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Acupuncture and Autoimmune Diseases Jun 17th, 2020

Autoimmune diseases are a collective group of disorders that plague nearly 50 million people in the United States today. When a person suffers from an autoimmune disease it means their own immune system is attacking the body and altering or destroying the tissues. Autoimmune diseases include things like rheumatoid arthritis,...

CM and Cystic Fibrosis Jun 17th, 2020

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that disrupts normal function of the epithelial cells in the body. Epithelial cells line the passageways of many of our vital organs, including the lungs, liver, kidneys, reproductive system and the skin. Those who have cystic fibrosis have a defective gene that impairs epithelial...

Healthy Foods for Fall Jun 17th, 2020

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything. As fall descends on the land, it...

Five Self Care Tips for Fall Jun 17th, 2020

Fall is a favorite season for many people. The weather starts getting a little cooler, things are beginning to slow down and preparations for the holidays are in full swing. For many others, fall is not so festive. Many people get sick during the fall months, allergies can flare up...

3 Reasons Acupuncture Supports Couples Facing Infertility Jun 17th, 2020

When you consider all the changes in our agricultural practices, the increased number of medications we take, as well as our dependence on plastic and technology that is constantly emitting low-grade radiation, it’s no surprise more couples are having trouble conceiving. Current statistics show one in six couples who are...

Acupuncture for Kids Jun 17th, 2020

Most kids, as well as a lot of adults, are afraid of needles. So the pairing of acupuncture and kids might not be an obvious one. However, more and more parents are seeking alternative methods of treatment for their children, because our conventional medical system is faltering a bit. Pharmaceuticals...

Five Self Care Tips for Winter Jun 17th, 2020

Chinese medicine (CM) teaches that humans should live in harmony with the seasons. According to CM there are five seasons: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Each season has many associations that help us change our habits, allowing for a more balanced mind and body. When these systems were...

Winter Acupuncture: Governing Vessel 14 Jun 17th, 2020

Governing Vessel 14 (abbreviated GV-14) is called The Great Hammer. This point is located below C-7 on the spine. C-7, the seventh cervical vertebrae is the one which is the most prominent. Traditionally the vertebrae were referred to as hammers because of their resemblance to the tool. This point is...

Stay Healthy This Winter with a Balanced Qi Jun 17th, 2020

Winter’s element is water and is associated with the kidneys, which in Chinese Medicine (CM) is considered the source of all Qi and energy within the body. Winter is also associated with the bladder and adrenal glands. Focusing on inner reflection, rest, energy conservation and storage during the winter months...

5 Acupoints to Help You Navigate Your Stress This Winter Jun 17th, 2020

There are several acupressure points that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life....

Acupuncture for Boosting Your Circulation Jun 17th, 2020

Healthy blood circulation is a vital component of life for human beings. Without proper blood flow, life would cease to exist. Blood isn’t the only thing that’s important, it’s what the blood is carrying that makes circulation so important. Blood carries fresh oxygen, hormones and nutrients that we absorb from...

Moxibustion and Dysmenorrhea Jun 17th, 2020

A study conducted by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine has determined that the use of moxibustion at specific days during a woman’s menstrual cycle can decrease pain associated with menstruation. Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation is a big problem for many women. This study used moxibustion, an accessory modality of...

Food Color and Nutrition Jun 17th, 2020

In Chinese medical theory, food is considered medicine. Food has qualities and functions biochemically and energetically that target specific organs. Not only that, but the action a particular food takes to benefit that organ in terms of taste, color and temperature is what is included in Five Element theory. Food...

How to Stay Healthy As Winter Changes to Spring Jun 17th, 2020

For most people, the change of seasons from winter to spring is something to look forward to. But it also means a time when people tend to get sick or seasonal allergies start to flare up. This can make things miserable for a lot of people. As the weather fluctuates...

Covid-19: Immunity and Our Community Jun 17th, 2020

Dear patients and our community, As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of Coronavirus. To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an...

Successful Herbs to Move Liver Qi Jun 17th, 2020

We often say in Chinese Medicine (CM) that the liver is the system most easily susceptible to stress. Stress knots the Qi (energy) and makes its flow stagnate – this happens most quickly in the liver energy system. The liver, in CM, is in charge of the smooth flow of...

