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I had always been afraid of needles, but a friend’s astounding success with acupuncture treatments following knee replacement surgery provided the encouragement I needed to try it for chronic sinusitis and relief from foot and hip pain that ended my four-days-per week dancing activities several years ago. Within a few... Read more »When I began treatments with Linda at Purple Dragon, I had been dealing with a very stiff neck for about 2 months. I was able to turn it only slightly either to the left or right and was afraid of the cumulative effects on my 66 year old body. I had tried chiropractic, hot packs... Read more »
My family feels very fortunate to have found Linda Phelps and Purple Dragon Healing Arts. My father suffered a massive stroke while visiting Seattle. After reading how beneficial acupuncture can be in the stroke setting, we began our search. Linda graciously traveled to the skilled nursing facility several days a... Read more »
I just discovered I have been (for the past 2 years plus) at twice the safe recommended daily dose of Dilaudid (80 X stronger than Morphine). 2 acupuncture treatments from Linda, and I am now at the lowest pain level in 16 years! I will be a slave to narcotics... Read more »
Linda Phelps, LAc, has helped subside my Achilles tendonitis and Plantar fasciitis with acupuncture treatments. The pain in my heels was completely eliminated for several days after treatment, and inflammation went down as well in my Achilles so by body could heal itself. After a few more treatments I am... Read more »
Linda has such a soothing bedside manner. She is very open, asks questions and really listens to what you have to say. It is easy to relax because you just feel so comfortable around her. With the main thing I asked her to focus on, I felt an immediate change, and it stayed... Read more »
I have a history of suffering severe motion sickness. Thanks to Linda’s treatment, I was able to comfortably attend a family wedding aboard a rented yacht. I even took a few turns around the dance floor without any nausea or dizziness. It was amazing!
– J.G., Richardson, TX
While helping lift a piano onto a stage, I suffered severe back pain and was taking pain medication. After acupuncture treatments by Linda, I did not have any pain and have not taken pain killers since. I would never have believed that acupuncture could work so well and so fast.
-N.E.,... Read more »
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Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is associated with one of the elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Perhaps unsurprisingly, summertime is associated with the element fire. Fire represents maximum activity. In nature, everything is at its peak growth during the summer, so TCM sees our energy as its most active and exuberant. Summer is the time of year with the most yang energy, which is all about excitement and assertiveness. continue reading
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is all about balance. In this ancient system, the key to health is to move through the world in such a way that our bodies can remain in homeostasis, in balance. This idea connects to sleep patterns, what we eat and ultimately the flow of Qi, or energy, throughout the body. For that reason, healthy eating in summertime, according to TCM, is all about using cooling foods to balance out how hot it is outside. In other words, we can find homeostasis from the inside out. continue reading
Most acupuncture points are located on the 12 primary channels that flow along the surface of the body. However, there are eight Extraordinary Vessels that flow more deeply in the body, and are perhaps even more powerful that the 12 primary channels. The Extraordinary Vessels regulate the 12 channels, and are deep lakes of energy, which can feed the 12 primary channels when they are depleted. continue reading
In addition to the 12 main acupuncture meridians that flow along the surface of the body, there are also deeper channels of energy in the body called the Extraordinary Vessels. You can understand the relationship between the primary acupuncture channels and the Extraordinary Vessels by thinking about what happens when it rains: first, small ditches become full – these are the collateral vessels that break off of the 12 main channels. Next, the reservoirs become full, which are the 12 primary channels. When they are full, they overflow into the Extraordinary Vessels, which are deep and vast lakes of energy within the body. continue reading
In traditional Chinese medical theory, one of the best ways to stay healthy is to live in balance with the seasons. Balance, in this context, means mindfully crafting your diet and certain aspects of your lifestyle based on what season it is.
An easy way to think about this is with fruits and vegetables: we are lucky these days to have grocery stores stocked year round with fruits and vegetables from every corner of the globe at all times of year. That makes it possible to enjoy asparagus into the winter months in northern climates where asparagus would never naturally grow at that time of year if at all. Chinese medical thought prescribes realigning our diets with what would be available to us in the region where we live and at each time of year. continue reading
Traditional Chinese medicine says aligning your diet with the seasons is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Mother Nature provides exactly what we need to be healthy. Paying attention to the fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow during different seasons in the region where you live is a great way to incorporate the philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine into your own life and access greater healing. continue reading
Ginseng is said to resemble a human body in shape, and it has been used for years in Asia. Recently, it has become a popular item in Western culture. Many claims about this root have been advertised, such as its reputation for extending longevity and its use for stamina and endurance. Let’s look at the types of ginseng and the differences.
There are three main types of ginseng used: continue reading
Next time you’re in a wide open field, pasture or meadow dotted with beautiful yellow dandelions, know that these prolific little delights are not only beautiful, but packed with nutrition and offer a host of healthy benefits. Let’s explore this amazing flower. continue reading
Digestive disorders can be simple like flatulence or gas, or they can be much more serious, such as Crohn’s disease. But regardless of the severity of the disease, there is no doubt digestive disorders affect far more people than they should, especially in the United States. A recent survey reports nearly 74 percent of all Americans are living with digestive issues. Most people don’t report it to their doctors either, because they assume it is normal to have gas, bloating or abdominal pain. But these symptoms can be indicators of much more serious underlying problems. continue reading
There are four main types of headache: tension, cluster, sinus and migraine. And, there are varying triggers for these headaches, such as food, stress, hormones, dehydration and weather. Fortunately, eliminating the triggers and finding natural ways to prevent and help an ongoing headache are possible. continue reading