Cupping: Types and Uses

Cupping: Types and Uses

Cupping is a TCM therapy that uses cups or jars attached to the skin with suction to treat diseases and cause blood congestion.  It has a long history in TCM starting from the earliest times when it was used to drain blood and pus from abscesses; however its clinical...
TCM cold-prevention technique: Cupping

TCM cold-prevention technique: Cupping

As colds are probably the most common illness around, TCM has countless ways to prevent colds, cure colds, and stop them from becoming full blown or getting worse.  Just like anything, they don’t always work all the time on all people, hence the variety of...

Endometriosis in TCM

Endometriosis can be the source of a lot of pain and suffering for women: heavy bleeding and very intense, sharp pain during their period, and possibly infertility. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue that normally only lines the uterus each month in...
Understanding 7 Types of Massages

Understanding 7 Types of Massages

A guest post on the purposes and style of various massages. What is better than a relaxing massage after long days at work? (Ahhh, just breathe deeply and imagine for a moment…) Often we don’t realize that we have fallen into a trap of doing more and more...

Products, Supplies, and Supplements

Perhaps it’s a surprise that someone (me, hehe) who advocates for such a natural approach to health takes supplements and uses products. Then again, perhaps not… How else can I stay healthy, in great shape and form, and never get sick such that I can avoid...
Comparing TCM and Ayurveda

Comparing TCM and Ayurveda

There are some similarities, but also a lot of differences between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and India’s Ayurveda. For simplicity’s sake, this is merely a very surface-level overview of some commonalities and distinctions between the two health...
Acupoint Injection for Lumbar Pain

Acupoint Injection for Lumbar Pain

Last week I wrote about the multiple ways to address, relieve, or even eliminate back pain without surgery. I briefly mentioned one technique called Water Needling. Water needling, also sometimes called acupoint injection is a technique by which fluid is injected...
Lower Back Pain or Surgery or Both?

Lower Back Pain or Surgery or Both?

Lumbar pain, soreness, or ache may be a life-long source of discomfort, even agony.  Some people–usually on the advice of their doctors–opt for surgery, but does this really bring relief? In most cases, no. There are many causes of lower back pain,...