Acupuncture Articles

Build Your “Post-Heaven Qi”

Posted: December 6, 2012

Acupuncture theory contains many profound ideas regarding the maintenance and improvement of health. One of these is the concept of pre-Heaven and post-Heaven qi. Housed in the kidneys, these two types of qi are present when we are born. Pre-Heaven qi is what we inherit from our parents and contains our greatest potentials, as well…

Metal: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll

Posted: September 15, 2012

Addictions to intense physical experiences such as sex, drugs, and even exercise and food, are recognized with in Five Element medicine as an imbalance in the Metal Element. Spiritual seekers use practices like meditation to experience an expansive awareness and connection with the greater energy of the universe. Without our spiritual connection fulfilled, it is…

The Earth Element: Pivots and Transformations

Posted: July 23, 2012

As with the other elements, Earth is associated with organs (stomach and spleen), meridians, and a time of the year. While the other elements are associated with specific seasons of the year (Fire with summer, Metal with fall, Water with winter, and Wood with spring), Earth is usually associated with the end of summer, the…

Use Your Bubbling Spring to Calm and Ground the Qi

Posted: July 23, 2012

Kidney 1, also called Bubbling Spring, is a point found on the bottom of the foot. Located in a soft depression where the tougher skin of the ball transitions to the arch of the foot, this is a useul point to calm and ground the mind and body. To counter anxious thoughts and a mind…

3 Ways to Get Better Faster with Acupuncture

Posted: July 14, 2012

“How many acupuncture treatments will I need?” is a question we hear every day in the clinic.  Understandably, everyone wants to feel better fast with as few visits and little expense as possible.  Here are a few things you should know about how to get the best results with the fewest number of treatments. 1. …

Where Does the Gate of Destiny Lead?

Posted: July 5, 2012

What’s in a name Every acupuncture point has a name that tells you where it is and what it does.   Abundant Splendor, for example, refers to one point’s profusion of blood and to its location on a prominent muscle of the lower leg. Gate of Destiny indicates the significance of a point’s access to…

What You Should Know About the Chinese Clock

Posted: April 25, 2012

The concept of the Chinese Clock is a valuable and simple tool for maximizing your health.  For example, it tells you what time of day is best for eating your main meal. As with our own clock, the Chinese clock is based on 24 hours.  Each two-hour period is governed by one of the 12…

You Are a Meeting Point Between Heaven and Earth

Posted: April 16, 2012

Here's an idea that always makes me stand up a little taller and take a deeper breath when I think it: I am a unique meeting point between heaven and earth. Each one of us connects heaven and earth in a way that no other being does in exactly the same way. In the taoist…

What Do Baseball and Your Health Have in Common?

Posted: April 11, 2012

Last week, I learned something about baseball from one of my patients and how it relates to health. Achieving optimal health and being successful in baseball both require more than skill and knowledge. They share a need for the application of something that is simple, yet not easy, to do: relax. I was taught this…

Extend The Benefit of Your Acupuncture Treatment

Posted: April 6, 2012

One of my favorite suggestions for extending the benefit of an acupuncture treatment is also effective in relaxing a stiff neck, improving digestion, boosting energy, countering menstrual cramps,  and clearing the mind.  How could one simple practice do all that?  And what is it? Breathing into the Sea of Qi, also known as CV 6,…

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