Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture for Diabetes

Acupuncture for Diabetes

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, and approximately 90 percent of them have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Type 2 diabetes, while its exact cause is unknown, develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Because of this, treatment often involves taking “insulin sensitizers” or medication that helps the body increase its sensitivity and therefore ability to process insulin, keeping the blood sugar from getting too low. Unfortunately, this medication often causes side effects, including weight gain and anemia. continue reading »

5 Acupoints for Anxiety You Can Administer Yourself

acupoints for anxiety

“At a time when people are so conscious of maintaining their physical health by controlling their diets, exercising, and so forth, it makes sense to try to cultivate the corresponding mental attitudes too.”

– HH the Dalai Lama, 1963

It can be easy to forget how much our mental state can affect our physical well-being. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, that connection is evident in the treatment strategies, but it is also true that when we are feeling bad, we don’t always think to look at our minds. It works both ways.  continue reading »

Acupuncture Wrapped: An overview of some of the most exciting discoveries in 2020

Acupuncture Wrapped: An overview of some of the most exciting discoveries in 2020

As we enter a new year, it is natural to want to look back on the last one. As humans, we have the gift and the hurdle of marking time, so it can feel helpful to recall memories we want to hold on to or look for lessons we can take with us.  

To that end, here are three categories in which research into the type, application and efficacy of acupuncture saw significant advancements in 2020, findings that will certainly help guide us as we move forward. In a year that saw so much focus on our health, these findings offer some good news in the fields of pain management without opioids, migraine headaches, and insight into why it is that acupuncture is effective as an anti-inflammatory.  continue reading »

Intention setting in the new year

It’s that time of year again: the time when many of us engage in the practice of setting a new year’s resolution.

And while it’s wonderful to have goals, it’s also useful to not see ourselves as a project, but rather a work in progress.  This outlook helps when we encounter the inevitable setbacks that come with the pursuit of improvement.  Respecting and acknowledging the process over the end-goal helps us to remain flexible in our approach, instead of starting out the new year with rigid standards.

In the spirit of greeting the new year with fresh energy, I wanted to offer some tips on how to approach the tradition of annual resolutions in a way that might foster more success… by incorporating some wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).


Winter and your Kidneys

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, health is achieved by living in balance with nature and the seasons.  Winter, the season of the Water Element, is the season for slowing down, reflecting, and conserving our resources.  We all feel this tendency, but we don’t always listen to our bodies.  In Western culture, being active is rewarded and expected.  We can often feel compelled to keep up the hectic pace that is typical in our culture and daily lifestyles.

Winter is the the season associated with the kidneys, bladder, and adrenal glands.  It’s the time of year when these organs are most active, accessible, and even vulnerable.  Winter is the time that these organs are more receptive to being restored, nurtured and energized; but in turn, it is also when they can become easily depleted.

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