"I’m so very grateful to have found you and your practice, Tasha. I feel safe and welcomed in every visit. It’s like slipping into a warm pool and just floating and drifting in healing light."
PK, Female; 50; Detroit Lakes, MN
"For well over a year, I suffered with a stomach ailment that gave me a
wide range of symptoms that really inhibited my life. I went to all
kinds of different doctors and tried all sorts of different
treatments. Some of them helped, but when I went to acupuncture with
Tasha, I finally started seeing lasting results. I believe that she
was an essential part of my healing process. She is a tool that God
used to heal me. I am very thankful for her and her expertise!"
CK, Female; 22; Alexandria, MN
"Tasha has been a life changing force for me. I've struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a kid and infertility for approx. 8 years. With the help of her acupuncture techniques and herb regimen I was able to deal with my anxiety and depression better without medication after a few months. It's like going to a spa for 45 minutes every time I go. I feel relaxed yet energized when I leave, and a good night's sleep follows. My husband and I tried to get pregnant on and off for approx. 8 years. We went through infertility treatment, except IVF, without success. After seeing Tasha for about 4 months, I found out that I was pregnant!!! It's truly amazing! Thank you Tasha… you played a big part in this"
A.D. Female; 35; West Fargo, ND
"Tasha, I just wanted to let you know how I am doing. I feel wonderful everything seems to be doing good. I have been using your guidelines on eating and have lost almost 20 lbs. coupled with some pretty consistent exercise. I am eating off a small plate to help control my portions. Everything seems to be working and I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. I also try and tell people to check you out if they are experiencing pain or anything that you could help with. I hope they visit you. Just thought you'd like to know that you helped me out. Thanks!"
M.S. Male; 31; West Fargo, ND
"Hi Tasha! Thank you SO much!!!! My neck feels AMAZING!!! And only after one session! It's been so long since my neck has felt this good!! I am so very grateful to you... I am so over joyed I am crying... happy tears! I look forward to my next appointments to continue to feel even better!! You're a miracle worker! See you next week!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!"
M.F. Female; 37; West Fargo, ND
"My husband and I were married for two years when we decided it was a good
time to start trying for a baby. I was always a little afraid that I might have
trouble getting pregnant because my parents struggled with fertility.
Unfortunately my fear was confirmed after a year of trying with no success. We
decided to move forward and made an appointment with a reproductive clinic.
While there, I found Tasha's brochure. I had heard that acupuncture could help
with fertility, and I was willing to try anything. Both my husband and I made
appointments the next day. Tasha was amazing from the very beginning. She is
calming, patient, and knowledgeable. She was very flexible with her scheduling
and worked closely with us as we worked with the reproductive clinic. She
always fit us into her schedule on the days we had our treatments at the clinic.
After a short time, my husband's motility went up, and every cycle I had great
numbers, too. Now, we are expecting a girl next month, and I truly believe
acupuncture helped us get here."
Female; 28; Fargo, ND
"After trying to conceive for almost 2 years, I started looking into other options. I
had read about people with PCOS having success conceiving with acupuncture
treatments. I thought I would give it a try. From my very first session with Tasha, I
have noticed a marked difference in my energy levels, my anxiety has almost
disappeared and my skin has never been clearer! In Tasha's care, I feel like a
person and not a number. I look forward to our weekly sessions and cannot stop
raving about the benefits of acupuncture to all my friends and family!"
Female; 28; Fargo, ND
"When I came to Tasha with the nerve damage caused by brachial plexopathy, I
was very skeptical to say the least. That said, the Western medicine in which I
had placed so much trust left me without answers and without the use of my left
arm for the most part.
Tasha was confident that she could do better. I am 10 treatments in, and I can
move my arm again! I had given up on my body, but Tasha did not. She has
proven her ability as a healer where others have failed, and I can't thank her
enough for her professionalism and knowledge despite my original doubt."
Male; 38; Fargo, ND.
