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End your sugar addiction

End your sugar addiction

Sugar addiction is something that usually gets laughed off with a wink and smile. And yet, as Gary Taubes says in his latest book, The ... read more

Realistic expectations hold your feet to the right fire

Realistic expectations hold your feet to the right fire

It’s easy to set impossibly high goals and then decide to give up because we fail to meet those goals.It helps to acknowledge that ... read more

The two step process to breaking sugar addiction

The two step process to breaking sugar addiction

I used to work with a woman back in my high tech days who talked about her two-step program to dealing with problems in life; “get over read more

Acupuncture for stress reduction and anxiety

Acupuncture for stress reduction and anxiety

I often walk into a palpable stillness when entering the room where someone has been marinating with needles for 20 or 30 minutes. That read more

Why do we put needles in the feet for headaches or in the elbow for knee pain?

Why do we put needles in the feet for headaches or in the elbow for knee pain?

We tend to think of the body in the same way we think of buildings. There is a frame (bones), plumbing (blood vessels), wiring (nerves) read more

Ten Things You Probably Did Not Know About Acupuncture

Ten Things You Probably Did Not Know About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is not just for treating pain. You don’t have to “believe” in it for it to work. For that matter, the ... read more

氣 is not pronounceable in English

氣 is not pronounceable in English

Qi is not pronounceable in English. Its whistled aspiration is not a sound found in our language. And much as we can approximate it ... read more

Resistance

Resistance

  I suspect you have encountered this. That there is a decision made to break the lizard brained pattern of habituality; it could ... read more

Giving up tobacco is not an event; it’s a process

Giving up tobacco is not an event; it’s a process

  Becoming a non-smoker is more than giving up nicotine, getting out it of your bloodstream and having your chemistry adjust to ... read more

Cupping 2.0: vacuum therapy that doesn’t suck

Cupping 2.0: vacuum therapy that doesn’t suck

Anyone who has experienced the deep relief from muscle tension that cupping provides knows about the transformative affect of ... read more

No Guarantees

No Guarantees

You see it in most advertising, whether it’s for wheels, clothes or computers: The Guarantee. It underlies the been-burned-before ... read more

Cupping FAQ

Cupping FAQ

How does cupping work? Cupping employs the localized use of negative pressure (vacuum) to reverse the centripetal pull of gravity. ... read more

But, I don’t have a diagnosis

But, I don’t have a diagnosis

Recently a number of people have asked, “What would be the kind of problem one would bring to acupuncturist for treatment?” read more

Biological terrain, resistant starch, and gut flora

Biological terrain, resistant starch, and gut flora

As biochemistry evolves, we truly see that we are not separate from the “outer” environment, but rather profoundly connected with it. ... read more

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Prostate Conditions

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Prostate Conditions

  Perhaps it is a reflection of the upbringing that most men had, the notion that males are strong and silent, and that boys ... read more

Five Common Misconceptions About Meditation

Five Common Misconceptions About Meditation

In clinic I hear a few common misconceptions about meditation. I hear them all the time. 1. I’m a failure because I can’t get my mind ... read more

Pivotable moments

Pivotable moments

There are moments were the world is suddenly and completely different. The first moment you noticed her hair falls like a kiss around ... read more

Whiplash: fascia and the magic of decompression therapy

Whiplash: fascia and the magic of decompression therapy

We usually only think about pulled muscles, whip-snapped ligaments and damage to cervical disks when suffering the aftermath of a ... read more

Beat the common cold with ginger and cinnamon

Beat the common cold with ginger and cinnamon

Chinese medicine sees there being two types of types of common cold; the “hot” cold and the “cold” cold. Sound ... read more

Chinese Medicine Guide to Taming Allergies

Chinese Medicine Guide to Taming Allergies

Does spring’s fragrant exhale have you longing for cold winter days? Feeling like you are trapped into a lifetime relationship ... read more

Acupuncture is expensive?

Acupuncture is expensive?

We hear this a lot because insurance companies in Missouri rarely cover acupuncture treatments, which to us seems strange as a dozen or read more

The Jewish Mother’s Guide to Chinese Medicine

The Jewish Mother’s Guide to Chinese Medicine

There is really nothing magical or special about Chinese medicine. Much of it is just plain old (un)common sense. Stuff you would ... read more

Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Does Acupuncture Really Work?

This is a common question from those of us living in the West. It should be too! We didn’t grow up with uncles that knew ... read more

Stop Smoking With Acupuncture

Stop Smoking With Acupuncture

  Making the decision to live a smoke-free life will lead you into a process that almost immediately begins to shift the state of ... read more

Acupuncture for shingles, Bell’s palsy and neurological problems

Acupuncture for shingles, Bell’s palsy and neurological problems

  Neurological issues like shingles, Bell’s palsy and certain kinds of neuropathy often show up with the speed of a sudden ... read more

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

If it is pain you want, we can refer you to some other therapies. Acupuncture, while it does have sensation, few would call it pain. My read more

How long does it take acupuncture to work?

How long does it take acupuncture to work?

