Acupuncture for Emotional Balance (Part 3)

A Chinese classic, Su Wen素問, indicates that pensiveness is the normal emotional state that Spleen supports. In a healthy individual, Spleen should provide good memory and mental calmness to handle affairs in a thoughtful manner. From this perspective, Spleen 脾 (in Eastern Medicine) is not just an organ; rather, Spleen represents the digestive functional unit […]

Acupuncture for Emotional Balance (Part 2)

In this article, I would like to discuss 魂 (Kon in Japanese, Hun in Chinese). This Chinese character is commonly used to describe “soul” and gives us the impression of passion and achievement when we see it. This character is often used in such context in our culture. In Eastern Medicine, the character indicates “ethereal […]

Acupuncture for Emotional Balance

I am sure that you have heard of the brain-gut connection. Basically, they say that the nervous system in the gut communicates with the brain: the mental health affects your digestion and vice versa. Eastern Medicine delves into the topic a little more and assigns each organ to an emotion. For example, the topic of […]

Acupuncture Point for Back Pain, Sciatica, Neck, Shoulder, and Arm Pain, Headaches, Arthritis and So Many Other Things. 

There is an acupuncture channel called Tai Myaku (帯脈). The literal translation of the name means “the Belt Channel” because it wraps around the abdomen like a belt. In the style of Japanese acupuncture I practice, this channel bears such importance that I use it to treat almost everything.   Anatomically, because of its location in […]

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain (Part 2)

In an acupuncture session, the practitioner often uses a channel that is seemingly unrelated to your complaints. Treating low back pain by using the gallbladder channel is a good example. I almost always treat the gallbladder channel when I treat low back pain. This is because of the pathway of the gallbladder channel, which runs […]

Acupuncture for Neck Pain (Part 2)

In the previous article, I discussed a type of neck pain that is associated with repetitive motion of the forearms and hands, such as typing. In this article, I would like to touch on the neck pain that is felt mostly on the back of the neck, on the cervical spine, at the base of […]

Acupuncture for Neck Pain (Part 1)

Two of the common symptoms that acupuncturists handle are neck pain and low back pain. I have noticed that people complain of neck pain more than low back pain since cellphones had become the extension of our bodies. Obviously, our bodies are not designed to tap small screens with your fingers to navigate through cat […]