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Acupuncture: A Gentle Touch in the Fight Against Cancer

Acupuncture: A Gentle Touch in the Fight Against Cancer

Hearing you’ve been diagnosed with cancer can feel like getting run over by a freight train. It can be overwhelming to learn about the prognosis, treatment options, and what to expect as you begin the journey that will hopefully lead to a full recovery. 

The aggressive treatments, often including chemotherapy and radiation, can leave patients feeling drained and in constant pain. What many people don’t realize is that acupuncture can be a great source of hope as it helps bring physical relief to many of the symptoms caused by traditional cancer treatments.  continue reading »

Acupuncture Offers Hope for Diabetes Management

Acupuncture Offers Hope for Diabetes Management

If you or someone you love suffers from type 2 diabetes, then you understand the challenges that come with this disease. Despite adhering to a medication regimen and making positive lifestyle changes, those dealing with diabetes might still struggle with managing blood sugar levels. Frustration and fatigue can be constant companions. But did you know that acupuncture can help with diabetes management? Whether you are skeptical or desperate for some help, it’s worth looking into acupuncture as a source of hope and help in managing this often-tricky disease. continue reading »

July 13, 2024 Continuing Education Berkeley Sports Acupuncture: Ankle Pain, Mobility and Stability Course

Sports Acupuncture: Ankle Pain, Mobility and Stability Course

Instructor: Dr. Jenny Nieters, L.Ac. DACM

Alameda Acupuncture Corp

7 ceus / $525

California CE provider 1748 / NCCAOM PDA provider 9291

When: July 13, 2024 9am-5pm 

Where: AIMC 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 

Registration Link Here




Ankle sprains are a common orthopedic complaint. After an ankle sprain there is an increased risk of recurrent sprains and functional ankle instability. Appropriate evaluation and treatment can decrease the likelihood of these complications. This course will include an overview of the most common mechanism of injury, the relevant anatomy, orthopedic assessment and concise acupuncture treatment to address pain, mobility and stability.

Goals and Objectives

1. Identify the most commonly injured ankle ligament and the associated mechanism of injury.

2. Learn evaluation of a patient presenting with an ankle injury and/or chronic instability.

3. Practice assessment, including orthopedic tests and palpation.

4. Supervised practice for needling key anatomical regions

Precision and Performance: Jenny Nieters, DACM, at Tight End University

TEU 2024
TEU 2024

Tight End University (TEU), an elite offseason training camp for NFL tight ends, has become a cornerstone for players aiming to hone their skills and gain a competitive edge. Offering athletes access to a premier team of recovery professionals, TEU is a sanctuary for athletes seeking excellence. For the third consecutive year, Dr. Jenny Nieters was honored to participate, providing support to the athletes.

The Intersection of Traditional and Modern Sports Medicine

Dr. Jenny Nieters, a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) is known for her innovative application of traditional acupuncture techniques tailored to the unique needs of athletes.

Athletes benefit significantly from acupuncture in a variety of ways.


1. Vasodilation

Acupuncture can stimulate the release of nitric oxide (NO) and other vasodilatory substances, which relax the smooth muscles of blood vessels. This relaxation leads to vasodilation, or the widening of blood vessels, allowing increased blood flow through the capillaries and enhancing overall microcirculation.

2. Neurovascular Modulation

Acupuncture needles inserted into specific points can stimulate nerve endings and initiate a cascade of neurovascular responses. This stimulation activates the autonomic nervous system, particularly the parasympathetic branch, which promotes vasodilation and improves blood flow to targeted areas.

3. Local Inflammatory Response

The insertion of acupuncture needles causes a minor, controlled inflammatory response at the site of needling. This localized inflammation results in the release of various chemical mediators, including histamines and prostaglandins, which increase capillary permeability and improve blood flow to the affected area.

4. Endorphin Release

Acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins and other neuropeptides, which have systemic effects, including the modulation of blood flow. Endorphins can influence cardiovascular function and enhance the microcirculation by improving the efficiency of blood flow through the microvascular network.

5. Reduction of Blood Viscosity

Acupuncture may help reduce blood viscosity, making it easier for blood to flow through small vessels. This reduction in viscosity is partly due to the improved balance of autonomic nervous system functions and the reduction of stress hormones, which can affect blood consistency.

6. Enhanced Cellular Metabolism

Improved microcirculation leads to better oxygen and nutrient delivery to tissues, enhancing cellular metabolism and energy production. Acupuncture supports this process by optimizing the body’s physiological functions and promoting a more efficient exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide at the cellular level.

Practical Implications for Athletes

For athletes, enhanced microcirculation means better muscle recovery, reduced inflammation, and faster healing of injuries. By improving blood flow to the muscles and other tissues, acupuncture helps deliver essential nutrients and oxygen while removing metabolic waste products, thereby supporting optimal performance and quicker recovery times.

Scientific Evidence

Several studies have supported the idea that acupuncture improves microcirculation. For instance, research has shown that acupuncture increases skin and muscle blood flow, as evidenced by thermographic imaging and laser Doppler flowmetry. These studies demonstrate that acupuncture can have a measurable impact on blood flow dynamics, validating traditional claims with modern scientific methods.

Here are some references to studies that support the idea that acupuncture improves microcirculation, showing increased skin and muscle blood flow through thermographic imaging and laser Doppler flowmetry: continue reading »

Examining the Synergy of Acupuncture and Meditation

Examining the Synergy of Acupuncture and Meditation

If you suffer from stress and anxiety (and really, who doesn’t?) and you are looking for better and holistic ways to cope, you might want to consider the combination of meditation and acupuncture. While there is a big difference between the two, what they bring together is a formidable duo in pursuit of complete wellbeing.  continue reading »

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