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
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
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
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
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?
Early autumn here in Minnesota is perfect. It’s still warm, but the humidity is gone, and we’re blessed with crisp, sunny days that are ideal for playing outdoors. The sky is cobalt blue and there is just a hint of the color to come on the trees lining the lakes, rivers, and streams. It’s . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Seasonal Affective Disorder
There was lots of chatter this past week about a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association about acupuncture not working for chronic knee pain. I find the noise about it and the report itself very interesting for a couple of reasons.
The short version on the story is this: . . . → Read More: Acupuncture Doesn’t Work for Chronic Knee Pain?
As an acupuncturist, I am asked frequently by my patients about what to eat. Many just want to eat as healthfully as possible, some want to lose weight, and others just want to get a handle on their sugar cravings. I believe that how you think about food mirrors how you look at life, . . . → Read More: Eight Things I Wish My Patients Knew About Food
It’s a good thing to want to eat healthfully. With the rising incidence of diabetes, obesity, and other food-related diseases, making good food choices is an obvious step toward better health. However, what if that desire to eat healthfully gets out of control? It happens, and there’s a name for it—orthorexia.
Most people who . . . → Read More: Orthorexia: The Curse of Righteous Eating