Chinese Herbs: Are They Safe?

Chinese Herbs Minneapolis Clinic

Not too far from my house there’s a small Asian grocery. I shop there when I’m making a dish that calls for foods that I can’t find elsewhere. As I walk the aisles, I can’t help but be amazed at all the foods I’ve never seen before, and wonder how I would use them . . . → Read More: Chinese Herbs: Are They Safe?

Work, Rest, and Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine and over work

Is it possible to work so hard that it affects your health? According to Chinese medicine, it definitely is. When I was in graduate school studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I spent my days in class, came home and took care of my family, and then studied late into the evening. When I finished . . . → Read More: Work, Rest, and Chinese Medicine

Can Acupuncture Treat My Gout?

Can acupuncture treat my Gout?

People who suffer from Gout will tell you that the pain is like nothing they have ever experienced. It often wakes you up in the middle of the night, slowly getting more and more painful, until even the weight of the bed covers feel like torture. While many people think of Gout as a . . . → Read More: Can Acupuncture Treat My Gout?

Treating Asthma with Chinese Medicine

Exercise induced asthma

Over thirty years ago I moved to Minnesota from Hawaii. My husband and I had spent a couple of years in the islands swimming in the ocean, biking endlessly, running in the humidity, and spending Saturday afternoons sitting on the beach near our house.

Needless to say, moving to Minnesota was a shock on . . . → Read More: Treating Asthma with Chinese Medicine

Natural Relief for Rib Pain

Natural help for rib pain

Why Do Broken, Cracked, or Bruised Ribs Hurt So Much?

Last week I did something really stupid. In our acupuncture clinic we have a water cooler/heater that takes five gallon water bottles. Loading full bottles into the cooler means lifting over 40 lbs. of bulky awkwardness, turning it over, and inserting it into the . . . → Read More: Natural Relief for Rib Pain

Can Acupuncture Help Your Skin?

Minneapolis cosmetic acupuncture clinic

People seek out acupuncture for a variety of reasons. They may be suffering from some kind of pain, digestive problems, stress, anxiety, hormonal issues, or even migraine headaches. However, most people won’t think about acupuncture when it comes to their skin. To a practitioner of Chinese medicine, the condition of your skin—including dry skin, . . . → Read More: Can Acupuncture Help Your Skin?

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?

Acupuncture clinic near Minneapolis

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