Dear Acupuncture in the Park, why is it that some women have hot flashes into their seventies and even eighties? My poor mother still has what appears to be hot flashes several times a day, and she’s 76. She thinks she was just unlucky in the menopause lottery. What’s going on?
Answer: It’s not . . . → Read More: Heat, Hormones, and Chinese Medicine
Sciatica is literally a pain in the butt. And in the leg. And sometimes in the foot. If you’ve ever suffered from sciatic pain, you are no stranger to the deep nagging pain that radiates sometimes from your lower back, through your butt, and down the back or side of your leg. It makes . . . → Read More: The Truth About Sciatica
A couple of weeks ago, I hurt my neck doing absolutely nothing. Seriously, I turned my head in a weird way, and where there was nothing a moment before, I suddenly had a sharp, nagging pain that stayed with me for several days. It took some heat, a little acupuncture, and some rest, and . . . → Read More: What You Need to Know About Pain and Acupuncture
When I think about sleep apnea, I picture in my mind’s eye some big dude sawing wood, snoring up a storm, and thrashing around all night long. What I don’t picture is a woman going through menopause and struggling to get a good night’s sleep.
While it’s true that more men than women have . . . → Read More: Sleep Apnea, Menopause, and Acupuncture
The first time acupuncture ever appeared on my radar was over 25 years ago when I was in school working toward my undergraduate degree. I fellow classmate asked me if I were interested in learning how to be an acupuncturist. At the time the suggestion was as ridiculous to me as if she had . . . → Read More: Acupuncture in Minneapolis
When I first opened my practice many years ago, I thought that most of the people I would be treating would have some kind of pain or overuse injury. In my previous career, I spent years researching women’s health and sports. So when I hung out my shingle, I just assumed that I would . . . → Read More: Seven Surprising Conditions Your Acupuncturist Can Treat
I was an incredibly picky eater as a kid. Dinnertime was a stressful battle between me, my parents, and the green stuff on my plate—most of which came from a can or the freezer and was cooked to within an inch of its life. It wasn’t until I discovered spinach salad with creamy ranch . . . → Read More: When Food is Medicine
It’s a struggle getting through the holidays and eating well. If you’re like me, you have been gifted with plates of frosted cookies, candy canes, and all manner of chocolate treats. This celebrating with sweet treats hasn’t changed much since I was a child, in which every holiday was be celebrated with a love-fest . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and Sweets: Nine Things You Need to Know
Your shoulder is an amazing thing. It can carry groceries, throw a fastball, high five a pal, comb your hair, and shrug when you don’t know the answer. It’s one of the most versatile joints in your body, able to move in almost any direction. That versatility comes with a price, however, which is . . . → Read More: Can Acupuncture Help Rotator Cuff Injuries?