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Healthy Morning Rituals

Healthy Morning Rituals By Mao Shing Ni, PhD, D.O.M., Dipl. ABAAHP

The way you begin your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Over time, it sets the tone for your long-term health. Here are a few morning rituals that will start your day on the right foot for years to come.

A Morning Massage to Ease Awake

Many people wake up in the morning by jumping out of bed and plunging right into their activity-filled day. This jolt taxes the system and creates strain on weak artery walls. Additionally, the body experiences a sudden and dramatic increase in blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate compared to its sleep state. When this is taken into account, it is no wonder that strokes and heart attacks commonly occur between six a.m. and noon. More...  

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The Four Examinations of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Knee Pain

The Four Examinations of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Knee PainBy Vladislav Korostyshevskiy, L.Ac.

Inspection, listening and smelling, inquiring, and palpation are fundamental diagnostic methods in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (Deng et al, 1996; Wiseman, 1995). Nowadays, however, physicians and other medical practitioners, including acupuncturists, rely on lab tests and medical imaging, which make the process of establishing diagnosis significantly easier. Or so it may seem. Perhaps you have different experience, but more often than not, patients see me when their primary care physicians explored all possible options and none of them was successful or when they’ve been offered surgery. Usually, even if I have access to diagnostic tests, I heavily rely on such classical tools as inspection, listening and smelling, inquiring, and palpation, which let me custom-tailor treatments for a particular patient. I used to think of these methods as obvious and too abstract to be useful in clinical setting, but over the years I found myself relying on these methods increasingly more often, especially whenever a patient’s condition appears to be especially tricky or confusing. I was taught that accurate diagnosis can be made only by correlating all four examinations. More...


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Ask Dr. MaoQ: I am having problems with my eyes that get worse when I am under stress or eat certain foods. My eyeballs are red, sore, and sometimes there feels like there is something behind it; my lid and rim are red and swollen. The doctor believes it is ocular rosacea. Can you suggest some recommendations to remedy my eyes?

A: I would like to recommend you conduct some test to rule out the following: hypertension, ocular degeneration, and any viral infections.

In the meantime, try these recommendations:

1. Avoid spicy, fried and greasy foods, alcohol, coffee and other stimulants. Also, reduce stress and anger.


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