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7 Acupuncture Points That Can Save Your Life This Spring

By Sara Calabro

Spring is upon us. For some, it’s time for warm air! Fresh flowers! Longer days! For others, it’s time for runny noses! Itchy eyes! Sinus headaches!

But people with seasonal allergies should know that spring need not be an unavoidable period of suffering. Nor does it require dependence on Claritin or fear of leaving the house without Kleenex.

Acupuncture offers tools for both preventing spring allergy symptoms and getting rid of them. Specifically, there are seven acupuncture points that can work wonders for preventing and relieving spring allergies. Keep reading

Acupuncture Matters Now Available for Kindle

By Sara Calabro

AcuTake‘s new book, Acupuncture Matters, is now available as an Amazon ebook.

This means you can read it on the Kindle, as well as any other device that supports Kindle books, which is basically everything these days. It also means you can preview the opening pages of the book for free!

The Amazon version of Acupuncture Matters is bare bones compared with the original. There’s no photography or layout design, nor is it eligible for the Acupuncture Matters affiliate program.

The text, however, is in tact, the core message as important as ever: Acupuncture can help us lead healthier, simpler, more meaningful lives. Keep reading

Improve Your Posture in One Simple Step

By Sara Calabro

Want to improve your posture quickly, for free, with almost zero effort?

I recently did it. So can you.

I don’t deserve any credit for this accomplishment. I didn’t invent the technique, nor, as I mentioned, did implementing it ask much of me. I can, however, vouch for its effectiveness.

I was introduced to this magic bullet by an acupuncturist, and I have an acupuncture theory on why it’s so beneficial (see below), but getting acupuncture is not required.

This solution to better posture is something you can do completely on your own, anywhere, anytime, without ever opening your wallet. You don’t even have to get up from the couch. Keep reading

Get Rid of Period Cramps Once and For All

By Sara Calabro

For many women, period cramps are the irrefutable bane of their existence.

At least one day per month, they find themselves laid up, coping with pain that ranges anywhere from mildly inconvenient to borderline unbearable. They have accepted this unfortunate pattern as unavoidable, their penance for opting against birth-control pills.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Women really can have their cake and eat it too: Acupuncture gets rid of menstrual cramps once and for all, no Pill required. Keep reading

‘Why Are You Doing That Point?’ Stomach 36

By Sara Calabro

Welcome to the second installment of “Why Are You Doing That Point?” This ongoing series explains the locations and common uses of popular acupuncture points.

Last time we looked at Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4, two points that frequently come together in a combination called Four Gates.

This time we’ll look at Stomach 36.

Stomach 36—also known as Zusanli (Chinese name), Leg Three Mile (English translation) and ST36 (acupuncturist lingo)—is located on the shin. It’s found about a hand length below the patella, just outside the prominent tibia bone (see picture below). Having this point needled often produces a strong sensation that sometimes travels down the leg. Keep reading

The Secret to Loving Having Your Body Full of Needles

By Sara Calabro

Acupuncturists have a name for the time when their patients are resting with needles. They call it “cooking.” Some people call it “torture.”

A recent article on common excuses for not getting acupuncture listed fear of needles as the number-one excuse. In response to this article, a popular sentiment arose, highlighting a type of needle fear that often flies under the radar.

“I’m not afraid of the needles because I think they’re going to hurt,” shared one reader. “It’s the idea of having to lie still with them that freaks me out. What if there’s a fire? What if I have an itch? It feels claustrophobic.”

Acupuncture is usually portrayed as a blissful spa-like experience, so relaxing that it causes people to drift off into a peaceful, healing sleep. Sometimes it is. But not always, and many people have the most anxiety around the part when the needle-wielding acupuncturist leaves their side. Keep reading

Book Launch: A Manifesto for Acupunctual Living

By Sara Calabro

AcuTake is proud to announce the launch of Acupuncture Matters, the debut book by AcuTake editor Sara Calabro.

Acupuncture Matters is a guidebook to understanding once and for all how acupuncture really works—in the real world, on real people.

The book explores the various ways in which acupuncture can help us lead healthier, simpler, more meaningful lives. It is a manifesto for people who are interested in thinking more broadly about health and life.

Acupuncture Matters examines how understanding acupuncture principles opens up possibilities and inspires new perspectives. It explains why acupuncture is an effective, safe and low-cost antidote to the vicious cycle that has come to dominate mainstream healthcare. Keep reading

A Match Made in Heaven: Yin and Yang

By Sara Calabro

There’s a famous saying. Many of the couples who are celebrating Valentine’s Day today have been told it. Just as many of us have said it.

“You two are like Yin and Yang.”

We use this phrase all the time to describe how two seemingly opposite people complement each other in a couple. But what do the terms Yin and Yang really mean? How can they help us make sense of the differences we wrestle with in relationships? Keep reading

‘Why Are You Doing That Point?’ Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4

By Sara Calabro

Acupuncture devotees are dying to know: Why are you doing that point? It is one of the most common questions that acupuncturists receive during treatments.

This is the first installment of an ongoing series that explains popular acupuncture points.

The logic behind choosing points varies. Certain acupuncture styles recommend points for unique reasons. Even within the same style, many points have more than one indication. Some points can substitute for others in cases where, for example, a needle-sensitive person prefers being stuck elsewhere. Other points can be left out or added based on the overall combination. Keep reading