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Integrative Medicine for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is often thought of as a modern-day hidden epidemic. Patients can present with Lyme-disease symptoms years after being bitten by a disease-carrying tick (Ixodes Pacificus). Common presenting symptoms include chronic fatigue, myalgias, migrating arthalgias, and what is best described as brain fog. For several years, I have been treating chronic-disease patients who are […]

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Chinese Herbs: Growing Medicinal Herbs Organically

Organic Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Growing Trend An interview with Peg Schafer from Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, Petaluma, CA By Cynthia Quattro P.A., L.Ac.  DAOM “I would like to be an advocate not only for growers but for the plants themselves and of their medicine. It is important for people to know that growers can produce […]

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Herbal Medicine to Restore Health

 It’s common that our first experience with herbal medicine is in the kitchen. Cooking with fresh culinary herbs is often the secret to distinct flavorful dishes. Favorite foods may come to mind based on the aroma of the herbs. They may evoke a special taste or smell or a good memory or physical feeling. There […]

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Healthy Aging and Oriental Medicine: Qi is the secret

Healthy Aging and Oriental Medicine Is there a limit to Qi energy reserves? It is known in fundamental science, that the human form has a limited life span. This is true for most living species. What influences healthy aging of each living organism and especially the human form is unique to each individual based on […]

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Is Your Blood Sugar Getting Out of Control?

It is so common to hear about the growing population of diabetes and its dangers to long term health. The key to its prevention is recognizing it at its earliest stage. So how do you know if you already have early signs of diabetes or a blood sugar problem at all?And how do you know […]

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Protecting the Immune System with Vitamin D3

Do you Thrive during Flu Season without getting Sick? Although we are already beginning to see early signs of spring it is does not mean we are near the end of the flu or viral season. Science has confirmed that common cold viruses don’t survive as well in warmer temperatures compared to colder temperatures. Essentially […]

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Japanese Acupuncture: “How is it different?”

Japanese acupuncture is far gentler than that used in Traditional Chinese medicine. After practicing Traditional Chinese acupuncture for more than ten years, I discovered that Japanese acupuncture techniques were not only gentler, but also entailed more refined skills of clinical observation. It made sense to me that if I used gentler treatments with more refined […]

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Study Shows Acupuncture Relieves Low-back Pain

Chronic low back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical treatment. Acupuncture has been reported to be effective in providing symptomatic relief of chronic low back pain. However, it is not known whether the effects of acupuncture are due to the needling itself or nonspecific effects arising from the manipulation. […]

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Shakujyu Therapy Seminar

The Annual Seminar of Shakujyu Therapy Introduction Reprinted and revised from NAJOM September 2008 By Cynthia Quattro P.A., DAOM, L.Ac. The summer of 2008, I attended the 5th annual Shakujyu Therapy seminar. It was held at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Newton, Massachusetts. Shoji Kobayashi Sensei, the founder of Shakujyu therapy, generously […]

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Arthritis and acupuncture

Arthritis is not just a single disease; it is a complex disorder involving multiple organ systems. Two of the most common forms of arthritis are categorized as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While these two forms of arthritis have very different causes, risk factors and effects on the body, they share a common symptom — persistent […]