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A Chinese Medical Approach to Diagnosing Low Back Pain

By Robert Keller | November 30, 2021
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One of the most common complaints that brings people to my office is low back pain. Low back pain occurs in people of all ages, but is most common in men over the age of 40. How does Chinese medicine consider low back pain from a clinical perspective? Let’s look at symptoms, causes, and diagnosis […]

The Concept of Resonance in Chinese Medicine – Part 1

By Robert Keller | November 9, 2021
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I was about 14 years old when I read my first book on acupuncture, Acupuncture: The Ancient Chinese Art of Healing and how it Works Scientifically by Felix Mann. Even though many years have passed since, I still recall his charts of four-needle tonification and sedation of the meridians. I studied and deciphered these charts […]

Bulk Herbs, Pills, Powders, “Teas” (On Traditional Chinese Herbal Formulas)

By Robert Keller | November 2, 2021
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In addition to being a licensed acupuncturist, I am also an herbalist. Often patients leave my office with a Chinese herbal formula meant to treat their pain or illness. Some patients receive only acupuncture; some receive only herbs. In many cases, the combination of both can offer quicker and more effective results, as herbs and […]

Balancing Your Health As the Season Changes Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

By Robert Keller | October 30, 2021
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Chinese medicine and astrology recognize 24 seasonal nodes that mark subtle changes in climate. Four of them correlate with the equinoxes and solstices that are used in the West to mark the beginning of the seasons. In the East, these dates are considered to be half-way points of the season. Thus the Chinese mark the […]

I Don’t Like Tea. Is There Another Way to Take Chinese Herbs?

By Robert Keller | October 18, 2021
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I have written previously about Chinese herbal decoctions and granules. This brief article addresses the broader issue of alternatives to consuming herbs in the form of tea. For people who do not like to drink tea, Chinese medicine offers alternatives. The most common of these are encapsulated granules and pills. These formulas can be dissolved […]

Differences between Dry Needling and Acupuncture

By Robert Keller | October 9, 2021
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I have written previously about the relation between dry and needling acupuncture, and about issues of training and practice. This brief article is intended to briefly highlight the differences between these practices and why incorporate both in my Classical Chinese medicine practice. There are four major differences in technique between dry needling and local acupuncture […]