- Luke Acupuncture408 Investors Pl #101
Virginia Beach, VA 23452(757) 295-8999
5.0Based on 12 reviewsKandi Whittenton01:50 19 Apr 19He is very professional and explains everything you need to know before proceeding. It’s comforting to know he is not fast at trying to fix every concern at one time but starts with your main concern and works to bring balance then eliminates the other ailments towards recovery. I was nervous having my first acupuncture treatment but he thoroughly explained the process, making sure I was comfortable and didn’t even feel a thing (being scared of needles). I’m glad coming to Luke was the best choice.Robin Fulford16:49 18 Oct 18He’s great. I had my eggs frozen. I did 3 cycles of egg retrieval. My first cycle was done without acupuncture and I only got 1 egg. My next 2 were done with his help, and I got 4 each time. I truly believe it made a difference. Thank you Luke!Ana Sequeira01:17 16 Jan 18I love Dr. Luke, he’s super professional and kind. I enjoy acupuncture because it doesn’t hurt and I’m always super relaxed when I’m done. It has helped me a lot with reducing my stress. And I’m also getting acupuncture to help with my infertility.Jen P02:12 04 Aug 17I am 34 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS at age 22. I went to see Dr. Luke in July 2016 after trying for one year to get pregnant. I had weekly acupuncture treatments and found out I was pregnant in October 2016. I now have a beautiful 3 week old baby boy. I do not believe this would be possible without Dr. Luke. I encourage anyone that is struggling with infertility to try acupuncture.Morgan Long21:49 18 Oct 16Dr Luke has been amazing! After going through countless stressful infertility procedures, i finally found Dr Luke right before our first round of IVF. The sessions are alway SO relaxing and just what I need. 3 years later with a toddler in tow, we are doing another round of IVF and so far Dr Luke has been my saving grace! I look forward to my weekly appointments because I always leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and sleep so much better at night. I highly recommend Dr Luke.. He's the best!dorina panchyhsyn16:19 18 Oct 16I love Dr. Luke work. I went with a severe low back pain and just after the first session I have felt a relief . He is very good to accommodate my work schedule as well. I recommend to everybody who faces muscle pain to go see him. He is the best!!!!!Deirdre Conaway20:57 20 Jul 16This review is long overdue.. As I hold my four month old little girl. It is all because of Luke. I had been married for about two years and had been unsuccessful getting pregnant. I had never used acupuncture and I was new to the area. However, when I went I was given a diagnosis and went every week for about a month and next month. I'm pregnant. I continued to go for the next 12 weeks almost and then I had relocate. But I highly recommend going to Luke he is great. Very professional and knowledgeable!! I'm forever grateful for his expertise.. My daughter is PERFECT!!!
Spring Cleaning the Mind: Meditation in this New Season
Many people have issues “turning off their brain” to go to sleep or even just to relax. And for others this inability to “quiet the mind” can bring its own set of stress and anxiety. It might seem like an impossible task for some, but the steps to begin a regular meditation habit are simple and easy to attain.
Even mainstream medical practitioners recognize the positive impact of meditation, a type of mind-body medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It doesn’t have to be complicated to get started. It’s as simple as finding a quiet room, a comfortable position, focused attention, and an open attitude. And one of the best tips might not be something you have even considered before: don’t try so hard.
There are many helpful apps, programs, and websites that can help you begin but the main thing you want to do is don’t set your expectations super high as you begin. Set a goal and go with it. For example, better sleep, reduced anxiety, or stress relief. And don’t be afraid to try different methods of meditation until you find one you are comfortable with.
After setting your goal or intention as it is sometimes called, create a space that is comfortable and free of distractions and noise. Some people like to keep things minimalist while others like to add things that make them comfortable or bring joy (like candles, plants essential oils, or special lighting). If you are using a guided meditation app or program, you might consider using earbuds to cut out the distractions and noise.
Now that you have set a goal and created a space, the next tip is to make your meditation a daily routine. Just like finding daily time to exercise, setting a time to meditate helps ensure you will make it a habit. For some, this might mean meditating first thing in the morning before the day begins. For others, meditating nightly before bed helps quiet the mind for better sleep.
No matter what meditation method you choose, just beginning the journey is a step in the right direction. Meditation can help both your mental and physical health so developing a consistent practice is the key to success. Just get started and be open to where the path takes you!
Enjoying a Taste of Spring
After the soups and comfort foods of fall and winter, it’s time to enjoy the harvest of Spring vegetables. Nothing heralds the arrival of Spring and warmer temperatures like a nice Spring Harvest Salad. Depending on where you live, these vegetables may vary a bit in their arrival time but adjust the ingredients and ratios to your preferences.
Spring leaf lettuce (and some other varieties depending on where you live) can be plentiful this time of year so enjoy this early harvest of greens and mix and match to your taste buds. Spinach is also a great addition to any salad and packs a great nutritional punch. Spring onions are also plentiful this time of year as they are one of the first vegetables ready to harvest in early Spring.
This salad begins with spring leaf lettuce, spinach, and if you like that peppery bite, a bit of arugula. Artichokes are also in season in the spring so adding those delicious hearts is a great option. Throw in some sliced strawberries and some of those spring onions and you have the base to a beautiful salad!
Dressings can vary by preference as some want to keep the flavors as the star but here is a simple dressing for this amazing salad.
- 4 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 2 ½ teaspoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoons of Dijon mustard
- Pinch of salt and pepper
Adding a bit of feta cheese and some sliced toasted almonds takes this salad over the top. Bon Appetite!
Clearing the Wind: Dealing with the Seasonal Allergies of Spring
Spring is a beautiful rebirth after a sometimes long, cold, and harsh winter. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know that this rebirth of Spring brings with it a release of pollen that can trigger hay fever. As plants, trees, grasses, and weeds begin to release their pollen, millions of people begin to sneeze and sniffle.
Symptoms include a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, and nasal congestion. What happens is the body detects the pollen in the system and thinks it needs to attack this foreign substance. Histamines get released into the body and the war of seasonal allergies begins.
Over-counter-medications are often the first line of defense but can bring additional side effects and they treat the symptom but not the root cause. Clinical research demonstrates the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating seasonal allergies. Specific treatment points differ according to a person’s symptoms but common points that might be addressed include L120, ST2, and ST36 to deal with Qi deficiencies to get to the root of the problem. If you are sensitive to prescription medications, acupuncture is a great drug-free option to help relieve the symptoms of seasonal Spring allergies.
In addition to acupuncture treatments, there are other steps you can take to minimize your symptoms.
- Do a spring cleaning and clean out particularly dusty or moldy areas of your home like air vents, basements, and attics.
- Stick to indoor activities to minimize pollen exposure
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- Take a shower to rinse off pollen after outdoor activities.
The root cause of allergies is different for everyone. Another popular and helpful option to explore with an acupuncturist or Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner is adding herbal formulas to your treatment plan as this can greatly increase the efficacy of the treatments. Adding herbal formulas along with the traditional needle treatment can be an effective one-two punch for treating seasonal Spring allergies.