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How To Thrive In The Modern World: A Layperson's Guide To Chinese Medicine

Conditions that benefit from acupuncture treatment

In 2002, the World Health Organization published a comprehensive review and analysis of controlled clinical trials on acupuncture

Conditions that benefit from acupuncture treatment Conditions that benefit from acupuncture treatment

What is Chinese medicine?

Chinese Medicine (CM) is a highly effective method of health care that has successfully treated billions of people over the past 2,500 years. In fact,currently one-quarter of the world’s population makes use of Chinese medicine!

What is Chinese medicine? What is Chinese medicine?

How does acupuncture work?

Although acupuncture may seem mysterious, the mechanism behind its effectiveness is quite simple.

How does acupuncture work? How does acupuncture work?


Can getting your ear pierced REALLY cure migraine headaches?

daith piercing for migraines

A daith piercing Migraines impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. They are difficult and expensive to treat and many patients are left suffering without effective treatment. So when last week the Huffington Post published an article titled Can Daith Piercings Stop Migraines? Here’s What You Need To Know About The Growing Trend a lot of people got really excited. The Huff Po article stimulated a flurry of follow up articles (including ones with optimistic titles like This Simple Piercing Has Completely Cured People’s... [Read more...]

Acupuncture for weight loss

weight loss

One of the most common questions that I hear is “does acupuncture help with weight loss?” The answer is yes, but in most cases not nearly as fast and not to the extent that most people are hoping. (I do not offer ear stapling or stimulant herbal formulas. While these methods may offer quick weight loss, they do so at the risk of serious side effects.) It is very common for people to come to me for other concerns (such as back pain, allergies, or insomnia) and, after several months of treatment, report that they have lost 20... [Read more...]

One 10-minute exercise to cure texting disease (forward head posture)


by Tom Bisio (photos by Valerie Ghent), republished with the author’s permission The Texting Disease: What is Forward Head Syndrome? A few years ago I was sitting at the computer working on a book project, and my arm went numb. The numbness rapidly became a problem in the days that followed as I noticed I was getting low grade headaches, and had difficulty turning my head. It could have been a serious neurological problem, but in fact was simply due to sitting too much, with my head forward, staring at the computer, and not maintaining... [Read more...]

Acupuncture? Dry Needling? What’s the difference?

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The Academy of Otolaryngology now recommends acupuncture for the treatment of allergies


Copyright 2015 Lisa Marie Price, L.Ac. Acupuncture is now a recommended treatment for allergies by the Academy of Otolaryngology. Comprised of primary care doctors, ENT’s and patients, the group reported a lot of great discussion around the growing scientific evidence that acupuncture is effective for allergy treatment.  They also explored Chinese herbal remedies as part of the new guidelines but decided against it for now. The Evidence: Why acupuncture for allergies is good science The American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy recently... [Read more...]

Think acupuncture FIRST for pain management

Acupuncture is twice as effective and safer for pain management

Acupuncture added to Joint Commission standard on pain management In January 2015 the Joint Commission published a new standard of care for pain management and officially recognized acupuncture as an effective non-drug option. This change took place following an extensive review of the scientific literature and was made in light of growing awareness in the health care community of the risks of dependency, addiction and abuse of prescription pain medications. Twice as effective and safer Each week I care for dozens of patients in pain.... [Read more...]

What you must know before you try dry needling

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EDITED 05/13/2015: A previous version of this article included a section titled “A few key facts about dry needling”. This section has been removed and I now encourage interested readers to consult a detailed and authoritative discussion of the same issues by the National Center for Acupuncture Safety and Integrity (NCASI) here. To this point I have not spoken out about this issue because I didn’t want to get embroiled in an ugly fight, but it has come to the point that I cannot in good conscience remain quiet about... [Read more...]

The danger of dry needling

dry needling

As I wrote about here, it is my belief that so called “dry needling” is a danger to public safety. What is dry needling? Dry needling is another name for acupuncture performed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, athletic trainers, physician’s assistants, and other allied health professionals, typically after as little as 30 hours of training The video below is an excellent example of the very real risks associated with dry needling. The video shows a physician performing “deep dry... [Read more...]

Join me on Pinterest!


Are you on Pinterest? If so, let’s connect! There is some fantastic information on Pinterest, including lots of great recipes, self-care strategies, and info graphics that make healthy living easier and more fun. Please follow me so that you can stay up to date with everything I post there. Visit Live Oak Wellness Center’s profile on Pinterest. Follow Live Oak Wellness Center’s board About Me on Pinterest. Follow Live Oak Wellness Center’s board Acupressure on Pinterest. Follow Live Oak Wellness Center’s... [Read more...]

How to make stress your friend


I highly recommend taking the 15 minutes needed to watch this TED talk by health psychologist Kelly McGonigal. The gist of the talk is this: Stress, in and of itself, is not harmful to your health. What is harmful is the belief that stress is harmful to your health. According to McGonigal, properly understood, stress can be a source of empowerment, can exert a protective effect on our hearts and bodies, and can motivate us to make key social connections with others which make us physically and emotionally resilient. The problem is stress... [Read more...]

