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At the Kokin Healing Center, we're all about education. We love to empower our patients to learn how to take good care of their bodies; and we're always learning ourselves. In that spirit, the Healing Blog is a place for us to teach and to learn. We hope you enjoy these posts and share them with friends, family and colleagues.

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    Extraordinary Vessels - Ren Mai

    Some of the most important channels of energy in the human body aren’t the primary acupuncture meridians, but rather deeper channels of energy flow called the Extraordinary Vessels. These are deep wells of blood and energy within the body that help to regulate the 12 main channels. They are a deeper source of our body’s fundamental physiological energy.   Read More...

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    Extraordinary Vessels - Dai Mai

    In addition to the 12 main acupuncture meridians that flow along the surface of the body, there are also deeper channels of energy in the body called the Extraordinary Vessels. You can understand the relationship between the primary acupuncture channels and the Extraordinary Vessels by thinking about what happens when it rains: first, small ditches become full – these are the collateral vessels that break off of the 12 main channels. Next, the reservoirs become full, which are the 12 prima...  Read More...

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    Extraordinary Vessels - Chong Mai

    Most acupuncture points are located on the 12 primary channels that flow along the surface of the body. However, there are eight Extraordinary Vessels that flow more deeply in the body and are perhaps even more powerful than the 12 primary channels. The Extraordinary Vessels regulate the 12 channels and are deep lakes of energy, which can feed the 12 primary channels when they are depleted. Chong Mai is one of the most important Extraordinary Vessels, and some texts place it as the nexus of...  Read More...

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    Extraordinary Vessel - Du Mai

    In addition to the 12 main acupuncture meridians that flow along the surface of the body, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine also treat deeper channels of energy in the body called the Extraordinary Vessels. If you think of the primary acupuncture meridian as rivers of energy and blood within the body, then the Extraordinary Vessels are deep lakes. They act to regulate the flow of Qi and blood within the 12 main channels – if there is not enough energy in a particular channel, the Ext...  Read More...

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    Research Update on Chronic Pain

    In May 2018, a team of researchers from the Acupuncture Trialists Collaboration published an update to previous chronic pain research in the Journal of Pain, the journal associated with the American Pain Society. The new article updates a study first released in 2008 that looked at acupuncture as a treatment for four chronic pain conditions. The updated study now includes data from nearly 21,000 patients. The new study confirms what was shown in the researchers’ previous work: acupuncture r...  Read More...

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    4 Lifestyle Tweaks to Thrive this Spring

    In traditional Chinese medical theory, one of the best ways to stay healthy is to live in balance with the seasons. Balance, in this context, means mindfully crafting your diet and certain aspects of your lifestyle based on what season it is. An easy way to think about this is with fruits and vegetables: we are lucky these days to have grocery stores stocked year round with fruits and vegetables from every corner of the globe at all times of the year. That makes it possible to enjoy asparag...  Read More...

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    Eating Well for Springtime

    Traditional Chinese medicine says aligning your diet with the seasons is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Mother Nature provides exactly what we need to be healthy. Paying attention to the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that grow during different seasons in the region where you live is a great way to incorporate the philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine into your own life and access greater healing.In the spring, TCM suggests eating cooling foods to balance out the effect of warmer te...  Read More...

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    Spring Cleansing and Clearing

    Springtime has a natural feeling of rejuvenation and rebirth. The days get visibly longer, little green buds start to appear on the trees and hibernating animals come out of their winter slumber. For us, as humans, the lengthening days bring with them a natural urge to shed winter layers and move into new beginnings.   Read More...

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    Three Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments

    Aches, pains, fatigue, skin tags, constipation, stress, anxiety, colds, bad breath, sleep apnea, muscle soreness, etc. The list of everyday ailments people face is endless. And the medical profession is cashing in on all of it.   Read More...

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    Three Steps to Restful Sleep

    Getting enough truly restful sleep is one of the biggest factors in staying healthy and balanced, mentally and physically. Actually sleeping enough is much easier said than done for a lot of people, though. Our busy lives can prevent us from placing a premium on sleep, and anxiety and a restless mind are commonly linked to poor sleep.These three suggestions for getting better sleep draw from yogic philosophy and the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupressure.   Read More...

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