Ice or Heat?

You are in pain. Do you use ice or heat ? There are lots of opinions on this one. Most Western practitioners use ice, while most Eastern practitioners use heat. What’s the reason? How do you know when to use ice and when to use heat? Read on to find out these answers and my 2 rules of thumb on the heat vs. ice debate. Ice Freezes Things If you are…

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The Top 3 Reasons To Take Chinese Herbs

When I started acupuncture school, I asked admissions if I could opt out of the Chinese Herbal Medicine portion of the curriculum. They said no. I loved acupuncture, and only wanted to use needles! No dice. If I wanted to be licensed and practice acupuncture in California, I had to learn Chinese Herbs. At the time, I was not too thrilled. I was told I would have to learn hundreds…

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3 Reasons Why Every Athlete Should Get Acupuncture

For the first time ever the 2014 Tour de France REALLY caught my attention as it was the first time I had ever heard acupuncture mentioned in relation to the athletes.  Astana was the only team to take their own acupuncturist to the Tour – and one of their cyclists Vicenzo Nibali won! This Wall Street Journal article explains how the team used acupuncture almost every day, twice a day,…

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5 Benefits of Cupping – A Beginners Guide to Cupping

Images of celebrities on red carpets such as Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, professional & Olympic athletes, and probably people you know have been seen with the distinctive cupping marks on their backs or shoulders. What used to be a mysterious, almost scary-looking treatment is now being sought after for its numerous health benefits. Read on to find out what it is, how it works, and if it’s something that…

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acupuncture to quit smoking

Use Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

Use Acupuncture to Quit Smoking   Why Quit? We all know that smoking causes cancer, but once you look at the numbers you realize the severity of the problem. Each puff of a cigarette houses 4,000 chemicals, including arsenic, ammonia, acetone, carbon monoxide, and many other cancer-causing agents. Smoking increases the risk of stroke, lung cancer, COPD, infertility, premature delivery, low birth weight, and stillbirth. It also causes many forms…

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Top 3 Side Effects of Acupuncture

During an Acupuncture Treatment Acupuncture is one of the safest treatments available with very few side effects. Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable, thin, and stainless steel, so nothing is being injected. During an acupuncture treatment, the needles are placed in various areas throughout the body, usually in muscles, around joints, and superficial areas of the skin. Some needles you may feel more than others, but usually it feels like a…

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Acupuncture for Labor Induction: Is It Right For You?

Western vs. Eastern Labor Induction: Western methods to induce labor include manual “breaking of the water,” manual “sweeping” of the membranes around the cervix, and the use of drugs like oxytocin (Pitocin), or hormones like prostaglandins or relaxin. These drugs are quite effective but can cause very strong contractions and can speed up the process before the baby or mom’s body is ready. The use of drugs often leads to…

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What you didn’t know about Auricular (ear) Acupuncture

Do you want to stimulate your whole body in one simple step? Rub your ears! I do auricular acupuncture on every patient for every treatment. The ear in Chinese Medicine is a microcosm of the human body, meaning that every organ and structure of the body is situated on the ear. By stimulating certain auricular points, you can affect various organs and structures of the body. Researchers have done fMRI…

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acupuncture for migraines

Why Use Acupuncture For Migraines?

Intense pain & throbbing in one area of the head, nausea, & extreme sensitivity to light & sound is not a fun way to live. Yet over 32 million Americans suffer from migraines, mostly whom are women. I’ve heard many stories from patients of how severe these symptoms can be, often sending people into a dark room for hours or days, home from work, or even into the hospital. Migraines…

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