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Community Acupuncture and Cancer

Jul 30 2017
by Lisa Baird
A practioner needling a patient's ankles; two patients visible in the background in recliners covered in yellow sheets.

Acupuncture is a useful complementary therapy for cancer. Acupuncture treatment can help with side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea and vomiting, hot flashes, pain and inflammation …

Community Acupuncture and HIV/AIDS

May 14 2017
by Lisa Baird
9 recliners in a semi-circle, each with a patient resting under red blankets. Practioner seated on a small black stool giving a treatment to one patient.

Studies show that for HIV positive folks, acupuncture can help with disturbed sleep, diarrhea, nausea, overall quality of life, and HIV related pain and neuropathy. Acupuncture will not interact with medication, and can actually help with the side effects of medication like …

Community Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis

Nov 15 2016
by Lisa Baird
Treatment room full of patients seated or reclined under red blankets in lazyboys. Standing practitioner covering patient with red blanket.

Community acupuncture can help with many of the common symptoms of MS, including chronic pain, trouble walking and/or “drop foot”, deep fatigue, muscle weakness and spasms, numbness and tingling, depression, and problems with focus and memory.

Community Acupuncture While Waiting for Hip or Knee Replacement

Aug 11 2016
by Lisa Baird
A practitioner sets a needle into a patient's wrist as the patient reclines in a lazyboy. Two other sleeping patients are visible in the background.

Wait lists for knee or hip replacement surgery are very long! Acupuncture can help with the pain while you’re waiting. Even people who have told us “it’s bone-on-bone in there,” i.e. even people with extreme breakdown of joint cartilage, have reported significant and lasting pain relief as well as improved mobility.

Community Acupuncture for Digestive Problems

May 24 2016
by Lisa Baird
Treatment room full of patients seated or reclined under red blankets in lazyboys. Standing practitioner covering patient with red blanket.

Acupuncture provides simple, long-term relief for many digestive problems without side effects (unless you count improved sleep and stress relief as side effects).

Community Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

Jan 26 2016
by Lisa Baird

Some of our patients with fibromyalgia have made treatment at GCA a regular part of their routine, enjoying increased energy levels and decreased pain. Other patients book in when they’re having a “flare-up”, knowing that a few treatments close together will ease them through the spike in pain and exhaustion …

Community Acupuncture for Depression & Anxiety

Jun 29 2015
by Lisa Baird

Many things can cause depression and anxiety. A traumatic event, hormonal shifts, bereavement, chronic pain, prolonged lack of sleep, socio-economic struggles and living with oppression can all trigger or aggravate mild to severe depression as well as anxiety. Whatever the cause(s), community acupuncture can help.

Community Acupuncture for Concussion

May 20 2015
by Lisa Baird
A woman sleeping under a red blanket in the foreground; in the background a practitioner treating a patient in a black shirt reclining on a lazyboy by two jade plants.

Acupuncture can speed up recovery time from a concussion in several ways …