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Brrrrh! It’s cold outside! Staying healthy with acupuncture and Chinese herbs

The weather is getting cooler and sweaters are coming out of the drawers. As we prepare for the approach of winter, it is also time to pay attention to our health. These days we have a heightened awareness of influenza and its possible risks to our health. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help keep you…
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Surgery, acupuncture, and healing

Surgery can be life-saving. It is also a shock to the body, the mind, and the spirit. In some instances, it is a significant trauma. Here are some stories of how acupuncture has worked with surgery. Heart surgery Someone needs to have cardiac surgery, a life-saving procedure, but after the surgery, there is pain. Western…
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Emotional issues and acupuncture

How do we get help with problems that don’t have a clear-cut physical ‘cause?’ Western doctors don’t have anything to ‘fix.’ How can acupuncture and Chinese medicine help these kinds of problems? After all, western medicine sometimes cannot help. Sometimes we have physical issues that might be caused by, or just made worse by, our…
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Acupuncture and Physical Issues

We are starting a discussion about what acupuncture can help… where to begin?

Acupuncture – Western vs. Chinese medicine

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine where tiny needles are inserted to specific part of the body. It originated in China. Aside from that,what exactly IS acupuncture all about? How does anyone know what it can do? Western medicine: When we are sick here in the U.S., we have been taught that we go…
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Acupuncture Styles – TCM, Japanese, Kiiko

A brief explanation of the various styles of acupuncture, including the world-famous Japanese Kiiko-style used by the author.

Amy Crikelair and Acupuncture (Chinese Medicine)

My journey to acupuncture and Chinese medicine is filled with twists and turns, both in geography and careers. I grew up in New Jersey, lived for a few years in Pennsylvania, and then Boston for over 20 years. I moved here to Madison, Wisconsin the month after 9/11 in 2001. I began my work career…
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Acupuncture – Can it help pain?

We often think of acupuncture for pain. Here we look at how acupuncture can help relieve pain. Chinese medicine teaches that energy moves through your body in pathways. When these pathways are blocked, you can have pain. If the energy is unblocked, the pain goes away. I know a woman who fell a few years…
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Acupuncture and pain – does it hurt?

Acupuncture? Ouch! That must hurt, right? Hmmm, not really. My patients do not feel pain with their treatments. How is it possible for acupuncture to not hurt? There are many different kinds of ‘needles.’ When we think of acupuncture or needles, we often think of the medical needles that are used to draw blood. These…
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