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Many people believe acupuncture is mysterious.  It’s not.   Acupuncture is practical because 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.  The acupuncture works by reminding the body how to be healthy. Acupuncture works on many levels. First it works where the problem is to release tight muscles and reduce inflammation.  It works to heal the connective tissue in the region and reduce trigger points.  Acupuncture also works within the central nervous system, in the brain, to stop pain and regulate hormones. Acupuncture is a simple idea but complicated in practice Creating an effective therapy

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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

The introductory class for Acupressure for Self Healing at the New York Open Center is on 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 address specific conditions

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

Chronic rhinosinusitis is a chronic infection of the sinuses that causes nasal congestion, sinus pain, and headaches. Chronic rhinosinusitis, commonly called chronic sinusitis, affects your energy, sleep, and work. Some research suggest that chronic sinusitis can even lead to depression and anxiety. Conventional medication often is not completely successful in treating the symptoms. Many patients have been turning to acupuncture Chinese medicine for help.  In our New York City acupuncture clinic, we often use acupuncture, acupressure, and herbs to reduce the symptoms of sinusitis, especially during the spring allergy seasons which can exacerbate the sinusitis symptoms. A comprehensive approach to chronic sinusitis When it comes to treating chronic sinusitis, it is important to include many of the modalities used in

This morning on NPR there was a very informative piece about the causes of migraines and why women suffer more from migraines than men. The story explains the that one reason migraines occur is because of bursts of electrical activity in specific areas of the brain.   Often they begin in  the visual center, which is why people will get auras from migraines.  Then it will travel through different regions explaining why there can be so many different symptoms related to the migraine headache. Originally women were thought to get more migraine was because women cannot handle stress.  However, now researchers are seeing links between hormone imbalances and migraines. Acupuncture for Migraine headaches Migraine headaches are very commonly treated with

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,

We covered acupressure for headaches this week in my acupressure class at the New York Open Center. The key to using acupressure for headaches is choosing the correct channel for the location of the pain.  This article discusses meridian location and treating headaches. Many of my students were not sure how to use the acupressure points we reviewed.   This is where the art of acupuncture and acupressure come into play.  In this article I discuss how I used acupressure for my nephew when he suddenly got a headache. As my students and readers know, imbalances are the cause of many illnesses.  This is an article about balancing yin and yang a core concept of Chinese medicine and very important for