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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

Acupuncture is mysterious, acupuncture is unique, but above all acupuncture is practical. Often patients come in my acupuncture clinic and they are surprised how practical it is. And the main reason that acupuncture is practical is that it works. It’s not about the body’s energy or imbalances that are the root of your problem. It’s about feeling better and staying healthy. Feel Better, Get Acupuncture Acupuncture is about staying healthy, but the way it works is by correcting imbalances in the body. When the imbalance is removed you feel better. The acupuncture is just reminding the body how to be healthy. When a patient comes into the our office, we assess what the problems is, where and what imbalance is

The introductory class for Acupressure for Self Healing at the New York Open Center is starting next week! Monday November 5th 2012 at 6pm. Interested in learning more about how you can use acupressure to relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, digestive problems, and improve overall health? Then you should come to my class at the New York Open Center in November 2012. What is acupressure? Acupressure is a traditional Chinese healing art in which physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the hand (rather than with needles as in acupuncture), so it can be practiced by everyone. How does acupressure work? Acupressure can helps to circulate and balance our qi (energy) to improve our overall health and wellness or help

Acupuncture is famous for the treatment of chronic pain. Chronic pain is one of the most common health concerns I see in my acupuncture clinic. Back pain, headaches, migraines, shoulder pain, knee pain, neuropathy, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions. Patients can have profound results. In the clinic we know acupuncture is effective for pain, but often skeptics are vocal opponents because they believe that there is not enough research. Recently, a very large analysis of research trials, called a meta-analysis, was published focusing on acupuncture for pain. The meta-analysis shows that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of pain. This was across many pain conditions including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches, and shoulder pain. Andrew Vickers PhD,

The heat and humidity this year is strong.  Not only is it uncomfortable, many find that their headaches are increased during the hot and humid summer. I previously wrote a post explaining how acupuncture understands the connection between hot weather and headaches. Read more about acupuncture treatment of headaches: The Causes of Migraine Headaches Acupuncture Treatment of Headaches and Migraines

A recent patient with headaches at my acupuncture clinic reminded me of the powerful way acupuncture treats the whole person. She was coming in for tension headaches which were exacerbated by seasonal allergies.  Stress was also a major factor. The acupuncture had almost an immediate effect in reducing the headaches.  After 4 treatments she had very little pain. The following month this patient returned for follow up acupuncture treatment.  And she reported she did not have any PMS or cramps that month. The acupuncture treatment was focused on the headaches, but correcting the underlying imbalance helped to heal the whole person.

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

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

What does acupuncture treat? During the past year I have been adding a section to my website focusing on the commonly treated conditions in my clinic.  It is not yet comprehensive, but over the next few months I will continue to build this section.  Currently, I have a number of in depth articles detailing the acupuncture treatment. Skin Conditions Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Eczema Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Psoriasis Chronic Pain Acupuncture for Chronic Migraines Acupuncture for Tension Headaches Acupuncture for Sciatica Urology Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Acupuncture for Interstitial Cystitis  

Green tea is well known for its health properties.  Recently, it has become popular for its antioxidants, which have been purported to reduce heart disease and cancer rates.  Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners sometimes will add green tea to an herbal formula, primarily for headaches. In Chinese culture, green tea is the staple drink.  Unlike in the West, in China people will refill their tea cup many times with water, using the same tea leaves. Not only is refilling the cup efficient and cost effective, by doing this one is drinking more of the antioxidants from the tea. The majority of the caffeine is extracted from tea within 30 seconds of brewing.  So the refills have very little caffeine in them,