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Cancer Treatment Side Effects? Acupuncture to the Rescue

Cancer Treatment Side Effects? Acupuncture to the Rescue

Cancer treatments can cause a variety of other side effects that also need to be addressed. More and more research is showing acupuncture as a viable option for additional pain management for those receiving chemotherapy or surgery and for the common side effects those treatments can bring. These side effects can include neuropathy, dry mouth, constipation, anxiety, and nausea. continue reading »

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Acupuncture & Skin Conditions

Acupuncture & Skin Conditions

Got Acne, Eczema or Psoriasis? Acupuncture Can Help

Our skin is our most visible organ and can often be the first thing people notice about us. If you suffer from a severe case of acne, eczema, or psoriasis, your skin care is the most important thing you think about. Over-the-counter medicine is a common first line of defense, but often the side effects are worse than the issue they are supposed to treat.  continue reading »

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Foods to quelch summer heat over Labor Day weekend

The celebration of American workers often involves parades, picnics, games, and other festivities. Food is often the center of the holiday.  This Labor Day weekend across the country we are experiencing unprecedented heat waves! It is way too hot to go outside away from the cool air conditioning. It even feels too hot to cook. Who wants to BBQ and stand by that grill? Not me!! Nor my husband!

Avoid suffering from summer heat an overexposure to the sun and hot weather conditions that can cause heatstroke. Symptoms may include high fever, profuse sweating, weakness, and thirst. This can be an emergency situation resulting in shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and even fainting.

Here are some ideas for easy to prepare cooling foods that will help keep you hydrated and refreshed.

Eat fresh foods like green lettuce salads, pasta salads, sprouts like mung bean, fruit, cucumber, and tofu. Naturally, we tend to have less of an appetite when we are hot. It is a good idea to eat less as a natural healthy practice.

  • The best fruits are apples, watermelon, lemons, berries, papaya, cantaloupe, pineapple, and limes.
  • Fresh vegetables that are best are zucchini, cucumber, summer squash.
  • Spice up your foods with red peppers, green peppers, cayenne, fresh ginger, horseradish and black pepper. These spices will disperse the body heat and stimulate sweating, which naturally cools your body. However, be sure not to overdo it with too much hot spicy foods as too much can weaken the body.
  • Drink teas made from mint, chrysanthemum and chamomile.
  • Avoid eating heavy foods that can cause sluggishness like meats, eggs, excess nuts, seeds, and grains.
  • Avoid bitter foods and herbs as they are too draining of body fluids.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that are too cold or frozen such as ice cream because they interfere with digestion contracting the stomach. Contraction of the body withholds fluids and heat interfering with dispersion of heat and sweating.
  • A remedy for heatstroke is watermelon juice, radish juice, and bitter melon soup.
  • Cook with less salt, and more water.
  • The best cooking methods are quick sauteing on high heat, steaming, and simmering foods.

I posted a delicious watermelon salad recipe on my health channel. You can check it out here!

Watermelon Salad to Cool Summer heat!

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and stay safe!

Dr. Michele Arnold, Licensed acupuncturist.


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Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Most of us have those pesky few pounds that just won’t release their grip on us. We might try the latest diet or exercise trend but that weight just won’t come off. Or maybe you have more than just a little weight to lose. Rather than jump on the latest fad diet that sounds too good to be true, have you thought about trying acupuncture to lose weight? It just might be the ticket to not only losing those extra pounds but also to getting your overall health back on track. continue reading »

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Back to school and college bound


students compare notes on digital devicesMy office will be closed from Monday August 15 to Friday August 19th

To all students, education is valuable beyond measure

Education has a value

That sometimes cannot be quantified

If you ever doubt your journey

Look within, instead of looking outside

Deep inside your heart

Lie answers to all questions of life

No one else but you and your goals

Will keep you afloat in strife

Keep working hard

Focus on your long-term goal

It’s not the excuses that count

But the fire in your soul


Good luck in the start of a new year of school for this fall 2022!

     I would like to give a special shout out to my oldest son, Tyler Pirtle, who will begin his freshman year of college at Chico State University.

     ~Tyler, I am so proud of the young man that you have grown into. You are so smart, witty, handsome, athletic, and funny. You are the only one that can fix the TV, connect digital devices, put things together, so I don’t know how we are going to survive without you!

It’s unbelievable how time flies. It seems like yesterday when you were so excited to begin kindergarten. You really wanted to take the school bus, wear a backpack, and eat school lunches. 

By high school you no longer loved school lunches, you detested them. Wearing a backpack was a pain. You drove yourself to school along with your younger brother. Something I was more than happy to be relieved of. Driving kids to school!

Now, we are going to be moving you off to college. I have to remind myself, that no this isn’t just like packing for summer camp. He is moving out. Tyler, you seem fearless, ready to start a new journey. The only things you believe you need to take with you are your clothes, shoes, PlayStation, laptop, and golf clubs, Lol.  I tell myself that the first holiday break is not too far off. He will be home to visit for a whole week in November!

Whatever your education brings I know in my heart that you Tyler Pirtle will succeed. Your goals, ideas, likes, and dislikes may change over time. I would like to tell you to not be afraid of change. Decisions for some people are difficult. For some they are easy. Many young adults have a hard time figuring out what they want to do for a career. They aren’t sure what their major in college should be.  Some know from a very young age. What may be the difference is the fear of making a mistake. The fear of making the wrong choice. I remember feeling like, “How do I know what it is that I want to do”?  The only wrong decision is a decision never made.  Thus, decide and make a choice. Go for it. The path can vary along the way. You never know where it may take you.  There may be ups and downs in life of course. I will always be there for you whenever you need me. 

~To my peeps, I imagine that our dog, Duffy may pass out when he sees Tyler again in November. He loves Tyler the most. His younger brother, Luke says that he can’t wait. He won’t miss Tyler at all. I know that I will not miss the grumpy old men like bickering between them. However, as much as they bicker, they joke. They laugh, they share dumb videos, and pictures. They know the same guys from school or sports. They have both played baseball, and golf together for years. They are always talking about sports and using the lingo that you don’t understand unless you are into it. My assessment is that within a few weeks they will both miss each other tremendously. I was not surprised that Tyler chose to major in business marketing. He told me that he plans to focus on marketing anything to do with sports like golf, and baseball. For now, he has learned how to make a really mean pizza at Marco’s Pizza. To my dismay, he was not required to do any cleaning! He did learn how to take phone and dine-in orders, collect payment, provide customer service, understand a little about food cost, ordering supplies, ingredients, and make a good pizza. He brought home a couple of his own pizza creations one with red onion, bell pepper, sausage, white sauce, and parmesan, the other I think had all possible toppings ever thought of! 

     ~Tyler and all college freshman-College life I imagine will be just the beginning of adulting. May you have a good college experience along with studying, cooking, cleaning, shopping, working, finances, and being self-reliant.  Most of all, I hope it brings some fun, laughter, good friends, and great memories.

*We are going to Chico for the week of August 15 to the 19th to move Tyler into his dorm for college. I will be back in the office on Monday August 22nd.

If you need to make an appointment you can do so with my online booking page

You can still reach me via email at 

or text me at (858) 613-0793. *Note: the texting phone number is different than my office phone number (858) 613-0792. Please don’t hesitate to leave a voicemail at the 0792 number. I will be checking the messages.

Your message is important to me, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

If you need acupuncture while I am away, I highly recommend Dr. Tracey Whitney in Poway. 

Send me a message, and I will text you her phone number. 


In Health and Healing Dr. Michele Arnold-Pirtle

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