Chinese Herbal Medicine

5 Tips for a Healthy Cold and Flu Season

Ah, yes, it’s that time of year again.  Everyone around you is getting colds, some have already had a flu, and you want to do everything you can to avoid being ill.  While some viruses will be unavoidable and you probably will have at least one cold before the season is out, following these simple steps…

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A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Fertility

Fertility vs. Infertility The word infertile means unable to conceive.  Unless you know for sure that you cannot ever conceive a child, we think it’s important to begin focusing on your potential to conceive, rather than on the lack of potential.  Western fertility clinics will tell you what percentage of their patients get pregnant and won’t accept you…

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Acupuncture for Spring Ailments

Ahhh, spring. Can’t you smell it in the air today? The sun is beaming, the temperature is rising, the snow is melting and it’s easy to imagine crocuses and daffodils pushing their way up through the thawing soil. Then, someone sneezes, reminding us that allergy season is just around the corner. Some are allergic to…

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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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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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