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Posts tagged acupuncture

learning to walk

Here are a few things: Pain, especially chronic pain, has a lot to teach us.  It is an opportunity for us to gain some deeper insights into why we have the health concerns we do, examine how our beliefs, habits and lifestyle choices affect us.  This can lead to a level of discovery and healing […]

on acupuncture and addiction

There’s a bit of a back-story to this post.  In an effort to make acupuncture available to folks in recovery from addiction, I’ve been talking to people on our local Opioid Task Force, to people at the jail to see about providing treatment to men who are addicted when they’re arrested, and I’ve been trying […]

marijuana

Ok, of all the weird and wonderful things that happen in my world, the current openness about all things marijuana is, well, blowing my mind. Not just because I just recently returned from a visit to California, where I know people who have medical marijuana recommendations.  Not just because I can be in a room […]

between heaven and earth

Back when I was training to become an acupuncturist, I discovered something really cool.  To help you understand the total cool-ness, you have to first picture this. We’d started our clinical work.  This meant we were going to start to implement what we’d been studying – and boy, didn’t that just feel … inadequate.  We’d […]

i have no time for this

Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older, but I find there are things that I just don’t want to waste my time on any more.  Guilt is one of them.  If ever there was a more useless emotion, I’m unaware of it.  It gets in the way of doing the right thing, makes me feel […]

living with autumn

One of the great, classic texts of Chinese medicine and philosophy is The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, or Neijing.   Reportedly written by the great Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor, in 221 BCE, it is the backbone of all modern acupuncture studies, and its text has a strong relevance to our lives today. The […]

divine tools

Usually when someone comes to me for acupuncture, I’m not their first stop for help.  They’ve tried their doctor, perhaps a specialist, maybe physical therapy, various medications – and they haven’t been happy with the results.  Maybe the meds make it hard to function.  Maybe the pain is lingering far longer than they’d expected – […]

choice … and change

I am continuously baffled by conversations that go like this: ‘You’re an acupuncturist?’ ‘Yes, I am.’ “I always wanted to try that.  I’ve got this [insert issue here] problem.  The doctor hasn’t been able to do anything about it, and I don’t like pain medication, it messes with my head.’ ‘I’m sorry to hear that.  […]

it’s a cha cha

I had the same conversation with several patients last week; each has had an injury that they’re trying to recover from, and recovery wasn’t happening as fast as they wanted it to happen.  It makes sense that they’d feel impatient, of course, because no one wants pain,  we especially don’t want pain that interferes with […]

comes a time

There comes a time when we feel compelled to tell our stories, tell what we’ve learned. Life is just so darned full of experiences, all of which have weight in forming us. I used to think this was territory owned by old people (or maybe just older than me people, the line keeps moving as […]