Points Newsletter - January 2011


Treating Colds and the Flu with Classical Chinese Medicine

By Sophia Tang, L.Ac.

Is there any cure for colds or the flu? The answer is “yes” if you are asking this question from an authentic Chinese Medicine practitioner. Thousands of years ago, Chinese medicine already knew how to effectively treat colds and the flu. I would tend to believe that most Western medicine doctors would tell you “no” and say there is no cure for colds and the flu. They will tell you that only thing you can do is to rest and drink more fluids. Some people may take some over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms such as headache, body aching, and sore throat. More...  

Acupuncture Changes Brain's Perception and Processing of Pain, Researchers Find

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers have captured pictures of the brain while patients experienced a pain stimulus with and without acupuncture to determine acupuncture's effect on how the brain processes pain. Results of the study, which the researchers say suggest the effectiveness of acupuncture, were presented November 30 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). More...

Healing Depression Naturally

By Kumiko Yamamoto, L.Ac.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten Americans suffers from depression. Deep sadness and even hopelessness may overwhelm the body, and lead to many symptoms including exhaustion, insomnia and even physical pain. More...


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Tai Chi as a Balance Improvement Exercise for Older Adults

Ask Dr. MaoQ: I notice that my hands and feet are usually much colder than the rest of my body. In which ways can I improve my circulation, perhaps even thin my blood?

A: Your situation may not be as directly related to the viscosity of your blood as the state of your vital Qi (Chi). You may also have blood deficiency, such as anemia. I would first check to ensure that you are not suffering from anemia. Once you have ruled that out, check to ensure you are not suffering from a more severe pathology called Raynaud’s syndrome. More...

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