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Acupuncture Support for New Moms (Dads too!)

Traditional Chinese medicine has a very clear and simple prescription for the postpartum period: the new mother should stay in bed for three months.

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I was astonished to hear this from my traditionally-trained Chinese herbal professor. And it turns out, that’s literal. A woman who just gave birth is to stay in bed, have her food brought to her, and not even bathe for three months. Others in the family take care of the baby, and bring it the mother … Continue reading

Sick of Antibiotics? Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help

pill bottlesA lot of people come into my office who have taken a lot of antibiotics.

Often it’s for a sinus infection, which mostly resolves, followed by another sinus infection, and so on. Sometimes it’s for a urinary tract infection that does the same thing.

This happens easily with antibiotic treatment. The overt symptoms get better, but something is not quite right afterward. There’s some residual congestion, or you just feel a little foggy-headed and “off”. With a bladder infection, there … Continue reading

Three Kinds of Tired: Which One Are You?

I have a client who moved here recently from a much warmer climate. About a month ago she came in saying, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m tired all the time. I’m sleeping 9 or 10 hours a night, and I still don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t feel like doing much during the day. I’m not usually this unmotivated.

I thought for a minute and then realized, oh, she’s never done November in the

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Acupuncture, Chronic Pain, and Re-Training the Nervous System

Pain researcher Lorimer Moseley tells this story: he was hiking in the Australian Outback with friends, and felt something scratch his left ankle. It was painful enough to make him pull his leg away a little bit, but he just kept walking, figuring he’d scraped his ankle on a stick, and forgot about it – until he woke up two days later in the hospital. Doctors told him he’d been bitten by an eastern brown snake, and was lucky to … Continue reading

Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is a very common health concern.  In this country, 65 million people, or about 1/4 of Americans, are estimated to have high blood pressure.

In the early stages, hypertension is typically asymptomatic; people usually find out they have high blood pressure during a routine physical check-up.  Doctors are adamant about treating it, and with good reason – having high blood pressure greatly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.

Often, lifestyle … Continue reading

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