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Using Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to Treat Injuries

In Western culture, it is a little-known fact that Chinese medicine is fantastic for sports and traumatic injuries. This medicine evolved alongside martial arts and warfare, but we can also use it for more everyday injuries like sprained ankles. Treatments were designed to be practical, and effective. Some of the techniques used are acupuncture, internal […]

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How to heal migraines naturally

If you’ve had one, you know: a migraine is so much more than a headache. Patients with migraines often report that they get in the way of their day-to-day lives, forcing them to cancel plans, stay in bed and call in sick. Here’s how we help our clients–like the ones below–become migraine-free, naturally. Most common […]

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How acupuncture melts your physical pain

One of the most common reasons patients come to see us is for pain relief. Acupuncture is extremely effective for many patients in both relieving physical pain, and also at helping patients remain pain-free on an ongoing basis over the course of multiple acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is effective – but, how does it work? Acupuncture […]

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How acupuncture works for stress, anxiety and depression: the physiology

Stress (along with anxiety, and depression) is one of the most common issues that patients come in for at our Washington DC acupuncture clinic. Their chronic stress manifests as a wide range of emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms. In many cases, they are able to find relief through acupuncture treatment, reporting: More stable mood, […]

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How acupuncture works for sciatica

Different types of sciatic pain Sciatic pain (sciatica) usually affects only one side of the body, with the pain extending from the lower back/buttocks down the leg. When asked to specify what they’re feeling, our patients with sciatic pain describe the following: Pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens with sitting Burning, tingling, or […]

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How tongue diagnosis works

As we discussed in our Secrets of Pulse Diagnosis post, tongue diagnosis is another primary method in Chinese Medicine for understanding what is happening inside the human body. It is the other “MRI” of traditional medical systems. While tongue diagnosis can be used for acupuncture, it is of particular importance for determining the proper diagnosis […]

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How pulse diagnosis works

The pulse is measured in both Western medicine and Chinese medicine, but there are key differences.  In Western medicine, we typically measure the heart rate, which is taken with blood pressure as part of a standard physical exam. In Chinese medicine, pulse diagnosis is a significantly more developed art form, a tool that practitioners use […]

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How acupuncture works for back pain

Back pain for all ages… We all know the quintessential image of low vitality: the hunched, hobbling elderly person, one hand holding a cane, the other supporting their aching back. But if our patients are any indication, back pain does not discriminate by age. We have as many twenty-somethings coming in for back pain as […]

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How acupuncture works for migraines

An estimated 36 million people in the US suffer from migraines – that’s a lot of headache.  But migraines are much more than a bad headache. They are a collection of debilitating neurological symptoms that can last from 4-72 hours. The most common symptoms experienced by migraine sufferers are: throbbing/pulsating pain extreme sensitivity to light, […]

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How acupuncture works for neck pain

For those you suffering from acute or chronic neck pain, you understand why someone coined the expression “a pain in the neck”. Neck pain is also one of the most common areas of physical pain that we treat at our acupuncture clinic in Washington DC. Whether due to bad desk ergonomics or the effects of […]

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How does acupuncture work for pain?

One of the most common reasons patients come to see us is for pain relief. Acupuncture is extremely effective for many patients in both relieving physical pain, sometimes immediately after insertion of the needles, and also at helping patients remain pain-free on an ongoing basis over the course of many acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is effective […]

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