Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t? Viruses, germs, and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, but not all of them are bad or harmful.
Think of the immune system as your body’s security detail. The cells, tissues, and organs that comprise it help repel foreign invaders like harmful bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections. Disorders of the immune system range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia. Stress, lack of sleep and other common conditions can contribute to a weakened immune system, which can make you vulnerable to infections. continue reading »
Germ Theory: 101 was last modified: April 27th, 2020 by admin
Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupoints in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. The point is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and index finger, also described as the depression where the index finger and thumb bones part. This area of the hand is often described as “valley like” hence the name converging valley. continue reading »
Meridian Point: Large Intestine 4 was last modified: April 27th, 2020 by admin
We often say in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the Liver is the system most easily susceptible to stress. Stress knots the Qi (energy) and makes its flow stagnate – this happens most quickly in the Liver energy system. The Liver, in TCM, is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body. This means that if Qi flow is impaired (ie, by stress), the Liver organ system will suffer. Likewise, if the Liver energy system is weak or stagnant (from lifestyle choices, diet, trauma, emotional stress, illness or genetic factors), Qi flow throughout the body may be impaired. continue reading »
Successful Herbs to Move Liver Qi was last modified: March 30th, 2020 by admin
Having recurring Migraines is similar to parenting a temperamental toddler. When they go from being annoying to actively disruptive and mildly infuriating, there is often little one can do but grit your teeth and persevere. The helpful suggestions for managing this occurrence involved a mixture of expert opinion, anecdotal hearsay, individual tinkering and a big dose of patience. So where does Acupuncture fit into this picture? continue reading »
Acupuncture: The Original Biohack for Migraines was last modified: March 30th, 2020 by admin
As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of Coronavirus. To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an abundance of caution to help protect you, your family, our community and our healthcare system.
Because there are many unknowns about Coronavirus and things can change rapidly, I believe using common sense is the best measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.continue reading »
COVID-19: IMMUNITY AND OUR COMMUNITY was last modified: March 21st, 2020 by admin
In Chinese Medical Theory, food is considered medicine. Food has qualities and functions biochemically and energetically that target specific organs. Not only that, but the action a particular food takes to benefit that organ in terms of taste, color and temperature is what is included in Five Element theory. Food has a relationship to both the natural elements as well as the organs in the body and balances the elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood to healthy, generating cycles. continue reading »
Food Color and Nutrition was last modified: February 25th, 2020 by admin
For most people, the change of seasons from Winter to Spring is something to look forward to. But it also means a time when people tend to get sick or seasonal allergies start to flare up. This can make things miserable for a lot of people. As the weather fluctuates between freezing cold and warmer, sunnier days, it also wreaks havoc on our Immune System and our sleep. Frequently, our bodies can’t keep up with the constant changes and we get physically run down. But there are some things everybody can do to help during the time of transition from one season to the next. continue reading »
How to Stay Healthy As Winter Changes to Spring was last modified: February 25th, 2020 by admin
Healthy blood circulation is a vital component of life for human beings. Without proper blood flow, life would cease to exist. Blood isn’t the only thing that’s important, it’s what the blood is carrying that makes circulation so important. Blood carries fresh oxygen, hormones and nutrients that we absorb from our food. Without these components, the organs and tissues of the body become depleted, weakened and eventually stop functioning. Any blockages in the veins and arteries can deprive the brain and the rest of the body from the needed oxygen, which can then lead to a plethora of other medical issues. continue reading »
Acupuncture for Boosting Your Circulation was last modified: January 28th, 2020 by admin
A study conducted by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has determined that the use of Moxibustion at specific days during a woman’s menstrual cycle can decrease pain associated with Menstruation. Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation is a big problem for many women. This study used Moxibustion, another modality of TCM, to treat the pain associated with menstruation. The study and its systematic review showed Moxibustion treatments were more effective at relieving pain only when the moxibustion began prior to the onset of actual menstruation. This is also the theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine, that it should be used as preventive care. The efficacy of using Moxibustion during the premenstrual time period holds great promise for those who are debilitated by Dysmenorrhea. continue reading »
Moxibustion & Dysmenorrhea was last modified: January 28th, 2020 by admin
There are several acupressure points that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life. continue reading »
5 Acupoints to Help You Navigate Your Stress This Winter was last modified: December 30th, 2019 by admin
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