Editor's Note: This moving documentary tells the story of Devin Dearth, a 40 year old man who suffered a major stroke and his families' search to find health care. His journey ends up taking him to China to explore TCM and acupuncture as an alternative to traditional care in the US. See his brother's description of why he produced this documentary (Doug Dearth) on YouTube.
by Beth Rhines
When I was a child, there was a young spruce tree in my yard. Its branches were thick with needles. I would get on my hands and knees and crawl through the branches towards the trunk of the tree. The poking needles were a small inconvenience, because just inside the perimeter the needles disappeared and what emerged was a protected space that became my special hideout...
Editor's Note: Now that we are in the midst of summer vacation, here is a timely reminder of why it is so important to enjoy the great outdoors with our children. Happy trails!
Family & Parenting
by Atula Gupta
Researchers from the China Meitan General Hospital have found that acupuncture, the procedure of inserting needles at specific points on the body, can help in the delivery process by speeding it up. The researchers also added that the procedure was safe for mom and the baby...
Editor's Note: This is a great article for people who like research studies confirming the effectiveness of acupuncture. The researchers in this study used electroacupuncture at a single acupuncture point to demonstrate that acupuncture can shorten the duration of the active phase of the first labor stage. This is great news for all expectant moms!
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Thirty-three years ago, my first child arrived in this world via a C-section. After 26 hours of labor, I was only along about 3 cm. My OBGYN decided to see what was happening via an ultra-sound (a relatively new procedure back in those days!) My son was in a brow presentation position and the umbilical chord wrapped around his neck. Needless to say, the C-section probably saved both of our lives. Back then, I wish I had this energetic clearing process that master energy therapist shares with us in this video.
by Sara Calabro
Acupuncturists do more than just poke people with needles. They use non-needling techniques, such as moxibustion and cupping, and some prescribe herbs...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Sara posed a great question to acupuncturists around the country: 'What is the one thing you wish your patients did to be healthier?' Read on for the 12 great tips revealed!
by Rebecca Countess
Come with me. I want to take you to the top of a mountain where the evergreen trees are tall and narrow and there is still a crunchy layer of thin, but loosely packed snow. The sun is shining overhead and you breathe deeply. The air is crisp and cool and you smell damp wood and pine needles. You can see little buds beginning to grow with their tight, snug layers and mysterious contents.
Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Guided imagery is a gentle but effective technique that directs and focuses the imagination. It can help access the subconscious through symbolic and challenging stories. As an art therapist, I often use guided imagery with my clients and for my own self growth.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Phil Veneziano MS, LAc
"Psst… What’s the deal with acupuncture? Can it really help you get to sleep at night? Without using prescription drugs? And you even fall asleep on the treatment table with the needles in?"...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great article! The author explains in an very tangible way how acupuncture needles work and how the body responds to Chinese Medicine. He offers insight into looking at the healing process in a new way, which provides a better environment for the entire body.
by Sara Calabro
A common assumption about acupuncture is that it hurts. You are, after all, getting stuck with needles. Fear of pain from acupuncture needles is one of the most common reasons people forgo acupuncture...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is an informative article for anyone new or old to acupuncture. 'De qi' is described, as well as the 5 sensations that are typically felt during an acupuncture treatment. No matter what sensation is felt, the outcome of improved health and wellbeing is the goal.
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