by Amy Hitchcock
I am a self-taught assemblage artist (B.A. in art history), living in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts with my husband and 9-year-old daughter. In 2001, I was 37 years old and experiencing what would be my first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. My body below my ribs was partially numb with a pins-and-needles sensation throughout...
Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Beautifully written and inspirational, Amy tells her story as she struggled with MS and found art to be the one thing that kept her going, kept her inspiration, and most importantly found a deepness of healing in her artwork.
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from ABC NEWS
Pairing an ancient Chinese medicine technique with in-vitro fertilization treatments can tip the odds in favor of women waiting to get pregnant, a new German medical study has found. The study, published in the April edition of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, found that acupuncture, an important element in the 4,000-year-old tradition of Chinese medicine, increases the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization...
by Deanne Goodman
For the past year, Sharon Cerken has been taking her dog Dewey to the Drake Center in Encinitas for acupuncture.
“It’s totally changed who Dewey is as a dog,” Cerken said. “I feel like she’s got her puppiness back...”
Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: San Diego pet acupuncture is on the rise! If acupuncture works so well for humans, why not for your furry friend at home? This article showcases the benefits of acupuncture for pets for various conditions such as pain, arthritis, and urinary problems. It explains that acupuncture simply restores the body to a balanced state, which in turn promotes healing and overall good health.
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...
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 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!
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.
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