Acupuncture and Women’s Health

Menstrual Cycle Wheel

Menstrual Irregularities from Western/Eastern Perspectives From a western point of view, menstrual irregularities originate as functional disturbances of the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (HPA) or the ovaries, tubes, uterus, or cervix. Eastern medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbs) collects its data a different way to arrive at the same end, and devises a treatment plan that will alleviate […]

Taoist Meditation: Breathing Method, Part I

the lungs that allow you to breath

  The air we breath contributes to our general well-being, but we don’t often think about that in the context of nutrition. Yes, nutrition! Air is a form of nutrient in both biomedicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The exchange of gases occurs in the lungs, where oxygen (O2) is inhaled and carbon dioxide (CO2) […]

Keep Moving!


The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC, in NYC) recommends 30-60 minutes daily exercise for healthy people . That’s 30-60 minutes, seven days a week of formal exercise, not including the time you may spend traveling, changing in and out of clothes, and cleaning up. And movement for our daily errands, though better than nothing, doesn’t count. […]

Dr. Tan’s Balance Method


Dr. Richard Tan is a luminary in the acupuncture world as well as a self-described renegade. He recently came to Denver to teach his balance method, a special application of points that are best known to relieve pain. Dr. Tan’s method has ancient origins and can seem somewhat mysterious to our western minds. What is most intriguing is that common aches and […]

Improve Your Running With Bagua

Bagua for Runnners

One morning, in my (Tom) qi gong and ba gua class, when we were walking in a circle, the teacher mixed it up a little by getting us to jog, calling out directions of body alignment as we ran. It dawned on me then that ba gua is great for runners, and I treat a lot of runners […]