Category Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic

CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE 101

I’m often asked about the safety, efficacy, and benefit of using Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine maintains a historical longevity beyond most practices of herbal medicine. Chinese herbalism is older than the practice of acupuncture–over 2000 years. It is also one of the few herbal practices that did not receive persecution until the Cultural Revolution […]

Bon Voyage! A few of our favorite things…

Thank you everyone in the greater Walla Walla area for a fabulous 2 years! Thank you for your trust in us, and for your commitment to your health. We have enjoyed many laughs, tears, and moments of celebration with our patients, and wanted to say a big THANK YOU, with a bow of gratitude. We […]

Four Herbs to ingest now for Better Immunity in the Fall

Boosting our immunity requires time. One cannot expect to ingest high doses of Vitamin C the week before cold and flu season and have great success. However, with a some regular care and attention to immunity over the spring and summer months, we can expect great results come fall. The following four herbs have a […]

Why you need congee in the Spring

  I was asked the other day whether congee was still a therapeutic food for the spring time. The answer is, yes! Congee is generally a great nourishing food for the spleen-stomach system, which is central to our overall health. Because its flavors are not too rich, spicy or extreme in any sense, it can […]

Nourishing the Blood

Blood deficiency is a common pattern that underlies many ailments in Chinese Medicine. It can be a key factor in resolving chronic pain issues, insomnia, anxiety or depression. It can also be an important factor in many other ailments such as constipation, menstrual irregularities, headaches, migraines or forgetfulness. Nourishing the blood to treat these ailments […]

Magnesium and its role in Health

When you work in a busy health care clinic with multiple practitioners, there are times when you can see public health trends clear as day. Aside from the waves of viruses that roll through during the winter months, one of the more common trends observed is magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical […]

One Breath at A Time

  Eckart Tolle says “one conscious breath” constitutes meditation. In other words, there are endless spaces we can create during our day for meditation that may be far more effective then trying to sit for 20 minutes, wrestling with the monkey mind. Meditation can happen at any minute of our day, and we can build […]

Acupuncture and Pain Management

The benefits of acupuncture in regards to pain management are well known, both in research data and within our culture. Often new patients arrive with some sort of pain condition, willing to try acupuncture as a last resort. While acupuncture intervention is helpful at any stage of an injury, it is best to get in […]

The Origin of Dis-ease

  In the holistic approach of Chinese medicine, we are ultimately looking at the root cause of why the body is manifesting symptoms.  The framework to understand disease from a Chinese medicine perspective is what we will briefly explore today.  It’s important to understand that influences from any and all categories can be influencing your […]

Year of the Yin Earth Pig

Happy Chinese New Year! Today we leave the year of the earth dog, and move into the year of the yin earth pig. For those of you that are fascinated by other cultures, and especially horoscopes, reading up on the forecast for the yin earth pig year can be a truly fun experience. I love […]