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My patients with eczema are looking for natural and safe therapies. Acupuncture seems like an obvious choice because it is safe and has been used for skin conditions for thousands of years. But people don’t always know why it helps. Acupuncture for Eczema Acupuncture is a therapy that uses very thin needles to stimulate acupuncture points that have a specific healing effect. Its very safe and is very relaxing experience. Here are a number of reasons why acupuncture is great for helping eczema. 1. Acupuncture helps to reduce itch. If you’re reading this article, then you probably know that itch is a very common problem for those with eczema. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce itching in those with eczema.[1]

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If you’ve ever drank a cup of Chinese Herbs, you know they taste unique. It can range from strong tea, to cinnamon and ginger, to very twiggy and quite bitter. Over the thousands of years of Chinese medicine, scholars have classified herbs according to taste and temperature to describe their healing function. The traditional way to test if the herb is of high quality is by tasting it. This process is called organoleptics. Sophisticated Chinese medicine doctors and herbal pharmacists know an herb’s quality from tasting, smelling, and the look of the herbs. The Flavors of Herbs There are 5 flavors, corresponding to the functional organs in the body as well as the 5 elements. 1. Sweet tonifies, relates to

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Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of promoting longevity and treating age related conditions. Recently, research shows that Chinese medicine therapies such as herbs, acupuncture, and tai ji all have antioxidant capabilities. Oxidative stress can be understood as an imbalance between the creation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the body’s ability to detoxify through antioxidants and other mechanisms.[1]  Health in TCM is based upon the idea of balance which can be understood as a homeostatic state.[2] Herbal Antioxidants Traditional Chinese medicine has long focused on longevity and improving health for those with age related diseases such as arthritis, joint pain, senility, and maturing skin. Recently, scientists have theorized that herbs which enhance and boost yin and yang properties

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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. In addition to overall feeling unwell, IBS also impacts work, school, and social situations.[1] There is hope to feel better. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are helpful in treating IBS.[2,3] In my ten years of practice I have helped hundreds of patients with IBS improve with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome According to acupuncture, not all people get IBS for the same reason. This makes sense, as everyone is different.  And so, a course of treatment should specifically

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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

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The flavors of Chinese herbs are more than just what they taste like.  It describes the describe their qualities and actions which the herbs have on health.  Sweet, bitter, acrid, sour, and bland are the most common flavors with Chinese medicine.  They each have a specific function within the herbal formula. For example, sweet herbs tonify the body’s energy. This does not mean the herbs have sugar but they are sweet in nature.  Some sweet herbs do taste pretty sweet such as licorice but others, such as astragalus, does not taste very sweet at all.   While bitter herbs clear heat. Chinese medicine also describes some functions of the herbs according to temperature.  Historically as Chinese medicine physicians were discovering new

Skin diseases are one of the most common reasons to see your doctor. Yet, they are often stubborn conditions which do not respond to medications.  Or even worse the medications have side effects. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers a natural and effective treatment for many skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, perioral dermatitis, and others. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating skin diseases for at least 3000 years. The treatment of many skin diseases were discussed in the first known book of Chinese medicine, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huang Di Nei Jing). In the thousands of years since, Chinese medicine doctors and scholars discussed and debated the best approaches to treatment of skin conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine Understanding

It finally warmed up here in New York (well kind of) and I was out for a bike ride in Central Park.  It was a beautiful sunny blue sky day.   The tulips are in bloom and buds on the trees are coming out.  Everyone is excited to get out on their bike or go for a walk in the park.  Spring is in the air. Spring being in the air also means pollen is too.  During my ride, my throat became a little scratchy.  My eyes were becoming dry and irritated.   After I returned home, my sinuses felt full and heavy.  Allergies have arrived. Acupuncture and Herbal Formula for Sinus Congestion Acupuncture and herbs work wonders to prevent

April allergies can be cruel.  Headache, itchy eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throat are overwhelming.   Chinese herbal formulas are very effective for reducing the runny nose and stuffiness, headaches, and itchy eyes, Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Headache For people with hay fever and sinus symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headache the overall most effective formulas is called Bi Min Gan Wan, the nasal congestion formula.  This is a mild formula that helps to reduce headache, nasal congestion. Itchy Eyes In Chinese medicine, itchy eyes from allergies is generally from heat.  The herbal formula best for itchy eyes form heat is Sang Ye Tang.  This formula has mulberry leaf and chrysanthemum flowers that help to relieve itchy eyes.  Another effective formula

Yesterday, an acupressure student of mine asked “What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?”. This is a good question that deserves a proper explanation. Chinese herbal therapies have been used for centuries for improving health and treating disease. Chinese herbs work to bring the body’s systems back into balance so the body can heal itself, naturally. The Chinese herbal pharmacy consists of over 500 herbs. Herbs are taken as combinations of 5-15 medicinal substances, which is called an herbal formula. Each formula is tailored to correct the specific imbalance that is the cause of the illness. The herbal formula can be taken in a number of forms: raw herbs, pills, tinctures, or granules. “Raw herbs” are dried herbs which are then cooked