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“Acupuncture Cured All of My Back Pain!”

Chinese Organ Clock – Heaven N.

The Ancient Circadian Rhythm The ancient 2,500-year-old system of the Chinese Body Clock or Organ Clock is a useful insight into how to make the best of our day. The western idea of a circadian rhythm in the human body is similar to the Chinese Organ Clock, where...

Ear Acupuncture- Margaret

Ear Acupuncture involves the stimulation of the ear to alleviate numerous and diverse health conditions. It is a microsystem medicine, meaning you can treat the whole body and its organs and functions within the ear alone. Ear Acupuncture is utilized by more then just Chinese Medicine Practioners; there are licensed medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, and even dentists that have adopted this effective tool for healing the body and mind. Practioners use filiform acupuncture needles, seeds, magnetic stones, lasers, ultrasound, bloodletting, electrical stimulus, moxibustion, and hand pressure on the ear to cure what ails you.

Food as medicine, treat yourself !

Food as medicine, a tasty cure to your cough  Author - Melanie Hodge  Have you ever had a cough that you were unable to get rid of? We have all had that cold that felt like it lingered for weeks. A cough that doesn’t go away can make us feel weak, irritable, and...

Cosmetic Acupuncture: The Natural Box? -Zarah Penaloza

Facial acupuncture, or cosmetic acupuncture, is a beauty-focused treatment in which needles are inserted in the face to stimulate collagen production, improve skin quality, heal acne, and reduce acne scarring. It’s considered a natural facial rejuvenation treatment...

insomnia anna ramig

Over a third of adults in the United States report getting less than the recommended amount of sleep each night. Insomnia seems to encourage people to try different forms of therapy as an alternative to pharmaceuticals to help with sleep. Acupuncture is an amazing alternative therapy for treating insomnia.
Insomnia is defined by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html as difficultly falling asleep or staying asleep and can be short-lived or long-term. It may also be early morning wakening in which the individual awakens several hours early and is unable to resume sleeping. Difficulty sleeping often manifests itself as excessive daytime sleepiness, which can result in functional impairment throughout the day. Women are nearly 2 times more likely to have insomnia than men.
There is no definitive test for insomnia. Doctors use a number of approaches to diagnose insomnia. Some measures can be done at home with a sleep log, while others require a office visit, questionnaires, blood tests, or an overnight sleep clinic. Many of these patients participate in sleep studies and take various sleep aids with no real change. Many of these patients come to acupuncture for relief.
Chinese Medicine has several ways of treating insomnia. Herbs, acupuncture, massage, mediation are all therapies your acupuncturist might suggest. Patterns for insomnia may be excess or deficiency types. TCM takes each individual patient’s unique health profile to determine the appropriate treatment. In Chinese Medicine, the amount and quality of sleep is dependent on the state of the Heart TCM organ but can also be due to other imbalances. The traditional acupuncture points proven effective in studies for “deficiency” type insomnia include Ht 7 (shenmen), BL 13 (Feishu, BL 15 (Xinshu), BL 17 (Geshu), BL 18 (Ganshu), BL 20 (Pishu), BL 23 (Shenshu). Ear points include Shenmen, Sympathetic, Heart, Liver, Lung or 5NP with consideration of Kidney, adrenal gland, endocrine points.

The Way in Modern Day

My friend, when faced with a severe sore throat, fever, and impending rash asked me, “What would Chinese Medicine do for this sort of thing?” After a short pause and without much thought as to my audience (someone very much rooted in Western, allopathic medicine,) I...

Chinese Facial Diagnosis – Heaven N.

Chinese Facial Diagnosis comes from a long lineage of ancient practitioners. The information on a person’s face expresses much more than simple facial features. Just as nature holds various elemental and natural forces, so do the face, body, and glow of a human being....

Mindful Eating: Relax Your Mind, Nourish Your Body

By Cody McBeath   In today’s health and wellness community, much of the conversation has focused on what to eat and why to eat it from a nutritional analysis standpoint. You'll often hear, “Eat more kale because it’s high in vitamin C & nutrient dense”, or “I...

Warm Needle Acupuncture

Warm Needle Acupuncture Written by Ariel Stimson             Warm needle acupuncture is a modality that combines acupuncture and moxibustion, penetrating heat deeply into the body to expel cold, warm channels, stop pain and more. For more information about...

Tips to Improve Sleep

  Summer is a time for joy and laughter. The sun stays out longer, and people are more active and full of exuberant yang energy. On the flip side, the nights are shorter and our yin rest time is shortened as well. During this time sleep issues or insomnia can...

Wei Qi & its Role in Our Health

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we often hear ‘qi’ being used to describe or explain a large variety of concepts, feelings, & functions. One phrase in particular where we see it referenced is in the discussion of the immune system- we frequently will see it being...

What is acupuncture?

