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How Does Acupuncture Work

How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body.

Acupuncture for Summer

{Acu-point tips}: Acupuncture for Summer Heat

July 25, 2018

Acupuncture for Summer Heat         Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, is a medical system that dates back nearly 3,500 years. This system uses modalities like acupuncture and botanical formulas to treat ailments and keep the body balanced. TCM acknowledges not four, but five seasons.  The fifth season, Indian summer, occurs in late August…

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Liver qi stagnation

What is Liver Qi Stagnation?

April 20, 2018

Liver Qi Stagnation Who really considers their liver? Is it just a wedge-shaped spongy organ that somehow soaks up alcohol and squeezes out blood and digestive biochemicals? An imperfect champion of modern life, buffering us from the burden of late-night fries and whiskey, only to be guiltily appeased with salads and fresh juices the next…

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Cupping for pain relief

6 Alternative Acupuncture Treatments You Have Never Heard of

February 17, 2018

Alternative Acupuncture Treatments Most people know that one way to feel better is with acupuncture needles. You go to your acupuncturist feeling bad. I put in a few needles. You leave feeling lighter, energized, more pain-free. Using acupuncture needles to heal is part of a broader medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). By observing…

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Cupping Benefits

Cupping 101: What are those spots on your back?

January 19, 2018

What you need to know about cupping Do you have tight muscles that nothing seems to help the pain or spasms go away? You may need to check out cupping. Cupping is one of the tools used in Chinese medicine, along with acupuncture, to help the body heal and reduce symptoms. What is cupping exactly?…

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Bladder Acupuncture Channel

The Bladder in Chinese Medicine

January 3, 2018

The Bladder in Chinese Medicine In Traditional Chinese Medicine, 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 emptying.…

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Detox

7 Ways to Detox After the Holidays

December 27, 2017

7 Ways to Detox After the Holidays Oh the holidays! You either love them or hate them. There is rarely any gray area. But, one thing is almost certain, everybody feels sluggish after the holidays are over. Thanks to all the cookies and milk, cakes and candy. And, most people feel the same way about…

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5 elements

Eating Right for Your Body Type – Five Elements

November 26, 2017

Eating Right for Your Body Type – 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…

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ways to increase intestinal absorption

Ways to increase nutrient absorption

November 8, 2017

Acupuncture, the small intestine, and ways to increase nutrient absorption The small intestine is part of the gastrointestinal tract. Up to 90 percent of the digestion and absorption of food occurs in the small intestine and its main function is the absorption of minerals and nutrients from the food we ingest. It is comprised of…

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Positive effects of acupuncture

Positive Effects of Acupuncture

November 1, 2017

What to expect from your first session: Positive effects of acupuncture 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…

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Acupuncture and lung health

{Research Update}: Acupuncture and lung health

October 10, 2017

Acupuncture and lung health: A study published by the Natural Health Research Institute suggests acupuncture can improve the breathing ability of COPD patients. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a progressive disease that gradually decreases lung function. The patients in this study received daily acupuncture treatments for twelve weeks using the same points on each…

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