Category Chinese Medicine

The Names of Acupuncture Points

As an acupuncturist, I often hear a variant of the question: “Whoa! What does that point do?” This usually occurs when a point being needled elicits a unique or strong sensation or feeling. I often respond with a smile and tell the patient a little story. Story-telling has been used throughout human history as a […]

How does acupuncture approach healthcare?

Acupuncture and East Asian medicine provides a valuable addition to your healthcare routine. Many patients try it for the first time due to pain that won’t resolve, or because a friend recommended it. Not knowing what to expect, patients are often surprised that acupuncture can treat a wide variety of health concerns, and is a […]

Eat Local

It’s that time of year! Fresh produce is abounding in our little valley town. While indulging in delicious asparagus may already be happening, the season promises much more to come. There are a few reasons why eating local is a great idea. First off, supporting local farmers is an efficient way to boost the local […]

Pediatrics & Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is becoming a familiar word in medicine and healthcare, but it is not yet as common in Pediatrics. Chinese Medicine has been a family medicine from the start, treating pediatric and geriatric patients, as well as adults. Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic embraced this history in its name so as to encourage all members of […]

Calling Men! What You Didn’t Know Chinese Medicine Could Treat

  It is a well known statistic that women seek healthcare more often than men. This certainly doesn’t mean women have more health concerns than men. There’s been more of a push in the healthcare field to reach out to males, in hope we can treat ailments early for better quality of life. Many men […]

Tendons and Ligaments

Spring is the season of the liver and gallbladder in East Asian medicine, and since these organ systems are considered in charge of the tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue of the body, we often see connective tissue related pain increase in the spring. These organs are also related to every joint in the body. Common […]

Pulled Pork with Vietnamese Pickles

This recipe requires a little prep the night or day before, but once the prep is done, it makes a very quick weeknight dinner. Ingredients: Pulled pork recipe inspired by Nom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Kalua Pig Recipe. We like to swap out the bacon with paprika. See her original recipe here: 5 pound pork […]

The Emotions & Virtues of the Organs

There seems to be a natural curiosity about the organ network system in Chinese Medicine. Perhaps it’s because it’s a little bit different than the paradigm most of us grew up with, where the Heart pumps and circulates blood and that’s about it. It could be because the larger functionality of the organ network system […]

Chinese Medicine and Depression

In a previous post, we covered the bigger picture of depression, including a number of factors that may contribute to depression. In this post, we’ll look at how Chinese Medicine views depression; including common symptoms and suggestions for each primary pattern. Of course, every individual’s presentation is different and acupuncture and herbal therapies are customized […]

Depression: A complex condition worth looking at the big picture

The experience of depression is a complicated and highly individualized experience. Over the years, I’ve seen a number of articles (both research and non-research), blog posts, and opinion pieces on the main solution to or cause of depression. Most of these articles and research pieces capture one piece of the puzzle, but inadequately address the […]