Acupuncture Articles

Three Tips for Staying Healthy This Fall

Posted: October 2, 2014

Tips for staying well in the fall focus on staying warm and nourishing the respiratory system to avoid to avoid colds and flu. DIET: Pungent or savory, is the flavor associated with Metal.  Pungent and savory foods, such as garlic and onions, strengthen the Lung meridian and keep the lungs warm and moist, protecting them…

Autumn- The Season of Metal

Posted: October 1, 2014

At the beginning of each season I change the piece of art hanging in the waiting room of my office.  During Autumn I display a photograph of the Badlands, by photographer and medical doctor, Char Adkins, to represent the Metal element. Some of the attributes of Metal include the Lung and Large Intestine, reverence, and…

Research on Acupuncture for Fertility

Posted: June 19, 2014

During the annual convention of the Acupuncture Association of Missouri, Dianne Cridennda, L.Ac. and Paul Magarelli, M.D. presented their research on the use of acupuncture with IVF.  Dr. Magarelli, a reproductive endocrinologist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, designed a study to look at the effectiveness of acupuncture on infertility. The study looked at over 800…

Needle-less Acupuncture: Treating children… and adults?

Posted: June 10, 2014

The pediatric acupuncture training that I attended last month focused on the use of Japanese, non-insertive techniques.   This kind of treatment uses shonishin which are non-insertive tools for very gentle tapping and rubbing of meridians and points. Not only is this very effective, but I have found that children really enjoy it.  A full-body…

Moms and Kids- Acupuncture Can Treat Simultaneously

Posted: June 10, 2014

Given the increasing use of acupuncture for fertility as well as for treatment of pregnant women, it makes sense that acupuncture is also being used increasingly by the children of those same women.  In fact, the pediatric training I attended began with treating children in utero!  Monthly treatment for pregnant women can be just as…

Laughter, Fun, and Joy: Nourishing the Heart

Posted: May 1, 2014

The laughter, fun and joy in your life reflect the quality of your Fire element.   1) Laughter is known to enhance the healing process for a host of disease as well as support the immune system for preventing illness. Laughing regularly is a vital part of your health. If you haven't laughed in the…

Who’s In Charge of Your Kingdom?

Posted: May 1, 2014

No doubt, you've learned something 'by heart" at some point in your life - a favorite song or poem, or a piece of information that was important for you to be able to access at a moment's notice without stopping to think.  Knowing something 'by heart' reflects the certain knowledge the heart possesses about numerous…

My Next Trip!

Posted: May 1, 2014

Later this month I will be traveling to Boulder, Colorado to attend a workshop on pediatric acupuncture. We will focus on treating children from infancy through  ten years of age with needle-less acupuncture and diagnostic tools unique to children. I have been pleased to see how well children respond to acupuncture as well as their…

PMS, Infertility, and Libido

Posted: March 27, 2014

Stagnant Liver qi is a very common diagnosis in the U.S. It is also commonly associated with PMS, infertility, and low libido. Stagnation may occur through prolonged sitting and also lack of exercise, as well as through prolonged emotional frustration. PMS Breast tenderness and irritability are a failure of Liver qi to flow smoothly along…

Welcoming Kindness Into Your Life

Posted: March 27, 2014

Kindness is the gift or power of Wood. You already understand the nature of Wood if you have observed plants growing and overcoming obstacles. A tiny little acorn has the long-term vision or blueprint within that directs it to become an oak tree and nothing else. This type of long-term vision, essential to manifesting our…

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