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Japanese Vs. Chinese Acupuncture

One of the most frequently asked questions that pops up in people's mind when they hear about “Japanese acupuncture style” is how is it different than the Chinese style? This question is mostly asked by people who experienced one of the two styles, or none of them, since once you experience both styles, the differences become apparent. It is important to clarify, before we discuss these differences, that there are many Japanese schools just as there are many Chinese. So, in this post, whenever I refer to “Chinese style”, I am referring to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) style, that interesting enough is actually a modern compilation of practices, some old and some modern, that originate f

Beyond Nutrition: Eating habits that’ll keep you healthy

As you may have already experienced, nutrition is a heated topic that experts keep struggling with each other for centuries, There is pretty much a consensus that if you will eat “the right stuff” you will enjoy better health. However, what is “the right stuff” experts are very far from agreement.The dispute is mostly about What to it, while about how to eat is rarely addressed, and it’s a pity, because on that topic most experts most likely can easily agree. The following are rules that can be applied to your diet regardless if you are Vegan, Paleo, Macrobiotic or even a coke-and-burger eater. Your body will thank you for following these guidelines, which were passed to us from ancient time

Acupuncture For Orthopedic Problems

Meridian therapy follows imaginary lines along the surface of our body, lines that follow clear physiological patterns that roughly follow t

How Deep Is Your Qi

The following model was introduced to me by my brother in law, Nigel Dawes, who is an accomplished Shiatsu practitioner and teacher and it was originally developed as a practical tool to help Shiatsu therapists decide how deep should they press with each client, or simply put, how much force should they put into each point. It is obvious that some patients will benefit from deeper pressure, while other will find it disturbing. It is also quite self evident that clients with heavier, denser frame require a different level of penetration than lightly built small people. However the differentiation between superficial and deep qi types gives an even more subtle differentiation, and it gives als

What's wrong with my liver?

​When I first started seeing patients I was very eager to give my patients a clear picture of their condition and how they got to it. One of the phrases I used very often, a phrase that was uttered very frequently during my Chinese med studies, is "You've got liver qi stagnation" of sometimes ""liver blood stagnation" and even "liver blood deficiency". Later on in my career I stopped using these terms almost entirely, since I realized how horrified my patients got at the prospects of them having a diseased organ in their body, especially since their primary care physician never hinted at any problem with their hepatic functions. It is only recently that I learned how to explain myself and my

Japanese Vs. Chinese Acupuncture

One of the most frequently asked questions that pops up in people's mind when they hear about “Japanese acupuncture style” is how is it different than the Chinese style? This question is mostly asked by people who experienced one of the two styles, or none of them, since once you experience both styles, the differences become apparent. It is important to clarify, before we discuss these differences, that there are many Japanese schools just as there are many Chinese. So, in this post, whenever I refer to “Chinese style”, I am referring to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) style, that interesting enough is actually a modern compilation of practices, some old and some modern, that originate f

Beyond Nutrition: Eating habits that’ll keep you healthy

As you may have already experienced, nutrition is a heated topic that experts keep struggling with each other for centuries, There is pretty much a consensus that if you will eat “the right stuff” you will enjoy better health. However, what is “the right stuff” experts are very far from agreement.The dispute is mostly about What to it, while about how to eat is rarely addressed, and it’s a pity, because on that topic most experts most likely can easily agree. The following are rules that can be applied to your diet regardless if you are Vegan, Paleo, Macrobiotic or even a coke-and-burger eater. Your body will thank you for following these guidelines, which were passed to us from ancient time

Acupuncture For Orthopedic Problems

Meridian therapy follows imaginary lines along the surface of our body, lines that follow clear physiological patterns that roughly follow t

How Deep Is Your Qi

The following model was introduced to me by my brother in law, Nigel Dawes, who is an accomplished Shiatsu practitioner and teacher and it was originally developed as a practical tool to help Shiatsu therapists decide how deep should they press with each client, or simply put, how much force should they put into each point. It is obvious that some patients will benefit from deeper pressure, while other will find it disturbing. It is also quite self evident that clients with heavier, denser frame require a different level of penetration than lightly built small people. However the differentiation between superficial and deep qi types gives an even more subtle differentiation, and it gives als

What's wrong with my liver?

​When I first started seeing patients I was very eager to give my patients a clear picture of their condition and how they got to it. One of the phrases I used very often, a phrase that was uttered very frequently during my Chinese med studies, is "You've got liver qi stagnation" of sometimes ""liver blood stagnation" and even "liver blood deficiency". Later on in my career I stopped using these terms almost entirely, since I realized how horrified my patients got at the prospects of them having a diseased organ in their body, especially since their primary care physician never hinted at any problem with their hepatic functions. It is only recently that I learned how to explain myself and my

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