Chinese Year of the Yin Fire Rooster: Predictions and Tips for 2017

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This January, we welcome in the Chinese Year of the Yin Fire Rooster. If you found the Year of the Fire Monkey (2016) especially taxing, you’re not alone! You can expect 2017 to be a little calmer and less shocking than 2016, but the Yin Fire Rooster is still a key player in the antagonistic […]

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Acupuncture and Brain Neuroplasticity: Research & Study

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New research is showing that practicing acupuncture, at a high level, may result in positive changes in the brain relating to neuroplasticity, and interest in this niche is growing. Most of the time, I use this blog to explore topics that I think will interest people who are curious about trying acupuncture and Chinese herbal […]

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Acupuncture For Sciatica Treatment: Facts & Benefits

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Sciatica refers to the wide range of symptoms that may result from a herniated disc, spinal compression, or bone spurs on the spine. In typical cases, a person will present with pain along the back of the leg and hip, usually on just one side of the body. This might be an aching, burning, tingling, […]

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Use of Chinese Cinnamon; Gui Zhi & Rou Gui in Herbal Medicine

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With Thanksgiving around the corner and a chill in the air, many of us are getting back in the kitchen to prepare warm, comforting food. Maybe you’re the type to spend hours perfecting a butternut squash soup recipe, or maybe you’ve just been eagerly anticipating the return of a certain cult coffee flavor. From muffins to […]

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Moxibustion Therapy: Uses & Benefits of Moxibustion

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If you’ve spent any time researching Chinese medicine, you might have come across a therapy called moxibustion. In general, moxibustion doesn’t get as much press coverage as acupuncture or some Chinese herbal treatments, but this soothing technique has a wealth of health benefits – especially as an adjunct to regular acupuncture sessions. It may be worth […]

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Don’t Get Pins and Needles: Common Acupuncture Myths

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As Westerners, it’s understandable that we approach acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments with some skepticism and lots of questions. Better to answer the questions and debunk the myths than to let misconceptions steer us away from a highly effective healing system that has been used to preserve health and promote healing for thousands of years. […]

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Empirical Point Selected Philly.com Readers’ Choice for Best Acupuncturist in Philadelphia 2016

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You like me! You really like me! Thank you so much to everyone who voted in this year’s Philly.com Readers’ Choice Awards. Because of your support, Empirical Point Acupuncture was selected as Philadelphia’s Top Acupuncture Clinic for 2016! It’s a great honor to be recognized for any award, but even more special when actual clients are […]

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What’s Your Ikigai? Finding Your Reason for Being

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What is your ikigai? In Japanese, the word ikigai means “reason for being” and everyone has one. Finding it and defining it can be illusive and difficult for many. It requires a deep and honest search of self to realize what it is that really gets us out of bed in the morning. Once it […]

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Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies: Treat & Prevent Spring Allergies Naturally

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you – are you blowing your nose? Spring is the time of year for seasonal allergies. As nature starts to bloom and pollen is released into the air, allergy sufferers begin to get the itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose and sinus pressure that makes […]

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The Holidays are Here. Don’t let this be you.

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With the year winding down, the holiday season has us doing anything but. We’re programmed to spend the next few weeks running around, shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, meeting end of year deadlines at work, planning and attending gatherings – leaving our carefully planned routines behind to celebrate the season with friends and family. In December […]

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