"I started acupuncture treatments for two reasons. One, my blood pressure was 142 over 88. And second, I had arthritic type pain from a plastic mesh that was surgically implanted through a double hernia operation.
After three months of acupuncture treatments my blood pressure was reduced to 129/80 and my arthritic type pain was 65% less! I am super pleased with what acupuncture has done for me.
And, to my complete surprise, acupuncture has greatly reduced my fear of needles. Through my fear of needles I almost didn't give acupuncture a try!"
Male; 67; Fargo, ND.
"I started acupuncture treatments with Tasha approximately two years ago. Initially we started with treatment for arthritis in my wrists, hands and thumbs. Having no experience with acupuncture, I was a bit apprehensive about the needles, but Tasha did an excellent job of consoling me ahead of time about what to expect. When treatment began, there was no need for any concern, as the treatment felt great… very relaxing. After my first session, I left pain free with movement that I had not had for years. A monthly maintenance program has done wonders and the treatments have been very beneficial. After I established a comfort level with acupuncture, we began a treatment regimen for a more serious problem, an enlarged prostate. Along with this issue came a much elevated PSA, higher blood pressure and intense pain in my right leg. We began with a weekly schedule and soon settled into a monthly routine. After 4 months of treatment, both my PSA and blood pressure levels were much lower and my leg pain was reduced dramatically. Acupuncture treatment was my only lifestyle change and I attribute all of these improvements to Tasha's treatments.
My regular physician (of 25 years) is highly supportive of alternative medical choices and has recommended that I continue with acupuncture.
While happy for her success and excited for her new business, I'm sad that I'll no longer be able to work with Tasha (do to her relocation), she's a calming and nurturing medical professional and I'd recommend her to anyone seeking her skills."
M.B. – Minneapolis MN, 51
"I was Tasha's 1st patient EVER when she was a wee intern and, whenever our schedules synched; I never saw any reason to go to anyone else. As a fellow student/practitioner, I know when someone is getting the needles in the correct places. Every one of Tasha's needles were right there, from the very beginning. She was able to help me with and problems that I presented including: VERY persistent dermatitis on my face, irregular menstruation due to uterine fibroids, insomnia, stress/anxiety, would-be colds/flu (never actually happened because Tasha is so effective), and even a serious eating disorder with symptoms that were all over the map. Let tell you, they don't have lessons in how to use Chinese Medicine to treat anorexia and bulimia, but Tasha was unfazed. I was able to avoid hospitalization thanks to the quickness of her treatment results. But wait! There's more! Tasha has positive energy and a great sense of humor. Being with her is always enjoyable. The weather may not be the best there in Fargo, but you've got one of the best TCM practitioners that I've ever seen!"
S.D. – Blaine MN, 36
"I received an Acupuncture treatment from Tasha at 7-Star Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs yesterday! :) It was fabulous! There are so many things acupuncture can help with: Menopause, addictions, weight-loss, depression, anxiety, arthritis and many many more conditions. She helped me with my digestion and it's SO much better! Thank you Tasha and your virtually pain-free needles. :)"
V.C. Fargo ND 37
Chinese Medicine FAQs
- What certain conditions/diseases is acupuncture used to treat?
The World Health Organization recommends Acupuncture for the treatment of more than 100 conditions, either alone or with modern conventional medicine:
- Musculoskeletal Conditions such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel, Neck Pain, Joint Pain, Sprains & Strains, Periarthritis Humeroscapularis, Tennis Elbow, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Low Back Pain.
- Gynecological Conditions such as PMS, Menstrual Disorders, Menopause, Infertility, Endometriosis, Dysmenorrhea.
- Gastrointestinal Conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Constipation, Diarrhea, Indigestion, Acid Reflux, Nausea, Hiccups, Spasm of the esophagus and cardia, Gastroptosis, Acute and Chronic Gastritis, Gastric Hyperacidity, Ulcers, Colitis, Acute Bacterial Dysentery.
