Reality Check

Not to sound like a greeting card, but your health really is the most important thing you “own”. You really don’t have anything if you don’t have your health. It’s important to find the right practitioner to become a partner in maintaining your health, not the cheapest.

Health

What does that mean?

What would health look like to you and your family?

What would it feel like to have health?

For many people, this is a concept that is so far removed from their reality they refuse to entertain the notion.

I have the BEST patients!

Upon receiving her (first – she’s a new patient) billing statement, one patient looked at the adjustments column and said “What’s this?”  I told her that they are the contractual adjustments I make because I am an in-network provider with her insurance.  She was incensed – not at me, at the tiny tiny amount the […]

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

For those of us who only know Rosh Hashanah as a holiday in our Outlook calendars, here’s a brief intro:

Insurance

For more and more patients, insurance paying for acupuncture is the make or break deciding factor. I am pleased to announce that, through OptumHealth Physical Health of California, I will be a participating acupuncture provider for the following companies beginning 16th January 2010.

A Tough Year – Grieving and Acupuncture

This year has seen a lot of deaths as well as a lot of serious illnesses. And grief can begin long before the actually death of a friend or loved one, human or animal. Grief can also come from the death of someone famous, if the connection is strong enough.

Acupuncture as a Health Maintenance Model

Like many Westerners, I suppose, I have never had much contact with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OM) and only thought of it vaguely as a folk art that worked more or less by accident. I’ve since come into a much closer relationship with Oriental Medicine and have found that it makes sense to me in terms of my own profession, computer modeling.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Yes, even acupuncturists get to have fun once in a while.  So if things seem a little wacky, it’s not your screen – it’s a little cyber high-jinx.  Enjoy!

Tree Good, Fire Bad

In Traditional Oriental Medicine the Lungs govern Qi and respiration. They’re responsible for inhaling Qi from the atmosphere, combining it with the Qi received from food and spreading the resultant useable Qi throughout the entire body. The Lungs are called the tender organ because they are the most external organs and they connect the body to the outside world. The Lungs are easily attacked by external pathogenic factors, in this case smoky, ashy, hot air. When the air we’re taking in is poor quality, we tire easily. Of course, when we’re breathing fine air and eating garbage we get tired easily, but that’s another discussion.

You can call me the baby doctor!

In keeping with the Daoist ideals that the father’s health (mental, emotional and physical) is as important as the mother’s at the moment of conception, I work with couples who are planning to become pregnant to ensure that both partners are in the best mental, emotional and physical condition they can.