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Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Chinese Medicine | 0 comments

The One Craving That’s Good For You

The One Craving That’s Good For You

You guessed it… acupuncture! In fact, I’ve had patients tell me that they love acupuncture so much they become addicted to it. And unlike many forms of addiction, acupuncture is actually good for you! Inserting needles in the body releases endorphins and powerful pain-relieving, naturally occurring substances that can be up to 10x more powerful than morphine. (I suppose if you’re craving green leafy vegetables, then acupuncture isn’t the only craving that’s good for you. šŸ™‚ ) My last blog post talked about the nature of cravings and how they have to power to direct you into balance or push you off balance, depending on your current state of being. Click here to read more. Leave a comment below and please share this post by using these handy...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Chinese Medicine | 3 comments

The 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make With Chronic Pain

The 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make With Chronic Pain

I treat many patients with chronic pain who find great relief with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. One reason is that acupuncture stimulates the release of natural pain killer-like substances in the body that can be up to ten times more potent than morphine! (No wonder they keep commin’ back! šŸ™‚ ) Another reason why my patients find so much relief from their pain is because Chinese medicine has a unique view of pain that differs from that of western medicine. Here are the top 3 mistakes people make with chronic pain: 1) Icing too frequently. Icing can be beneficial in acute situations to quickly reduce inflammation, usually within 48 hours of an original injury. However, even then, we don’t use ice in Chinese medicine. Ice creates coldness and stagnation in the body, which creates pain. When Qi (or energy) and Blood flow freely through the body, there is no pain. (Click here to read an earlier blog post describing this concept in more detail.) 2) Exercising when you should...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2010 in Chinese Medicine | 3 comments

How The Heck Does Acupuncture Work?

How The Heck Does Acupuncture Work?

What do a garden hose and acupuncture have in common? (Hint: It’s not a bad joke.) Every molecule in the universe is made up of energy (thanks, Einstein!). That includes every cell in our body. Essentially, we are all little balls of energy walking around on the planet. The Chinese word for energy is Qi (pronounced “chee”). According to Chinese medicine, disease is caused by a block or stagnation of energy or ā€œQiā€ in the body. Picture a garden hose. (Stay with me…) When there’s a kink in the hose, water cannot flow freely. Pressure builds on one side of the kink and is completely absent on the other side. If you release the hose, the water flows freely again. Now imagine 14 garden hoses hooked end to end and arranged neatly throughout your body. Each hose is connected to and associated with a major organ. Can you see how a kink in one hose can affect all the other hoses? It’s like a big game of dominoes! (Oops,...

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