Beyond Management: Treatment for Arthritis

There are numerous types of arthritis (i.e. joint pain and stiffness), such as osteoarthritis (degenerative), rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune, chronic inflammation), and periarthritis (inflammation). Conventional medicine seeks to manage the symptoms of arthritis by...
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,...
What to expect when going to a TCM doctor

What to expect when going to a TCM doctor

It’s your first time–you’re going to a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor. Everyone’s been raving about their success with acupuncture or how much they love their TCM doctor, and that nagging problem just isn’t getting better even with...
TCM Weight Loss: Scraping

TCM Weight Loss: Scraping

If ‘spot reducing’ is possible in weight loss, TCM techniques such as acupuncture, cupping, and guasha 刮痧 (scraping) would be at the top of the list. These three, particularly the latter two, are notably area specific, seeking to activate and flush fluid...
TCM Weight Loss: Moxibustion for Cellulite

TCM Weight Loss: Moxibustion for Cellulite

As the last in the series of TCM Weight Loss, assuming you’ve followed all the steps, committed to the program, and lost weight, you might be ready to cheer! Or, if, despite significantly reducing weight and inches, you still have quite noticeable cellulite...
TCM Weight Loss: Diet Tea

TCM Weight Loss: Diet Tea

Tea claiming to support weight loss comes in all flavors and varieties, but the most stereotypical formula contains senna leaf.  Senna leaf is a laxative and gives the illusion of weight loss by flushing the bowels more frequently, often to such an extent that water...
TCM Weight Loss: The How-To Guide

TCM Weight Loss: The How-To Guide

Last year I went to my TCM doctor and asked her to put me on her weight loss course: 10 sessions of acupuncture and weight loss plan for a set price.  The 10 sessions can be 1 week apart or even as much as 2 weeks apart. Over that time and subsequently, I lost...