National Exercise With Your Child Week

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Family health starts at the top. When you practice healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle, your children are more likely to do the same. As found in almost all facets of life, starting young is the key to developing life long habits. Healthy fitness habits in turn positively affect the other aspects of your children’s
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What is the Chinese Medicine approach to food, diet and digestion?

This is a top-down image of a dark blue painted table with a pear, slivered nuts and some herbs, there’s a medium blue napkin. There’s text overlay that says “He That Takes Medicine and neglects Diet Wastes the Skill of the Physician” ~ Chinese Proverb

What does Chinese Medicine have to say about food and diet? How does Chinese Medicine view our digestive system? “Their eating and drinking was moderate. Their rising and resting had regularity. They did not tax themselves with meaningless work.” ~Huang Di Nei Jing Ch. 1 “He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skills
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What is De Qi Sensation?

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What is actually happening with De Qi sensation? As acupuncturists, we are aware that some people are really scared of needles. However, the different sensations from the acupuncture needles are what help the body heal naturally! When we first learned how to do acupuncture, our teachers informed us to get that “de qi” sensation where
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What is Cupping?

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I have received some questions about cupping over the past few weeks. Cupping is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that dates back more than 2,000 years. The vacuum that is created draws stagnant fluids up to the surface of the tissues, improving circulation, and delivering nutrients more quickly to the injured areas. When it
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Shoulder Injuries and TCM

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TCM has a category of “Hit Medicine” that was specifically used for acute traumas, falls or any other injuries. Traditional Kung Fu schools would have their own secret herbal liniment called “die da jiu” translated to “hit-fall wine” that were used to treat strains and sprains. In my own Kung Fu training, I have used
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Qi Gong and Tai Chi

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“The human body ought to be exercised until it is tired, but this should not be carried to an extreme. As it is agitated [exercised], the digestion improves and the circulation through the blood vessels is freed so that disease is unable to arise.” ~ Hua Tuo, 3rd Century CE “One thousand days to learn,
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Headaches

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We have all experienced headaches in our lives. In fact, headaches are the most common form of pain and are a major reason cited for days missed at work or school. According to the International Classification of Headache Disorders, there are more than “150 types of primary and secondary headache disorders.” That number itself would
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Diversity in Treatment

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is used to treat all kinds of ailments but what matters most to me is that I use the appropriate tools to help fix the issues facing my patients. We will explore different modalities of TCM in the coming weeks, but for now, know that I will use whatever tools to
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Cultivating the Mind and Emotions

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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly” ~Buddha I am on your team. I am not watching from a distance, I am in the trenches with you to help
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Autoimmune Conditions and Acupuncture

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According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 million Americans have autoimmune disease and is in the top ten leading causes of death in female children and women in all ages group up to 64 years old. Symptoms can affect all body organs and can be a nightmare to manage. There are several types of
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