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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...

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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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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...

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Unexplained Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“Every time I sit down, I fall asleep. It’s getting embarrassing.” “I am just so tired. There are all of these things I need to get done, but I’m so exhausted by the end of the day, there’s no way.” “In my 20s, I was a machine. Now (in my 40s), I need an afternoon nap everyday. Too bad I only...

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