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Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

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I want to lose weight. I want to be a better person. I want more control over my life. These are some of the most common goals that people have with the coming of a new year. In the past, I have talked about the stoic philosophy and how that

8 Herbs for Headaches

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8 Herbs for Headaches

Whether addressing life situations, dealing with finances, or listening to the news, we all have triggers for headaches. What herbs can help?

Podcast – First Podcast! Training of Acupuncturists and a Discussion About Fatigue.

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As this is the first podcast, I would like to spend some time addressing some questions and clearing up some misconceptions people might have about acupuncture. The first question people seem to have is: what can an acupuncturist do? Many people think that acupuncturists just stick needles into someone to help with pain and that’s it. And that acupuncture works by this strange thing called “qi” which sounds like the Force in Star Wars. Well, acupuncture does work on pain and there are several explanations of qi that are rather wild, but there is more to it than that.

Revision of the Meridians of the Dorsal Aspect of the Body

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In his article “Chinese Medicine Demystified1” Chris Kresser explained that the meridians of Chinese Medicine were an invention of Georges Soulie de Morant who translated the Huang Di Nei Jing into French. The meridians came about when de Morant studied Chinese anatomical diagrams that featured the acupuncture points, then drew

Spleen Qigong Part 1

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As stated in the article ‘Five Organ Qigong’ there are various Qigong exercises for different organs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  This series of article will explain further exercises that one can perform to assist the Spleen. Explanation of the Spleen: The spleen is seen as important in the processes

Insomnia

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What is it?: Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep (sleep onset insomnia) or difficulty staying asleep (sleep maintenance insomnia).  This is normally viewed as a symptom for a larger condition.  Finding the cause of this symptom and making the appropriate changes will usually correct the issue. Causes: There are

Hypothyroidism

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What is it?: Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not secrete enough of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4).  The release of T4 is regulated by the hypothalamus which releases the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to release T4.  T4 is then converted by the liver into triiodothyronine (T3)

Diabetes Mellitus

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What is it?: Diabetes Mellitus, more commonly referred to as Type II Diabetes, is a condition which occurs when, either the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin, or the body’s cells become resistant to insulin. Either way blood sugar is prevented from being absorbed by the cells which leads to

American Ginseng

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  Chinese Name: Xi Yang Shen (also Hua Qi Shen, Xi Shen, Yang Shen, Guan Dong Ren Shen) Latin Name: Panax Quinquefolium English Name: American Ginseng Category: Qi Tonifying Herbs Taste: Sweet, bitter, cold Channels: KD, HT, LU Part of plant: Root (berries) Actions: Tonifies Qi and Nourishes Yin Clears

Celiac Disease

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What is it?: Celiac disease is a condition where the lining of the small intestine is damaged due to a reaction to gluten which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue and gluten sensitivity. Symptom categories: The symptoms of celiac disease

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