapeutic benefits.

The research team of Lu et al. identified biochemical responses elicited by the application of three acupuncture techniques. Reinforcing twirling, reducing twirling, and needle retention techniques resulted in reduced blood pressure and downregulation of cell death in the brain when compared with a control group. All three manual acupuncture techniques prevented “target organ damage by increasing the Bcl-2/Bax ratio and inhibiting apoptosis of hippocampal neurons.” (read more)

Photo by  Nik Shuliahin  on  Unsplash

Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash


Why Acupuncture Works for Anxiety Relief

Not just for pain, acupuncture is a natural way to treat anxiety. It works faster than therapy and keeps you drug-free.

By Maura Hohman

Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

Posted August 21, 2014

You might think acupuncture is for hipsters who don’t believe in Western medicine or for your aging parent with chronic back pain, but a growing body of research shows that acupuncture can help treat a condition that affects everyone from time to time: anxiety.

Managing severe anxiety can be tricky because it generally includes therapy, which might not provide results for months, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. What's more, it can require anxiety medication, which can have serious side effects, says Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, a certified acupuncturist, a physiologist, and the assistant director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Yet when acupuncture for anxiety is effective, symptoms lessen after the first few visits, and practitioners like Eshkevari are confident it attacks the problem at its roots. (read more)

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Photograph by Clay Banks CC0


5 Surprising Beauty Benefits of Acupuncture


Posted October 10, 2016 2:20 PM

Acupuncture has been popular since ancient times for a reason: It makes people feel better. What’s more, in recent years, patients undergoing the procedure to treat health concerns have often noticed that their looks have benefited, too—leading to a rise in “acupuncture facials” that combine whole-body rebalancing with targeted needle stimulation (and, sometimes, spa-like add-ons) for glowing skin. Less well known, however, is the fact that the technique can also be used to address specific, pesky cosmetic issues—and as it turns out, those are one of the first things a practitioner might look at when diagnosing you.

“In traditional Chinese medicine, we look at the face as a reflection of what’s going on inside,” explains New York City acupuncturist Shellie Goldstein, M.S., L.Ac. “We look at your internal well-being to decipher what’s going on. From the inside, we will make that change, and it will be reflected on the outside.” In other words, the lasting solution to your breakouts or sagging skin might not be a cream or device, but rather a healthier, more balanced body.

Here, Goldstein explains five specific ways that acupuncture can provide a beauty boost from the inside out. (read more)