Before you stare back at me in disbelief, YES...I do usually stick a set of needles on your hand. I may add a few on the same arm along the forearm and elbow. And while I am at it, sometimes I may decide to use one or two on your feet and legs. And that's before I even actually use any needles on your head.
Of course, I'll have to take your pulse and have a look at your tongue before I decide exactly where on your hand, leg or foot I will acupuncture the points that I will be using to treat you.
"What else can acupuncture treat (besides headaches)?"
Its a question I am asked as often as "How does acupuncture actually work?" (which will probably require a totally separate blog entry to answer). Its also a question that brings me back down to earth as I sometimes forget and assume that everyone who walks into the clinic knows what acupuncture does and what it treats.
I sometimes need to be reminded that its always a good idea to help folks understand the basics and bri...
I just had to ask that question because that was the question I asked myself when I opened up my first box of moxa in my acupuncture class in my third year of TCM school. The label on the box read "Moxa Punk" which prompted me to ask myself, "What on earth is moxa punk???". Images of angry punks smashing guitars on a stage wearing leather and chains flashed through my head. I have to admit,I kind of liked that imageand I intended to hang on to its intrinsic "street cred" value because at that moment, in my eyes, it had just raised acupuncture and TCM, to a whole new level of coolness.
Now, you may be wondering at this point what does "punk" have to do with what I do in my practice?
Before you do the infamous Steven Colbert eyebrow raise and give me the look that says, "WTF did you smoke for breakfast man???", hear me out.
You may have heard of or, you may have come across some reference to...