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Healing Reaction: What is it?

A healing reaction is your body’s physical response to a healing stimulation. For whatever reason, when your body starts to heal, sometimes it needs to “unravel” troubles that it has accumulated over time. Not everyone experiences healing reactions, and most are tolerable, but we’ve noticed that there is a direct connection between the severity and number of previous stressors (whether its physical stress, emotional stress, or chemical stress) and the severity of the healing reaction. Example: a person Read more…

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Liver Function

The liver and its many activities: Many times patients are told by an acupuncturist in our office that their symptoms are partly or completely due to the liver having problems. Although it is not the root of all evil, the liver has 600 functions, so when the liver falters it can cause many people to have a wide variety of symptoms. It is commonly accepted in Western medicine that the liver performs the following functions:* • Read more…

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The Dangers of MSG (monosodium glutamate)

WHAT IS MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE? Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer traditionally found in Chinese food. For over 50 years in the United States, it has been added to everyday foods from potato chips, soups, breakfast sausage and gravy to seasoning packets, fast food, prepared meals and baby food. It activates a fifth taste (in addition to sweet, salty, bitter and sour) called “umami,” which is the Japanese word for “pleasant savory taste.” HOW CAN Read more…

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Cell phones and your health

Warning:  given that everyone uses a cell phone and keeps it relatively close to their body at one point or another any given day, the following may be controversial. It turns out that the wave upon which sound is carried from a cell tower to your cell phone is close to the same wavelength as a microwave.  That wave may or may not be as destructive to body tissue as microwaves are, however it may Read more…

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Soothe summer aches and pains

It’s finally summer here in Wisconsin and, with the warmer weather, many of us are out in the yards doing a major spruce up for the sunny summer months. All these projects can leave our bodies feeling a little worse for wear.  It’s natural to feel a bit of physical strain as the body switches from the more sedate activity levels of the winter season into the increased activity of the warm. There are a Read more…

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Stayed Hydrated in the Summer

Many things may cause you to become dehydrated, but it is especially important to stay hydrated when the temperature rises. When your body loses too much water, it cannot perform basic functions, which can have lasting effects. Signs you may be dehydrated: Dry mouth Thirstiness Fatigue Dry Skin Headache Constipation Dizziness Light-headedness Nausea and vomiting Muscle Cramps Reduced Sweating Weakness Decreased Urine Output How to stay hydrated: Find a good electrolyte replacement. We prefer Dr. Read more…

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How acupuncture treats sports injuries

Over the years, we’ve treated many athletes for sports injuries. Acupuncture can help increase circulation to the affected area, which can help reduce healing time, and even prevent further injuries. There are four basic types of tissue in the human body: nervous system tissue, muscular tissue, epithelial tissue (thin tissue that includes skin and lining of the digestive tract) and connective tissue. Generally speaking, various types of connective tissue bind organs together, hold organs in place, fill Read more…

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Cleansing in the Spring

Springtime is here! (Although in Wisconsin, it still feels like winter) Spring is a great time of year to do a cleanse. The liver is more active in spring and with the increasing temperatures, it is the perfect time to do any kind of detoxification (cleansing or potentially fasting). We recommend that any such activity should be done correctly and with the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider, and if needed, with the supervision of a medical doctor. What systems aid Read more…

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What is a “disease process?”

Let’s talk about the concept of “disease process”. Disease is defined as: “a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.” Process is defined as: “a natural or involuntary series of changes” Putting this together, when we look at the definition of “disease process,” we would say that Read more…

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What is a “symptom?”

Let’s look at the actual definition of the word symptom. SYMPTOM: “a physical or emotional manifestation of an underlying disease process, indicating there is an imbalance.” We look at your symptoms as indicators that there is something wrong a deeper level. Many people come to us with a particular condition that the doctors diagnosed as a disease. What we have found many times is that the diagnosis is merely a symptom OF a disease. Example: a person Read more…