Torturing new mothers? Who does that? Well, as a society, we all do. I’m not kidding, I’m perfectly serious, and I’m going to stop mincing my words and say it how it is. We torture mothers.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are acupuncture points below the skin in certain areas of the body that are receptive to stimulation by acupuncture needles. Certain acupuncture points are associated with the relief of certain symptoms. They are located along lines known as meridians, and they are usually at points where nerves and muscles or bones and muscles intersect. Because of the network of nerves and connective tissues involved, some acupuncture points are located a considerable distance from the organs of the body they are believed to affect.

Your client’s face is one of the most important parts of her body. It is also one of the most exposed, leaving it vulnerable to outside influences. Skin is at constant risk from environmental factors such as weather, pollutants and free radicals. These sources can reach skin on a deeper cellular level. We as massage practitioners also know that emotions are harbored in the body, which can manifest into rapid maturing and aging of the skin.

Many parents are not aware of the reasons why waiting for labour to start without any interference is preferable, and beneficial, when there are no medical complications.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as having some medication and then having labour begin (and end) just as it would normally. The reality is actually very different.

Here are some of the many differences between a natural labour, which begins spontaneously, and one that is started artificially.

A recent study by Samueli Institute (SI) provides evidence that acupuncture should be a standard form of treatment for chronic headaches due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

“Health care systems need to open up to the idea that the best care is a combination of conventional medicine and complementary treatments, like acupuncture,” said Samueli Institute President Wayne Jonas, MD, on the publication of the study.

It’s virtually a given, as it has been for decades, that protecting ourselves from the sun is an essential part of staying healthy through the warmer months. We’ve known for years about the dangers we face in failing to practice proper sun safety, namely an increased risk of skin cancer and melanoma, not to mention permanent skin damage and premature wrinkling.

You hear the term “acupuncture,” and visions of needles may dance in your head. But the 3 million Americans (and counting) who have tried it know there’s a lot more to the treatment than pokes and pricks.

Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. Sometimes this technique involves the therapist using firmer pressure in order to reach these key areas and get them to release, which is why this particular massage is oftentimes recommended for people who are comfortable with a slightly more intense touch. However, deep tissue massage can also refer to gentle yet sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer. The belief that deep pressure equals pain is a myth; however, the benefits of deep tissue massage are beyond question.

Summer officially gets underway this week. From an acupuncture perspective, seasonal changes are a big deal, since humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them. Weather and time of year can factor significantly into how we feel, both physically and emotionally.

To help you navigate the shift, we asked acupuncturists to share some self-care tips for staying happy and healthy in summertime. Here’s what they had to say.

Hydrate—but lose the ice

Acupuncturists treat the mind, body, and spirit. It’s a critical distinction between acupuncturists and Western doctors, who generally focus exclusively on specific parts of the body. The mainstream approach to healthcare, separating body from mind, can result in patients failing to mention problems that affect them on multiple levels.

Issues around sex—not having it, having it but not wanting to have it, being unable to have it—are often swept under the rug in discussions with MDs. Acupuncturists, on the other hand, ask and hear a lot about people’s sex lives.