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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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Imagine This…

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Imagine This…

Imagine this scenario, if you will. You are at the mall, and you see a woman looking over a rack of clothing with her teenage daughter. As they dig through the articles of clothing, you start to hone in on their conversation:

Girl: “I like this top.”

Mom: “That shirt is beautiful, but not on you. You would just look washed out with your pasty white skin.”

Girl: “Ok, maybe this one?”

Mom: “This one is nice, too, but no one as fat as ...

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The Return of Ranchi Ho

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The Return of Ranchi Ho

In the world of acupuncture, there are endless styles and techniques. You can go to ten different practitioners and experience ten completely different sessions-and all of them may work for you, as long as the practitioner is on the right track with the diagnosis.

Acupuncture isn’t just about needles. There are acupuncturists who treat without inserting a single needle. We also use a variety of tools to speed up the process of healing. Some of these include cupping, guasha, and moxa. ...

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The Liver, The Spleen, and Boundaries

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The Liver, The Spleen, and Boundaries

As I’ve mentioned endless times before (although not for a while-sorry for the blogging hiatus!), acupuncturist treatments do not just deal with the physical. To be honest, creating physical change is the least exciting part of what I do. I find the mental-emotional aspects of acupuncture to be far more fascinating and rewarding; this is probably why I love treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia so much.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about boundaries. A few weeks ago, I was making ...

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Bah Humbug

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Bah Humbug

I just hadn’t been feeling the Christmas spirit this year, and I’m not sure why. Usually around this time I can’t wait to create some boozy holiday cookies (my rum balls are infamous) and decorate Charlie, my acupuncture mascot, with a well-placed sprig of mistletoe. This year? Maybe it’s the 60 degree weather in December, but meh.

Growing up, it was the running joke that my father would unfailing pick the saddest, cheapest, most pathetic excuse for a tree. Every year ...

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