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Acupuncture and fertility

December 30, 2012

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by Sima Aidun — There are many different ways to reach a single goal. Both Chinese and Western medicine have accomplished great feats over the last century, treating numerous diseases, saving thousands of lives and improving the quality of life for others. By utilizing the best these two worlds have to offer, it is possible […]

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EMDR — a power therapy

December 26, 2012

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by Jef Gazley —  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the middle 1980s. EMDR is one of the newer “power” therapies that has recently been acknowledged and accepted by the professional counseling community and the general public. They are known as power therapies because they work much more […]

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What is the purpose of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

November 30, 2012

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by David Lowenstein —  What is the original purpose of Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture, bodywork and herbal remedies? One of the oldest texts in Asian Medicine, the Shen Nong Ben Cao, describes the hierarchy of healing that interestingly mirrors the hierarchy of needs as proposed by psychologist Abraham Maslow. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, […]

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Choosing therapeutic foods for balance

November 18, 2012

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by Marianne Crafts-Brandner —  Many of us have begun to realize that diets for weight loss don’t work, and that the only way to lose weight and keep it off permanently is to change our eating habits. The key is a more balanced approach that eliminates “bad foods,” rather than entire food groups. Instead of […]

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The kidneys in Chinese medicine

November 14, 2012

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by Christopher Vedeler —  In the West, we know the kidneys are sophisticated filters that remove toxins from the blood. They also play a key role in balancing water and electrolytes in the body. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys represent the deepest level of our physical being and are also critical to water metabolism. Water […]

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Why aren’t you letting go?

November 8, 2012

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by Dr. David Lowenstein —  Dina was a patient who suffered from fibromyalgia and depression, as diagnosed by her medical doctor. The overall impression was that she was “holding on” emotionally. She could not or would not let go of many painful events from her life. After an examination based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, the […]

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Tea leaves: Flowing with the seasons reflects wisdom

October 15, 2012

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by Victoria J. Mogilner —  Farmers who plant, nurture and harvest crops, and then allow the ground to lie fallow for a period of rest, know well the significance of the seasons. Practitioners of the principles of Chinese medicine also honor the seasons, understanding that a healthy life is one that follows the seasonal cycle […]

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Professional-grade shiatsu

October 9, 2012

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by Brian Skow —  What do you know about your shiatsu therapist? Do you believe you are receiving authentic shiatsu or do you suspect you are receiving a watered-down version? To ensure you are getting the best shiatsu therapy possible, you want to check that the therapist has two certifications and look for a number […]

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Chinese foot reflexology — this is the balance

October 9, 2012

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by Fatina Hijab — Without balance there is chaos. According to Chinese Traditional Medicine (CTM), disease occurs when the body is imbalanced. Foot reflexology helps the body achieve and maintain its natural balance, or homeostasis. Reflexology works on the 11 systems of the human body: muscular, nervous, skeletal, endocrine, digestive, urinary, circulatory, reproductive, respiratory, integumentary […]

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Using feng shui for heath, wellness and beauty

October 3, 2012

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by Deborah Thum —  Most people who know about feng shui think it is simply about the placement of furniture to bring harmony into one’s life. Fewer people understand these same principles can be applied to the human body to chart the relationship between inner character and outer appearance. The principles of feng shui for […]

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Chronic stress and adaptogens

October 2, 2012

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by Julia Busch  —  Excessive, prolonged stress can raise cortisol, our body’s “fight-or-flight” hormone, to highly toxic levels. Intended for spurts of extra energy in times of physical danger or psychological stress, cortisol has become the “stress hormone,” a silent killer in our high-pressure lifestyle. High ongoing levels of cortisol in the bloodstream can relentlessly […]

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The effectiveness of acupuncture

September 29, 2012

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by Dr. QiLing Lu —  Acupuncture is a treatment originating in Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient healing system that helps people stay well, and also treats symptoms when they are ill. An acupuncturist first does an overall exam to determine which parts of the body and its energy systems are affected. That exam is different from […]

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You must halt energetic eating to lose weight

September 29, 2012

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by Dr. Judith Orloff —  There is more to overeating and obesity than meets the eye. One big reason that many diets fail is that traditional weight-loss programs do not factor in the way we process subtle energy, or what Chinese medicine refers to as life force or chi. Subtle energy penetrates and surrounds the […]

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