Talking With Kids About the Coronavirus Jun 17th, 2020

As the effects of the coronavirus outbreak continue to seep into everyday life, it can be hard to stay present rather than focusing on the myriad of concerns and questions everyone has. Unfortunately, this can be true for kids too.  Younger kids can perceive their caretakers’ stress and older kids...

Acupuncture: The Original Biohack for Migraines Jun 17th, 2020

Having recurring migraines is similar to parenting a temperamental toddler. When they go from being annoying to actively disruptive and mildly infuriating, there is often little one can do but grit your teeth and persevere. The helpful suggestions for managing this occurrence involved a mixture of expert opinion, anecdotal hearsay,...

Five Acupuncture Points for Spring Jun 17th, 2020

Spring is the season of growth, regeneration, increased activity and new beginnings. During the season of spring, people experience many changes. Allergies, high blood pressure, headaches, sinus pain and congestion, anger, irritation and tendon problems are just some of the issues common to the spring months. Many of these problems...

Germ Theory: 101 Jun 17th, 2020

Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t? Viruses, germs, and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, but not all of them are bad or harmful. Think of the immune system as your body’s...

Meridian Point: Large Intestine 4 Jun 17th, 2020

Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupoints in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. The point is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and index finger, also described...

The Flu & You – How Can TCM Help? Jun 17th, 2020

Chinese medicinal clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventative approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the duration of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s healing energies, and enhancing...

It’s possible to get acupuncture again, here’s what to consider Jun 17th, 2020

As the country moves toward reopening, reintegrating acupuncture treatments into your life has become an option again. Just as businesses and community members are weighing their own personal choices amidst changing state guidelines, it is a personal choice whether or not you feel safe to visit an acupuncturist. As you...

Eating According to TCM: Five Foods for Spring Jun 17th, 2020

Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, growth and energy. The plants and animals awaken from the slumber of the cold winter months. The vital nutrients that have been stored in the roots of the plants and the bodies of the animals, comes to the surface and life becomes more...

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Allergies Jun 17th, 2020

Allergies, seasonal or otherwise, is one of the biggest health issues people deal with in the United States. And the numbers are rising every year. Part of this is because our agricultural practices have changed drastically in the past 40 years and our bodies are not accustomed to dealing with...

Herbal Tonics for Allergies Jun 17th, 2020

An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. This could be anything from something you inhale to something you touch to something you eat. An allergic reaction may cause sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, a running nose, a sore throat and rashes. In severe...

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Sprains and Strains Jun 17th, 2020

We’ve all heard of and maybe even experienced a sprain or a strain. But do you really know the difference? A sprain is defined as a stretch or tear of a ligament. A strain, on the other hand, is defined as an injury to a muscle or tendon. Sprains can...

Six Reasons to Try Acupuncture this Year Jun 17th, 2020

Do you ever feel that you’re on a roller coaster ride that never ends? Do you have aches and pains almost daily? How many nights a week do you stare at the clock waiting for sleep to arrive? Are medications ruling your life? When was the last time you actually...

Healthy Eating for Spring Jun 17th, 2020

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, spring is the season of the liver and the gallbladder. These organs regulate a smooth flow of energy throughout the whole body. However, they are prone to stagnation if we do not take proper care of ourselves. This can manifest as anger, irritability, depression,...

Eastern vs. Western: How the Medical Practices Differ Jun 17th, 2020

Almost everybody knows there are two very unique ways of treating disease and maintaining health. But not everybody knows how these two methodologies differ from one another. And depending on where you live in the world, there may be one that is more prominent than the other. Both systems have...

Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder Jun 17th, 2020

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at...

Mental and Emotional Aspects of the Lungs Jun 17th, 2020

As an acupuncturist, I am constantly assessing. Before my patients answer a single question, I am taking in cues as to what types of imbalances might be going on. In five-element acupuncture, the five major organ systems are the kidney, liver, lung, heart and spleen. When any of these systems...

Why You Should Get Regular Acupuncture Treatments Jun 17th, 2020

Everybody knows you should see your family physician at least once a year and your dentist at least twice a year. But not everybody knows about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and the many benefits it can provide for you. If you start incorporating acupuncture into your health and wellness...

