Tricia Mercer Loup completed her Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Texas Health and Science University in Austin, TX. She has been licensed by the Texas State Medical Board since 2012 (AC01400). She is nationally recognized as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and has been practicing acupuncture in Austin and the surrounding hill country for 13 years. Her continuing eduction has a strong focus in sports injury, fertility and gynecological diseases, and stress management. Her passion for holistic medicine and preventative modalities led her to yoga 25 years ago. She is a certified Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500HR level (RYT-500) having completed three yoga teacher trainings here in Texas and abroad. She loves running and hiking on the trails and lakes around Austin, cooking, and spending time with her family out in the country.
When temperatures outside plummet, does your pain level intensify with achy joints?
Pain tends to worsen on cold days due to various factors:
- Blood Flow: Cold temperatures can cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow to joints. This can lead to increased stiffness and discomfort for individuals with arthritis.
- Synovial Fluid Changes: Joints are surrounded by synovial fluid that helps lubricate and reduce friction. Cold weather may cause this fluid to thicken, making joint movement more challenging and painful.
- Muscle Contraction: Cold weather can cause muscles to contract, putting additional stress on joints. This increased tension can exacerbate arthritis symptoms.
- Barometric Pressure: Some people with arthritis are sensitive to changes in barometric pressure, which often occur with weather changes. Cold days, often associated with high pressure, might contribute to increased joint pain.
- Inactivity: Cold weather can prevent regular physical activity, leading to increased stiffness and discomfort.
The good news is acupuncture can help alleviate pain aggravated by cold weather by regulating blood circulation to promote joint warmth and reduced stiffness. Additionally, acupuncture is clinically proven to influence the body’s release of anti-inflammatory substances, offering relief to those grappling with the intensified pain that chilly temperatures can bring. Many of our patients have achieved improvement in joint mobility and a reduction in pain levels after undergoing acupuncture treatments, making it a holistic and non-invasive approach to managing winter-related joint issues. Treatments at Indigo Healing Acupuncture also include infrared heat and moxibustion to warm up the body quickly!
Give us a call to thaw out and return to the winter activities you love without stiffness and pain!
Indigo Healing Acupuncture Featured on Lifetime Channel’s “The Balancing Act” with Montel Williams
Dripping Springs, May 31, 2023 – Indigo Healing Acupuncture, a leading provider of holistic healthcare services, is thrilled to announce its selection to be featured on an upcoming segment of the renowned TV show “The Balancing Act.” Hosted by Montel Williams, the award-winning show has been a trusted source of inspiration and education for viewers across the nation.
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac, DACM, founder of Indigo Healing Acupuncture, has been recognized as a trailblazer in the field of holistic medicine. With her expertise and compassionate approach, she has helped countless individuals achieve optimal wellness. Dr. Wendt’s profound knowledge extends to supporting couples facing fertility challenges, and her groundbreaking methods will be highlighted in the show’s local Austin edition.
Infertility has become a prevalent concern in today’s society, affecting both men and women. The pressures associated with conceiving can be overwhelming, and Indigo Healing Acupuncture is dedicated to providing effective solutions. Through the power of a holistic and natural approach, patients can find hope and support on their fertility journey.
The upcoming segment on “The Balancing Act – Local Edition Austin” will delve into the ways acupuncture can aid in fertility-related issues. Whether individuals are seeking assistance in natural conception or require support during in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, Dr. Wendt’s comprehensive and personalized treatments have showcased an impressive success rate of over 85 percent.
Indigo Healing Acupuncture’s participation in “The Balancing Act” serves as a testament to the clinic’s commitment to excellence in patient care and its dedication to empowering individuals to achieve their optimal health. This recognition solidifies their position as a leader in the field of holistic medicine, particularly in the realm of fertility.
The segment will air on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 12:30 PM on KVUE-ABC and Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 10:30 AM on KNVA-CW. The Austin community is eagerly encouraged to tune in and discover the unique strategies developed by Indigo Healing Acupuncture to help individuals overcome fertility challenges and embrace the joy of parenthood.
Start your own success story by booking a New Patient Consultation with us!
We’ve expanded our clinic hours for Summer 2023!
We’re now open…
- Monday 9am-1pm + 4pm-7pm
- Tuesday 9am-7pm
- Wednesday 9am-7pm
- Thursday 9am-7pm
- Friday 9am-3pm
- Saturday 9am-12pm
Additional new patient consultations available too (yes, even on Saturdays!)
How does acupuncture affect and enhance brain activity? Acupuncture has been shown to produce changes in brain wave activity, although the specific brain waves involved can vary depending on the type of acupuncture stimulation and the individual’s response to it.
During acupuncture, it is common to observe an increase in theta and alpha brain wave activity, which are associated with relaxation and a decrease in stress and anxiety.
