By Sara Calabro Life as we know it is inundated with noise. Literal noise (phones buzzing, advertisements screaming, cars beeping) and metaphorical noise (internal chatter about things we can’t control) take us out of the present by keeping us constantly distracted. When we’re constantly distracted, it becomes impossible to recognize how we really feel. When we’re out of touch with how we really feel, we’re forced to disconnect from the process of feeling better. For this and other reasons, silence is golden.
By Sara Calabro Downward-facing dog is the most ubiquitous pose in yoga. This popular yoga pose is the one we see in advertisements and movies, on yoga DVDs, and the covers of health and fitness magazines. Downward-facing dog is taught in beginner yoga classes and returned to again and again by the most advanced yoga practitioners. Almost everyone who has tried yoga, no matter their skill level, is familiar with downward-facing dog. Even people who have never set foot on a yoga mat can visualize the pose, known in Sanskrit as adho mukha svanasana. So why is downward-facing dog the media darling of yoga poses? What keeps people coming back to this pose? Why does downward-facing dog make us feel so good? And what the heck does this have to do with acupuncture?
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 Many acupuncturists say on their websites that they practice Japanese acupuncture. Ever wonder what that means? How does Japanese acupuncture differ from other forms? And wait, isn’t all acupuncture Chinese? As far as we know, all acupuncture did originate in China. (Although theories abound.) However, it didn’t take long for other countries, once they got their hands on acupuncture, to start developing their own versions. In the case of Japan, scholars estimate that acupuncture made its way there, possibly via Korean immigrants, sometime around the fifth century.
By Sara Calabro Winter officially begins on Thursday. The holiday frenzy surrounding this week makes it easy to overlook the milestone. But winter is the season that sets the stage for good health in the year ahead. It's worth taking a moment to reflect on. In acupuncture theory, the move
By Sara Calabro We've heard from the Buddhists. We've heard from the foodies. Now it's time for an acupuncture perspective on Occupy Wall Street. Occupy Wall Streeters have aired many grievances, but a succinct list of demands remains elusive. It's been challenging to pinpoint exactly what protesters want because the
By Sara Calabro Hold your breath. Gulp water. Swallow sugar. Ok, now try vinegar. Plug your ears. Pull your tongue. Breathe into a bag. Laugh. Sneeze. Hope. Pray. Some of these rumored cures can be lifesavers for occasional hiccups. But what about hiccups that keep coming back? Or hiccups that
By Sara Calabro Political debates, speeches and media appearances for the 2012 Presidential campaign are in full swing. Speaking ability is a highly valuable commodity, as candidates' every words are being nit picked for pronunciation, clarity and intention. Although we may chuckle at their verbal fumbles, many of us can
By Tom Williams As an acupuncturist, I get asked a lot about tattoos. Are they good? Are they bad? What happens if you get tattooed on an acupuncture point? The relationship between acupuncture and tattooing is a curious one. There are some interesting similarities. Acupuncture and tattooing both involve needles
By Sara Calabro The country's first inpatient clinic for postpartum depression opened yesterday. Reporting on the opening, taking place at a University of North Carolina hospital in Chapel Hill, NPR said the new clinic will focus exclusively on the needs of women who experience severe mood changes after giving birth.
By Sara Calabro Two separate studies released last week looked at why we sometimes have a hard time remembering things. One said internet use plays a role, as we make less effort to retain information we know can be retrieved later; the other exposed the damaging effects of binge drinking, for its ability to trigger a steroid that interferes with memory. As anyone who has attempted to recite a phone number in the past 10 years can confirm, technology certainly has dwindled our recall abilities. And drinking need not be of the binge variety to remind us that alcohol clouds the memory. But what about memory lapses that are unrelated (or in addition) to the deficiencies created by computers and alcohol? What underlying issues make us susceptible to these kinds of external factors that contribute to poor memory? This is where acupuncturists focus their attention.