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Acupuncture for Chronic Bowel Irritation, IBS, Bloating, Etc.!

Going through life with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be incredibly disruptive. Productivity at work is affected, and it can influence travel decisions, as well as strain relationships. These difficulties are often all because you never know when you will have to run to the bathroom. Many patients find this incredibly embarrassing or difficult to talk about. Sadly, most people never seek help for this issue, either because it is taboo to talk about, [...]

Acupuncture for Chronic Bowel Irritation, IBS, Bloating, Etc.!2020-01-31T08:43:14-05:00

5 Tips for Improving Sleep and Resolving Insomnia

Have you ever experienced the frustration of laying in bed trying to sleep but you can't calm your mind? Well, you are not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30-40% of American adults report that they have had symptoms of insomnia within the last 12 months, and 10-15 percent of adults claim to have chronic insomnia. I wanted to take a minute to talk about this issue and how making a few lifestyle [...]

5 Tips for Improving Sleep and Resolving Insomnia2020-01-31T08:44:14-05:00

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

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

Why Acupuncture Is Fun & Not So Scary!

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. After living in Portland, Oregon for five years where an acupuncture or naturopathic clinic is practically on every corner, and people seem almost bored if you tell them you’re an acupuncturist (only because they have one already, and 2.5 of their friends are acupuncturists), coming back home to Virginia provides some stark contrast. First, acupuncture is relatively new here and lots of people are excited about it, and that’s [...]

Why Acupuncture Is Fun & Not So Scary!2020-01-31T08:54:06-05:00

How to Pick An Acupuncturist

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. Through conversations I’ve had with some folks lately, I’ve come to a fresh state of awareness regarding how overwhelming it can be when it comes to picking the right health care practitioner.  It’s hard enough to find a doctor or a dentist that you like, and you don’t even really have to think too much about their qualifications – anyone who practices as a M.D. or a dentist has [...]

How to Pick An Acupuncturist2020-01-31T08:54:15-05:00

Chinese Medicine Spring Wisdom

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. Now that the weather has warmed, and all of our native flora has decided resolutely that it is spring, we will continue our series on health and living in accordance with the seasons, as per the Chinese medicine viewpoint. Since spring begins the new year in the Chinese calendar, let us begin with a brief discussion of this calendar and how it differs from ours. The traditional Chinese calendar [...]

Chinese Medicine Spring Wisdom2020-01-31T08:54:39-05:00

Acupuncture for Flu (And Colds, Too!)

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. It’s that time of year again in Richmond – the time where everyone around you is dropping like flies with the flu or some such – so it seems like a perfect time to write about what Chinese medicine can offer us in terms of avoiding getting sick. Have you ever tried acupuncture If you do find yourself getting sick, consider coming in to the clinic.  Acupuncture can be [...]

Acupuncture for Flu (And Colds, Too!)2020-01-31T08:54:56-05:00

Chinese Medicine Winter Wisdom

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. Our modern lives tend to seduce us with the false notion that we, our bodies, are largely divorced from nature. While this may seem to be true at first blush (especially if you’ve ever been to a place like Las Vegas!) the deeper truth is that our bodies have evolved to their current state over what has been billions of years (or slightly less, depending on your beliefs!). Whatever [...]

Chinese Medicine Winter Wisdom2020-01-31T08:55:06-05:00