Western and Eastern Medicine: A Tale of Two Doctors

Editor's Note: The following is a fictional story and is not meant to portray any actual people nor to give medical advice.  Dolores is a 34-year old married mother in Miami with 3 children. Recently, she lost her job and is stressed about her family being able to pay bills. She needs a new job, but knows she lacks the skills that will make her competitive in the job market. She’s not sleeping well and begins having arguments with her husband, which only makes her feel worse. She has also been overeating and spends a large part of her day on social media, instead of actively looking for a new job. Eventually, she just spends as much time in bed as possible. Dolores’ husband definitely notices the mood change and suggests that she should go see a doctor. Dolores knows she has the option of seeing either Dr. West or Dr. East. The two doctors are smart people, but have different approaches to treatment: … 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

Explore Top Careers in Holistic Health

Holistic health: It's a growing field and you want to get into it. How do you decide what specific careers in holistic health to consider when so many exist? Part of your decision might depend on your personal passion. But you also should take into consideration things like the time and money you have to spend on training or educational programs needed to practice. Find out what steps to take to explore careers in holistic health. … Read More

Five Steps on the Path to Holistic Health

Holistic health is more than just a way to treat illness or improve your wellbeing, it's a way of life. You may wonder what the path to holistic health looks like, given that it comprises every aspect of your being, including mind, body and spirit. It also involves more than visiting a holistic health practitioner — it involves taking charge of your own health and wellness. … Read More

Holistic Health Definition: The Essential Elements | Acupuncture and Massage College | Miami, FL

Editor's Update-Dec 2017: We have an updated and in-depth blog series on Alternative, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine.    Holistic medicine is an ancient system of health care that dates back thousands of years ago, however the expression is of much more recent vintage. The word "holism" was coined by Jan Christiaan Smuts in 1926 to describe the concept that living beings are "greater than and different from the sum of their parts.” The word "holistic" wasn't widely used until the 1970s. … Read More

What Is Holistic Medicine? |Acupuncture and Massage College| Miami, FL

Have you ever been in a conventional medical setting and got the feeling that you weren't being considered as a whole person? That your mental and spiritual needs weren't being factored into your health diagnosis, treatment, and overall health? If so, you may have sought out or wondered about holistic medicine. … Read More

The Comprehensive Guide to Holistic Medicine Careers

Are you considering training for a job in massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care or a related field, but want to learn more? Holistic medicine careers have numerous benefits that make them attractive to those who are looking to start down a professional path or switch their focus mid-career. … 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

Looking for a Natural Treatment for PTSD? Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe, holistic therapy for the management of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It's a natural treatment that alleviates stress and anxiety, depression, insomnia and other common PTSD symptoms. Many sufferers of PTSD may opt for treatment like cognitive behavior therapy, pharmaceutical prescriptions or stress-reduction techniques. However, increasingly veterans are opting to augment traditional medical health treatments with alternative and holistic therapies like massage, yoga and acupuncture. … 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

Differences in Diagnosis: Chinese Medicine vs Western Medicine

So many differences distinguish Chinese and Western medicine, from underlying philosophy to methods of treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of health care that dates back thousands of years, while Western medicine is a comparatively recent phenomenon. Find out how practitioners make a patient diagnosis in Chinese medicine vs Western medicine. … Read More

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