Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Migraines

Migraine headaches are a bit of mystery to the medical world. This ailment tends to be poorly understood and frequently undiagnosed and under-treated. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, this neurological disease affects nearly 39 million Americans. Migraines are characterized by severe, throbbing pain usually found on only one side of the head. Migraine headaches can also be accompanied by visual disturbances, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. These types of headaches can last from four hours to several days. Because modern medicine doesn’t completely understand this neurological phenomenon, the typical treatment is somewhat hit or miss. continue reading »

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It’s All In Your Head: Headaches and TCM

There are four main types of headache: tension, cluster, sinus and migraine. And, there are varying triggers for these headaches, such as food, stress, hormones, dehydration and weather. Fortunately, eliminating the triggers and finding natural ways to prevent and help an ongoing headache are possible. continue reading »

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Derma Rollers

By Kelly Ferguson, M.Ac., L.Ac.

More and more frequently we are seeing Derma Rollers available at different beauty or wellness stores, but what are they and how do they work?
Derma Rollers have a little wheel with micro needles on them. These rollers have different sized needles depending on the area of the body being worked on. They increase the blood circulation to help with things like wrinkles, blemishes and cellulite. Additionally, they’re great to use before putting on your facial serums or creams so that they’ll penetrate deeper into the skin.
Come check out our AcuLift Derma Rollers available at Cloud 9- the only roller that is approved by the FDA!
Kelly sees patients on Tuesdays & Thursdays 12p -8pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm in Timonium, and Wednesdays 12:30pm-7:30pm in White Marsh.
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Facial Acupuncture

By Kelly Ferguson, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Is your age or time spent under the sun starting to show? You are not alone. Many people have concerns over wrinkles, sun spots, blemishes, or sagging skin.
Frequently, out first thoughts go to creams, serums, or even to more dramatic solutions like Botox or Facial surgeries. However, Facial acupuncture is a great alternative. We’ll use certain points to increase blood circulation to the skin which allows for the skin to create more elastin and collagen. Additionally, bringing more nutrients to the skin to help clear up any sun spots, blemishes or acne scars.
Kelly sees patients on Tuesdays & Thursdays 12p -8pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm in Timonium, and Wednesdays 12:30pm-7:30pm in White Marsh.
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The Importance of Your Recommended Number of Acupuncture Treatments & How Regular Treatment Can PREVENT Problems Before They Even Start!

By Emily Herman, M.Ac., L.Ac.

During the very first acupuncture treatment you receive, your acupuncturist will discuss with you a recommended course of treatment based on your condition and goals. This varies per the individual, but usually the recommendation will be something like 6-12 weekly treatments, within which period of time you will see gradual improvement in your condition, and after which point you may be able to space treatment out to once every two weeks, to eventually once a month for maintenance and preventative care. Initially, during the first few treatments, you may feel marked improvement in your condition immediately following treatment, and sometimes find it may “return” a few days later. This is normal, and actually a sign that acupuncture is working! Acupuncture treats the acute discomfort of your condition, and also the underlying imbalances that led to your condition. This takes time, especially with chronic and complicated conditions. You didn’t get these symptoms all at once, and healing them is a process. But if you stick (pun intended) with your recommended treatment plan, you are sure to to see marked, and over time lasting improvement as well as other benefits you may not have even been aware of when you started treatment.


Once your condition is optimally healed, you will want to come in about once a month for maintenance. Not only will this keep your XY or Z condition from returning, it can help stave of further illness or injury.


Acupuncture works in a multitude of ways, but one simple explanation is that it stimulates the central nervous system to release the body’s natural pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory chemicals, endorphins and enkephalins.


Regular benefits of acupuncture, to name a few, include:


    Improved sleep

    Better response to stress

    Improved mood

    Improved relationships (yes really!)

    Fewer colds

    More energy/better stamina


Not to mention, getting the acupuncture treatment itself is a calming, wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of every day life.


This is a busy time of year. We know you have work deadlines, and family in town, this that and the other thing, and we also want to take care of you and help you get better from whatever ailment had you walk through our door. We encourage you to stick to the plan so you can get all the wonderful benefits of acupuncture, and so it can really work for you!

Emily Herman,
Licensed Acupuncturist

Emily sees patients in our Timonium location on:

Wednesdays… 4pm – 8pm

Saturdays …. 2:30pm – 6pm

Emily is in network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and Aetna plans.

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