Does Acupuncture Work?

Chinese medicine for gastroparesis

Score one for acupuncture! In a newly published review of over two dozen studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture, researchers concluded that acupuncture worked better than usual pain treatments for chronic headaches, back pain, and arthritis.

This analysis of previous research involved almost 18,000 people who rated their pain on a scale of 1 . . . → Read More: Does Acupuncture Work?

Community Clinics Versus Private Style Acupuncture

I spent yesterday morning performing acupuncture at the Minnesota Stand Down event for homeless veterans. Some local acupuncturists pulled together and set up a community style clinic to offer acupuncture to any veterans who wanted a treatment. We treated dozens of men and women during the time I was there, and volunteers continued to . . . → Read More: Community Clinics Versus Private Style Acupuncture

Six Reasons You Need Acupuncture Maintenance

Six benefits of acupuncture for health maintenance

 You do it with your dentist, car mechanic, and doctor.  Pet owners do it for their animal companions.  And around the house, many people do it for their furnace, roof, and even their pool.  You should be doing it with your acupuncturist, too.  What is it?  Regular maintenance visits.

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Chinese Medicine and Self Care for Seasonal Allergies

Chinese medicine for seasonal allergies

During certain times of the year, I see an increase in patients who are suffering from similar conditions.  In the late fall, I tend to see more patients who are struggling with seasonal depression, and around the holidays I see an increase of patients coming to acupuncture to be treated for stress.  I also . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and Self Care for Seasonal Allergies

How Your Acupuncturist Chooses Points

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 I am frequently asked by my patients how I decide which acupuncture points to use during their treatment. It’s a complicated process, but the first thing to know is that all acupuncture points work like “on and off ramps” to your body’s energetic pathways. By needling into various points, your practitioner can access both . . . → Read More: How Your Acupuncturist Chooses Points

The Healing Modalities of Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and moxabusion

Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living, I tell them that I’m an acupuncturist.  This is a half-truth, as I am really a practitioner of Chinese medicine.  To most people, this may feel like nit picking, but in reality there is a big difference.  That’s because acupuncture is only one method . . . → Read More: The Healing Modalities of Chinese Medicine

What Your Symptoms Mean to Your Acupuncturist

If you visit an acupuncturist for a specific symptom, you might be surprised to be asked all kinds of questions that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with what brought you in.  In fact, you may become impatient as your practitioner asks you about your digestion when you’re there to be treated for acne.  What’s . . . → Read More: What Your Symptoms Mean to an Acupuncturist

Why Your Acupuncturist Feels Your Pulse

If you’ve ever been to an acupuncture clinic, chances are your acupuncturist felt the pulse on your wrist as part of their exam. In Western medicine, your doctor or nurse feels your pulse to determine it’s rate. However, in Chinese medicine, pulse diagnosis is far more complicated.

In Chinese medicine, the quality of your . . . → Read More: Why Your Acupuncturist Feels Your Pulse

A Comparison Between Chinese and Western Medicine

One of the first things I learned as I began studying Chinese medicine was that I should not try to think of Chinese medicine in Western terms, and for good reason. Both systems of healing have their benefits and drawbacks, but they are otherwise nothing alike.

Western medicine is based on scientific study, and . . . → Read More: A Comparison Between Chinese and Western Medicine

Cupping Therapy in Chinese Medicine

In acupuncture circles, we still talk about a picture that appeared several years ago in People Magazine of Gwenneth Paltrow in an evening gown at some awards gala. The back of her gown was cut low, and on her back were several large, perfectly circular marks that are a tell-tale sign that Gwenneth had been . . . → Read More: Cupping Therapy in Chinese Medicine