Coronavirus: Staying Safe with Simple Precautions

You may have noticed some of the hype surrounding the Coronavirus lately. While there is a lot of information, and misinformation, out there, you might be wondering how worried should you be – the truth is, not that worried if you take proper hygiene precautions. Officials currently believe that the Coronavirus spreads primarily through water droplets expelled by a carrier of the virus. It is also possible that touching a surface that contains the virus Read more…

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Use Acupuncture & Herbs to Stop a Cold or Flu

Have you thought about acupuncture or Chinese herbs to combat cold & flu season? According to the CDC, flu season peaks from December to February. And along with basic precautions of washing your hands and staying away from those who are sick, their primary recommendation is vaccination. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can help, regardless of your vaccination choices. Chinese medicine can even help resolve the “flu-like symptoms” that often come along with flu vaccination. Read more…

Community Acupuncture Treatment

Community Acupuncture

You’ve probably heard the term “Community Acupuncture” before, but do you know what it is? When practitioners use this term, they mean acupuncture done in a group setting. There are a lot of benefits for patients: lower cost, flexible timing, and sociability. There are some differences between community acupuncture & private acupuncture sessions. Privacy – as this treatment is in the form of group therapy, it is best that more personal issues be done in Read more…

Acupuncture Chinese Herbs for Stress

Stress in Chinese Medicine

In a medical context, stress is defined as a “physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.” (Shiel) Everyone experiences stress to some degree, whether we want to acknowledge it or not. The real question though, is how do we handle it? And even if we handle it well, what effect is it having on our bodies? Even though we all have stressors in life, we don’t all react the same. Some Read more…

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Types of Chinese Herbs

Natural medicine has become more and more popular, and one of the most extensive options comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM). With over 3000 years of documented history, TCM has natural and plant-based medicines for just about every presentation of disease we can come up with. If you are interested in taking Chinese Herbs, you should consult with a trained practitioner. This is important because many formulas have only minor differentiations, and taking the Read more…

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Cupping in Chinese Medicine

In the last few years, Cupping has become increasingly popular. This is largely due to the use of cupping for Olympians (Michael Phelps) and other famous athletes sporting their circle bruising as a cool fashion statement. But really, what is cupping all about? What is Cupping?When practicing cupping, suction is created within a small jar (or “cup”) to help increase blood flow in a specific area. Often, these techniques are used to help treat pain Read more…

Moxa Moxibustion Chinese Medicine Herbs Acupuncture

What is Moxa?

Moxa, or Moxibustion, is a traditional tool of Chinese Medicine in which the herb Ai Ye (Artemisiae Argyi Folium), commonly known as Mugwort Leaf, is burned near, or sometimes on, the skin in order to warm specific areas on the body. Moxa was developed in ancient China during the Yin & Zho Dynasties (1500 – 700 b.c.), as noted in the Yellow Emperor’s Spiritual Pivot (Kobayashi, n.d.). If these are indeed the origins of moxibustion Read more…

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Defining Health

What is health? Having found AcuChatt, I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that Modern Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have different ideas when it comes to what defines health. Really though, both systems are just looking at health with a different end goal in mind. Modern Western Medicine looks at health from a stand point of disease and curability. So, if you are feeling off, labs are done, and results are used to Read more…