- 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 22‹›
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Tener un sistema inmunológico fuerte es crucial para la salud y el bienestar general. Este articulo proporciona información valiosa sobre formas naturales de estimular su sistema inmunológico. Aprenda sobre las hierbas que estimulan el sistema inmunológico, los puntos de acupresión para el apoyo inmunológico y los alimentos nutritivos que pueden mejorar las defensas de su cuerpo.
1) Hierbas que estimulan el sistema inmunológico:
Echinacea: Ampliamente utilizado para apoyar la salud inmunológica y reducir la duración de los síntomas del resfriado común. Está disponible en varias formas, como tés, tinturas y suplementos.
Astragalus: Conocido por sus propiedades de fortalecimiento inmunológico y su capacidad para mejorar la resistencia a las infecciones. Puede tomarse como suplemento o añadirse a sopas y guisos.
Saúco: tradicionalmente utilizado para estimular el sistema inmunológico y aliviar los síntomas del resfriado y la gripe. Disponible como jarabes, gomitas o suplementos.
2) Acupresión para apoyo inmunológico:
Intestino Grueso 4 (LI 4):
Ubicado en la membrana entre el pulgar y el índice, se cree que estimular este punto mejora la función inmunológica y alivia la congestión de los senos paranasales.
Bazo 6 (SP 6):
Se encuentra en el lado interno de la parte inferior de la pierna, aproximadamente a cuatro dedos de ancho por encima del hueso interno del tobillo. Se cree que el estimulante SP 6 fortalece el sistema inmunológico y respalda la vitalidad general.
Estómago 36 (ST 36):
Conocido como el “Punto de las tres millas”, se encuentra en el lado externo de la espinilla, aproximadamente cuatro dedos por debajo de la rótula. Se cree que estimular ST 36 aumenta la energía y mejora la función inmunológica.
Embarcación Concepción 6 (CV 6):
Situado dos dedos por debajo del ombligo, este punto se considera vital para el apoyo inmunológico, el fortalecimiento de la energía y el bienestar general.
3. Alimentos para estimular el sistema inmunológico:
Frutas cítricas: ricas en vitamina C, que apoya la función inmunológica. Incluya naranjas, pomelos, limones y limas en su dieta.
Bayas: Repleto de antioxidantes y vitaminas que promueven la salud inmunológica. Disfrute de las fresas, los arándanos y las frambuesas como refrigerio nutritivo o en batidos.
Ajo: Contiene compuestos que apoyan la actividad de las células inmunitarias. Agregue ajo fresco a sus comidas o pruebe suplementos de ajo.
Jengibre: Conocido por sus propiedades antiinflamatorias y antioxidantes. Incorpore jengibre fresco en tés, salteados o batidos.
Verduras de hojas verdes: la espinaca, la col rizada y las acelgas están repletas de vitaminas, minerales y antioxidantes que fortalecen el sistema inmunológico.
Yogur y alimentos fermentados: los probióticos que se encuentran en estos alimentos respaldan la salud intestinal, que está relacionada con la función inmunológica. Elija yogur sin azúcar y opciones fermentadas como kimchi o chucrut.
Al incorporar hierbas que estimulan el sistema inmunológico, estimular los puntos de acupresión e incorporar alimentos ricos en nutrientes en su dieta, puede mejorar su sistema inmunológico de forma natural. Recuerde consultar con un profesional de la salud o un acupunturista autorizado para obtener asesoramiento y orientación personalizados sobre el mejor enfoque para sus necesidades individuales.
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Supporting a strong immune system is crucial for overall health and well-being. This handout provides valuable information on natural ways to boost your immune system. Learn about immune-boosting herbs, acupressure points for immune support, and nutritious foods that can enhance your body’s defenses.
1) Immune-Boosting Herbs:
Echinacea: Widely used to support immune health and reduce the duration of common cold symptoms. It is available in various forms, such as teas, tinctures, and supplements.
Astragalus: Known for its immune-strengthening properties and ability to enhance resistance to infections. It can be taken as a supplement or added to soups and stews.
Elderberry: Traditionally used to boost the immune system and alleviate cold and flu symptoms. Available as syrups, gummies, or supplements.
2) Acupressure for Immune Support:
Large Intestine 4 (LI 4):
Located in the webbing between the thumb and index finger, stimulating this point is believed to enhance immune function and relieve sinus congestion.
