Thank you to Carrie LeNoble for this excerpt from her Home Instead Senior Care newsletter:   I am sharing it, so it may help a Veteran suffering from Chronic pain r/t an injury. Caleb tried 3 different acupuncturists, and said James is the best at AcupunctureOne in Greenville. Chronic pain and increasing use of narcotics for that pain relief are on the rise with Veterans, diabetics, and people suffering from chronic pain.  Alternative therapies like heat, ice, topical, and physical therapy are effective for only a short period of time.  Another alternative therapy, acupuncture, has been gaining popularity in the US. Some are skeptical if acupuncture works. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association published in 2012 found acupuncture effective at easing chronic pain. The military uses it to treat wounded soldiers on the battlefield, and the VA now covers acupuncture for veterans back home. There are many Veterans in Wisconsin who have tried acupuncture and have had significant relief. Personally, I have seen the positive effects of acupuncture in my son and husband. Both live with nerve pain related to an injury and tumor. Their nerve pain has been significantly reduced since starting acupuncture. It’s not a cure all, but another natural tool to treat chronic pain that has been around for over 2,000 years.

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Blood donation appeal

Summer is finally here and so is this annual appeal for our blood drive. Summer brings extra need and fewer donations because of vacations. We’re a little anxious because our schedule isn’t filling up and we’re in danger of failing to meet our goal so please, if you are eligible, donate Wednesday at our office.  1:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome. Or call 757-9887 or schedule online www.communityblood.org  .

And afterwards you can check out the Farmers market going on across the street.


Mosquitos can’t be wrong.

Please donate blood – 17 gazillion mosquitos can’t be  wrong. Our office – Wed. July 10, 2:30 to 5:00. Plenty of openings – call our office 757-9887 or online www.save3lives.org

Acupressure and the “Four Gates”

According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body and smoothing our emotions. Anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our Qi is not flowing smoothly.Anger-Rage-Photo-11 This is referred to as Liver Qi Stagnation, one of the most common imbalances treated by Eastern medicine practitioners in the United States.

Acupressure Points for Moving Qi

A popular treatment for the stress, anger, and frustration associated with Liver Qi Stagnation is known as the “Four Gates”. The Four Gates are the right and left side acupuncture points Lv 3-Liver 3 (Taichong) and LI 4-Large Intestine 4 (Hegu).

Together these four acupuncture points are thought to enhance the circulation of Qi and blood throughout the body and have a calming and analgesic effect.

Large Intestine 4 is located on the padded area of your hand between the thumb and index finger, between the first and second metacarpal bones. Massage the point with your thumb on both hands for approximately 30 seconds.

Liver 3 is located in a hollow on the top of your foot below the gap between your big toe and the next toe, between the bones that attach to the large and second toes and gently knead the point for approximately thirty seconds. Then switch sides to stimulate Lv 3 on your other foot.

Needles to Say

Clients often ask me what I see the most often. The conditions we see here run the gamut from any pain syndrome to stress issues. But probably the largest issue patients seek results, which overlaps all physical symptoms, is reduction in the need for medications. With Western medicine’s fondness for using initials to name different conditions such as ADHD, PCOS, ED, COPD, etc., I’m thinking of naming a new syndrome called HTDSE (Hate Those Damned Side Effects). And with good reason.  In a June 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine it was reported  that adverse drug reactions cause injuries or death in 1 of 5 hospital patients.vicadin The reason there are so many adverse drug events in the U.S. is because so many drugs are used and prescribed – and many patients receive multiple prescriptions at varying strengths, some of which may counteract each other or cause more severe reactions when combined. Small wonder that more and more people are trying to be proactive in taking control of their own health.

The concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture, fit very nicely with this goal. Consider:

1. Most health problems are caused by imbalances in the body.

2. TCM and acupuncture focus on fixing these imbalances so the body can heal itself. TCM does not actually do the healing – it brings your body’s systems into balance so natural healing mechanisms can take over.

At AcupunctureOne, we believe that when the root cause is addressed, the signs and symptoms will subside.

James Rodowca, L.Ac.



Spring is Here – So Is Allergy Relief

Spring is here!!!

At least that’s what the calender says. With Spring’s sunshine and flowers come wind and pollen, which for many people signals the onset of allergy season.

Tree pollens are the most prevalent pollens in the spring and many trees are prolific pollinators. Grass and weed pollens follow in late spring and summer, and airborne mold spores can be found almost year round, as well as other common allergens such as dust, dust mites, and animal dander.

