Acupuncture in Practice: 6 Stages Model, Part 6

By : Amanda

November 1, 2018

Happy Halloween and welcome to Acu in Practice! Today we are reviewing the 6th and “scariest” level of the 6 Stages of disease in TCM. The Jue Yin level is the deepest layer of the body and disharmony at this level involves severe deficiency and virtual exhaustion of the body’s defensive mechanisms or Zheng Qi. The Jue Yin is associated with the Pericardium and Liver and the pattern classically presents... Read More

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Acupuncture in Practice: 6 Stages Model, Part 5

By : Amanda

October 25, 2018

Welcome to Acu in Practice! This week we continue our “refresher” on the 6 Stages Model of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This diagnosis and treatment model can be especially useful for infectious and chronic inflammatory disease. In short, the model theorizes that disease begins on the most external level of the body where the immune system (Wei Qi) combats it and either wins by expelling the pathogen or allows the pathogen... Read More

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Acupuncture in practice: 6 Stages Model, Part 4

By : Amanda

October 17, 2018

Welcome to Acu in Practice! This week we continue our “refresher” on the 6 Stages Model of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This diagnosis and treatment model can be especially useful for infectious and chronic inflammatory disease. In short, the model theorizes that disease begins on the most external level of the body where the immune system (Wei Qi) combats it and either wins by expelling the pathogen or allows the pathogen... Read More

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Acupuncture in Practice: 6 Stages Model, Part 3

By : Amanda

October 11, 2018

Welcome to Acu in Practice! This week we continue our “refresher” on the 6 Stages Model of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This diagnosis and treatment model can be especially useful for infectious and chronic inflammatory disease. In short, the model theorizes that disease begins on the most external level of the body where the immune system (Wei Qi) combats it and either wins by expelling the pathogen or allows the pathogen... Read More

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Acupuncture in Practices: 6 Stages Model, Part 2

By : Amanda

October 4, 2018

Welcome to Acu in Practice! This week we continue our “refresher” on the 6 Stages Model of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This diagnosis and treatment model can be especially useful for infectious and chronic inflammatory disease. In short, the model theorizes that disease begins on the most external level of the body where the immune system (Wei Qi) combats it and either wins by expelling the pathogen or allows the pathogen... Read More

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Acupuncture in Practice: 6 Stages Model of Traditional Chinese Medicine

By : Amanda

September 26, 2018

Welcome to Acu in Practice! This week I would like to provide a brief introduction, or refresher, on the 6 Stages Model of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This diagnosis and treatment model can be especially useful for infectious and chronic inflammatory disease. In short, the model theorizes that disease begins on the most external level of the body where the immune system (Wei Qi) combats it and either wins by expelling... Read More

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Acupuncture in Practice: Chronic Disease

By : Amanda

September 6, 2018

Welcome to acu in practice…posting live from the IVAS Congress in Breckenridge, Colorado! This morning our focus is on preventing and treating chronic disease. Chronic disease is becoming more common in our patients (and in people) as we are exposed to more pathogens and pollutants in the environment. In addition, vector spread diseases, spread by ticks and mosquitos, are also on the rise (for example Lyme). Cynthia Lankenau, a veterinarian,... Read More

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Acupuncture in Practice: Wind Heat Dermatitis

By : Amanda

August 30, 2018

Welcome to Acu in Practice! Here in the Pacific Northwest we have experienced significantly dry, hot weather over the past 2 months. Not surprisingly, I have seen plenty of allergic dermatitis in my patients during that time. In most cases, the lesions are dry, red and itchy. In TCM, we refer to this as Wind Heat dermatitis. However, the important question is “Why does the body react to this Wind... Read More

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Acupuncture in Practice: Arthritis!

By : Amanda

August 22, 2018

Welcome to acu in practice! One of the most common conditions we treat with acupuncture in animals is ARTHRITIS! In TCM, we refer to this as “Bony Bi Syndrome.” The Bony Bi occurs as a result of long standing stagnation or reduction in the circulation of Blood and Qi to the affected areas of the body. With acupuncture, we can resolve stagnation and restore proper circulation prior to the development... Read More

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Acupuncture in Practice: Damp Heat

By : Amanda

August 16, 2018

Welcome to Acu in Practice! All of the heat and humidity in the environment right now has me thinking about the effects of Damp Heat on the body. Damp Heat, according Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), can be responsible for both external and internal conditions. Examples of external Damp Heat include “hot spots” or moist exudative dermatitis, malodorous ear infections with discharge, and pyoderma (skin infection usually with some type of... Read More

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