What is a rotator cuff? A rotator cuff is comprised of four important muscles known as the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. These muscles help bind the head of the humerus to the glenoid fossa of the scapula. Each rotator cuff muscle has a unique function in maneuvering the shoulder and arm. They are … Continue reading Healing Rotator Cuff Injuries with Acupuncture and Guasha
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 … Continue reading Healing Blepharitis Holistically
🔥❣️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
Knee pain is a very commonly experienced health issue. It can result from acute injury, like a sports trauma, or from chronic overuse. The tendons, muscles and bone quality can diminish over time leading to inflammation and irritation of the joint. Isolated accidents from a physical . Autoimmune disorders can also provoke knee pain. An … Continue reading How can an acupuncturist help with knee pain?
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?
Blood heat (inflammation) can also build up from stress and anxiety, which trigger production of immunosuppressant hormones like cortisol
About a year ago, my mother lost her ability to walk. She was confined to a wheel chair, paralyzed by pain. The doctors she saw insisted on surgery, and she began a tumultuous quest toward recovery. At surgery, the plan was to cut into her neck to access her cervical vertebrae, where they installed metal … Continue reading Helping My Mom Recover with Eastern Medicine
For each patient there are many dimensions and parameters to consider as a holistic healer. On the one hand, L.Acs, Dipl. OMs and ABTs are taught ancient diagnostic philosophies for identifying syndrome patterns (yin/ yang deficiency, liver qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency, etc.). By scrutinizing the patient's tongue and pulse, acupuncturists are afforded a plethora of … Continue reading 5 Awesome Apps for Acupuncturists, Bodyworkers & Herbalists