Love it! I tried this on a whim and am glad I did. I've also purchased it as a gift for other acupuncturists to try out.
Advantages: Really nice absorption versus glide. Good combination of traits for bodywork, gua sha and/or slide-cupping.
Disadvantages: Ingredients (in English) are not on the packaging, I had to copy them from this website. The packaging is a little clumsy (with the open neck you can pour too much out), but I transferred the product into a spray bottle. That helps to maintain product hygiene, control the amount of product dispensed and prevent spills. (NOTE: the label came off the original bottle pretty easily, so I just taped it to my chosen dispenser)
Advantages: These granules smell and taste like shan zha. Min Tong is my absolute favorite brand of shan zha granules and my patients prefer the flavor over raw herbs when used as a single. It is easy to add into other foods sauces (e.g.- sprinkle some in your cranberry salad or sauce at Thanksgiving time...).
This is an EXCELLENT product. We originally ordered it for scar reduction - it worked very well on a new scar which is no longer visible. However, this is an excellent all over face cream. Rich, high quality, reduces discoloration, fine lines and nourishes the skin.
Advantages: Scar reduction, reduces fine lines, discoloration.
This is one of the best board games I've ever played! My classmates meet up each week to play this game as a study method for our national exam. So much fun!
Advantages: Great studying tool. Different difficulty levels that matches everyone's knowledge. Beautiful looking cards. Simple to learn. Simple to set up and put away. Terminology matches national exams terminology.
Fun dice that we keep around the house and quiz ourselves on. A great studying tool that keeps you on your toes. So much fun!
Advantages: Quick and easy to use. Surprisingly fun! Useful studying tool. Esthetically pleasing. They have updated the die since the picture on this site and they look much more detailed and esthetically pleasing.
I bought this on a bit of a whim, curious to see how much different it could be from other materials I use (glass and silicon). It quite a lovely cup. Seems to hold the heat better and creates good circulation in a short amount of time. It is easier to move around that my glass cups, so nice for moving cup massage.
Disadvantages: I'm afraid I'll drop it and it will sadly break....
Poor quality tea--a pound would more than fill a shoe box, as it is all mature leaf, with a handful of twigs. White tea typically has a delicate but discernible aroma, and a light but rich taste. This has neither; if anything, the faint aroma smells more like sour grass clippings, and there is no actual flavor--even with more leaves than water. It produces a dull green liquid (which in itself is a sign that this is not true white tea), which has a slight astringency, but almost no flavor. It is not a pleasure to drink, on any level.
Advantages: None that I can find, unless you need things to take up a lot of space on your shelves.
Disadvantages: Sadly, this is a failed experiment... I thought I might find a tea through Golden Needle that I might enjoy occasionally, but this is essentially undrinkable. It will go on the compost heap.
I am a long time DBC user but decided to give this line of needles a try since I learned that it is 100% machine made and sterlized with UV lite. I do have to say that the quality is extremely high. It felt like I was needling into butter. Smooth without any roughness. My patient expressed the same sentiment to me too.
Advantages: Smooth point and sides - does not feel "rough" upon insertion. Light weight and very well balanced.
Great Product!!! Easiest way I've found to get in Probiotics in addition to Omega 3's while also getting in Multivitamins. AND.... I have a lot more energy as a result, which I believe is due to the Antioxidant component of the Four Pillars!!! (my favorite part). I hope you try this / recommend for your patients!
Love, love, love this book. Would be a fantastic graduation gift for anyone completing a TCM program.
Advantages: Lends perspective on how to treat, how to work on different levels of dx in layers, etc. Clarifies the mindset for greater effectiveness as a practitioner, particularly for someone fresh out of school.
Disadvantages: None. This is a great resource and regardless of the type of school attended, I think everyone can gain some insights from this book. I think this is particularly true for anyone with a gap between clinic and licensing (which seems more likely with the pending changes to the board exams).
these little packs are AWESOME! I've had then stay hot for over 36 hours - you just have to re-shake to warm them up again. Great to give to patient following localized treatment of joint or muscle pains - keeps chi abundant and moving in the area.
Advantages: cheap, effective; stay warm with heated moxa
Disadvantages: they are out of stock at this time!
These are easy to work with, and stay in place readily.
Advantages: These are very easy to control throughout the process of removing from the card to application to the patient. The design of the card and the flexibility of the tape make it easy to work with, using either a fingernail or a pair of tweezers.
Disadvantages: The seeds/beads are slightly larger than those I've seen in similar products, but the tape is slightly thicker, and quite supple, so it ends up not being an issue. You also have to get used to the seeds/beads being at risk of moving slightly on the tape, so takes a little more attention to be sure the seed/bead is placed exactly where you want it. It's wise to make sure they're firmly centered on the tape before applying them to the skin. This is not a major issue, but needs a little extra attention from the practitioner.
I have owned 2 of these torches. The first one randomly started hissing one day and spraying butane (no previous drop or damage); it was really quite strange. I ordered a replacement and a month or 2 later the same exact thing happened again. I would not recommend this product again.