~~~~~ Cupping. What is it? Who can it help? And who practices it most? Cupping has been around for centuries and it is a staple treatment in most acupuncturists’ and Asian bodywork therapists’ repertoire. But that sigh you heard early on in the 2016 Olympics? That would be the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) world’s collective … Continue reading Cupping: From Michael Phelps to You, Today
~~~~~ Fibromyalgia—in a word—hurts. To the 5 million-plus sufferers who know this condition intimately, it is a case of Tolstoy’s “every happy family is alike and every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” when it comes to symptoms, presentation, and effects on quality of life. The common link, of course, is muscle pain. … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Relief and Ancient Chinese Medicine: Tai Chi, Acupuncture, and Tui Na
~~~~ For most people in the West, acupuncture treatment with needles is probably Chinese medicine’s most well-known and widely practiced export. A less widely familiar traditional Chinese healing modality is tui na (“pushing” and “grasping”, respectively). This is a manual therapy that is, at first glance, akin to massage. But to categorize this art … Continue reading What is Tui Na?