Microcurrent Electro Acupuncture Pain Treatment

What is microccurent?

Microcurrent is a general term for electrical pulses emitted from a machine used to have an effect on human tissue. There are many variations on the microcurrent unit ranging from very simple machines that have only one frequency to machines that can have frequencies that range from 0.1 hz to 10,0000 hz. The current is measured in millionths of an amp, as opposed to electrical stimulation which is measured in thousands of an amp and has a totally different effect on the body. There is growing evidence that microcurrent is superior to electrical stimulation because it can target specific tissues in the body, have specific effects on the tissues, and it does not block ATP production. A great deal of scientific research has and currently is going on to identify casino games and master the specific frequencies that have measurable  and reproducible effects.

Microcurrent facial rejuvenation is a very popular natural facial toning and lifting procedure and this is where much of the attention to microcurrent goes. However, I can attest that the use of microcurrent to augment acupuncture has been phenomenal in my clinic. Patients are able to walk out the door with a fraction of the pain that they came in with and the effect seems to be that the microcurrent extends the benefit of the acupuncture treatment so that there is more progress made between treatments when they are used together.

Microcurrent is a subtle, sub-sensory therapy that has dramatic effects. A 10 second application of microcurrent can change the shape of a muscle as in the facial rejuvenation procedure. It is literally possible to say that the face can be sculpted back into form. A variety of techniques can be applied to the body to remove blockages similar to the way that acupuncture does. The machine we use at North Scottsdale Acupuncture has the ability to administer a sequence of frequencies that can have healing affects on internal organs as well.

How does it work?

The therapy is really focused on the frequencies used to treat specific areas of the body. The techniques used are the key to a successful outcome. As an acupuncturist I am able to tap into the complex network of acupuncture channels to add microcurrent energy to the body’s own energy which may be depleted or blocked. It is also possible to use the network to release trigger points, to reset the polarity of a nerve pathway and to balance neuro-endocrine centers. This means that the use of microcurrent is not limited to physical pain resolution but also deeper emotional pain can be treated as well. Many practitioners are now becoming aware that negative emotions can become energy blockages in a similar way to that of injury and chronic pain. Pain is pain when it comes down to it and this gentle method of healing can provide profound relief.

Call 480-389-9030 or email info@NorthScottsdaleAcupuncture.com to find out how microcurrent therapy and acupuncture can help you.






Much talk on subject of fasting has been circulating on the internet so I decided to try a long fast. According to the literature on the subject, a person can go weeks and even months without food and can enjoy some astonishing health benefits as a result. There has been a fair amount of research on the subject and participants have been able to lower blood pressure and reverse cardiovascular disease, reverse diabetes, clear up asthma and chronic pulmonary conditions, loose tremendous amounts of weight and in some cases even shrink cancerous tumors.

Water only fasting for any longer than three days should be done under supervision of a qualified practitioner. I decided to try it, after having done many short fasts over the years. It was a very fascinating experience in which I learned a great deal about the process and the way the body cleanses and clears accumulations in the body. After eight days I decided I needed to be at full strength to do my job but I am glad that I had the experience.

It is interesting to know that research has shown that virtually everyone perceives themselves to be healthier than they actually are. An annual cleanse is a wise habit, even if you are healthy. There are times when the body tells us not to eat, such as when we get a stomach virus or food poisoning but we should also listen to the more subtle messages the body gives to let us know that we should give the digestive system a rest. Dietary recommendations are a large part of Chinese medicine and so many illness are directly related to the food we eat. Cleansing foods, bland food diets, and healing porridges are often prescribed in Traditional medicine.

The other principle of Chinese medicine is eat according to the seasons, eat the food that is grown locally, and maintain moderation in all things. Fasting is an extreme therapy that is useful or even necessary only when the condition is also extreme. For those who are looking for sound dietary principles, a look to Chinese medicine or other wisdom traditions will always provide a return to simple, logical, and balanced approach to the main staple of life.

Summer Diet & Garden Update

As you all know, I am a gardener. My small urban garden is essential as it is the canvas for my process of growth and understanding. Diet is the aspect of our lifestyle that has the greatest impact on our health and the garden provides the clues about what we should be eating at any given time.


Beyond eating out of season, which we all do sometimes, there are many dieting fads circulating right now. For every research article you find that promotes one type of eating there is another article that completely contradicts it. When in doubt, I always return to the enduring and truly ancient Chinese medicine principles of balance, moderation, and harmony with the cycles of nature.

Chinese medicine has its roots in Taoism. Taoism is about living our lives respective of the ways and laws of the natural world. We modify our behavior to harmonize ourselves with the natural cycles of change that occur around us. We also consider the impact of our choices on the whole. The main changes we are looking at are the change212 of seasons, stages of life, and states of health.

