Self-treatment for jet lag

This is an article about treating yourself for jet lag and for Daylight Savings Time changes.

Please try it out – as I mention in the article, if you need help locating the points before your next trip, call to schedule an appointment at 612-871-2288 and I can help you locate them.

This technique is definitely most effective when the points are accurate!

Here’s the link:

Let lag and DST treatment with acupressure

New Kingfield Community Acupuncture at Solomon’s Porch

I’m happy to announce that something I’ve been hoping for a long time now has finally begun!

Kingfield Community Acupuncture is a community acupuncture practice located in the Solomon’s Porch Gathering Space.  Treatments are community style – if you’re curious about how this style varies from a one-on-one private session, check out a video we posted on the KCA website.  Each approach has its own advantages, so for those of you interested in combining community treatments with the Natural Health & Fertility Center’s private sessions, please contact me about how they can work together.

Fees are $20-50, pay as much as you are able.

KCA’s drop-in hours are:

Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7-10 am with Melissa Cathcart, LAc

Wednesdays 5:30-8:30 pm and Fridays 7-10 am with Christian Fetsch, LAc, MSTCM, FABORM

We are also working on an online reservation system, but there will always be room for drop ins.

FREE introductory days:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 7-10 am, with Melissa Cathcart, LAc

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – 5:30-8:30 pm

Stop by and say hi!  If you know someone you think might benefit from acupuncture, and may not be able to afford the one-on-one sessions, please mention Kingfield Community Acupuncture to them!  We appreciate it!

On Cancer: Clinical Trials Analysis Finds Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Pain | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

On Cancer: Clinical Trials Analysis Finds Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Pain | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

This is a new research trial that definitively establishes the effectiveness of acupuncture in treatment of pain issues.

Mainstream medicine getting along with “Alternative” medicine: what’s your thought?

I’ve been revisiting a 2005 article by Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD, and Franklin G. Miller about the relationship between mainstream and “alternative” therapies.  (See the full article)  Their viewpoint article poses the question of how the two groups should ethically interact – should they oppose one another (war), integrate (unite “previously sovereign and hostile states”/groups) or acknowledge plurality (create a “coalition of allies”)?


Being a practitioner in the East Asian medicine community, I am biased towards an approach of coalition, because in my daily clinical life, I see the benefits of both medicines in practice.  The necessity of each as stand alone medicines is clear to me, but perhaps it’s not so clear to practitioners of mainstream medicine or patients steeped in the Western healthcare system.  The usefulness of a medical system that approaches health from a different perspective can only be beneficial to everyone, by providing a perspective from a worldview different  from the culturally dominant view.  A culturally alien experience of the world should not be dismissed simply because it does not fit neatly into the dominant culture.

East Asian medicine takes a more functional medicine approach to health, and its strength lies there.  Mainstream medicine has its strengths and limitations.  Should mainstream medicine incorporate other traditional medicines into its system based on judgements that many times cannot be judged on an even footing?  Does the “gold-standard” randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled testing work for acupuncture, or ayurveda, or other “alternative” therapies?  (They don’t)  Does the fact that it doesn’t fit neatly into the mainstream medical model invalidate whole systems of traditional therapies? (It doesn’t – many have been around for sometimes thousands of years-could they exist that long while being useless?).

For those of you who have experienced an alternative health system like East Asian medicine, Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, etc, what has your experience been?  Since I think most everyone has gotten past the opposition/war point of view, how do you think “alternative” therapies should interact with mainstream medicine?  Should mainstream medicine adapt these systems into the current status quo, or should everyone acknowledge each other as equals, with strengths and weaknesses intact and try to decide how to support one another?

Leave comments with your thoughts…

Summer schedule change

Starting the week of June 18th, Christian’s hours will be changing for the summer. He will be in the office Tu, THURSDAY, Fri, Sat. Please call for specifics on office hours. After Labor Day, office hours will return to T, W, F, Sat.

Caffeine and miscarriage

The relationship between caffeine and miscarriage:

one reason why I suggest that my patients quit drinking coffee altogether has to do with the effects that caffeine has been shown to have on miscarriage rates. If a woman drinks over 200 mg of caffeine daily, more than about 2 cups of coffee, the miscarriage rate was twice that of women who consumed no caffeine at all. It was This was the finding of a study listed in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  To help give an idea of how much caffeine is in various drinks, foods and drugs, here is a link to a listing of caffeine content in food & drugs compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Study: Health of the uterus is more relevant than egg quality for a newborn to achieve normal birth weight and full gestation

A study of over 70,000 in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles resulting in singleton pregnancies has shown that uterine health is more influential to achieving normal birth weight and longer gestational age babies.  Both of these factors are important indicators of newborn health.

While egg quality is important for conception, the uterine environment is more important for fetal development.  This study shows that infertility diagnoses (fibroids, endometriosis, etc.) in women trying to conceive can impact their baby’s birthweight and the length of gestational time in the uterus.

Another observation of the study indicates that frozen embryo transfer and gestational carrier pregnancies showed higher birthweights and longer gestational ages, thought to be tied to an “unstimulated” uterus.  In these two types of IVF, there are no drugs administered to stimulate the ovaries to obtain eggs, so the uterus has not been exposed to the drugs either

For the original article, click here.

Gong xi fa cai 恭喜发财!

Happy Lunar New Year to everyone – Happy Year of the Rabbit, Gong xi fa cai 恭喜发!  Best wishes to you and your loved ones!  Come on out to our open house today if you are in the area!

Happy Year of the Rabbit