by Maureen B. Roberts, PhD
Some of my most powerful soul retrieval and deathwalking work is done in dreams. In connection with my work with schizophrenia sufferers, many of whom are sensitive, brilliant and artistic young men, I recently had a Monty Pythonish dream in which a terrified teenage boy, who had turned 'mad' and run away into a dense tract of forest, was being pursued by a group of white-coated psychiatrists wielding hypodermic needles. They couldn't see him as he hid in the dense thickets, at which point I offered to find him and calm him down through shamanic intervention...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: A news reporter gets acupuncture for the first time with licensed acupuncturist Kylie Roach. He puts the fear of needles at bay when he discusses the painless and relaxing experience of a typical treatment. Kylie explains how acupuncture helps not only with chronic pain, but with stress, relaxation, and overall health
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: 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: 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.
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.'
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!
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