The Secret Inner Channel of the Heart

By Robert Keller | May 21, 2023
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In acupuncture, there are 12 regular meridians; these, along with the 2 extraordinary channels known as the governing and conception vessels, are the ones most commonly depicted on acupuncture charts and models. There are, however, 73 channels in total, and include the cutaneous, musculo-skeletal, divergent, extraordinary, transverse luo, longitudinal luo, and internal channels. I will […]

Considerations in the Treatment of Long COVID for Adults and Children using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

By Robert Keller | May 6, 2022
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In recent weeks, during late April and early May of 2022, I have seen a resurgence of patients actively infected with COVID-19 and experiencing related symptoms. Similarly, I have seen an increase in the number of patients reporting lingering symptoms that are related to long COVID. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offer useful insight into […]

Do Acupuncture and Dry Needling Have to Hurt?

By Robert Keller | April 9, 2022
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It has recently come to my attention that some of my patients avoid, or at least delay, coming to see me for help with pain conditions because they don’t like the discomfort of local acupuncture or dry needling.  People have always joked about this and I could easily understand and commiserate. But I always thought […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]