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2107, 2021

Long Haul Covid

COVID19 Long Haulers I recently posted a link to a study showing over 200 symptoms associated with COVID19 long haulers.  These symptoms affect every system of the body.   COVID19 19 Long haulers may experience: Brain fog                                 Sleep problems Fatigue                                    Persistent fevers Shortness of breath               Cough Palpitation                              Loss of smell and taste Joint/muscle pains                 Neurological Symptoms Obviously not a complete list, but you can see the multiple systems involved. How does this happen? To figure that out we need to walk through some terminology and concepts that may seem a little odd. Latent Pathogens and Biofilms In Chinese medicine, conditions like Long Haul COVID19 are labeled as Latent Pathogens.    A Pathogen is something that makes you ill- (bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold etc).. Latent means lying in wait. A latent pathogen is literally lying in wait for [...]

1207, 2021

Microbiome and Chinese Medicine

Your Microbiome and you It is estimated that 60-70 million people in the United States suffer with a digestive disorder1.  Some of the more common digestive disorders include constipation, diarrhea, Irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, heartburn, nausea, bloating, and gas.   and inflammatory bowel disorders such as Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Chron’s disease. In addition to these known digestive disorders, evidence shows that digestive problems can lead to other illnesses including: arthritis, inflammation, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, migraines, and menstrual disorders. Functions of the Digestive Tract Two of the main functions of the digestive tract are to breakdown the food we eat into nutrients to fuel the body’s processes and to eliminate waste.    It turns out there is so much more going on. The digestive tract is home to approximately 80% of our immune cells2 and 95% of the body’s serotonin3.   Serotonin, mostly known for its influence on mood, actually [...]

201, 2019

Acupuncture and Depression

A couple of recent studies have highlighted the benefit of acupuncture in the treatment of depression. It’s important to note that these studies looked at acupuncture in conjunction with ‘usual care’ (medications) and not as a replacement to regular treatment.

1810, 2018

Acupuncture for Insomnia

We get many calls asking if Acupuncture can help treat insomnia. The answer is an emphatic yes! Insomnia is typically characterized as an inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or waking up unrefreshed in the morning. I’m sure everyone has experienced this from time to time. Is there anything more frustrating than lying in bed staring at the ceiling knowing you should be asleep? Whether you suffer from chronic sinusitis, acute sinusitis or allergic sinusitis, or infectious sinusitis, acupuncture can help.

1708, 2018

Acupuncture for Sinusitis

With a seasonal transition just around the corner, it’s that time of year again, when calls come in asking if Acupuncture can help with sinusitis and all its manifestations: sinus pain, sinus congestion, sinus headaches and sinus infections. Whether you suffer from chronic sinusitis, acute sinusitis or allergic sinusitis, or infectious sinusitis, acupuncture can help.

“I am better able to deal with stress, my sleep quality has improved and Mark has been able to help me with a number of issues from allergies to digestion.”
Amoreena, Wakefield, MA , Sleep Problems, Digestion
“After many years of suffering with digestive issues, I found permanent relief via the acupuncture treatment Mark provides. Through treatment sessions and Chinese herbs, I am regular and do not suffer from gas and bloating. I also have more energy.”
Jennifer, Digestion, Sleep, PMS
“After a few acupuncture sessions I saw signs of change in my sleep and headaches.  I am sleeping much better and for my headaches, I have not had an aspirin/Tylenol for 5 months as I write this.”
Michelle Reading, MA, Sleep Problems
“I cannot say enough good things about Mark and how professional he is. There is a gentleness about him that complements his knowledge of acupuncture and truly makes his techniques effective … If you are going through IVF, I highly recommend that you see Mark.”
Paula, Infertility, IVF
“I first started acupuncture with Mark to help heal a heel spur and the resulting plantar fasciitis. From the first session Mark was extremely easy to work with. Thanks to Mark, I am back on the streets jogging and improving the pain I experience week to week.”
Adam, Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis
“I was recommended to see Mark Whalen at Five Points Acupuncture and Wellness by a loyal friend. I had a sharp pain in my lower back which made it difficult to walk. After five appointments with Mark, I am pain-free and walking fine.”
Thomas, Back Pain

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