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Chinese Medicine for Relieving Allergies

Chinese Medicine for Relieving Allergies

Chinese Medicine for Relieving Allergies  Shoshanna Katzman, MS, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac & CH The predominant Chinese medicine view of disease is that illness is caused by an imbalance in the flow of qi, also known as vital energy. Allergies stem from the same, yet specifically involving a qi blockage of the nose and sinuses and referred to as bi yuan, which translates as “nose pool.” Allergies are said to occur when wei qi (defensive Qi) is weak and not able to protect the body from invasion of the external pernicious factor of the “evil wind.” Instead, wind enters the upper body bringing dampness in the form of a runny nose and congestion, and heat symptoms in the form of itchy eyes. Chinese Medicine diagnosis for allergies is...

Acupuncture: A Safe, Non-Drug Approach to Low Back Pain

Acupuncture: A Safe, Non-Drug Approach to Low Back Pain

By Bill Reddy, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. Americans suffering from low back pain can rejoice.  A recent guideline published by The American College of Physicians (ACP) for the treatment of low back pain, named acupuncture as a first line non-pharmacologic approach.  The guideline points out that most American adults have experienced low back pain, with an estimated loss of over $100 billion in 2006. A 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that over 20% of American adults have experienced back pain in the past 3 months lasting greater than one day.  Both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) also recommend non-pharmacologic approaches as first line pain management tools in their guidelines for the treatment of pain. The ACP guidelines based their...


Cupping Therapy – Is it Safe?

[embed]https://youtu.be/U6r5MHKFZKE[/embed] How It Works According to Jennifer Dubowsky, a licensed acupuncturist and cupping practitioner, the purpose of cupping is “to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove heat and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.” (11) Cupping involves the use of cups applied to a patient’s back in a series of positions in order to produce suction. The vacuum effect targets areas of skin and deep tissue within the back, which is beneficial for dulling pain, breaking up deep scar tissue, and relaxing tender muscles or connective tissue. In this way, cupping is almost like the opposite of getting a massage since instead of applying pressure to swollen areas, it draws pressure out. For this reason, cupping is often done in patients who experience chronic lower...


Cupping Therapy vs. Acupuncture: How Are They Similar and Different?

[embed]https://youtu.be/5PaBEGhOO0A[/embed] Cupping and acupuncture are similar because they both promote optimal “Qi” by drawing energy and blood flow to areas of the body that are experiencing inflammation, prone to low lymphatic circulation or experiencing poor blood flow. Sometimes both practices are done together by placing an acupuncture needle into the patient’s skin and then covering the needle with a cup. In terms of their history and benefits, according to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping and acupuncture both help dispel stagnation, which can lead to disease. Cupping and acupuncture follow the body’s lines of “meridians” along the back, promoting relaxation and breaking up tension while boosting energy flow (known as Qi, the “life force”). In other words, they’re useful for blood and lymph flow, which is how they might help reduce...