Chinese Herbal Medicine

Preconception Planning

Preconception Planning

Planning for a family requires preparation in several aspects of one’s life. Many experts now agree that the health and wellbeing of parents prior to conception has a major impact on their fertility. Preparing oneself with the power of good...

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PCOS, pregnant after Clomid failed to promote ovulation

PCOS, pregnant after Clomid failed to promote ovulation

PCOS Case Study Overview: 29 year old female presenting with a history of irregular menstruation, ranging from 35-55 days. She was diagnosed with PCOS two years prior to her first visit at Acupuncture Northwest & Associates and had been trying to conceive...

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TCM 101— The Eight Principles

TCM 101— The Eight Principles

TCM (traditional Chinese medicine, which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutrition) has many ways of diagnostically seeing a person.  These various theoretical constructs were developed in different eras and regions of China. In this article, I want to discuss the...

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Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup Recipe

Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup Recipe

Tonifying herbs are often cooked into soup because their taste is pleasant. The chicken in this soup brings out the Qi-tonifying and blood-nourishing properties of the herbs. This recipe has been used by the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland for...

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Treating Migraines with TCM

Treating Migraines with TCM

Migraine Headaches have long plagued human kind. Headache remedies can be found in the most ancient of cultures. In today’s modern world, many of these traditional cures have been lost. Although we must be thankful to western allopathic medicine for...

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Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground

I am sitting in a private room, my tongue sticking out, as two pairs of inquisitive eyes peer into my mouth. “Aah, yes …” acupuncturists Stephanie Gianarelli, L.Ac., and Margot Voorhies, L.Ac., say in unison, pulling back simultaneously. Then, they...

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Cold and Flu Season is Breathing Down our Necks!

Cold and Flu Season is Breathing Down our Necks!

According to Chinese medical theory, cold and flu viruses are abundant in the air we breathe and the “wind” blowing into our nose and mouth may drive the pathogen deep into the body. Once inside the body, the cold/flu virus...

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