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

Seven Things to Know About Spring and Your Chinese Liver

Seven things to know about your Chinese Liver

As a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I can see the impact that the weather and seasons have on my patients’ health. This winter was a tough one for everyone. Here in Minnesota, it was just too cold to go outdoors and enjoy the usual winter activities, so people who usually breeze through . . . → Read More: Seven Things to Know About Spring and Your Chinese Liver

Acupuncture for Athletes

Acupuncture to Boost Athletic Performance

Many years ago, a patient came to me for acupuncture to see if I could help him with his case of the Yips.  While this may sound like a funky skin condition, having the Yips is actually a golf term.  It’s when the golfer jumps, jerks, or pulls up just prior to putting the . . . → Read More: Acupuncture for Athletes

Tips for Fighting Off the Common Cold

Chinese medicine for the common cold

It’s going around right now; most people just call it the crud. It’s a particularly contagious upper respiratory infection–or maybe it’s the flu. Either way, it starts with a really sore throat, then your nose starts running like a faucet, and finally this alien being settles in your chest for about three weeks causing . . . → Read More: Tips for Fighting Off the Common Cold

Seven Tips for Better Sleep

Acupuncture for sleeplessness

If you struggle with sleeplessness, you’re not alone. Most people have insomnia of one kind or another at some point in their lives. The inability to sleep may take the form of a racing mind when you first go to bed, early waking, restless sleep, or being awake the entire night.

How insomnia is . . . → Read More: Seven Tips for Better Sleep

Acupuncture and Lung Health

Healing Your Lungs with Chinese Medicine

Lately, we’ve been seeing a number of patients here at Acupuncture in the Park who have been struggling with lung issues. Beyond seeing lots of patients with seasonal allergies this hay fever season, we’ve also seen people suffering from pneumonia, pleurisy, and even pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs). While acupuncture shouldn’t be . . . → Read More: Acupuncture and Lung Health

Garden Party

Acupuncture for back pain

One of the things I like best about summer is going out into my garden and picking my dinner. Right now I have lettuce, tomatoes, heads of cabbage, peppers, arugula, and some fine looking basil plants all just waiting for me to decide what to pluck and eat. In addition, my flower gardens are . . . → Read More: Garden Party!

Six Ways to Strengthen Your Chinese Kidneys

Chinese medicine and kidney health

Your Chinese Kidneys are considered to be one of the most important organs in your body. They are the organ system of growth, maturation, sexuality, fertility, and aging. Like a seed which holds the potential of an entire plant, your Kidneys hold the genetic blueprint of who you are and how healthy and strong . . . → Read More: Six Steps to Kidney Health Using Chinese Medicine

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.

Why should you be having . . . → Read More: Six Reasons You Need Acupuncture Maintenance

Our Eleven Best Health Tips

Acupuncture in Minneapolis health tips

It seems like every day we are asked by our acupuncture patients what they can do to improve their health. Of course, the answer varies depending on the circumstances and health of the person asking. What we have found over the years at Acupuncture in the Park, however, is that there are a few changes . . . → Read More: Our Eleven Best Health Tips