- Neurological Conditions such as Headaches, Migraines, Sciatica, Bell’s Palsy, Peripheral Neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Tinnitus, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial Paralysis, Paralysis after Apoplectic Fit (Stroke), Paralysis caused by Poliomyelitis, Meniere’s Syndrome, Intercostal Neuralgia (Shingles).
- Psychiatric Disorders such as Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Poor Memory.
- Respiratory Conditions such as Asthma, Chronic Cough, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Tonsilitis, Colds and Flu.
- Bronchopulmonary Disorders such as Bronchitis, Allergic Rhinitits (Hayfever) and Bronchial Asthma.
- Disorders of the Mouth such as Toothache, Pain after tooth extraction, Gingivitis, Pharyngitis, Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ).
- Immune System Disorders such as Decreased Immune Function, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Allergies.
- Urogenital Conditions such as Sexual Dysfunction, Incontinence, Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction, Nocturnal Eneuresis (bed-wetting),Urinary Tract Infections.
- Cardiovascular-Cerebrovascular Conditions such as Hypertension, Stroke, and Paralysis, Leukopenia, Essential Hypertension, Primary Hypotension.
- Disorders of Pregnancy such as Morning Sickness, Malposition of Fetus (Breech), Labor Induction.
- Addictions - Nicotine, Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol, Recreational Drugs, Food.
- And MUCH MORE including Post-operative pain, adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy, Biliary Colic (gallbladder stones), Renal Colic (kidney stones).
Click here http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html to see the WHO recommendations.
The Mayo Clinic recommends acupuncture for many diseases and disorders. I would like to add that for many conditions it is best to combine Eastern and Western medicine. In China, they have done a great job at integrating the two medical systems. In fact, in order to be a accredited by the government, each hospital has to have a TCM ward, and most patients will receive the best of both types of care.
- Do you treat Infertility?
Absolutely. Tasha has advanced training in the treatment of infertility and is passionate about assisting you with your fertility - both male and female. Tasha's style of acupuncture, herbal knowledge and nutritional advice help give you a unique approach to women's health, fertility, pregnancy, birth, post-partum and beyond. Her goal is to help you work towards creating positive change in your health.
Tasha believes that women's bodies are wise, and when energetically nurtured, they will naturally find balance from the inside out.
You cannot force a baby to come any more than you can force a flower to bloom in the spring - but you can prepare your body so that it is strong when the time is right.
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- What is acupuncture video
- What is acupuncture and what is the history behind the treatment?
Acupuncture, one of the eight branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been around for 2,000 to 5,000 years. The oldest medical textbook in the world is actually a TCM text. TCM's roots are in Taoism, where people were in tune with nature and treated the body as a microcosm of the universe. They noticed that ingesting certain plants or substances would help them feel better - and along came Chinese herbal medicine; and that pressing certain parts of their body would help diseased areas and organs - this discovery was the basis of acupuncture points and meridians. In ancient times they used stone needles to stimulate these points. Taoism played a deep role in the basic theories of TCM - yin yang theory and 5 element theory. Both of these theories strive for balance - balance of yin and yang and balance of the 5 elements. Just as nature can become imbalanced, so does the human body. The human body can have too much heat, too much dampness, too much dryness, too much wind, etc. Acupuncture simply strives to restore balance and homeostasis in the body by using specific acupuncture points that lie on meridians in the body. Meridians are like rivers of energy that can suffer from blockage or droughts, and when this happens the energy becomes stagnant or deficient and disease occurs. Just like there needs to be harmony in nature, there needs to be harmony within the body. For more information on Traditional Chinese Medicine visit http://www.acupuncture.com/education/tcmbasics/index.htm
or here http://www.tcmworld.org/what_is_tcm/
- Scientifically, how does acupuncture work?
