The Thinnest Slice

There’s something that interests me a lot in the latest issue of Discover magazine and I think I need to share this because many of my friends know absolutely nothing about this important medical breakthrough. That’s because in this age of information explosion, the amount of funny, stimulating junk in our Facebook feeds actually block […]

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Lowering Blood Pressure

Coffee certainly increases one’s blood pressure, but the effect is often transient. My blood pressure would return to normal about 3 hours after consuming a cup of coffee. The effect of alcohol, however, seems to be more lasting and presumably more harmful. After a couple of glasses of cider, my blood pressures shoots up. It […]

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Plantar Fasciitis

We’ve always been taught to go for ashi points in cases like trigger finger and plantar fasciitis. One disadvantage of ashi points is that they can be so painful. Another disadvantage is that they are like no-brainers. Here is a novel way to do it – by manipulating Chengshan. I’ll try and see if it […]

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Acupuncture Syncope

Acupuncture syncope. That simply means fainting during an acupuncture session. Can a couple of fine needles make a big, grown man faint? You bet. The vast majority of fainting cases are not because of improper technique. The masters frequently encounter them. This novice already had 2 encounters. They were both healthy looking young men in […]

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Pathways Of A Headache

The Meridian Theory in TCM distinguishes the pathway or “origin” of a headache by its location. The beauty of this system lies in the fact that you can treat an illness at one part of the body using a distal or “remote” point, the safest and most convenient of which are located on the limbs. […]

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Western Sedation & Eastern Acupuncture

We all know that acupuncture does not work when the area to be treated is anaesthetised. Hence, it sort of rules out the option of doing acupuncture for patients who can’t stand needle sensation. But I just discovered something interesting. Acupuncture works with sedation. A patient sedated with intravenous Dormicum responded to acupuncture treatment like […]

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