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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.

TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those

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Walnuts and Your Brain

Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts.    

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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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