The whole process is completely logical. In summer, living in a very hot and dry climate, we want to eat the foods that balance these extremes. If we want to be in harmonious balance with nature right now we should be eating foods in season, lots of juicy fresh fruits and vegetables, mostly raw foods, or lightly cooked foods through steaming or quick sauté. Avoid dry and baked foods in summer.

Right now the spring garden is being harvested, tomatoes, beans, tons of basil, zucchini, cucumbers, and mint. Growing forward, the only things that you can plant in June is Armenian or Asian cucumbers and  melons, well okay, okra but even I can’t go that far….

Anyway, Happy June Everyone!

Garden Update

It is time to plan the Autumn garden. There are so many things you can grow even in pots on your patio. This year is supposed to be an El Nino year so it may be the best opportunity to have an easy garden, that gets plenty of water. You can also purchase a simple irrigation kit from Home Depot that hooks right up to a hose bib and is a cinch to put together.

212If you plant in pots, I recommend that you plant shallow rooted greens and lettuces. These are so easy to plant and maintain, especially for a new gardener.

This year I am doing something new. I placed my standing boxes inside of a small raised bed so that the drainage from the standing gardens would water the flats below. The shade proved by the standing boxes helps the gardens below, especially for delicate salad greens.

In the standing gardens I am growing cucumbers and peas which will climb up the pea trellis (cucumbers need a little help), and this will save space as well as present a beautiful wall of vegetation that I can see from the kitchen doors everyday. It takes time to work out what vegetables can be grown in a given space but this garden proves that you can have a garden just about anywhere, if you have enough determination and creative spirit. I will update with a photo when the season is in full bloom but, for example, you can see below how the pea trellis worked with these Morning Glories.

Enjoy your gardens!


Emotions and Physical Health


We are human because we have hearts and souls. We encounter the challenges we have in life because we are meant to learn life lessons and grow from these challenges. Chinese medicine recognizes and honors this fact. Our diagnosis and treatment approach allows us to see what is going on both in the physical and emotional/spiritual levels. Nothing ever happens in the one that doesn’t happen in the other. And we all now know–due to Einstein and his colleagues–that energy and matter are one and the same.

It is well known that people will often have emotions and memories tucked away into some physical tissue somewhere in their body, with the memories and feelings coming to consciousness when that part of the body is properly worked on and freed up. Sometimes when people are going through a detoxification process, they will re-experience the emotions they were having when they ingested some substance which is now coming out of them.

Chinese medicine understands which emotions resonate with which parts of the body, and with which organs and acupuncture channels. Thus, we practitioners know which emotional roots to a condition are in play according to which channels, organs, and body parts are affected. And the emotions which come up in taking the history and in treatment invariably correspond accordingly. And there are always emotional causative factors involved, no matter how bio-mechanical the condition.

body-mind-connectionYou can find further information and insights on this subject through the following links:

1. http://www.hayhouse.com

2. http://www.drwaynedyer.com

3. https//www.deepakchopra.com

Stay Cool with Chinese Herbs

As we all know, the torrid, oven-like heat of summer is fast approaching. Knowing a few simple things from Chinese herbal wisdom can do more than you might think to help keep you cool inside, while it is so very hot outside. For millennia, the Chinese have traditionally practiced using these herbs and herbal foods during the summer months, especially in southern China. There are actually many natural herbs and related ways that you can make use of to stay cool in a hot summer, but for simplicity’s sake we will focus on two of them.

chrysanthemumChrysanthemum flower makes a wonderful, fragrant, refreshing tea. Among its many benefits is its ability to cool the inner body. Chrysanthemum tea has long been one of the mainstays of China’s efforts to weather the summer heat. You may obtain it through North Scottsdale Acupuncture or through Chinese stores in this area. You just take a teaspoon or so of the dried, somewhat broken-up flowers and steep them as you would any other tea. For a more intense effect, you just double the amount of herb you use to make the tea. You can find out more about chrysanthemum and its cooling and other benefits by clicking on this link.

Mung beans have been the other great part of the Chinese actions toward natural summer internal
mung-porridge2 cooling. The main way this has been done is through mung bean soup. You can actually make mung bean tea by using mung bean powder. This is not easy to obtain in these parts, but you can try if you wish, and we will try to help you if you ask. To see a recipe for mung bean soup, please click on this link.


Insurance News Update–May 2015

health-insurance-shoppingMedicare does not cover acupuncture. But if you are covered by Medicare as well as a secondary insurance which does cover acupuncture, then we can bill for our services. The initial process is a little bit cumbersome and time-consuming. We will need to forward the initial claim to Medicare through you. Medicare will send you a denial letter, which we need you to give us so we can take over the process and bill the secondary insurance.

