One Hot Topic: Coffee

At the risk of infuriating millions of Americans (likely because of the fear of the headaches they will experience from withdrawal if they discontinue use), I am writing this to offer one perspective. Then, you should make the decision that is best for you. The downsides to coffee: it is highly acidic, leading to inflammation which can cause many health problems. Also, it is apparently very difficult grow, therefore massive quantities of herbicides and pesticides are Read more…

Oriental Medicine and your Emotions

Thousands of years ago, physicians in China began to explore the nature of human emotion and discovered a direct link between emotion and the organ system.  Having helped many people resolve emotional imbalances over the years, we’ve found the following to be accurate from the point of view of the physical body (obviously many factors exist in life that may trigger bodily malfunction which, in turn, could then trigger an emotional response).  What is described Read more…

Sugar

This newsletter answers the commonly asked question, “What does sugar do to my body?”  This is a tricky one: people love sugar.  Companies use sugar to sell their products.  Amazingly, people consume an average of 150 pounds of sugar each year.  As you can imagine, prior to the discovery of Hawaii (by European explorers) people consumed very little sugar, if any. Q:  Where is sugar? Everywhere.  Basically it is the basic substance that the body Read more…

Radiation and You

Fears about nuclear radiation have certainly come to the forefront in the past months. Whether natural occurring or man-made, it’s a peculiar kind of threat in our modern times – we can’t see it, nor, for the most part, do we really understand it. The truth is, we live in a radioactive world.  We receive radiation from the sun, from the earth, from the food we eat, from airplane travels, and from countless electronics in Read more…

Cleansing for Health

What systems aid in internal cleansing? The body has at least five channels of detoxification– the bowel, liver, kidney, lung and skin. Each of these systems works synergistically to remove chemicals and toxins from the body. Certain herbs and fibers stimulate and support the body’s natural detoxification process.   How do I know I need to internally cleanse? Episodes of bloating, brain fog, sluggishness or low vitality are all signs that you may benefit from a Read more…

AN INTRO TO THE CONCEPT OF YIN AND YANG IN LIFE AND IN MEDICINE

Chinese Medical theory, though scientific in its own right, is built on a foundation of ancient philosophical thought. Many of these ideas are based on observations of natural phenomena and are the reason why Chinese Medicine has remained a truly holistic approach to health and well being. The Theory of Yin and Yang is one such philosophy.  The concept of Yin Yang is that the only constant in the universe is change.  Nothing can stay Read more…

Tea: The Key To Maintaining Immune Strength in Winter

One of the very best ways to stay healthy and happy during the winter months is by consuming copious amounts of various herbal teas.  There are many varieties but the basic principle is this: by drinking different kinds of brews you stay hydrated during the cold, dry, dark days of winter.  This is essential to immune health and over all well being.  Also, tea is warming and helps to keep the bodies temperature  regulate d.  Read more…

Acupuncture Flu Shot

Annually, we field questions from many concerned patients regarding flu shots for themselves and their children. This may be a difficult decision to make; what follows are viewpoints to help you in the decision making process: “There are three main types of flu virus, and each type can mutate, or change, from year to year. Thus, there are literally thousands of possible strains. (Each strain is thoroughly analyzed and given a proper name, often a Read more…

Acupuncture for Degenerative Disc Disease

There are many reasons one could experience disk problems. In Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the kidney/adrenal system governs the function of the bones and, therefore, the vertebrae (bones of the spine). The liver system governs the function of the disks between the vertebrae. The disk provides a cushion that is supposed to move and flex depending on the body’s activity. Nerves come out between those vertebrae and disks. If the disk shape becomes abnormal, the Read more…