Peonies, planted by the inimitable George Lee, originally back in 2011.  They thrill me every year.

Peonies, planted by the inimitable George Lee, originally back in 2011. They thrill me every year.

I admit that I was frustrated. My neighbor’s peonies were showing off weeks ago. I’d lost faith. But last week these babies delighted me, the ultimate sign of spring, more than forsythia or magnolia this year especially, since it was so cool for so long. These are, for me, the best possible harbinger of beach days and barbecues to come. Oh, bonus fun fact: peony is a key ingredient in the Chinese pharmacopeia, an essential component of hundreds of herbal formulas for its calming abilities, addressing both the mind and body.

Just look at those blooms!


The first question an acupuncturist often gets is “does acupuncture work for treating ____________?”

 

In her 16+ years of clinical experience, Margaret never tires of this question and is delighted to generally answer "yes."

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Back when Jimmy Carter was president, the World Health Organization compiled a list of nearly fifty diseases that were likely to be responsive to acupuncture.  Thirty years and countless clinical trials later, the WHO nearly doubled this list.