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Keeping Us Well

One thing that struck me during my visits to Japan was the way that everyday people went to the acupuncturist when there was nothing "wrong"; meaning when there was no health problem to speak of. There seemed to be two types of people who got their acupuncture or herbal formulas faithfully -- those who either wanted to preserve and enhance the healthy vitality that they already had, or those...

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The Weather and Your Body

Just how does the weather affect us? This is a relevant question right now, especially considering the extremes we’ve experienced in our national weather patterns as of late. Here in Atlanta, we had an ice event in January that took many of us by surprise with its duration – four long days of staying off of the roads, as suggested by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Springtime has been...

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Preventing Falls in Seniors

Unfortunately, falls are one of the leading causes of death and disability in older people. Something as random and quick as a fall can change the entire life of the person who fell and their caretakers. My grandmother-in-law, with whom I was very close, lost her independence following a fall; she couldn’t live alone anymore and had to go to a nursing home. This was the beginning of the end for...

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How I Got into This, Part 1

Often, during the course of the interview with a new patient, the tables turn such that the patient starts asking me a few questions about how I became interested in acupuncture. It's a fair question and one that I am happy to answer. I usually try to keep my reply short in the context of the appointment setting, but here, I can elaborate a little. Sorry if it's a bit indelicate at times, but...

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Acupuncture for Headaches

Most people have experienced headaches at one time or another, although occasionally I meet the patient who, upon routine questioning, says, “I have never had a headache in my life”.

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Confidences

As a health care practitioner who spends lots of time with patients one-on-one behind closed doors, I hear a lot of confessional statements from them about situations in their lives. A patient the other day said, “Acupuncture makes a person talk! It’s been a long time since I opened up or even thought about the topics I’m discussing with you.”  

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Experiences in Japan

I have recently returned to Atlanta from visits to Japan for most of December 2007 and for about 12 days in July 2008. Both trips were wonderful. I went to learn from my teachers, and came back infinitely richer in many ways than before I left. My Japanese language skills seem to be both improving and getting rusty at the same time. I always know when I plan to return to Japan that I will be so...

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East Asian Medicine for Sprains and Strains

A few definitions are in order before discussing an East Asian medical approach to sprains and strains. First of all, what are they, and what are the differences between them? A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament, the connective tissue between bones at joints (1). A strain is a stretched or torn tendon (tendons connect muscles to bones), or a stretched or torn muscle (2). Most of the time,...

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East Asian Medicine for the Person Who Takes a Variety of Different Medications

In today’s American society, an alarming percentage of people are taking pills. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, as of their latest survey in 2002, almost half of the population had a record of prescription drug use within the past month (1). Sometimes, especially in the senior population, people can end up taking several different medications, some of which are supposed...

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Attitudes About Food

“But that’s the way I have eaten my whole life. I am not going to change it now.” “Man, if everything’s bad for you, at least I am going to enjoy what I’m eating. You have to die from something.” “Well, you can keep your rabbit food. I need meat.”

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