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The itch in atopic dermatitis can take over your life. It is so intense, those with atopic eczema of wake up scratching. And after your scratch, the skin becomes more inflamed, itchy, dry, and lichenified. Most people with atopic eczema have a family history eczema, hay fever, and asthma. Allergies to foods, mold, or irritant substances may cause a flare in the condition (1). Atopic eczema is increasing rapidly in industrialized countries. Atopic eczema is treated most often with topical steroids that suppress the inflammatory response. Unfortunately, steroids also have many side effects. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help reduce eczema naturally. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine approach to Atopic Eczema Traditionally, Chinese medicine called eczema the “wind of four crooks”

Acupuncture can target chronic pain in any location of the body.  Sometimes, an acupuncturist will put needles in the place of the pain.  But other times an acupuncturist will place needles far away from the location, such as in acupuncture points on the legs and feet for chronic headaches. The primary way acupuncturists can focus the treatment for chronic pain in specific places because of the acupuncture channels.   Acupuncture channels connect different parts of the body and run along different places in the body.  The acupuncture channels create a type of map that interconnects different regions of the body. For example, the Large Intestine acupuncture channel starts on the hand, up the forearm, through the shoulder to the face.  This

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

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Today the federal government put an extra 62 cents tax on cigarettes. That makes a pack over $9 in New York City, which means more than $250 per month for those who smoke a pack per day. You can do it!!! Quitting is a challenge for many, but you can do it. The NYC Department of Health and Human Services is offering help with free nicotine patches and support groups. They also have some good suggestions on their website about preparing mentally like making a list of reasons to quit, finding friends and family who will support you, creating a plan with a specific date that you will quit, and exercising regularly for stress relief. Click here to read more

Patients and acupuncturist have long touted acupuncture as effective for weight loss, and the scientific community finally agrees.  A recent metanalysis in the International Journal of Obesity showed that acupuncture was effective at promoting weight loss.  For those who do not know, a metanalysis is more definitive study which examines many many previously performed studies. The people who received acupuncture lost more weight and were more likely to reduce obesity that either people receiving placebo acupuncture,  lifestyle changes, or medication. Sound like great news, how does it work? Acupuncture works by addressing imbalances in your body, and correcting them removes the impediments to loose weight.  Some people have a qi imbalance.  Qi is the body’s energy, if you have too