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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.

The Shen Mind Connection

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at things differently and while it may be a little confusing, there is usually some common ground that can be found upon examination and explanation. One such area is the idea of the mind. The mind in Traditional Chinese Medicine is commonly referred to as the shen.

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Physical Aspects Related to The Lungs

In the world of Traditional Chinese medicine, the lung is probably the organ whose TCM functions overlap the most with its Western functions. Respiration, the immune system and the skin are all systems heavily influenced by the lung, both in acupuncture and in Western medicine.

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Mental and Emotional Aspects of the Lungs

As an acupuncturist, I am constantly assessing. Before my patients answer a single question, I am taking in cues as to what types of imbalances might be going on. In five-element acupuncture, the five major organ systems are the kidney, liver, lung, heart and spleen. When any of these systems are out of balance, certain physical, mental and

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