As an acupuncturist, I find myself explaining the concepts of Chinese medicine through the use of metaphors. I often compare the health of our bodies to that a farmer’s field. To be in the best health possible, we need nourishment in the form of good food, hydration, adequate sleep, and clean air to breathe. . . . → Read More: Wine-Making and Chinese Medicine
At Acupuncture in the Park, we have worked with a number of women seeking acupuncture for infertility issues. We have found that most couples going through fertility treatments will do almost anything to increase their chances of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby. For many, that has meant IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), in which . . . → Read More: IVF, Twins, and the Role of Acupuncture
Dear Acupuncture in the Park:
Why do you guys ask so many questions? Some of your questions are unrelated to what brought me in to see you in the first place. My Western doctor doesn’t do that. What’s up?
Curious Acupuncture Patient
That’s a great question! As practitioners of Chinese . . . → Read More: Why Does My Acupuncturist Ask So Many Questions?
Every once in a while, I’ll come across someone who, in talking about acupuncture, will tell me that they had a friend or a family member who tried acupuncture once—as in one time—and it didn’t work. I’m always amazed and curious as to what that one-timer was thinking. Did they think acupuncture was a . . . → Read More: My Friend Tried Acupuncture Once
In my acupuncture clinic I have never treated a patient for depression who was keen to take antidepressant medications over the long term for their condition. Most of the people I see either have hesitations about taking antidepressants, or take them but are trying to get off. Most are seeking out acupuncture as a . . . → Read More: Acupuncture is an Effective Option for Treating Depression
Almost daily we see patients who are taking or are thinking about taking antidepressant medications. In most cases, these patients either want to lower their dose, get off these medications, or avoid taking them altogether. However, they also don’t want to feel depressed or anxious.
The most frequently prescribed antidepressants are in a class . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Withdrawal from SSRI Antidepressants
Gastroparesis is a condition in which your stomach empties too slowly. The muscles responsible for moving food out of your stomach are either weakened or damaged, causing food to sit in your stomach. The symptoms of gastroparesis can include heartburn, nausea, vomiting, pain, bloating, decreased appetite, and anxiety. The possible causes of gastroparesis include . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Gastroparesis
At Acupuncture in the Park, pain relief is one of the most common treatments we perform. Many people believe that pain is a very simple thing: you have pain, and you want it to go away. Or at least you want it to be better.
For some people, pain is anything but simple. It . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Pain Relief
It seems that when the weather warms up, some women do too. More specifically, I tend to see more women seeking acupuncture treatment for menopausal symptoms during the warmer months. Don’t get me wrong–we see women struggling with hot flashes, night sweats, and menopause-related insomnia all year long; it just seems that we see . . . → Read More: My Favorite Herbal Formulas for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
My goal for my acupuncture patients is the same as theirs–to help them feel better as quickly as possible. However, from time to time, I will see a patient who comes in for a first acupuncture treatment expecting that all of their health issues will be resolved after that one session on the table. . . . → Read More: More Than One Acupuncture Treatment