Stress and the Liver

Stress. Everybody’s got it. We all know it’s bad for us… now what? Some people feel stress about completing their never ending to-do list. Some people are buried under worry about their bills. Some people totally hate their job. Or their spouse. Or their kids seem hellbent on destruction. Or their aging parents are falling…

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

As an acupuncturist, the most common question I receive is “Does acupuncture hurt?” The short answer is No, acupuncture does not hurt. The needles are so thin that it takes 14 acupuncture needles to equal the size of one hypodermic needle. However, activating the qi (Pronounced “chee” and meaning “vital energy”) of the body has…

Insomnia & the Heart

Insomnia means different things to different people. Some people have a very difficult time turning off their minds and falling asleep. Other people can fall asleep fine, but always wake back up, several times throughout the night. Some people are light sleepers or excessive dreamers and never really feel rested. Some people can stay asleep…

Health Patterns of the Helpers

As an acupuncturist, I find myself working with quite a lot of lovely people, and truly some of the loveliest, dearest patients I have worked with are the Type Twos of the Enneagram: the Helpers. (The Enneagram is a personality-typing system that identifies 9 fundamental temperaments, which then morph and adapt over the course of…

Health Patterns of the Perfectionist

As a teacher of personality studies and also an acupuncturist, I find it particularly fascinating to observe how temperament really does play a role in our health. Our attitudes and beliefs greatly influence the actions we do or don’t take, the things that upset us, the ways we seek comfort, and the things we are…

Prostate Health

Enlarged prostate is an exceedingly common health concern for men over age 50. Studies show that 40-50% of men age 51-60 will experience symptoms of enlarged prostate, and by age 80, 80% of men will suffer from it. This means that enlarged prostate, officially known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), is a problem that most…

Aging & the Kidneys

Isn’t aging FUN? The low back and knee pain, memory loss, hair loss and grey hair, hearing loss, fatigue, loss of sexual function, brittle bones… It’s a party!!! Would it intrigue you to know that these are not necessarily required to be a part of middle age? At least, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine they’re…

Acupuncture for Sciatica

Pain from a pinched nerve is some of the most intense, mind-numbing pain there is. It has an urgent, sharp, electrical quality all its own. And of all the nerves you might have pinched, the sciatic nerve is the largest, most intense one in the body. The sciatic nerve emerges from the spine at 5…

Acupuncture for Vitality

Most likely you have seen the Yin/Yang symbol before. But have you ever wondered what it is? It is called the taijitu, the Taoist diagram depicting the symmetry and balance that is found nature. Ancient Taoists observed that the natural world is comprised of opposites. Night and day, hot and cold, fire and rain… these…

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

As an acupuncturist, people ask me all the time if there is acupuncture for weight loss. My answer is Yes, but not in the way you think. Unfortunately, there are no “lose-50-pounds” acupuncture points, where a person can lay there, get acupuncture and make no lifestyle changes, and magically return to their high school weight.…