What are the similarities between Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

What does your tongue tell you?


Hello, my name is Troy. I’m the acupuncturist here at human integrated performance. And today I wanted to ask you a question. How much do you think you can tell about somebody by looking at their tongue? You know, and by that I don’t just mean, you know, what their last meal was. one of the things. As an acupuncturist, we practice, you know, a mix of traditional or, or classical, Chinese medicine integrated with modern science and, you know, a modern perspective on things, but looking at the tongue and diagnosing people through their tongue is a big part of most traditional Chinese or true most traditional medicine systems.

And I don’t think any system uses it more extensively. In classic Chinese medicine, you can find a lot of information online about it. Of course you have to be careful what you’re reading, but I do have a lot of fun with my clients with this. I say, you know, starting to look at the tongue and finding some information about a, about it.

It’s something anybody can do. And the tongue is relatively easy because you know, it’s the same color and shape, you know, generally from day to day. But those are the three things we look at. I look at, you know, the overall shape of the tongue. I look at the color, how full or, or thin it is. what kind of a tongue coding or a lingo coding that you find on it?

These are all things that you, you practice in Chinese medicine. So an example, and you can, if it doesn’t apply to you yet, you can ask a few people, you know, if you find that, for example, there’s a ruffling on the side of your tongue, you know, kind of looks like teeth marks. A lot of people will just assume, or that’s just the way my tongue is.

Acupuncture is just one part of Chinese Medicine.


It sits against my teeth all the time, so it must have the shape of my teeth and. No, you’re tongue, actually, isn’t supposed to have that. I kind of say it’s not, it’s nothing serious, you know, even on its own, but if your tongue has kind of that ruffled side to it, it’s because your tongue basically doesn’t have enough energy to hold its own shape.

It’s kind of getting lazy. And so it’s kind of resting against the teeth and kind of takes that shape to it. So a lot of times, if people have that, they will maybe be complaining about their energy or not eating as well, a little bit, run down, maybe not sleeping, and if you can help them bring their energy up.

What’s interesting is those, those teeth marks in the tongue often go away. So that’s one example of, you know, the many different things that your tongue can teach you, if you take the time to look at it. So next time you’re brushing your teeth or just standing in front of the mirror, take a little glance at your tongue and see what it can tell you.

And if you’d like to get more information on this, we’re always happy to answer questions here at Human Integrated Performance. My name is Troy, and I’m your friendly acupuncturist on the team.

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Running Injuries and Training

Running is a common physical activity for both recreational and competitive athletes, as it is easy to access, with little need for equipment, and serves as a great form of exercise. Unfortunately, running is often associated with a higher yearly rate of injury. While you’re more likely to encounter overuse injuries if your training volume is higher, there are also some individualized risk factors that may predispose you to higher chances of being injured. Everything from how much rest and recovery you get after your runs, to your running mechanics and gait pattern, can dictate injury likelihood. Thankfully, most running injuries can be managed conservatively, and be treated with regular exercise.

Achilles and hamstring injuries are primarily treated with eccentric exercise, while IT Band Syndrome and patellafemoral pain (pain behind the kneecap) can improve with regular strengthening of leg and core muscles. Here is a short list of exercises which can be used to help strengthen the leg muscles, and work to treat the most common running related injuries:

Calf Raise/Lower

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Stand on a flat surface with legs hip width apart and correct posture. Slowly raise and lower heels with control. For a deeper stretch, put the balls of your feet on a ledge and hang your heel off the ledge. Do the same exercise going as low as you can while remaining comfortable.

Single Leg Squat


Stand on one leg on a flat surface, keeping correct posture and your arms straight in front of you. With your other leg extended in front of you, slowly lower into a squat as deep as is comfortable for you, and then return to the starting position. Repeat on the other leg. A chair or bench under your bottom is optional for stability.



Stand on a flat surface with legs hip width apart and maintain correct posture. Take a large step either forward or backwards and bend knees so that the back leg is at a 90 degree angle and the knee remains slightly lifted off the floor. The front knee should stay right on top of the front foot and keep your hand on your hips. Weights are optional for strength training.

Nordic Curl


Sit on your knees on a comfortable surface such as a yoga mat with a straight back and arms by your side. You will want to tuck your heels under something that will keep them on the ground or you can have a partner hold them down. Slowly lower your body down to the ground keeping your body straight like a board from your knees to the top of your head. Go as low as you can without falling to the ground and lift back up to the starting position. You can keep your hands in front of you to catch yourself if you go too far.


Spencer McPhedran, Practicum Student
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Arnold MJ, Moody AL. Common Running Injuries: Evaluation and Management. Am Fam Physician. 2018;97(8):510-516.