by Victoria Spaurel R Ac
Millions of people all over the world suffer from seasonal allergies. Acupuncture is one way to help deal with this problem.
We experience allergies when the body’s immune system overreacts to common substances in the environment. Grass pollens in summer are a common allergen, and in the fall some people may react to the presence of mold spores...
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 Mayu Kawata, MT-BC, HHP
Music therapy can be used in a variety of settings, from children with special needs to hospice. Music therapists are trained clinicians who bring musical experiences to meet the complex needs of an individual or group...
Editor's Note: Music has been used throughout history for important times of transition in life, including death. Using music can be tremendously healing for those who are dying as well as those who have lost their loved ones. Here's my personal journey on music and death, and why I am passionate about the use of music in end-of-life and bereavement care.
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
by Ion Doaga
You already know about how useful massage is, but how to choose one that fits your needs? There are many types of treatments and massages, but no one breaks them down from A to Z.
Due to this, I decided to write a short guide about shiatsu massage. That might help you answer why you would want to choose shiatsu instead of another therapy...
Massage & Bodywork
by Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac., and
Efrem Korngold, L.Ac.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference in 1997 stated, "The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs and other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions..."
by Lynn Jaffee
I have lots of gardens in my yard; some are in the shade, some are sunny, and some are tucked into little corners that don’t get much attention. I like to walk around my house and check what’s been growing, what’s flowering, and what needs a little weeding. The other day, as I was checking out the green, I began to take stock of how many plants growing in my yard are actually Chinese herbs...
Editor's Note: Acupuncturist and author Lynn Jaffee writes an interesting piece about Chinese herbs found in the backyard. In acupuncture college we learn the herbs in a more esoteric way: identifying them in their dried and sliced form and learning the names in Chinese and Latin. Its quite removed from looking at the actual plant growing in the garden.
by Erin Telford
1. Regulate your body’s temperature by eating “cooling” foods".
All year long, I advise my patients against eating salads. For the majority of people, cold, raw foods are the worst thing for digestion. Finally, we have entered the season where salads will benefit rather than potentially harm. In general when you are cooking, you will want to steam or simmer foods as quickly as possible. If you are going to sauté or stir fry, do so quickly and infrequently as this cooking method adds additional heat to your food. Our goal is to create a cooler internal environment to balance the heat from the external environment...
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