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When I look at my own surgical scars, I think of them as little cracked contorted deserts thirsting for fluid, nourishment, and flexibility. After 12 years with no sensation in my knee due to major surgery, I decided to try Acupuncture. Keep in mind I had a fractured patella and torn ligaments and I needed...
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  ‘Treating a disease after it has manifested is like digging a well after you are thirsty…’ – Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic This quote is taken from a classical Chinese Medical text written about 2,500 years ago. Prevention of disease has always been a significant aspect of Chinese medicine. When patients come in for acupuncture...
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Normally one wouldn’t put sweet and beans together in the same sentence, unless we’re talking about Boston Baked beans, which is delicious but also laden with bacon fat, molasses, and brown sugar. There’s also those little old-fashion candy coated peanuts. There is a naturally sweet little bean that exists and doesn’t require a ton of...
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The Centers for Disease Control issued a health advisory warning that this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than normal. According to the report, 91% of cases nationwide have been a strain of Type A (H3N2) Influenza, which is the most severe strain. The vaccine produced for this season has been effective in only 48%...
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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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Recently I attended the 2013 Pacific Symposium for PDA points. One of the presentations was on gua sha. It turns out that Gua Sha is even BETTER than I thought! Look at all it has been proven using western research methods to do: Increase skin surface, connective tissue, and muscle micro-perfusion; resulting in regulation of...
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The Chinese “5 Elements” are actually more like Five Phases or seasons. They are winter, spring, summer, late-summer, and autumn or Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. Each “Element” or “phase of energy” is associated with one of several things: Viscera – an organ that “stores” energy; Fire = heart, Wood = liver, Water =...
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Many patients have asked me about how to enhance their longevity and quality of life. I am happy to report that there is indeed built into Chinese philosophy the aspects most sought out by Americans and Baby Boomers! It is called Yang (yawng) Shen (shinn) or Nourishing Life (Jap: Yojokun). To discuss this I will...
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In TCM, there are 6 main types of headaches. I’d also like to add four more, and discuss ways of dealing with them. Taiyang (frontal & occipital) Causes: Qi deficiency, wind-cold attack, excessive thinking, and glucose imbalances. Treatments: Typically speaking, all of these have a root in qi deficiency or qi taxation. The main thing...
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Cold & Flu Explained The west has a lot of newfangled ideas about how colds, caused by rhinovirus, and flu, caused by the influenza retrovirus, are caught and treated. I say newfangled, because prior to the 1950’s, everyone around the world knew about the connection between a medical condition called Exposure, and cold and flu. Famously...
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