6 Ways Acupuncture Can Support Your Pregnancy

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We all know that acupuncture can help increase your fertility and chances of getting pregnant (right?), but do you also know that one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby while you’re pregnant is to get acupuncture? That’s right! Integrating Health kicks off a month-long series on fertility and Chinese medicine with this post about how acupuncture can help ease your way through pregnancy. Continue reading

Red Wine, Chocolate, and Coffee: When Is A Good Thing NOT A Good Thing? (Part Two)

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Red wine, dark chocolate, and coffee are favorites for many of us, and a number of studies have shown them to have some good effects for your health. Are they always good for you? What does Chinese Medicine say about these three decadences-turned-health foods? Continue reading

Chinese Medicine Makes Sense Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic and debilitating gastrointestinal disorder that fits into the category of ‘functional’ diseases in Western medicine. This basically means that, while there are clear and present symptoms for the patient, Western medicine has not yet figured out the cause of the distress. This kind of disorder (‘functional’, a wide range of symptoms across systems, partly connected to emotions), is exactly the kind of situation where Traditional Chinese Medicine shines forth. Plus, the British Dietetic Association recently published some dietary guidelines for sufferers of IBS. Continue reading

Supplements: When Is A Good Thing NOT A Good Thing?

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Supplements may help some of us in certain situations, but for others, they may have unintended side effects. So, when is a good thing NOT a good thing? If studies have shown that a particular supplement has beneficial properties, how could it hurt? We’ll take a look at four popular supplements that our patients often take and get a better idea of how they should be taken. Continue reading

I Don’t Want To Ruin Your Morning Ritual…

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By Integrating Health contributor Marie Bowser.
Aahh, coffee. It flows for free and as abundantly as water at most work places. It creates a sensation of productivity and focus. It smells wonderful – enlivens the senses. For some people, a mid-morning walk to their local coffee shop is a much-needed break from the desk for others it helps to keep bowel movements regular… But for many complaints, including insomnia and hypertension, coffee is often a culprit. Continue reading

Tic-Toc, The Body’s Clock Is Important For Your Health

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It’s been said that timing is everything, and that may be particularly true when it comes to the body’s ability to fight off disease. Chinese and Western medicines both have a concept of a “body clock” with cycles of internal timing and regulation. New research published in the February issue of the journal Immunity shows that the success of our immune defense depends in part on our “body clock.” Continue reading

Chinese Herb “Chang Shan” May Prove Effective For Auto-Immune Disorders

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Chinese herbalists have been using bark, roots, seeds, and flowers to treat serious medical conditions for over 2,000 years. In modern times, pharmaceutical companies have made big money by isolating certain compounds from plants and replicating them synthetically. It is within this context that I want to highlight a new study from Harvard School of Dental Medicine that has isolated molecular properties in the Chinese herb Chang Shan, and found a use for it in treating auto-immune disorders like Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Continue reading

You Don’t Have To Run A Marathon

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Whether you have low back, neck, or shoulder pain from sitting at the computer, or acute knee pain from pounding the pavement too hard, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are two systems of exercise that get your Qi and blood moving, with great benefits for physical and mental health and recovery from pain. Continue reading