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Cupping: A First Date Story

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Cupping: A First Date Story

Now that Michael Phelps and the Olympics have brought so much attention to the concept of cupping, I have been fielding calls for days asking for more information. In fact, I just had a reporter come in to write a feature about fire-cupping for the local paper. I absolutely adore cupping, but it isn’t anything new; I’ve been doing it in my practice for years, and patients love it. In fact, I still have fond memories of the first time ...

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Why Do We Keep People In Our Lives Who Suck?

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Why Do We Keep People In Our Lives Who Suck?

We all have those people in our lives. People who suck the life out of us. People who bring us down. People who, in spite of their denial, truly can’t wait to see us fall on our faces.  Seriously, you can see their eyes light up every time you fail (or, if you’re an optimist like me, “learn a lesson.”)

Time and time again, we wonder: “Why do I keep this person in my life? Why am I spending my energy ...

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Back Pain: Pain That Stems From Deficiency

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Back Pain: Pain That Stems From Deficiency

In the world of acupuncture, we see a LOT of back pain. In fact, I will often treat entire families that suffer from the same issue. I recently treated a husband and wife who both came in for back pain. After their sessions with me, they compared notes and asked me why they each had received needles in different areas.

I explained to them that each acupuncture session is different because we treat the entire person, ...

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This Stuff Really Works

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It goes without saying that I completely believe in Chinese medicine, and know without a doubt how effective it is. But I just love those days when I get to experience the magic for myself, all over again.

So, please don’t judge me, but last week I decided to enjoy a few beers on my day off. On Tuesday. At noon. Hey, I can’t help that Tuesdays are my Saturdays!

Unfortunately, I sometimes forget that I am old, and I can’t handle ...

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Chinese Medicine and Excess

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Chinese Medicine and Excess

You have all seen those familiar black and white symbols that represent Yin and Yang. You can find them everywhere: on T-shirts, in tattoos, on holistic websites all over the internet. When asked what these symbols mean, most people will answer that this symbol represents balance. This is true, but there is so much more to it than that. In the world of Yin and Yang, one cannot exist without the other. There can be no light without ...

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