Make the Common Cold Uncommon This Season

Make the Common Cold Uncommon This Season ’Tis the season for runny noses and sniffles. As the weather begins to turn, it’s nice to know that there are ways to prevent catching a cold. And if you do begin to feel ill, there are many solutions that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers to get well again. Wind Carries Pathogens In TCM, Wind is a cause of disease. Think about it, when it’s windy things get stirred up. Leaves, dust, pollen, and more. Wind is an external pathogenic factor that brings with it other disease-causing agents. Namely, Cold and Heat, Dryness
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3 Ways for Weathering the Storm of Emotions

Healing Trauma: Weathering the Storm of Emotions Recently along the Gulf coast of the United States, two historic hurricanes touched ashore and touched many lives. The twin hurricanes accumulated an estimated damage of $150 to $200 billion in total. Flooded homes, evacuees, casualties. Many people lost everything and that resonates throughout their families, loved ones, and communities. Our hearts and thoughts are with those who survived and those that did not. There are places in our world where nature’s power is on display regularly. Even so, how can anyone prepare for the possibility of losing one’s home, one’s job, one’s
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5 Myths of Back Pain

5 Myths of Back Pain Pop quiz, what do you think is the leading cause of disability worldwide? If you thought low back pain, bingo! In the United States, we spend over $50 billion annually on just back pain. Ouch. Since it is so ubiquitous and many are touched by pains in the back, there are some common misconceptions floating around. Lets lift the veil of back pain and show you some real options for superior therapy. Myth #1: The spine is built like a column. Most of us are taught that the vertebrae, that is the spine, are designed
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The History of Acupuncture

The Concise History of Acupuncture Chinese Medicine is comprised of numerous healing modalities. The nutritional sciences of herbal medicine and dietetics utilize ingested and topical medicaments. The bodywork arts of cupping, tui na, and gua sha work exteriorly to treat patterns of disharmony (i.e. disease). Still, the most popular and well-known aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is Acupuncture. Even so, the precise origination of acupuncture is a bit vague. The ancient Chinese were prolific documenters of history and science. As such, the earliest recorded writing on acupuncture found to date is the Huangdi Neijing, translated as The Yellow Emperor’s
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Adrenal Fatigue and the Acupuncture Fix

Adrenal Fatigue and the Acupuncture Fix Adrenal Fatigue, Burnout, or Hypoadrenia are used interchangeably to describe a similar phenomenon. That is, the deleterious effects of distress. In academia and clinical practice, the powers that be do not recognize adrenal fatigue, or its other names, as a clinical diagnosis. Adrenal fatigue was initially termed by James Wilson, DC, ND, PhD at the end of the last century. Since then, no medical endocrinology society has endorsed or supported the terms “adrenal fatigue,” or “hypoadrenia.” Though clinical wording such as adrenal neurasthenia, adrenal apathy, adrenal insufficiency, and subclinical hypoadrenia can be found in
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5 Myths Surrounding Neck Pain

5 Myths Surrounding Neck Pain Neck pain affects up to 50% of the world’s population, according to research completed by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The IASP study also found that chronic neck pain, lasting over 3 months, will afflict 15% of the population at any given time. The truth is, if you have neck pain, or any chronic pain, you are not alone. Here is some more truth, just like there are many myths touted as expert fitness advice from your local gym junkie, there are many myths surrounding neck pain. We at Lakewood Ranch
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Get Stoned Like a Shaman: About Stone Medicine

Stone Medicine Treatment Humans have always been surrounded by stones. Arguably, one of the first tools ever was a rock used for smashing open otherwise hard-to-get food items. Imagine Grok seeing a nut, stomach growling, looking at the ground at opened shells from birds and other animals. Next to the tree is a rock, and after grabbing a handful of nuts, Grok begins pounding a stone into the shells to reveal a proteinaceous snack. “Eureka!” Rocks are everywhere. We even call our planet the “3rd Rock From The Sun!” Here at Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness, we are a stone’s
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This Ain’t Your Granny’s Sauna (or is it?)

This Ain’t Your Granny’s Sauna (or is it?) From the Russian banya, to Tribal sweat lodges, to Estonian smoke saunas, there is an ancient tradition of therapeutic sweating for health and wellness across the world. Now modern technology has stepped in and upgraded the rustic feel of saunas to futuristic portals you can install in your own home. It’s how The Jetson’s would sauna if they could. What is an Infrared Sauna? You may have already heard of this from a friend, or have seen it advertised around town. Let’s break this down. Infrared refers to a specific range of
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