Dry Skin Solutions

Minneapolis acupuncture clinic

I love being an acupuncturist, except for one thing. Every fall and throughout the winter, my hands dry out from all the washing in between patients. It’s only October, and already my hands are chapped. They catch on everything I touch, and no amount of lotions seems to rehydrate my skin completely. Furthermore, when . . . → Read More: Dry Skin Solutions

Rx for Fall Allergies

Acupuncture clinic Minneapolis

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

Chinese Food Therapy at the Farmers Market

Minneapolis Acupuncture Clinc

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

Upper Back and Shoulder Pain and Our Evolving Bodies

acupuncture for back pain

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

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

The Healing Power of Pets

Acupuncture Minneapolis

More than once a patient has brought their pet into my acupuncture clinic for a visit (not a treatment). I have had visitors in the form of pocket-sized dogs, spaniels and bulldogs, and even a bird (no cats to date, though). I grew up with lots of animals–from turtles and gerbils to cats, dogs, . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Pets

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