Treating Acute and Chronic Pain

by | Mar 29, 2015

What in tarnation IS THIS THING? Whatever it is, it's NOT REPRESENTATIVE of acupuncture. Pain sucks, no doubt about it. Whether it's acute or chronic, it can cloud your thinking, mess with your sleep, disrupt your...
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The Menstrual Cycle: How, What, When, Where, and Why

by | Sep 06, 2014

  Okay. Now that you know all the basics about two of the sex hormones involved in the menstrual cycle, and you're familiar with how Traditional Chinese Medicine views the menstrual cycle, let's round this out with the physiological explanation of this cycle. Note: This graph,...
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The Menstrual Cycle According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

by | Sep 05, 2014

  This is the second post in a series of three. If you haven't read the first one yet, here it is. Those Couple of Days Before You Start Your Period... ...can potentially suck pretty bad. ...
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The Menstrual Cycle: Sex Hormones for Dummies

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This is the first post in a series of 3 about the menstrual cycle (see also The Menstrual Cycle according to Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Menstrual Cycle According to Biomedicine). Read them! You'll be a better person for it....
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Treating Dampness with Diet

by | Jul 29, 2014

A State of High Humidity In the Body Fuzzy thinking, loose stools, fatigue, and aching joints - all of these things can arise from excess dampness in the body, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). If you missed the post explaining how...
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Dampness: That Special Muzzy Feeling

by | Jul 10, 2014

A patient came in the other day and wrote this down on her intake: Head full of soggy cotton balls. Head full of soggy cotton balls? Yep. I  knew exactly what she was talking about. It's that muzzy, tired feeling, as if...
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Acupuncture for Addiction and PTSD

by | Jul 02, 2014

When treating addiction and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the most common treatment involves inserting tiny needles into the ear. Ear acupuncture (also known as auricular acupuncture) has been used successfully to treat a wide range of complaints, and has a strong...
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Wet Hot Summah in Maine: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Romance

by | May 17, 2014

Imagine This...  It's late June, and it’s a hot summer day in Maine. Since you have the whole day to yourself, you decide to drive to the coast. You grab some snacks and your iPod, hop into your car, unroll...
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Maintain A Healthy Flame

by | May 16, 2014

Stay Healthy in the Summer Months Because the summer is the apex of yang energy (therefore, hot!) the fire element can easily get out of whack, especially if you already have a constitutional imbalance. Here are some suggestions on how...
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How to Recover From 3 Helpings of Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

by | Apr 25, 2014

Lauren Eats Way Too Much On Easter Sunday: A Parable My husband's side of the family celebrates Easter, and they do it well. Everyone arrives in their dapper best and crowds the kitchen to catch up on the past 6...
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