Tag Archives: Biomedicine

The Science of Stretch

August 1, 2014

We’ve been talking about meridians all week—what they are, where they run, and why it means we can treat an elbow for a knee or a foot for a headache. And we’re learning that Western research is proving what Chinese medicine practitioners have known for centuries: meridians are real, they’re treatable, and Chinese medicine is effective. I know some of you love geeking out as much as I do, and

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OK, But How the Heck Do Meridians Work?

July 30, 2014

I know. It seems like magic. People will go see their doctor and ask, “Should I get acupuncture?” The doctor will likely say something like, “We don’t know why it works, but it does and you should try it if you want to.” I know how it works. Primarily, it works on your connective tissue. Not surprisingly, in Western medicine, there’s not a huge body of knowledge about connective tissue

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Just What the Heck Are Meridians, Anyway?

July 28, 2014

Meridians are one of those things people get curious about and we don’t always get to breaking them down in appointments, so I thought I’d take a week and explain how awesome meridians can be. Meridians are the energy pathways that wind throughout your body and circulate your energy. (See here for a great image of a map of your body’s meridians.) Energy meridians in your body run from head

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Five Ways Acupuncture Works—From a Biomedical Perspective

October 16, 2013

Because most of us have been raised on a Western model of medicine, we often want to understand how acupuncture “works” through that lens. Thankfully, there has been some progress and research to help explain what the needles actually do once they go in. Here are five fascinating ways that acupuncture gets the job done! 1. Acupuncture works on the nervous system. Studies done with a functional MRI have shown

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