Acupuncture, Cold Weather, and Your Health

Cold weather and your health

It’s winter in Minnesota, and let’s face it, the sub-zero temperatures are getting old. We’ve had enough of wearing layers, trying to heal cracked fingertips, wearing earmuffs, and hunkering down.

Don’t get me wrong—I love winter. I can appreciate the beauty of the first snowfall, tramping through the winter woods on snowshoes, and actually . . . → Read More: Acupuncture, Cold Weather, and Your Health

The Low Down on Headaches

Help for your headaches

One of the most common questions I get about acupuncture is what it can treat, and one of the most common conditions I am asked about is headaches. Before answering, I need to find out what’s going on, because it’s important to know what kind of a headaches they’re having. There are several kinds . . . → Read More: The Low Down on Headaches

Snuff Out Sinus Infections

Sinusitis and acupuncture

I’m not prone to sinus infections, but the few I’ve had in my life have been doozies. What sticks in my memory is painful pressure when bending down to tie my shoes, constant post-nasal drip, and running a fever. Also known as sinusitis, sinus infections can exhibit a wide variety of symptoms such as . . . → Read More: Snuff Out Sinus Infections

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?

Treating Asthma with Chinese Medicine

Exercise induced asthma

Over thirty years ago I moved to Minnesota from Hawaii. My husband and I had spent a couple of years in the islands swimming in the ocean, biking endlessly, running in the humidity, and spending Saturday afternoons sitting on the beach near our house.

Needless to say, moving to Minnesota was a shock on . . . → Read More: Treating Asthma with Chinese Medicine

Natural Relief for Rib Pain

Natural help for rib pain

Why Do Broken, Cracked, or Bruised Ribs Hurt So Much?

Last week I did something really stupid. In our acupuncture clinic we have a water cooler/heater that takes five gallon water bottles. Loading full bottles into the cooler means lifting over 40 lbs. of bulky awkwardness, turning it over, and inserting it into the . . . → Read More: Natural Relief for Rib Pain

Can Acupuncture Treat Facial Pain?

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Acupuncture and a Toothache

I love nuts and eat a lot of them. However, about a year and a half ago I crunched down on an almond and felt a starburst of pain in one of my teeth. My dentist found no crack or decay in the tooth, but it never quite healed and . . . → Read More: Can Acupuncture Treat Facial Pain?

Acupuncture, Heartburn, and PPIs

Side effects of PPIs for GERD

There’s nothing that can put a damper on a delicious meal faster than knowing that an hour or two later you’ll be suffering from heartburn. If you’ve ever experienced heartburn, or GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease), you know that diving into a favorite dish often means suffering the fiery aftereffects.

Heartburn occurs when your . . . → Read More: Acupuncture, Heartburn, and PPIs

Cloudy With a Chance of Aches and Pains

Weather, health, and Chinese medicine

I love the early days of autumn! It’s still hot during the daytime, but the nights are beginning to cool off. The oppressive humidity of July and early August is gone, and in its place are dry, sharp days with a deep blue sky and nights with a cool edge that is perfect for . . . → Read More: Cloudy With a Chance of Aches and Pains

Back in the Swing: Treating Golfer's Elbow with Acupuncture

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Over the years in my acupuncture practice, I occasionally will have a patient who wants to know if acupuncture can help their golf game. One came to me for a bad case of the yips. Apparently every time he swung the club, he would tense up or twitch, throwing his game out the window. . . . → Read More: Back in the Swing: Treating Golfer’s Elbow with Acupuncture