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Herbs

Eastern herbal remedies have been around as long as acupuncture. Each known herb is systematically categorized by its quality (flavor, hot or cold, which part of the body it affects, etc.). Acupuncturists prescribe formulas that consist of different ingredients. The treatment strategy is very similar to acupuncture. A formula usually contains a few herbs to […]

Are you SAD?

The Pacific Northwest is such a beautiful place to live. I have lived here since 1996, and I have but one complaint – the long, dark winter. Every winter I feel depressed and lack energy. I always thought the reason I felt depressed and tired was that the winter in Oregon is too rainy and […]

Acupuncture for Skeptics

Recently, I started thinking about how much I dislike myself sounding like a complete heretic when I explain the theories of acupuncture in English – Yin and Yang, channel theories, and so forth. Granted that English is my second language and I might not be able to explain myself fully at times; it still sounds […]

Inner Beauty

As female readers might already know, cosmetics that claim to have medical and/or nutritional properties sell better.  You see them regularly on store shelves; hair care products containing vitamins, skin care products containing collagen, and so forth.  I read recently that the departments of development in cosmetic companies hire medical staff to come up with […]

(Mibyo) Half-Sick

I would like to introduce the concept of Mibyo. The literal translation of the word is “pre-disease.” It is the period between health and serious disease, when you feel as if something were off, although there is nothing wrong with you clinically. The practitioners of Eastern Medicine take Mibyo quite seriously because the prevention of […]

Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin.

I always observe the condition of a patient’s skin in my clinic. You might wonder why the condition of a patient’s skin should matter to an acupuncturist since I am not a dermatologist. To an acupuncturist, the skin is the reflection of what is happening on the inside. The color, dryness, temperature, and the location […]

Take a Deep Breath

When you need to relax, the very first thing you do is take a deep breath. You do this unconsciously because deep breaths are the natural way to breathe. If you observe a newborn, you can see that the baby naturally breathes from the abdomen, not from the chest. The deep, natural breaths your body […]

Prevention is the Best Medicine

In Eastern Medicine, we often talk about the concept of “Han-Byo” (literal translation: half-sick), a state of health in which you are neither perfectly healthy nor sick enough to manifest a serious disease. Sadly, most people ignore their state of health until the condition is no longer manageable on their own and they finally must […]