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by Arwen Careaga (*My source for the title is The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor) Having made it through the bulk of the holiday season and now looking at tax time (sorry!), many of us are now feeling stress and tension in the jaw area that can commonly lead to headaches. Whether it...
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And now it is the holiday season – a time, for many, of profound joy; a time, for many, of profound sorrow. It is a gift in many ways. For while people this time of year seem to speed up, time itself seems to slow down. Darkness, like a comfortable acquaintance, arrives early and lingers...
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by Arwen Careaga, LAc As I have written occasionally and often felt, one of the greatest appeals of the practice of Chinese Medicine is the opportunity to uncover clues and use them to inform diagnosis and treatment. Seemingly random symptoms that a person might find themselves “googling” in the middle of the night often have...
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by Arwen Careaga, L.Ac. “Harriet never minded admitting she didn’t know something, ‘So what,’ she thought, ‘I could always learn.’” -Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy I have been answering the phones for Blue Lotus since the beginning. During that time, I have heard a lot of questions. Some of them are predictable, some of them are...
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by Arwen Careaga, L.Ac., MSTOM  I saw a young lady today. Some of her symptoms were obvious, others I surmised. But wait, there’s a catch! The patient: female, approximately 22 years old The symptoms: loose bowel movements, occasionally urgent and burning acne along the jawline thirst for cold beverages with no desire to drink anything...
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  Although acupuncturists are generally equanimous by nature, they can be rattled! Here’s how… 1. Eat a lot of cold/raw food. Digestion is a key to good energy. Keep it warm! 2. Dress loosey-goosey for the weather. This is an excellent way to catch a cold. A scarf is a powerful accessory! 3. Go see...
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Dear Moms, I see you. I see that you have a kid, maybe a couple of kids. I see that you are smiling, although there’s undoubtedly more to motherhood than appearances suggest. I see that you are busy – wiping faces, giving hugs, driving people, feeding people… I hear you. I hear you say that...
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Acupuncture Berea, Acupuncture Elizabethtown, Acupuncture Lexington, KY, Articles, Health, Ky By Arwen Careaga, LAc., MSTOM, NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture This is a fairly short article, but important – if you consider it important to avoid unnecessary suffering, that is! Two days ago, I was working from 9-8, entering data, etc., and sitting in the air conditioning in a sleeveless, collar-less...
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