Acupuncture

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 […]

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 […]

Fall-Winter Do’s and Don’ts

By Robert Keller | April 23, 2020
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The theme of this newsletter is obviously taking care of yourself this fall and winter season. It is my impression that poor diet and lifestyle habits are primarily what fuel so many people being sick so often. It is fall and winter, not spring and summer. If you want to stay well, you have to […]