by Sara Calabro
Acupuncturists have a name for the time when their patients are resting with needles. They call it “cooking.” Some people call it “torture.”
A recent article on common excuses for not getting acupuncture listed fear of needles as the number-one excuse. In response to this article, a popular sentiment arose, highlighting a type of needle fear that often flies under the radar...
Editor´s Note: I see many first-time acupuncture patients and fear of being 'stuck' is definitely one of the top reasons they've confessed to staying away from acupuncture in general. Even when they they've read and heard so many great things about it, fear often overwhelms action. Sara explains two simple steps to overcome this fear, which will allow you to sink into that deep euphoric state of relaxation. Which many, including Sara, call 'nap time.'
by Tina Marcantel, NMD
The American Pain Foundation (APF) has called pain a national healthcare crisis. More than 50 million Americans are suffering from chronic pain and another 25 million are dealing with acute pain...
Editor's Note: Recently, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report entitled, "Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research," which calls for societal reform in how chronic pain is managed, as this is a national crisis. Dr. Tina Marcantel offers her expertise in this article on some natural solutions to pain management.
from Taking Charge of Your Health
Sarah used Traditional Chinese Medicine for leg numbness.
A couple of weeks following routine arthroscopic surgery on my left knee when I was 35, my leg went numb from the knee down. I went to see the orthopedic surgeon and he didn't know why it had gone numb, and couldn't recommend any treatment...
Editor´s Note: Duke University Medical Center uses acupuncture before and after surgery to reduce pain and the side effects associated with opioids. The anesthesiologist Dr. T.J Gan explains how acupuncture works and it's effectiveness in pain and stress management. Love it!
by Andres Vergara, LAc, MAc & Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH
In Chinese medicine, the spleen and kidneys play an important role in metabolism. We are not referring to the literal and anatomical kidneys and spleens alone. These organs are actually the gross manifestations, two of five of the essential processes or functions our whole selves cycle through on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. The spleen represents the function of transformation and digestion and it, working in partnership with the pancreas and stomach, are responsible for converting food and water into fuel and energy that the body can use to sustain itself...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great article that explains metabolism and weight gain from a Chinese Medicine perspective. The functions of different organ systems are discussed, along with herb and food recommendations to nourish and balance the body.
by Beth Cefalu
Millions of people say acupuncture is just what the doctor ordered as an excellent alternative to ease aches and pains. But, how does it work?...
Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Acupuncture IS just what the doctor ordered! In five years the use of acupuncture increased in this country by 1 million people! This segment explains how acupuncture works and showcases its effectiveness for conditions such as allergies, menopause, chronic pain, and autoimmune disorders to name a few.
by Hal Mosher
Animals are an integral part of our lives as they serve as reminders of our deep connection to nature. The animal mind has not been tainted by societal conventions, and more importantly neither has its instincts. In martial arts practice, we try to cultivate the sense of ourselves we had before our societal conditioning...
by Christo Zouves, MD and Suzanne Duffy
Western Medicine has traditionally been resistant to alternative therapies, focusing on the management of disease after it presents, often ignoring the fact that a particular organ or system actually belongs to a person or patient. Alternative therapies and traditional medicine in many cultures, have focused on the whole person and have generally asked the questions about causation and methods of prevention...
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