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

About Me

I am the proud mother of three boys, including a set of identical twins.

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Conditions that benefit from acupuncture treatment

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

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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?

Essential Oils

We are pleased to announce that we have recently expanded our practice to include dōTERRA Certified… [more]

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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

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Many dōTERRA users apply their essential oils without dilution and never experience any problems. Personally (knock on wood) I have not experienced any adverse consequences from neat (undiluted) application of dōTERRA 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... [Read more...]

Is it possible to be allergic to essential oils?

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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 dōTERRA 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” is misinformed. The Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) designation assures us that dōTERRA oils are pure and that they do not contain synthetic ingredients or other... [Read more...]

Is building a dōTERRA business right for you?

The Live Oak Acupuncture dōTERRA team is growing! The majority of our team members use their wholesale account to purchase products for their personal use and do not have the desire or intent to build an essential oil business. As far as we are concerned this is great. We want people to get the products that they need to improve their health at the lowest possible price. A growing number of our team members, however, are beginning to ask questions about the dōTERRA business opportunity. Having had wonderful experiences with the products,... [Read more...]

An ancient Chinese secret for understanding your kids

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My three sons Have you ever wondered why your children are so different?  Or why one child always gets a fever when sick while your other child always gets a chest cold? As a parent I think about this a lot. Heck, I’ve got a set of identical twins who are as different as can be! Chinese medicine offers insightful and useful answers in the form of the theory of the Five Elements. You may have heard me talking about the Five Elements in the clinic – it’s a ancient and fascinating way of understanding human psychology. In Chinese... [Read more...]

Parrots and essential oils

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JOIN OUR NEWSLETTERJoin nearly 1,000 subscribers to receive exclusive content every month, including essential oil recipes, protocols, and invitations to members-only events.We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else. 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... [Read more...]

Acupuncture and the placebo response

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A recent study comparing real acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and sham laser acupuncture with no treatment for knee arthritis showed that real acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and sham laser acupuncture all resulted in decrease in pain. In the media this study has been presented as evidence that acupuncture does not work and that any decrease in pain associated with acupuncture is the result of the placebo effect. In reality the story is more complicated than that. First of all, the study was small, with fewer than 20 patients in each treatment... [Read more...]

Arbor Vitae — a new essential oil

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We are very excited about one of the new oils launched at the recent dōTERRA Global Convention — Arborvitae, which translates to “tree of life”. Benefits This oil has benefits for the skin and immune systems, as well as emotional wellbeing. One of the chemical constituents in Arborvitae is tropolones. This constituent is unique and is not found in any other essential oil. Tropolones have a seven carbon ring structure, which is important because pathogens have never been exposed to seven carbon rings before. This makes... [Read more...]

Can I ask a favor?

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Live Oak Acupuncture & Wellness Center is supported in part by patients purchasing products (herbal medicines, dietary supplements, essential oils, etc.) from me. It is no exaggeration to say that I have invested hundreds of hours of time and tens of thousands of dollars into selecting the products that I recommend and sell to you. For each product that you see on my shelves, I have researched and tested dozens of others. I have spent over a decade pulling together the contents of my pharmacy and only carry the best quality, most... [Read more...]

Why dōTERRA essential oils?

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JOIN OUR NEWSLETTERJoin nearly 1,000 subscribers to receive exclusive content every month, including essential oil recipes, protocols, and invitations to members-only events.We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else. Why did I chose dōTERRA essential oils? Several months ago a patient introduced me to dōTERRA essential oils. I was reluctant to spend much time looking at the catalog and other materials that she gave me for two reasons. First, about ten years ago I spent several hundred dollars... [Read more...]

Differences of opinion regarding essential oil safety

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JOIN OUR NEWSLETTERJoin nearly 1,000 subscribers to receive exclusive content every month, including essential oil recipes, protocols, and invitations to members-only events.We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else. “To get out from underneath these layers of trumped up concerns, the whole safety and toxicity discussion needs to be turned upside down. Instead of perpetuating mantras about imaginary dangers, the inherently benign nature of essential oils needs to be recognized.” –... [Read more...]

Five ways you’re not living with chronic illness

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I absolutely LOVE this article. The author shares insight that only a sufferer of chronic illness could have. I have included the article in its entirety here (with links to the site that originally published it and the author’s website) because I believe it is so important and insightful.     by Ilana Jacqueline, freelance writer and patient advocate. Published in The Huffington Post A fine line, ladies and gentleman, its what stands between living with chronic illness and being alive with chronic illness. I’ve straddled... [Read more...]

