Random Musings

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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Exciting Developements in the Understanding Between Gut Health and Inflammation

June 11, 2014

I am so excited after seeing one of my patients today!  She is someone who recently started acupuncture with me, and is recovering from very serious illness after the side-effects of a medication that they have now found can cause blood cancer and other serious blood disorders. In Chinese medicine, we say that once something […]

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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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“Nightmare bacteria,” on rise in U.S.: Is Prevention via Acupuncture & Nutrition a Better Approach to Health Care?

March 6, 2013

What perfect timing.  I had barely clicked “publish” on my last blog entry about nourishing up the immune system to ward off common infections, when I saw an article on Yahoo news on the topic of bacteria that are “shrugging off” antibiotics. Acupuncture theory states that prevention, through keeping the body balanced, is the best […]

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Why Are People Constantly Sick in Colorado?: Part I

February 13, 2013

Since moving to Colorado, as an acupuncturist I’ve encountered a phenomena that I never saw in California: constant colds and upper respiratory infections (URIs). All it will take is one person coming in for their regular acupuncture appointment saying they have a cold, and the next thing I know, almost everyone is coming in fighting […]

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The Acupuncturist Says: If Prevention is Medically Unglamorous…Be Unglamorous!

January 16, 2013

“The sages of antiquity did not treat diseases that had already manifested, but diseases which had not yet manifested. When you wait until a disease has broken out to treat it, is that not like waiting to be thirsty to dig a well, or until you’re in battle before casting weapons.“ – Chinese medical Classic […]

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Brrrrrrr! Are you hypersensitive to the cold? Your Acupuncturist Says You May be Yang Deficient: Signs and Symptoms of Yang Deficiency

January 11, 2013

It’s the middle of winter.  As I type this, a light snow is coming down outside and the weekend forecast is in the teens.  It’s normal to feel cold in weather like this, right? Of course it is, but if you’re someone who can practically never warm up, no matter well you’re bundled or how […]

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More Americans Using Acupuncture for Common Ailments

January 3, 2013

A new survey is indicating that more and more Americans are using acupuncture not only as a complementary or alternative treatment, but as a primary form of medicine focusing on the promotion of general health…what acupuncturists would call “balance”. As this news article points out, what is remarkable is that in the past decade, there […]

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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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Autoimmune Disease and Women: Can Acupuncture both Prevent and Alleviate it?

May 30, 2012

According to an article on the CDC’s website, autoimmune disorders affect 5-8% of the population, and the vast majority, 78%, of the cases, affect women. While Western medicine does not understand why this would be, acupuncture theory has some pretty good ideas…ideas which, if used in treatment, can not only prevent them from happening in […]

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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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We Deserve to Know: An Acupuncturist’s Persepective on GM Foods

May 9, 2012

5/9/2012 I usually don’t send out even quasi-political emails to my patients, because I feel in most cases it’s not appropriate.  However, the situation that is before us plays such a huge role in the issue of our health and our children’s health forever into the future that I couldn’t NOT alert you all to […]

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Avoid Random Pains by Keeping your Liver Healthy

April 25, 2012

Does this sound like you?   “One day my right shoulder hurts, then the next my left hip.  Then suddenly, my wrist will hurt for no reason.  I’ve had X-rays done at various times and nothing is ever ‘wrong’”. To an acupuncturist, this is a classic case of Liver Qi Stagnation. While western medicine doesn’t […]

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The Gift of Inspiration: Tips for Holiday Shopping from the Metal Element

November 20, 2011

Stuff, stuff, and more stuff! OK, so I admit it, I love shopping.  Even if I don’t buy anything, I love seeing all the colors, the new designs of things, the cool little handy gizmos that I can use around the house. But the holiday season takes shopping to a whole other level.  Typically, I […]

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AlterMed brings acupuncture into the modern scientific medical world of integrative medicine

July 20, 2011

This weekend, as an acupuncturist I was honored to participate in the AlterMed Colorado Integrative Medicine Conference. I walked away from the conference with many ah-ha’s, some of which I am excited to share with all of you because I wish to convey to you how powerful your choice to care for yourself with Chinese […]

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That Feeling When the Rain Comes…Let the Raindrops Nourish your Liver.

May 11, 2011

Let the falling rain soothe your liver.. I don’t know about you, but I just love the rain. I know some people complain about the rain, and for those with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) too  many days without sunshine can definitely bring them down. But luckily we’ve had sunshine in abundance lately, so for this […]

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Spend Time Near Water to Keep Yourself Balanced During Dry Winters

December 7, 2010

While the warm weather we’ve been having here in the Rockies has been lovely, a lack of snow and rain can actually be detrimental to our health if we do not take time to balance what is missing. We are not yet officially in the season associated with Water, but it is just around the […]

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Choose Family Over Frenzy this Thanksgiving Weekend

November 24, 2010

For this week’s “wisdom”, I wanted to pass along an article that was sent to me today. I know we hear messages all the time reminding us to keep tabs on our consumerism over the holidays, and to put our attention on what really holds value in our lives, apart from doohickies and thingies. …but […]

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Can you guess the REAL leading cause of death in the US?

September 8, 2010

Can you guess the leading cause of death in the US? Is it heart disease?  Cancer?  Perhaps Diabetes has taken over? If you guessed any of these, you should be correct.  But in fact, the leading cause of death in the US is something much more insidious…it is Western Medicine. Western Medicine?  Yep. Now I’m […]

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An Orange in December…

August 17, 2010

Despite my complete irreverence towards the story, something my mother mentioned several times when I was growing up managed to stick with me. And as things go (darn it!), the older I get the more I come to appreciate the message behind her words. :-/ She grew up in a tiny town in Denmark in […]

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