Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Hugh Castor, Licensed Acupuncturist
1304 S College Ave #7
Fort Collins, CO
970-215-7419

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The Dry Needling Controversy

Recently, physical therapists (PTs) have added acupuncture to their repertoire in order to help treat musculoskeletal problems. PTs call their style of acupuncture “dry needling” and the law allows them to use it to release “trigger points”.  A few PTs will use this acupuncture...
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Dizziness and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dizziness is a very disturbing, but extremely common problem. Officially termed  vertigo, it is distinguished from being light headed and syncope, by a feeling that the room is spinning and a loss of balance. Frequently, vertigo is accompanied by: nausea, vomiting, nystagmus...
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Scalp Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders

This year, I completed training in Jiao’s Scalp Acupuncture, a modern acupuncture technique that capitalizes on the neuroanatomy of the brain. Discovered fairly recently for an acupuncture method – about 60 yrs ago – it combines traditional needle techniques with our...
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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Menopause Part II

In my last article on menopause, I wrote how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views this life transition through its cultural and societal lenses. Now we will look at how TCM treats menopause on a physical and psychological level. Since TCM views menopause as a natural life,...
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The Treatment of Abnormal Menstrual Cycles and Traditional Chinese Medicine

It is said in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that a women’s menstrual cycle is the bell weather of her health. A normal cycle is indicative of metabolic and hormonal balance. The average menstrual cycle is between 24 – 30 days in its entirety, with 4-7 of those days for...
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Depression- Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Depression is a sometimes hidden, but very common mood disorder. It is estimated that 16 million Americans suffer with chronic depression. Depression casts a dark cloud over all aspects of living, robbing a person of experiencing daily joy. It can impact all aspects of life...
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Anxiety– Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Anxiety is a mood disorder that plagues a great many people in the U.S. It is estimated that as much as 18% of the population have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder and that there is additional 10-15% who might be undiagnosed. Like stress or blue moods, all of us are likely to...
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Gua Sha – Traditional Chinese Medicine’ Scraping Treatment!

There are multiple adjunctive treatments of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that an acupuncturist might utilize. The most well known modalities used alongside acupuncture would be massage, moxabustion, cupping, and gua sha. Gua sha, which translates to “red marks”, in Chinese...
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Back and Neck Pain – Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine

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...
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Sleep disorders and CPAP – Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine

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%)...
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