Welcome to Acupuncture Wellness @ Whole Body Health

Give yourself the gift of beauty and wellness this summer! What could be worth more?

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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8 Things to Remember Before an Acupuncture Appointment

July 28, 2014     Leave a Comment

8 Things to Remember Before an Acupuncture Appointment
By Sara Calabro with Acutakehealth

Acupuncture isn’t really into hard-and-fast rules. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another. This is the beauty of acupuncture—it meets us wherever we’re at.

However, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to preparing for an acupuncture appointment. All are tweakable based on your constitution and preferences, but in my experience, these guidelines tend to improve the treatment experience and outcome for most people.

Are you ready to get the most out of your next acupuncture treatment? Remember these eight things.

Schedule wisely
Avoid scheduling acupuncture before or after something really strenuous. You don’t need to be sedentary on either side of an appointment, but nor should you be going nuts at the gym or suffering through an extremely stressful meeting. Also avoid sandwiching—squeezing in acupuncture immediately between two other events—as this has a tendency to make you either late for or stressed out during your treatment.

Eat
This is an important one, and it’s something I get asked about a lot. Everyone metabolizes food at different rates, so adjust as you see fit, but a good guideline is to eat about two hours before an acupuncture appointment. You don’t want to show up really full, or after having eaten something heavy, fried or spicy, but do not go for acupuncture on an empty stomach. It can leave you feeling lightheaded or physically depleted. If you’re debating whether it’s too close to your appointment to eat, eat. Better to be a little full than distracted by hunger during your appointment.

Coffee is not your friend
That is not to say that coffee is never your friend, but coffee is not your friend immediately before acupuncture. If you have a morning appointment and can’t go without your morning cup, do what you have to do. But if you’re going for acupuncture later in the day, avoid coffee for at least two hours before.

Coffee is a stimulant. It has been shown to release norepinephrine and epinephrine, which kick your body into fight-or-flight mode. Acupuncture works to shift you away from that sympathetic (fight-or-flight) state and toward a parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) one, so coffee inhibits the process. It also makes it difficult for the acupuncturist to get accurate readings on your pulse and tongue, since coffee increases your heart rate and stains your tongue.

Neither is alcohol
One of acupuncture’s greatest gifts is its ability to help us see more clearly. Not literally, as in improved vision (although it has been known to do that too), but it helps us see situations and our symptoms with more clarity. Alcohol does the opposite. It numbs us, takes the edge off, which during acupuncture is not a good thing. One goal of acupuncture is to bring more awareness to how we feel. Impairing the senses with alcohol is not helpful.

Remember where you’ve been
Before acupuncture, spend some time thinking about—or even making a list, if that helps—any significant medical events in your life. For example, family disease history, car accidents, broken bones, other serious injuries, long-term illnesses, surgeries, etc. Also make note of any medications you are taking currently as well as any that you took long-term in the past (e.g., birth control pills).

We tend to forget these things, or assume they’re irrelevant, but from an acupuncture perspective they help contribute to your overall picture of health. Your acupuncturist will want to hear about them. When in doubt about whether to include something, it’s always better to mention it.

Wear loose clothing
This is so the acupuncturist can easily access the places where he or she wants to place needles. It’s especially important if you’re going for a community acupuncture appointment, because treatments are performed in a group setting with clothes on. However, even for private acupuncture appointments, loose clothing usually makes things easier for you and the practitioner.

Don’t rush
Even when we schedule wisely, there is still a tendency to leave at the last minute for appointments. This makes most appointments more stressful than they need to be, but especially with acupuncture, arriving at your appointment amped-up is counter productive. It’s similar to how coffee works against the process of calming the nervous system. When you rush into an appointment, your pulse is higher than normal, your mind is spinning, and you’re tense with worry about the prospect of being late.

Many of us already deal with these qualities during our regular stress-filled days—and they’re often the reasons for coming to acupuncture in the first place—so why make them worse by rushing? Regardless of when your appointment is, put it in your calendar as 15 minutes earlier. The worst than can happen is you sit for 15 minutes in a quiet waiting room. Finally, time and space to hear yourself think.

Turn off your cellphone
Last but not least, please turn off your phone. Not on vibrate. Off. Do it before your appointment actually starts, to avoid forgetting and/or getting distracted by a call or message immediately before you’re about to begin. This is your time and no one else’s. Make it count.

Some of these things are easy to forget. Create a pre-acupuncture checklist, something you can glance at on the days you have acupuncture, once first thing in the morning and again just before your appointment.

Next, find out what you can do after acupuncture to optimize the experience and results.

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Non-Surgical Alternative to Facelift

July 16, 2014     Leave a Comment

Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, safe, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is a great natural alternative to Botox. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine which has been around for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles just under the skin’s surface on the face and body where needed to balance energy and encourage healing.

More on non-surgical facelift.

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