WU JIA PI - CORTEX ACANTHOPANAX GRACILISTYLUS ACANTHOPANAX ROOT BARK ARALIACEAE ACRID, BITTER, WARM LIVER, KIDNEY DISPELS WIND-DAMP; STRENGTHENS SINEWS AND BONES chronic, painful bi; wind damp-cold with chronic liver & kidney deficiency with weak or soft sinews or bones often in edlerly or in motor developmental delay in children Wu Jia Pi San Wu … Continue reading Wu Jia Pi
🔥❣️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
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?
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
When a patient has symptoms of a pale tongue, low energy, pallor, fatigue and muscular weakness, I tend to suspect a deficiency of qi and blood. My favorite food-medicine for less severe qi & blood deficiencies is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is high in iron, fats, fiber and xanthines like caffeine and theobromine. High quality … Continue reading Dark Chocolate: A Tonic for Qi & Blood
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
Today I started making a tincture composed of Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra berry) and Huang Qi (Astragalus root). Wu Wei Zi is a tonifying and astringing herb, which means that it helps to promote regeneration in the body, and the loss of fluids through sweating or diuresis. The most unique and intriguing aspect of this … Continue reading Making Tinctures
Have you heard about Tuina? It is an ancient form of bodywork that is still practiced today in China, and now it is spreading in popularity in the United States & Europe. I was introduced to it when I began studying at AOMA, Graduate School of Integrative Medicine about 3 years ago. When I combine … Continue reading Research of Tuina’s Effectivenessu