Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Low Cost Health Option

by Clark Zimmerman, L.Ac.

With the current economic crisis, many people are reevaluating their health care options. The videa of preventative care begins to look even more attractive when money becomes tight. Chinese medicine is among the least expensive health care options in our country today. I recently read an article in Acupuncture Today journal that I found to be very relevant for the times. It talked about the often exorbitant costs associated with western medical diagnostics and treatments. The article mentions, for instance, that especialists typically charge between $100-$500 for an office visit. Then they usually rely on MRI’s, x-rays, and CT scans that can cost thousands of dollars more. These costs only help with a diagnosis; treatment options, which often include surgery or pharmaceutical prescriptions, can cost significantly more money. With all of these expenses, there is still no guarantee that the problem will be fixed.

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Treating The Common Cold & Influenza

by Ann Zimmerman, L.Ac.

The common cold or flu is one condition every person has experienced. It may bring up memories of being so achy you didn’t get out of bed or a runny nose that had you tearing through boxes of tissues.

The common cold and influenza are viral infections of the upper respiratory tract. These viruses do not discriminate by age or sex, they simply invade bodies that have a weakened immune system.

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The Cholesterol Question – Part 1

by Clark Zimmerman, L.Ac.

Cholesterol is essential in a healthy body. It helps to maintain vascular health by acting as a sort of patch that repairs damage to the blood vessel walls. It is also utilized in the formation of hormones and in vitamin D synthesis. We all need cholesterol to stay healthy. We produce some cholesterol in the liver, but we also get some cholesterol from the good we eat. Cholesterol is divided into 2 types: LDL and HDL. LDL, or Low Density Lipoprotein, is often referred to as “bad cholesterol.” LDL is essentially a fat wrapped in a protein. IT circulates through the body until it is used by cells as needed. HDL, or High Density Lipoprotein, is often referred to as “good cholesterol.” It’s primary function is to collect old LDL that haas been partially used by body cells, or that has oxidized as a result of free radicals.

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