Congee – Chinese Rice Porridge for Health & Well Being

Congee (pronounced KON gee), also known as jook or juk, is a classic Chinese breakfast dish; I like to think of it as the Chinese version of oatmeal and more.  It can also be used during convalescence from illness or during acute diseases, eaten at any time of the day.  It’s a very nourishing and easily digestible food which can … Continue reading

Updating our Blog

We are housecleaning right now. I have deleted some old blog entries in the interest of providing new and better research here soon. Most of what I have left behind are some old favorites. Topics to be covered soon with fresh research include how acupuncture can be helpful with: • Chronic Pain • Acute Pain (including but not limited to … Continue reading

Acupuncture in the ER

Here is an interesting story of how acupuncture is providing relief in an emergency room in Minnesota. One hopes this will be a growing trend!  Acupuncture is an amazing way to relieve pain and calm people in crisis.  It makes me smile to think of Eastern and Western medicine working smoothly together.  We each have our strengths and  together we … Continue reading

Water – How much do we need?

Many of us have wholeheartedly accepted the idea that we need to drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day for good health.  A good look at Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Western medicine theories will all reveal this thought for just what it is – a myth.  For years we have also been told that drinking caffeinated beverages doesn’t … Continue reading

Going Green on the Inside

Wind generators, solar power, geothermal heat, natural cleaning products, organic clothing. There are seemingly endless means by which to shrink your carbon footprint and lessen your impact on the environment. But while our planet manages to garner heavy doses of TLC, there continues to exist a large dumping ground for dangerous toxins, chemicals, and man-made impurities. Our bodies are under … Continue reading

Why I love acupuncture

I think it’s important to know why your (potential) acupuncturist does what they do for a living so here is my story. As I was progressing through my forties I started experiencing less than perfect health and mentally consigned this to “getting older”.  I started exercising more and experimenting with supplements to improve this but pain from arthritis, other nagging … Continue reading

The Power of “I don’t know but I’ll find out”

One of the things I love about my patients is that they are always teaching me things too; it’s a healthy exchange. A new patient today reminded me of something I learned years ago while a business consultant.  It’s the power and simple beauty of being able to say as the “expert” that “I don’t know” in answer to a … Continue reading