Integrative Health Blog

Health Tips for the Fall Season from Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Wed, Nov 11, 2015














Fall brings harvest time, the beauty of the changing leaves, and less daylight. In Chinese medicine, fall is associated with the element of metal and the lungs. It is a time to slow down, go to bed early, regroup and begin to move and think inward in preparation for winter.

Staying Healthy with Changing Weather

With the change to cooler weather comes your body’s attempt to cope with cold mornings, warm afternoons and even colder evenings.  Wild fluctuations in temperature tend to be giant stressors on the system and as such, this is the time of year when we see many colds and flu.  Is there a way to prevent these seasonal health missteps?  Of course!  Chinese medicine quite literally works on the idea of prevention.  When you come in for an appointment we feel your pulse and see where there are imbalances in the body.  Based on these imbalances, which around this time of year tend to be the lung and large intestine (metal element organs), we can treat to prevent ailments in these organ systems. 

Colds and flus have been written about in classical texts for over 3500 years.  Hence, Chinese medicine  practitioners are good at treating them. 

Health Tips for the Fall Season

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Tags: chinese medicine, acupuncture

Can Acupuncture Help Me Lose Weight?

Posted by on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

The short answer is “YES!”  but the true answer is much more involved and requires several more questions in order to decide how to best achieve long lasting weight loss.

Chinese medicine and Acupuncture can be an effective “assistant” to weight loss and weight maintenance but how do we go about finding out why there is a weight issue to begin with?

Many Factors Affect Weight Loss

There are several factors when considering a weight loss plan that need to be discussed.  For example,

  • Is the weight gain due to poor dietary and exercise habits? 
  • Is there a metabolic function issue that needs to be addressed?
  • Are there psychological factors contributing to the inability to lose weight?
  • Is there a hormonal or thyroid issue
  • How is your digestion?

As you can see, there are many reasons why a person gains weight and, as such, there are many techniques to help lose that weight. 

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Tags: weight loss, chinese medicine, acupuncture

How Acupuncture Helps With Pain

Posted by on Wed, May 08, 2013

Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc

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Tags: arthritis, joint pain, chinese medicine, acupuncture, pain

Chinese Medicine and the Spring Tune Up

Posted by on Mon, Mar 04, 2013

Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc

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Tags: chinese medicine, acupuncture

What is Classical Chinese Medicine?

Posted by on Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc

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Tags: energy therapies, chinese medicine, acupuncture

Chinese Medicine For Women’s Health and Fertility

Posted by on Mon, Jun 18, 2012

Do you suffer from fatigue, cramping, nausea, migraines, anger, irritability, restlessness, mood swings, digestive disturbance, hot flashes and just plain feeling down in the dumps?  Do these symptoms seem to occur regularly or cyclically?

Perhaps worse than the symptoms are not knowing when they will occur, as your bodies’ rhythms are not quite as “cyclical” as they could be. 

Are you struggling with the “change of life” and the physical and emotional symptoms that seem to accompany this natural transition?

What could your symptoms mean?

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Tags: fertility, chinese medicine, acupuncture, integrative health, womens health

Tired of Pain?

Posted by on Tue, May 01, 2012

Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc

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Tags: back pain, cupping, chronic pain, chinese medicine, acupuncture, pain, muscle pain

Chinese Medicine and the "Spring Tune-Up"

Posted by on Wed, Apr 25, 2012

Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc

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Tags: chinese medicine, integrative health, allergies, liver

Cupping, An Ancient Cure That's Making a Comeback

Posted by on Mon, Feb 13, 2012

Cupping has been used for thousands of years in Africa, the Middle East and in China.  In fact, some of the oldest descriptions of cupping date back to 1,550 BC in the Ebers papyrus, one of the oldest existing medical texts unearthed in Egypt. Chinese medicine practitioners have been using cupping for over 3000 years for everything from the common cold to trauma to internal disease.  In fact, the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad describe cupping as an approved treatment and even go on to say “"The Hijama (cupping) is the best of your remedies". 

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Tags: cupping, chinese medicine