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Why Your Stomach Matters When it Comes to Acupuncture

Why Your Stomach Matters When it Comes to Acupuncture

Why Does My Acupuncturist Want to Touch My Stomach? Even if you are coming in to see your acupuncturist for a problem unrelated to your abdomen, he/she will still want  to palpate it because your belly can tell your acupuncturist a lot about what is going on with the rest of your body. This  process is called the Hara diagnosis. Though many traditional East Asian medicine practitioners utilize this method of diagnosis, it originally  began as a Japanese invention, developed and utilized by skilled Japanese Zen Shiatsu practitioners. In  Zen Shiatsu,  the abdomen is  the source of qi or energy, and all diseases stem from this area. Therefore you can […]

What is Frozen Shoulder & Will I Get It?

What is Frozen Shoulder & Will I Get It?

Understanding Frozen Shoulder No one really understands why some people develop a frozen shoulder, while others do not. For some reason, the shoulder joint becomes stiff and scarred, eventually causing you to lose movement of your arm. Approximately 3% of the population will be affected by frozen shoulder. It primarily affects  people between 40 and 60 years of  age, and is twice as likely to affect  women, especially menopausal women, than men;  certain diseases increase the incidence of frozen  shoulder, especially diabetes and thyroid diseases. Frozen shoulder may also arise from an injury to the area. Frozen shoulder will often resolve gradually without intervention, but  this may leave you to […]