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?

When Food is Medicine

Chinese food therapy near Minneapolis

I was an incredibly picky eater as a kid. Dinnertime was a stressful battle between me, my parents, and the green stuff on my plate—most of which came from a can or the freezer and was cooked to within an inch of its life. It wasn’t until I discovered spinach salad with creamy ranch . . . → Read More: When Food is Medicine

Chinese Medicine and Sweets: Nine Things You Need to Know

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It’s a struggle getting through the holidays and eating well. If you’re like me, you have been gifted with plates of frosted cookies, candy canes, and all manner of chocolate treats. This celebrating with sweet treats hasn’t changed much since I was a child, in which every holiday was be celebrated with a love-fest . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and Sweets: Nine Things You Need to Know

Chinese Food Therapy at the Farmers Market

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I love going to the farmers market! I’ve been to some fabulous farmers markets all over the world including Melbourne, Australia; Florence, Italy; and one in an ancient city center outside of Rouen, France. Here in the United States, I’ve managed to hit some outstanding markets, from Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, to Boulder’s . . . → Read More: Chinese Food Therapy at the Farmers Market

Twelve Things You Need to Know About Ginger

Minneapolis acupuncture and Chinese herbal clinic

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

Eight Things to Know About Chinese Dietary Therapy

Chinese food therapy

What should I eat? It’s amazing how such a simple question can throw many people into fits of anxiety. That’s because we live in a time of abundant food choices coupled with the desire to be as healthy as possible, which makes it difficult to know what to make for dinner. Adding to the . . . → Read More: Eight Things to Know About Chinese Dietary Therapy

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

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

A Reason to Cook Your Vegetables

Acupuncture for better digestion

Dear Acupuncture in the Park,

Whenever I read anything about Chinese medicine and dietary therapy, it says to quit eating raw vegetables and fruits. Is that true?

Bugs Bunny

 

Dear Bugs,

It’s true that avoiding a lot of raw foods is an important component of Chinese dietary therapy, but let us explain. Raw . . . → Read More: A Reason to Cook Your Vegetables