Back to Basics: How an Acupuncturist Understands the Body

The take home message is this: acupuncture is about relationships. As an acupuncturist, I seek to understand the relationship between different energy systems in your body, the relationships between a number of physiological forces at work in each of us, and the relationship between your energy and the energy of the outside world.

New Year’s Resolutions

Ok, folks, it is that time again. Time to make some New Years Resolutions and try to stick to them. Guess what? Acupuncture just might be able to help. Here are some of the most common resolutions that people make, and how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you stick to them!

Treating Cold Sores with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are painful blisters that form around the lips and mouth. If you are one of the millions of people who experience cold sores now and again, you’ll be delighted to know that acupuncture and herbs can help to cut the duration of the sores and also lessen the intensity of symptoms. Regular treatment can even prevent the sores from occurring!

Mushrooms

This post is copied from our older, original blog. Original post date 10/15/2012.  By Marcie Bower, Lic.Ac. When I was 2 years old, mushrooms were my favorite food. Weird taste for a 2 year old, yes, but a wise one! Mushrooms are increasingly shown to have numerous health benefits, from boosting immunity to fighting cancer … Continue reading Mushrooms

Shingles

Shingles is a very painful skin rash that can often leave patients in pain long after the rash itself has cleared. As with so many pain conditions, acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be a very effective therapeutic treatment for symptoms of shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia.

Bell’s Palsy

Acupuncture theory understands Bell’s Palsy to be related to pathogenic “wind” in the channels of the face, which causes the paralysis, spasms, weakness, and rigidity. Treatment is therefore focuses on removing this pathogen from the body, as well as stimulating the facial muscles to regain their function.

Balance Your Emotions the Natural Way

I think that many patients could lift their mood and treat their anxiety and depression successfully without introducing medications, or could increase the efficacy of their medications and thereby cut the dosage to reduce side effects by modifying their lifestyle and introducing natural therapeutic tools to manage emotional imbalances.

10 Health Tips

I recently got asked the following question: “What health tips would you recommend to all your patients, in general? I know acupuncture is very individualized, but what kinds of things should everyone be doing, regardless of their condition?” So, as we enter into the New Year, over the next 10 days, I’ll offer you my top 10 health tips for everyone…a place to start your journey to a healthier, happier you.