Does “Stretching” Really Work?

Stretching

When many think of muscle tissue, they envision masses of clay that can be forced into a certain shape by “stretching.” The truth is that the nervous system is in charge. It “runs the show”. When we are under the influence of general anesthesia, we have an astonishing range of motion. This is because nervous […]

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Seasonal Allergies

In Chinese Medicine we take into account the root and the branch of disharmony. In the case of seasonal allergies, its imperative to treat the symptoms as well as the causal pattern(s). Immune system imbalances are often at the root of seasonal allergies, affecting the whole and more specifically the lung, large intestine, spleen and […]

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A Different Approach to Elbow and Forearm Pain

Elbow and Forearm Pain

There is much more to elbow pain than meets the eye, but it is very treatable. Unfortunately, mis-diagnosis and improper self-treatment is very common. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque diam sem, hendrerit ut faucibus sit amet, bibendum vel lacus. Nunc molestie magna sed sapien ornare tempus. Curabitur venenatis ipsum nec ligula […]

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5 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System

Strengthen Your Immune System

Eat Like Your Life Depends On It! Malnutrition impairs immune function. Burgers, Fries and Bourbon do not build a strong immune system or healthy white blood cells either. Nope, sorry, it’s through virtuous, self-righteous diets jammed packed with nutrients that promote and support a healthy immune system. This means eating foods like organic fruits and […]

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Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Winter often brings on sniffles, coughs and sometimes the flu. Beyond a flu vaccination, what else can you do to stay healthy? Research suggests you can boost your immune system by getting enough sleep, exercising, and – most importantly – eating key healthy foods. Food That Fight Illness Antioxidants help stabilize free radicals, which can […]

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Watermelon – Food As Chinese Medicine

Benefits of Watermelon

Need one more reason to enjoy some watermelon this holiday weekend? Did you know that watermelon, aka Xi Gua (Shee Gwa) has been used as a Chinese medicinal herb for centuries? It has has appeared in Chinese herbal medical texts since 1350 CE. This favorite summertime treat is not only delicious, it can also help […]

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Thyroid Health: Holistic tips for improving health

There is an increase in both hypothyroidism and Hashimotos Thyroiditis. These disorders should start with some comprehensive holistic approaches. I think that “food as medicine” should be the foundation of supporting Thyroid health. In our practice, Integrative Acupuncture , we address health from a lifestyle medicine perspective. Here are some helpful tips that you can […]

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Acupuncture during Pregnancy

The joy and anticipation of new life often comes with some not-so-nice symptoms including nausea, constipation, back pain, pelvic pain, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Did you know that acupuncture can help? Acupuncture is a safe, gentle and effective way to support the body through the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, especially since Western […]

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Insomnia

Insomnia

If you are like 51% of Americans you have difficulty sleeping at least a few nights a week. Insomnia is a broad term to describe a wide range of sleep disturbances including: night waking, restless/fitful sleep, waking too early, difficulty or inability to fall asleep, or dream disturbed sleep. The health implications of insomnia are […]

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The Importance of the Kidneys and the Lymphatic System in Cleansing & Detox

This article aims to inform you why optimizing kidney function and lymphatic movement are so important for health, detoxification, cleansing, healing, and regeneration. At my clinic in Novato, I often help people with degenerative, chronic, and inflammatory conditions with a detoxification program that includes diet changes, possibly fasting or juicing and an herbal regimen. I […]

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