Holistic Healthcare: What To Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Acupuncture Treatment

~~~~~ If you’ve never tried acupuncture (or even if you have and had a great experience), did you know that there are ways to make the most of your treatment?  Holistic healthcare plans are generally not passive constructs; if you take a bit of initiative too, then your results will be that much more tangible … Continue reading Holistic Healthcare: What To Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Acupuncture Treatment

Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

~~~~~ Holistic health is my second career; as some of you may know, I was a professor and spent a good two decades of my life in academia before coming to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  I’ve taught at a range of schools, from outstanding small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.  As the first … Continue reading Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Acupuncture: How This Ancient Healing Modality Can Help You

~~~~~ Acupuncture can be of great benefit for people with EDS when the practitioner is familiar with the condition and the patient is clear about their own expectations and presentation.  Fortunately, the majority of EDS people I’ve seen are incredibly aware and strong about self-advocacy.  Also good? Licensed acupuncturists tend to be extremely attuned to … Continue reading Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Acupuncture: How This Ancient Healing Modality Can Help You

Chronic Stress: Ways to Protect Your Mind, Body, and Spirit for the Long Haul

~~~~~ Stuck in traffic.  News cycle gives you nightmares.  Hot weather leaves you with hives.  Old traumas rear up and knock you right in the lumbar spine.  Maybe you have a chronic condition.  Who knows?  It could be any number of things.  What matters is that your situation has left you in a state of … Continue reading Chronic Stress: Ways to Protect Your Mind, Body, and Spirit for the Long Haul

Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)

~~~~~ Guys like to pretend that they are invulnerable.  Cultural messages tell young men certain stories and life experiences etch them in stone.  This might be useful on a surface level.  In reality, that tough facade of robust masculinity covers factors that lead men to compromised health, a life that may not be as full … Continue reading Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)

Acupuncture For Weight Loss: Holistic Ways To Look Great And Feel Even Better

~~~~~ Different bodies come in different shapes and sizes. You can be heavy and healthy.  You can be skinny and unhealthy. It all depends.  What’s important is that you feel good inside your skin and that you have strategies for dealing with unwanted weight or body composition.  Easy to say, though, isn’t it? If you … Continue reading Acupuncture For Weight Loss: Holistic Ways To Look Great And Feel Even Better

Scar Removal, Part II: Two Reasons To Remove Your Scar And Two Good Reasons To Keep It

~~~~~ Scars are a natural expression of the healing process.  Injuries that produce them develop in three steps at wound site: inflammation, then proliferation, and then remodeling.  Sometimes this works out nicely and other times, depending on circumstances, the scar can be debilitating or genuinely unsightly.  What, then, to do about your scar tissue? I … Continue reading Scar Removal, Part II: Two Reasons To Remove Your Scar And Two Good Reasons To Keep It

Stress Relief That Gets Right To The Point: Acupuncture Treatments Designed Just For You

~~~~~ How’s your stress level these days?  And have you ever tried acupuncture (or, for that matter, any other form of traditional Chinese medicine)?  If the answer is “Not so good” followed by “Nope” or “Yes, but I didn’t like it,” then keep reading.  You may be pleasantly surprised and–if you do opt to give … Continue reading Stress Relief That Gets Right To The Point: Acupuncture Treatments Designed Just For You

It’s Like Magic: Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, & Your Health Journey

~~~~~ One of the greatest joys of being an acupuncturist is seeing a patient float out of the treatment room in a blissful haze.  The person came into the appointment stressed or tired or suffering from body aches.  Maybe they had allergies or digestive complaints.  Something was not going well, but they showed up, spoke … Continue reading It’s Like Magic: Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, & Your Health Journey

Referrals: On Finding, Creating, and Nourishing Meaningful Networks (And Why You, The Patient or Client, Should Care About This Subject)

~~~~~ In theory, the process of putting together the perfect lineup of healthcare practitioners could actually flow just the way you set up your Pinterest boards. Sure, you wade through some duds and, yes, there are going to be days where you lose the entire afternoon searching for just the right pin to add to … Continue reading Referrals: On Finding, Creating, and Nourishing Meaningful Networks (And Why You, The Patient or Client, Should Care About This Subject)