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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

Qi is the body’s energy (Qi is pronounced “chee,” and is sometimes spelled “chi.”) There is a mystical aspect to qi. In Chinese philosophy, qi is the building blocks of the universe. Energy combines and multiplies. It is the universal energy present in all living things as well as nature. But there is a practical aspect to qi as well. 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 needs to be abundant and circulate through channels in the body or else illness occurs. In Chinese medicine, it is said “When the qi flows there is no pain, when

I developed seasonal allergies in my 20’s.  For years I did not notice my allergies so much as I noticed I was moody when the flower bloomed.  I didn’t understand if everything is so beautiful why was I feeling so blue. Eventually I realized my headaches, stuffy nose, and moodiness was allergies. Scientists have reported that depression increases with allergy symptoms. Most people thought that mood changes during allergy season were simply related to feeling uncomfortable from the sinus pressure, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes.  Recently researchers have suggested there is a connection between the inflammatory processes that lead to allergies and the feeling blue. Inflammatory diseases in general, such as asthma and psoriasis, have higher rates of depression compared

The Meaning of Zhen Jiu ( 针灸) Acupuncture is not just acupuncture.  In fact, the word for acupuncture in Chinese, Zhen Jiu, actually  translates to “acupuncture and moxibustion”  which shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture. Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles.  Most often, this is done through burning an herb called mugwort.  It can also be done with heat lamps as well as herbal lotions. In my office, we use smokeless moxibustion because it is treated and does not create much smoke. How does Moxibustion work? Just like with acupuncture, moxibustion focuses on correcting the underlying imbalance in the body. Because it is warming, generally moxibustion is used when there is cold in the body.  Moxibustion

This is the second post on herbs for traveling.  This one focuses on altitude sickness. Peru was our first high altitude trip.  In Peru, we went to the Canyon del Colca, the towns on top of Canyon de Colca are at 3700 meters.  At this height, altitude sickness is an concern. We had come from Arequipa, a colonial city in the Mountains, resting at about 2300 so there was some time for our bodies to adjust. We took a 6 hour bus ride over dirt roads with the locals and their smaller farm animals, chickens and a baby lamb. There, on top of the Canyon de Colca, we met Remijio, our guide for the three day hike.  Remijio made walking

The other day in my office, a new patient lying on the table asked me, “ Do you like being an acupuncturist?” I was taken back a bit.  “Yes, I love being an acupuncturist.” “Why?” She asks. Wow, she is quite an inquisitive patient. So I thought about it for a second.   I thought about how I love that acupuncture works with the body to heal itself, that it focuses on resetting the body to bring it back to balance, and I love that patients can create their own tool box of techniques to participate in their own healing. But then I thought for another second.  “ I love being an acupuncturist because acupuncture and Chinese medicine can change

Eczema causes terrible itching.  The itching in many cases is what leads to the development of dry, irritated, and inflamed skin associated with eczema.  I often use acupuncture to help control the itching in eczema. A research paper from last year showed that acupuncture helps to reduce itching in people with eczema.  In this study, the researched caused a hypersensitivity reaction in eczema patients.  Then, they used acupuncture to help reduce that itching. In my NYC Acupuncture clinic I often use acupuncture to help patients with itching from eczema.  I find that auricular and body acupuncture combination to be the most effective.  After the acupuncture, I often will use magnet stickers in ear acupuncture points that correspond to the specific

It is getting to the heart of winter and cold season.  Chinese medicine and acupuncture have many remedies for preventing colds and treating colds.  Here are some of my best posts about tricks from the Chinese Medicine Cabinet to prevent colds and flus. How to Kick the Common Cold Acupuncture for the Common Cold Four Chinese Herbs for the Common Cold Natural Cold Remedies Preventing colds for People with Asthma Asthma Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Resetting the Immune System: Allergies, Asthma, and Acupuncture Immunity and Qi Recipes for the Common Cold Rainy Day Ginger Beef Soup Winter Foods to Beat Colds and Flu

I am always searching for simple remedies for my patients to prevent colds, flu, and sinus infections.   That’s why I was excited to see a short article last month in the New York Times that discusses how humming can help to relieve sinus infections and headaches. Humming reduces sinus inflammation by stimulating the release of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule in the body which helps smooth muscle relax and vasodilation to increase blood flow.  Less inflammation means the body recovers quicker and can fight off infections. Many of my acupuncture patients have asthma and allergies, making them more susceptible to sinus infections especially during the winter months.  I often recommend self acupressure to supplement the acupuncture treatment.   Some traditions of

The immune system is a wonderful thing.  Without it we could not live a second–we would be totally consumed by bacteria and viruses.  But, it is fickle.  It can overreact or react in response to something that is not a pathogen. I’ve recently written a couple posts about acupuncture and allergies.  Allergies are caused by the immune system reacting in a way it should not, and giving us problems.  Asthma is also caused by the immune system overreacting. Why do asthma and allergies often occur together? Asthma and allergies are both caused by a hyper reaction in your immune system. And it is no surprise to those with asthma, that allergies make asthma worse.  The same allergen will also irritate