The 5 Elements at a Glance

Throughout the history of medicine, healers have classified qualities of health and disease according to 'elements'.  Hippocratic medicine had the '4 humors' of earth, air, fire, and water that corresponded with the 4 seasons and qualities of emotion, colors, and type...

New Research Shows Acupuncture Benefits Depression

Currently, 1 out of every 10 people reports symptoms of depression, and nearly half of these are considered cases of major depressive disorder.  Previous studies have demonstrated acupuncture's ability to relieve mild depression and to help those who only have mild...

Acupuncture Lessens Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatment for their condition must withstand numerous side effects of the drugs, which interfere with work, daily and family life, and quality of life.  Some side effects, including nausea and vomiting, and chemo-induced...

Acupuncture for Endometriosis

Acupuncture received a nod from the New England Journal of Medicine recently, citing research showing that acupuncture treatment is linked with a decrease in symptoms due to endometriosis. This condition can be frustrating to patients and practitioners, because...

Diagnosis in East Asian Medicine

East Asian medicine operates in a very different paradigm from conventional medicine. A Western medical diagnosis is typically a determination of the factor causing the patient’s symptoms, but what an individual patient is experiencing is irrelevant to the diagnosis....

Massage Increasingly Recognized as More Than Just Relaxation

As massage therapists and shiatsu practitioners have long known, massage has many benefits above and beyond simple relaxation. More and more medical professionals are recommending massage as a healthful alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, and are recognizing ways...