Acupuncture Articles

Spring Thaw: A Painting by Jane Mudd

Posted: February 1, 2014

The Wood element is expressed by the spring-time energy of vigorous movement and growth. The rushing water in Jane Mudd's painting (in our reception room) exemplifies the increased color, sound and movement that we experience as we leave the quiet darkness of winter. I am delighted to display this painting in our reception area as we…

Mugwort: American and Chinese

Posted: January 2, 2014

When patients learn that the herb I use when doing moxabustion is called mugwort, many say, "hmm, sounds like something from Harry Potter". (Clearly, they are muggles who know nothing about Hogwarts Academy, where mugwort is not used in any potions or spells!) Mugwort, also known as Artemisia vulgaris, has been used for the purpose…

Five Element Theory: Chinese or American?

Posted: December 13, 2013

Soon after graduating from acupuncture school in the summer of 2000, I was invited to a celebration of the autumnal equinox taking place at a friend's home. The celebration was set up around a native American medicine wheel that had been set up for this purpose. As the talking stick was passed around the circle of…

The Heart Only Says Yes!

Posted: December 12, 2013

Spirit Storehouse, Spirit Seal, Spirit Burial Ground. What do these points have in common?  Not only do they have mysterious names indicating spiritual functions, but they each lie on the Kidney meridian as it travels up through the chest from the abdomen to the collar bones. Their presence over the heart gives us a clue…

3 Tips for Staying Happy and Healthy This Winter

Posted: November 26, 2013

How does winter feel to you? For some it brings the anticipation of winter sports and playing in the snow while others look forward to cozy fires and the quiet of a snowy day. At least, that is how it feels to those who have an easy relationship with the energetics of the Water element,…

3 Tips to Better Nutrition

Posted: September 17, 2013

Patients frequently ask me what they can add to their diet to improve their condition. Patients who ask this question are often those who have already given the most thought to creating a diet of whole foods. While I do recommend eating a whole-foods diet that is chock- full of nutrients, there is more to nutrition…

The Earth Element: Being Supported and Nourished Through All the Seasons

Posted: September 17, 2013

Earth differs from the other four Elements in that its seasonal correspondence, while often associated with Late Summer, is also associated with the two weeks that mark the final week of one season, and the first week of the successive season. (Late Summer is recognized with the month of August until the autumnal equinox. The…

Pregnancy and Acupuncture

Posted: September 6, 2013

While the success of acupuncture in enhancing female and male fertility has gained much attention in recent years, its use during pregnancy, in delivery, and in post-partum has been over-looked. Once pregnant, many women are faced with the need to discontinue medications they have relied upon for years. These include anti-depressants and medications for prevention…

Pediatric Acupuncture: Infants and Pre-Teens Benefit From Treatment

Posted: August 20, 2013

Children, including infants, are tremendously receptive to acupuncture. Providing relief from digestive disorders, rashes, bed-wetting, anxiety and attention deficit disorder, children derive all of the benefits from acupuncture that adults do - but in a fraction of the time. Treatment differs for children in that treatments last 15 to 25 minutes, and the number of treatments…

This Self-Care Tip Helps Remove the Root of Disease

Posted: August 15, 2013

As a practitioner of traditional Japanese acupuncture, I pay attention to the patient's abdomen as part of diagnosis and treatment at each visit. Patients who have been intrigued by this and are invested in optimizing their health have chosen to practice daily handwork on their own abdomens and have impressed me with the results. The…

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