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In addition to getting treatment, here are seven lifestyle changes you can make to help curb cravings, improve your overall well-being, and assist in your recovery. Exercise more. Exercise can reduce your stress and ...

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Acupuncture has turned a growing number of cigarette cravers into permanent ex-smokers and is a great adjunctive therapy for all types of addiction recovery. In fact, researchers say that acupuncture is a promising treatment for ...

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Feeling a little foggy? Having trouble concentrating? Massage acupuncture point Du 20 for some mental clarity. Du 20 is located on top of the head, midway between the ears. It is used to clear ...

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Is there a body/mind connection to will power? According to the principles of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine there is. Will power, or "Zhi," is said to reside in the kidneys and the state of the ...

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Acupuncture views nutrition in a complex light, through the application of Oriental medicine wisdom to dietary habits. In short, certain foods are considered too yang, or hot to eat in excess during the warmer months ...

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Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be very effective at treating skin conditions. Treatments can provide quick relief for acute symptoms and significant and lasting relief from recurrent or chronic skin conditions. The skin reflects and ...

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The biggest threats to women's health are often preventable. Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives and many health issues women face respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments. Taking ...

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One of the many ways that walking can promote health and wellness is by putting gentle pressure on Yongquan (Bubbling Spring), an acupuncture point on the sole of the foot. In Oriental health theory, this ...

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People with ADD or ADHD generally have trouble concentrating and paying attention.  Symptoms include difficulty following directions and boredom or frustration with tasks.  Those with ADD or ADHD also tend to move constantly and can ...

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral conditions among children. In the United States alone, approximately 4.5 million children between the ages of 5-17 years old are diagnosed with ADHD ...

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Your eyes are a reflection of your overall health.  Illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be revealed in the eyes. Conditions such as glaucoma, optic neuritis or vision loss are often associated with ...

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When functioning properly, the thyroid gland secretes just the right amount of thyroid hormone to regulate almost all the metabolic processes in your body. Too much or too little of these vital body chemicals and ...

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Yes, a stop smoking acupuncture point.    There is an acupuncture point located on the wrist that is used exclusively for smoking cessation. The acupuncture point is used to alter the way cigarettes taste.The acupuncture point ...

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Acupuncture as an alternative approach to smoking cessation has a growing number of converts. In fact, acupuncture is often a court mandated treatment for drug addicts because of its ability to reduce cravings and alleviate ...

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I am going to tell you a secret. All diets will work if they lower your caloric intake and you STICK TO IT! It’s pure physics: Our weight is determined by the amount of energy ...

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Did you know that Tamiflu, a drug used to treat flu symptoms, is derived from Star Anise, an anti-viral plant that has been used by Oriental medicine herbalists for centuries? When it comes to staying ...

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A class of plant chemicals known as bioflavonoid has been found to dramatically reduce inflammation and improve symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders.Tea: Both green and black tea contain the flavonoids, catechins and theaflavins, which are ...

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In a study published in the journal, Digestion, acupuncture was found effective for treating Crohn's disease.Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disease which involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The main symptoms of Crohn's disease ...

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Acupuncture and Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health with Acupuncture    With its close understanding of the female body, Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives. Menopause, in particular, is ...

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Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) affects an estimated 2 percent of the population. Conventional therapies are limited in the success of treating this complex and unexplained condition. Current treatment is largely comprised of prescribing different medications for ...

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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common job-related injuries and is responsible for the highest number of days lost among all work related injuries. It is the reason for over two million ...

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Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman's life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about ...

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Acupuncture has been used to treat seasonal allergies for centuries with great success. According to traditional medicine, treatment is directed toward clearing the nasal passages, supporting the immune system and strengthening the systems of the ...

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Statistics show that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples turn to acupuncture and Oriental medicine for a safe, effective and ...

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The American Journal of Epidemiology recently published a study that showed that acupuncture can significantly relieve allergic rhinitis symptoms.In this German study, 5,237 men and women were analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in ...

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It is the beginning of a new year and, once again, a time to reflect on what changes we can make to improve our lives.If you are intent on improving your health this year, acupuncture ...

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Looking for ways to reduce your chance of getting flu this season? A study, published by The American Physiological Society found that mice were significantly less likely to contract flu when given quercetin, a ...

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Acupuncture can be used to enhance your focus and learning ability.A point often used for such treatments is Yintang, which is located between the eyebrows and sometimes referred to as "the third eye." The Chinese ...

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While optimal health and well-being in the winter season calls for rest, energy conservation and the revitalization of body and spirit, your holiday activities may have a different agenda. This year can be filled with ...

