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Heartburn? Why Drugs May Not Be a Good Idea

Almost everyone has a sour taste in their mouth once in a while, though for some people this is a more common occurrence. We’ve been inundated with advertisements telling us that we need to take medication to relieve the discomfort and prevent worse things from happening. Reflux is a phenomenon that can show up with [...]

Myofascial Release Restores Your Inner Communication

You may think the worldwide web is complicated, but have you thought about the complex web inside your body called fascia? Our bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessel, organs and the brain would all just collapse into an unsightly pile of mush if it weren't for the fascia suspending and holding all these structures in their [...]

Hashimoto’s: Can Chinese Medicine Treat Autoimmune Disorders?

Hashimoto's is an autoimmune condition that affects a surprisingly large number of Americans, especially women. It is also probably underdiagnosed and undertreated. Hashimoto's is the cause of hypothyroidism in approximately 80-90 percent of patients. It is often missed because a common thyroid screening test, which evaluates TSH levels in your blood, is generally interpreted as [...]

Find Your Personal Stress Busters

You know it when you're stressed. You just don't feel like your best self. Stress is not what's going on in your life but how you respond to it, consciously or unconsciously. That's why we also call it the stress response. Hans Selye, a physician and professor at McGill University who was born in Vienna [...]

Adaptogens Can Make You More Resilient to Stress

Adaptogens are natural substances with a wide range of health benefits. What exactly are they and how can you use them? If you are experiencing stress, recovering from severe illness, frequently catching cold, or trying to stay healthy into old age (basically every one of us), then this story is for you. Adaptogenic herbs are [...]

Nonpharmaceutical Alternatives to Painkillers

Experiencing chronic pain is no laughing matter. It can profoundly impact your quality of life, your ability to function---both physically and mentally---and undermine your livelihood. Maybe the only thing that's worse than experiencing chronic pain is when you have to rely on pharmaceuticals to manage your pain. The causes of pain are complex and so [...]

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 [...]