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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 […]

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 […]