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

MN acupuncture clinic for anxiety

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?

Acupuncture for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Acupuncture Minneapolis for Seasonal Depression

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

Acupuncture Doesn’t Work for Chronic Knee Pain?

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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?

Eight Things I Wish My Patients Knew About Food

Chinese food therapy

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

Orthorexia: The Curse of Righteous Eating

Acupuncture and dietary therapy for orthorexia

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

Baby Maybe? Acupuncture for Infertility

Acupuncture, IVF, and Twins

Over the past several years, we have seen more women than ever before seeking our acupuncture services for help in getting pregnant. Surprisingly, fertility issues affect about 15 percent of couples in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and there seems to be a a number of reasons that this is . . . → Read More: Baby Maybe? Acupuncture for Infertility

The Healing Power of Pets

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More than once a patient has brought their pet into my acupuncture clinic for a visit (not a treatment). I have had visitors in the form of pocket-sized dogs, spaniels and bulldogs, and even a bird (no cats to date, though). I grew up with lots of animals–from turtles and gerbils to cats, dogs, . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Pets