Acupuncture Articles

The Small Intestine Channel Nourishes Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Posted: July 9, 2013

The Small Intestine Channel and the Body: The Small Intestine channel is used frequently by acupuncturists for problems with the joints - and much less often to address the small intestine.  Starting on the little finger, the channel passes through the arm, shoulder, shoulder blade and neck before ending on the face in front of…

3 Ways to Relieve Wrist Fatigue and Stiffness

Posted: July 9, 2013

Stiff and fatigued wrists are increasingly common these days as we spend more time at computer keyboards. Our lack of upper body exercise also makes us more prone to injuries and inflammation of the wrists. It is useful to know that the energy channels or meridians that nourish the wrists pass through the shoulders, and when…

Dry-Needling: What Is It?

Posted: June 19, 2013

In early June, I attended the annual convention of the Acupuncture Association of Missouri. Each year, we meet to conduct annual business, study and discuss the art and science of acupuncture, and just have a good time. In addition to being elected to my fifth term on the Executive Committee, I had the pleasure of…

What A Healthy Heart Protector Can Do For You

Posted: June 11, 2013

The Heart Protector channel (also called the Pericardium channel for the fluid-filled sack that surrounds and protects the heart) supports our capacity to create intimate connection. It travels the inner arm from the palm though the inner elbow crease, and up into the chest where it meets the pericardium and heart. The Heart Protector’s yang…

Heart Protector 6 Helps Poor Digestion and Nausea

Posted: June 6, 2013

Inner Frontier Gate, also called Heart Protector 6, is one of the most common points used to prevent or relieve nausea. Bracelets worn to prevent seasickness are actually applying pressure to Heart Protector 6. This point is located on the inside of the forearm between two prominent tendons, about 2-3 inches proximal to the wrist.…

What Does Your Triple Heater Do?

Posted: June 4, 2013

Your body has three burners or heaters - and they are managed by a meridian called the Triple Burner or Triple Heater. The lower burner is in your lower abdomen, between the pubic bone and navel. The middle burner refers to the area between the navel and sternum, and the upper burner refers to the area…

Using the Five Elements to Optimize Your Health

Posted: May 9, 2013

My patients are receiving postcards from me this week. Not only is this a chance to connect and maintain my relationships, it is a reminder that seasonal transitions, like the one we are in now (spring to summer) offer an opportunity to take advantage of the power of Five Element acupuncture to not only treat…

The Fire Element: Warmth in Your Body, Your Relationships, and Your Heart

Posted: May 9, 2013

The heart is the organ most easily and often used as an emblem for the function of the Fire element in the body. Our physical warmth, cardiovascular health and the mobility of the neck and shoulders are governed by the four meridians that relate most directly to the Fire element: Heart, Small Intestine, Triple Heater, and…

Three Tips to Optimize the Flow of Qi

Posted: May 2, 2013

When the flow of qi in our bodies is optimized, we experience physical well-being, mental and emotional clarity and calmness, and feel centered in our spirit. There are three things you can do to improve your flow of qi immediately. 1.Awareness of your breath - even if you suffer from allergies or asthma - will…

Three Tips for Avoiding Colds and Flu

Posted: February 1, 2013

The Metal element is often the most puzzling to those being introduced to Five Element theory and medicine. However, it has practical applications to many aspects of health, including immunity. Metal governs an aspect of qi called wei qi (pronounced "way chee" or "way kee"). Wei qi circulates through the skin and is a protective…

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