Spleen 6 (SP 6):
Found on the inner side of the lower leg, about four finger-widths above the inner ankle bone. Stimulating SP 6 is thought to strengthen the immune system and support overall vitality.
Stomach 36 (ST 36):
Known as the “Three Mile Point,” it is located on the outer side of the shin, about four finger-widths below the kneecap. Stimulating ST 36 is believed to boost energy and enhance immune function.
Conception Vessel 6 (CV 6):
Situated two finger-widths below the navel, this point is considered vital for immune support, energy strengthening, and overall well-being.
3. Foods to Boost the Immune System:
Citrus Fruits: Rich in vitamin C, which supports immune function. Include oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes in your diet.
Berries: Packed with antioxidants and vitamins that promote immune health. Enjoy strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries as a nutritious snack or in smoothies.
Garlic: Contains compounds that support immune cell activity. Add fresh garlic to your meals or try garlic supplements.
Ginger: Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Incorporate fresh ginger into teas, stir-fries, or smoothies.
Green Leafy Vegetables: Spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that strengthen the immune system.
Yogurt and Fermented Foods: Probiotics found in these foods support gut health, which is linked to immune function. Choose unsweetened yogurt and fermented options like kimchi or sauerkraut.
By incorporating immune-boosting herbs, stimulating acupressure points, and incorporating nutrient-rich foods into your diet, you can naturally enhance your immune system. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional or licensed acupuncturist for personalized advice and guidance on the best approach for your individual needs.
Make your appointment to have a healthier life. Call 630-837-4241
Acupuncture and Summer Health: Harnessing Traditional Chinese Medicine for Cooling Relief
As summer temperatures begin to rise, so does the need for effective ways to stay cool and maintain a balanced state of health. One avenue that many people may not have considered lies in the time-tested traditions of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), specifically, acupuncture and the therapeutic use of Chinese herbs. Here we explore how acupuncture can be applied to promote health during the summer and also delve into some cooling recipes using Chinese herbs renowned for their cooling properties.
Acupuncture and Summer Health
Acupuncture, one of the pillars of TCM, has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of fine needles at specific points on the body, known as acupoints. According to TCM, these points are thought to be linked to the body’s vital energy, or Qi, and by manipulating these points, practitioners aim to correct imbalances and promote health.
In the context of summer health, the primary concern for many people is managing the excess heat, which can lead to symptoms like restlessness, insomnia, dehydration, and even heatstroke. TCM views these symptoms as signs of excess heat or Yang energy in the body. Acupuncture can help rectify this imbalance by stimulating acupoints that have cooling or Yin-enhancing effects.
Several acupoints have been traditionally associated with heat-clearing effects, such as LI11 (Quchi), HT8 (Shaofu), and GV14 (Dazhui). It’s crucial, however, to seek the assistance of a trained and certified acupuncturist, as they can provide a personalized assessment and treatment plan based on your specific needs and overall health condition.
Cooling Down with Chinese Herbs
Beyond acupuncture, TCM also extensively uses herbs to rectify imbalances in the body. For combating the summer heat, several Chinese herbs and ingredients have been recognized for their cooling properties.
- Mung Beans:Mung beans are well-known for their cooling and detoxifying effects. They are rich in proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and can be included in both sweet and savory dishes.
- Chrysanthemum Flower: This flower is often brewed into a tea and is believed to clear heat and toxins from the body. It also has calming properties, making it excellent for alleviating stress and insomnia.
- Rinse the chrysanthemum flowers under cold water.
- Place the cleaned flowers in a teapot or a heat-resistant pitcher.
- Pour boiling water into the pot and let the flowers steep for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the honey until it dissolves.
- Strain the tea into cups and serve. You can enjoy this drink hot or allow it to cool and then refrigerate for a refreshing chilled beverage.Lotus Seeds:Used in a variety of Chinese dishes and desserts, lotus seeds are considered cooling and beneficial for the heart and kidneys. They are also known for their calming effects, assisting with restlessness and insomnia.
Recipes for a Cool Summer
Here are two simple recipes incorporating these cooling Chinese ingredients:
– 20-30 dried chrysanthemum flowers
– 1 tablespoon of honey (or to taste)
Mung Bean Soup
– 1 cup mung beans
– 4 cups water
– Rock sugar or honey to taste
– A handful of dried lotus seeds (optional)
- Rinse the mung beans and lotus seeds under cold water.
