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Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

New Maryland & California Acupuncture Insurance

Acupuncture will be included in all Maryland and California small group and individual health insurance plans beginning in 2014. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, outlines ten essential health benefits and it is up to individual states to decide the details for their citizens. The essential health benefits are: ambulatory services, emergency care, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance abuse care, prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, laboratory services, preventative and wellness care and chronic disease management, pediatric care.

Acupuncture InsuranceAcupuncture InsuranceMaryland’s Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown recently presided over the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council in Annapolis. The council, charged with defining essential health benefits, chose from amoung ten existing insurance plans already available in the State of Maryland. The benchmark plan chosen was one already provided to state workers. The plan includes acupuncture for pain management as part of the preventative and wellness care essential health benefit… Read More

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