According to the majority of TCM practitioners, correct point location is essential for a
successful acupuncture treatment. But what exactly does this mean? Is it better to follow textbook’s
description of the point location to the letter or some deviation from it would bring better results?
For a couple of years after my graduation from acupuncture school, I located acupuncture points the
way I had been taught, no matter whether or not those points felt normal or unusual to me. I did it
until one case about nine years ago made me reconsider this approach. More...
What is breathing? Since it is impossible to stop breathing long enough to examine it closely, most
people do not understand the proper way to breathe. In Oriental Medical theory, it is a common belief that
the body follows the mind and the mind in turn follows the spirit. In reverse, breathing affects not only
the body but also the mind and one's emotions as well. More...
Chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. It has been
estimated that up to 80% of the world's population will suffer from back pain at some point in their
lives, with the lower back as the most common location of pain. Though most occurrences of back pain last less than two weeks, research has shown that recurrence rates
for low back pain can reach as high as 50% in the first few months following the first episode. More...
Q:I suffer from sinus infections that are especially bad in the
spring. What can I do to relieve the pressure in my head and sinuses? Up to now I just take a lot of
medication to mask the symptoms. Isn’t there another way?
A: Recurrent sinus infection or sinusitis is commonly
due to persistent allergies or if it is seasonal, hay fever. Treat the hay fever first
and once the allergies subside, the sinus condition will get a reprieve from the incessant
inflammation from the allergic reactions and should improve. You may want to follow up
with immune system strengthening tips to prevent infections. More...
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