Welcome to ASK Acupuncture Blog! My name is Abigail Ballaban. I am a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Board Certified Chinese medicinal herbalist in Portland, Oregon. I enjoy keeping up with the latest research and news articles in my specialty areas – acupuncture and Chinese medicine for maternal and women’s health, vision loss, pain management, and emotional health. In my blog I curate and publish links to articles that may be of interest to my patients. Enjoy!

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  • Acupuncture for Fertility
    An article by American Pregnancy Association describes how acupuncture can assist fertility by supporting thyroid function (overactive – hyperthyroidism, or underactive – hypothyroidism). Herbs are a common addition to the successful treatment. “Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than … Read more
  • Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis
    Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition can make walking very painful and can take a long time – a year or more, … Read more
  • Acupuncture Reduces Menopause Symptoms
    A 2016 pragmatic, randomized controlled trial found that a course of acupuncture treatments was associated with significant reduction in vasomotor symptoms (VMS), as well as several quality of life measures, compared with no acupuncture, and that clinical benefit persisted for at least 6 months beyond the end of treatment. “A total of 209 perimenopausal and … Read more
  • Shiatsu for Cancer and Palliative Care
    This article describes a study that measured how effective Shiatsu treatments were for treating cancer patients and palliative care patients in an outpatient clinic. The patients were referred for Shiatsu treatments for help with pain, stress, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia. The results showed “considerable improvements in both presenting symptoms and perceptions of wellbeing”. “Anxiety, stress … Read more
  • Acupuncture for Chronic Back Pain
    This article describes a study that used electroacupuncture to treat chronic low back pain and showed that “acupuncture group did have modest improvement in disability — they reported improvements in walking comfortably, standing for longer periods, bending or kneeling, and other daily activities.” This study was a “double-blinded randomized trial of electroacupuncture”. Electroacupuncture “uses a … Read more