Acupuncture always seemed like a voodoo-type practice to me, so I never considered it an option. However, I recently experienced about two months of consistent bloating to the point that I looked three months pregnant in a swimsuit. I tweaked my diet, cut out coffee, started meditating more, but still the bloating remained. So, I decided to finally give acupuncture a try. What could happen? After all, I have been battling ulcerative colitis for nine years now and have become open to just about anything that will alleviate my symptoms.

Torin Yater Wallace, a 21-year-old Olympic freeskier and lover of extreme sports, has suffered his share of broken bones and hospital visits. But none of those injuries rivaled the pain he felt after he believes a physical therapist punctured his lung just before the 2014 Winter Olympics. The therapist was trying to help his shoulder pain with an increasingly popular type of therapy called dry needling.

Yes, it’s important to wash your hands. It’s critical during cold and flu season and especially if you visit someone at the hospital.

The problem is — in the West at least — parents have taken the business of keeping clean way too far.

The idea that what we eat and drink has direct impact on our mood is not a new one. Who can deny the salvation in a cup of tea after a rough day?

But the theory behind this intuition is now a central field of research, and there's growing evidence for the idea that our brains and our guts are intimately linked.

For writer and mental health campaigner Rachel Kelly, author of The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food, teaching people about this connection has become her life's mission.

Just about everyone’s fallen victim to a late-night scrolling spiral—you know, when you decide to peek at Instagram before bed, and suddenly it’s after midnight and you’re 32 weeks into your neighbor’s boyfriend’s sister’s feed. (Um, nice wedding dress, Sarah.)

While we're used to thinking of bacteria solely as agents of devastating diseases, their beneficial capacities are just as remarkable.

Research over the last 10 years has revealed a great deal about the nature of bacterial flora — the microorganisms that live in our digestive system — and the vital role they play in our health. Because the immune system is largely housed in the intestines, it makes sense that the 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000!) bacteria in your gut help to determine the body's ability to fight infection and prevent disease.

The presumptive value of acupuncture in an emergency room (ER) has been as durable a proposition as qi itself since the integration era began 20 years ago. Now in his fourth year at Minneapolis’ Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Adam Reinstein, LAc shares emerging outcomes and experiences that are confirming the soundness of this postulate.

Surely you’re familiar with one of these scenarios:

The Scented Candle That Won’t Go Away

People who still believe the outdated notion that mental health conditions are “all in a person’s head” have yet another reason to stop believing the myth: According to a new study in the journal Current Biology, those with anxiety perceive the world differently — and it stems from a variance in their brains.

Hormones are one of your body’s main signaling systems. Think of them as tiny traffic cops: They direct biochemical messages that regulate everything from your sex drive to your metabolism, mood, sleep, and fertility.

Given the amount of information they’re responsible for ferrying, it’s easy to see how mixed signals might affect the way you feel and function. One natural way to help keep your hormones in balance, however, is through exercise—and science is still discovering just how good a sweat session can be for your overall health.