Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ginkgo: Ancient Tree of Longevity

No other plant alive today has a leaf like a ginkgo tree. (toto8888/iStock)
No other plant alive today has a leaf like a ginkgo tree. (toto8888/iStock)

Few plants have as fascinating or as long a history as the ginkgo tree. Ginkgo is old. Really old. It comes from the time of...




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    For Faster Healing Use Heat, Not Ice

    Ice it. Your trainer, coach, doctor, or chiropractor may offer such advice for a sprain or injury with bruising and inflammation. After all, ice is... Read more

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    Acupuncture Alleviates Parkinson’s Disease

    Acupuncture relieves Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Researchers document the ability of acupuncture to reduce pain, anxiety, depression, hot flashes and abnormal sweating in a clinical case... Read more

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    Chinese Remedies for Hay Fever

    Most of us welcome spring flowers. But for about 50 million Americans, the appearance of buds and blooms means hay fever symptoms: sinus congestion, headaches,... Read more

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    Cinnamon Is for Circulation in Chinese Medicine

    Cinnamon, “gui zhi,” is one of the oldest spices around, and it is mentioned frequently in the Bible as an ingredient for making holy anointing... Read more

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    Acupuncture & Herbs Raise IVF Live Birth Rate

    In vitro fertilization (IVF) live birth success rates may increase with traditional Chinese medicine adjuvant care, including both acupuncture and herbal medicine. In this retrospective... Read more

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    Acupuncture Offers Allergy Relief

    Allergies are a common problem with symptoms ranging from the occasional sniffle to severe, life-threatening reactions. According to WebMD, 55 percent of the U.S. population... Read more

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    Calories, Energy, and Chinese Medicine

    It’s not uncommon to see patients in my acupuncture clinic who are struggling with poor energy. Some sleep well, but wake up tired. Some¬†wear out... Read more

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    9 Things to Know About Sweets and Chinese Medicine

    When I think about the amount of sugar I ate as a child, I am appalled. Every holiday was a love-fest of jelly beans, chocolate... Read more

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    Chinese Medicine for Period Cramps

    There is no need to endure those painful mentrual cramps that put a damper on your entire day. You can stop those cramps with Traditional... Read more

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    Chinese Medicine: Anger and the Element of Wood

    Angry? We all get angry sometimes, right? I certainly can get furious and I’m sure many of you have plenty of angry moments. It hurts... Read more

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    Acupuncture Lowers High Cholesterol

    Acupuncture reduces cholesterol. Researchers measured the effects of needling acupuncture point ST40 (Fenglong) on plasma cholesterol levels. In a laboratory experiment, electroacupuncture successfully downregulated LDL... Read more

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    A Tale of Two Rhubarbs

    Rhubarb is one of the first spring vegetables to pop up. The edible portion of the plant is called a petiole: a thick, red, celery-like... Read more

  • Acupuncture has been used in surgery patients to reduce opioid use, stabilize cardiac function, reduce nausea and vomiting, and alleviate adverse effects of anesthesia and surgery. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock)

    Acupuncture Promotes Surgical Revival

    Acupuncture speeds restoration of consciousness following general anesthesia, according to a study conducted at San Raffaele Hospital in Italy. Strict inclusion and exclusion criteria were... Read more

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    Help for Dry Skin

    It’s still winter in Minnesota, and my skin is rebelling. My hands catch on everything I touch, and my skin itches in places that have... Read more

  • Traditional Chinese cupping therapy mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments including eating disorders. ( EastFenceImage/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Treating Eating Disorders With Chinese Medicine

    Occasionally I am asked whether acupuncture can treat someone with an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, or obsessive overeating.  As with any condition, there... Read more

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    The Element of Spring: Wood

    The foundation of Chinese philosophy is the idea that human beings are a part of this universe and integral to the dynamic flow of nature... Read more


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