When to Use Acupuncture and When to Go to Your Doctor

Acupuncture versus Western medicine

When it comes to trying acupuncture, either for the first time or for treating a new condition, patients are faced with a number of questions and concerns. In the past, alternative healing came with stereotypes, and even today some of my patients are surprised to find us in a clinic—they were expecting incense, beaded . . . → Read More: When to Use Acupuncture and When to Go to Your Doctor

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

Surviving Winter with Chinese Medicine

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Winter is hard. It’s cold, messy, and takes some getting used to. Every fall, I get into a little funk thinking about what’s to come in the months ahead—the snow, lack of sunlight, and chipping ice off my windshield. When you really think about it, winter pretty much sucks.

However, it also serves a . . . → Read More: Surviving Winter with Chinese Medicine

The Healing Power of Smell

Have you ever caught a whiff of some smell that immediately brought you back to your childhood? It may be the smell of bread or cookies baking, the scent of a plant that grew near your childhood home, or the familiar smell of a building where you spent a lot of time as a . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Smell

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

A Body in Motion: Chinese Medicine and Exercise

I grew up in a swimming pool. My Dad was a swimmer both in college and during World War II, and he expected us kids to be swimmers, too. I remember every summer weekday practicing at the local swim club, come rain or shine. Saturday mornings were devoted to meets to test our skills . . . → Read More: A Body in Motion: Chinese Medicine and Exercise

Ears, Hearing, and Chinese Medicine

Minneapolis acupuncture clinic for ear health

About a week ago, I caught a head cold. It was the kind of cold where my nose ran continually, to the point that I felt like I was losing brain matter. Then for a couple of days my right ear plugged up, making everything sound like my head was trapped in a tin. . . . → Read More: Hearing, Tinnitus, and Chinese Medicine

Heat, Hormones, and Chinese Medicine

Dear Acupuncture in the Park, why is it that some women have hot flashes into their seventies and even eighties? My poor mother still has what appears to be hot flashes several times a day, and she’s 76. She thinks she was just unlucky in the menopause lottery. What’s going on?

Answer: It’s not . . . → Read More: Heat, Hormones, and Chinese Medicine

Seven Surprising Conditions Your Acupuncturist Can Treat

Minneapolis acupuncture clinic for sciatica

When I first opened my practice many years ago, I thought that most of the people I would be treating would have some kind of pain or overuse injury. In my previous career, I spent years researching women’s health and sports. So when I hung out my shingle, I just assumed that I would . . . → Read More: Seven Surprising Conditions Your Acupuncturist Can Treat

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