Your Thyroid Hates Soy

Soy is not good food because it disturbs your hormones.  It is goitrogenic, meaning it can suppress thyroid gland functions, which can result in problems like goiter, thyroid enlargement, and related thyroid diseases.  The only safe use of soy as food is in a fermented form (like tofu) as a small part of the diet – and never for babies.

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Sadness, Grief and the Lungs

A unique aspect of traditional Chinese medicine is the idea that each organ has not only a physical manifestation, but also a mental-emotional aspect.  Emotions influence the organs and also the organs can give rise to emotions – a circle of interaction.  This is one example of the of mind and body connection. Continue reading Sadness, Grief and the Lungs

Dampness in the Body

ice cream is very damp inducingIn Traditional Chinese Medical theory, excessive dampness is a major cause and consequence of disease.  What is dampness? There are two kinds, dampness external to the body, and dampness within.  In the body, its not exactly one pathogen like a bacteria or virus.  Rather, the term is generic and basically refers to all liquids and oils not adequately metabolized. Continue reading Dampness in the Body

Diseases in Chinese med vs. Western med

cooperation between medicinesThere’s a common myth that western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine are at odds. This is not true.  Both aim to restore health and prevent disease. The differences between the medicines also bring about strengths. If you know about the strengths of each medicine, then you can make intelligent choices and get the best health care. Continue reading Diseases in Chinese med vs. Western med

Common Acupuncture Terms

afshins acupunctureHere is my list of top 5 terms I throw around in the clinic that you might not know anything about.  Acupuncturists get their vocabulary from of course its Chinese roots, as presented to us usually in modern Mandarin at Chinese medicine schools in China and abroad.  So, on to some new words and concepts from Chinese medicine and culture: Continue reading Common Acupuncture Terms

Frequently Asked Acupuncture Questions

afshins acupunctureFrequently asked questions about Acupuncture, and my answers.   Everybody always asks: does it work?  how does it work? how  many needles do you use?  is it safe?  And more!  Find out the answers to what you’ve been dying to know about the ancient art and science of Acupuncture. Continue reading Frequently Asked Acupuncture Questions

Healing Back Pain With Natural Medicine

back pain remediesBack pain is one of the most common reasons why people are referred to Chinese Medicine and it is certainly one of the conditions I see most often. Back pain ranges from acute (”I was helping my friend move the couch and my back went out!”,) to chronic (”everytime it rains, I get a backache!”). Sometimes its sharp and unbearable, often its a nagging ache thats been around for some time.  Continue reading Healing Back Pain With Natural Medicine