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Most people think that Chinese medicine is used only for chronic health problems, but it can be very effective for acute problems, like relieving and preventing colds. In fact, Chinese medicine has been relieving and preventing colds for thousands of years. Herbs can help relieve your sore throat, coughing, headaches, fatigue, chills and fever. The key is using the right formula at the right stage of your cold. Before taking Chinese herbs, ask your acupuncturist or Chinese medicine doctor which one is right for you. Gan Mao Ling- Gan Mao Ling translates to the common cold pills. This herbal formula helps to fight minor colds as well as prevent you from getting a cold if something is going around. It

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

Spring has sprung.  Well not quite yet with this cold weather here in NYC.  But my patients are already telling me that their allergy symptoms are coming back. Acupuncture can help reduce allergies.  For those with severe allergies, it is better to start treatment before the allergies season to prevent the intensity of the symptoms. Read more about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can reduce you allergies. Acupuncture for Allergic Rhinitis A Natural Treatment for Allergies Chinese Medicine for Allergies    

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

Every year in early October I blog about home remedies for the common cold.  That’s because every year my patients come into the office coughing, sneezing, and with sore throats and ask me what to do. Fortunately I don’t get a cold this time of year because I know a few techniques to prevent it. Why do people get colds during the change of seasons? Acupuncture and Chinese medicine explain that you are more susceptible to a cold because body’s energy, or qi, is stressed. The qi is responsible for your immune functioning.  So when your qi is taxed, your immune system is also slightly run down. How to boost your qi?   The good news is that there are

Eye twitching is annoying.   A fluttering eye will buzz on and off throughout the day causing distraction and frustration.  Sometimes, the fluttering can be quite strong leading to total closing of the eye and impairing your vision. Most often eye twitching is caused by stress, fatigue, use of alcohol, or irritation of the eye.  In some, the eye twitch becomes chronic which is called benign essential blepharospasm.   Benign essential blepharospasm not only is annoying but can lead to periodic trouble seeing. In a very small number of individuals, chronic eye twitching is a sign of  a neurological condition.  If the eye twitching goes on for many weeks, it is best to consult a physician or healthcare professional. Acupuncture and acupressure

Acupressure is the massage of acupressure points and channels.   I often use acupressure and tui na (Chinese medical massage) combined with with acupuncture in my NYC acupuncture clinic. Acupressure in context To really understand how acupressure works, we have to see it as part of the whole of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years.  The first book of Chinese medicine is called the Huang di nei jing, or the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon.    The book is a conversation between the Yellow Emperor and his doctor, named Qi Bo.  Qi bo explains that health comes from a state of balance within the body, and between the body and the environment.  To prevent illness, people should live

Itching is an annoying and curious phenomenon.  Your body feels an annoying sensation so you irritate the skin by scratching.   It makes you feel extremely uncomfortable. This causes pain.  The pain trumps the itching sensation and you no longer feel the annoyance.  But the scratching causes inflammation and irritation in the area.  The scratch causes more itch and the cycle continues. Pain trumps itch because the sensations are felt through many of the same nerve endings.  Although researchers looking at itch specifically are finding more itch specific pathways in the spinal cord and brain. Itching takes a toll on people’s lives.  This annoying symptom keeps people awake at night, distracts from daily activities, and leads to habitual irritation of the

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that refers to medicine practices developed in China and other parts of Asia.  Traditional Chinese Medicine generally covers many types of modalities including acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese Herbal remedies, Tui Na or Chinese Medical Massage, as well as other manual therapies including gua sha (spoon massage or coining) and cupping. In China, the term Chinese medicine (in Chinese it is called Zhong Yi 中医) often refers to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.  Although it can also refer to the entire practice of Chinese medicine. While acupuncture refers to acupuncture and moxibustion. Some of these therapies are performed only by experienced physicians, such as prescribing complex herbal formulas or doing acupuncture. But others are

Winter is here.  It comes as no surprise that the cold and damp weather means achy and painful joints and an exacerbation of arthritis. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have understood this seasonal phenomena for thousands of years.  According to acupuncture, cold and damp can become stuck in the joints disrupting the normal function and circulation which leads to pain. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work to warm the body and increase circulation leading to a decrease in pain.  Warming the acupuncture points and acupuncture channels helps to dislodge the cold. How can acupuncture warm the joints? In the west, most people think of acupuncture as the use of acupuncture needles with acupuncture points.  But really, acupuncture therapy encompasses much more. In