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Astoria Characters: The Hands-On Healer
It is so quiet in Galina Tsypin s office that you can hear a pin drop. Or, to be more precise, a needle. Galina, you see, is an acupuncturist, and the studied silence is part of her healing process. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Galina is an acupuncturist. Acupuncture For All , which is shaded by a sidewalk tree and the packs of apartment buildings that line 30th Street at Broadway, is her serene space. Long and lean, the white-walled office with the sky-high ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
3 Obstacles To Treating Chronic Pain
Pain is pain, I thought. Wrong. Pain can be flickering, quivering, pulsing, throbbing, beating, pounding, jumping, flashing, shooting, pricking. That s 10. I could go on and list the 69 other descriptors included in the McGill Pain Survey . The last one is lancinating . I am not making this up. I had to look it up. Lancinating means piercing or stabbing. Because I have a chronic pain condition, back in October of 2002, I took part in a pilot medical study ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture Eases Hot Flashes For Half Of All Women, Study Finds
Hot flashes which last an average of 7.4 years can be cut in frequency by almost half for about 50 percent of women with the help of eight weeks of acupuncture treatment, according to the scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In a report published in the Sept. 28 issue of the journal, Menopause, scientists reported that about half the women in the Wake Forest study experienced an easing in the frequency of hot flashes, while half did not. Women ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Natural Arthritis Remedies For Dogs
According to Professor Eric Troncy of the University of Montreal s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, arthritis pain in dogs can be alleviated, with no side effects, by a combination of medicinal plants and dietary supplements. While acupuncture and electrical stimulation are two approaches that have been shown to have positive effects on dogs, until now few studies have investigated a plant-based approach to therapy, explained Troncy, who is senior author of ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Highly Sensitive: My Daughter's Undiagnosed ADD
When my first born was 18 months old, I took her to a Gymboree Play amp Learn class. It will be fun, they said. Your child will be engaged, make friends while developing early skills, and you can relax and enjoy the time My daughter s eyes widened when we walked into the brightly colored and well lit room. Fast, upbeat children s music played as we took our seats around the red and blue parachute. A robust, bubbly blond lady led the group, singing cheerily ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Doctors Have Been Treating Lower Back Pain All Wrong
When Julie Price threw out her back for the second time in December, she knew she needed help. It was immobilizing and intense, Price, a 37-year-old New York City-based accountant, told The Huffington Post. Price, a former athlete, felt she had lost a lot of strength after two pregnancies. She also has flat feet, alignment issues and bad knees, so she realized she couldn t take care of everything alone. Although the pain started to lessen on its own, Price ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Please Don't Judge How Desperate I Am To Be Pregnant
To the woman who gets pregnant after a couple of months of trying I know you consider yourself to be up on women s issues. You re pro-choice and you ve chosen to have a baby. Congrats You ve even read a blog or two by women who don t have a baby and not by choice. This, of course, makes you knowledgeable about and sensitive to the topics of miscarriage and infertility. You ve heard of woman crying over getting their periods. But when you get your first not ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Stress Management In The Face Of Infertility
You ve been struggling with infertility and want a baby so badly that you have to cross the street to avoid every pregnant woman you encounter, or when a friend announces a pregnancy you vacillate between the need to congratulate her and the very real desire to scream. Coping with infertility is frequently compared to dealing with cancer when it comes to levels of stress experienced by the woman or couple. Besides seeking medical help, what else can you do ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Thoughts On Depression
The passing of Chris Cornell sparked stunned sadness in many people, in no small part because his lyrics, music, and signature singing style had given shape and meaning to their own struggles with isolation, with depression, with despair. His music helped a generation feel less alone. He couldn t give himself the same comfort he gave others and left. He left just as my best friend left in 2012, after she fought a long, hard battle with depression. After ho ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Why I Am OK With Having A Disorder
I have post-traumatic stress disorder. I ve had it since 1997 after witnessing a freak accident that took my father s life. I have lived with this disorder for half of my life, but today, thanks to much therapy and learning the tools to help with my PTSD, I am happy and living a purposeful, fulfilling life. It took me a number of years to get to this place. There were times when flashbacks of the traumatic event prevented me from doing things with my life, ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Weight Loss for Summer: How Traditional Eastern Medicine Could Help
Summer is right around the corner -- and so is swimsuit season. Are you ready to strut your stuff on the beach or by the pool Or do you want to shed some excess winter weight first If your usual weight loss methods are not giving you the results you want, and your doctor has ruled out the possibility of health-related weight gain, your beach body could benefit from some traditional Eastern medicine techniques. But first things first Why do we gain unwanted ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
5 Eastern Wellness Tips for a Healthy Father's Day
What will you do to show Dad some love this Father s Day Instead of giving him another polo shirt, watch, gadget or liquor, think about giving him the gift of good health. Most dads are not exactly known for spending a lot of time worrying about their own health, and juggling the responsibilities of career and family can take a toll on anyone. Father s Day is the occasion to show your appreciation. It s also an opportunity to help your father get some bala ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28