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5 Things You Should Do (at Home) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

As an acupuncturist I know that digestive health is central to feeling good and preventing illness. Unfortunately if you have irritable Bowel Syndrome you know you can have bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and lots of other uncomfortable symptoms that stop you from feeling good. In addition to acupuncture for IBS, there’s a lot you can start doing today to help yourself feel better. 1. Acupressure at the acupressure point Stomach 36 can help reduce IBS symptoms. This point is one of the most important and frequently used acupuncture points. It helps regulate your GI tract to stimulate gastric motility and can be used to treat all the IBS symptoms. I tell my patients to massage this point daily for 30

Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Digestive health is central to feeling good and preventing illness. Unfortunately, up to 45 million of people in the US live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that comes with a number of uncomfortable symptoms including, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or mixed diarrhea and constipation. There is hope to feel better. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are effective in treating IBS. In my ten years of practice I have seen hunderds of patients with IBS improve with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also supported by research studies focusing on acupuncture for IBS and Chinese herbal medicine for IBS. What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome According to acupuncture not all people get IBS from the same reason. This makes sense.

How Acupuncture Treats Acne

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People are often curious how I treat acne. Acupuncture works by correcting the root cause of acne. Most acne is caused by heat, toxicity, dampness, or stagnation in the flow of qi. Each person is unique and not all people develop acne from the same root causes. Herbal formulas and acupuncture treatments are customized to correct the root imbalance causing your acne. To create the optimal herbal and acupuncture therapy, I will consider your overall health to find the specific imbalance causing the acne. Digestion, menstrual cycle, immunity, and energy levels all play a factor. Most importantly, I will consider the how the acne looks. When looking at the skin, I will consider the location of the acne, the presence

Acupuncture Improves Your Immunity


During the early fall this year many people have already come down with a cough, cold, or a fever. Patients always wonder can acupuncture help your immunity and the answer is a loud boisterous YES. Acupuncture has long been touted for it’s ability to enhance health and keep people from getting sick. In fact, acupuncture doctors in service the emperors of China were only paid if they kept the Emperor’s healthy and not if they got sick. So it has long been known acupuncture works to keep people healthy. Acupuncture helps build up your immune system Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s ability to defend against pathogens though it’s ability to reduce stress, inflammation, and stimulate the immune system. Many studies

Emollients for Atopic Eczema

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Many people underestimate the power of thick emollients or moisturizers to help atopic eczema. Thick fatty emollients with the right fatty acid balance can significantly help reduce eczema symptoms significant.  Understanding atopic eczema is necessary for understanding why emollients and topical oils can help. What is Atopic Eczema? Atopic eczema can be understood through looking at each of the words in the name. Eczema describes characteristics of dry inflamed skin. Atopic is specifically used to refer to people who have an elevated IgE reaction to allergens including eczema, hay fever (seasonal allergies), food allergies, and allergic asthma. IgE is an antibody which shows that the person has an allergy. Some patients will have eczema without atopy which is the dry

What is Qi?

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The idea of qi has both mystical and practical aspects.  In Chinese philosophy, qi (pronounced “chee,” and is sometimes spelled “chi.”) is an energy that is in all things in the universe and comprises the building blocks of the universe.  Trees, rocks, and mountains all have a specific type of qi. It is the universal energy present in all of nature. In Chinese medicine qi is the body’s energy is a very practical concept. Qi is the energy we use to keep us healthy. It allows us to work, grow, exercise, and reproduce. Imbalances in the qi can lead to many health issues. Qi circulates through channels in the body. In Chinese medicine, it is said “When the qi flows there

Smell the Flowers: Acupuncture and Allergies

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Acupuncture offers an effective drug free treatment for allergies.  So you can smell the flowers without worrying about being too drowsy and foggy brained. Acupuncture is different than taking a pill Antihistamines are commonly taken for allergies.  These are medicines which block the chemicals called histamines that cause the symptoms of allergies. Acupuncture is different than taking a pill.  Rather than a medication that will temporarily block a receptor, histamine in the case of allergies, acupuncture works to regulate the body’s functioning. The goals is for long term improvement from the acupuncture treatment. How does acupuncture work? The idea is that acupuncture helps to reset the body and remind it how to be healthy. As balance is achieved, your body

Acupuncture helps pelvic pain

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Research about acupuncture for pelvic pain is common question from my patients who are seeking help. There have been a number of studies focusing on acupuncture for pelvic pain, each showing acupuncture has a strong effect on pain and function. Here’s a summery of a few which I think are interesting. 1. Electroacupuncture relieves pain in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: three-arm randomised trial. (1) Thirty-six men with CP/CPPS were randomised to three treatment groups: advice and exercise plus 12 bi-weekly sessions of electro-acupuncture (EA), advice and exercise with sham electro-acupuncture (SEA), and advice and exercise (AE) alone. Acupuncture points used included bilateral stimulation of Ciliao BL-32, Zhongliao BL-33 and Huantiao GB-30. The needles were stimulated at 4 hertz

Chronic Prostatitis Without an Infection

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Chronic prostatitis sounds like it is a chronic bacterial infection of the prostate. But in fact most men that have chronic prostatitis symptoms do not have any bacterial infection. This is called Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) and is classified as Chronic Prostatitis Category III. CPPS is the most common form of chronic prostatitis. If you have Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome then you can suffer from generalized pelvic pain, urinary problems, and sexual dysfunction. Urination can be painful, frequent, urgent, or inhibited. The pain can be intense or dull. It can be located on the pelvic floor, in the genitals, lower back, the lower abdomen, in the back of the legs, or other areas. CPPS affects every aspect of your

New Study Shows Children Eating Peanuts Prevents Allergies


Food allergies are a growing problem in the United States and around the world. In fact, the rates of food allergies grew 50% between 1997-2011. But still we don’t know the exact cause. Theories include issues with dietary deficiencies, environmental exposure to toxins, and overuse of antibiotics and antimicrobial cleaning products (you can read more about the microbiome in this blog post). We do know that food allergies are a developed world problem. You can see rates of allergies rise as countries improve their economies with more industrialization. At one time the standard advice to parents was to avoid peanut exposure in young children. But this did not stem the tide of the growing number of allergic children. Those doctors