Successful Herbs to Move Liver Qi

We often say in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the liver is the system most easily susceptible to stress. Stress knots the Qi (energy) and makes its flow stagnate – this happens most quickly in the liver energy system. The liver, in TCM, is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body. This means that if Qi flow is impaired (ie, by stress), the liver system will suffer. Likewise, if the liver energy system is weak or stagnant (from lifestyle choices, diet, trauma, emotional stress, illness or genetic factors), Qi flow throughout the body may be impaired. continue reading »

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Covid-19 Precautions

Franklin Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine is committed to supporting the health and safety of our patients.  As a response to the widespread concern surrounding COVID-19, we are taking extensive action to ensure that we are providing a safe environment for our patients.  We are planning to stay open and operate in full capacity, unless otherwise directed by the government or health officials.  We are closely monitoring the reports and recommendations put out by the leading health organizations in the United States, including OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Tennessee Department of Health.

We are taking steps that both satisfy and exceed the guidelines from the above mentioned organizations.  Franklin Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine is implementing the following steps:


  • Sanitizing all rooms, surfaces, and equipment in between each appointment using a hospital grade antimicrobial solution.  We have gone through great lengths to find the highest-grade disinfectant currently available.  We have selected an EPA-registered hospital grade disinfectant that possesses a broad-spectrum effect against most viruses, bacteria, molds, and allergens.   This includes daily fogging of the antimicrobial solution throughout the air of the entire facility.
  • Continuous operation of advanced air filtration units.  These units use PECO filters, which are capable of destroying viruses and other pathogens in the air.   These are placed in both the waiting room and the treatment room.
  • Temperature checks of all patients prior to admission for treatment. 
  • Ensuring that only one patient is in the facility at any point in time.  Our appointment scheduling protocol has been revised to increase the gap between appointments.  To assist in accomplishing this, we ask that you do not arrive more than ten minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.  The entrance door will remain locked up until ten minutes prior to each scheduled appointment.
  • Not treating patients who meet the following criteria:
  1. Currently have any of the following symptoms: Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.  This excludes people who have a known condition, such as allergies, where a symptom has been chronic and long-lasting.
  2. Have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  3. Have traveled outside of the United States in the previous 14 days
If you have any questions regarding the steps we are taking, please do not hesitate to call us at (615) 756-3122.




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How to Stay Healthy As Winter Changes to Spring

For most people, the change of seasons from winter to spring is something to look forward to. But it also means a time when people tend to get sick or seasonal allergies start to flare up. This can make things miserable for a lot of people. As the weather fluctuates between freezing cold and warmer, sunnier days, it also wreaks havoc on our immune system and our sleep. Frequently, our bodies can’t keep up with the constant changes and we get physically run down. But there are some things everybody can do to help during the time of transition from one season to the next. continue reading »

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Food Color and Nutrition

In Chinese medical theory, food is considered medicine. Food has qualities and functions biochemically and energetically that target specific organs. Not only that, but the action a particular food takes to benefit that organ in terms of taste, color and temperature is what is included in Five Element theory. Food has a relationship to both the natural elements as well as the organs in the body and balances the elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood to healthy, generating cycles. continue reading »

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Moxibustion and Dysmenorrhea

A study conducted by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has determined that the use of moxibustion at specific days during a woman’s menstrual cycle can decrease pain associated with menstruation. Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation is a big problem for many women. This study used moxibustion, an accessory modality of TCM, to treat the pain associated with menstruation. The study and its systematic review showed moxibustion treatments were more effective at relieving pain only when the moxibustion began prior to the onset of actual menstruation. This is also the theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine, that it should be used as preventive care. The efficacy of using moxibustion during the premenstrual time period holds great promise for those who are debilitated by dysmenorrhea. continue reading »

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