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Just about every type of health condition can be helped with the ancient art of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine, and as a licensed acupuncturist, Nancy Knode treats a wide variety of conditions.

Acupuncture is probably most well-known for its treatment of acute and chronic pain, and has a proven history of effective pain relief. A series of acupuncture treatments can usually alleviate or at least greatly reduce a painful condition. The results will depend on the severity of the condition, as well as how long it has been a problem. A condition that has been ongoing for years will generally not respond to treatment as quickly as one that has only been a problem for a few months. Ideally, treatments for pain should begin on a twice-a-week basis. Once progress has been made, treatments can be spaced out to once a week, then once every two weeks, until eventually treatments can be given on a maintenance or as-needed basis.

Women’s health care is another area in which Chinese medicine is particularly successful. Good health is all about balance. In order to be healthy there must be a balance of the vital energies of the body — Qi and Blood and Yin and Yang. This becomes even more important as we age. Energetic deficiencies and/or stagnation can cause fatigue and illness. Whether a woman is suffering from PMS, perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms, or simply fatigue, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be extremely helpful. Harbor Healing Center provides a supportive environment for women to receive personalized care throughout all the stages of life.

Acupuncture is also a wonderful support for a stressful life. People are usually quite surprised at how relaxed they feel after an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can help the body and mind relearn how to relax.

Chinese medicine works best as a regular part of a health program. Seeking treatment only when a condition becomes acute is not the best approach. Preventative treatments can keep the body in balance, and can help to prevent many ailments.

5 Acupoints to Help You Navigate Your Stress This Winter

There are several acupressure points that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life.

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Stay Healthy This Winter with a Balanced Qi

Winter’s element is water and is associated with the kidneys, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is considered the source of all qi and energy within the body. Winter is also associated with the bladder and adrenal glands.

Focusing on inner reflection, rest, energy conservation and storage during the winter months is when it’s most important as

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Winter Acupuncture: Governing Vessel 14

Governing Vessel 14 is called The Great Hammer. This point is located below C 7 on the spine. C 7, the seventh cervical vertebrae is the one which is the most prominent. Traditionally the vertebrae were referred to as hammers because of their resemblance to the tool. This point is great because it is the intersecting point for

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