Understanding and Using Chinese Medicine

October 19, 2008 at 1:34 pm 2 comments

Welcome!  This blog is intended to help you learn about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and how to use it to take care of your own health. Many of us live with chronic pain or other health issues, or simply want to feel more balanced and vibrant. Chinese medicine offers an entirely different way of understanding health; it corrects underlying causes and not merely symptoms, and gives you ways to take care of your own health with simple adjustments to diet or lifestyle habits.

Chinese medicine and Western medicine can be an excellent complement to each other, since they have different strengths.  Western medicine, for example, is outstanding in acute and emergency situations, and very good at diagnosis and screening.  Chinese medicine excels at treating chronic conditions and promoting overall wellness and health.  It can be used alongside standard medical care, to support healing and reduce side effects; or, in many cases, it can provide an alternative treatment that may be more effective or more gentle.

The articles on this site are meant to give ideas of how acupuncture and herbal medicine can fit into your health care strategy.  There is some general information about acupuncture, and what to expect from treatment.  And, there are articles on many different health conditions and how they are viewed and treated from the standpoint of Chinese medicine.  I’ve included suggestions, such as diet, exercise, herbal teas, and acupressure, that you can use to take care of your own health.  Finally, for those in the Boston area, I’ve added news about local events and programs, as well as information about my own practice.

I am happy to answer questions, or to address topics you would like to learn more about; please feel free to leave comments and I will respond as soon as I can.  Thanks for visiting my site!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gay  |  February 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    My husband is in the middle of 8 acupuncture sessions but has come down with shingles and will have to put off his treatment for 1/2 months. Will this absence void out the other sessions and should he start all over again?

  • 2. myacupuncture  |  February 23, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Acupuncture is great for shingles. I would suggest your husband continue to go, and ask his acupuncturist to treat the shingles. He will probably get some significant relief.

    However, to answer your original question: taking a break in the middle of a course of treatment is not ideal, but not the end of the world. He may need a few more sessions than originally planned, but will still gain some benefit from his first treatments that will help it go faster when he starts again.


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