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

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holistic medicine

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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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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Menstrual Pain and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Many people are familiar with the idea of using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for back pain, arthritic pain or even headaches. Fewer people know just how good TCM can be for menstrual pain – but Asian women have relied on TCM’s gentle and effective techniques 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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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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Cupping – An Ancient Therapy for Today’s Muscle Aches

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...
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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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Using Natural Medicine to Harmonize with Summer

Many people eagerly await the arrival of summer for the hot temps, vacations and fun social activities. According to Chinese Medicine each season will have its attributes and challenges. Summer is about expansion, growth, activity and creativity, moving outwards in nature and in...
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