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Reflections on Medicine, Health, Wellness, and Life…

The 4 Basics of Health

Each of us has our own idea of what it means to be "healthy".  Some of us feel healthy when we can comfortably play a round of golf or run a half marathon.  Others may say that we are healthy when the body is functioning properly and transparently - "doing it's thing"...

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Ikigai: A Reason For Being

Far too many of us in the Western world are stuck in an pattern of endless office work and long commutes.  Our stress levels are high, our relationships are strained, and our physical health is somewhere between questionable and intolerable.  We may be depressed and...

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The Need For Beauty

I recently watched a wonderful webinar by Dr. Ed Neal MD titled, "The Need for Beauty". Dr Neal is a praciting physician and a scholar of Chinese medicine who translates texts and teaches their clinical applications. I found the ideas presented in this webinar thought...

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Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture

What is Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture? Cosmetic acupuncture is a non-surgical method to reduce and prevent the signs of aging and stress in a subtle, natural way.  These cosmetic treatments are integrated with overall health and lifestyle considerations that...

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Restore vs. Replace

An interesting delineation recently came to light as I was talking with a colleague about our medical practices.  One of the ways that Eastern and Western medicine differ is in the way in which medicinals are used.  The characterization is that of restoration vs....

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Shiatsu

Shiatsu (Kanji: 指圧 Hiragana: しあつ) originated in Japan, and is based on traditional Chinese medical concepts with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, Shiatsu practitioners use finger and palm pressure,...

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Tuina

Tui Na, or Chinese Medical Massage, is a powerful healing modality. It is a hands-on bodywork "manual medicine", which has a rich and diverse history in China. Tui Na translates from Chinese as "push-grasp". One advantage of Tui Na over simple massage is its ability...

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Asian Medicine

Chinese medicine has been practiced for more than 5000 years, and is still extensively used in China today. It is the basis for many of the other East Asian medical systems, in Korea and Japan for example. According to Asian medical theory, a healthy person is...

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Seifukujitsu

Although the term "Seifukujitsu” (say-foo-koo-jit-soo) is largely unknown in the U.S., it is frequently recognized in Japan and Hawaii. The term can be translated as “Restoration Therapy” because it emphasizes restoring the body to a normal state, known in China as...

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Guasha

"Guasha", also known as scraping or dermal friction, is a form of deep tissue therapy with potentially dramatic results. The technique uses an instrument with a rounded edge, such as a Chinese soup spoon or Guasha tool, to scrape the skin after it has been lightly...

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Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is a highly refined system of natural medicine that has been time-tested with thousands of years of clinical experience by Asian physicians and herbalists. It has rapidly become a potent and effective medical practice in Western cultures that...

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