Acupuncture Research – Parkinsons
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease. In short, it is a movement disorder. While the prognosis is terminal, advanced medical intervention has allowed many patients to live very long, very fulfilling lives. Mohammed Ali had Parkinson’s for over 30 years before passing away at the age of 74. Michael J. Fox has been diagnosed over 20 years ago and still lives. Since becoming an acupuncturist, I had realized that many people look for that one therap
What the heck is Qi?
The word “Qi” has been the most impactful word for the acupuncturist community. It is one of the two most significant aspects of our training (besides “xue” or blood) and stimulating “qi” to improve health is the unending quest of an acupuncturist when treating patients. But what the heck is it? Let’s begin with what it isn’t. Qi is not energy. Say wha??? But Heather! That’s what acupuncturists and the media have been telling us since it first came to America! Yep, it
Spring is in the Air!
One of the best aspects of Chinese Medicine is the emphasis on BALANCE. Balance between rest and activity, balance between comfort and stress, balance between interacting with the world and meditating on one’s self. AND balance with the seasons. The Chinese observed in ancient times how the seasons complicate one’s health. Summer can overheat the body, winter can chill it. Colds and flus abound at every change in season. As we move into the changes in spring, Chinese Medi