Alternative Medicine Blog

Covering topics such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, mindfulness meditation practice and more are discussed by Matthew Wagner, certified acupuncturist and herbalist in Madison, Wisconsin.

Injuries – To ice or not to ice?

Matthew Wagner

The Chinese Medicine perspective is ice should be used very sparingly, if at all. In TCM speak we say that ice blocks the flow of yang. This yang is the body’s vitality, its ability to move substances in and out of a damaged area, and consequently, its ability to effectively heal.
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Is it carpal tunnel, or pseudo-carpal tunnel? Get pain relief from acupuncture treatments

Matthew Wagner

Carpal tunnel pain is generally thought to be due to compression of the medial nerve at the location of the carpal tunnel, with primary symptoms of pain and numbness in the wrist extending into the palm. There is some speculation that carpal tunnel pain can be due to medial nerve impingement anywhere along its pathway, from the wrist all the way up to the shoulder, although there is not much consensus in this regard. Oftentimes, the cause of carpal tunnel is unknown.
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Is it really arthritis? Acupuncture solutions

Matthew Wagner

There’s no doubt about it, Arthritis is a legitimate concern, and it is sometimes challenging to treat. But, frequently, arthritis becomes a catchall for chronic aches and pains. It can often be a "garbage pail" diagnosis, which guarantees your pain is never accurately diagnosed or effectively treated.  Read More

Common plantain as Chinese herbal medicine

Matthew Wagner

Have you ever wondered what herbs are in your backyard? If you’re like most people, it’s probably something you’ve never thought about. Thankfully, my herb nerdiness is here to add some medicinal plant trivia to your day. As the summer approaches, we’re going to start talking about weeds. In fact, we’re going to discover a love for the weeds in our yards we didn’t know we had. We might even stop calling them weeds altogether. All of these plants have rich stories, and as we get to know them, hopefully we’ll start to develop an appreciation for local plant diversity and medicinal uses. Often, if we think of herbal medicines at all, we think of something exotic, such as Silk Road spices, or rare Amazonian plants. Hopefully, we’ll see that medicinal plants are all around us.  Read More

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