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Covid and Renewal – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

July 20, 2020 All through the Covid-19 period, patients have recounted conversations and stories of mysterious aspects of the virus. Today a patient told of the previous evening spent with a friend who works for a giant health insurance company. “It was awful. He told me that people can have antibodies and two weeks later

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Racism and Acupuncture – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

June 20, 2020 Sorry to have been out of touch. It’s been very difficult to write anything since the murder of George Floyd (and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and so many more). Although there is much that warrants our thoughtful attention, everything other than racism in America seems almost frivolous. And there has been

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Can you Help me with Gratitude? – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

May 16, 2020 A patient emailed with a very interesting plea: “Hi Ann, Is your family okay? Sorry to write a sad sack email but I need your help. Spiraling down. They say this pause is teaching people to feel gratitude, but what I miss more than anything is the feeling of gratitude I had.

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Dietary Treatment for the Conditions Called Wind – by Andrew Sterman

Full Article HERE Of the six climatic influences of Chinese medicine (cold, heat, dampness, dryness, summer heat, and wind), the idea of wind is the most difficult to understand.  It is the least tangible, the most mysterious, the furthest from modern thinking.  Wind is pure movement, not a thing.  Go out into a fierce gale

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Looking In, First – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

April 20, 2020 Mark—my wonderful right hand—sent a pressing email a week and a half ago: “Please send me your blog for this week so I can send it out today. It’s already Thursday!” I had started the blog but couldn’t send, it because I was surprised at what was coming out. It was bleak.

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Grief and the Coronavirus – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

We’re in what is for many a very confusing time. As Chinese Medical practitioners, we know that viruses (Wind-Cold) are agents of change. They come in and elicit anywhere from minor to utterly devastating change. And we know, since Chinese Medicine is applied Chinese philosophy, that these changes are a part of human evolution, that

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Cold Plunge, Cold Shower, Hot Mess – By Ann Cecil-Sterman

Mach 26, 2020 Last week I saw a seemingly healthy, vibrant looking man in his late 30’s presenting with particularly severe arthritis. All his joints were aching, especially hips, shoulders, knees and most of his finger joints. How long have you had this joint pain? Probably five years, maybe six.  What was happening in your life

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Coronavirus Blog Number 3 – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

Please note that Ann is not practicing in her office at present. Please click HERE to see the video ‘Remote Healing’ for an update on her practice methods during the Coronavirus period. March 18, 2020 “Are you in your office this week?” That’s the question of this month. My answer is yes, of course; that’s

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Run For Your Life – By Ann Cecil-Sterman

March 11, 2020 Interesting case today. A patient I’ve known for years came in a sat down on the sofa. The first thing I noticed today was a large dark red mark on his face. He’d presented years ago with severe internal Wind causing daily projectile vomiting and at that time was utterly debilitated, unable

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Sinew Surprise – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

March 2nd, 2020 Even these days, having been in practice a long time, I am often utterly staggered by the results of Sinew treatments. Staggered not just by the increased range of motion and reduction of pain, but by the patient’s pronouncements at the conclusion of the treatment. Today I’m spending a lot of time

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Coronavirus Combat Mission – By Ann Cecil-Sterman

What’s your advice about the coronavirus? That’s the question of the month for many practitioners, it seems. No matter what the external pathogen, the body reacts to preserve Qi and life by activating Wei-defensive Qi (the immune system). Wei Qi also governs the musculature and therefore allows us to move. Since viruses have Wind as

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Doritos and the Small Intestine Luo Channel – By Ann Cecil-Sterman

My Small Intestine luo seems always to be in gear. That’s the acupuncture channel that acts as the feedback system – the part of you that says, “How am I doing?” If the answer that comes back is, “Not so well, actually…” the body makes an adjustment as that question is answered, concentrating blood into

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Sheer Panic and the Assumptions Trap – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

It’s not often that someone goes into panic in the office. Since the work is with needles and needles are sharp, I’ve tried to minimize the “clinic” component of the office. Although it’s clearly a professional space, it doesn’t look like a medical office. The only give away is the table. Fortunately then, the air

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