A more modern/western scientific explanation is that acupuncture works with the nervous system. Needling acupuncture points provokes you brain to release many different neurotransmitters. These chemicals are released into the brain, muscles, or spinal cord. These neurotransmitters will do many things, most importantly they will work with pain by changing the body's experience of it, or they will help to regulate the the entire system as a whole by triggering many different hormone reactions. Acupuncture also causes the release of endorphins, the body's "feel good chemical"...this partially explains why people feel better during and after a treatment. To learn more and for a more detailed explanation, click here http://thehealthyskeptic.org/chinese-medicine-demystified-part-iv-how-acupuncture-works
- What is the World Health Organization (WHO) and why do they recommend acupuncture?
According to their website, "The WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends." My guess is that they recommend acupuncture because they are highly aware of it's effectiveness, it's safety, it's affordability, it's availability, and it's lack of harmful side-effects.
- Is acupuncture safe?
Absolutely! Each needle comes in sterile packaging and is only used once before proper disposal (incineration). Our training in Clean Needle Technique focuses on OSHA standards for protecting our patients and ourselves in the prevention of needle accidents and the spread of disease. We have extensive training in anatomy, and this is why bodily harm from acupuncture is very rare.
- Does acupuncture hurt?
Many people actually find acupuncture to be nearly painless. When there is pain, it is usually mild and only lasts for a second. You could compare the pain to a mosquito bite without the itching. The needles we use are MUCH smaller and much more comfortable than the hypodermic needles that are used to draw blood or give injections. Once the needles are in place there should be no pain. Most people find deep relaxation and even fall asleep during a treatment. There are special needles and needling techniques for people that are highly sensitive or very fearful of needles, including acupressure.
- What are Chinese Herbs?
Herbal remedies have been around since the dawn of time. We have relied upon different sources in our environment for healing properties before there were any medical systems to guide us to rapid health. Even today, most pharmaceuticals are derived from natural occurring herbs.
As knowledge about herbs and minerals grew along side physical manipulation practices, we saw the power in the combined use of herbal and physical therapies to provide the best results. All of the traditional medicines of the world were developed in a similar manner.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we apply thousands of years of knowledge to provide the best combined therapies for the benefit of our patients. Today, Chinese herbal therapies may include raw herbs, powdered herbs and patented herbal formulas. Additionally, while many herbs are used internally we also have herbs that are applied topically to the body. It is very useful to combine herbs in formulas so that we may benefit from the many properties of different herbs together. This strengthens the efficacy of the herbal remedy and is a major part of an Acupuncture practice.
There are many ways of preparing herbs for use. Herbs in the raw need time for decoction, which is to say cooking them to extract the healing essence. Some times we use herbal tinctures, which are herbal essences extracted by soaking in water or alcohol over a long period. We also use powdered or granulated herbs packaged in gel caps or given to us in powders to make instant herbal teas. There is even a pre-decocted and dehydrated type of herb formula called tea pills, which are portioned out and coated, in a binding agent such as honey. Even in ancient times, Chinese Medicine Doctors recognized the need for easy use herbs. Hence the popularity of prepackaged formulas among TCM practitioners today. At 7-Star Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, I mostly prescribe the tea pills and powdered herbs.
It is generally recognized that together, herbs and physical modalities offer the best potential for healing. Your Acupuncturist has extensive training in Chinese herbal therapies and spends much time studying traditional and modern research to insure proper use and safety for their patients. Please inquire further about the use of herbal therapies for your health and well-being.
- What is holistic medicine and how does acupuncture fall under the category of holistic health?
Holistic or wholistic medicine means a healing practice that takes the whole body into consideration. There is a connection between the health of the body, mind and spirit - you can't cure one without acknowledging the others. A good example of this is gastrointestinal disorders. While focusing on bringing the digestive system into equilibrium, I would also look at a person's mental and dietary health. Often stress, which resides in the brain, but manifests itself in the gut, is determined to be a major culprit of G.I. disorders. With acupuncture, I would treat the G.I. symptoms, while also treating their "shen", or spirit, to help them deal with their stressors more efficiently. Also I review their diet and recommend specific changes if necessary. TCM is wholistic because we rarely just treat one body part or one organ, we use a whole range of techniques (acupuncture, herbs, tui na/massage, diet, and lifestyle recommendations) to treat the body as a whole.
