- One Community
Acupuncture Center342 S Main St.
Unit 1 Lower Level
Bartlett, Illinois 60103(630) 837-4241
HoursMon3pm-7pmTue9am-1pmWed10am-1pm, 3pm-7pmFri10am-1pm, 3pm-7pmSat1pm-4pm
Reviews from GoogleCarlos is an incredibly knowledgeable and professional acupuncturist. He has he helped me with various ailments ranging from emotional instability to physical pain over the course of the last four years. His kind and compassionate demeanor is exactly what you're looking for when it comes to a healthcare provider. I highly recommend him and all of his massage therapists at OCAC.EleLotus Yoga Amy B01:02 12 Aug 18For years I suffered from migraines and as a result I was taking two medications. I was beginning to have serious side effects from the medication so I decided to try acupuncture with Carlos. I am happy to say that I am now completely off all medication and I don’t have migraines anymore! It is amazing what acupuncture can do and Carlos is a master. I have referred many family members to Carlos (including some who were afraid of needles) and they all had positive results. My husband’s back injury was cured quickly while my daughter finds acupuncture and cupping helpful in relieving stress. I have a relative with lupus who could not sleep due to pain in her legs and she found great relief after seeing Carlos. I have also known women with fertility issues who were able to conceive after treatment with Carlos. I believe that any problem, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or psychological can be helped by acupuncture and Carlos’ friendly manner and gentle approach puts his patients at ease.Teresa22:36 18 Feb 18In my experience, Carlos is the most experienced and skillful acupuncturist in Chicago's western & northern suburbs. Highly recommended. Very kind. Very reasonable rates. Carlos made a big difference in my successful recovery from surgery as well as calming stress.P Rush14:33 18 Dec 17I had been experiencing digestion issues for over 6 months. I tried traditional medicine and multiple remedies before finding Carlos. I couldn't be more grateful I did. After regular weekly visits (which include acupuncture and cupping), I am off all medications recommended by doctors and back to having a full functioning digestive system in and of itself. Carlos is incredibly knowledgable and makes every experience an enjoyable one. Would highly recommend him to anyone.Meryl Cripe23:42 31 Jul 17Carlos was able to alleviate my back and shoulder pain in just a couple sessions. My experience is always relaxing and I would recommend to anyone looking to avoid pain medication and other traditional treatments which tend to provide only symptomatic relief but require constant use.Kristin Kinnaman21:36 14 Aug 17Carlos is great! He helped me with a shoulder issue before a big event, without his help I would have struggled through the event.Nicole Pawola00:13 22 Nov 18A friend of mine recommended Carlos for a shoulder issue that I was dealing with. I was so grateful because after 2 sessions he had me back to 100% range of movement. I highly recommend Carlos. He's very knowledgeable and compassionate.Patti Salwach01:23 15 Mar 19Carlos is incredible! I struggled to get pregnant for over a year, and was referred to acupuncture. My chiropractor shouted Carlos’ name without hesitation! Carlos has such knowledge and precision in his practice. He has helped calm my anxiety, migraines, body aches, and with a few months of treatment, I was able to get pregnant. I had a small surgery in between, but acupuncture helped ease the pain and was able to get me up and running in no time. It has also helped me to relax in my pregnancy. I look forward to my sessions for the calm, inward focus of myself. Carlos has taught me a LOT. Thank you for all you have done thus far!Carmella Mahaz02:35 01 Aug 19I highly highly recommend Carlos. Before I started Accupuncture, I had horrible back pain, migraines, anxiety, depression, mood changes. After 10 meetings, I feel so great, so relaxed and "me" again. In the last 3 years, I did Phisical Therapy, I was taking medicines for migraines, but non of them helped me that much and in a shorter period of time how Accupuncture did. Carlos has "golden" hands and is very knowledgeable. Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with Carlos, you won't regret it!mirela craciun19:16 04 Oct 19I have been experiencing overwhelming anxiety and panic attacks for years. I've tried traditional medicine and read all the books and websites to learn how to manage my anxiety, I've tried it all with minimal results. I finally decided to try acupuncture. I can't tell you what a difference it has made. I have my quality of life back, and within 3 visits. Carlos is caring and dedicated and wants to help you feel better and be you best self. The office is a relaxing and warm environment. Best decision I have ever made. I highly recommend you visit Carlos and get your health back.Paula Kintzel02:19 19 Dec 16I had been dealing with groan strain for years, I could not believe how effective Carlos's treatment was. Highly recommend his practice.Thomas Tukiendorf17:48 26 Apr 21I have chronic neck pain, that drs wanted to burn my nerves in my neck to help with pain management. Carlos has helped me with the pain without the surgical treatments.Cami Mears19:15 05 Mar 21Carlos is amazing at what he does. He is very dedicated to his work and extremely knowledgeable of acupuncture. He helped me get rid of my pain and I highly recommend Carlos to anyone suffering.J M18:27 17 Sep 20Carlos Carpintero, L.Ac. Is a very good acupuncturist. He is very professional and has a good personality to put you to ease. I would whole heartedly recommend Carlos.Scott Trebes21:47 01 Jun 21I've been coming for few months now and can say all the good things about the place and Carlos. He's helped me with my back pain, bad migrainces, low energy levels, high stress level and boost my immune system. I continue going to keep myself healthy. I since then sent there my husband with his back pain and my Mom for her back problems, hands numbness and high blood pressure. Highly recommended!Aneta Cybruch21:27 14 Jan 22I have been experiencing join pain and chronic fatigue for 6 years. I have seen multiple doctors and have have been diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia. I have tried medicine with minimal improvement. My friends kept asking if I had ever tried acupuncture. 2 months ago, I have decided to make an appointment at One Community Acupuncture Center. At that time, I was experiencing constant fatigue for 3 weeks struggling to make it to the end of each day, taking care of my kids and having full time job. It was very easy to make an appointment with Carlos since he was willing to work with my schedule. The office setting is very calm and relaxing. Carlos provided compassionate care from the very beginning demonstrating effective listening skills, in depth knowledge about various treatments and accurate assessment of physical and emotional state of his patient. Just after the first acupuncture treatment my fatigue was gone! After every visit I feel relaxed, and when I wake up the next morning I keep thinking about how much energy I have all day, even when I work 12 hour shift! Carlos also provided treatment with cupping and that was incredibly helpful as well. My energy level increased so significantly that I am able to exercise on regular basis now. I am also able to manage my stress level much better. I am extremely happy and thankful for all the positive changes I have been experiencing since my first visit with Carlos. I feel 90% better now then before my first visit. Carlos’ compassionate and insightful manner was not only able to improve my physical but also my psychological well-being, which I believe has significant impact on our overall health. I highly recommend One Community Acupuncture Center.Magdalena Socki10:49 16 Sep 21I came here by recommendation from my chiropractor suffering with very painful hip bursitis pain. Within 2 treatments I felt significant relief. The bonus treatment I received was relaxation, the acupuncturist Carlos found relaxation points to relax me as well. Outstanding treatment. Carlos listens, cares, and treats pain until it disappears!! I highly recommend One Community Acupuncture.Myra Onesimus12:00 20 Oct 21Carlos has been treating my husband for the past 2 month. He’s been able to help him regain his strength and relieve pressure in his head that no neurologist has been to help him since there is no medical diagnosis. I highly recommend visiting Carlos.Alejandra Gonzalez01:44 01 Sep 21I started going to Carlos a little over a month ago after I tried many different types of therapies to try and relieve my upper back pain, but nothing was helping. Carlos took the time to understood my pain and the issues that I was feeling. After the first two sessions, I felt great! I have never had acupuncture or cupping before, so I was unsure what to expect. However, he takes the time to explain the process and makes you feel right at ease. I also feel so relaxed afterwards, which