16 March

Knee Pain Exercises

Ahh spring! The days are getting longer and the weather is completely unpredictable, but that doesn’t stop us Oregonians from getting outside after a long, dark winter to run and hike and walk and play. But along with all our renewed activities some of you may be experiencing some knee pain. While some cases of […]

14 December

Five Tools for Beating the Winter Blues

Every winter I work with a group of people who experience depression, low energy, and fatigue during the fall or winter months. I too have seasonal affective disorder every fall for a few weeks, but I see others struggle with much longer, more severe symptoms. Here are five steps to help feel better when the […]

7 December

How to Stay Active in the Dreary Months

First of all, I must state that I think I have a different relationship with the cloudy, rainy weather than most people I know. Growing up in North Dakota, winter meant sub-zero temperatures, high winds, and snow drifts as tall as minivans. So when I experienced my first winter in Oregon, I was absolutely in […]

13 August

Maximizing Your Workout Routine

Do you work hard to take care of your body only to find that you don’t quite have the energy you’d like? Despite all your efforts to stay in great physical condition, do you find that you suffer from any of the following? Sore low back, knees or joints Erectile dysfunction or low libido Prostate […]

8 September

Exercises to Improve Concentration

Trouble focusing on your work or losing steam mid-way? Chinese medicine has innovative approaches to restoring concentration, based on an interpretation of Qi, the energy which powers the body and the mind. According to acupuncture medical theory, Qi stems from four main components of diet, exercise, rest and mental activity, each of which tend to vary in […]

27 August

Acupuncture for Injury Recovery and Prevention

Don’t let your pledge to get into shape be derailed by a sports injury. Fitness clubs across the country are full of enthusiastic individuals giving it their all to get fit or drop a few pounds. Unfortunately, some of these new athletes try to do too much too quickly, and can pay a painful price. Some […]

19 August

Acupuncture to Enhance Athletic Performance

Studies have shown that acupuncture has measurable effects on the flow of blood to certain areas of the body, which could in turn boost athletic performance. One such study conducted at the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine involved athletes running 5,000 meters, and afterwards sitting for acupuncture treatments before they had a chance to catch their […]

12 August

Acupuncture for Increased Sports Performance and Injury Rehabilitation

When a top athlete like Kobe Bryant tweets a picture of acupuncture needles in his leg, you know it’s time to consider how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help improve your sports performance. All athletes and coaches are involved in an ongoing search for ways to improve performance and gain a competitive edge over their […]

4 March

Walking for mental clarity

One of the many ways that walking promotes health is that every time you take a step, you are activating the acupuncture point just below the ball of the foot called Yongquan (Bubbling Spring). Yongquan is the starting point of the Kidney meridian. This point calms the mind, stabilizes emotions, and improves memory. It also […]

10 December

Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Every fall and winter I get a slew of patients dealing with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I see symptoms ranging from the mild—lower energy level, slight loss of concentration—to full blown symptoms—debilitating depression, increase in sleep, weight gain, and social withdrawal. Acupuncture and herbal therapy greatly help with seasonal affective disorder. I also recommend the […]