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During the early fall this year many people have already come down with a cough, cold, or a fever. Patients always wonder can acupuncture help your immunity and the answer is a loud boisterous YES. Acupuncture has long been touted for it’s ability to enhance health and keep people from getting sick. In fact, acupuncture doctors in service the emperors of China were only paid if they kept the Emperor’s healthy and not if they got sick. So it has long been known acupuncture works to keep people healthy. Acupuncture helps build up your immune system Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s ability to defend against pathogens though it’s ability to reduce stress, inflammation, and stimulate the immune system. Many studies

Kombucha is experiencing a revitalization as a healthy tonic beverage. While only recently gaining the popular spotlight, kombucha is believed to have first developed in China over 2000 years ago.  From there it spread throughout Asia, and within the last century, to the West. Some have said that kombucha can help with many types of illnesses, from insomnia, to poor digestion, and even reduce of gray hairs.  So does it do all that?  Let’s start with a little background. What is kombucha? Kombucha is a delicious fermented tea beverage. Its taste is both sweet and sour. Known as hóngchájùn (red tea fungus) in Chinese, the English word has been traced to Japanese etymology. The term “red tea fungus” can be

I have often written about herbal remedies for treating common colds.  Today, I will expand on the two most common herbal formulas I use for preventing common colds: Ling Zhi and Gan Mao Ling.1.  Ling Zhi (ganoderma or Reishi): This Chinese herb is a mushroom that has powerful immune boosting properties.  We say it can boost the body’s qi, or energy. It can also be effective for fatigue and poor digestion. This herb is best for preventing colds.  Now, the change of seasons, is the perfect time to begin taking Ling Zhi. When the seasons change it is easy to get  cold.   Ling Zhi helps to prevent getting the cold be giving an immune boost.   I take only a

This is the second in a series about acupuncture and IVF  written by Jessica Yunker, my associates.  Jessica is an expert in infertility, women’s health, and acupuncture for IVF. Acupuncture can help you prepare for the IVF procedure. Five Ways Acupuncture Helps to Prepare for IVF 1. Improve ovarian function: Part of the IVF process involves stimulating the ovaries to produce more follicles and higher quality eggs, since healthy eggs are the basis for a successful pregnancy. Acupuncture can help increase the number of eggs and the quality of those eggs in the months leading up to the IVF procedures. 2. Lower FSH levels: A high FSH (follicular stimulating hormone) level suggests that the ovaries are not functioning as well

In my last post I discussed T.S. Eliot’s famous line, “April is the cruelest month” as interpreted by Chinese medicine scholars. Those with allergies know that April can be cruel.    Allergies cause significant discomfort and disruption to your life.  But being cruel, these symptoms are not enough.  There is also an increase in anxiety, depression, and trouble sleeping during allergy seasons. Acupuncture helps to relieve seasonal allergies by correcting the imbalance causing the allergies and regulating the immune system. Here are a few of my articles on allergies and acupuncture. A Natural Treatment for Allergies Acupuncture for Allergies If you are interested in finding out more about how acupuncture can reduce your seasonal allergies, please call us at 917.887.4946 for

Dyshidrotic eczema is a specific type of eczema on the hands and feet that causes vesicles, itching, and often fissures. These symptoms tend to flare up cyclically.  It is called dyshidrotic eczema because people with this condition often experience excess sweating from the palms of the hands. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help relieve the itching, swelling, vesicle, and inflammation in dyshidrotic eczema. The goal is to correct the underlying imbalance causing the dyshidrotic eczema, which can lead to long term improvement. Chinese herbs are thought to regulate the immune system to treat dyshidrotic eczema. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Imbalances for Dyshidrotic Eczema The goal of acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment is to correct the underlying imbalance in the body

If you read my blog regularly, you will know that imbalances are the cause of disease in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. For autoimmune conditions like psoriasis, the concept of imbalances really makes sense. The immune system is overactive and the body attacks itself. In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, the three most common imbalances that cause the psoriasis are blood heat, blood dryness, and blood stagnation. Chinese medicine and acupuncture doctors have long said that by removing these imbalances, the acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a natural treatment that acts like hitting the reset switch, in this case, resetting the immune system. I think this is very accurate description for immunologic diseases. My training during 2009-2010 at Mount Sinai was in

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

Eczema is a chronic skin disorder which causes intense itching.  Eczema is often said to be “the itch that rashes” because the itch precedes the rash and inflammation.  Scratching the itch then leads to inflammation. Eczema is best understood as a group of skin conditions that have similar types of inflammation.   Eczema rashes are often dry and the skin may thicken from scratching.  Eczema is also prone to becoming infected. For thousands of years, Chinese medicine physicians have used acupuncture and herbs to help different types of  eczema. The therapy is targeted to stop the itching and regulate the inflammation. Types of eczema There are many types of eczema which acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help.  Here is a list