How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

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How do you want to FEEL? Create goals with SOUL!


I’m like most people — this time of year I start thinking about what went well in the year past and what I want to do better next year. But if I am honest I have to say that these goals that I’ve set for myself in years past have never amounted to much — within a few weeks my commitment to exercising more, keeping a journal, and not yelling at my kids has fizzled and I’m left feeling discouraged and annoyed with myself. The Desire Map The year before last I signed up for a program called the Desire Map by... [Read more...]

How I got off hydrocodone, recovered from fibromyalgia, and got my life back

The moment that everything changed

I spent nearly a decade suffering from debilitating pain and side effects from the drugs used to treat it. I was stuck — physically, emotionally, and spiritually — and I felt despair as I looked toward the future. I am now 100% off all of medications and I feel ten times better than I ever did on the pills. I feel powerful and victorious, clear-headed and free. I love it when I fill out a form and can write “none” when I’m asked what medications I take. I am free of side effects and my body is MINE again! If... [Read more...]

Trying to get off hydrocodone? Acupuncture and essential oils can help

Pain Medication

Modalities such as acupuncture, essential oils, and mindfulness meditation can be extremely useful in easing the process of discontinuing opiate pain medications such as hydrocodone. Contrary to what many people assume, discontinuing hydrocodone can result in better overall pain control, improved quality of life, as well as avoidance of the serious side effects associated with this drug. New DEA regulations go into effect If you or someone you love uses hydrocodone to manage chronic pain, you are probably aware that as of October 6, 2014... [Read more...]

Not getting better? Eastern medicine may help

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Below is a great little video with Dr. Sanjay Gupta talking about the new Chinese herbal clinic at the Cleveland Clinic. A patient with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia) is featured. The herbal clinic at the Cleveland Clinic is an exciting development because, although acupuncture is increasingly accepted and utilized at progressive medical centers around the country, Chinese herbal medicine has not been embraced to nearly the same extent. This is too bad because, in China, herbal medicine is considered the preferred modality for... [Read more...]

Three reasons to consider diluting essential oils


Many essential oil users apply oils without dilution and never experience any problems. Personally (knock on wood) I have not experienced any adverse consequences from neat (undiluted) application of essential oils, nor have members of my family. But I am always one to err on the side of caution and am aware that many of my patients fall into the category of “sensitive”. Therefore I wanted to provide guidance in this article and the previous one about who might want to consider diluting essential oils for topical use and how... [Read more...]

Is it possible to be allergic to essential oils?


The short answer to this question is yes, it is possible to be allergic to even very pure and high quality essential oils. Anyone who tells you that you cannot be allergic to essential oils or that when skin irritation arises in response to the use of essential oils (for example hives, rashes, itching, etc.) it means that your body is “detoxing” and that you need to continue to use oils is misinformed (please see postscript below about the emotional origin of allergies). Top quality essential oils do not contain synthetic... [Read more...]

Parrots and essential oils

My ruby macaw Penny

  Me and my citron crested cockatoo Maggie (left) and a Goffin cockatoo that we fostered (right) Please note that I am not a veterinarian. I do, however, share my home with eight parrots. I have spent a great deal of time researching the use of essential oils on and around parrots in an effort to insure that my birds are safe. Resources I recommend on this topic include The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals by Melissa Shelton, DVM and Aromatherapy for Parrots by Angela Nelson (with the caveats mentioned in my review... [Read more...]

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There is a reason you have made your way to my website and it probably has something to do with the fact that you don’t feel the way that you’d like to feel.

I see people with a very wide variety of conditions, but if you boil it down they all have one thing in common — they feel STUCK. Is this you?

You are PHYSICALLY stuck. You may:

– Have a low back that keeps you from gardening,
– Knees that make you hobble like your grandmother,
– Migraine headaches that sideline you when you can least afford it,
– Allergies that keep you inside just when the spring or fall weather is most inviting,
– Hormonal imbalances that have you (and your spouse!) at your wit’s end,
– Or another nagging health concern.

You’ve been to a bunch of doctors and you’ve tried a handful of different medications. The pills help you get through the day, but you don’t like the fact that you never get to the root of the problem, you worry about side effects, and every year your insurance pays less at the doctor’s office and pharmacy.


You are EMOTIONALLY stuck. You may be:

– Tense all the time,
– Anxious about everything,
– Or short-tempered with the people you care the most about.
– Your mind spins in circles at night while you struggle to sleep,
– Yet during the day when you need to focus you feel foggy and distracted.
– You have habits you don’t feel good about, whether it’s Diet Coke, sleeping pills, tobacco, or too much time on Facebook.
– You can’t put your finger on why, but you feel dissatisfied, disconnected, and maybe even depressed.

But I have GOOD NEWS, friend. If you are stuck, you have come to the right place. I’m Kristen Horner Warren and I use acupuncture, Reikiessential oils, and herbs to help people get UNSTUCK. Protection Status