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Maegan N. Hodge Speaks On Lyme Disease

Last summer, our Principal Acupuncturist, Maegan N. Hodge, took some time to sit down with her colleague Andrew Miles, DOM of the Botanical Biohacking podcast to discuss the modern treatment of Lyme disease, and how traditional practices of "witchcraft" in ancient southern China unwittingly contributed to advances in the field. Sounds strange right? We promise we do not advocate the practice of witchcraft for medical purposes. We have, however, been told that it is a very interesting [...]

Maegan N. Hodge Speaks On Lyme Disease2020-01-31T08:44:45-05:00

The Root Of It All

Circulation and the Gut: The two most important systems to get in order One of my teachers says something that is very obviously true, but also quite helpful to think about: “The basic requirement of health is to have highly oxygenated, highly nutritious blood flowing to all of the tissues in the body.” This means you need plenty of blood flowing to any given area of the body, and that the blood has to [...]

The Root Of It All2020-01-31T08:50:26-05:00

Acupuncture For Headaches

Acupuncture For Headaches, Explained Oh, Richmond, you all seem to have a lot of aching heads! Clearly, you are not alone, as headaches are one of the top ten most disabling conditions. Good news!  We are going to talk you through the discomfort, and teach you about when acupuncture for headaches is most appropriate. Specifically, there are two types of headaches: tension and migraine. Tension headaches are the most common, while migraines may be [...]

Acupuncture For Headaches2020-01-31T08:50:32-05:00

Got Wacky Hormones, Ladies?

Acupuncture + Chinese Medicine for Hormonal Balance In today’s highly endocrine-disruptive society, we’ve seen a steady rise in female patients struggling with hormonal imbalance and dysfunction. In fact, it’s one of the most common complaints that we see here at Centered: Richmond.  Here, we treat with acupuncture, herbs, and help patients make lifestyle changes to support healthy hormones. Environmental toxins, BPA (found in plastics), common household cleaners and chemicals used in pesticides and herbicides [...]

Got Wacky Hormones, Ladies?2020-01-31T08:52:37-05:00

Chinese Medicine: A Basic Primer

What is Chinese Medicine? Chinese medicine, which includes the acupuncture modality, is a nature-based healing modality which has thousands of years of rich history. It is still being used today in clinics and hospitals throughout China and most of Asia as a primary medical modality and its popularity has been increasing in Europe and the United States over the last 40 years. It is a complete medical system that is capable of treating a [...]

Chinese Medicine: A Basic Primer2020-01-31T08:52:54-05:00

Acupuncture For Stress

If you've gone through a particularly stressful period in your life and feel drained, or feel chronically prone to "getting stressed out", you should consider Chinese medicine, or acupuncture, as one of the best ways to recuperate your energy. Stress is a part of life, but if the body isn't able to maintain a healthy balance between the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) branches of the nervous system, you're headed for trouble. This chronically [...]

Acupuncture For Stress2020-01-31T08:53:46-05:00

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

... or Nourishing Life with Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are poorly understood terms.  In the Western world, we have developed an unfortunate nomenclature for practitioners of Oriental medicine. We call nearly all practitioners of this fully developed medical system “acupuncturists”, despite the fact that acupuncture is only one of the many tools available for the study and application of this system of medicine. To call someone an acupuncturist is thusly misleading, unless [...]

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture2020-01-31T08:53:56-05:00

Acupuncture for Allergies (Herbs, Too!)

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. It’s that time of year again! The trees are starting to bud out, and bulbs are coming out of the ground (never mind the periodic snows we were still getting in Richmond in mid-March this year). Folks are already pouring in to the office with the beginnings of their seasonal allergy symptoms. Have you considered getting acupuncture for allergies? From the physiological perspective, one has to consider many factors [...]

Acupuncture for Allergies (Herbs, Too!)2020-01-31T08:54:48-05:00

Acupuncture and Bloating

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. One of the coolest things about the acupuncture or Chinese medicine approach to disease is that it recognizes that no two people, or their diseases, are the same. If a patient comes in with a cold for example, Chinese medicine treatment is based not only on a person’s specific symptoms but also on the patient’s constitution, or overall landscape of their body. For example, a young person who has [...]

Acupuncture and Bloating2020-01-31T08:55:26-05:00