During the 2016 Summer Olympics many Americans were introduced to cupping therapy thanks to Michael Phelps, one of the world’s top, elite swimmers who has brought home a record amount of gold medals. Media paid close attention to this athlete and was naturally intrigued by the circular bruises that appeared on the swimmers back and […]
Back and neck pain is one of the top reasons that people seek treatment from healthcare providers. This makes sense because according to numerous studies, nearly everyone (80% of the total population) will have a bout of back or neck pain at some time in their life bad enough to cause them to seek help. […]
As stated in my last article on insomnia, it is a major problem in the U.S., affecting over 60 million people. Here is some more recent information that has come to light. Chronic insomnia due to sleep disorders is more prevalent in working women ages 20 – 60 (27%) then men (20%) and is worse for those […]
The news is out – eating more vegetables and fruits is a simple way of dramatically improving one’s health. What has traditionally been mom’s wisdom in the past; today, is fast becoming modern food science. By eating the daily recommended amounts of veggies we greatly reduce our risk of a large number of diseases that […]
Drug withdrawal can be one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. Whether quitting cocaine, narcotics, cigarettes, alcohol, or foods, it can be a dark period filled with emotional and physical pain that makes it hard to see the light beaming from the end of the tunnel. Often people keep their addictions quiet to begin with and thus, go through the drug withdrawal process alone and unsupported. They may erroneously believe that the strength of their intention alone is the determinant of success.
Undoubtedly, in the initial stages of letting go of the addiction, will power is important. However, to ensure success one should also have the support of alternative healthcare professionals. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have much to offer here. They can be a part of their client’s support team by providing acupuncture and Chinese herbs to ameliorate the physical symptoms of drug withdrawal, as well as offering suggestions and strategies to help avoid relapse. To round out the healthcare team, the client should consider having access to a good counselor and a support group of people who have struggled with the same addiction. Because those in support groups have had similar experiences, they can provide emotional, mental, and spiritual support in a way that friends and families may not be able to do.
Restless sleep, trouble falling and staying asleep, light sleep, erratic and short sleep cycles respond well to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Not being to get adequate sleep can drain energy and negatively effect our well-being. Usually, by the time a client comes in they often have tried OTC approaches such as antihistamines, sedatives, calmatives, etc to […]
Recently, during a conversation with a colleague, I was reminded that arthritis is one of the top chronic ailments that plague Americans.
Chinese medicine has a long history of successfully treating most types of arthritis. Through the use of herbs, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and nutritional counseling, the symptoms are relieved and the causes are eliminated.
One of the most profound principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that the process of searching for a holistic cure for illness often involves a deep, personal transformative journey. This is especially true in chronic disease. In order to affect a cure, often those suffering with chronic illnesses need to look deeply into all aspects […]
Now more than ever, Integrative Healthcare is becoming more viable as a potential remedy for what is ailing America’s healthcare system. Currently, we are facing a national crisis on just how we are going provide healthcare to Americans and keep it affordable and fair for everyone. Unfortunately, if we don’t change our underlying philosophies, I […]
How Acupuncture Works Acupuncture has been used as a powerful health modality for over 3,000 years. During this period, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine have experienced a wide variety of clinical successes while employing acupuncture as their main tool. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide support from various healthcare authorities as more and more research validates […]