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Paul Gerst is opening his acupuncture practice in Hudson. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Acupuncture is more than pins and needles

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For St. Paul native Paul Gerst, moving his acupuncture practice to Hudson was meant to be. Coming from a western medicine tradition, Gerst was set to follow in his family's footsteps until he read the book, "The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine," by Ted Kaptchuk. It was one of those ah-ha moments for Gerst who planned to become a physical therapist. He went on to graduate from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul with a degree in counseling and holistic studies and continued his education at the Minnesota Institute of Acupuncture and Herbal studies.

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"My interest was in helping people with chronic health issues," said Gerst who practiced out of three locations in Northern Wisconsin for 12 years.

Taking into account the whole person, Gerst has sought out specific therapies such as neurolink which is a neuro-tapping technique.

"I wanted a needleless technique that I could help people with," said Gerst who is trained in several different modalities. "The breadth of what I do is work with the mind, herbs and supplements to move and direct energy to help the body function better."

Moving his practice to Hudson, coincided with the downturn in the economy and wanting to be closer to family in the metro area.

"Being in Hudson is like having my cake and eating it too," said Gerst. "I want to build a life here. It makes sense to me. Hudson is the balance point for a guy who is all about balance."

For more information or the make an appointment, go to www.gerstacupuncture.com or call (715) 790-3219.

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