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Trigger Point Acupuncture Explained

If you've talked to more than one acupuncturist, you're probably aware that there are quite a few different styles and traditions of acupuncture serving as a basis of treatment. Most acupuncturists in the United States are educated and board-certified in a mainstream approach based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a consensus approach developed in China [...]

Natural Relief for Anxiety and Depression

A wide spectrum of mood and anxiety disorders affects almost one in five adults in the United States every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (some experts think the number might be much higher). About two thirds or more of them do not receive treatment. Anxiety and depression come in many [...]

Whole Foods Are Your Friend

Thinking about food for many people means thinking about their weight, but there's so much more to it. Our eating habits are deeply engrained and not easy to change. Clearly, food plays a central role in our lives and wellbeing. We now know that almost all chronic diseases are in some form or shape related [...]

Arthritis? What You Can Do

When all is well, you wouldn't know that every movement of your body involves your joints. They bend in many different ways, depending on their function, and allow you to flex, extend, twist, or simply move forward. But when your joints are not well, you will know because every movement creates pain and discomfort. This [...]

Get Healthy, Stay Healthy

No one's going to live forever, but we all want to live as long as possible while in good health. You may be fatalistic and think that it's all in your genes—nothing you can do about that! That's actually only half the story. How we live our lives has a big impact on our health [...]

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 [...]