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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
You have probably heard acupuncture referred to at some point as “alternative medicine” but classifying acupuncture this way is based on two erroneous assumptions.
First, it implies that acupuncture is a runner-up or a contingency plan to turn to when medicine inevitably falls short, or should one choose not to utilize medicine in the first place.
Second, it implies that acupuncture is a type of medicine, albeit an alternative type.
To set the record straight, acupuncture stands alone in the detection and correction of the body’s... [Read more...]
One of the biggest myths about acupuncture is that “once you start, you have to go forever.”
First of all, it is entirely up to you how long you choose to continue to get treatments. Of course, like any other healthy habit, the longer you maintain it, the better your quality of life. But just to clear up some confusion, let’s look at the process of a comprehensive schedule of acupuncture care in another light.
Perhaps the most apt analogy for continuing care for the meridian system is reconstructive orthodontics for your teeth. Both... [Read more...]
Imagine you are driving down the road with your gas pedal to the floor. Your car runs great and gets you to where you need to be. All is good.
But then you look around and notice that everyone else is whizzing right by you.
Determined to keep up with those around you, you take your car into the shop and have the mechanic give it a good once-over.
The mechanic finds that while you have been getting to where you need to be, you have been doing so while driving in only one gear. In actuality, he discovers that your car has an entire set of... [Read more...]
This is the number one most common question that I get, whether I am talking to a prospective patient or if I’m chatting about what I do for a living at a cocktail party. The simple answer to this question is “no, not nearly as much as you would think”. Most first time patients are surprised and pleased to find that acupuncture treatment is a relaxing and pleasant experience. If I could have a nickel for every time a patient left their first appointment saying “if I had known it was going to be that painless and easy... [Read more...]
Voa, age 3, loves acupuncture! She has nine needles in her body in this picture — they are so small that they are hard to see.
Really?! Kids can get acupuncture?
Yes! Acupuncture works by activating and focusing the body’s own self-healing capacity and, because children’s self-healing capacity is much stronger than that of most adults, we often see remarkably quick and dramatic treatment results in children. While many adults have physical or emotional health problems are very firmly entrenched, children often require much shorter... [Read more...]
In my last post I described a protocol for handling sinus infections without resorting to antibiotics. Over the weekend I read this article and it reminded me that it is important to spread the word far and wide — we need to stop resorting to antibiotics to treat ourselves and our children as routinely as we do today.
Rather than trundling off to the doctor’s office for an amoxicillin prescription as soon as our child develops a sniffle or a fever, we need to take the common sense watch and wait approach that many public health... [Read more...]
Click here for part one of this article.
More so than other allergies, cedar allergies seem create a fertile ground for bacterial and fungal infections of the sinuses. It is very common for cedar allergy sufferers to be plagued by almost constant sinus pressure and headaches and to fall prey to at least one or two sinus infections each year, typically timed inconveniently to fall in the middle of the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays.
Your sinuses — a cozy home for bacteria and fungi
Your sinuses are warm and moist and are therefore... [Read more...]
When I moved here from Colorado ten years ago, I had never heard of cedar fever. I was accustomed to a Spring and Fall allergy season, but all the allergy sufferers that I knew in Colorado got a break from their symptoms during the winter. That is why I was surprised to meet so many people in Waco whose WORST allergy season starts around Thanksgiving and extends through January or February. And, even more so than other allergens, cedar allergies seem to lay the groundwork for some really nasty secondary infections — all the way from... [Read more...]
Today is my last day of seeing patients at 305 Londonderry. I am moving to the Westrock Center on Hewitt Drive and will be open for business there on Monday November 4. I am excited about the new location, which I believe will bring all kinds of good things for my family and my patients. But moving is bittersweet because Londonderry has been such a cozy home for my practice and my family. As my kids said, “we have so many memories here!”
I moved into the Londonderry office in 2006, when my twins were 10 months old and my oldest... [Read more...]
Perfect for those who are scared of needles
I am excited to announce that I am now offering laser acupuncture. This non-needle treatment is perfect for babies, children, and anyone who is frightened of needles.
This treatment is extremely safe and uses 450 nm (calming blue) and 635 nm (stimulating red) cold lasers to stimulate acupoints. The really cool thing about this treatment is that recent research suggests that acupuncture meridians function like optical fibers or “light pipes” and transmit light energy throughout the... [Read more...]
A great and very informative documentary from the BBC. Thanks to Shae Doty-Whisenhunt for passing this onto me!
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If you are like most people, you do not have the time or money to go to acupuncture on a weekly basis any longer than you absolutely have to. You are eager to get relief from your health concern and get on with your life! I completely understand and feel the same way when I seek acupuncture for my own health problems.
People often ask me what they can do at home to support the acupuncture they are getting at my office. Here is a great article on this topic: The Five Best Complements to Acupuncture. By following the advice in this article,... [Read more...]
For the past ten years I have made frequent use of ear pellets, seeds, and tacks (also called auriculotherapy) to reinforce the effect of the acupuncture treatments I perform in my office. I have found this treatment to be of key importance in the long-term management of chronic pain in many of my patients.
Auriculotherapy has been in the news a lot lately, from Penelope Cruz being photographed at a recent event with tiny gold balls on acupuncture points in her ears to the United States Air Force developing an auriculotherapy protocol... [Read more...]
It’s about a month into the New Year. Do you already wish you had a do-over for your New Year’s Resolutions?
If so, you’re in luck. You do.
February 10th is the Chinese lunar New Year. The celebration of the New Year, the Spring Festival, is China’s longest and most important holiday. Because it is based on a different calendar, it falls on a different date between January 21 and February 20 every year.
You can think of Spring Festival as Christmas and New Year all rolled into one. Just like our holiday season,... [Read more...]
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This article piggy-backs on my last post about How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need? I couldn’t have summarized things any better than Mei Li has, so I will just link directly to her article — I highly recommend that you take the time to read it:
When Acupuncture Doesn’t Work
By the time people make it through my door, they are generally exasperated and desperate. This is because the acupuncturist isn’t the first stop for most Americans when they develop a health problem. Most new patients that I see have... [Read more...]
This is one of the first questions that most people considering acupuncture have. We are all busy and money doesn’t grow on trees. It is natural to feel impatient and to hope for a dramatic and rapid results from a new treatment.
The short answer to this question is that an “average” initial course of treatment consists of eight to ten sessions, with most people noticing a clear benefit within three to four sessions. Usually during the initial course of treatment sessions are scheduled on a weekly basis.
Many chronic problems... [Read more...]
Conventional health care providers have just caught onto the notion that disease can be caused or at least perpetuated by emotional factors – just last night I saw a segment on the news that featured a MD at Harvard University who is “pioneering” the use of deep relaxation and meditation for the prevention and treatment of disease. In reality, the idea that mental and emotional stress can cause disease is very old. Chinese medical practitioners have espoused this idea for over 2,000 years. In fact, according to ancient Chinese... [Read more...]
Although acupuncture is effective for a wide variety of conditions, it is mostly widely renown in the United States as a treatment for pain. In general, there are three types of pain patients who walk in the door of an acupuncture clinic:
Patients with acute pain – This type of pain is typically the result of an injury. A good example would be an ankle sprain. In this case, pain serves as an alarm that signals you to rest and protect the painful area long enough for it to heal. In a way that is not yet understood by science, acupuncture... [Read more...]
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