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Sara Calabro
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Sara Calabro is an acupuncturist and the founding editor of AcuTake, an online publication dedicated to improving acupuncture education and access. A former healthcare business journalist, Sara also writes about acupuncture for a variety of health publications and is the author of Acupuncture Matters.

The increased demand for acupuncture being generated by Sara's work led to the creation of the AcuTake Acupuncturist Directory, a first-in-class tool for helping people find the acupuncturist who's right for them.

Sara resides in Portland, Oregon, where she writes about acupuncture and other things.

Entries by Sara Calabro

Top 3 Surprises About Acupuncture

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM

As someone who's an acupuncturist, who runs a website about acupuncture and talks to other acupuncturists on a daily basis, it's easy to become convinced that everyone is an educated acupuncture junkie. But lately, I've been reminded that this is not the case.

In recent months, I've found myself having...

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Stop Bloating: 11 Tips from Acupuncturists

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 12:49 PM

The holiday season is upon us. First up: Thanksgiving. Extremely common problem in its wake: bloating.

Often, the meals we share on Thanksgiving are memorable for more than just good times with family and friends. Bloating and indigestion can be epic on Thanksgiving, and they can put...

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Constipation Remedies: 5 Things That Will Make You Go

(10) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:35 PM

By: Sara Calabro, Everyday Health

When it comes to being "regular,” there really isn’t a standard. The definition of normal bowel movements differs from person to person. But regardless of whether you visit the bathroom three times a day or three times...

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5 Best Complements to Acupuncture

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Imagine a world where people get acupuncture every day. We could be less stressed, suffering through fewer addictions, and experiencing less pain. Unfortunately, acupuncture on the daily is financially and logistically impossible for most of us.

The good news is, there are several therapies that serve as great complements to...

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How to Know When Acupuncture Is Working

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Acupuncture is not a one-shot deal. It works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next.

There are certainly instances of acupuncture producing immediate results. However, this is more an exception than the rule -- and when it happens, the results tend to be short-lived.

If you want lasting...

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Acupuncturists Spill: The 12 Health Tips They Wish Everyone Would Remember

(15) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Acupuncturists do more than just poke people with needles. They use non-needling techniques, such as moxibustion and cupping, and some prescribe herbs. They also offer advice -- acupuncture-inspired tips that can help you feel healthier and happier.

Some people heed this advice and others ignore it, often to...

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7 Signs That You Need Acupuncture This Spring

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Last week was the first day of spring. Yahoo! Except for that fact that many people don't feel so hot this time of year.

The flu is -- knock on wood -- mostly behind us. Allergies have not quite exploded yet. So, why do so many of us...

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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

(5) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:45 PM

A common assumption about acupuncture is that it hurts. You are, after all, getting stuck with needles. Fear of pain from acupuncture needles is one of the most common reasons people forgo acupuncture.

Often to the astonishment of those who take the plunge, acupuncture usually does not hurt....

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7 Acupuncture Side Effects That You Should Know About

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 1:39 PM

The most common side effects of acupuncture are things everyone wants: better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, better digestion and less stress. One or several of these side effects occur routinely for many, many acupuncture goers.

Following the publication of an article on the most common side effects...

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How to Give Your Sweetie a Valentine's Acupressure Massage

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:36 AM

Do you really want to impress your Valentine this year? Looking for a meaningful way to express your love without breaking the bank? Then forget the flowers, chocolates and diamonds. It's time to celebrate Valentine's Day acupuncture style.

I don't mean go out and buy a gift certificate for acupuncture...

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Boost Your Immunity With This 2-Minute Acupressure Routine

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 10:24 AM

"Acupuncture strengthens natural resistance to disease."

I recently came across that sentence when I was leafing through some old notes from acupuncture school. It was underlined twice and highlighted. Although I don't remember writing it or which of my teachers said it, the words clearly resonated with me at the...

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13 Ways Acupuncture Can Change Your Life in 2013

(6) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Happy New Year! We're excited at AcuTake to spend 2013 explaining how acupuncture works and sharing acupuncture-inspired tips for leading a healthier, simpler, more meaningful life. Acupuncture helps us see the world differently -- with more hope, openness, intention, gratitude, compassion, patience and clarity. In doing so, it...

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How to Lower Stress and Survive the Holidays With Acupuncture

(15) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 11:47 PM

Acupuncture is well known for its potential ability to lower stress. Many people use acupuncture for stress reduction. And in my experience, even those who don't admit to or notice stress in their lives commonly report a greater sense of lightness and evenness to their moods after having...

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What Can Acupuncture Teach Us About Gratitude?

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Acupuncture is a great teacher on gratitude. The driving idea behind acupuncture is that we already have everything we need to be well. In contrast to biomedicine, which is premised on the notion of external intervention, acupuncture takes what's already there and rearranges it into something positive.

Acupuncture doesn't...

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7 Acupuncture Tips for a Healthy Fall

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 3:50 PM

Fall officially begins this weekend. New seasons are an opportunity to assess our states of health and realign with our natural rhythms. From an acupuncture perspective, fall is about refinement. It's time to pare down, to let go of the excesses we allowed ourselves in summer and focus on what's...

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The Remedy for Frozen Shoulder That No One Talks About

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 6:05 PM

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, isn't as official as it sounds. Frozen shoulder just refers to shoulder pain that leads to restricted range of motion. It is a catch-all diagnosis for shoulder pain and immobility for which the underlying cause is unknown.

Janet Travell, the author of

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5 Most Common 'Side Effects' of Acupuncture

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:21 PM

Forget what you've been told. Acupuncture does have side effects. The unintended consequences of acupuncture, while not life-threatening, should not be overlooked. The side effects of acupuncture occur frequently and can seriously impact on your quality of life.

Here are the five most common side effects of acupuncture. Consider yourself...

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How to Become One of Those People Who Loves to Run

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 7:07 PM

Wouldn't it be awesome to be one of those people who truly enjoys going out for a run? Recently, I closely observed this enviable species -- and in the process, uncovered a kinship between acupuncture and running.

I live in Eugene, Ore., the birthplace of Nike running shoes and...

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Are You a Fire Type? Plus: Tips for How to Stay Healthy This Summer

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 8:10 AM

Summer is officially upon us. You may be noticing yourself having more energy, feeling more social, or experiencing all-around better moods. This is normal for this time of year, when, from an acupuncture perspective, the yang -- extroverted, lively, enthusiastic, active -- aspects of a person are at their peak.

...
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How to Take Care of Yourself After an Acupuncture Treatment

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 3:27 PM

When people ask me what they should and should not do after acupuncture, I usually tell them, "Be good to yourself."

Vague advice, but it's what most recommendations for taking care of yourself after acupuncture come down to. Acupuncture gets things moving, potentially causing your body to react in ways...

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