Promoting emotional balance with essential oils

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This article is the fourth in a recent series I have written about emotions and how they impact our physical health. You can find the first three articles here: Stress as the primary cause of modern disease Are you suffering from unresolved anger? I had a black dog, his name was depression If you have been around me lately, you have probably heard me talk about essential oils. Complementary and natural medicine has been my vocation for twenty years but I have never been more excited about anything than I am about certified pure therapeutic... [Read more...]

I had a black dog, his name was depression

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In previous posts I have written about the effect that stress and unresolved anger can have on physical and emotional health. Today I’d like to discuss depression. From the point of view of Chinese medicine, depression is the result of unresolved emotions (especially anger) turned inward and “deep-pressed”. When the energy of anger is not allowed to motive us to change our lives and relationships, the eventual result is the energetic collapse that is characteristic of depression. Depressed individuals feel cut off... [Read more...]

Your body as a garden

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The concept of gardening gives us an excellent illustration for the theories behind Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Imagine you are a gardener whose job it is to help a garden thrive. To help nature along, you must provide necessities such as water and fertilizer. You must make sure plants receive the right amount of sun, and you must weed out any undesirable elements. Gardening takes time and effort, but the reward is a beautiful, healthy garden, abundant with flowers and vegetables. One of the philosophies underlying... [Read more...]

An extra hour of sleep increases healthy gene expression

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The BBC recently conducted a short study to assess the health effects of an extra hour of sleep. The article is well worth reading. Two high points: During deep sleep memories are consolidated and moved into long-term storage. This consolidation must take place within 24 hours or the memories are lost. This is why it is important to prioritize adequate sleep during times when you are learning new things (e.g. finals week, the first few months in a new job, etc.) The REM sleep phase is the only time, day or night, when the body stops producing... [Read more...]

What to expect from the early phases of treatment

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Did you ever notice that the biggest hill of a rollercoaster is always somewhere in the beginning of the ride? This is so that the cars can develop enough momentum from the first hill to propel them through the rest of the course. Getting to the top of that first hill, however, takes some work. The full weight of the cars must be towed up the hill from a standing start before they can be released at the top. In fact, if the ride contains a really gigantic summit, sometimes you are pulled up a smaller hill first and then the momentum from... [Read more...]

Are you suffering from unresolved anger?

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As I wrote about here, in Chinese medicine we believe that the primary cause of disease in adults is unresolved emotions. In my clinical experience, unresolved anger is particularly common and troublesome. It is unusual for me to encounter patients whose health problems are not caused (at least in part) by unresolved anger (Liver Qi stagnation, in Chinese medicine parlance). At times it can be difficult to identify unresolved anger in ourselves, however. We are so adept at hiding it, even from ourselves, that we think it is not there.... [Read more...]

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Welcome

1424364_10151787399630732_1749379234_nMy name is Kristen Horner Warren. I use a combination of natural methods, including acupuncture, essential oils, herbal medicine, and practical dietary and lifestyle recommendations to help people find relief from chronic and difficult to treat health concerns.

Since 2003 I have helped thousands of Central Texans with conditions ranging from arthritis to anxiety, chronic pain to cedar fever, fertility enhancement to fibromyalgia, and sciatica to shingles (as well as many more!) Under my care, patients experience relief from symptoms, improved energy, enhanced sleep, and increased peace of mind. Time and again, patients have told me that they no longer feel overwhelmed or stuck when it comes to their health and that they are filled with joy and satisfaction because they have been able to return to full participation in their lives.

In my office you and/or your child will receive careful, individualized attention and a treatment plan that is personally tailored for your body and your life. I will listen carefully to you so that we can get to the root cause of your health concerns (rather than just covering up your symptoms) and activate your body’s own ability to regain homeostasis, heal itself, and maintain dynamic balance in the face of the stress of your busy life.

To read dozens of comments from patients like you whose lives have been changed by acupuncture and herbal medicine, please click here. To learn more about my background and what makes me so passionate about the work I do, please click here. To learn more about the core values that guide me personally and professionally, please click here. To learn more about acupuncture and other topics, hover your mouse over the Services link on the top menu bar.

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