is another reason I like going. For anyone looking to get some pain relief after trying many different therapies, I would highly recommend trying acupuncture and going with Carlos.Ian Petersen20:35 14 May 22I had been struggling with bone on bone arthritis in my shoulder for almost 2 years. After a car accident the end of October, I began seeing Dr. Carpintero twice a week. After six weeks, my pain has significantly lessened and my range of motion is greatly improved. At the same time I am receiving acupuncture for the plantar fasciitis I have in both feet. That condition has also greatly improved. Surprisingly, one of the most profound shifts I have experienced is been in the amount of stamina and energy I have regained after adding acupuncture to my wellness practice. For anyone looking to enhance their health and well-being, I definitely recommend One Community Acupuncture Center.Pam Schilling21:06 14 Dec 22Great place he helps with all kinds of pain I've been having headaches for years I had an MRI from my doctor then went to the neurologist but nothing worked till I seen Carlos now I have no headaches it even helped me with anxiety try this place its covered by most insurance 5 stars I would give him 10 stars if I couldRon Rose21:37 01 Dec 22I was having immense pain in my shoulder and having carpal tunnel issues for about a year now. I was at the end of my rope dealing with this chronic pain. I did some research and decided to try acupuncture. After about five sessions or so, the pain is almost non-existent. My anxiety has definitely decreased as well. Highly recommend! Thank you Carlos!Val C02:18 01 Jul 23I am really thankful to find this place. I had really bad pain in my elbow. So I went to this place. Carlos did my treatment. And it seems like a magic in his hands. His treatments were very effective and my pain was gone in 3 treatments. He is very patinated about his work that I can see it and feel it in his way of doing treatment. I am very glad I found this place. I highly reccomand it.S Patel19:29 11 Jul 23‹›
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Desentrañando el misterio de los cuerpos que predicen el tiempo y el poder de desbloquear la energía
La acupuntura, una parte integral de la Medicina Tradicional China (MTC), se practica desde hace miles de años. Está ganando cada vez más reconocimiento en la medicina occidental por su eficacia en el tratamiento de diversos tipos de dolor. La filosofía de la acupuntura tiene sus raíces en los principios del bisíndrome, el estancamiento y la capacidad única y sorprendente del cuerpo para predecir los cambios climáticos. Profundicemos en estos fascinantes aspectos de la acupuntura y comprendamos cómo contribuyen al manejo del dolor.
Acupuntura: una introducción
La acupuntura implica la inserción de agujas muy finas en puntos específicos del cuerpo, conocidos como puntos de acupuntura. Esto se hace para regular el flujo de ‘Qi’ (pronunciado “chee”) o energía de fuerza vital, promoviendo así la curación y el bienestar. Cuando el Qi fluye libremente, experimentamos buena salud. Cuando se bloquea o se interrumpe, experimentamos enfermedad o dolor. Aquí es donde entran los conceptos de bisíndrome y estancamiento.
Entendiendo el síndrome bi
En la medicina tradicional china, el bisíndrome se refiere a un grupo de síntomas que generalmente se asocian con dolor, entumecimiento, pesadez e hinchazón en los músculos, tendones, huesos y articulaciones. El término “bi” significa obstrucción y se cree que el síndrome bi ocurre cuando el Qi y la circulación sanguínea en los meridianos (canales de energía) están bloqueados. Los cambios climáticos, particularmente el frío, la humedad y el viento, se consideran factores importantes que causan el bisíndrome.
Al utilizar la acupuntura para estimular puntos de acupuntura específicos, podemos ayudar a desbloquear el Qi, mejorar la circulación y aliviar los síntomas del bisíndrome.
El estancamiento y su papel en el dolor
El estancamiento en la MTC se asocia con el concepto de que el dolor es el resultado de un Qi o sangre bloqueado o estancado. Cuando se impide el libre flujo de estas sustancias vitales, puede provocar dolor. Este concepto es similar a la forma en que la medicina occidental entiende que un flujo sanguíneo deficiente puede provocar daño tisular y dolor.
El papel de la acupuntura en el tratamiento del dolor relacionado con el estancamiento implica la estimulación de los puntos de acupuntura para restaurar el libre flujo de Qi y sangre. Esta acción reduce el dolor y promueve la curación.
