Magic is in your Ears: Ear Seeds for Stress Relief, Weight Loss, Sleep Support, and More

~~~~~ If you have ever experienced insomnia, stress, the desire to curb your appetite, and/or you became ready to finally and for good quit smoking, then chances are you have either  heard of or experienced auriculotherapy.  But if you haven’t much familiarity with Chinese medicine, then maybe this is the first time this topic has … Continue reading Magic is in your Ears: Ear Seeds for Stress Relief, Weight Loss, Sleep Support, and More

Tui Na in Service: Traditional Chinese Bodywork Therapy and Hurricane Harvey

~~~~~ Walking out of the parking lot adjacent to the Austin Convention Center with my wheelie bag in tow was an eye-opener.  The sun was shining brightly for the first time in about a week and a tourist bus with an open-air top floor went by me as I stood on the corner and waited … Continue reading Tui Na in Service: Traditional Chinese Bodywork Therapy and Hurricane Harvey

Tui na Treatment or Acupuncture: Which is Best for You? (Three Points to Ponder)

~~~ As I write out this latest essay, Marvin Gaye’s classic song, “Where are We Going” seems to be winding its way through my mind, bringing up memories and, simultaneously, pointing my nose forward. As those of you who follow my blog know, I’m tying up the loose ends of my 4.5-year-long program in Chinese … Continue reading Tui na Treatment or Acupuncture: Which is Best for You? (Three Points to Ponder)

Tui Na in London Upon Reflection in Austin, Texas: A Conversation Between Friends

~~~ “One of the best things about Facebook is how I’ve made friends world-over. This is my friend Omar, who is in London. He has a fascinating history–he is a scholar, an historian, and a tui na practitioner with the most beautiful grandmother (an Egyptian lady with a history of her own that is like … Continue reading Tui Na in London Upon Reflection in Austin, Texas: A Conversation Between Friends

Anthropologie Bags and Doorknobs: When One Closes, Another Opens (On Embracing Change and Finding New Spaces)

~~~~~ Of the many beauties associated with Chinese medicine (and, as I ponder it, Renaissance Florence but I digress), one that resonates greatly with me at this time is its attitude towards change.  Chinese medicine is based on a foundation of harmony and theories regarding yin-yang balance.  Not too much of one or too little … Continue reading Anthropologie Bags and Doorknobs: When One Closes, Another Opens (On Embracing Change and Finding New Spaces)

Fibromyalgia Relief and Ancient Chinese Medicine: Tai Chi, Acupuncture, and Tui Na

~~~~~ 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