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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,…

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…


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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