Nuestro cuerpo: la veleta
¿Alguna vez has notado cómo algunas personas afirman que pueden predecir el clima basándose en el dolor de sus articulaciones? Resulta que esto no es sólo un cuento de viejas. De hecho, los cambios en la presión atmosférica, la temperatura y la humedad pueden afectar nuestros cuerpos, particularmente aquellos que padecen enfermedades de dolor crónico como la artritis. Este fenómeno está estrechamente relacionado con el concepto de bisíndrome en la MTC.
A medida que cambia el clima, las personas con síndrome bis pueden experimentar síntomas exacerbados debido a que el Qi y la sangre en sus cuerpos se bloquean más. Por lo tanto, la acupuntura puede desempeñar un papel importante en la mitigación de estos ataques de dolor relacionados con el clima al mantener el flujo fluido de Qi y sangre.
La acupuntura ofrece un enfoque único y natural para el manejo del dolor, que abarca conceptos como bisíndrome y estancamiento y reconoce la profunda interconexión entre nuestros cuerpos y el medio ambiente. Al desbloquear el Qi y promover el libre flujo de energía, la acupuntura no solo alivia el dolor sino que también nos ayuda a comprender y sintonizarnos mejor con nuestro cuerpo.
Si ha estado luchando contra el dolor crónico o relacionado con el clima, o conoce a alguien que lo esté, considere probar la acupuntura.
Tu cuerpo (y tu tranquilidad) quizá te lo agradezcan.
Do you experience tingling in your hand or fingers? Pain that radiates from your wrist to your shoulder? Maybe even difficulty holding small objects? If so, you could be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), an uncomfortable and sometimes disabling condition that affects up to five million Americans.
The good news is that we can help you. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can effectively treat CTS without side effects or harmful medications.
The good news is that lifestyle changes can relieve symptoms, and there are many treatments available to help. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can effectively treat CTS without side effects or harmful medications.
What is CTS?
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist that protects the median nerve which innervates the hand as well as tendons that control the fingers. This nerve controls sensation and muscle movements in the hand. If the carpal tunnel becomes narrowed from swelling or injury, the nerve is compressed and impinged. This can cause numbness, pain, and severe weakness in the hands.
There are several causes of CTS, but the main culprit is repetitive flexion and extension of the tendons in the hands and wrists, especially when performed for long periods, leading to Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI).
Symptoms usually start with dull wrist pain that gradually worsens. Other symptoms may include:
1. Loss of feeling in the fingers
2. Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the fingers or hand
3. Pain extending from the wrist up the arm to the shoulder or down into the palm or fingers
4. Weakness in the hands and difficulty holding objects
How can acupuncture help?
Typically, treatment for CTS is based on how severe the symptoms are, and may include immobilizing the wrist and hand, using anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids to reduce swelling, and surgery in severe cases. Acupuncture and TCM can safely be used in conjunction with Western treatments to relieve CTS symptoms.
Studies suggest that acupuncture can both reduce swelling of soft tissue and stimulate production of cortisol, a hormone that reduces inflammation. Since CTS is caused by the swelling of the soft tissue that leads to inflammation of the carpal tunnel, acupuncture can be effective in treating CTS. In addition to improving your CTS, treatment may also improve other symptoms often associated with this condition such as headaches, neck pain, and shoulder stiffness. More importantly, acupuncture and TCM can help relieve the emotional stress of living with this painful condition.
Once we start treatment we will create a personalized treatment plan designed to address your body’s imbalances. During treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupoints along the meridians in order to support and strengthen your body and eliminate pain.
HOW DO I START MY TREATMENT PLAN?
We make it simple and affordable to start your care:
1 . Schedule your appointment by calling our office or online
2 . Download and fill out the initial visit forms (you can do that at the office as well)
3 . Show up to your appointment in between meals if at all possible
If you have have health insurance and would like us to find out if your plan covers acupuncture send us an online request to verify your insurance.
