Several decades ago, the concept of personality as a predictive factor in disease was formally introduced to the West. Appreciation of the Type-A personality, with its hostility, its hurried mindset and polyphasic thinking, drew widespread attention to emotion as a factor in the genesis of disease...

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The ancient Chinese authors of the Su Wen and the Ling Shu left a road map for the practice of Chinese medicine. Part of the map is the foundation diagnostic model of Chinese medicine: Yin-Yang. This model is used to identify imbalances within the internal organs and channel systems, and the nature of pathogenic factors.

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Women who use acupressure report a reduction in their pain, combined with an overall sense of calmness, as well as a high level of satisfaction with their birth experience. I hope that this article will encourage practitioners to both teach and use acupressure as a birthing tool for labour.

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Knowledge of acupuncture was brought to the West by Jesuit missionaries in the 1600s. It is believed that Benjamin Franklin dabbled with acupuncture in the middle of the 17th century. One of the first American publications on acupuncture was translated from French around 1825 by Franklin Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin...

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