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East Asian Medicine is most commonly associated with acupuncture in the US, although it is only one of the many modalities used to treat conditions; others include herbal medicine, tui na, moxibustion, qi gong/tai qi, nutritional counseling, and cupping (baguan). In the West, gua sha may be one of the lesser known and more misunderstood modalities of East Asian Medicine, however can be a very beneficial therapy.

Gua Sha is a healing technique sometimes called scraping, coining or spooning. An instrument (often a spoon, cap, or instrument specifically designed for gua sha) is stroked unidirectionally on the skin, with the use of a lubricant (often oil). Similarly to cupping, gua sha leaves subcutaneous blemishing, which is often mistaken for bruising. However, these marks are not bruises, as the capillaries are not ruptured, and the marks fade much more quickly, often without the tenderness associated with a bruise. The marks can last for several days, but usually fade away more quickly. Gua sha is indicated for internal blood stasis and pain, often a diagnosis associated with trauma,

Cupping -- it's something that's been brought to the limelight by Hollywood celebrities. It's not uncommon to see photos of bare-backed Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston, or Kim Kardashian strutting large round bruises on and off the red carpet. So what exactly is cupping? And why has it become the latest health trend? 

Cupping is a very old method of healing that's been practiced by many cultures. The Asian, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and even some South American cultures all have varying forms of cupping. Basically, cupping is a technique that involves the placement of suction cups (hence the term cupping) on different areas of the body. Traditionally, the suction is achieved by placing a flame briefly inside of a glass or bamboo cup, then quickly placing that cup onto the body. The vacuum

If you ask most women who have children whether or not they had low back pain during their pregnancy, most likely it would be a resounding yes.  It’s so common that it may seem like low back pain, along with nausea, hand numbness, and swollen feet are a natural part of pregnancy.  It’s been estimated that about 50 – 80% of pregnant women will suffer from low back pain during their pregnancy. The low back pain may be significant enough to affect the women’s daily activities.  A research study was published on April 1, 2014, in the Chiropractic & Manual Therapies scientific periodical, and compiled at the Department of Chiropractic Medicine, Orthopedic University Hospital Balgrist, University of Zurich, in Zurich, Switzerland showed that chiropractic was able to help pregnant woman with low back pain...

Electro Magnetic Radiation - EMR - is all around us. It comes from our sun. It comes from the bulbs that light up our world, the screens from the monitors, tablets, and phones we use, and even floats around us, invisible, transmitting into televisions and radios. For years, people have been worried about the effects of EMR on human health, especially the doses we voluntarily receive from the multitude of electronic devices that nowadays, we simply cannot seem to live without. 

As far back as 1980, before cell phones and personal computers became so prevalent, there were already links being drawn between EMR from various sources to a reduction in male fertility. Over...

Many American women suffer from menstrual issues. Often the major complaints are premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and pain. These complaints are so common that we often mistake these issues as being normal. Menstruation should not be preceded by PMS.  It should be painless, and should not be followed by any post-menstrual symptoms.

In Chinese medicine, menstrual  complaints are considered abnormal.  Normal menstruation should be painless, a fresh color (neither pale nor dark), unclotted, with few, if any, signs or symptoms before and after. Women with menstrual issues are not in balance. Often blockages, congestion, or vacuity patterns need to be addressed. While these...

March is National Sleep Awareness month. In recognition of sleep awareness month, let’s discuss how sleep is understood in Chinese medicine. In Chinese medicine, normal and quality sleep is the result of the harmony between yin and yang in the body and spirit activity (shen). Yang energy governs awakening and yin energy governs sleeping. Yin and yang are dualities that form a whole. For example, yang is movement, day, “the sunny side,” while yin is stillness, night, “the shady side.” When yin and yang are in balance in our internal environment, we have healthy, normal sleep. When one suffers from insomnia, yang is not interacting with yin, the internal balance is disturbed and

Sleep, it's one of those beautiful things in life that, if you are getting enough of it, you almost certainly are taking it for granted. But for those who have problems with sleeping, for those who, whether it's difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting good quality sleep, it can be extremely frustrating.

When we sleep, our bodies and minds reboot. It's like pushing a magical "refresh" button--mental function, physical function, and overall health and immunity all start to improve. So why is it that so many of us are increasingly faced with difficulties when it comes to sleeping?

I love sleep. Like, LOVE sleep. Since becoming a mother, it has become one of my most favorite, elusive, and sacred parts of life. And much like many of my peers, sleep often eludes me. Well, at the very least, I know that I'm not meeting my recommended nightly quota. Average adults are supposed to get 7-9 hours of sweet, sweet sleep a night. However most of us are in the 4-6 hour range. This is not good. We are depriving our body of the ability to fully rest and rehabilitate itself.

Before I begin to serenade you with my song for sleep, let's first go through what we do know about sleep's role in our health and well-being. We know that getting proper sleep is necessary for cognitive

Remember the good old days when the Fen-Phen weight loss drug was all the rage, and the pounds were just melting off without effort? Then the FDA banned the supplement because people were not just losing weight, they were also losing their lives because of the dangerous cardiac and pulmonary side effects. And now, almost 30 years and $13billion in lawsuits later, I still hear patients reminisce about how sad they are that Fen-Phen was taken off the market.

For many years, the cause of heart disease was believed to be simply from elevated blood cholesterol, and treatment included cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) and a reduced fat diet. However, more Americans than ever before continue to die from heart disease, despite the use of statin drug prescriptions and low-fat diets. Pre-diabetes and diabetes continue to affect increasing numbers of Americans as well. Long established dietary recommendations have resulted in greater numbers of people suffering from both obesity and diabetes.

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