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TCM FOR MENSTRUAL PAIN

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Many women believe that a menstrual cycle with cramping, distention and heavy flow is normal.  In Chinese medicine these are not normal symptoms and signals a disruption of flow of the qi & blood. The organ related to the free flow of blood in Chinese Medicine is the Liver. If...
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TCM FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) all maladies are diagnosed according to organ channel patterns. There are many different types of headaches and must be differentiated according to symptoms. When giving a family history, a patient often points to other family members suffering from migraine headaches. Attacks may be triggered by...
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Spirit, Mind and Body in TCM

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In TCM the spirit, mind and body cannot be separated. The spirit is called the “Shen” and resides in the Heart. Giovanni Macicocia describes the Shen as “the capacity to “extend” outwards, to project outwards, to relate, to communicate with others: it is what makes us relate to the world...
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TCM INCREASES CHANCES OF GETTING PREGNANT

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Couples with fertility problems are twice as likely to get pregnant using traditional Chinese medicine as western drugs, say researchers. The latest study from researchers at Adelaide University, Australia, reviewed eight clinical trials, 13 other studies and case reports comparing the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with western drugs...
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OH MY ACHING BACK! TCM FOR LOW BACK PAIN

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A team of Duke Medical Center researchers has found that patients suffering from back pain consume more than $90 billion annually in health-care expenses, with approximately $26 billion of that amount directly attributable to treating back pain.1 There are many factors that can affect low back pain such as type...
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TCM AND TREATMENT OF INSOMNIA

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Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep or both. Insomnia may be present If it takes 30 minutes or more to fall asleep. Insomnia is occuring if you are getting six or fewer hours of sleep for three or more nights a week over a month and feel...
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FOODS FOR AUTUMN TO INCREASE LUNG POWER

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In TCM the Lungs represent the element of Metal and the emotion of grief. The Autumn time is most connected to the Lungs as we power up for the Winter season. The lungs control respiration by inhaling the clear qi and exhaling the impure qi. The Lungs are the uppermost organ and provide a...
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CULTIVATING YOUR QI: QI GONG

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Qi-Gong (also spelled Ch’i Kung) is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil...
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SPRING AND WOOD/LIVER ENERGY HAS SPRUNG!

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Spring has finally come! In TCM the Wood/Liver energy is predominant in Spring as it rises upward and outward. You can observe plants rising up and out of the ground and trees budding. When the liver is working smoothly, we are emotionally and physically balanced. We are free of pain,...
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TYPE II DIABETES: Epidemic of the 21st Century

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HOW CAN CHINESE MEDICINE HELP?  In TCM diabetes is described as xiao-ke syndrome which means “wasting and thirsting” or what is known as diabetic exhaustion. The more modern term, tang-niao-bing, means “sugar urine illness.”  TCM focuses on three parts of the body, 1) upper- excessive thirst, 2) middle-excessive hunger and 3)...
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WINTER: KIDNEY-WATER CONNECTION

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There are two types of Chinese Medicine practices, one called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is based on the organ systems and external factors. The other practice is called Five Element based on five aspects of nature that are wood, fire earth, metal and water and consider internal emotional factors....
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HATCHOO! THE FLU SEASON HAS BEGUN

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Influenza Facts Annually, influenza is blamed for approximately 36,000 deaths and 114,000 hospitalizations in adults in the US. People are contagious for 1 – 4 days before the onset of symptoms and up to 5 days after the first symptoms. About 50% of infected people do not show any symptoms...
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A BALANCED EARTH ELEMENT

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In TCM the element of Earth is represented by the Spleen & Stomach organs which also includes the pancreas. The season that best represents Earth is late summer or “Indian Summer”. All of these organs are essential for the digestive process. The digestive organs and their functioning reflect the influences...
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SYMBOLS OF FALL & TCM

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On September 22, 2014 the Autumn Equinox or transition from Summer to Fall will be upon us. Fall is the beginning of the yin cycle when the daylight lasts less than twelve hours.We breath in the crisp air of Fall and let go of Summer’s more care free attitude. We...
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Symbols of Spring & Relation to TCM

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The trees are beginning to bud as the branches sway in the windy and often rainy days of Spring. Some of the symbols of Easter such as bunnies and eggs are to denote a time of reproduction and growth. It is believed that the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had...
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Connect the Dots: Nerves & Acupuncture Points

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Last month I took an interesting seminar with Poney Chiang, Phd, Lac. He spent over 2 years mapping the nerve networks of the body to show the correlation with acupuncture points. Dr. Chiang used many resources including anatomy & physiology books, cadaver studies and pre-TCM ancient texts to verify his...
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What will the Year of the Horse Bring?

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Chinese New Year begins January 31, 2014 and ends February 18, 2015. The zodiac sign this year is associated with the wood element, so this is the year of the wood horse. In Chinese Taoist thought, wood attributes are considered to be strength and flexibility, as with bamboo. It is...
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Autumn: Power Up Your Lungs

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In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the Lungs represent the element of Metal and the emotion of grief.  The Autumn time is most connected to the Lungs as we power up for the Winter season.  The lungs control respiration by inhaling the clear qi and exhaling the impure qi.  The Lungs...
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Cupping Your Pain Away

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Cupping is an ancient technique that has been used by many cultures such as Eastern Europeans,Egyptians and Asians. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

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Defense Against Cold & Flu

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Building the Immune System With Chinese Medicine

At the beginning of Fall I recommend all of my patients come into the office for a few acupuncture treatments to boost up their immune and lung systems. The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy prevented many people from making regular appointments. It is not too late to schedule preventative treatments that will ensure less susceptibility to colds and flu this season. If you do get sick, you can still be treated with…

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Study Shows Acupuncture Effective For Stress Reduction

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Ladan Eshkevari, an assistant professor at Georgetown’s School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS), part of GUMC is assistant director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and a certified acupuncturist. She conducted the study because many of the patients she treats with acupuncture report a “better overall sense of well-being – and they often remarked that they felt less stress.”

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