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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With Gratitude on the Eve of Thanksgiving

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Giving Thanks On the Eve of Thanksgiving To my friends: Offering gratitude and appreciation for your unwavering support and guidance. To my clients: My heartfelt thanks for your steadfast confidence and belief. To those that visit these pages that I have not personally met: Wishing peace, happiness and a thoughtful Thanksgiving! Best Regards, Sharon

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The Use of Astragalus in Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Astragalus (huang qi) is a perennial plant native to China, Mongolia, and Korea, and is one of Chinese medicine’s 50 fundamental herbs. It is considered a strong, qi strengthening remedy, and one of its compounds might even be used to treat HIV in the near future. Though it saw a boost in popularity with the publication […]

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Treat Seasonal Allergy Symptoms with Chinese Medicine Naturally

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After a long, bitterly cold winter, one of the best things to do is get outside and breathe in the sunshine. Unfortunately for many Philadelphians, the warmth of spring comes with a large helping of seasonal allergy symptoms, brought on by increased levels of dust and pollen in the air. According to the American College […]

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Come See Us at the Philadelphia Science Festival

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It’s time to get nerdy, Philadelphia. Entering its fifth year, the Philadelphia Science Festival is back, running Friday, April 24th and through May 2nd. Throughout the city there will be opportunities to explore the way things work and a chance to finally get some answers to the things you’ve always wondered about. Like, what makes […]

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How Pinellia (Ban Xia) is Used in Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Pinellia is a Chinese herb from the Araceae family of flowering plants. It is native to Japan and southern China, and is often called the “green dragon” because of the color and shape of its flower. Pinellia’s long, tongue-like spadix is similar in appearance to the waxy peace lily, an ornamental plant commonly displayed in American homes. […]

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