Welcome to Acupuncture Wellness @ Whole Body Health

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Our mission at Whole Body Health is to provide holistic care and education through a team-based collaborative approach for individuals seeking healing, optimal wellness and fulfillment.

We are able to support and empower our patients structurally, nutritionally, emotionally and energetically with wisdom from a blend of ancient and modern modalities which create an opportunity for true healing and a vibrant life.

We don’t just treat the symptoms, we get to the underlying cause of the problem that is preventing you from living the full, pain-free life you deserve.

As holistic health practitioners, we believe in the importance of understanding all of your physical and emotional needs to fully individualize your care. We practice natural and non-invasive health care under the expert direction of licensed acupuncturist Moira J. McCarthy, TX L.Ac., Dr. Jeffrey Ulery, DC and Nicole Chance, LMT

With Austin Whole Body Health, you can rest assured that you are receiving the most up-to-date and advanced acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and wellness care available. We utilize state-of-the art technology, including cold laser therapy (Erchonia) and pharmaceutical-grade nutrition and essential oils, in conjunction with the latest wellness techniques available.

Are you ready to feel like You, again?

For more information give us a call today at 512-328-5200.


Kind Words from our Clients...

"The results from the treatments have been phenomenal. The racing, obsessive thoughts have ceased along with the painful GI distress that I endured. I am calmer, sleeping better, have lost the bloating and weight gain. The discomfort that I felt, when I ate, is gone too."
- Thanks, JA

"After many unsuccessful months with prescription medicines, I came to Moira to treat my severe daily migraines. After about twelve sessions, my migranes were gone entirely! Providing excellent care in a comfortable environment, Moira focuses on treating the problem itself, not merely the symptom."
- B. Knaack, UT Student

"My experiences with the Acupuncture Wellness Center have been amazing. Moira has helped me in so many ways in relieving pain and stress. The Acupuncture Wellness Center is a very peaceful and relaxing center that has a feel of comfort and serenity. I highly recommend this place to all my friends."
- Trang Le

"Acupuncture has greatly reduced my asthma and allergy symptoms. Since I've been seeing Moira, I rarely need my inhaler and I have a lot more energy."
- S.J. Hahn, Environmental Attorney

"Moira's done wonders in alleviating my pain. My wrist injury had never fully healed, and was painful and weak many months later. In just two treatments the pain was substantially eliminated. I now feel no pain whatsoever due to this injury."
- M. F. Meissner, Jr., Stock Analyst

"I didn't think there was anything that could help my symptoms from Lupus. After seeing Moira, I feel like a new woman and I'm back at work."
- B. Lewis, RN

"Moira McCarthy's method of acupuncture has helped keep the carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist at bay for many years now. I would not be able to continue in my massage therapy practice without the benefits of acupuncture. I have referred numerous clients to Moira over the years and her treatments have helped them immensly. "
- Craig E. Matthews, RMT

"My choice was back surgery until I went to Moira and did acupuncture. Two years later I am doing great. None of my physicians could tell me why I recently started with a severe problem of edema. Moira’s treatment has given me more relief than any of the physicians. Acupuncture is an amazing alternative."
- Linda Calvisi, Austin

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Omega 3 vs Omega 6 Fatty Acids

October 23, 2014     Leave a Comment

This is a good article from Dr Andrew Weil on the differences between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Omega-3 and omega-6 are types of essential fatty acids – meaning we cannot make them on our own and have to obtain them from our diet. Both are polyunsaturated fatty acids that differ from each other in their chemical structure. In modern diets, there are few sources of omega-3 fatty acids, mainly the fat of cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, black cod, and bluefish. There are two critical omega-3 fatty acids, (eicosapentaenoic acid, called EPA and docosahexaenoic or DHA), that the body needs. Vegetarian sources, such as walnuts and flaxseeds contain a precursor omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid called ALA) that the body must convert to EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function, blood clotting, and cell growth as well as components of cell membranes.

By contrast, sources of omega-6 fatty acids are numerous in modern diets. They are found in seeds and nuts, and the oils extracted from them. Refined vegetable oils, such as soy oil, are used in most of the snack foods, cookies, crackers, and sweets in the American diet as well as in fast food. Soybean oil alone is now so ubiquitous in fast foods and processed foods that an astounding 20 percent of the calories in the American diet are estimated to come from this single source.

The body also constructs hormones from omega 6 fatty acids. In general, hormones derived from the two classes of essential fatty acids have opposite effects. Those from omega-6 fatty acids tend to increase inflammation (an important component of the immune response), blood clotting, and cell proliferation, while those from omega-3 fatty acids decrease those functions. Both families of hormones must be in balance to maintain optimum health.

Many nutrition experts believe that before we relied so heavily on processed foods, humans consumed omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in roughly equal amounts. But to our great detriment, most North Americans and Europeans now get far too much of the omega-6s and not enough of the omega-3s. This dietary imbalance may explain the rise of such diseases as asthma, coronary heart disease, many forms of cancer, autoimmunity and neurodegenerative diseases, all of which are believed to stem from inflammation in the body. The imbalance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may also contribute to obesity, depression, dyslexia, hyperactivity and even a tendency toward violence. Bringing the fats into proper proportion may actually relieve those conditions, according to Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., a psychiatrist at the National Institutes of Health, and perhaps the world’s leading authority on the relationship between fat consumption and mental health. At the 2006 Nutrition and Health Conference sponsored by the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Hibbeln cited a study showing that violence in a British prison dropped by 37 percent after omega-3 oils and vitamins were added to the prisoners’ diets.

If you follow my anti-inflammatory diet, you should get a healthy ratio of these fatty acids. In general, however, you can cut down on omega-6 levels by reducing consumption of processed and fast foods and polyunsaturated vegetable oils (corn, sunflower, safflower, soy, and cottonseed, for example). At home, use extra virgin olive oil for cooking and in salad dressings. Eat more oily fish or take fish oil supplements, walnuts, flax seeds, and omega-3 fortified eggs. Your body and mind will thank you.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Link to original article

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Acupuncture for Detox Support

September 22, 2014     Leave a Comment

Acupuncture is a healing modality that has been used in China for at least 2,500 years. The treatment involves inserting very fine needles into specific healing points on the body. The process is painless and soothing. By clearing blockages in your body’s energy channels (meridians), acupuncture can restore health and vitality to specific organs and to your whole body. Using acupuncture to offer support and strength to your detoxifying and digestive organs during your detox would be helpful in relieving symptoms and increasing the effectiveness of your detox.

Why should I consider Acupuncture as detoxification support?

Stimulates release of pain relieving endorphins
Significantly reduces withdrawal symptoms
Has substantial “calming” effect
Restores balance between mind and body
Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
Increases energy
Increases resistance to disease
Increases range of motion
Relaxes muscles
Reduces stress and tension
Removes toxins from tissue
Strengthens the immune system
Speeds healing processes
Stimulates emotional memory
Enhances digestion
Alleviates Chronic and Temporary Pain

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