What is Acupuncture???

How can a few tiny little needles help me?  Does it hurt?  What is a meridian?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses the use of Acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion and Herbal Medicines.  The practice of TCM goes back as far as 5000 years according to some sources.  While the practices and techniques have evolved, TCM has held fast to it's theories. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Breaking it down, acupuncture treatment is aimed at restoring balance within the body.  There are 12 main meridian pathways that run along the surface of the body that correlate with your internal organs.  These meridians are named for the organ they "belong to".  This is not to say that all the acupuncture points along a given meridian are only intended to treat that particular organ.  (It's getting a little weird, I know)... Long story short, when the energy or "qi" of an organ system is disrupted or stagnated, the overall balance is disturbed which leads to disease or less than optimal health, which will manifest itself in a number of ways.

An Acupuncturist will discuss at length with the patient all of their complaints.  The acupuncturist will take into consideration the patient's symptoms, their medical history and previous treatments and outcomes.  She will then look at the tongue and feel the pulse.  She will ask about diet, stress, habits and more questions to put the pieces of the puzzle together to determine what is happening in your body.  Once the clinician has determined the cause of your problems acupuncture treatment will commence.  Needles are inserted into various points in order to unblock any congested energy or to support the function of a particular organ system.   Acupuncturists in California undergo years of special training.  Dr. Pierce's Acupuncture and Chiropractic Education.

Sound crazy, but this is how it has been done for thousands of years, and for thousands of years is has worked.  People get better.

Treatment may include Herbal Medicine as well.  Herbal treatment is carefully determined by your practitioner.  Herbs are generally safe, but if they are taken incorrectly can cause you serious harm, which is why it is best left to the professionals, not the local health food shelves.

And no, it generally doesn't hurt. The needles are extremely thin. You may feel a small pinch as the needle tip enters the skin, and perhaps a heavy sensation or pressure around the area of the needle, but not pain. The needles are solid, contain no medication and are only used once.

Acupuncture and TCM can help those suffering from back pain, headaches, TMJ pain, menstrual cramps, stress, carpal tunnel sydrome and more.  This safe and effective treatment has helped millions of people without harmful side effects.  Alone or in combination with Chiropractic treatment, your body can heal itself without dangerous drugs or procedures. 

Thousands of years of human experience speaks for itself.   

To schdule an appointment call us or email Dr. Pierce with any questions you have.  For modern application of this ancient healing art come back to our site for additional posts in the near future.  If you have any specific questions please email them or ask on our Facebook Page! 
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Labor Day BBQ made Healthy!

Here is a wonderful recipe for Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers!
These make a great addition to your holiday BBQ!


Bell Peppers (whatever color you like)
quinoa or couscous
lean ground turkey
salt, pepper, garlic, oregano (any seasoning you prefer)
crushed tomatoes


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Start by cutting off the tops of the peppers so that they may be filled.
Place peppers on a foil-covered baking sheet and bake in oven for 30 minutes.

LENTILS:   Rinse and strain dry lentils.
         * 2 cups of water per one cup of beans. Bring the water to a rapid simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a very gentle simmer.  Cook, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes. Add water as needed to make sure the lentils are just barely covered.

QUINOA/COUSCOUS:  bring water or broth (your choice) to boil in a sauce pan
         * quinoa will require 2 cups of water per one cup of quinoa
Combine liquid and quinoa and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and cook covered for 15 minutes.
         * couscous will require the same ratio
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add salt and stir. Add couscous and remove from heat and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork.

VEGGIES: Meanwhile, while the other items are cooking, dice veggies and saute in a pan or steam with desired seasonings.  (Add harder veggies to the pan first as they will take longer to soften)

MEAT: In another pan, add a small amount of oil or water and over medium-high heat cook lean turkey meat with desired seasoning.  Once cooked, add crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce to the meat.
**Use a large enough pan in order to add all of the vegetables, lentils and carbohydrates together.  Season to taste. 

Once the peppers have finished baking, remove from the oven and fill with all the above combined items.  Once filled, place the stuffed peppers back in the oven for 5-10 minutes, depending how soft you like your peppers. 

Remove from oven, allow to cool and enjoy!

Jerry Rice Talks about Chiropractic

Chiropractic has made a huge difference for Jerry Rice and can help you too!
Whether you are a professional football player or a weekend warrior 
your chiropractor here in beautiful Irvine, Orange County is here to help 
you achieve greatness in health!

Good Morning Irvine, Newport Beach and all of Orange County...

Happy Thursday from your Chiropractor, Dr. T!  

The skies are a little dreary here in Irvine this morning, but I am hopeful for a brighter tomorrow.  I have embarked on a mission to help others starting today through May12.  I need your help.  LLS has awarded more than $750 million in research funding for all blood cancers, but there is more work to be done.   Please follow the link below and I encourage you to visit the LLS website for additional information about the organization, their mission and details about where YOUR money is going.  Any questions?  Please feel free to ask.  Check this site often for updates on events coming up in the following months and more ways you can help.


Dr. Tara Nikolic

Dr. Nikolic's Donation Page for LLS

Vitality through more Vitamin D

Most of us don't get adequate amounts of vitamin D because we spend the majority of our day indoors. If you can't get out there and soak up the rays, you may need to take a closer look at your diet...

SUNDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- A new study says it takes far more vitamin D than initially thought to dramatically cut the risk of several major diseases, including breast cancer....

We found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4,000-8,000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce by about half the risk of several diseases -- breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes," study co-author Dr. Cedric Garland, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California at San Diego, said in a university news release.

SOURCE: University of California at San Diego, press release, Feb. 22, 2011
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