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

Holistic nutrition – Hot & Cold describe more than just temperature

cold foodsThis article exposes you to some ideas that we use in Oriental medicine to think about foods, herbs, spices, even people.  How does Traditional Oriental medicine holistically approach the subject of diet? Its approach involves evaluation of the body first.  Once we understand where your body, as a whole, is at, then we have an idea what foods would help you, and what would hurt.  Continue reading Holistic nutrition – Hot & Cold describe more than just temperature