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The art of electro-acupuncture is in the details of how one uses the therapy.  An effective electro-acupuncture treatment comes from what electric stimulation machine is used, proper selection of acupuncture points, how long you use the stimulation, and the proper frequency. Acupuncture Microstim In our New York City Acupuncture clinic, we use the Pantheon Research microstim machine.  This is one the highest quality machines ensure a safe and effective treatment.  Microstim means that the amplitude of the electric stimulation is much smaller.  This is much more comfortable for the patient. Acupuncture Point Selection Selecting the best acupuncture points is important when using the electro-acupuncture.  The acupuncture points should be chosen based upon the type of pain, the location of pain,

Because it helps to boost the energy in the body, KI 3 can help with many different conditions. In the last post, I wrote about kidney 3 for back pain, but it can also help with many symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, and sometimes PMS and reproductive health. It works best for people with too little qi or energy, but it does not move stagnated qi as well as LI 4 or SP6 does. KI 3 is located just behind the inside ankle bone.  To boost KI 3, gently massage in a small circle.  The point should feel warm and relaxed.  It is best to massage this point daily.   Acupressure Book Coming Soon! Just wanted to let my readers know

In my last post, I wrote about how acupuncture can treat insomnia.  But there are also a lot of things you should do on your own. 1. Turn off the T.V. at least 30 minutes before bed.  The television stimulates you and wakes you up.  The computer too.  So if you are reading this blog late at night,  stop now, turn the computer off, and get some sleep. 2.  Only use your bed for sleep and making whoopie.  Don’t use it as a spare desk. 3. Try doing self acupressure for better sleeping everyday before bed. 4.  Practice breathing exercises for relaxation. 5.  Drink chamomile tea. 6.  Avoid caffeine after 12 noon.  Don’t drink coffee even if it is decaffeinated,

Sleep.  We are supposed to spend one third of our lives sleeping.  But for many people, that’s a lot easier said than done. In fact, up to 58% of adults in America complain of having trouble sleeping. Insomnia is an issue that most of my patients experience.   Actually, this is not so surprising because many chronic illnesses and pain are also associated with insomnia. Can acupuncture treat insomnia? Yes, acupuncture is helpful to reduce those sleepless nights. Just like other conditions, treatment of chronic insomnia should address root imbalance that is causing the condition. The root treatment addresses the heart, liver-gallbladder, and stomach.  The heart houses the spirit, yin and blood deficiency will irritate the spirit causing insomnia characterized by

Insomnia is very difficult to deal with, and can impact the work, social life and overall quality of life. But this is an alternative to sleep aids. Acupuncture has a long history of treating this condition, and I have seen many people in my clinic overcome sleeping probelsm. Recently, I was published in Medical Acupuncture about how to treat difficulty sleeping. As with all acupuncture treatments, treating insomnia should address both the root cause and the branch symptom of the illness. The branch treatment means to help the person relax and go to sleep in the near future. It is treated with calming points such as Yin Tang in the center of the forehead, ear points, and points on the