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the placing of needles into points on the body to treat physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Acupuncture was first mentioned in the Chinese classic called the Neijing, which is said to have been written somewhere between the Warring States period and the Han dynasty. Acupuncture needles have also been excavated in tombs in China as early as 200 B.C. As acupuncturists today, we use single-use filiform stainless steel needles; occasionally a practitioner many choose to use a golden or silver needle. When receiving acupuncture, you might expect a sharp or dull aching sensation where your acupuncturist has inserted the needle. If anything is uncomfortable, be in communication with your provider and advocate for what works best for you. If acupuncture is not desired or is contraindicated, the use of acupressure, tuning forks on the selected points, teishin application, and much more can be used as alternatives. There are some risks when receiving acupuncture such as bruising at the insertion site and minor bleeding. Some more serious risks include what we call needle shock, which can be described as feelings similar to the symptoms experienced before fainting (lightheadedness, cold sweating, etc…); needle shock can most likely occur if one has not eaten before their treatment or is dehydrated, be sure to eat something before your appointment. A collapsed lung, otherwise known as pneumothorax, is a very rare occurrence and can happen naturally and spontaneously outside of the acupuncture setting. Still it warrants mentioning so that you are well informed – be aware if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, and fatigue as these can be signs of a collapsed lung. If you have any questions or concerns before you receive acupuncture, be sure to talk with your provider. So you may ask again, what is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a wonderful healing art that can facilitate so much healing. I would encourage you to give it a try if you haven’t experienced it before!

Acupuncturists in Japan and Toyo Hari

  Tradition of Blind Acupuncturists in Japan and Toyo Hari   The tradition of encouraging blind individuals toward careers in acupuncture has been instrumental in developing the Japanese style. The unique skill set of blind individuals, including heightened...

Pediatric Acupuncture – Melanie Hodge

Pediatric acupuncture, a gentle and natural option to keep you and your family healthy! Chronic illness in children is becoming more and more prevalent in this country and around the world with the rates of children affected by chronic conditions reaching up to 27%....

Wet or Dry Brushing

By Sarah Wobig Wet or Dry brushing is made for intense exfoliation and increasing circulation throughout the body. These brushes contain natural bristles and ergonomic handles for maximum comfort, massage and exfoliation. Wet or dry brushing also aids to detoxify the...

Veterinary Acupuncture – Zarah Penaloza

Is Acupuncture Safe for Animals? Acupuncture is a safe medical treatment for animals when conducted by a properly trained acupuncturist or veterinarian. The insertion of acupuncture needles can be painless and comfortable. Longer needles may be required for larger...

Acupuncture: Surfing the Meridians

By Michelle Arms What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture involves the use of needles that are inserted into the skin along meridians. Typically, insertion is painless and provides a variety of sensations beneath the surface. Sensations can include heaviness, a deep ache,...

Electro-Acupuncture

The practice of acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years and is a modality of Chinese Medicine. Electro-acupuncture is a more recent technique developed in the mid-1900s. It is used to help patients with a number of ailments including pain, atrophy,...

Alex Guasco – Emotions and Pain

Emotions + Pain We’ve all been emotional before. And it’s perfectly ok. Emotions are part of our everyday lives. When we express them we usually feel better after. Yet how many times have you “choked down the tears”, “swallowed anger”, or had a “gut-feeling” about...

What is Acupuncture – content team

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE By: Alex Guasco   What we refer to as “acupuncture” is more than just inserting needles. It is an ancient healing modality that has been used for centuries to treat imbalances and areas of pain in the body. The goal is to restore balance to...

Cinnamon Chestnut Congee

      Today we'll be combining sweetness and warmth with a delicious cinnamon chestnut congee recipe! In Chinese Medicine, nutrition is very important and foods are considered medicinal. Foods have various qualities, and these qualities dictate what...

5 Needle Protocol

The 5 Needle Protocol (5NP) by Ariel Stimson The 5NP or 5 needle protocol, is an acupuncture protocol using points in the ear to treat a variety of mental health related issues. Some examples include addiction and detox, depression, anxiety, PTSD and more. The 5...

Acupuncture in America

Introduction of Acupuncture to America                                                                         by Kelly Ann Ilseman Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that originated in China. Acupuncture came to America for the first time during the 1800’s,...

Supplements for Your Injury!

By: Michelle Arms Hello! Let’s talk about supplements for injury recovery! In the sports arena, it is important to be a high performer on the field. With injuries, every minute of healing counts because time is money. Nutrition is a key component to reducing your...

Congee: An ancient Chinese Remedy

Congee: soup for the soul!

Apocalypse Medicine

There was a time, for thousands of years, where we didn't have conveniences of modern medicine. Western or allopathic medicine has indeed made life-saving technologies and drugs which have benefited billions, but as one of my professors once professed, “without the...

