Entries by Jon-Erik Lido

Quench Summer Heat

It is so hot this time of year here in North Carolina. It’s a perfect time to talk about “external pathogenic heat”. With temperatures at or above 100 degrees lately, fatigue and dehydration due to heat exposure are not abstract concepts right now. You may be familiar with the concept of heat exhaustion and heat […]

The Mind-Body Connection

The Mind Body Connection In the west when we speak of the mind-body connection we typically are considering it in a fairly limited way. We separate the concepts of mind from the concept of body as if they two were separate entities that communicate. We speak as if the mind and body require some sort […]

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

Where Does Acupuncture Come From? Acupuncture comes to us from the foundation of Daoist (Taoist) philosophy that originated in China. Since Daoism 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 […]

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 […]