Blog at Lisa's Acupuncture, written by Lisa Thorborg

Qi – Life Energy

The total absence of Qi is death. Good health is a balanced distribution of Qi throughout the meridian network, influencing all the bodily systems like the skeletal, muscular, endocrine, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and nervous. All these systems work smoothly together when the energy flow is smooth.

What are Meridians/Channels?

Chinese medicine has been practiced for thousands of years working with Qi – the life force, to restore balance and health. There are 14 major channels in the body where Qi flows, 12 of which are duplicated on the left and right side of the body, and two in the center of the body.  Good

What is Acupuncture?

This is a common question, especially from patients who have been recommended to seek it out by their doctor. More and more physicians are recommending acupuncture, because they see how much it can help their patients when they can’t. The principles and methods of acupuncture/Chinese medicine are: There are fourteen major energy channels/meridians in the

Headache and Acupuncture

More than 45 million Americans (one in six) suffer from chronic headaches, 20 million of whom are women. Scientific research shows that acupuncture can be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches. The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. A widely

Can Acid Reflux Disease Be Treated With Diet and Lifestyle Changes?

The answer is in many cases yes. One of the most effective ways to treat acid reflux disease is to avoid the foods and beverages that trigger symptoms. Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day, and do not eat at least 2-3 hours before going to bed. It’s very helpful to quit smoking. To

How Chinese Medicine Helps Cancer Patients

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 1 in every 4 deaths. If you have been diagnosed with cancer it is so important to have a positive attitude. Some cancers can be cured when they are in their early stages. Many of them can be brought to

Auto Accidents And Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be very effective in relieving the pain from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Most people experience some degree of neck and or back pain from an auto accident. If the accident is not too severe, the pain is frequently the result of muscle, tendon and ligament damage. As the body heals from

Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture

Insurance coverage for acupuncture varies from state to state. In Oregon, most insurance companies offer a plan that does cover acupuncture. Medicare does not pay for acupuncture, but some insurance companies offer a supplemental plan that does. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

Cold Food and Drinks

When we consume cold food or iced drinks, our body has to counteract the temperature difference in order to preserve a suitable environment for the enzymes in our stomach for the digestion to work properly. However, when cold food and beverages enter the esophagus, it comes in contact with the warm vaporized fluid in the

Liver Health

Digestion slows down as the day goes by. When we consume a large amount of food late at night, energy has to be drawn from other organs to help us digest food. At night, from 11 to 3 pm, the energy in our body is focused on our liver and gall bladder, the organs that


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