Not treating your CTS and its root-causes will lead to severe pain, inability to perform simple tasks, and the need for surgery. Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe, pain-free, natural way to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. With proper care, you can recover from CTS. As you continue with treatment, you may even find that your overall health and well being improve
According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, almost 50,000 people die every year from opioid overdoses, more than 10 million misuse opioids in a given year, and opioids are a factor in 72% of overdose deaths. You hear about the opioid crisis on the nightly news frequently but what can be done to help people deal with chronic pain (the reason they are likely taking the opioids in the first place). Can acupuncture really help? continue reading
In a nutshell, traditional acupuncture, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, works under the belief that the body is controlled by a flow of energy called qi traveling through pathways in the body that are called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that when these pathways become blocked and the energy can’t flow freely, various health problems begin to appear. continue reading
We’ve probably all heard motherly advice at some point reminding us to bundle up in cold weather so we don’t “catch a cold”, or hear grandpa accurately predict a storm when his hip starts aching. Or how about getting a case of the winter weather blues? Even in the western world we recognize a relationship with nature in terms of environmental conditions. Changes in temperature, sunlight, barometric pressure, and humidity all play a role in this relationship.
When it comes to the weather and our health, many in the west automatically think of how season changes and extreme weather can aggravate symptoms of asthma and allergies, but weather-related health concerns go far beyond seasonal allergies and asthma. Changes in barometric pressure can affect joints (like Grandpa’s hip), and cause headaches.
Headaches can also be caused by heat and dehydration, so summer adventurers beware (bring lots of water!). High humidity can intensify heat too as it limits our ability to cool down through sweating, potentially leading to hyperthermia and heat stroke.
Cold weather can tighten muscles causing body pain. It also constricts blood vessels leading to an increase in blood pressure and increased risks of heart attack and stroke. While blood pressure tends to be higher in the winter, any temperature extreme, hot or cold, can affect heart function.
Sunlight is another aspect of weather that has a lot of influence over our health. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is often associated with the colder, darker fall and winter months. The reduced sunlight alters our melatonin and serotonin levels, potentially leaving us with disruptions in sleep and mood.
Ancient Chinese Medical texts describe a similar relationship between humans and their environment, though the wording and understanding of the nature of the environmental conditions differs slightly.
In TCM there are 5 main “climates” or environmental influences related to our health.
These are: COLD, HEAT, WIND, DAMP, DRYNESS
(summerheat, associated with late summer, is actually considered a 6th climate)
These potential causes of illness described in Chinese Medicine sound like weather patterns themselves and are considered external influences in origin but can penetrate to have effects on the body and create what we can think of as internal weather. We can also be more prone to their influence based on our constitution and lifestyle, (and can even manifest these ‘climates’ internally without external exposure).
Any extremes with these various conditions can allow pathogens to enter, if our self-protective energy and efforts are weak, and leave us vulnerable to infections, such as with colds/flus.
They can also go deeper in the body to directly affect the organs, with symptoms presenting throughout the body in the respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, nervous, musculo-skeletal systems and skin.
Wind is understood as the biggest trouble-maker as it often combines with other influences to wreak havoc in the body. It can affect the joints, bring on skin rashes, or cause a spell of dizziness, among other issues. Cold can kill the digestive fire; combine that with a damp invasion and you can experience bloating and/or nausea. Heat and dryness, on the other hand, can injure the blood and yin fluids of the body causing symptoms such as fever, restlessness, scanty painful urination, brittle hair and excessive thirst.
Chinese medicine takes a more preventative approach to these issues by addressing imbalances before they express as more severe symptoms. There is also a focus on the integrity of the defensive energy of the body as well as the body’s ability to handle transitions with stability. Knowing our bodies will be continuously exposed to the challenge of seasonal weather changes and potential extremes of climate conditions, we can prepare accordingly.
Don’t wait for an internal weather emergency to call for an appointment, get in asap to strengthen your resilience to external weather conditions, balance out your internal climates and assist you in transitioning season to season with ease and well-being!
Ressource to expand on climates: https://tcmwiki.com/wiki/six-climatic-factors