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Sonoma County Fires and Your Health

Photo source: Michael Macor, The Chronicle October Fires My family was miraculously spared from the October fires in Sonoma County, but we have many friends and clients who were not —and are facing devastating losses. In all this tragedy, I’ve been so touched by the calls expressing great concern for our wellbeing, and I am thankful..

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What to Expect from My Gentle Acupuncture Treatment

What to Expect I am going to begin by telling you what to expect when you come into my office and receive an acupuncture treatment — a gentle, relaxing acupuncture treatment with me, Janet Barrows. Fear of Needles? What I have learned in my years in this profession is that a huge percentage of people..

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Allergy Season — Whoa!

It’s Not Too Late for Treatment The good news this spring: that awful drought was vanquished — for the present, anyway. The bad news is that our beloved trees, grasses, and blossoms are bursting with pollen, and that affects many of you. For awhile, these late spring rains have held back some of the blooms,..

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Migraine Relief with Acupuncture

Migraine Pain Of all the clients who come into my office with various aches, pains, and illnesses, those suffering the most acutely are dealing with migraine headaches. These headaches are excruciating, and life with chronic migraines is quite a struggle. Some folks are out of commission for as many as fifteen days a month. Western medicine..

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How to Stay Healthy in Autumn Weather

These Autumn Breezes As with all seasonal changes, some aspects of autumn weather are anticipated with pleasure and others are cause for worry. The summer heat lets up and there’s something to relish about the crisp autumn air, even in California where seasonal changes are more subtle. With the fall and cooler weather, we begin anticipating..

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Healthy Eating and Juice Plus+

As part of my treatment to help patients with their overall health through acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I sometimes prescribe herbs and herbal formulas. I also sometimes recommend a product I use myself and heartily recommend, Juice Plus+. I make Juice Plus+ available to help patients and their families meet the recommended daily requirements for fruits..

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Treating Stress and Anxiety with Acupuncture

The role of acupuncture, qigong, and Chinese herbal medicines for treating stress and anxiety has become undisputed as the evidence piles in. Almost one in five of the calls coming into my office are related to stress and anxiety, with questions about the effectiveness of Chinese medicine to manage these conditions. Almost 20% of calls..

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Energy Pathways of Chinese Medicine

How Acupuncture Works People keep asking me how this medicine works, so I thought I’d try to explain it as the Chinese viewed the body over 3000 years ago.  What actually happens within the body is still cloaked in some mystery.  But I’m getting an intuition and feel for it, and will attempt to explain..

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Take Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing

Chinese Medicine help you with the intention to take charge of your health and wellbeing! Causes of Disharmony in the Body An excellent website from the University of Minnesota, Taking Charge of your Health & Wellbeing, lists numerous researched studies of the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM.  In addition to the research are..

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Insomnia: Sleep Better with Acupuncture and Herbs

Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help You Sleep The subject of sleep has been coming up recently; clients are asking about the value of sleeping pills, how to fall asleep and stay asleep, and how to have a better quality of sleep. They wonder if my training in Chinese medicine can help them.  Yes, it can!..

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Power of Chinese Medicine to Heal

Because acupuncture and herbal formulas are being used to treat more and more of our modern illnesses and deep systemic disorders, I find myself continually amazed at the results that this profession is obtaining.  This latest example, published in our professional newspaper, Acupuncture Today, took my breath away.  The title is “Beating Tourette’s, Gaining Life”,..

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Chinese Medicine for the Common Cold

The Common Cold The Merck Manual describes the common cold as an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract, with inflammation in any or all airways, including the sinuses, throat, larynx, and often the trachea and bronchi. Fever and more severe symptoms such as aches, chills, sore throat, etc., are usually characteristics of the flu…

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Juice Plus+ Nutrition Insurance

The Fruits and Vegetables Cure I just finished asking a lot of health related questions to a client who takes Juice Plus.  Once again, I am struck by the answers that she gave to questions regarding more energy, longer work-outs, sleeping better, losing weight, better skin, healthier gums, — on and on. After taking the..

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Cure for the Common Cold

Acupuncture has helped the Chinese population with the common cold and flu for over three thousand years, because a few carefully placed needles can nudge the body into a significant rise in immunity. Adding to that, some herbs have also been used for centuries to ward off colds and infections. “The common cold was cured..

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Stress & Lifestyle

The American Way While a typical American diet (low in fruits and vegetables) is a causative factor in diseases, stress may share fully half the blame or more. The body responds magnificently to the occasional heart-stopping snap of a twig outside a tent flap. But the constant assault of fast-paced modern life is damaging. For..

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