My Approach/Philosophy with Acupuncture & Stories from the Clinic

These posts are a great way to learn more about my approach to medicine, being a good assortment of topics which give you a glimpse into how I use acupuncture & herbs clinically.

Who Will Get the Most Benefit from Treatment at Wisdom Ways Acupuncture

July 11, 2018

If you’re open to learning more about yourself in the treatment process, and to be a partner in your own healing, then you’re probably a great fit for our practice! I’m told that I have a very unique style of work in my acupuncture clinic. What this mostly means is that patients find my work […]

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What does “Balance” Actually Mean in the Acupuncture Clinic? How to Know if You’re Balanced and How we Get You Back to Balance

June 30, 2018

As acupuncturists, we frequently use the very vague word “balance”. Because this word can mean so many things, I find it helps my patients if I can explain what this means. Acupuncturist’s Balance = Doctor’s Homeostasis Western medicine actually has a very similar concept, science calls it “homeostasis”. Humans have homeostatic functions happening throughout their […]

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Fascinated by Disease…or Fascinated by Wellness? This Makes All the Difference

June 27, 2018

Some years ago, something “horrible” happened in the life of myself and my Significant Other (SO): his eyes one day got wonky, and long story short when he went to the doctor that week for an elbow injury and mentioned his eye symptoms, the doctor immediately walked out of the room, made a phone call, […]

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Are Herbs Necessary to Add to Acupuncture for Menstrual Problems?

June 20, 2018

Does Every Hormone Imbalance or Menstrual Problem Require Herbs for Successful Treatment? I get this question frequently enough that I thought I’d take the time to answer it in writing. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is usually. Treatment of Women’s Health in China Historically, if you were to enter a clinic in […]

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Study: Acupuncture Effective for Endometriosis – Study Results and Clinical Experience

May 8, 2018

My experience using acupuncture for endometriosis A very common ailment I treat in my acupuncture practice is endometriosis. Sometimes women come in with an actual diagnosis based on a laparoscopy; other times it’s just suspected based on their severe pain which might be just around their period, or in bad cases commonly causes various symptoms […]

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Give a Woman a Fish, She’ll Eat for a Day. Teach her “How to Fish” and She’ll Maintain Great Health Forever

April 14, 2018

Teach, don’t just heal with acupuncture and send women on their way One of the guiding principles in my acupuncture practice is teaching women how to care for their own health, so that they don’t have to rely on me or anyone else to maintain basic wellness. Of course I expect women to need my […]

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Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and Chronic Parasitism: An Acupuncture Approach to Treatment

January 10, 2018

Recently, I have become fascinated with the condition of Chronic Parasitism causing chronic inflammatory conditions.  Chronic inflammatory conditions are often combined under the term “knotty diseases” in Chinese medicine acupuncture theory, illustrating that they are difficult to unwind or untie…they are so deeply imbedded in the system that to get rid of them is like […]

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Classical Chinese Medicine – What it is, Why it Matters, and why I’m Moving Towards it in my Practice

January 1, 2018

The Change from Classical to Traditional Chinese Medicine While Chinese medicine has been around for several thousand years, it underwent a dramatic change in the last century, which created massive changes in the effectiveness and scope of the medicine — which we still experience today. In an effort to modernize and standardize the medicine, bringing […]

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Why Natural Fertility?

September 20, 2016

Natural Fertility vs. ART/IVF If you’re hoping to get pregnant naturally, feel better than ever once baby comes; and you have or are willing to take the time and potentially make some necessary lifestyle changes to bring that about, then you’re probably a great fit for our practice! For two reasons, I have chosen to […]

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Acupuncture Jing Meditation–5 Minute Meditation for Greater Strength, Vitality, and Joy!

January 7, 2015

The past few weeks I’ve been focusing on our Jing, which is stored in our Kidneys, and is related to the Water Element in Chinese Medicine. This week, I’m going to teach you a simple, pleasurable meditation exercise that you can do outside the acupuncture clinic, to increase your kidney function, build your vital Qi […]

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Cellular and Genetic Changes from Meditation, and Why that Matters for Keeping your Liver (and you!) Happy.

February 14, 2014

I promised in my last post on the Wood element that I would write on the cellular affects of meditation, and why it is such an important practice for all of us to be doing. Especially as we begin to head into wood element season — the element notorious for, shall we say, being a […]

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Acupuncture Points Proven to Exist in Scientific Study!

February 12, 2014

It seems that science has finally been able to “see” and therefore acknowledge the existence of acupuncture points! In some exciting studies that were recently done, researchers used CT scans on the body to measure the difference between acupuncture and non-acupuncture points. The resulting images showed that there are marked differences between the locations that […]

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The Big Question: Are Dietary Changes Really Necessary to Achieve Results from Acupuncture?

January 22, 2014

It’s the beginning of the year and just about the time when the motivation to keep New Year’s resolutions is wearing off fast. While I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions (mostly because I’ve never really been successful at keeping them, and as an acupuncturist prefer instead to just keep myself on track and balanced […]

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Your Body and Your Car…This Acupuncturist Thinks They’re Not All that Different!

June 6, 2012

Last week I started comparing the way our body reacts to imbalances of yin and yang, to how cars react in a similar manner.  I promised that this week I would drive this point home (no pun intended!!!) :-) even more, to help you understand how the same energetics that happen in our body, play […]

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Chinese Health Insurance…Something to Ponder!

May 16, 2012

Acupuncture in ancient China It is fascinating to learn how the medical system, and payment of acupuncturists and herbalists in ancient China, operated. It is so vastly opposite from our current system, where doctor’s compensation increases directly proportional to how sick the population is, that I think just understanding the difference can help us gain […]

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Fibromyalgia, Stress, and your Liver: What Acupuncture has to Say about all Three

May 2, 2012

Last week, I wrote about the connection between random pains that we get throughout our body, and the potential connection with our liver. This week, I will focus on fibromyalgia, which unfortunately is becoming more and more common. Fortunately though, acupuncture and Chinese medicine in general excel at treating this condition. While there is not […]

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Liver Imbalance: Acupuncture and: Headaches, Migraines, Digestive Problems, Insomnia, Stress/Agitation and More!

March 14, 2012

Liver related symptoms get exacerbated in the Wood Element Season of acupuncture theory As I wrote about in my “chive” blog, it is common as an acupuncturist to see an increase in each season of symptoms related to the organ that is associated with that current season.  According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with […]

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Acupuncture Helps Keep Emotions Up when Dreary Days Bring you Down

February 15, 2012

  Many people coming for acupuncture suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise appropriately known as SAD. For people with SAD, cloudy days bring cloudy emotional states, including depression, low energy, and fuzzy thinking. For those people, dark days can literally be dangerous…places like Seattle, where there are an unusually high number of dreary days, have […]

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Take a Hot Ginger Bath During the First Stages of a Common Cold

November 10, 2011

As we have hit cold season full-force, the past couple weeks I’ve been focusing on what we can do to keep our immune systems strong, and herbs we can take if we’ve come down with a cold. Today I’d like to share another tip, which can be used right when you first feel the cold […]

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Acupuncture Helps Stress: So You’re Stressed; What’s the Big Deal?

February 25, 2010

The most frequent imbalances I treat in my acupuncture practice are those due to stress. More accurately, these imbalances are not just due to stress–stress is the imbalance. When our body is balanced and relaxed, our Qi flows smoothly. When our qi flows smoothly, the energy needed reaches our organs and tissues, and they function optimally and we are symptom free. Stress interrupts this flow of Qi, with the result of weakened organs. This causes a vicious cycle which somehow must be broken to avoid following a path that surely leads to dis-ease.

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