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Underlying Factors in the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Pain

By Robert Keller | October 9, 2021
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Acupuncture is one treatment modality within Chinese medicine. As a system, Chinese medicine is predicated upon and defined by comprehensive and individualized treatment. This means that symptoms are not treated in a predetermined manner, and the treatment is not limited to the symptoms themselves. This topic in Chinese medicine is known as Root-Branch. Branch refers […]

Intuitive Aspects of Acupuncture and Dry Needling

By Robert Keller | August 24, 2021
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It is commonly discussed amongst acupuncturists that “an acupuncture point does not appear until you need it.” What does this mean? The most common explanation offered is that you only treat points that are necessary; they present with tightness or blockage of some sort. This is valid, but there is a more subtle and nuanced […]

Dry Needling Training, Practice and Licensure

By Robert Keller | August 10, 2021
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I have written previously about the relation between dry needling and acupuncture. My intention in this article is to point out the differences in training and application. Why? Because I’ve often found that when new patients call or come to my office for dry needling, they think they’ve already received dry needling treatment in the […]

Why Dry Needling Makes Sense Within the Framework of Chinese Medicine

By Robert Keller | February 18, 2021
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When I entered my program in 1989, there were only three acupuncture schools on the East Coast of the United States. Acupuncture had been a recognized profession in the U.S. for only nine years then, and licensure in New Jersey had begun in 1983. At the time, the predominant style of acupuncture taught in the […]

Chinese Medicine and Self-Care in the Treatment of COVID-19

By Robert Keller | January 26, 2021
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Recently I was asked about suggestions for deep breathing exercises to help with breathing difficulties and anxiousness resulting from COVID-19 symptoms. This question brings up some important topics related to diagnosis and treatment according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The predominant pathological factor related to COVID-19 from the perspective of Chinese medicine is damp phlegm.  This […]

Chinese Antiviral Herbs in the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19

By Robert Keller | January 26, 2021
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With a vaccine now available for COVID-19 (this article is being published in January 2021), patients have been inquiring again about recommendations for prevention of the disease as they are uncertain as to what direction to follow. For the past year I have been dispensing variations of a formula I named Blue Heron, after the […]