While many over-the-counter remedies promise symptomatic relief, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that addressing the causes of allergies, treating the whole person and focusing on balancing the immune system leads to substantial long-term health benefits in managing allergies.

Allergies and Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM often views allergic rhinitis as related to Wind noting that symptoms come and go rapidly, cause congestion, and make the person want to avoid Windy situations. This Wind often coexists with a deficiency of the Protective or Wei Qi (pronounced chee). The nearest thing we associate with the Wei Qi in the West is resistance to colds and other respiratory infections. People with Wei Qi deficiency catch colds easily, and allergy symptoms may be particularly bad in the spring or fall, seasons which are generally windy.

The acupuncturist also looks for constitutional or more deeply-rooted signs in each person who presents with allergies. The principle here is treating the whole person. The goal of the acupuncturist is to develop a plan which addresses the person’s acute symptoms and provides relief, while addressing the underlying  immune sysgem imbalance which is thought to be at the root of the person’s allergies.  Treatments often include acupuncture, specifically chosen herbal formulas, and dietary modification.


Now Hiring!

Immediate Opening – Office Manager

Greenville acupuncture clinic has an immediate opening for a part-time office manager. The right candidate will be available Tuesday-Friday, have superior customer service skills and be proficient with QuickBooks; must like dogs. Please mail or email cover letter, resume and three professional references to:

AcupunctureOne, LLC

w6905 Parkview Dr., Ste.A

Greenville, WI  54942


Deadline: 2/25/13



Acupuncture Will Not Cause Swollen Tongue

PurduePharma, with the approval of the FDA, has unleashed another med on the unsuspecting public and it’s a skull-spinning doozy. Watch for it on your local stations: a sleep aid medication called INTERMEZZO. What a wonderful name – springtime, fresh flowers and lovely music comes to mind. What doesn’t come to mind is a side-effect called medication induced angioedema, translation: swollen tongue that is so swollen it could be fatal. My compliments to the market research department.

If I go on with this, the text will be dripping with even more sarcasm so I will let the PerduePharma website do the talking. See www.myintermezzo.com .

Under the heading “What are the possible side effects of Intermezzo?” it reads:

“Intermezzo may cause possible side effects, including: Getting out of bed while not being fully awake and doing an activity that you do not know you are doing. The  next morning you may not remember that you did anything during the night……….”

“Reported activities include:

  • driving a car (“sleep-driving”)
  • making and eating food
  • talking on the phone
  • having sex
  • sleep-walking

“Abnormal thoughts and behavior, including being more outgoing or aggressisve, as well as confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts or actions”

“Severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include swelling of the tongue or throat, trouble breathing, and nausea and vomiting.”

Medication induced angioedema presenting as swollen tongue

Under the heading: “Important Safety Information”:

“Do not take Intermezzo (zolpidem tartrate) if you are allergic to zolpidem or any other ingredients in Intermezzo. Do not take Intermezzo if you have had on allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as Ambien.”

“Serious allergic reactions may occur and may be fatal………”

And on and on and on.

I may not be a researcher or statistician but I am wondering how one would know if you get allergic reactions to a chemical called zolpidem tartrate if you have never taken it before. If your tougue swells up and you choke – isn’t it a little late to find out? Just askin’….

I can just imagine the rational of the FDA in approving this med – something like “Well, these possibly fatal side effects don’t happen very often”.

I realize insomnia can be a stubborn, frustrating condition to suffer through – it can affect every aspect of your life including your health. But please try alternatives before resorting to these side-effect laden synthetic meds. Acupuncture has a good history of restoring sleep patterns as it balances your energy systems – and you won’t get a swollen tongue from it!

Needling Away Headache

The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives – but you knew that. What you may not have considered is that acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Acupuncture has been used to relieve headaches, as well as their underlying causes, for thousands of years and is a widely accepted form of treatment for  headaches in our society. The World Health Organization has listed headaches and migraines as neurological conditions that acupuncture therapy can effectively treat.

Diagnosis with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM does not recognize migraines and recurring headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs and tuina massage to restore imbalances found in the body. Your diagnosis and treatment will depend on a number of variables:

  • Is the headache behind your eyes and temples, or is it located more on the tip of the head?
  • When do your headaches occur (i.e. night, morning, after eating)?
  • Do you find that a cold compress or a dark room can alleviate some of the pain?
  • Do you describe the pain as dull and throbbing, or sharp and piercing?

    Nuff Said

These questions will help create a clear picture on which your practitioner can create a treatment plan specifically for you. The basic foundation for TCM is that there is a live energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect – in this case pain relief.