By Eric Kerr Ladies love acupuncture. Most acupuncturists will tell you that they see more women than men in their practices. More women also become acupuncturists. And women’s health is a very common specialty among practitioners, male and female alike. In acu-land, women are all the rage! What about the fellas? Acupuncture can be an especially potent therapy for men. It’s time more guys discovered its benefits. Early in my acupuncture training, I knew I wanted to focus on men’s health. Being a man, I understand that men tend not to seek out healthcare in the same way women do. This is precisely why acupuncture can be so powerful in men.
By Marisa Fanelli Acupuncture can make you look younger. I’m not talking about cosmetic acupuncture, although that can be effective, too. I’m talking about using acupuncture to strengthen your five most essential organ systems—Kidney, Spleen, Liver, Lung, and Heart—so that you are systemically healthier. This can not only make you feel younger but actually prevent physical signs of aging. Remember that “organ” in acupuncture is different from organs as we think of them in Western medicine. An organ system in acupuncture includes the anatomical organ as well as the meridians that connect to that organ, the functional or energetic qualities of the organ, and even the associated emotions of the organ. Here’s how each of the five essential organ systems influences the aging process.
By Sara Calabro Acupuncturists do more than just poke people with needles. They use non-needling techniques, such as moxibustion and cupping, and some prescribe herbs. They also offer advice—acupuncture-inspired tips that can help you feel healthier and happier. Some people heed this advice and others ignore it, often to the chagrin of acupuncturists. There are many simple practices that, when committed to, can drastically improve a person’s symptoms and overall quality of life. If only everyone remembered to do them! Now you have them in writing. We asked acupuncturists from around the country, what is one thing you wish all of your patients did to be healthier? Here are 12 do-it-yourself health tips that acupuncturists wish everyone would remember.
By Sara Calabro Spring is here! Yes! Except for the fact that many people don’t feel so hot this time of year. The flu is—knock on wood—mostly behind us. Allergies have not quite exploded yet. So, why do so many of us feel off in the early days of spring? You can kindly thank your Liver! In acupuncture theory, humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them. Seasons—particularly the transitional periods, when we move from one season to the next—factor significantly into how we feel. Each season is linked with an organ system in the body, and spring’s system is Liver. This means that the Liver, as it adjusts to taking over the seasonal reins, is especially vulnerable. When the Liver is vulnerable, the functions throughout the body for which the Liver is responsible have a tendency to get out of whack.
Digest This: You Can Manage Extra Weight, Constipation, Bloating, Reflux and Bad Breath With Acupuncture
By Nancy Byrne We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” It’s true, but acupuncture lends further insight into our relationship with food by suggesting that we are also how we eat. On some level, we know this already. Think about the times when you’ve skipped breakfast and then gorged yourself much too quickly on a huge lunch. Chances are, you felt a little irritable and anxious before stuffing your face, after which you probably felt uncomfortably full and bloated. Low blood sugar followed by undue stress on your digestive organs is one way of looking at this scenario. However, acupuncture offers an explanation that’s much more interesting and broader in scope. Understanding this perspective is an initial step toward avoiding weight gain, constipation, bloating, acid reflux and even bad breath.
By Sara Calabro Happy New Year! We’re excited to spend 2013 explaining how acupuncture works and sharing acupuncture-inspired tips for leading a healthier, simpler, more meaningful life. Acupuncture helps us see the world differently—with more hope, openness, intention, gratitude, compassion, patience and clarity. In doing so, it changes us. Here are 13 specific ways that acupuncture can change your life in 2013.
By Sara Calabro Acupuncture is a great teacher on gratitude. The driving idea behind acupuncture is that we already have everything we need to be well. In contrast to biomedicine, which prioritizes external interventions, acupuncture takes what’s already there and rearranges it into something positive. Acupuncture doesn’t add or subtract anything. Rather, it prompts the body to do what it already knows how to do. An acupuncture perspective teaches us to appreciate what we have rather than what we are lacking. This inspires gratitude, which can have profound implications, especially this time of year.
By Laura Drago Americans take a lot of flak about prevention. Our healthcare system is notorious for allowing problems to mount to the point where expensive, sometimes drastic interventions become necessary. Preventive therapies such as acupuncture feel counterintuitive in a system that’s dictated by instant gratification. While this may be an accurate assessment of many Americans’ approach to healthcare, as a society we are not unfamiliar with the concept of prevention. In fact, most of us have been practicing it since we were toddlers.
By George Monkhouse Imagine your life without all the drama. No more extreme highs and lows, roller coaster moods, or debilitating stress. You are emotionally balanced. How do you feel? Healthy? Strong? Confident? Free? A style of acupuncture known as Five Element focuses on helping us achieve this kind of emotional balance in our lives. By understanding some of the basic tenets of Five Element acupuncture, we can resolve emotional patterns that hold us back.
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 Summer is here! You may be noticing yourself having more energy, feeling more social, or experiencing all-around better moods. This is normal for this time of year, when, from an acupuncture perspective, the Yang—extroverted, lively, enthusiastic, active—aspects of a person are at their peak. In acupuncture theory, humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them. Weather and climate, particularly during the transition from one season to another, factor significantly into diagnoses and treatment plans. Each season is linked with a natural element, organ and emotion. The element, organ and emotion of summer are, respectively, Fire, Heart and joy. So, how does this influence the way you feel in summertime? And what can you do about it?