Joint Pain and Acupuncture- Anna Ramig

Daily joint aches and pains become more and more common as someone ages. Common causes of joint pain are often due to overuse, inflammation, degeneration and autoimmune diseases. Arthritis is a painful inflammatory condition that affects millions of people in the United States. Another common cause of joint pain can be related to diabetes and neuropathy symptoms in the hands and feet. Traditionally, doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory and pain medication.
Those looking for a more natural way of relieving pain, trying acupuncture is an amazing alternative. Acupuncture is especially successful at treating inflammation based joint pain. Using local points on the hand, as shown above, is amazing at providing pain relief as well as restoring sensation. Sometimes, needling into the area of pain can be scary for a patient, but with acupuncture, there are many other options to achieve pain relief without direct therapy at the inflamed site or location of pain.
Acupuncture achieves pain relief by releasing natural endorphins and increasing blood flow to the area to help with inflammation and healing and joint mobility. For some patients, Electro- Stimulation or “E-Stim” can be even more powerful at lowering pain levels and increasing sensation. E-Stim acupuncture deliverers an electrical current to deeper tissue by connecting them to needles placed on acupuncture points.
Those dealing with long term joint pain and arthritis can have higher rates of depression. Depression coupled with pain can make pain symptoms harder to treat. Acupuncture offers an whole body approach to treating the patient. Acupuncture can treat symptoms of depression and in turn lower pain levels for these patients. There are many things patients suffering from joint pain can do to help manage their symptoms. Some simple things to do include; mild exercise, avoid over stress, manage weight, heat and cold therapy, self massage, and stopping smoking. The Mayo Clinic also suggests Acupuncture for joint pain and arthritis pain relief.

Yin & Yang in Chinese Medicine

Written by: Lilianne Orlet The explanation of the theory of Chinese Medicine  sounds like an origin story of sorts- the classic texts explain to us how the entire theory of Chinese medicine can be broken down into Yin & Yang. The yin and yang aspects of the qi...

Reducing Hiccups From Infants to Adults

A quick way to stop or reduce those pesky hiccups from the littlest infants...and adults!  By Sarah Wobig   Hiccups are the worst! I've had them so much throughout my life that I feel like I'm now a pro a reducing hiccups from infants to adults. I've spent over...

Tai Chi to Reduce Fall Risk

With aging comes loss of range of motion, loss of balance, loss of strength and decreased bone density. These natural processes can lead to an increase in sedentary lifestyle and increased risk for falls. Falls in the elderly are one of the most common causes for...

Mindfulness and the Vagus Nerve

Stress Reduction Let's talk about mindfulness and the vagus nerve. In this day and age stress is at an all time high. Chronic stress leads to all kinds of mental, emotional, and even physical problems. But there are simple approaches to alleviate day-to-day stress....

Chinese Medicine helps with Fertility – Portland, Oregon.

Chinese Medicine helps with Fertility. Chinese medicine helps with fertility. Over the ages, complementary alternative medicine (CAM) has played an important role in fertility, prenatal care, pregnancy, and postpartum care. Chinese medicine, as well as many other...

Benefits of Yin Yoga        Starting a yoga practice is intimidating, and it's hard to know what style of class to take. Yin style yoga provides a great starting point for any beginner. This style offers a gentle way to tap into the body and mind.   In Yin,...

History of Chinese Herbal Medicine

By, Trish Cooper History of Shennong and Herbal Medicine Born in the 28th century BC, a mythical herbalist by the name of Shennong, allegedly invented agriculture and herbal medicine in China. As legends suggest, Shennong tamed the ox, yoked the horses, and invented...

Yin Yoga

    Sara Smith   Starting a yoga practice is intimidating, and it's hard to know what style of class to take. Yin style yoga provides a great starting point for any beginner. This style offers a gentle way to tap into the body and mind. In Yin yoga,...

Moxibustion Heat Therapy by Jaymi Costanzo

Moxibustion Heat Therapy By Jaymi Costanzo   Moxibustion  Moxabustion therapy and Acupuncture, also referred to as “Moxa,"  are often used together in treatment. Moxa is made from the plant Artemisia Vulgaris or Mugwort, a species of chrysanthemum. It is quite...

Sound Healing: A Commentary

The power of sound has been utilized in one form or another since the Big Bang. Humankind has used sound as a tool in war, in peace and everything in between. From sirens blaring in battle to sending Beethoven's beautiful Fifth Symphony into space in the hopes of...

5 Theories on the Mechanisms of Acupuncture

By Cody McBeath   As acupuncture has emerged into mainstream medicine as a treatment option for a wide variety of conditions and disorders, it has garnered a great deal of attention from the western medical community. Curiosity, investigation, and scientific...

Cupping: An ancient Therapy

A   Author: Kelly Ann Ilseman  Cupping is a form of therapy using glass (or silicone) cups placed on your skin to create suction. Cupping, also called “hijama” is popular in many countries of the world, including China and Egypt (Qureshi et al., 2017). It’s...

N. Shaw Homepage

Homepage   Ketchum is a beautiful, mining town nestled at the base of the Sawtooth National Forrest in Idaho.  It is one of the top ski destinations in the nation but the summers stole my heart 5 years ago. The town triples in population during the peak seasons...

Lilianne Orlet

My interest in the body & its finer workings began at a very young age. The way we move, grow, age, and the nutrients that fuels us along the way- it has always amazed me how beautifully complex we are. I grew up being mesmerized by the way my muscles would ripple...

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