Entries by Jon-Erik Lido

Household Toxins

Household toxins can be very dangerous. In fact, the air quality inside your home might be worse than the air quality outside your home. You may have heard that inside air is often more polluted than outside air. Air filtration companies love to cite this in their advertising. Creating a healthy environment at home is […]

Acupuncture and Religion

Acupuncture and Religion Acupuncture comes to us from the foundation of Taoist philosophy. Since Taoism is also a religion, this has led some people to ask me (and others) if acupuncture is compatible with their particular religious beliefs. I am not a clergy member of any religion: I’m just an acupuncturist. As such I can […]

Examples of Yin and Yang

As I discussed in my last post, “What are Yin and Yang?”, the concepts of yin and yang are difficult to impossible to define. The best anyone has yet come up with to teach these concepts is to provide examples of each. Here are some classic examples of yin and yang to help illustrate the […]

What are “yin” and “yang”?

What are Yin and Yang? If you let most any acupuncturist speak for long the words “yin” and “yang” are likely to come out of his or her mouth. What do these words really mean? First, I hear lots of people pronounce “yang” as if it rhymed with “rang”. Instead pronounce “yang” like it rhymes […]

Sleep Helps Weight Loss

Night time is the time of day when our bodies regenerate. For millenia the Chinese have known the importance of quality sleep in the regeneration of the “yin”, or most substantive aspects of the body. Western medical research is starting to discover what Chinese Medicine has been telling us about the importance of sleep all […]

Prevent Motion Sickness

Prevent Motion Sickness Anyone who has ever experienced motion sickness knows it’s no fun. Medications are available to prevent sea sickness and can be a big help, but they also can have side effects. I like to SCUBA dive. Dive boats are notoriously small and can bob and roll in even relatively calm seas. Sea […]

Navel Piercings – Bad Idea

  A navel piercing may seem like a benign adornment, but acupuncture theory strongly suggests that this is not a healthy or safe practice. The problem is that the piercing is creating a semi-permanent obstruction in the flow of a very important energy channel known as the Conception Vessel (or Ren Mai in Chinese). The […]

Ginseng and Green Tea – Poor Combination

In last week’s blog post I wrote about how, despite is presence in so many products, ginseng is an inappropriate herb for many people. In fact it can cause problems. This is especially true for younger people on fatty western-style fast-food inclusive diets to whom these products are frequently marketed. Today I want to look […]

Dump the Ginseng!

Dump the Ginseng! Non-medicinal products containing ginseng abound in America. You can find: Sweet iced green tea with ginseng Multivitamins with ginseng B Vitamin complex with ginseng Energy drinks with ginseng Ginseng comes to America from its use in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. In Chinese herbal formulas ginseng (红参 or “ren shen” in […]

The Acupuncture Meridian Myth

The Acupuncture Meridian Myth I am an acupuncturist who says that acupuncture “meridians” are a myth! Do I have your attention? Read on… Acupuncture Defined I often see acupuncture defined in terms similar to this: Acupuncture is a system of healing using the insertion of thin needles at 365 specific points on the body to […]