Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Get Healthy, Chinese Style

Dr. Mary Chen kicked off our new year's LIFE program this morning with knowledge and humor, while explaining the benefits of Chinese medicine in improving one's health. As Mary explained, Chinese medicine takes time and often multiple visits to see results, but those results are worth waiting for. Mary detailed the benefits of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, and acupressure.

An acupuncture treatment lasts half an hour and uses small needles to stimulate the nervous system. Acupuncture can be effective in treating pain, improving circulation, reducing swelling or inflammation, treating women's issues like menopause or infertility, and even can be helpful in quitting smoking or drinking.

Mary noted that in the case of herbal medicine, it is always wise to consult with a doctor before beginning an herbal regimen. But the right combination of herbs can help to treat any number of conditions or problems.

Our audience had a ton of interesting questions, and we found out that both acupuncture and herbal medicine can be helpful in weight loss, and which pressure points help to alleviate nausea and headaches. Mary even demonstrated an acupressure technique on Claire to help relieve headache pain. Thanks to Dr. Mary Chen for getting our year off on the right start!

For more information on Chinese medicine, check out some books our library has on the subject.

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