Tag Archives: Medicine

Entering the Season of Late-Summer…In December

I know what you’re thinking…Late-summer in December? This is actually a transition season that happens four times a year. In Chinese medicine, the seasons of Late-summer is the last 18 days of each season and is the season associated with the spleen/pancreas and stomach. These organs are also known as the central pivot of health […]

Chinese Herbal Medicine 101 For Patients

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 […]

An overview of acupuncture meridians

  I love East Asian medicine because of the rich understanding it has of the human body. Each human being is treated purely as an individual. Even if five people have acid reflux, they could all have a different underlying reason that causes the acid reflux. Each person in this example needs a different, individualized […]

Want a strong digestive system? Food preparation is considered key.

One of the most controversial topics in my clinic is the discussion of diet and food preparation. Not only is food very literally considered medicine in East Asian medicine, but food preparation is key. In East Asian medicine, every food item has a property such as damp, astringent, drying, and moistening. They also have a […]

Reflections on Nepal

This is the first article in a short series reflecting upon my clinical experience  with the Acupuncture Relief Project in Nepal.  When you treat a high volume of patients five and a half days a week, the poignant stories start to stack up.  Writing weekly does not begin to overcome the stack. I am home […]

A Case of Ankylosing Spondylitis- Nerd Geeks Unite in Nepal!

In the treatment room, I am greeted with a slender, smiling face. Eager and animated, he doesn’t wait for my introduction, he dives right into perfect English. I admit, I am excited to have a break from the time-lag of interpretation. My interpreter looks momentarily shocked. My patient is a twenty-five year old pre-med student […]

Laughter in the heart of Nepal

Every now and then, the strain of working six days a week in a different culture, in a different language starts to wear on my spirits. I find myself a little less jovial, a little tense, and sometimes even morose. Usually on those days, my patients arrive with an excellent sense of humor. Call it […]

Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones…

… but words can never hurt me. The teenage years appear to share a universal language of challenge. I remember my high school math teacher, giddily proclaiming that math overcame all language barriers across the globe. It seems the emotional roller coaster of self discovery and shifting towards an adult self shares its fair bit […]

The Pulse: The Flow of Information from You to Your Acupuncturist

Most acupuncturists use pulse reading as a diagnostic tool to provide a deeper understanding of what is going on in the body.  The pulse provides an objective view of health, and can give information on imbalances that patiences are either not aware of or cannot put into words.  It is another way that East Asian […]

Of Tongues and Men

I know your mom taught you that it wasn’t polite to stick your tongue out at people, especially not to esteemed individuals such as healthcare professionals.  I’m here to tell you that you can righteously loll your tongue out as an emblem of your current health.   Why? Practitioners of East Asian Medicine (acupuncturists) use a […]