Tag Archives: Chinese Medicine Basics

Women’s Renewal Retreat: An Essential Holistic Health Experience!

April 20, 2018

Calling forth all women whose middle name is multi-tasking! Any and all of you who strive for excellence in your career, seek depth in your relationships, harmony in your home and balance within.  Life has a way of pulling us in so many directions at once it’s no wonder many of us are left at the end of the day feeling depleted, overworked, tired and anxious about the fact that

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Acupuncture and Fertility

February 21, 2018

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine provide safe, non-intrusive, and holistic treatments for infertility and other women’s health issues. Learn about a few acupuncture techniques we use, including abdominal acupuncture points and ear acupuncture, that can balance hormones and boost your ability to conceive. To book a free consult for women’s health or fertility with Nicki, click here.

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Holistic Medicine

January 19, 2018
Healing InSight Online

Curious about what makes holistic medicine different than other treatments? Learn about what it means to treat the whole person, rather than putting temporary fixes on localized issues or temporarily relieving symptoms.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

September 30, 2016

Are you looking for a natural remedy to fight off a cold or to boost your energy, but you don’t know where to turn? Chinese Herbal Medicine has been around for thousands of years and is used to treat many conditions, such as allergies, asthma, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, menopausal symptoms, and irritable bowel syndrome, among others. Often used in conjunction with acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine can be customized for each individual and provide

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How do you know you’re taking quality herbal supplements?

February 16, 2015

Over breakfast and the newspaper last week my husband said, “Did you hear about the herbal supplements in New York? Testing found that supplements at Target, Walgreen’s, and GNC didn’t contain any active herbs. Some just had garlic powder in them!” This is one of my pet peeves—crappy herbal supplements. Vitamins and herbs aren’t regulated in the US so there are a lot of poor quality products on the shelves,

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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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The Battle of Cold vs. the Spleen

April 30, 2014

Myth or reality: Going out in the cold can cause IBS. Sometimes you hear this and it’s brushed off as an Old Wives’ Tale: I was in the cold wind and it caused a cold. I drank too much cold water and it caused a headache. Or maybe sleeping on a cold floor caused a stiff neck. People have asked me if this is really possible. I’m here to tell

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The Battle of the Liver vs. the Spleen

April 28, 2014

Welcome to our last week of exclusively-IBS coverage. As April winds down, I wanted to spend this week talking a bit about the cool diagnoses that help us resolve your IBS woes. Today, it’s the rather war-like Liver Invading the Spleen. And if you’ve ever experienced it, it might feel like your gut is loaded with smart bombs and guerilla warfare. Are you at war with yourself? Because Liver Invading

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Six Patterns of IBS, According to Chinese Medicine

April 23, 2014

On Monday we talked about IBS symptoms: They can be embarrassing to discuss, they can be painful and/or debilitating, they can seriously infringe on your enjoyment of eating, and they can be isolating. But we can fix that! It’s what I do best here at the clinic—all things digestive health-related. Oftentimes, people who have IBS are super in-tune with their bowels. They tend to celebrate movements they have or don’t

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Evaluating, Diagnosing, and Treating IBS the Chinese Medicine Way

April 9, 2014

You’re probably starting to get the hint that Chinese medicine is far superior to Western medicine when it comes to the treatment of IBS, right? Western medicine just doesn’t have the tools and techniques to reverse IBS fully, like Chinese Medicine does. I wanted to talk a bit about what that looks like! Ultimately, we’re looking at how your digestion and Qi is working, and then fix it. We diagnose

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Spring Allergies: What’s the Size of Your Barrel?

March 24, 2014

We’re starting to see daffodils—in the supermarkets if not in our own yards—which has me thinking about the big complaint that’s coming next: Seasonal allergies. Lots of people suffer from allergies, whether it’s pollen or grass or mold, and most experience a flare in the spring. It’s beyond the sniffles: some people can hardly even function—they call in sick to work, have trouble focusing or concentrating, and experience runny nose

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Fabulous Friday: Liver (Hang With Me Here)

March 21, 2014

I know what you’re thinking: We’re going to talk about an organ on Fabulous Friday? But, truly, what the Liver does is so fabulous, so incredible—it deserves its day in the sun. Thanks to Chinese medicine, we have a rich understanding of its role as the most critical organ in our health. In contrast, Western medicine doesn’t talk much about the liver unless you have an enzyme issue or it’s

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Tongue Twister: Madonna vs. Miley

February 3, 2014

I can’t believe how many comments I got regarding the post about Miley’s tongue! Many people wondered what I would say about her tongue—that they, too, noticed how gross it looked, but didn’t know what it meant. Then, after the post published, another photo ran of Madonna and Miley side-by-side, sticking their tongues out together during a performance. I couldn’t resist comparing. First question that comes to mind is, Is

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What About Your Qi? (And a Few Other Things)

October 28, 2013

In Chinese medicine, healing starts by identifying patterns that show up in your body: is your body too cold? Too hot? Deficient in something? Stuck somewhere? Once we diagnose those patterns, we then reverse them using acupuncture, herbs, and food therapy so your body functions at its very best. If you’re too cold, we want to warm you up. If you’re deficient in something, we nourish it. If things are stuck,

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