Baby It’s Cold Outside

Baby It’s Cold Outside

A many of you know, South Florida has been experiencing a cold front, with temperatures as low as 35 degrees. While I know this is not considered extreme in states that are currently experiencing temps in the single digits and below, for me, with osteoarthritis in my knees, hands and neck, South Florida’s “cold front” was a kicker. Yes, acupuncture […]

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The “M” Word

The “M” Word

Everyone has an “internal dictionary” of words. The contents of ones’ internal dictionary reveals a great deal about themselves. Previously, you could have scoured the “M”s’ in my internal dictionary and not found the word “moderation” in any form. For years, I have read recipes that suggested I use “leftover wine” in a particular dish – and I wondered who […]

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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Cancer Support

Chinese Herbal Medicine and Cancer Support

The word cancer comes from a Greek word “karkinos”, describing carcinoma tumors by the physician Hippocrates (460–370 B.C). Cancers are a wide spectrum of diseases that involve abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Statistics show that more than 90 cancers are due to genetic mutations from environmental factors, and less […]

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T’is the Season…

T’is the Season…

T’is the Season…To become overwhelmed – by Susan Tretakis – Overwhelmed by almost everything: ranging from food decisions, gift decisions, balancing personal and professional responsibilities and trying to be all things to all people because, well, “T’is the Season”. There’s more traffic on the streets, more people in the stores and there’s more “noise” coming at you from every direction. There’s […]

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Menopause and Chinese Herbal Treatment

Menopause and Chinese Herbal Treatment

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her menstrual cycle stops. It is usually diagnosed when a woman’s period has stopped for more than twelve months. It could happen anywhere between the ages of 40 to 50, but in the United States, the average for most woman is around age 51. Some women undergo the menopausal transition without […]

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Chinese Herbal Medicine for Weight Loss

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Weight Loss

Weight gain and obesity are increasingly common conditions in the United States and the Western world. The causes of being overweight are mostly an imbalanced diet, lack of exercise, genetic conditions, endocrine and hormonal imbalances, and stress. Research has shown certain medications including corticosteroids, anti-depressants, and seizure medicines can cause undesired weight gain. Body Mass Index, or BMI, is used as […]

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Acupuncture and Menopause

Acupuncture and Menopause

The term ‘menopause’ is derived from two Greek words: ‘mensis’ which means month and ‘pausis’ which means stop. Menopause thus literally translates to the stopping of monthly sequences. Menopause can be defined as the transition period prior to and after the end of a woman’s menstruation cycle (Gracia et al, 2005). It marks the end of a woman’s ability to […]

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Chinese Medicine and PMS

Chinese Medicine and PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms usually occurring 1 to 2 weeks before a woman’s period starts, affecting up to 85 percent of menstruating women. One might experience psychological symptoms such as tension, irritability, tiredness, feelings of aggression or anger, depression, anxiety, loss of confidence, and feeling emotional. There may also be noticeable changes in sleep patterns and […]

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