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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.

Extraordinary Vessels – Chong Mai

Most acupuncture points are located on the 12 primary channels that flow along the surface of the body. However, there are eight Extraordinary Vessels that flow more deeply in the body, and are perhaps even more powerful that the 12 primary channels. The Extraordinary Vessels regulate the 12 channels, and are deep lakes of energy, which can feed the

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Extraordinary Vessels – Dai Mai

In addition to the 12 main acupuncture meridians that flow along the surface of the body, there are also deeper channels of energy in the body called the Extraordinary Vessels. You can understand the relationship between the primary acupuncture channels and the Extraordinary Vessels by thinking about what happens when it rains: first, small ditches become full – these

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4 Lifestyle Tweaks to Thrive this Spring

In traditional Chinese medical theory, one of the best ways to stay healthy is to live in balance with the seasons. Balance, in this context, means mindfully crafting your diet and certain aspects of your lifestyle based on what season it is.

An easy way to think about this is with fruits and vegetables: we are lucky these

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