Physical Aspects of The Heart Jun 17th, 2020

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the heart is the organ most closely linked to emotion. Think about all the terms we use every day to describe our state of mind: “heartsick,” “heartbroken,” “heartache” The heart is not the director of subtlety; the emotions it encompasses seem to always be on...

Eating Right for Your Body Type Jun 17th, 2020

Five Elements Traditional Chinese Medicine, a medical system that has been around for nearly 3,000 years, views the body differently than modern medicine. When the body is broken down to its core, its tiniest molecules can be classified as energy. This means every element of the universe resides within the...

Positive Side Effects of Acupuncture Jun 17th, 2020

During an initial session of acupuncture, most practitioners began with an extensive health intake that goes over all of the systems in the body. We use this to determine certain patterns of imbalance, allowing us to treat the root cause of issues. This is one way we differ from Western...

Building Protective Qi with TCM Jun 17th, 2020

Everybody gets sick at some point in their life. For some, it’s just a quick weekend thing. For others, it can last for several days and even weeks. Why do some people always get sick whenever there is a bug going around and others don’t? It all comes down to...

Five Ways to Increase White Blood Cell Count with TCM Jun 17th, 2020

Leukopenia is a term used when there are less than adequate white blood cells in the bloodstream. This condition may make those suffering from it susceptible to infections. Leukopenia is often seen in diseases such as AIDS, cancer and lupus, as well as in common occurrences like the flu or...

Acupuncture and Alcohol Detoxification Jun 17th, 2020

Alcoholism affects nearly 16 million adults in the United States, yet only approximately 1.5 million Americans actually seek and get help to deal with their addiction. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related deaths every year, which makes alcohol the fourth leading...

Acupuncture and Cervical Health Jun 17th, 2020

Women’s health is a big part of the healthcare industry. And acupuncture can be very beneficial in caring for the overall health of women. Acupuncture has been especially effective in helping with things like infertility, turning breech babies, inducing labor and clearing up infections. The cervix is just one small...

Easy Does It Meditation Jun 17th, 2020

There is a large variety of meditation to choose from. It isn’t all just sitting cross-legged with your eyes shut. Let’s explore types of meditation. Types of meditation include Buddhist practices, transcendental, zen, mantra, chakra, sound, guided and active. How can someone choose where to start? Think about the type...

Are Your Eyes Red or Inflamed? Jun 17th, 2020

In the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver energy flows upward into the eyes. When this energy is flowing smoothly and working as it should, your vision is clear and sharp, you have efficient night vision and the eyes are bright and well-lubricated. When out of balance, the liver...

IBS: Relief with Traditional Chinese Medicine Jun 17th, 2020

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, otherwise known as “spastic colon,” is a common disorder that affects the colon and causes many disruptive symptoms. Many of these symptoms can be managed with a simple change in diet and lifestyle. Chinese botanical medicine and acupuncture may be able to help. IBS symptoms may include...

Acupuncture: Not Just Needles Jun 17th, 2020

Most people have heard of the field of acupuncture by now, but did you realize the scope of the practice encompasses Chinese medicine, which includes so much more than needles? Let’s explore this ancient therapy. First of all, the practice of Chinese medicine starts with a diagnosis. The practitioner asks many...

Acupuncture for Addiction Jun 17th, 2020

Addiction is defined as the compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance, which means addiction can come in a lot of different forms. People can be addicted to illicit drugs like heroin just as easily as they can be addicted to sugar. But for the purpose of...

Does Your Liver Need a Spring Tune-Up? Jun 17th, 2020

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is ruled by a particular organ system and spring is connected to the liver. What does this mean? Well, you probably notice changes in the way you feel, both physically and mentally, as the seasons change. I know I tend to feel a bit...

Acupuncture and colon cancer Jun 17th, 2020

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States with about 60,000 deaths from it every year. Like all cancer, treatment can be long, uncomfortable and come with many side effects. Those getting chemotherapy may experience nausea, vomiting, postoperative pain, cancer related pain, insomnia and anxiety. The...

All About Moxibustion Jun 17th, 2020

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a medical system that incorporates numerous methods for treating disease and illness. One of the tools found in the toolbox of the TCM practitioner is known as moxibustion. Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of mugwort, known as moxa, which is an herb that...

Heart Afire: The Fire Element Jun 17th, 2020

The organs in Chinese medicine are more than just a physical representation. The organs include not only their physiological function, but also their mental, emotional, spiritual and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the heart. The heart season is summer, and heart is considered the...