Sometimes acupuncture seems like a miracle. A strained back that suddenly turns into “I guess I did not twist it as bad as I ... read more

Treating a lingering cold with Chinese medicine

Treating a lingering cold with Chinese medicine

There comes a point where you can not remember the last time you felt well. That day when you realize the vitality you remember having ... read more

Misconceptions about acupunctureYou have to be Chinese to practice acupuncture

Misconceptions about acupuncture
You have to be Chinese to practice acupuncture

One of the best things about living in Asia is that I got to see firsthand there were some amazing practitioners of Oriental medicine, ... read more

Misconceptions about acupuncture: Belief

Misconceptions about acupuncture: Belief

A common misconception about Chinese medicine is that you have believe in it for it work. That somehow your worldview and thought ... read more

Chinese medicine for trauma, injuries and pain

Chinese medicine for trauma, injuries and pain

  When dealing with trauma or pain, remember– Ice is for dead things! The Chinese martial arts know a lot about trauma ... read more

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for weight loss

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for weight loss

  Oddly enough, your weight has very little to do with the calories you consume and acupuncture is not the miracle you have been ... read more

Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

They come with a flash of light, the sharp crack of an unexpected noise, or the “one more thing” of accumulated stress. ... read more

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

It feels like that moment when you experience a sudden jump of fluency level in the new language with which you have been struggling. ... read more

Acupuncture and Allergies

Acupuncture and Allergies

The effervescent fuchsia and chartreuse gives the falling spring rain a soft pitter patter hush. So different from the water that falls read more

Antibiotics are useless against the common cold

Antibiotics are useless against the common cold

  Yet another study confirmed recently that placebos are as effective as antibiotics when it comes to curing sinus infections. In ... read more

Acupuncture and the Treatment of GERD

Acupuncture and the Treatment of GERD

Lowering acid is the not the solution for heartburn! Excess stomach acid is not the problem. You need your stomach acid. It digests ... read more

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for UTI’s

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for UTI’s

  When antibiotics fail; more is not always better when treating urinary tract infections. It is usually a simple 2+2 ... read more

Chinese medicine for diabetes and metabolic syndrome

Chinese medicine for diabetes and metabolic syndrome

There are two kinds of diabetes. Type I is caused by the insulin producing cells of pancreas failing to do their job. There are a ... read more

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Fertility

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Fertility

If you have experienced issues with fertility, then you likely have put acupuncture and Chinese medicine on your list of treatments to ... read more

Treating Meniere’s disease with Chinese medicine

Treating Meniere’s disease with Chinese medicine

Acupuncture is well known for its ability to treat pain, regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle, and instill a deep sense of quietude read more

Asking the right questions

Asking the right questions

There is a method of telling fortunes in Taiwan. Actually, there are many methods of telling fortunes in Taiwan. Fortune tellers in ... read more

Unkink a stiff neck

Unkink a stiff neck

Neck pain one of the most common complaints for those of us that live in the modern computer linked world. It not only leads to ... read more

What does that L.Ac after your name mean?

What does that L.Ac after your name mean?

L.Ac means three years of focused effort in learning the theoretical and clinical skills that give a practitioner enough experience ... read more

The Health Benefits of Tea

The Health Benefits of Tea

It is as common as common knowledge gets; tea is good for you. It overflows with constituents that anti-oxidize, scrub free radicals, ... read more

Put yourself in front of what you want

Put yourself in front of what you want

Making a difference rarely is the result of stunningly bright talent alone. Genius and the odd bent of ability, while useful, will only read more

Acupuncture and the treatment of cancer

Acupuncture and the treatment of cancer

Chinese medicine operates on a set of principles different from those upon which western science is founded. It is completely foreign ... read more

Forget affirmations, buy Taiwanese stationary!

Forget affirmations, buy Taiwanese stationary!

. Affirmations never worked for me. They are like lost post-it notes from another dimension, lacking a certain verve, and calling to a ... read more

It counts as progress

It counts as progress

How do you know you are feeling better? By what yardstick do you measure health and wellbeing? How do you know your situation is ... read more

What is that you need to stop doing?

What is that you need to stop doing?

Activity. Doing. Pursuing our dreams, passions, goals, it is what gives meaning and juice to life. In our ever forward tumble toward ... read more

We are not machines

We are not machines

We are more than the metaphoric reflections of modern life’s machinery. Our heart is not the emotionless cyclical drone of a ... read more

The Roots of Yong Kang Clinic

The Roots of Yong Kang Clinic

Life in Taiwan is different. It’s not just the tropical air mixed with the exhaust of innumerable scooters and sweat of 26 ... read more

Chinese medicine treats that?

Chinese medicine treats that?

  While well-known (and justifiably so) for the treatment of pain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are useful for all ... read more

Treating allergies: symptomatic cure or fundamental rebalancing?

Treating allergies: symptomatic cure or fundamental rebalancing?

Walk by the “allergy” section of any drugstore, expose yourself to less than an hour of primetime TV, or flip casually ... read more

Are Chinese herbs dangerous?

Are Chinese herbs dangerous?

I love watching those Olympic athletes bump through a mogul field, float a corkscrewed flip, land like cat and continue to scream like ... read more

Cheap and Stylish Sunscreen

Cheap and Stylish Sunscreen

Long before we had bright florescent bottles filled with SPF rated goo, the Chinese came up a delightful form of protection from the ... read more