Tai Chi: An Ancient Treatment for Osteopenia

Yesterday morning I heard a distressing story on the radio about osteoporosis medication increases the risk of  unusual and serious fractures.  Women taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates are nearly five times as likely to have a serious unusual fracture.  Osteoporosis is a serious condition as hip and other fractures are terrible accidents, yet the side effects of the medication may be worse.

One answer for many women may be tai chi.  This may particular a good choice for women who have osteopenia, when the bones are beginning to soften, but do not yet have osteoporosis, as the tai chi … Read More

Five Functions of Acupuncture Channels

It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured.  The twelve channels are where the beginners start and the masters end.  To beginners it seems easy; the master knows how difficult it is.

Spiritual Pivot Chapter 17, quoted in A Manual of Acupuncture

The fundamental theory in acupuncture and Chinese medicine is that the body is connected by acupuncture channels.   This is the basic acupuncture anatomical architecture through which disease imbalances are diagnosed and treated.

The channels have specific functions in maintaining health.  … Read More

Personalized Acupuncture and Herbs for Eczema

As a Chinese medicine practitioner I am obsessed with treating the right symptoms and imbalances with the right herbs and acupuncture points.  Creating the correct acupuncture point prescription and herbal formula matters.   Giving the wrong formula won’t work.  Sometimes it can actually make the symptoms worse.  For example, in eczema, you cannot use herbs for dry type eczema to treat damp type eczema.

This is also true with topical herbs.  Topical herbs are very powerful for skin conditions, like eczema.    In eczema, we have herbs that are effective for dry eczema, because the herbs will moisten the eczema.  And other … Read More

Chinese medicine for Acne

Acne has profound effects on people’s lives, effecting social life, education, and even employment.  In fact, studies have shown that it is more difficult to get job with a bad case of acne.I’ve used Chinese medicine and acupuncture to treatment many people with acne, both teenage and adult.  It works by breaking the cycle of breaking out in pimples, developing, inflammation, and infection.  The key is to correctly diagnosis the imbalance that is causing the acne.What Causes Acne?

Acne is a disorder of the hair follicle sebaceous gland. This gland can get clogged up with proteins and oils from

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Acupuncture Cure for the Insomniac Nation

Sleep.  We are supposed to spend one third of our lives sleeping.  But for many people, that’s a lot easier said than done.

In fact, up to 58% of adults in America complain of having trouble sleeping. Insomnia is an issue that most of my patients experience.   Actually, this is not so surprising because many chronic illnesses and pain are also associated with insomnia.

Can acupuncture treat insomnia?

Yes, acupuncture is helpful to reduce those sleepless nights. Just like other conditions, treatment of chronic insomnia should address root imbalance that is causing the condition.

The root treatment addresses the heart, … Read More