- Choose the right practitioner!
For best results find a practitioner that has more than 1,500 hours of training in Traditional Chinese Medicine alone. Many people that say that they do acupuncture only have a little over 100 hours of training! It is important to find someone with extensive training. Please click here http://www.ccaom.org/downloads/CCAOM_KnowYourAcu.pdf
for more information on choosing the best acupuncturist. My training was 4 years and I have passed the national certification exams administered by the NCCAOM.
- What are some misconceptions about acupuncture that you run into?
It hurts. As I mentioned above, it is not as painful as people think. Worst case scenario: think mosquito bite.
You have to believe in it for it to work/it's just a placebo effect/there is no science behind it. Not true. If that were the case, it would be difficult to explain why acupuncture works so effectively in treating animals. Animals don't think about it, or believe it will work, or report inflated results - they are simply proof that it works, and it's isn't because of the placebo effect.
Although TCM's roots are not science-based, scientific research has been conducted and continues to prove that it does indeed work. Please visit my Acupuncture Articles and Links part of my website for research articles.
In the past 2,000 years more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than all other health modalities combined. Although it's practice is less than 40 years old here in America, it is a tried and true medical practice around the world, specifically in Asia, Europe, and Russia.
It only treats pain. As one of the oldest medical systems in the world, TCM has been used to treat everything throughout time. Although it should not be your first source for emergency medicine or very serious life-threatening diseases, you would be surprised how many conditions it can treat. We have a saying that "Acupuncture is great for treating strange diseases". Often people find relief with acupuncture after other conventional treatments have failed or don't have an answer. A great example of this is unexplained infertility.
Chinese herbs are like Western herbs. We have another saying in TCM - "Same disease, different treatments; different diseases, same treatment". TCM treats each individual uniquely...one person with depression may receive a totally different herbal and acupuncture point perscription than another person with depression. We look for the underlying pattern of disease and treat THAT, not just the depression. There is not one herbal formula for depression, but many different ones, depending on the underlying cause. Where St. John's Wort is a single Western herb said to help with depression, we hardly ever use just one single herb, and will most likely use different herbal formulas for different people.
- How long before I feel better?
There are a few things that you can do in order to ensure the quickest recovery possible.
First, show up.
Second, follow your treatment plan - I recommend the frequency of visits based on the severity of your disease. You can always come more often than I recommend, but coming less-frequently than what is recommended will result in a longer treatment period and a longer time that it will take in order for you to fell better. Acupuncture treatments have a cumulative effect.
Third, follow my lifestyle and dietary recommendations. You will heal quicker when healthy exercise, relaxation, and eating habits are added to your lifestyle. It is important to come in with an open mind and be willing to make some changes. There was a study done by Harvard that found that 75% of diseases are caused by lifestyle. I will work with you to find how you can help cure yourself by simply making lifestyle changes.
Fourth, if you are prescribed herbs, be sure to take them regularly.
Fifth, if you are given ear beads, be sure to use them.
Sixth, take time to relax after each treatment. Please refrain from coffee, alcohol, and vigorous exercise before and after your treatment. Please eat a light meal before each treatment; while avoiding very large meals directly before or after each treatment.
Seventh, be honest with me. I will not judge you. I will ask you a lot of questions about your health - giving honest answers will help me to reach the correct diagnosis and treatment. Also, if there is something that you do not understand or are not enjoying about your treatments, please tell me so that we can make adjustments.
Eighth, don't get discouraged. Some conditions may take a long time to treat. My goal is to get you feeling better ASAP, but sometimes it just takes time. Also, as I mentioned above, Acupuncture's effects are cumulative...meaning it may take 6 or more treatments for the effects to start showing. Typically people feel a little better after the first treatment, but don't get discouraged if it takes longer for you!
Patients that experience the best and quickest recovery are those that come for regular visits, take their herbs, use their ear beads, eat better, exercise, take time to relax, and are willing to make some changes in order to live a healthier life.