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The power of the body to heal and change is remarkable.  It is important to understand that the healing process is not linear.   Some days are better than others.  This is true not only for acupuncture, but for most changes in our lives. Change happens slowly.  People don’t wake up one day and everything is better.  It is a gradual improvement.  You can’t learn how to play the piano or tai chi overnight.  What’s more, gradual change is more sustainable. Acupuncture is not like a pill or surgery.  We are not cutting anything out of the body.  Acupuncture is simply reminding the body to be healthy.  For some acute conditions, such as a back spasms, acupuncture can work rapidly.  But

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.

For the last 50 years, the placebo effect has been a dirty word.  Real interventions make a physiological change in the body.   Placebos do nothing but convince the patient that something is different.   Reality states otherwise.  Ted Katpchuk, an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine doctor who focuses on the placebo effect in his research, wants to change all that. In last week’s New Yorker, an article focuses on the placebo and the scholars who think about and examine the placebo. What is a Placebo? One of the difficult and fundamental questions is what is a placebo?  We’ve come to believe a placebo is an inert intervention.  A sugar pill. In most clinical trials of medication, or even with some physical

I like to say that the acupuncture healing process is like hitting the reset switch.  It works in the body to correct once healthy pathways that were knocked off kilter. There is a process to getting to the root cause of the issue in order to reset the body.  Like peeling off layers to get to to the core issue. Many patients come to me with intense symptoms, often severe pain. The first goal is to reduce the pain to make them comfortable.  Then we work on correcting the root issue causing the pain which can lead to long term relief. In acupuncture and Chinese medicine we call this treating the root and the branch, that is treating the branch

The majority of Americans are in chronic pain or have experienced it.  More and more, people are seeking acupuncture for relieve of all types of chronic pain, from back pain and neck pain, to headaches and migraines, or chronic pelvic pain. Pain can affect almost every system in the body and develops from many sources.It can occur from a chronic immune disorder, after an infection, from a physical injury, or from emotional stress. Often, pain stays around a long time after an injury has healed. As a teenager, I first sought out acupuncture to treat my own chronic pain. For several years I suffered from back pain. It was quite severe for my age, keeping me from playing sports, getting