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This morning on NPR there was a very informative piece about the causes of migraines and why women suffer more from migraines than men. The story explains the that one reason migraines occur is because of bursts of electrical activity in specific areas of the brain.   Often they begin in  the visual center, which is why people will get auras from migraines.  Then it will travel through different regions explaining why there can be so many different symptoms related to the migraine headache. Originally women were thought to get more migraine was because women cannot handle stress.  However, now researchers are seeing links between hormone imbalances and migraines. Acupuncture for Migraine headaches Migraine headaches are very commonly treated with

The bladder can have a mind of its own. Normally, the bladder relaxes as it fills and contracts only when you need to urinate. Bladder spasms can occur when the bladder muscles suddenly contract causing a sudden need to urinate.  In some people this can also cause pain. The symptoms of bladder spasms can be intense, impacting your work, education, and social life. Bladder spasms can occur in overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, and other conditions. Acupuncture is an excellent way to reduce bladder spasms. Acupuncture works by resetting the body to be healthy and allowing the bladder to relax. Acupuncture therapy for bladder spasms Acupuncture theory is based upon the idea that channels connect different parts of the body. These

As the year is coming to a close, I am looking over much of the writing I’ve been doing over the year. In 2011, I wrote many articles explaining how acupuncture works.  Here are some of my favorite. Acupuncture and the Healing Process How Much Time are Acupuncture Needles Retained How Long is an Acupuncture Treatment Chinese Medicine Diagnosis What Acupuncturists Look For in a Tongue Taking the Pulse in Chinese Medicine If you have a specific question about acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine, let me know in the comment section.

Chronic back pain and neck pain often develops after a car accident.   It can happen directly after the accident or gradually over a period of time.   Sometimes, people with chronic neck and back pain just doesn’t seem to get better, no matter what they try, even if there are no findings on the x-rays and MRI tests. Acupuncture is very effective at reducing chronic back pain after a car accident. In acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine  the concept of circulation is unique and can be the reason acupuncture works when other therapies do not. Acupuncture Meridians The body is interconnected by acupuncture channels and meridians.  These connect and protect the body.  An injury or car accident causes a disruption in

People with back pain often find relief in acupuncture after other treatments have not worked. From a Chinese medicine and acupuncture point of view, this is because the underlying imbalance was not corrected.  A successful treatment must be tailored specifically to what is going on with your back. Physiologically, it is because acupuncture works holistically with the body, address many levels of the pain and condition.  It works to relax the muscles, stimulate healing in the connective tissues, and reset the nervous system. What are the imbalances that would need correcting? There is an old saying in Acupuncture.  “When there is no movement, there is pain.  When there is movement, there is no pain.” Qi, the body’s energy flows through

News sites all over the internet are talking about a recent study that shows acupuncture can help women reduce hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. In this post, I will explain how acupuncture and Chinese medicine work to treat hot flashes. Balance Cooling and Warming The basic idea of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is simple: Health is based on balance. Imbalances in the body lead to illness.  We correct that imbalance with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, the body works to heal itself. Hot flashes are most often caused by an imbalance called Heat, specifically vacuity heat. The body has the ability to warm itself, and it has the ability to cool itself.  These qualities balance each other.  In Chinese

The other day a patient told me, “I used to think that acupuncture was hocus pocus.  But now I am willing to give it a shot.” People new to acupuncture are sometimes scared because they think it’s magical.  But after experiencing an acupuncture treatment, they usually feel very different.  This, I think, is because acupuncture relaxes the body, decreases pain, and regulates the nervous system, so you physically feel different after an acupuncture treatment. The experience of acupuncture shows patients that it has a physiology effect, not magic and hocus pocus. Acupuncture works by regulating pain relieving chemicals in the brain as well as stimulating the release of anti-inflammtory chemicals in cells close to the needles. A Language of its