- In a large pot, combine the mung beans, lotus seeds (if using), and water. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Make your appointment to spend a more pleasant summer. Call 630-837-4241
The dictionary defines stress in multiple ways, but there is only one that matters when we discuss how stress affects our physical bodies. The definition is this, “stress is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.” And while most people think of stress as being detrimental, it truly does have a function in our bodies. Stress is the body’s way of signaling for help or a break in the routine. If we don’t listen to these signals, we can develop imbalances in our bodies, which can then lead to illnesses. Cortisol is the hormone most closely related to stress. Cortisol is a big component of the “fight or flight” response we feel when we are scared or threatened. And in small bursts, cortisol is helpful. However, when stress becomes chronic, the cortisol levels become elevated and never return to normal. This puts the body in a constant state of being on edge, eventually causing insomnia, depression, anxiety, digestive issues and even mental illness. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and it is becoming more mainstream every single day. It is even being used in some hospital emergency rooms for those who are in pain and anxious. Acupuncture acts like physical therapy for the nervous system. The tiny needles re-train the nervous system and the brain to behave as it should normally. For the nervous system to act and respond accordingly, cortisol has to be at normal levels and only used when a true “fight or flight” situation occurs. Studies show acupuncture does this.
HERE ARE THREE GREAT ACUPRESSURE POINTS FOR MANAGING STRESS.
Yin Tang – This point is located midway between the inner ends of the eyebrows. Yin Tang is used to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia. It is also a great point to use for eye issues, nasal problems and headaches.
Ren 17 – Located in the center of the chest, midway between the nipples on the breastbone or sternum, this point is great for opening the chest. Many people feel chest tightness and constriction when they become stressed. This point will definitely help. It is frequently used to treat anxiety, depression and nervousness, as well as asthma or other lung issues. It can also be added to treatments to help with digestive issues or heart problems like palpitations.
Heart 7 – This point is located on the underside of the wrist crease on the outer edge. It is found in the depression on the outer side of the tendon. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this point is used to calm the mind and heart. It works well for anxiety, stress and anger too
Today the average worker experiences stress levels higher than in previous decades. There are many causes for the increase in stress but there are also many ways to effectively combat these stressors and experience a life with less stress and more happiness. One of the main reasons people feel so stressed out is that with the invention of the Internet, email and, most notably, the smartphone. The pressure to always be connected is hard to let go of, especially when your smartphone is in your hand. One way to combat this is to set guidelines for yourself. Turn the phone off when you are home and off of work. If that is not possible, schedule when you will check your messages. When you are not at work, make sure you can keep those boundaries firm and not be drawn to work 24/7.
While in the office there are many ways you can destress yourself. The easiest one is to take deep breaths. If you are in a tense moment, stop what you are doing, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Once you are more grounded, you can act instead of react and handle the situation more logically. Breathing is so important and it is free, easy and you can do it anywhere you are.
When on lunch or a break try to get outside and take a walk. The fresh air and nature are beneficial in many ways. The sun will help your body produce vitamin D which is essential for good moods and emotional well-being. Being outside in nature has a calming effects, as does the physical exertion of taking a walk.
If you like tea, drinking a warm cup of tea can be relaxing, especially an herbal tea with chamomile or mint. Nourish your body inside and out. If you are feeding it well, it will treat you well. Sugar and highly-processed foods can cause spikes and big drops in blood sugar which can acutely affect your mood and exacerbate the feeling of stress.
Lastly, find a support system, whether it is inside or outside of the company you are in. People whom you can use as a sounding board with your concerns and can help you strategically work to find solutions in the workplace to have a happier and more productive office environment. Having people around you who help build you up and help you achieve your goals are the people you want around you. Distance from those who will try to bring you down or cause unnecessary stress.
Mama Always Said: You Are What You Eat
Maybe mom really did know best when it came to nutrition. As research has shown, what we eat can actually impact our health profoundly. Over the years, we have learned that our dietary choices can influence our risk of disease. And some have made it a profitable business to teach us new ways to look at food (anti-inflammatory diet, Keto, heart healthy, etc.). continue reading