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History of Acupuncture During the 1980s

Over the past few weeks, we've been covering the history of acupuncture in America. In the first installment of this series, we covered the early history of acupuncture in the West and discussed the first Europeans to come into contact with acupuncture. In the second installment, we discussed how acupuncture was introduced to the early American medical community. In the third installment, we discussed how acupuncture first entered the American mainstream during the 1970s and covered the early years of acupuncture as a profession. … Read More

Acupuncture for Digestive Problems

Acupuncture for digestive problems is safe and effective way to naturally treat many acute and chronic conditions of this important body system. If you've tried conventional medicine to keep digestive problems in check without success, consider acupuncture, which is a holistic health treatment without side effects.  … Read More

Chinese Herbs for Memory

Memory loss can occur for a variety of reasons. A large percentage of adults experience memory loss due to stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and insufficient sleep. Short-term and long-term memory loss may also be caused by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or neurodegenerative illness. Viral infections and medications might be behind your forgetfulness as well. Fortunately, holistic medicine offers natural methods of treating memory loss.  … Read More

Treatment of Mood Swings With Acupuncture

Mood swings may have several causes that include chemical and hormonal imbalance, stress, PMS, medication usage, and diet. Various types of physical illness can also cause mood highs and lows. Acupuncture has been shown to stabilize mood by treating hormone imbalance symptoms. … Read More

What Are Yin and Yang Aspects?

You have probably seen a classic Yin and Yang symbol before. It looks like two elongated teardrops — one black, one white — nestled within a circle. Each has a dot of the opposite color in the head of the teardrop. Yin and Yang are fundamental concepts in the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine. References to Yin and Yang date back to 700 B.C.E. in the book I Ching, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. … Read More

What Are Yin and Yang in Chinese Medicine?

Update: Due to the popularity of this post, we have written a much more in-depth article about Yin-Yang and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The concepts of Yin and Yang are important intellectual aspects of chinese philosophy and chinese culture and they form the foundation for understanding traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The earliest reference to Yin and Yang is approximately 700 centuries bce in an ancient text called I Ching or the book of changes. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, Yin and Yang theory — considered the most fundamental concept in TCM — drives the understanding of health and wellness among practitioners of this ancient system of health care. The theory informs how diagnoses are made, and underpins the physiology, pathology and treatment of illness. It is an important part of the study of TCM. … Read More

Chinese Medicine Helps Ease Symptoms of Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common digestive ailment that is more commonly called acid reflux or heartburn. The symptoms that occur with the condition cause mild to severe discomfort. Most people experience episodes of GERD from time to time, though some people suffer from chronic or extreme cases of the disease. … Read More

Herbal Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Between 25 and 45 million people in the United States suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Between 10 to 15 percent of people worldwide are affected by the disorder. Traditional Chinese medicine herbs may improve symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating and distension caused by IBS, according to a Cochrane Library systematic review. Learn more about the disorder and how traditional Chinese medicine can help. … Read More

An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a holistic system of health care that uses a variety of therapies and treatments to combat and prevent illness and achieve optimal health in patients. One of those avenues of treatment involves traditional Chinese medicine herbs. More than 5,700 medicinal substances of plant, animal and mineral origin are used by practitioners of TCM, according to the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota. … Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Eczema

Persistent atopic dermatitis — more commonly known as eczema — is a condition that makes your skin itchy and appear red or brownish gray in color. Eczema patches may have small raised bumps on the skin that leak and weep fluid when scratched. A variety of causes and conditions can induce flareups of eczema. … Read More

The Chinese Four Pillars of Diagnosis Used in Acupuncture

Chinese medicine has a different approach to diagnosing patients than you will typically find in a Western medical health care setting. Looking, listening, touching, asking — these important components make up the Chinese four pillars of diagnosis used in acupuncture. The four pillars are also referred to as the four examinations. Each pillar provides information that adds up to a holistic view of the patient and any health issues that can be alleviated through acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Read on to learn more about the each pillar. … Read More

Acupuncture for Immune System Treatment

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