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Live Your WellestThe Universal Flow of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the first scientifically proven eastern medicine modalities and is now commonly accepted by western medicine. As natural medicine practitioners, acupuncturists consider the whole person – mind, body and spirit – in treating a vast number of conditions from injuries to pain and disease management and prevention. Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Meaning of Yin and Yang

Symbols are images which provide a visual representation of a concept. Upon seeing the Yin and Yang symbol, many have said they see good/evil, peace/war, feminine/masculine. The meaning and significance of this symbol goes far beyond what we see as opposites or opposing sides of one subject or topic. This Read more…

Natural OptionsLiving in Harmony with the Five Elements

Everything in nature is made up of five basic building blocks that symbolize five different inherent qualities and states of natural phenomenon. This concept holds that all phenomena in the universe react and interact with each other and are always in a constant state of motion and change.  These five Read more…

Integrated PracticesMedical Qigong for Cancer

It’s been around for millennia, but not until a few decades ago has the American public become truly aware of the ancient healing art of qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”). So just what is qigong? Qigong is one of the four branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the other three being the Read more…

Natural OptionsTCM and Acupuncture for Stroke Prevention

According to the American Stroke Association, 795,000 strokes occur in the U.S. each year. Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke and every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke. On June 24, 2017, my life changed forever when I received a call from one of my younger brothers informing Read more…

Natural OptionsAcupuncture and Fertility

Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat infertility. Recently several studies from Scandinavia, the U.S. and Israel have confirmed the positive role acupuncture has in combating infertility. Stress is a recognized factor in reducing fertility. Because of the delicate balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary, Read more…

Natural OptionsTreating Eye Disease with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Acupuncture has been used for more than 3,000 years to treat eye disease. By inserting tiny needles into the skin (not in the eyes or eyeball), the therapy can help preserve vision for those with a wide range of eye conditions including dry eyes, eye floaters, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular Read more…

Natural OptionsSinusitis and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Sinusitis is an uncomfortable condition that can be caused by a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, or can arise from an allergic reaction to pollen, grass cuttings and food allergies. Sinusitis is inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the sinus cavities which are located behind the nose and above Read more…

Natural OptionsAcupuncture and Moxibustion for Cancer Care

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to help identify imbalances and guide patients towards more optimal health. It stimulates the natural healing process of the body and aids in restoring health and balance. As such, more and more studies are identifying acupuncture as a safe and effective therapy in the Read more…

Natural OptionsBell’s Palsy and Acupuncture

Bell’s palsy, or idiopathic facial palsy, is a nerve disorder that affects muscles on one side of the face causing temporary facial paralysis. It is called idiopathic because it arises suddenly and the exact cause is unknown. It is the result of damage to certain facial nerves. Each facial nerve Read more…

Natural OptionsAcupuncture for Prostate and Incontinence

It is important to remember that practitioners were successfully treating health conditions long before western medicine was developed. Fortunately, the medical community is now starting to recognize the value of many time-tested therapies including nutrition, body manipulation and acupuncture. Many of our forebears may have suffered from prostate issues and Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Different Styles of Acupuncture

When people choose to try acupuncture, most do not realize that there are various styles practiced originating from different countries and differing schools of thought. In the US most acupuncturists are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which originated in China more than 5,000 years ago. In antiquity, needles were Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Cupping Craze

The use of cupping therapy by athletes has grown over the last decade as evidenced by the marks on Olympian Michael Phelps’s shoulders and back. Cupping has been used historically, not only in China and Asia, but also in Greece, Russia, Italy and South America. The technique has been in Read more…

Natural OptionsEar Acupuncture for Addiction, Pain and Anxiety

As a registered nurse, I have been with Eisenhower Medical Center and the Betty Ford Center for 29 years. I became an acupuncturist 15 years ago and have had impressive results treating patients with auricular (ear) acupuncture for chemical dependency, alcohol withdrawal, anxiety and pain. The ear is innervated (has Read more…

Natural OptionsPulse Diagnosis

Feeling a patient’s pulse is a diagnostic technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as well as traditional Tibetan and Indian Ayurveda medicine. Using the pulse to determine body functions, deficiencies or imbalances dates back thousands of years and has changed over the course of time.  Today there are many Read more…

Natural OptionsLet Me See Your Tongue

One of the most commonly used methods of assessing a patient’s condition in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is tongue diagnosis.  I keep a chart showing different tongues in the lobby of our clinic and patients often ask why it is so important. In TCM, your tongue is a reflection of Read more…

Health & BeautyWeight Loss with Traditional Chinese Medicine

As the days shorten and holiday festivities loom, so does the prospect of seasonal weight gain. Is it possible to prevent the inevitable cycle of gain and loss, or of denial and guilty indulgence that recur time and again? Fortunately, a balanced, systematic approach that includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Ancient Ayurveda Practice of Shirodhara

Ayurveda is an ancient practice of healing which views health and disease from a unique perspective. According to Ayurveda, there are five components that can change or influence our energy flow: the food we eat, the quality of our thoughts, the quality of movement (exercise), compassionate touch and most importantly, Read more…

Natural OptionsWestern Science Confirms Acupuncture Meridians

The foundational belief of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) relies on a system of pathways called meridians that transport QI, or energy, throughout the body and upon which acupuncture points are located. This system and the paths it follows were first delineated around 2,500 BCE, and are still referred to, largely Read more…

Natural OptionsWhat Is Qi?

The concept of Qi dates back to the beginning of Chinese civilization. It has been translated as “vital energy,” “life force,” or “breath” but no single English word will suffice, perhaps because the nature of Qi is that it can have different manifestations in different situations. The Chinese character for Read more…