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Focus on Shoulders

Shoulders are a hot topic for climbers. Countless rock climbers run into trouble with their shoulders early in their climbing careers, after many years of climbing hard, or once they're older and no longer training regularly. When I'm in the climbing gym, I always like to observe the postures and movement patterns of the people [...]

Not Feeling like Yourself? It Could Be Your Thyroid

Have you been feeling more lethargic than usual? Sleeping poorly? Gaining weight? Feeling cold? These are just a few of the many manifestations of a poorly functioning thyroid. Let's take a closer look. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck and an important part of your hormone (or endocrine) system. [...]

Shaolin Secrets for the Modern Warrior

Growing interest in the martial arts has been accompanied by curiosity about Chinese sports medicine, and the healing power of Shaolin treatments for traumatic injuries, both acute and chronic, is no longer a secret. In China, the official practice of Chinese medicine was reduced to internal medicine during the 20th century, mostly for political reasons [...]

What Is Functional Medicine and Why Does It Make Sense?

In recent years health care systems in the United States and other industrialized countries have been faced with unprecedented challenges caused by chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune conditions that are poorly addressed by the conventional model of heroic medicine, an approach that proved successful in the fight against infectious diseases [...]

Sleeping Like a Baby Promotes Good Health

I don't need to tell you how much better you feel when you get a good night's sleep on a regular basis. The science of sleep has established health benefits too numerous to count. The more obvious ones are feeling energized, focused and productive during the day. Our bodies, and especially our brains, are using [...]

Treating Endometriosis with Chinese Medicine

Women who experience pelvic pain are often diagnosed with endometriosis. Let's get a better understanding what endometriosis is, how it can affect your health and quality of life, what treatments are offered by mainstream medicine, and what other options exist to alleviate symptoms and restore well-being naturally. The endometrium is the inner lining of a [...]

Love Your Back, and It Will Love You Back

Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from low back pain? You now have options to get better that don't involve pain medications or surgery. Since low back pain affects such an overwhelming share of the population at least sometimes in their lives and causes healthcare costs and economic losses in the tens [...]

Integrative Approaches to Chronic Lyme

If you live anywhere in the Northeast and have ever been outdoors, in the meadows, woods or just your backyard, you've probably been bitten by ticks, mosquitos or flies. You may not have noticed it. Many of these critters carry a range of microbes that they can transmit to animals, including humans. Some people develop [...]

Options for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Women with unusual hair growth, irregular or absent periods, and ovaries that appear large and shiny when viewed with ultrasound often have one thing in common: They are diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS. Acupuncturists frequently encounter patients with PCOS who seek our help with overweight, hirsutism, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, and [...]

Practice Qigong and Lower Your Blood Pressure

The body supplies oxygen and nutrients to, and removes carbon dioxide and other metabolic waste products from, every cell primarily through the blood and lymph. These fluids reach the cells because the heart and blood vessels create pressures to bring them to the far reaches of the body and back. The cardiovascular and lymph systems [...]