Valentine’s Day, TCM and Heart Health Jun 17th, 2020

Every February men all over the world flock to the local flower shops and jewelry stores in search of the perfect bouquet or piece of jewelry to express their undying love to their significant other. Why?  Nobody knows for certain, but there are at least a couple of theories. One...

Fighting Flu Season with Acupuncture Jun 17th, 2020

While the flu is actually not a season, we have become programmed to think of it as the months of November through March. On average, the flu hospitalizes thousands every year, especially the young and elderly. There are also a number of deaths related to the flu, mostly due to...

Going Deeper: The Kidneys Jun 17th, 2020

The organs in Chinese medicine are more than just a physical representation. The organs include not only their physiological function, but also mental, emotional, spiritual and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the kidneys. The kidney element in Chinese medicine governs water and is associated...

Foods for the Winter Season Jun 17th, 2020

Everybody knows that food is what gives our bodies the energy we need to survive. But not everybody is aware that certain foods should be consumed during specific times of the year. In areas like the Midwest, where fruits and vegetables are harder to keep on hand when the weather...

What can acupuncturists treat? Jun 17th, 2020

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat: Addiction Anxiety Arthritis Asthma Bronchitis Carpal tunnel syndrome Chronic...

How should I prepare? Jun 17th, 2020

Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit. A light snack would be optimal. Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol before...

How safe is acupuncture? Jun 17th, 2020

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture? Jun 17th, 2020

Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask: Will my plan cover acupuncture performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist? How many visits per calendar year? Do I need a referral? Do I have...

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain Jun 17th, 2020

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage...

3 Acupressure Points for Low Back Pain Jun 17th, 2020

Statistics show that almost eight out of 10 people experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the...

3 AcuPoints for Anxiety Jun 17th, 2020

One of the most wonderful things about being an acupuncturist is the ability to stimulate points on my own body when I need to. If I get a headache, or feel a cold coming on, I can always hop up on my table for a quick tune-up with some needles....

Seven Ways to Set and Achieve Your Goals Jun 17th, 2020

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, setting goals is one way to help you get there. Often, when people have no goals, they lack motivation, focus and direction.  Setting goals also provides a benchmark to determine whether or not you are succeeding. But how do you set goals if you’ve...

4 Tips for an Energizing, Joyful Summer Jun 17th, 2020

In Chinese Medicine (CM), each season is associated with one of the elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Perhaps unsurprisingly, summertime is associated with the element fire. Fire represents maximum activity. In nature, everything is at its peak growth during the summer, so CM sees our energy as its most...

Healthy Eating from Early to Late Summer Jun 17th, 2020

Chinese Medicine or CM is all about balance. In this ancient system, the key to health is to move through the world in such a way that our bodies can remain in homeostasis, in balance. This idea connects to sleep patterns, what we eat and ultimately the flow of Qi,...

Extraordinary Vessels – Chong Mai Jun 17th, 2020

Most acupuncture points are located on the 12 primary channels that flow along the surface of the body. However, there are eight Extraordinary Vessels that flow more deeply in the body, and are perhaps even more powerful that the 12 primary channels. The Extraordinary Vessels regulate the 12 channels, and...

Extraordinary Vessels – Dai Mai Jun 17th, 2020

In addition to the 12 main acupuncture meridians that flow along the surface of the body, there are also deeper channels of energy in the body called the Extraordinary Vessels. You can understand the relationship between the primary acupuncture channels and the Extraordinary Vessels by thinking about what happens when...

4 Lifestyle Tweaks to Thrive this Spring Jun 17th, 2020

In Chinese Medical theory, one of the best ways to stay healthy is to live in balance with the seasons. Balance, in this context, means mindfully crafting your diet and certain aspects of your lifestyle based on what season it is. An easy way to think about this is with...

Eating Well for Springtime Jun 17th, 2020

Chinese Medicine says aligning your diet with the seasons is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Mother Nature provides exactly what we need to be healthy. Paying attention to the fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow during different seasons in the region where you live is a great...

Boost It With Ginseng Jun 17th, 2020

Ginseng is said to resemble a human body in shape, and it has been used for years in Asia.  Recently, it has become a popular item in Western culture. Many claims about this root have been advertised, such as its reputation for extending longevity and its use for stamina and endurance....

