Twelve Things You Need to Know About Ginger

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Ginger is the chameleon of the food and herb world. In Chinese medicine it’s considered both an herb and a food. It’s used in candy, baked goods, curries, and stir fries because it flat out tastes good. In Chinese medicine, ginger is a common ingredient in many healing herbal formulas. Here are some things . . . → Read More: Twelve Things You Need to Know About Ginger

Acupuncture for Beginners

Does acupuncture hurt?

It’s the rare person that can’t remember their first time…uh, having acupuncture. For me it was about twenty years ago, when a groin pull had me completely hobbled, threatening to ruin an upcoming backpacking trip. I went to my Western doc early on, and got a whole lot of ibuprofen for my efforts. After . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Beginners

Upper Back and Shoulder Pain and Our Evolving Bodies

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About a month ago I attended an acupuncture symposium, at which the keynote speaker talked about treating musculoskeletal injuries and pain. Early on in his presentation he made the remark that the bodies he treated thirty years ago are very different from those he treats today.

It took a minute for me to understand . . . → Read More: Upper Back and Shoulder Pain and Our Evolving Bodies

Infertility: Five Common Patterns of Imbalance in Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture in the Park

When I began the practice of acupuncture over a decade ago, I never thought that I would treat women with infertility issues. It felt complicated and out of my league. But one day a young woman came to me who had been trying to conceive for years, and from a Chinese medical standpoint, her . . . → Read More: Infertility: Five Common Patterns of Imbalance in Chinese Medicine

Hangover Help Using Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine for hangovers

Hangovers are an exercise in regret. No matter how much fun I had last night, when the room is spinning, my head is pounding, and my stomach is in turmoil, I always regret that last drink…or two…or three. There is always the wish that I could go back in time and have a do-over. . . . → Read More: Hangover Help Using Chinese Medicine

Eight Things to Know About Chinese Dietary Therapy

Chinese food therapy

What should I eat? It’s amazing how such a simple question can throw many people into fits of anxiety. That’s because we live in a time of abundant food choices coupled with the desire to be as healthy as possible, which makes it difficult to know what to make for dinner. Adding to the . . . → Read More: Eight Things to Know About Chinese Dietary Therapy

The Health Benefits of Tea

Chinese medicine and the health benefits of tea

Drinking tea is something I associate with good memories and comfort. I love to think about sipping a cup of tea on a friend’s deck at the base of the Rockies, savoring the view and catching up on life. There are also memories of times camped somewhere in the desert, when I  crawled out of . . . → Read More: The Health Benefits of Tea

Ear Acupuncture Relieves Anxiety

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked about acupuncture is what kinds of conditions it can treat. Most people are well-aware of the benefits of acupuncture for relieving acute and chronic pain. However, many are surprised to learn that acupuncture and Chinese medicine has a lot to offer people who are struggling with . . . → Read More: Ear Acupuncture Relieves Anxiety

It’s The Little Things

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Every couple of weeks I get this funky headache. Ground zero is a knot on the left side of my upper back. It tightens up and then it gets dull and achy, and after awhile it becomes downright painful all the way up into my forehead.  It has many of the qualities of a . . . → Read More: It’s The Little Things

Acupuncture for Stress?

Minneapolis Acupuncture clinic for stress

Stress is a fact of life. It’s a survival skill that your body is hard-wired to use whenever you feel threatened. The problem with stress is that it’s meant to be a short-term thing–a way to deal with a quick threat, and then life as you know it is supposed to get back to . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Stress?