9 February

Acupuncture to Support Smoking Cessation

This week marks the start of the new year in the lunar Chinese calendar, which means we are officially in the spring season. Here in Portland it is sunny, windy, and (almost) warm, and the bulbs are starting to pop their heads up too. Spring is an excellent time to turn over a new leaf […]

24 September

Chinese Medicine & Stroke Recovery

While I was studying Chinese medicine at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), I had the privilege of studying under Daniel Altschuler, L.Ac., Ph.D. Daniel studied Chinese medicine in the traditional way, he spent 15 years apprenticing with a master practitioner in Taiwan, Dr. Lee Chen-Yr. While his area of expertise is in adjunct […]

18 June

Acupressure for relieving Travel Pain and Sinus Pressure

When traveling, do you find yourself with a pounding headache or a super stiff neck? Perhaps some annoying sinus pressure during flights and excessive ear popping? Most of us have heard of pressure point bracelets for stimulating the anti-nausea point on the wrist, but acupressure can also help with aches and pains associated with travel. […]

7 March

Get Allergy Relief by Healing Digestion

What does your gut have to do with seasonal allergies? It’s that time of year again! When the sneezing, sniffling, and burning eyes of seasonal allergies have you reaching for the allergy pills and eye drops. But did you know you can greatly relieve if not banish your allergy symptoms by fixing your gut? It […]

25 September

Acupuncture for Bladder Health

Incontinence and urinary tract disorders commonly arise as one gets older, especially for women over 50. One reason the risk for incontinence increases as we age is because the bladder lining starts losing elasticity which, in turn, reduces its ability to store urine. This can result in frequent and urgent bouts of urination. If this […]

15 September

Nutrition to Enhance Mental Focus

Looking to support your health and also boost your brain function? You can achieve both of these goals through nutrition. According to acupuncture medical theory, good nutrition can improve mental activity, physical and emotional strength, and immunity. Where to begin? First of all, avoid excess. According to Chinese medicine, overindulging in food or drink can impair […]

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 […]

31 August

Improve Memory and Learning with Acupuncture

Having difficulties focusing, remembering tasks or organizing your thoughts? Acupuncture can help optimize your brain power through a treatment approach that incorporates different modalities, including nutritional support. According to acupuncture medical theory, the spirit (Shen) embodies consciousness, emotions and thought. Shen influences long term memory, the ability to think clearly, contributes to wisdom and presides […]

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 […]

25 October

Dietary Tips for Managing High Cholesterol

  A healthy diet is one way to manage your cholesterol. Making a few simple changes in your daily diet can help lower your cholesterol.