Five Things to Know About Back Pain

Like a lightning bolt out of the blue, back pain seems to strike at the most unlikely of times. It can be set off by some seemingly harmless activity like reaching for soap in the shower, trying to grab something from under the bed, or simply by putting on your shoes. When it happens, . . . → Read More: Five Things to Know About Back Pain

Rx for Fall Allergies

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When I was a kid, allergies were something that was not on my radar. I grew up in a large family, and one of my sisters seemed to suffer for all the rest of us. She walked around the house with red eyes, a stuffy nose, and a tissue in hand. I know she . . . → Read More: Rx for Fall Allergies

Acupuncture for Tooth Clenching: Seven Things You Should Know

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I don’t get stressed out often–at least I don’t think I do. However, I know that things are getting out of hand when my teeth start hurting. While stress and my teeth may seem unrelated, I know that when my teeth get sore or sensitive, I am unconsciously clenching them. It’s my wake-up call . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Tooth Clenching: Seven Things You Should Know

Why Am I So Tired?

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As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I work with many patients who are flat out tired. They struggle to get out of bed in the morning, poop out at night, or don’t have the energy to do the things they want to do throughout the day. Some come to me because exhaustion is their . . . → Read More: Why Am I So Tired?

Acupuncture for Post Traumatic Stress – PTSD

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When I was a teenager I witnessed a scary incident that involved a panicky young horse that was injured while being moved to his new home. Fortunately, the accident looked far worse than it was, and the horse arrived at his new digs shaken and bruised, but able to make a full recovery.

However, . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Post Traumatic Stress – PTSD

Upper Back and Shoulder Pain and Our Evolving Bodies

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About a month ago I attended an acupuncture symposium, at which the keynote speaker talked about treating musculoskeletal injuries and pain. Early on in his presentation he made the remark that the bodies he treated thirty years ago are very different from those he treats today.

It took a minute for me to understand . . . → Read More: Upper Back and Shoulder Pain and Our Evolving Bodies

Hangover Help Using Chinese Medicine

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Hangovers are an exercise in regret. No matter how much fun I had last night, when the room is spinning, my head is pounding, and my stomach is in turmoil, I always regret that last drink…or two…or three. There is always the wish that I could go back in time and have a do-over. . . . → Read More: Hangover Help Using Chinese Medicine

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?

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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

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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