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Tibetan Medicinal Foot Soaks Relieve Neuropathy and Other Pain!

I am so thrilled to be one of a select group of acupuncture clinics from around the world to offer Tibetan Medicinal Foot Soak Therapy to people in Decatur and surrounding Atlanta communities. This herbal therapy is fantastic for issues like nerve pain, arthritis related pain, pain and inflammation caused by gut dysbiosis, plantar fasciitis, gout, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, some gynecological issues and endocrine disorders. They are also be great for endurance athletes recovering from big races or intense training. The herbs work by increasing microcirculation and reducing inflammation.

My personal experience with these herbs has been life changing. I was a runner. I loved to run in the woods. It was my “me time;” my time to reflect, to relax, to breathe. After an injury I developed this chronic hip pain that no modality, including years of physical therapy and a lot of acupuncture, could fully relieve. I finally gave up running as it was just too painful. Along came the Tibetan Medicinal Foot Soaks. I originally became interested in them because I treat a lot of neuropathy but decided I would do a few soaks myself so I could better guide patients in how to do them at home. A few soaks in I noticed I did not have any hip pain when walking. Interesting and novel. I am now slowly building up my running. No pain. I feel like a giddy kid in a candy store and I want to share that with any of you who have chronic pain.

The herbs are in a little bag that looks like a teabag. You put them in hot water above your ankles and soak for 30-45 minutes, keeping the water nice and hot. Easy peasy. The herbs are absorbed transdermally so they don’t interfere with any Western pharmaceuticals you might be taking. The herbs in this special formula are of the highest quality; they are typically reserved for the elite ruling class in China. You can get more information about the therapeutic properties of the herbs and their sourcing in this short podcast

When are the medicinal foot soaks contraindicated? With anything that is made worse by increasing blood circulation such as metastatic cancer or acute infections.

This therapy is an easy, convenient and cost effective way for patients to take charge of their own health and healing. I know that herbs are powerful but I am really blown away at the effects these have had with my patients who have chronic pain or diabetic and other neuropathies. Interested? Patients must come in for a consult prior to purchasing the foot soaks so I can ensure safety and that the foot soaks would be effective for your condition. Schedule a consult today by calling 404-695-0905.

Know anyone that has neuropathy or other chronic pain? Please share this information with them!

Pain Relief Without Pills

A new review of evidence from clinical trials published by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, found acupuncture was helpful in managing chronic back and knee pain (1).  This is a very important finding in the midst of the current epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 40 Americans die each day of prescription opioid overdoses (2).  Many doctors are at a loss for how to help their patients experiencing chronic pain now that the full extent of the problem with opioids is known.  

Fortunately, acupuncture can reduce and in some cases even eliminate the need for opioid and non-opioid drugs in cases of acute and chronic pain.  Pain is the most common ailment I treatment in my Dunwoody, Georgia acupuncture clinic.  Each day I treat people with low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, hip pain and headaches.  Most patients leave in less pain then when they arrived and most complete their course of care and get back to living the life they love. 

You can read my blog post about back pain here.

This ancient medicine brings profound healing for the body and addresses the emotional weariness that comes with chronic pain.  So many of my patients arrived depressed and exhausted…emotionally worn out from months or years of pain.  Acupuncture lightens their mood, gives them hope and brings them relief from pain.  

If you or someone you know is dealing with chronic pain call 404-695-0905 today to schedule and appointment and get your life back. 


1.     Nahin RL, Boineau R, Khalsa PS, Stussman BJ, Weber WJ. Evidence-based evaluation of complementary health approaches for pain management in the United States. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. September 2016;91(9):1292-1306.

2.     The Daily Press, March 15, 2016.

Heal Low Back Pain with Acupuncture

I have been using acupuncture to treat a lot of low back pain lately.  Acute “threw my back out” type of pain, chronic daily achiness type of pain, sciatic pain shooting down my legs and “when I move this way I get stuck” type of pain. 

Low back pain affects millions of people each year and is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.  The most common Western Medicine treatment for low back pain is to prescribe pain medication and perhaps a course of physical therapy.  Many of my patients went this route and found that they still had pain and their physical activity was still limited.  They came in for acupuncture because they wanted to live a pain-free, medication-free life.  Who doesn’t? 

Acupuncture is effective for back pain due to disk herniation, sprained/strained muscles, arthritis, failed back surgery and other causes.  Research has shown acupuncture to be more effective than NSAIDs in relieving pain.  A meta-analysis (fancy word for systematic review of high quality research trials) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found acupuncture was found effective for reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis, chronic headache, shoulder pain, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain, neck pain and back pain (Vickers AJ, Linde K. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain. JAMA. 2014;311(9):955-956. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285478).

What I find in my clinic is that acupuncture provides lasting results.  Patients typically leave in much less pain than when they arrived.  For the first time they feel hope.  Hope that they can get back to doing what they love, hope that they can sleep through the night without pain, hope that they can crawl around on the floor with their kids/grandkids, hope that they can just get back to feeling like themselves again. That pain relief?  It’s real.  However acupuncture is not magic; it is medicine.  Just like antibiotics or physical therapy there is a course of treatment that should be followed.  Acupuncture gently moves your body back into a state of balance.  With treatment, I find that patients’ hopes become reality. 

Want to get back to living the life you love?  Call and schedule your first appointment today. 

Heal Injuries and Improve Sports Performance with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture has been practiced for centuries.  Some of the earliest uses of acupuncture were to heal injuries and increase stamina of Chinese warriors and soldiers.  It has survived for 2000 years because it works! 

Today many professional sports and Olympic teams have acupuncturists on staff.  From 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali of Team Asana to Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rogers athletes are looking for ways to shorten recovery time and boost performance.

Acupuncture is highly effective for both acute and chronic injuries.  In fact, the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment for injuries, orthopedic conditions, and acute and chronic pain. 

Acupuncture can accelerate the healing time of acute injuries such as strains, sprains and even broken bone by increasing blood flow to the area and decreasing swelling and bruising.  Increased blood flow allows cells responsible for tissue repair and remodeling to get to the area of injury and start working.  Acupuncture is especially useful when tendons and ligaments are involved as they have less blood flow by nature; acupuncture creates microcirculation thus increasing blood flow. 

Acupuncture is also very effective for chronic pain related to common sports injuries such as IT Band Syndrome, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis and golfers elbow and shoulder pain.  These common injuries can cause athletes to reduce training or stop altogether.  Left untreated they can snowball into a variety of compensation injuries as athletes try to continue training and unintentionally change their movement patterns to protect the injured area.  Similarly to acute injuries, acupuncture increases blood flow allowing for tissue repair and remodeling.  Additionally, acupuncture points are frequently located at trigger points in muscles and get great relief when needled.  Other acupuncture points are located at muscle motor points or at nerve rich tendons thus having both a nervous system and muscular system effect. 

Another common area of concern for athletes is overtraining.  Having multiple workouts in a row with fatigue and tired and/or heavy legs can be a sign of overtraining.  Rest, good nutrition and acupuncture can help you climb out of that hole before it gets too deep! 

While it is great for athletes that acupuncture relieves pain and resolves injuries but it is even more beneficial before those things surface.  Acupuncture naturally boosts energy levels, aids recovery from hard training and races and improves overall performance.  Studies have shown that athletes who received acupuncture for muscle soreness 24 to 48 hour exercising to exhaustion reported significantly less pain then those who did not receive acupuncture.  Several athletes that I treat for issues unrelated to performance have posted PRs with less effort and quicker recovery. 

Looking to heal and injury or improve performance?  Call Karen at 404.695.0905 today to schedule and appointment!