Coronavirus update and what you can do

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has many people concerned.  We are closely watching recommendations and updates from the San Mateo County Health Department  and Centers for Disease Control as well as increasing our already thorough clinic cleaning practices. If you have a fever, body aches, difficulty breathing, a cough you cannot control, vomiting […]

Your Insurance Covers Acupuncture… Except When it doesn’t!

This is a guest post by my classmate and colleague Teresa Lau from http://tlc-medicine.com In a previous post, I covered the basics of how health insurance coverage works. But there were a lot of details which I left out for simplicity’s sake. As some of you may already have discovered, just because your insurance says acupuncture […]

Understanding Health Insurance Basics

 This is a guest post by my classmate and colleague Teresa Lau from http://tlc-medicine.com ​ By now, most people in the U.S. have some level of health care coverage. But do you know what you are actually getting in return for paying your monthly premiums each month? Understanding your benefits will help you budget better […]

Beat the Summer Injury Season with Acupuncture!

  Every year we see headlines like ” Summertime is ‘trauma season’ for hospital ERs” and “Emergency room visits rise in summer.” From articles like these we learn that visits to the ER tend to increase by 25-30% in the summer. Obviously the warm weather encourages us to spend more time outside doing chores as […]

How to Effectively Use Acupuncture

When new patients come into my office the common question is: “How many treatments will it take?” The answer depends on a few factors some of which we will tackle in this article. Acupuncture in China is often daily treatment for a course of 10 treatments with about a 2 week break. After this break […]

TCM Fruits and Vegetables Energetics for January

  Note: This article is for informational use only and should not be a replacement for qualified medical advice. Information Sourced from: Kastner, J. (2009). Chinese nutrition therapy: Dietetics in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (2nd ed.). Stuttgart: Thieme. Leggett, D. (1997). Helping ourselves a guide to traditional Chinese medicine. (3rd ed.). Totnes, England: Meridian Press. […]

TCM Fruits and Vegetables Energetics for December

Note: This article is for informational use only and should not be a replacement for qualified medical advice. Information Sourced from: Kastner, J. (2009). Chinese nutrition therapy: Dietetics in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (2nd ed.). Stuttgart: Thieme. Leggett, D. (1997). Helping ourselves a guide to traditional Chinese medicine. (3rd ed.). Totnes, England: Meridian Press. Tonify […]

Beat the Bloat During the Holidays

  View image | gettyimages.com Thanksgiving, a time for watching football and feasting with family and friends. Unfortunately the feasting part while very delicious can contribute to bloating, distention, and lethargy. Like football, supporting healthy digestion requires a good defense and a good offense. Defense Do not overeat: We all know that overeating can contribute […]

TCM Fruits and Vegetables Energetics for November

  View image | gettyimages.com Note: This article is for informational use only and should not be a replacement for qualified medical advice. Information Sourced from: Kastner, J. (2009). Chinese nutrition therapy: Dietetics in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (2nd ed.). Stuttgart: Thieme. Leggett, D. (1997). Helping ourselves a guide to traditional Chinese medicine. (3rd ed.). […]

TCM Fruits and Vegetables Energetics for October

  View image | gettyimages.com Note: This article is for informational use only and should not be a replacement for qualified medical advice. Information Sourced from: Kastner, J. (2009). Chinese nutrition therapy: Dietetics in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (2nd ed.). Stuttgart: Thieme. Leggett, D. (1997). Helping ourselves a guide to traditional Chinese medicine. (3rd ed.). […]