Hello, Friends! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful late Spring! Even though we’ve been in our new house in Lake Oswego for almost a full year, this is our first Spring here and everyday we have a little surprise popping up in our front yard. A daffodil here, a hosta there. It’s quite fun to see what’s next.

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Back to my strategic planning: As you may imagine, my statement of shearing did not go over well. But, that was, my friends, part of the plan. I would have done the head-shaving thing but I didn’t want the effect to be more attention on me. I wanted the attention to be on the fight. So, after have a fabulous vacation in Maui (needed long hair to fit in with local girls), I set an appointment with my friend, Jephthah Wilcox of South Shore Artistic Salon to do the deed.

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In Chinese philosophy, everything has meaning. Some patients will sheepishly ask, “For the past 6 years, I’ve woken up at 3am. What does that mean? Or other patients will say,  “I have eczema, asthma, and digestive issues. Does that make sense?” It’s almost as if I’m a walking commercial for acupuncture. Instead of saying, “There’s an app for that” I say, “There’s a point for that.” Because, really, waking up at 3am every morning means that there may be a dysfunction of your Liver channel or Liver organ system.

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Dear friends, it has been a long time since my last posting and I must say, I have missed you. The end of 2013, the Year of the Snake, had a few surprises in store for me. The biggest surprise was the aneurysm found in my lower left leg.

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It is that time of year. Yes, the Fall season has finally presented itself in it's full glory. We were blessed with a long and glorious summer and now we are in for the color show that is called the Autumn. A friend and mentor of mine, Dr. Liu He recently shared some tips in her newsletter on how to stay well during the Fall season. I will pass those gems of wisdom on to you today.

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For many of us, what our scale says is always in the back of our minds. Although we would like to think the numbers don't matter, the truth is, they do. I find that helping my patients lose weight is very rewarding. This is because weight loss is not just cosmetic...weight gain is a serious health concern and obesity is a national epidemic. Obesity is now linked with chronic diseases such as Type II Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, and even types of cancer. In my clinical experience, patients who are obese report higher incidences of snoring or sleep apnea, insomnia, digestive problems, and fatigue.

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What is Cupping?

Cupping is a technique in which a glass cup is suctioned onto the body and allowed to sit for about 10 minutes. Cupping stimulates the flow of blood, lymphatic fluid, and Qi (energy) to the affected area; relieves swelling; and greatly enhances an acupuncture or electro-acupuncture treatment. Its uses include cellulite reduction, relieving muscle pain, especially back pain from stiffness or injury; and clearing congestion in the chest, which can occur with common colds, influenza, and even asthma. Most therapies, such as massage, can increase stimulation and temporarily relieve pain but cupping can draw new blood flow into the area while increasing the bodies' ability to detoxify muscles of lactic acid.


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Talking from experience, back pain can be a real, well, pain. Two weeks ago, my back started to spasm. I had a hard time walking, sitting, and even laying down. Being an active and healthy person, this was very hard for me to cope with. But, by using a combination of therapies such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine, my back pain has been resolved!

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I am moved to write a thank-you letter to all of my advisers, colleagues, and most of all, my patients. Thank you. Thank you for your support and vehement belief in me. Please check back in often for updates on my new office!

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