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! If you’re one of the unlucky ones, spring doesn’t have to be a time of unavoidable 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. Once you know them, you can perform self-acupressure on these points for some serious springtime relief.
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, 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.
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.
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.