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Acupressure is the massage of acupressure points and channels.   I often use acupressure and tui na (Chinese medical massage) combined with with acupuncture in my clinic. Acupressure in context To really understand how acupressure works, we have to see it as part of the whole of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years.  The first book of Chinese medicine is called the Huang di nei jing, or the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon.    The book is a conversation between the Yellow Emperor and his doctor, named Qi Bo.  Qi bo explains that health comes from a state of balance within the body, and between the body and the environment.  To prevent illness, people should live a balanced

On Monday is the last class of my Acupressure for Self Healing Class at the Open Center.  My some of students asked for a preview of the class. We will discuss imbalance that cause back pain such as qi stagnation, qi vacuity, dampness, and cold We will cover powerful acupressure points for back pain like Small Intestine 3 and Kidney 3 We’ll discuss San Jiao 5, 6, and 8 for neck pain I will teach you some qi gong and back exercises for back pain and exercises for shoulder pain and neck pain And we’ll review the Dao Yin acupressure and the acupressure tune up

Patients are always interested in learning more about acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  Here are my favorite books for theory, history, and clinical applications of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Introductory Books to Acupuncture and Chinese medicine The History of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine My Favorite Acupuncture Manual My Favorite Qi Gong Book

I am always searching for simple remedies for my patients to prevent colds, flu, and sinus infections.   That’s why I was excited to see a short article last month in the New York Times that discusses how humming can help to relieve sinus infections and headaches. Humming reduces sinus inflammation by stimulating the release of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule in the body which helps smooth muscle relax and vasodilation to increase blood flow.  Less inflammation means the body recovers quicker and can fight off infections. Many of my acupuncture patients have asthma and allergies, making them more susceptible to sinus infections especially during the winter months.  I often recommend self acupressure to supplement the acupuncture treatment.   Some traditions of

The immune system is a wonderful thing.  Without it we could not live a second–we would be totally consumed by bacteria and viruses.  But, it is fickle.  It can overreact or react in response to something that is not a pathogen. I’ve recently written a couple posts about acupuncture and allergies.  Allergies are caused by the immune system reacting in a way it should not, and giving us problems.  Asthma is also caused by the immune system overreacting. Why do asthma and allergies often occur together? Asthma and allergies are both caused by a hyper reaction in your immune system. And it is no surprise to those with asthma, that allergies make asthma worse.  The same allergen will also irritate