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Month: October 2009

Sleep Heals all Wounds

It’s supposed to be Time that heals, but I think to be more precise, it’s sleep that heals – good deep uninterrupted refreshing sleep. When an animal is wounded, its first reaction is to sleep. I had a dog get into a fight once, and it slept off the injuries for a whole week, barely getting up to eat. Sleep…

Investing Energy

When we spend a lot of money, most of us tell ourselves we have to go make more, and save more. On the other hand, when we spend a lot of energy, most of us go to a doctor and tell them to fix it, we “shouldn’t have to live like this!” That’s where the problem lies: Energy is a…

Silence

What is the world coming to that teachers are straining their voices just to teach? To get their students’ attention, they have to holler over the noise in the kids’ heads. Kids nowadays are so overwhelmed with sensory input that things have to be louder, more urgent, more compelling for them to pay attention. And it’s not just the kids,…

Post Gallbladder Surgery

An interesting day today… A woman I have seen in the past for back pain called me yesterday for an appointment today: she is in so much pain after GB surgery she can hardly sit, stand or walk! Apparently her pancreas was also blocked, and a stent put in for that too! It’s mostly gas pain that starts in the…

Nodules in the Vocal Chords

An unusual case walked in today. She was with her sister, who has had acupuncture in the past… and who seems very educated about alternative medicine and holistic health. We shall see how this goes, but a very interesting case. Only 25, she already has had so many health issues. Her doctors believe she strained her voice by teaching, coaching,…

Diabetes

Last night a friend asked me if I treat diabetes. It’s not the first time I’ve gotten the question, and I’ve always answered cautiously. Chinese medicine is about setting the body back to where it wants to be – it isn’t about manipulating switches to make it where we think it ought to be. I don’t treat insulin dependency, I…

Sitting Affects Health!?!

To most of us it would appear that sitting in a chair is the most comfortable posture to be in while awake: it’s restful, relaxing and easy. However, for hours at a time on a daily or almost daily basis, sitting a lot will lead to several problems over time. Here is a picture of a normal spine, standing. Sitting…

Sprained Ankle/Foot

It’s common knowledge that sprained ankles take a while to heal, and that they are very vulnerable to re-spraining after the initial injury. Sometime this is called a weak ankle. What most don’t know, even most professionals (even doctors), is that the bones of the ankle can actually be knocked out of alignment by the forces acting on it during…

Treating Colds and Flu with Acupuncture

With all the media coverage the swine flu has been getting, and all the recommendations out there to get flu vaccination, I am still not convinced that flu shots are the best way not to get sick this fall. Chinese medicine proposes that the best defense is strengthening your own immune system. Flu shots do not strengthen the immunity, they…

Low Back Pain

CR called me yesterday for a last minute appointment. He’s been suffering from pain in the hips and low back for over a year… I looked up his chart and he hadn’t been in to see me for 8 months! Well, he said in the meantime, he’d tried another acupuncturist closer to his home, who he felt knew nothing about…

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