TCM and Fasting

TCM and Fasting

By Susan Tretakis – For me and many others, next Tuesday is Yom Kippur. In English, Yom Kippur means “the Day of Atonement” and is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. Yom Kippur marks the end of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah. “It is believed that those […]

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Acupuncture, TCM and PTSD

Acupuncture, TCM and PTSD

The irony of writing this nearly one year after Hurricane Irma pounded South Florida while the media reports on Hurricane Florence bearing down on close friends in South and North Carolina is not lost on me. I used to say that Hurricane Wilma in 2007 gave me an enhanced respect for Mother Nature when she decided to destroy my roof. […]

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Acupuncture and Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture and Shoulder Pain

Also referred to as chronic shoulder pain or shoulder blade pain or shoulder joint pain, shoulder pain may emanate from the actual shoulder joint or it can arise from any of the myriad muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the shoulders. Shoulder pain which emanates from the shoulder joint normally worsens with activity or when the patient moves the arm […]

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Acupuncture, TCM and Depression

Acupuncture, TCM and Depression

When Simon and Garfunkel released this song in 1966, I was enough of an English-major nerd to know it was based on a poem written by Edwin Arlington Robinson in 1897. It is a cautionary tale about admiring someone else and being misled by appearances. Today, the poem stays with me, shocking in its clarity about the dangers of depression. […]

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Treating Tinnitus with Chinese Herbal Formulas

Treating Tinnitus with Chinese Herbal Formulas

Tinnitus affects approximately 10% of the population and is described as a perceived sound in the ears when there is no actual sound. There are many Western diagnoses that cause the symptom of tinnitus such as Meniere’s Disease, hypertension, whiplash, brain tumors, renal failure, and various ear infections. The sounds can be mild to severely impairing, and intermittent or constant. […]

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Acupuncture and Tinnitus

Acupuncture and Tinnitus

One of the things about getting older is that an entire new world of illnesses open up to you. And while my friends and I do not ordinarily share a park bench – which, incidentally, common sense tells me we should do – more often or not we are sharing time and space over coffee, lunch or dinner. Sometimes, we […]

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