Posts by Julie Permut

Give Yourself a Valentine

Valentine’s Day is traditionally when we celebrate our love for one another: couples, families, friends, what have you. Qualities of selflessness and giving to others are highly valued in our culture, while paying attention to one’s own needs and one’s own care is not so highly valued. I want to challenge you to send some…

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Calling All Men: Acupuncture Works for You Too!

I’ll admit it, most of my patients are women.  Maybe women are more proactive about their health, or maybe because I myself am a woman, women are more likely to seek treatment with me.  Whatever the case may be, I want men to know just how effective acupuncture can be for them too.  Check out…

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A Word About Drugs Vs. Natural and Alternative Therapies

Most of my patients come to me for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine precisely because they don’t want to take drugs (ie medications or pharmaceuticals, not recreational drugs).  Whether they don’t tolerate Western medications well or they are simply opposed to taking them, I believe these patients are onto something.  This is not to say…

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Acupuncturists Respond to Disaster in Haiti

Acupuncturists Without Borders is gearing up to send volunteers to Haiti to provide free treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to earthquake victims and people on the ground trying to help them.   Once the issues of food, water and shelter have been addressed in Haiti, volunteer acupuncturists will leave their private practices behind for…

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Morning Sickness, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Congratulations on your pregnancy!  What’s that?  You’re too nauseated to celebrate?  Unfortunately, this is the reality for many women in their first trimester (and sometimes in the second and third as well).  Nausea, dry heaves, vomiting and heartburn can all eclipse the joy of knowing you’ll soon be a mother.  Luckily, there are tried and…

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Moxa-what? The Skinny on Moxibustion

Moxibustion, or moxa for short, is a technique used by acupuncturists to warm an acupuncture point, needle or an area of the body by burning an herb called mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) over or on the skin. Indirect moxa describes the use of a moxa pole that looks like a cigar and, when lit, glows like…

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