Beta brain waves, which are associated with a state of alertness and cognitive processing, may also decrease during acupuncture.
In addition, studies have found that acupuncture can increase the production of neurotransmitters (such as endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine) that are involved in regulating pain and mood.
Reach out to us at 512-686-0777 to learn how acupuncture can enhance your brain.
Can a child get acupuncture?
Yes, children can receive acupuncture as a form of treatment. In fact, pediatric acupuncture is often a safe and effective alternative to conventional treatments for many childhood conditions, such as headaches, digestive problems, allergies, and behavioral issues.
Acupuncture for children is performed using very fine, sterile needles that are specifically designed for use on children. The needles are placed at specific points on the body, and the practitioner may apply a toolbox of skills to enhance the therapeutic effect.
When performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist, pediatric acupuncture is generally considered safe for children of all ages. However, it’s important to discuss any concerns you may have with your acupuncturist before beginning treatment and to choose an acupuncture clinic experienced with treating children. At Indigo Healing Acupuncture, our clinic is child-friendly and our acupuncturists are trained to make your child’s acupuncture treatment full of fun and curious wonder.
In general, children tend to be more receptive to acupuncture than adults and often experience immediate benefits, making it an excellent choice for those who are looking for a natural and holistic approach to medicine and wellness.
Holistic medicine is a form of healthcare that focuses on treating the whole person, rather than just the symptoms of a specific condition. It recognizes that all aspects of a person’s life, including physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental factors, can have a significant impact on overall health and well-being.
Holistic medicine doctors often use a variety of therapies and approaches to care for their patients, including natural remedies, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, as well as conventional medical treatments. They may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, to help improve overall health and well-being. A doctor practicing holistic medicine will perform a thorough analysis to provide a medical diagnosis and treatment strategy.
The goal of holistic medicine is to help people proactively achieve optimal health and well-being, rather than simply managing or treating specific symptoms or conditions. It is a proactive approach to healthcare that emphasizes prevention, self-care, and individual responsibility for one’s own health.
To learn more about holistic medicine at Indigo Healing Acupuncture & Massage, give us a call at 512-686-0777 or use our contact form. We look forward to answering all of your questions!
Thank you for choosing us as the Best of Dripping Springs 2021!
- Best Acupuncturist (Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac, DACM)
- Best Alternative Medicine
- Best Pain Management
At Indigo Healing Acupuncture, we help people find long-term relief from chronic pain/illness, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and infertility with treatment strategies that are clinically-proven and backed by over 2,000 years of knowledge. We provide an effective alternative to physical therapy, chiropractic care, pharmaceuticals, injections, and surgery.
Chronic migraine headaches called Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM into holistic medicine and she deeply emphasizes with anyone who is struggling with a condition that is missing an effective solution in modern medicine. With this first-hand knowledge, she meets one-on-one with prospective patients to listen to their story and understand them as a whole person, not just a constellation of symptoms. Customized treatment strategies naturally encourage homeostasis in the endocrine system and nervous system to promote healing from the inside out. With convenient appointment times available in the morning, afternoon, and evening, patients benefit from a comprehensive care strategy that focuses on the healing synergy of treating the body, mind, and spirit.
The Indigo Healing Acupuncture Team wakes up every day feeling excited about the opportunity to help people feel better. We love seeing how feeling better manifests in the daily lives of each of our patients. For some, it’s being able to get down on hands and knees to play with a grandchild. It can be a musician playing a two-hour concert without pain or fatigue. It can be a mom who has enough energy to train for a marathon. It can be an orthopedic surgeon who needs a full night of sleep to prepare for a life-changing surgery. We’re driven with a passion to have a positive impact on individuals, which ultimately contributes to the well-being of their family, friends, and community.
Indigo Healing Acupuncture is continually evolving with a blend of traditional medicine, science, and personal connection designed to nurture and guide our patients through their most difficult health challenges. We eagerly await improving the life of every human who walks through our door, right here in our hometown of Dripping Springs!
Voting is open for the 2021 Best of Dripping Springs!
This year Indigo Healing Acupuncture is a finalist in 3 Health Care categories:
Homeopathic/Naturopathy/Alternative Medicine Facility/Store
Pain Management Physician/Office
Please vote so we can continue helping the Dripping Springs community discover natural relief from chronic pain & illness.
Thank you from Dr. Michelle, Caitlin, Jessica, and Logan!
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We treat patients suffering from long-term pain and illness. 99% of our patients come to us as a last resort after trying physical therapy, injections, prescription medications, painkillers, injections and/or surgery without relief.
We offer clinically-proven treatments that have been time-tested over 2,500 years. Every treatment is customized to give you exactly what you need. The most common side-effects are better sleep and increased mental clarity.
Give us a call at 512-686-0777 to get started!