We are adding an important update to some of the insurance information we put out in our April Newsletter, regarding the Medicare insurance rider we discussed. We have since found out two things: 1) that the wellness part of the rider is an option a person can choose to add on, but it only allows $250 per year for acupuncture or other alternative treatments; and 2) that in order to be a part of this Medicare rider, a person must drop their other insurance.

Also, we said that we would give discounts to Blue Cross clients. We have since learned that this is illegal. Nancy Brem, L.Ac., is a professional who does things by the book, so we will no longer be able to offer discounts to anyone.

Our Main Insurance Carriers

At present, the insurance companies that North Scottsdale Acupuncture (NSA)has a direct relationship with are listed below, along with the nature of the relationship. As always, your insurer will need to be contacted in order to determine your coverage for acupuncture.

Aetna: NSA is in their network.

Ameriben: This is the health insurance provider for Scottsdale Healthcare Shea hospital employees. NSA is in-network for them, and she has treated a number of SHC employees and been paid for this by Ameriben.

American Specialty Health/ASHlink: NSA used to be in-network with ASH, and we are in the process of reinstating this relationship, which we expect to happen soon.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield: They used to cover acupuncture, but no longer. We have applied to them to become a provider, and this is in process. We do not expect fast action on this.

Cigna: NSA is an out-of-network provider.

Meritus: NSA is a provider in their network.

United HealthCare: This is the company we bill the most by far, and who pays for acupuncture the most by far. But still check with them about your individual policy.

Various other insurers have paid for services for patients at NSA out of network. It all depends on the patient’s policy coverage.

New Online Appointment Booking Service–MyTime

We have a new provider for online booking of appointments. Many of you have booked appointments online on GenBook. This has been our service provider for online appointments for some time. However, we recently changed over to MyTime, and GenBook is being retired. You can book online through this website as before. The button will now just take you to a different interface. For those of you who may wish to go directly to the booking interface yourself, you can go to http://northscottsdale.mytime.com.

MyTime, by the way, is more than just a booking service for business people. You can go on their site and browse for vendors of services and products. If you would like, you can see the new booking service, and book an appointment online here.

Acupuncture Needles Are Nothing to Fear

acupunctureA recent study has shown that 65 percent of Americans polled say they are afraid of being needled. This is understandable given the usual experience of needling, which is often quite painful. However, having acupuncture needles inserted is a very different and a much less trying experience than the vast majority of needling.

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin compared to nearly all hypodermic injection needles. After all, there is no need for there to be any hollow center to acupuncture needles for fluids to pass through. Also, injection needles are cut at their tips to a slanted angle, which allows them to tear into veins. Acupuncture needles, on the other hand, are beveled to a central point, like sewing pins. This allows acupuncture needles to ride through tissue without tearing. And this is what renders acupuncture comfortable. At worst, most people experience no more pain with the insertion of an acupuncture needle than they would from a mosquito bite. And acupuncture needles are sterilized and are always disposed of after one use.

The main kind of feeling that people get from acupuncture is an experience of the sensations of qi being contacted and moved from the point of needle insertion throughout the acupuncture channels. This set of sensations can be very difficult to describe in words, but they are virtually all pleasant, or at least not unpleasant, and the outcome is virtually always a feeling of increased relaxation and well-being. Acupuncture needling and the qi sensations may be an experience which you have never felt before, but there is nothing bad about it; most people find it completely relaxing.

So being needled with acupuncture is nothing to fear. People have been having it done for thousands of years in China and the Orient, and nowadays all over the world. It is, in fact, one of the easiest of all medically-related procedures to take. The experience of acupuncture is something that everyone should have, for the purpose of discovering the magic which lies within our bodies, that we don’t access any other way. If you wish to experience this magic, contact North Scottsdale Acupuncture at 480-389-9030. Or you can book an appointment online here.

Research Helps Explain How Acupuncture Works

We recently came across a 2014 article on the Web which spoke about some very interesting acupuncture research. This research focused on a single acupuncture point on the leg, and researchers found something remarkable happening. They said that manually stimulating an acupuncture needle in this point caused the down-regulation of M1 macrophages, which are pro-inflammatory white blood cells, as well as the up-regulation of M2 macrophages, which are anti-inflammatory whithttp://northscottsdaleacupuncture.com/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=post_tage blood cells. As a result, the acupuncture reduced pain and swelling.

The article addressed this phenomenon as “the way acupuncture works”, which may be over-stating the case. This is at least one way in which acupuncture functions. In historical experience, acupuncture is able to perform so many varying tasks in the body that it seems difficult to believe that it does all these things through a single mechanism of action, bio-medically speaking, even though inflammation is so importantnsa-acupuncture-page-image. But at least we now have some new hard scientific evidence to support modern science’s validation of acupuncture.

You can try acupuncture by booking an appointment online.