Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Cancer Care

Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Cancer Care

Cancer plays no favorites; it does not discriminate among its victims. Cancer stakes its claim on anyone of any age at any time. We know more about cancer today than ever before; and yet, the disease continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide. According to recent reports by the World Health Organization, cancer deaths are projected to rise […]

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

It’s funny – in a sad kind of way – how IBS sufferers share certain traits. We’re the ones who, upon entering any new venue – be it a restaurant, lecture hall, gym, even a doctors’ office – automatically ascertain where the restrooms are. We’re the ones who casually ask, when invited to an art show, is it outside or […]

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bipolar Disorder

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bipolar Disorder

In both my professional and personal life, I have known people who, having been diagnosed as bipolar, tried to mask their symptoms in order to fit into the outside world. Bipolar treatment has, indeed, come far from when it wasn’t even acknowledged, just quietly medicated or hospitalized. Today, more and more people are beginning to have this very important dialogue […]

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Dreams

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Dreams

Those of you who know me, know that before counseling, before Acupuncture and TCM, I was an English teacher. For over ten years, I taught secondary and post-secondary literature. One of the more joyful lessons – at least for me – involved interpreting with my students the writings of Henry David Thoreau.   It didn’t matter what grade I was teaching, […]

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Acupuncture, TCM and Overthinking

Acupuncture, TCM and Overthinking

If Olympic medals were given for overthinking, I would definitely win the gold. In truth, I overthink my overthinking. I overthink texts and emails – wondering if I missed something, wondering what they may have meant, wondering if I miss-spoke, or miss-typed. I can overthink so much I paralyze myself into some alien frozen state. A recent post on notsalmon.com […]

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and OCD

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects all people of all ages in all walks of life.   OCD “occurs when a person gets caught up in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get […]

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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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