Swollen Eyelid? It's curable!Toward the end of my master's program, when I was taking board exams for acupuncture licensure, I developed an embarrassing disorder known as blepharitis. Blepharitis is characterized by swelling and inflammation of the eyelid and its related glands. It can affect one or both eyelids, the upper or lower, and the inner or … Continue reading Healing Blepharitis Holistically
This year I can really feel the weather in my flesh and bones. The seasonal shift seems to push and pull on my body's temperature regulation, as well as my appetite and sleeping patterns. I noticed also that as the cold air permeates the environment, and evaporates the thick humidity, my lungs are working to … Continue reading Helping Yourself Ease into Autumn
My blood pressure sky rockets when I see photos of physical therapists doing acupuncture without a license. I recently did a little report on the issue of acupuncture's appropriation. In Texas, there are about 1200 actively licensed acupuncturists. This is in comparison to nearly 17,000, maybe more, physical therapists now, which increase by 1,000 almost … Continue reading The Appropriation of Acupuncture in Texas
🔥❣️This patient was dealing with a general feeling of anxiety, shortness of breath and brain fog. Acupuncture was done at key points to address dampness, strengthen the spleen, reduce heart heat and soothe liver Qi. After that, some tuina, cupping and guasha were applied along the Taiyang & shaoyang meridians of the back to clear … Continue reading Relieving Anxiety with Traditional Chinese Medicine
A significant number of people undergo spinal fusion surgery in order to manage neuropathic pain. Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that uses rods, bolts, and bone grafts to link two vertebrae, thus altering the local structures that are impinging the afflicted nerves. It permanently transforms the spinal structure, for better or worse. 💥Unfortunately, many … Continue reading Acupuncture and Taichi Can Help You Recover from Spinal Fusion Surgery
Moxibustion is a technique from Traditional Chinese Medicine, and originated alongside acupuncture. Moxibustion is commonly used to heat up acupuncture points, and has both direct and indirect methods. Moxibustion can also be used to warm up acupuncture needles, by securing it to the needle's handle. Moxibustion involves fire and smoke, but there are smokeless alternatives … Continue reading What is moxibustion?
There is a huge trend where medical professionals, either due to ignorance or xenophobia, are taking Acupuncturist's techniques, rebranding them, and feigning originality without any understanding of their origin. This is embarrassing on multiple dimensions. First, the heinous notion that any of these individuals created or developed these techniques generates a precarious intellectual / practical … Continue reading DATA: Defending Acupuncture Techniques (from) Appropriation