Digestive Health

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Digestive Health: Research & News

Human microbiome brings new insights to traditional Chinese medicine (Bio-X Research) - 2018

There is a long history of recognition and application of commensal bacteria in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China. The human microbiota is indispensable for human health and participates in various biological functions, including digestion, nourishment, and immunity. Click to read

Enhancing Clinical Efficacy through the Gut Microbiota: A New Field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Science Direct) - 2018

With increasing evidence indicating that the gut microbiota is important in host health and may be associated with the therapeutic activity of TCM components, it may now be possible to assess the effects of TCMs from the perspective of the gut microbiota.  Click to read

How ancient remedies are changing modern medicine (National Geographic) - 2018

Few subjects ignite more heated debate in health circles than traditional Chinese medicine. But China, with one of the oldest continuous accumulations of documented medical observations, offers the biggest trove for scientists to sift through. Click to read

Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome in China: A review (World Journal of Gastroenterology) - 2015

The purpose of this review article is to examine the treatment approaches of IBS that have been published in recent years, especially in China, to assess the possible differences in treating IBS between China and other countries. Click to read

What is a "qi deficiency?"

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) defines qi as a vital energy that flows through the body, helping to maintain a person’s health. The NCCIH is interested in the ideas of TCM but does not focus on specific concepts, such as qi. Click to read

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November Spotlight: Digestive Health

Gary Weiner, N.D., L.Ac

Gary Weiner, N.D., L.Ac

Dr. Gary Weiner has over twenty years of clinical experience in serving people seeking health. As an integrative care, naturopathic physician and acupuncturist, Dr. Weiner is committed to getting to the root of his patients’ health issues to create individual and effective treatment plans to restore vitality and function. 

Transforming his own health through diet motivated Dr. Weiner to change from a successful career as writer and producer for public television and film to a career in medicine.

Committed to using all of his skills and knowledge and the best medicine has to offer, Dr. Weiner was trained in family medicine and specializes in the treatment of gastro-intestinal, endocrine and auto-immune disorders. 

Sarah Senter, LAc

Sarah Senter, LAc

Sarah Senter Luikart is a licensed acupuncturist, native Austinite and mother of two boys. 

In addition to being a Chinese medicine practitioner for over 10 years, she holds certifications in applied clinical nutrition, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, and NAET allergy therapy.

She gains more knowledge each year through continuing education in holistic nutrition, healing foods and women’s health.

She is now parenting, writing, teaching, and helping you cultivate good qi at home through Medicine Kitchen, her blog that merges the wisdom of eastern medicine with nutrition and food energetics, mindfulness and seasonal tips for mind, body and spirit.

Lynn Jaffee, LAc

Lynn Jaffee, LAc

Lynn Jaffee, LAc has worked in the field of health promotion since 1985. 

She is the author of the book Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health, has written numerous articles on health for a variety of publications, and co-authored the book, The Bodywise Woman.

Lynn has a Masters of Oriental Medicine from the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

She has been in private practice in Minnesota since 2003.