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Sara Calabro
Sara Calabro is the founder of AcuTake, the first acupuncture publication created for the general public. The increased demand for acupuncture being generated by Sara's work led to the creation of the AcuTake Acupuncturist Directory, a tool for helping people find the acupuncturist who's right for them. Sara resides in Portland, Oregon, where she writes about healthy living and other things.

Entries by Sara Calabro

How the Iron Cowboy Used Acupuncture to Fuel 50 Ironman Triathlons in 50 Days in 50 States

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 7:48 PM

Go ahead and read that headline again. 50 Ironman triathlons in 50 days in 50 states. There are no typos there. James Lawrence, who goes by the nickname Iron Cowboy, actually did that last summer. And he used acupuncture to help fuel his journey.

The Iron Cowboy's 50.50.50...

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Do You Want Acupuncture But Hate Needles?

(16) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 9:49 AM

Most people, when they hear about the benefits of acupuncture, find themselves thinking, "That would be so good for me!" Less stress, more energy, better sleep and digestion... Who doesn't want that?

But for many people, there's one thing that holds them back from enjoying the benefits of acupuncture: Fear...

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15 Ways to Incorporate Acupuncture Into Your Life in 2015

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:16 AM

What are your hopes for this year? Want to feel healthier? Eat better? Get in shape? Try new things? Have better relationships? Me too! And I'm planning on using acupuncture to achieve all of it!

Not literally. I'm not going to go for an acupuncture treatment and walk out with...

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Navigate Change With Acupuncture

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Here we are, about a month into fall. We're a few days away from Halloween, about to officially enter the holiday season. This weekend we'll turn back the clocks. Change is afoot.

As the days get darker and the holiday engine kicks into high gear, you may discover your body...

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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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