Signs and Symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation

TweetHere are some of the symptoms commonly associated with liver qi stagnation: * Pain or discomfort anywhere along the sides of the body * Depression * Mood swings * Sighing * Hiccups * Frustration * Inappropriate anger * Sensation of a lump in throat * Difficulty swallowing * Bitter taste in mouth * Constipation or diarrhea * Abdominal distention and discomfort * Stomachache that improves after massage * Stomachache that worsens with anger * PMS... Read More

Move Your Qi!

TweetThe liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of Qi (life force) throughout the body. When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly. So, for optimum health, move your Qi! Stretch – The liver controls the tendons. According to Oriental medicine, the liver stores blood during periods of rest and then releases it to the tendons in times of activity, maintaining tendon health... Read More

Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture

Tweet Everyone suffers from irritability and moodiness from time to time, but if you find that a short temper and frustration are becoming a constant issue for you, then acupuncture may be able to help. Often irritability and moodiness are the consequence of chronic stress in your life. Over time these emotions can progress into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression as well as other health conditions such as digestive... Read More

Acupuncture, the Natural Cold and Flu Remedy

TweetThis year there will be 1 billion colds and 95 million cases of the flu in the United States alone. While the misery of cold and flu season might be inevitable, one thing is changing: where we look for relief. Acupuncture to Get Better Faster – If you have already come down with a cold or the flu, acupuncture treatments can help relieve symptoms you are currently experiencing including chills, fever, body aches, runny nose, congestion,... Read More

Interesting Acupuncture Facts

TweetHere are some historical highlights of where acupuncture needles came from, how they evolved, and how they are used today: Image courtesy of   *The earliest acupuncture devices were made of stone. These were not used to pierce the skin, but rather to press on acupuncture points. *Before metal needles, historians think thorns, bamboo slivers, or sharpened bone were used to stimulate acupuncture points. *The oldest acupuncture... Read More

Study: Acupuncture May Change the Way the Brain Perceives Pain

Tweet Check out this Time Magazine article on recent research showing how acupuncture works: The idea of pricking your body with needles in order to relieve pain seems nothing if not counterintuitive, but thousands of acupuncture patients swear the treatments are effective in addressing pain of all kinds. But how does it work? How much of the relief is due to the placebo effect — the mere perception that the needles are actually dulling pain... Read More

Treating Seasonal Depression with Traditional Chinese Medicine

TweetClinically referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the winter blues can weigh you down during the dark months of the year. An estimated ten million Americans (two-thirds of them women) suffer every year. Symptoms include depression, irritability, headaches, fatigue and lethargy, increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings, difficulty concentrating, and decreased libido. In the Western world, it is thought that because people... Read More

Late Summer: Preparing for Less Light

Tweet Chase the Blues Away As the days are getting shorter, we are just beginning to experience less daylight. For many people, depression or melancholy can begin to set in. It’s important to manage these feelings from a psycho-emotional standpoint, perhaps with a therapist or meditation practice. Below, I will introduce a meditation exercise that is great for stress reduction, relaxation and is something you can even practice on the subway! As... Read More

More Tips for Late Summer

Tweet During this last burst of Indian Summer – heat and dampness are prominent. These elements can easily damage the heart and spleen function. You may find yourself feeling sticky and clammy, sweating, poor appetite, heavy limbs, fatigue. Tip #2: Drink plenty of fluids to prevent body fluid deficiency. The organ systems associated with the season of Late Summer are the Stomach and the Spleen-Pancreas. These systems are responsible for the... Read More

Late Summer: The Fifth Season

Tweet Late Summer is the fifth season in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While it is a short season, it is, in many ways, the most important, as it represents the transition from the energetic yang energy of Spring and Summer to the quieter yin energy of Fall and Winter. This is the point at which all seasons converge. As Paul Pitchford writes in Healing with Whole Foods, Late Summer represents “the instant where the pendulum reverses... Read More