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Think you have a virus? Get a treatment ASAP

Every year millions of Americans suffer from the family of viruses we call “the Common Cold”; more still, will contract some sort of Influenza. Both of these common viral illnesses cost us greatly in time lost at work or school, the monetary cost of symptom relief remedies and, for an unfortunate number of us, more serious complications that lead to hospital stays. It is true that the need for serious medical intervention is USUALLY restricted Read more…

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How Acupuncture treats Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, affects many Americans each year; particularly affected are those living in the Northernmost states, where seasonal changes are the most pronounced. It is defined as a type of depression (or anxiety in rarer cases) directly related to the change of seasons, where symptoms begin and end at the same time of year each year. The most common type affects persons during the fall and winter months, but there is also Read more…

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How Weather Affects Your Health

Chinese Medicine and Environmental Changes (The Six Environmental Evils) The wacky weather patterns we have experienced so far in the Midwest during this winter of 2018-2019 have led to some interesting observations in the clinic. Many patients have been experiencing changes in their bodies that are likely related to the swings in weather conditions, and we’ve had a lot of discussion with them (and amongst ourselves as Acupuncturists) about the subject. It therefore seemed like a Read more…

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Soup or Salad?

Soup or Salad: it really depends on the season! Let’s talk about why….. Soup and salad are the quintessential American lunch staples. There are so many varieties and options that you can eat them every day and not get bored. They are both quick and easy to transport and prepare at work. No wonder we love them so! The issue in Oriental Medicine regarding which one to choose and when, is a matter of understanding Read more…

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Fluid Metabolism in Chinese Medicine

The idea of fluid metabolism is a key one in the understanding of many health issues in Chinese Medicine. A person with healthy organ systems takes in fluids through food and drink, which are purified and dispersed to all the body in order to moisten, nourish and lubricate the tissues. When one or more of the organ systems become imbalanced the movement of fluids around the body can be affected, leading to improper distribution and Read more…

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30 Days To Establishing Healthy Habits

Making Change Manageable Another year comes to a close and everyone is thinking forward to the next year ahead. Many of us are considering what kind of changes we might want to make to improve our health. Unfortunately, many of these well-intentioned goals get left unmet over the year’s time; often times failing before the weather even becomes warm again.  According to the publication U.S. News as many as 80% of New Year’s resolutions are Read more…

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Acupuncture plus Chiropractic: Making the best choices for your personal health

Acupuncture and Chiropractic are both widely used forms of Complementary Medical care utilized by a large number of Americans to treat specific health complaints and maintain a level of functionality in the body. Both offer non-pharmaceutical solutions for a variety of health issues and, in light of the growing opioid crisis in America, are gaining interest and use. Chiropractic Medicine Chiropractic is a form of complementary medicine that focuses on structural alignment (mainly in the Read more…

Using Acupuncture and Physical Therapy to Speed Recovery

There are a number of non-surgical and non-drug therapies available for helping those with injuries and pain. Acupuncture and Physical Therapy happen to be two of them that work well alone, but work even better when combined in a comprehensive treatment strategy. Physical Therapy Physical Therapy (PT) is a widely used to help increase mobility, function, and strength, and decrease pain in the body. Ice, heat, ultrasound and manual manipulation are some of these techniques. Read more…

Some Simple Truths about CBD oil: Separating Facts from the Hype

CBD oil (Cannabidoil) supplements are one of the hottest new trends in natural health care right now. With so many state adopting laws allowing medical (and recreational) use for marijuana, it’s no wonder that this non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana and hemp is getting so much attention. Some of that attention is well-deserved. Many research and clinical trials are showing some real promise for CBD oil for a number of health complaints. There are some downsides Read more…

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Functional Acupuncture vs. Community Acupuncture

What is functional-style acupuncture? Functional style acupuncture is a form of acupuncture that was created to treat the source of the problem, not just the symptom. It was designed to improve function of the organs, nerves,  glands, and circulation. Increasing function can reduce, or even eliminate, symptoms. This type of treatment style requires a full, exhaustive intake and accurate diagnosis before any treatment is performed. Fundamentally, it causes a change in the body and encourages Read more…