With the holiday season fast approaching, a hangover or two is in many of our not-so-distant futures. In the video below, AcuTake contributor Eric Kerr shows three acupressure points indicated for hangover symptoms. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your next night of too much fun!
By Sara Calabro If you don’t have asthma, be grateful. Mainstream treatments for asthma present a minefield of worrisome side effects and mixed messages. Confusion over the best way to address asthma—compounded by all-time-high asthma rates due to climate change—highlights the need for non-drug therapies that get at the root cause of the condition. Acupuncture can help.
By Sara Calabro This edition of “Why Are You Doing That Point?”, an ongoing series that explains popular acupuncture points, will look at Pericardium 6. Pericardium 6—also known as Neiguan (Chinese name), Inner Pass (English translation) and PC6 or just P6 (acupuncturist lingo)—is located on the inside of the wrist. It’s roughly two finger breadths up from the wrist crease, between the palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis tendons (see picture below). When needled, Pericardium 6, since the median nerve is directly beneath it, can produce a mild shock-like sensation that extends down into the fingers. This usually goes away after the initial zap but many people report feeling a continuous vibrating sensation for as long as the needle is retained.
By Eric Kerr As summer makes its way to a close, reality is starting to settle in. Back to school, no more summer Fridays, time to execute on all those things you put on hold in June. Does the transition have you feeling stressed? In the video below, AcuTake contributor Eric Kerr demonstrates a simple acupressure technique that can reduce physical and emotional stress throughout your entire body.
By Eric Kerr Got low back pain? Join the club. Back pain, and especially low back pain, is one of the most common reasons people come to acupuncture. Low back pain can be a symptom of many different underlying patterns. As such, there are a variety of acupuncture approaches to treating low back pain. However, there are a few acupuncture points that are used consistently for low back pain—points that acupuncturists, regardless of their training and orientation, keep coming back to again and again. Below, AcuTake contributor Eric Kerr explains three of these points. Applying pressure to these three points can help alleviate low back pain in between acupuncture visits.
By Denise Cicuto The summer travel season is officially underway. While our away-from-home experiences often represent the high points of our summers, they also have a tendency to tax our physical and emotional health. After all, our bodies are not meant for sitting in tin cans, sometimes with hundreds of other people, while breathing recycled air for hours on end.
By Sara Calabro Ever wonder why acupuncturists choose certain points? The AcuTake “Why Are You Doing That Point?” series has the answer. So far we’ve looked at Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4, two popular acupuncture points that are frequently used together; Stomach 36, known for its energizing qualities; and Governing Vessel 20, a conversation-starter located on the top of the head. This time we’re looking at a very widely used point called Spleen 6. Spleen 6—also known as Sanyinjiao (Chinese name), Three Yin Intersection (English translation) and SP6 (acupuncturist lingo)—is located on the inside of the lower leg.
By Sara Calabro Wouldn’t it be awesome to be one of those people who truly enjoys going out for a run? For the past two weeks, I’ve closely observed this enviable species—and in the process, uncovered a kinship between acupuncture and running. I live in Eugene, Oregon, the birthplace of Nike running shoes and the deathplace of Steve Prefontaine, a University of Oregon track star whose legacy is among the most revered in sports history. With running as part of its culture, Eugene was an obvious choice to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field. The event played out in my backyard, which abuts fabled Hayward Field.
By Sara Calabro Acupuncture can alleviate a modern epidemic from which many of us suffer: compulsive phone checking. This occurred to me after reading a New York Times article that discusses how our relentless drive to stay connected through technology is dwindling our ability to converse and self-reflect. Specifically, the author’s comments on solitude got me thinking about how acupuncture can help. “When people are alone, even for a few moments, they fidget and reach for a device,” writes Sherry Turkle. “In our rush to connect, we flee from solitude, our ability to be separate and gather ourselves.”
By Sara Calabro Time for the April edition of “Why Are You Doing That Point?” This ongoing series explains the locations and common uses of popular acupuncture points. So far we’ve looked at Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4, two acupuncture points that frequently come together in a combination called Four Gates, and Stomach 36, known for its energizing qualities. This installment of “Why Are You Doing That Point?” will look at Governing Vessel 20. Governing Vessel 20—also known as Baihui (Chinese name), Hundred Meetings (English translation), GV20 (acupuncturist lingo) and DU20 (alternate acupuncturist lingo)—is located on the top of the head.