Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

What credentials should you look for in a licensed acupuncturist?

An acupuncturist administers needle treatment to a patient's hand.

You’ve heard that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture can be beneficial for a broad range of health conditions, and are considering giving it a try. How do you know who to call? To help you feel confident about choosing the best practitioner for you, we’ll explain the credentialing for acupuncturists, Chinese herbalists, and practitioners Read More

Common Cold

NOTE: This is not a substitute for you doctor’s recommendations. Chinese Medicine does not recognize the diagnosis of the “common cold.” Why? Because everyone is an individual and therefore not “common”! Chinese Medicine views symptoms in terms of patterns. In the case of the “common cold” you can have any one or a combination of Read More

What is the NADA Protocol?

NADA protocol auricular acupuncture five points ear

What is the NADA Protocol? The NADA Protocol is named after the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, which first developed it in the 1970s to help with recovery from opiate addiction.  It has since been refined and its applications have broadened beyond its origins in addiction recovery. The NADA Protocol is a form of “auricular acupuncture” Read More

Spring Time!

Spring purple iris bloom

Spring brings sunshine, warmer days, and renewal. It is also a time of transition, when the weather can alternate between extremes. Similarly, we too can experience swings, one day feeling energized by warmth and sunshine, and the next day discouraged by strong winds, cold rains, and, if you live in Chicago, even snow! Traditional Chinese Read More

Herbal Medicine for Allergies

Understanding Allergies and Allergic Reactions An allergen is a foreign substance that causes your immune system to react. Dr. Devi Numbudripaud, the creator of NAET Allergy Elimination, has expanded on the definition of an allergen to include “anything that causes an adverse reaction in an individual, that does not cause a reaction in a healthy Read More

The Emotional Aspects of The Heart According to Chinese Medicine

The Emotional Aspects of The Heart According to Chinese Medicine “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13 In almost every culture there is a thought process that the heart holds emotion or the mind. Hence sayings like “follow your heart”. The Chinese culture Read More

What is Auricular Acupuncture?

Auricular Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine is nearly 4,000 years old. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, one of the first written texts of Chinese Medicine, made mention of auricular acupuncture around 500 B.C. However, with technological advances and growing research, TCM has transformed into a much gentler and specific healing system. In the 1950’s Read More

Your Immune System and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Your Immune System and TCM  Very few people can say they have gone their entire life without so much as a cold. For some, their bodies can fight it off quickly. While for others it takes substantially longer. Why is this? Why do some people get sick at a drop of a hat, and others Read More

Acupuncture and TCM for the treatment of Insomnia & Depression

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have a long history of treating depression and insomnia. Treating Depression and Insomnia Depression is one of the most common mental disorders. It can have many complicated influencing factors, such as loss of interest and sleep disorders including insomnia. Approximately 70% of patients with depression have symptoms of insomnia. In Read More

Acupuncture for Migraine Prevention

  There are many different types of migraines and just as many types of treatments ranging from over the counter medication, prescription pain relievers, or even Botox. Migraines affect approximately 18% of women and 5% of men in the United States.  They can be debilitating and effect quality of life. Unfortunately, many of the common Read More

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy

It seems like every time you read something or turn on the TV there is someone showing off their cupping marks or doing a demonstration. Cups are easily acquired and viewed by many to not be harmful. However, I would caution you to seek the advice of a licensed acupuncturist prior to using. The reason Read More

Moxibustion Therapy

Traditional Chinese Medicine has numerous ways for treating disease and illness.  One of those methods is something called moxibustion (moxa), and it is a very valuable tool in a TCM practitioners toolbox.     What is Moxibustion? There are various types of moxa, but the traditional type is made of mugwort.  Moxa is a heat Read More

What can Acupuncture and NAET Allergy Elimination do to Help Arthritis?

  There are several different types of arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, septic arthritis, Still’s disease, and ankylosing spondylitis.  Depending on which type of arthritis you have will determine the best treatment course for you. Arthritis is a painful and oftentimes debilitating condition that’s characterized by inflammation within one or more joints. According to Read More