Acupuncture has been practiced in various forms the world over, both the Ancient Egyptians, Mayas, Incas and Traditional Peoples of Northern Africa practiced similar techniques, and indeed Avicenna and later some medieval European physicians practiced a form of Acupuncture. But it was in China where acupuncture reached its highest development and the greatest level of technical perfection.

The principles and practice of Acupuncture were first formally set out in the book the "Huang Di Nei Jing" which was compiled around the 4th Century BC. The first part of this book, which is called the "Ling Shu", deals mainly with the prevention of disease. It states that: "To treat an illness is like digging a well when you are thirsty, or like commencing to forge weapons once the war has started." The Ling Shu composes about 85% of the whole work. The second book is the "Su Wen", which deals with treatment methods involving Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Moxibustion.

The Huang Di Nei jing is written in the form of a dialogue between Huand Di (the legendary Yellow Emperor) and his minister Chi Po, and commences by stating that in ancient times people had a much greater vitality and longevity that was the case at the time, because they lived more in harmony with nature. It then introduces the life force of Qi (Ki in Japanese) and describes its flow through the body with the blood as well as through hypothetical channels called meridians. It gives the many causes and effects from an excess and a deficiency of Qi and goes on to explain how imbalances in Qi may be corrected and diseases may be prevented or cured by puncturing specific points along these meridians.

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles at varying angles and depths at anatomically located points. It is still applied in much the same way as was done by the ancient Chinese physicians. When acupuncture is used for the treatment of health conditions; however, it is generally combined with herbal medicine or other traditional Chinese medicine approaches.

The Effects of Acupuncture

 Acupuncture has 5 main effects:

  1. Analgesia
  2. Sedation
  3. Re-establishing of the Homeostasis
  4. Immune support and anti-inflammatory effects
  5. Motor recovery (used for muscle weakness and paralysis)

Mastic Gum is a natural substance extracted from the trunk of the mastic tree, an evergreen shrub found in the Mediterranean and in North Africa. In some systems of traditional medicine, mastic gum has long been chewed to achieve certain health benefits.


  •  bacterial infections
  • fungal infections
  • heartburn
  • high cholesterol
  • indigestion
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • respiratory problems
  • ulcers

In addition, an aromatic oil found in mastic gum is thought to help fight bad breath and to stimulate circulation.


 In laboratory research, scientists have demonstrated that mastic gum possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and liver-protecting properties.

  • Indigestion- In a 2010 study 148 people with indigestion were assigned to receive either a placebo of mastic gum three times daily. After 3 weeks indigestion symptoms were significantly lower in the group assigned the mastic gum.
  • Cavities- In a study in 2006 researchers found that mastic gum may help prevent cavities.
  • Cancer- Preliminary research indicated that mastic gum may offer anti-cancer benefits. Upon a review of the available research on mastic gum and cancer, the report's author found that certain compounds in mastic gum may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and tumors.

Is It Safe?

 Although mastic gum is generally considered safe, some people may experience allergic reactions when using mastic gum; such as: difficulty breathing, hives, rash and or chest pain.

Where do you find it? Mastic gum can be purchased online or in many natural-food stores.

How wheat is processed

  1. Wheat Kernel comprised of starch and nutrient-rich bran and germ.
  2. Bran and germ are removed, resulting in primarily empty starch (flour).
  3. Processed flour is bleached to improve the appearance and texture of consumer goods.
  4. Bleached flour is enriched by adding in a few isolated B vitamins and iron in an attempt to replace what has been removed.
  5. Nutrient-deficient consumer goods that have the ability to sit on a store shelf for an extended period of time are the final result.

As a nation we are constantly eating foods that have been stripped of their nutrients. We do not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Most of us get our whole grains from instant rice, refined wheat breads, pastas, and cereals. At least one-quarter of Americans eat at fast food restaurants each day. We as a nation are over fed and under nourished.

The good news is that given the proper nutrition, the human body has the amazing ability to heal itself. But to do so we need to eat a healthier diet, exercise, and take high-quality supplements made from whole foods. Whole food supplements supply our bodies with the key nutrients that we are not getting from our diet. Only whole food supplements can fill the nutritional gap. Foods provide nutrients that work synergistically. They work together to provide you with optimal nutrition for good health.

We here at Tankersley Chiropractic Clinic offer EDS testing along with Standard Process, the highest quality whole food supplement available. Call today to set up your nutritional screening at 256-737-9999.


Salt is salt, right?!? Well, yes and no! Especially when it comes to cooking a dish.

Most table salt contains iodide and anti-caking agents that will impart an off taste to preserved food. So I switched to kosher salt and left it at that.... Salt is Sodium Chloride!

Side effects of too much Sodium Chloride

  •  Stomach cancer
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney Stone Formation

Use less salt while cooking. Instead, try using a finishing salt. Some popular finishing salts are:

  • Salish- a smoked salt from the Pacific Northwest
  • Hawaiian- a black lava salt
  • Alaea- a salt mixed with a orangey-red clay to add color
  • Fleur de del de Camargue- a French salt that is wet and course
  • Sel Gris- a course French sea salt
  • Flore di sale- an Italian fine grain finishing salt with a sweet and fruity taste
  • Pink flake salt


Nettle, a leafy plant, grows in most temperate regions. The Latin root of Urtica is uro which means "I burn". This implies small stings caused by the little hairs on the leaves of this plant burn when contact is made with the skin. Its root and leaves are used in herbal medicine. Nettle contains lectins and certain types of complex sugars. Lectins and these complex sugars are probably the major components contributing to nettle's benefits.

Stinging Nettle Benefits

  • Hay Fever
  • Antioxidant Activities
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial Activities
  • Anti-cancer Cell Activities
  • Chronic Colitis
  • Joint/Arthritis Pain

Stinging Nettle Side Effects

  • A frequent cause of contact urticaria is skin exposure to the common stinging nettle. The urticarial is accompanied by a stinging sensation lasting longer that 12 hours.