Acupuncture Articles

Gain without Pain

Posted: April 2, 2012

Needles can be scary.  For some people, the mere idea of a needle conjures up memories of childhood vaccination trauma - or even a painful sewing mishap. Needle phobia Acupuncture needles are different.  Unlike their ill-reputed counterparts used for injections or stitches, acupuncture needles are: The width of a human hair. Flexible. Designed to glide…

Weight-loss

Posted: June 25, 2007

I receive many calls from people wanting acupuncture to help them lose weight. Most of these calls care from people who have heard of the seemingly miraculous effects of ear-stapling on suppressing appetite. However, ear-stapling really is too good to be true. While many do in fact experience decreased appetite and do lose weight temporarily,…

Smoking Cessation and Acupuncture

Posted: June 4, 2007

It is now commonly accepted that quitting smoking can be as difficult as quitting heroin. While some smokers suffer a serious chemical dependency, others realize they have more of an emotional dependency on cigarettes. Regardless of the source of ones habit, acupuncture can be a very helpful aid in the hard work that is often…

Simple Practices for Rejuvenation

Posted: March 20, 2007

BREATH Qi first enters the body with the breath through the lungs. The lung channel is considered the beginning of the cycle of energy though the body. The job description for the lungs, according to the ancient Chinese medical texts, is to take in pure qi from the heavens. To breathe well: allow the ribcage…

Healing with the Five Elements: Tools for Self-Care

Posted: May 6, 2006

Yin/Yang The qualities of energy we take in with the foods we eat, the types of activities we engage in, our moods, and all other aspects of life, may be thought of as being relatively yin or yang in nature. Put most basically and perhaps over simplistically, yin experiences tend to be more contractive while…

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