Dandelion: Detox With This Yellow Charmer Jun 17th, 2020

Next time you’re in a wide open field, pasture or meadow dotted with beautiful yellow dandelions, know that these prolific little delights are not only beautiful, but packed with nutrition and offer a host of healthy benefits. Let’s explore this amazing flower. Dandelions are known as Pu Gong Ying in...

Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Digestive Function Jun 17th, 2020

Digestion is a complex task performed by the body. It begins in the mouth and finishes when the ingested food leaves the body through the rectum. For all we have learned over the years regarding digestion, there is still so much more we don’t know or are still learning. For...

Botanical Tonics for Digestion Jun 17th, 2020

Digestive disorders can be simple like flatulence or gas, or they can be much more serious, such as Crohn’s disease. But regardless of the severity of the disease, there is no doubt digestive disorders affect far more people than they should, especially in the United States. A recent survey reports...

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Migraines Jun 17th, 2020

Migraine headaches are a bit of mystery to the medical world. This ailment tends to be poorly understood and frequently undiagnosed and under-treated. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, this neurological disease affects nearly 39 million Americans. Migraines are characterized by severe, throbbing pain usually found on only one side...

It’s All In Your Head: Headaches and Chinese Medicine Jun 17th, 2020

There are four main types of headache: tension, cluster, sinus and migraine. And, there are varying triggers for these headaches, such as food, stress, hormones, dehydration and weather. Fortunately, eliminating the triggers and finding natural ways to prevent and help an ongoing headache are possible. Tension: Tension headaches are the...

Acupuncture for Harnessing Willpower Jun 17th, 2020

Ever had one of those days or weeks where you just can’t pull yourself out of bed in the morning? Or perhaps you just can’t say “No!” to the dessert tray. Regardless of the activity, willpower is what keeps some people disciplined. But it doesn’t make you a bad person...

Walnuts and Your Brain Jun 17th, 2020

Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years....

The Shen Mind Connection Jun 17th, 2020

Chinese Medicine looks at things differently and while it may be a little confusing, there is usually some common ground that can be found upon examination and explanation. One such area is the idea of the mind. The mind in Chinese Medicine is commonly referred to as the shen. In...

Physical Aspects Related to The Lungs Jun 17th, 2020

In the world of Chinese Medicine (CM), the lung is probably the organ whose CM functions overlap the most with its Western functions. Respiration, the immune system and the skin are all systems heavily influenced by the lung, both in acupuncture and in Western Medicine. If you visualize where the...

Herbal Tonics to Reduce Stress Jun 17th, 2020

Stress is something that affects everybody. Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional tension or strain resulting from demanding or adverse circumstances. This can result in a multitude of symptoms, including headaches, muscle tension, pain, insomnia, worry, anxiety, depression and even disease. And according to a recent...

Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Reduce Stress Jun 17th, 2020

Stress is a word many people are familiar with. 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.”...

Five Acupuncture Points for Indian Summer Jun 17th, 2020

Acupuncture is part of a medical system that dates back nearly 3,500 years. This medical system is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM acknowledges not four but five seasons. The fifth season, Indian Summer, occurs in late August through mid-September. Each season in TCM has a pair of...

Healthy Eating According to Traditional Chinese Medicine Jun 17th, 2020

Do you consider yourself a healthy eater? Do you follow the guidelines set forth by the government for healthy eating? Or have you gone rogue? There are as many different definitions of healthy as there are colors in the rainbow. But according to traditional Chinese medicine, there are certain guidelines...

Herbal Formulas for Summer Jun 17th, 2020

Summer. The word alone stirs up thoughts of campfires, flip flops, popsicles, swimming and long sunny days. However, for many people it also means sunburns, mosquito bites and excessive sweating. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to deal with all of these issues. Sipping on some refreshing lemonade or munching...

Five Acupuncture Points for Summer Jun 17th, 2020

Summer is a season of abundant energy and light, long days, pool parties, ice cream and lemonade. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognizes summer as the time of year that has the utmost yang and therefore the element associated with summer is fire. In TCM, there are specific energetic pathways related...