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The foods that you eat play a crucial role in your overall well-being as well as your ability to handle stress. Over 1400 chemical changes occur as stress hormones, such as cortisone, sap important ...

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Low back pain is an extremely common concern, affecting anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of people at some point in their lives. Low back pain is second only to the common cold as a ...

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“To treat disease that has already developed is comparable to the behavior of those persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty, and of those who begin to cast weapons after ...

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About 20 percent of people will experience urticaria or hives at some point in their lives. While standard treatment for hives is intended to relieve symptoms or acute cases with antihistamines or a corticosteroid drug ...

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All athletes and coaches are involved in an ongoing search for ways to improve performance and gain a competitive edge over their rivals. Many are finding that acupuncture can often provide that edge. By following ...

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What is Ménière's disease?Ménière's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance. It is characterized by episodes of dizziness and tinnitus and progressive hearing loss, usually in one ear ...

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The Ancient Art of Decoction (Brewing Herbs). Through the centuries, practitioners have always stressed the importance of correctly decocting an herbal tea. The effectiveness of the medicine depends not only on the ingredients of the ...

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Every year millions of people suffer from bouts of vomiting and diarrhea due to food poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are as many as 33 million cases of ...

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Chinese Medicine uses the fruit (Xi Gua) and the seeds (Xi Gua Ren) for dehydration and summer heat symptoms, which include thirst without desire to drink, a band-like headache, nausea, irritability, low appetite, heavy, weighted ...

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What are the different styles of acupuncture? Acupuncture originated in China but has spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, and America. Different styles have developed over the centuries based on different opinions as to theory ...

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Acupuncture is not just for people anymore, it is also for the earth.  Artist, Adam Kuby, has taken Feng Shui to the next level by attempting to shift the energetics of the environment with acupuncture ...

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The latest study, published in the March, 2008 journal, Headache confirms that acupuncture significantly reduces migraines and works better that drugs alone.  The study, conducted at the University of Padua in Italy by Dr. Enrico ...

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Creating Mental and Emotional Wellness with Acupuncture.  We must all occasionally deal with major upheavals or emotional distress at some points in our lives.  These events can trigger a host of ...

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Yes! So keep track of your treatments.  The costs of acupuncture and prescribed herbal medicine are indeed deductible medical expenses.  What is a medical expense? Acupuncture falls under the definition of a medical expense ...

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The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down. This is the time of year ...

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Essence is that which is bestowed by Nature. It is rooted in the beginningless, espied in the absolute, and becomes fragmented in the temporal." -- Ancestor Lu, Qingwei sanpin jing (circa 6th century A.D.)Jing is ...

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Plato once said, “…why should we not calmly and patiently review our own thoughts, and thoroughly examine and see what these appearances in us really are?”According to Chinese medicine, there is no better time for ...

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The feeling of an obstruction in the throat (when there's not an actual physical obstruction) is called Plum Pit Qi and is associated with Qi Stagnation (Liver Qi in particular). Emotions such as sadness or ...

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I want to start by with a heartfelt welcome to the acupuncturists who have recently joined Acufinder.com. We now stand strong as the largest and most visited acupuncture directory in the United States!Thank you to ...

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The weather is cool and crisp. The sun is beginning to set earlier. The leaves are turning vivid hues of red, orange, and yellow. Fall has arrived, and now is the time to harvest the ...

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There have been some intriguing studies indicating that green tea can be extremely effective in the fight against high cholesterol. Specifically, the beverage reduces “bad” cholesterol and boosts “good” cholesterol, improving an individuals overall cholesterol ...

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FDA is warning consumers not to buy or eat three red yeast rice products promoted and sold on Web sites. The products, being promoted as dietary supplements for treating high cholesterol, may contain an unauthorized ...

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In China, the pomegranate fruit symbolized longevity. Now there is scientific evidence for the fruit's restorative powers.Scientists have tested the juice in mice and found that it combats hardening of the arteries (atherogenesis) and related ...

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Get a fasting lipoprotein profile to find out what your total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride numbers are. Calculate your risk for heart disease using the ATP III assessment tool. Discuss your risk ...

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We are so proud to bring you the second issue of Acufinder the Magazine. As you know, Acufinder.com strives to bring the acupuncture community together and provide the most relevant and useful information about acupuncture ...

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According to traditional Chinese medicine, crisp salad greens, iced teas, fruits and juices, and other yin foods help maintain balance during the hot summer months.Try our Asian pear and spinach salad served alongside salmon, marinated ...

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The word “meditation“ comes from the Greek word that means “to be mindful.” The practice of meditation is a proven stress reducer, and can help you tame your mind and overcome anxieties, agitation ...

