When to Use Acupuncture and When to Go to Your Doctor

Acupuncture versus Western medicine

When it comes to trying acupuncture, either for the first time or for treating a new condition, patients are faced with a number of questions and concerns. In the past, alternative healing came with stereotypes, and even today some of my patients are surprised to find us in a clinic—they were expecting incense, beaded . . . → Read More: When to Use Acupuncture and When to Go to Your Doctor

Can Acupuncture Treat Facial Pain?

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Acupuncture and a Toothache

I love nuts and eat a lot of them. However, about a year and a half ago I crunched down on an almond and felt a starburst of pain in one of my teeth. My dentist found no crack or decay in the tooth, but it never quite healed and . . . → Read More: Can Acupuncture Treat Facial Pain?

Back Mice! A Weird Cause of Back Pain

Acupuncture for Back Pain

About a month ago, I started to get an achy back. At first it wasn’t a big deal; my back regularly tells me when I’ve spent too long on my feet or overdone it with weights. It usually calms down in a day and doesn’t demand any more attention than a light stretch or . . . → Read More: Back Mice! A Weird Cause of Back Pain

Acupuncture, Heartburn, and PPIs

Side effects of PPIs for GERD

There’s nothing that can put a damper on a delicious meal faster than knowing that an hour or two later you’ll be suffering from heartburn. If you’ve ever experienced heartburn, or GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease), you know that diving into a favorite dish often means suffering the fiery aftereffects.

Heartburn occurs when your . . . → Read More: Acupuncture, Heartburn, and PPIs

Surviving Winter with Chinese Medicine

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Winter is hard. It’s cold, messy, and takes some getting used to. Every fall, I get into a little funk thinking about what’s to come in the months ahead—the snow, lack of sunlight, and chipping ice off my windshield. When you really think about it, winter pretty much sucks.

However, it also serves a . . . → Read More: Surviving Winter with Chinese Medicine

The Healing Power of Smell

Have you ever caught a whiff of some smell that immediately brought you back to your childhood? It may be the smell of bread or cookies baking, the scent of a plant that grew near your childhood home, or the familiar smell of a building where you spent a lot of time as a . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Smell

Cloudy With a Chance of Aches and Pains

Weather, health, and Chinese medicine

I love the early days of autumn! It’s still hot during the daytime, but the nights are beginning to cool off. The oppressive humidity of July and early August is gone, and in its place are dry, sharp days with a deep blue sky and nights with a cool edge that is perfect for . . . → Read More: Cloudy With a Chance of Aches and Pains

A Body in Motion: Chinese Medicine and Exercise

I grew up in a swimming pool. My Dad was a swimmer both in college and during World War II, and he expected us kids to be swimmers, too. I remember every summer weekday practicing at the local swim club, come rain or shine. Saturday mornings were devoted to meets to test our skills . . . → Read More: A Body in Motion: Chinese Medicine and Exercise

Back in the Swing: Treating Golfer's Elbow with Acupuncture

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Over the years in my acupuncture practice, I occasionally will have a patient who wants to know if acupuncture can help their golf game. One came to me for a bad case of the yips. Apparently every time he swung the club, he would tense up or twitch, throwing his game out the window. . . . → Read More: Back in the Swing: Treating Golfer’s Elbow with Acupuncture

Knock Out Knee Pain with Acupuncture

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As a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, there are some conditions that are a challenge to treat and some that are fairly easy. I like to see patients with knee pain, because acupuncture is an effective treatment, and those patients usually leave happy and feeling much better.

There are a number of causes . . . → Read More: Knock Out Knee Pain with Acupuncture