7 Strategies to Beat the Common Cold

As a busy acupuncturist, I cannot afford to come down with a common cold. I have a lot of patients that rely on me to “bring it!” and help them with their own health problems. Therefore, I have developed some strategies to beat a common cold before it has a chance to really dig-in and take me out. Please allow me to share these strategies with you. Keep on mind – these strategies work best (or in some cases, only) if you do them at the very first sign or…

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Support for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Patients dealing with multiple sclerosis need a lot of support to navigate their health concerns. The hurdles involved can be considerable but need not be insurmountable. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, when applied in specific ways, can play a significant role in achieving improvements for MS patients. We, as practitioners, cannot achieve this result all alone. Patient participation is required. What’s more, patients don’t usually have access to 24/7 acupuncture service. So what can one do for oneself away from the clinic? Exercise To paraphrase one of my teachers Dr. Ming…

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Chinese Medicine for Seasonal Allergies

I was just today, out for a hike at Edgewood Park, California. I think it has, despite the amazing benefits it has had upon my health in general, also made me worse in a way. As a result of my hike, I experienced increased sneezing, irritated eyes, and general upper respiratory system constriction and decreased function. If, you too suffer from hayfever or seasonal allergies, you know how miserable this condition can be. The main symptoms of this imbalance include: nasal discharge (often copious), sneezing, post-nasal drip, headache, itchy & watery eyes, and…

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Help for Insomnia

So many people I know needlessly suffer from insomnia. This is a very common sleep disorder and it can affect people of any demographic. The causes are many and range from mood disorders to chronic pain to internal medicine issues.  There are a few things you can do on your own to ensure that you get a good night's sleep. Before I get into the specific technique to relieve your insomnia, allow me to briefly discuss some pertinent Chinese medicine theory. Bu Mei or insomnia is a disease category in…

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Monkey Metaphor

I want to share with you a metaphor that I have crafted. I created this metaphor to assist my patients in their process of healing with Chinese medicine. The metaphor is in the form of the short story, below. Not long ago, there lived a young monkey in a lush green forest. The forest was so popular with the local animals that there were many monkeys living in there. Food and other resources were becoming scarce. One day, the young monkey spotted a ripe and delicious looking peach at the…

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