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Qi (pronounced “chee”) can be defined as the “force” or “vital substance” that animates and controls the observable functions of living beings. The basic foundation for Asian medicine is that this vital substance flows through ...

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Film star Gwyneth Paltrow caused quite a stir when she showed up at New York film premiere with round marks on her back from an acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment. The photo was ...

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Ever wonder where acupuncture needles came from, how they evolved, and how they're used today? Here are some highlights from the history of these ancient healing devices, which are still widely and effectively used today: ...

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After 16 months in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Acupuncturists Without Borders turns to new projects and places. Diana Fried, a licensed acupuncturist who lives in New Mexico, founded Acupuncturists without Borders ...

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The Liver and Liver Qi Stagnation Spring is ruled by the wood element, which is associated with the liver, an organ with an incredible capacity for regeneration. When searching for the underlying cause of disease ...

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A neuroma is a swelling or scarring of a small nerve between your toes. When your body mechanics are not aligned, the space between your metatarsals decreases and the ligament becomes tight. The nerve becomes ...

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Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every three Americans (an ...

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Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every three Americans (an ...

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Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health with Acupuncture. "Menopause doesn't have to be a dreaded curse of aging during which we can look forward only to hot flashes and whacked-out hormonal mood ...

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What is a Chinese Herbal Formula? What is the difference between Western Herbs and Chinese Herbs? Safety of Chinese Herbs Selection of Quality Herbs About Chinese Herbal Medicine ...

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Acupuncture has been used on animals for over 4000 years. Legend has it that veterinary acupuncture was discovered when lame horses used in battle were found to become sound after being hit by arrows at ...

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The Ancient Art of Decoction (Brewing Herbs). Through the centuries, practitioners have always stressed the importance of correctly decocting an herbal tea. The effectiveness of the medicine depends not only on the ingredients of the ...

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What is a Chinese Herbal Formula? What is the difference between Western Herbs and Chinese Herbs? Safety of Chinese Herbs Selection of Quality Herbs About Chinese Herbal Medicine ...

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How does acupuncture work? Eastern Explanation: The Eastern Explanation for how Acupunctures works is that the life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific ...

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What Acupuncture Can Treat Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions. Many people try Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a "last resort" to serious and complex medical ...

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How many treatments will I need? Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question.  The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary from person to person depending on the conditions being treated, your ...

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Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. There is little sensitivity to the ...

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How deep do acupuncture needles go? Acupuncture points are located near or on the surface of the skin. Usually needles are inserted from 1/4 to 1 inch in depth. Depth of insertion will depend on ...

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How Do I Choose an Acupuncturist? Acupuncture works! But your experience with acupuncture will depend largely on the acupuncture provider that you choose. You want to find an acupuncturist that best suits your needs. If ...

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How much does an acupuncture treatment cost? The cost of acupuncture treatments varies from practitioner to practitioner. You will have to consult with acupuncturists in your area for exact prices. Generally fees range from ...

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Is acupuncture covered by insurance? The good news is that yes, many insurance companies now offer policies that cover acupuncture and related services performed by an acupuncturist. Does my insurance cover acupuncture? You can ...

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What are some other treatment techniques besides needle insertion? ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTUREElectro-Acupuncture is the use of small electrical currents through the acupuncture needles. Electro-stimulation is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance a treatment. Electro-acupuncture has ...

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Are there risks or side effects to acupuncture? Usually not. Acupuncture is a very safe method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. Done properly, acupuncture rarely causes serious side effects ...

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Excessive sweating can make a handshake an embarrassing and dreaded event. It can make wearing shoes with out socks inconceivable and changing bed sheets in the middle of the night a normal occurrence. While sweating ...

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Evidence that Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3AD. The condition was first recorded by Zhang Zhong-jing, a famous physician from ...

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Migraine and Headache Sufferers Acupuncture Can Help The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter ...

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Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health with Acupuncture.With the right diet, attitude, and Oriental Medicine menopause can be a time of a revival of energy and an opportunity for personal growth--one that ...

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Over the course of the past three thousand years, practitioners have developed many ways in which to administer herbal medicine to patients. Matching the appropriate type of herbal preparation to the patient and health concern ...

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Summer, the season of Yang energy and activity. Under the rising temperature, our bodies are especially prone to accumulated Heat and Dampness. The high metabolic rate causes much perspiration, at the expense of Qi (vital ...

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Q: How are Chinese herbs taken?

A: Herbal Preparations   Over the course of the past three thousand years, practitioners have developed many ways in which to admin... Read More