Seven Ways Acupuncture Can Help Men’s Health Jun 17th, 2020

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been around for nearly 3,000 years. It combines nutrition, botanical medicines, acupuncture, cupping and other modalities to help keep the body functioning properly, while also treating any ailments that might occur. TCM has been used to treat both men...

Chinese Medicine and Libido in Men Jun 17th, 2020

If your love life is lackluster, have you considered Chinese Medicine (CM) to help a sagging libido? Acupuncture and Chinese Botanical formulas may just be the ticket to improve your sex life and reignite your fire. There are many factors to consider that could be contributing to low libido in...

The Bladder in Chinese Medicine Jun 17th, 2020

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the bladder is one of the six yang organs, paired with one of the six yin organs. The yin organs store vital substances (such as Qi, blood, yin, and yang), whereas the yang organs are more active and have a function of constantly filling and...

Why am I so cold? Jun 17th, 2020

Everyone feels cold sometimes, but some people are perpetually chilled to a point where it interferes with their lives. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, there are two different kinds of cold in the body: full cold and empty cold. Full cold refers to a condition where there is an...

Coronavirus and TCM: Staying Healthy at Home Jun 17th, 2020

Navigating stay at home orders, working from home, schooling from home and the myriad other new things that are now a daily part of life is stressful. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with each new development and all the unknowns that surround our lives because of the coronavirus...

Auriculotherapy Jun 16th, 2020

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a medical system that dates back nearly 4,000 years. Auriculotherapy using acupuncture needles was first mentioned around 500 B.C. in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which is the equivalent of the Bible for TCM practitioners. However, the method in which auriculotherapy is practiced today...

Mental/Emotional Aspects of The Heart Jun 16th, 2020

The major responsibility of the heart in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is housing the mind and controlling the shen. “Shen” can be seen as the overall healthiness of the mind. When you look at a healthy person in good spirits, you know how you can see that in their eyes?...

Successful Tonics to Boost the Kidneys Jun 16th, 2020

The kidneys in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are a vital energy system. They are the root of all yin and yang in the body, and they store our essence. They govern growth, reproduction and healthy progression through the different cycles of life. They play a role in healthy aging and...

Ssshhhh: Organ Sound Vibration Jun 16th, 2020

Did you know shushing someone might actually may be beneficial to your health? There are six healing sounds known to Taoist qi gong practice that vibrate specific organs and promote emotional and physical well-being. It has been shown sound vibrations promote healing and provide a type of massage to the...

Fermented Foods and Intestinal Health Jun 16th, 2020

The modern world is changing every single day. Because of this constant state of change, our bodies are frequently having to adjust. We have a food supply being degraded and depleted of nutritional content, which in turn, causes our bodies to become depleted. Our soil and water is contaminated with...

Summer Solstice Jun 16th, 2020

During  the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and...

Seven Ways Acupuncture Can Help Mothers Jun 16th, 2020

One of the best gifts you can give your mother this Mother’s Day is the gift of acupuncture. Acupuncture can help with an abundance of health problems and get you feeling one hundred percent again. Mom’s make the world work, it’s a known fact. So this holiday season you should...

Meridian Point for Winter: Large Intestine 4 Jun 16th, 2020

Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupuncture points in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. Locate the point on the web between the thumb and index finger, also described as the depression...

How are acupuncturists educated? Jun 16th, 2020

Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.

Does Your Liver Need a Spring Tune-Up? Jun 16th, 2020

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is ruled by a particular organ system and spring is connected to the liver. What does this mean? Well, you probably notice changes in the way you feel, both physically and mentally, as the seasons change. I know I tend to feel a bit...

How much does it cost? Jun 16th, 2020

Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed. It is best to consult with your acupuncturist about costs.

How many treatments will I need? Jun 16th, 2020

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. Treatment frequency depends on...

Is acupuncture safe for children? Jun 16th, 2020

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tuina.

Why did my acupuncturist recommend Chinese botanicals? Jun 16th, 2020

Chinese botanicals can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain. Your practitioner may suggest starting with Chinese botanicals and then adding acupuncture to your treatment in...

Why do they want to look at my tongue? Jun 16th, 2020

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.

Why do they want to feel my pulse? Jun 16th, 2020

There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

What will my acupuncturist do? Jun 16th, 2020

During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where...

What is Acupuncture? Jun 16th, 2020

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved from a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. If appropriate, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile...