An overview of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a frequently misunderstood and under-diagnosed illness. It is also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). The term is used instead of chronic fatigue syndrome in several countries worldwide. It is gaining traction with researchers and others in the United States. Advocates feel Read More »
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A sore throat is a painful or irritated feeling at the back of your throat every time you swallow. It’s one of the first and most common symptoms of a common cold. It’s the result of pain and inflammation of the tissue and mucous membranes of your throat and may be aggravated by talking or Read More »
Treating Pain with Acupuncture
There is an irony when it comes to using acupuncture to treat pain… Frequently patients who seek out acupuncture for their pain, do so as a last resort. They’ve tried everything else, from physical therapy to medications to surgery. It’s ironic because frequently acupuncture is effective in treating pain when nothing else has worked. Pain Read More »
Giving back to the community Giving back isn’t just a slick advertising hook here at Vickery Health & Wellness. Dr Vickery believes everyone should enjoy glowing good health. But she knows this is not as easy as waving a magic wand, and for some it’s an uphill battle. To help aid in that journey, she Read More »
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.
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.
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.
Thoughts for Food
From time to time I’ll be compiling lists of foods for various health concerns and posting them. I hope you find them interesting but do remember that you should never radically alter your diet without first discussing your current health with your MD or acupuncturist, or both!
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.
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.