Chinese Herbs: Are They Safe?

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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?

The Healing Power of Smell

Have you ever caught a whiff of some smell that immediately brought you back to your childhood? It may be the smell of bread or cookies baking, the scent of a plant that grew near your childhood home, or the familiar smell of a building where you spent a lot of time as a . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Smell

Nine Reasons to Take Chinese Herbs

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I can remember the first time I ever walked into an herbal pharmacy. It was at the acupuncture school that I would later attend, and I was being given the twenty-five cent tour. When we walked into the pharmacy, I was awestruck to see that such a thing existed in the United States. Along . . . → Read More: Nine Reasons to Take Chinese Herbs

Twelve Things You Need to Know About Ginger

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Ginger is the chameleon of the food and herb world. In Chinese medicine it’s considered both an herb and a food. It’s used in candy, baked goods, curries, and stir fries because it flat out tastes good. In Chinese medicine, ginger is a common ingredient in many healing herbal formulas. Here are some things . . . → Read More: Twelve Things You Need to Know About Ginger

Seven Ways to Take Chinese Herbs

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Many practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine incorporate herbs into their arsenal of healing tools.  They do so because an herbal formula can enhance and prolong the effects of your acupuncture treatment.  In addition, a practitioner can tailor a combination of herbs to suit your exact needs.

Chinese herbs almost always are a combination . . . → Read More: Seven Ways to Take Chinese Herbs

Wine-Making and Chinese Medicine

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

My Favorite Herbal Formulas for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

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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

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Eye Tics

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I had a woman* in my clinic recently who had a bad case of chronic eye twitches. Not that anyone could see them, but they were driving her nuts. In most cases eye twitches, or tics, are fairly short lived, lasting less than a day (and often only for seconds), but this woman had . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Eye Tics

Western Medications and Chinese Herbs

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At Acupuncture in the Park we see a number of patients who are taking prescription medications. We also see a lot who are trying to avoid having to take Western medications or who are trying to get off these drugs altogether. Sometimes these patients assume that because we practice Chinese medicine, we are completely . . . → Read More: Western Medications and Chinese Herbs

The Healing Modalities of Chinese Medicine

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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