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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”

Mushrooms are phenomenally versatile organisms.  Some are delicious, some are remarkable medicine, and some are both. When it comes to mushrooms to lower cholesterol, you can have your mushroom and eat it too! How can mushrooms lower cholesterol? Mushrooms are inherently good at lowering cholesterol due to their high fiber and protein content.  Mushrooms make great protein substitutes for high cholesterol foods.  For example in Asian cuisine, mushrooms are often mixed in a meat dish which reduces the amount of meat that is eaten and adds flavor. Shiitake Mushrooms Shiitake mushrooms in particular have cholesterol lowering abilities as medicinal mushrooms.1  This ability to reduce cholesterol is due to eritadenine, a component of shiitake. Eritadenine helps to increase the excretion of

Eye twitching is annoying.   A fluttering eye will buzz on and off throughout the day causing distraction and frustration.  Sometimes, the fluttering can be quite strong leading to total closing of the eye and impairing your vision. Most often eye twitching is caused by stress, fatigue, use of alcohol, or irritation of the eye.  In some, the eye twitch becomes chronic which is called benign essential blepharospasm.   Benign essential blepharospasm not only is annoying but can lead to periodic trouble seeing. In a very small number of individuals, chronic eye twitching is a sign of  a neurological condition.  If the eye twitching goes on for many weeks, it is best to consult a physician or healthcare professional. Acupuncture and acupressure

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to treat skin conditions for thousands of years. While Perioral Dermatitis is a newly recognized disease, only about 35 years old, the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments for similar skin conditions remain helpful in addressing the condition. Symptoms of Perioral Dermatitis Perioral Dermatitis is a skin disorder which causes an erythema (redness of the skin), red bumps (called papules and pustules), and scaling. Perioral Dermatitis can look like acne, although it is not the same condition. As the name infers, the most common locations of Perioral Dermatitis include around the mouth, on the chin, cheeks, and next to the nose. It can also occur around the eyes or on the eyelids, which is referred to

Winter is here.  It comes as no surprise that the cold and damp weather means achy and painful joints and an exacerbation of arthritis. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have understood this seasonal phenomena for thousands of years.  According to acupuncture, cold and damp can become stuck in the joints disrupting the normal function and circulation which leads to pain. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work to warm the body and increase circulation leading to a decrease in pain.  Warming the acupuncture points and acupuncture channels helps to dislodge the cold. How can acupuncture warm the joints? In the west, most people think of acupuncture as the use of acupuncture needles with acupuncture points.  But really, acupuncture therapy encompasses much more. In

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  

As the year is coming to a close, I am looking over much of the writing I’ve been doing over the year. In 2011, I wrote many articles explaining how acupuncture works.  Here are some of my favorite. Acupuncture and the Healing Process How Much Time are Acupuncture Needles Retained How Long is an Acupuncture Treatment Chinese Medicine Diagnosis What Acupuncturists Look For in a Tongue Taking the Pulse in Chinese Medicine If you have a specific question about acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine, let me know in the comment section.

I like to say that the acupuncture healing process is like hitting the reset switch.  It works in the body to correct once healthy pathways that were knocked off kilter. There is a process to getting to the root cause of the issue in order to reset the body.  Like peeling off layers to get to to the core issue. Many patients come to me with intense symptoms, often severe pain. The first goal is to reduce the pain to make them comfortable.  Then we work on correcting the root issue causing the pain which can lead to long term relief. In acupuncture and Chinese medicine we call this treating the root and the branch, that is treating the branch

The majority of Americans are in chronic pain or have experienced it.  More and more, people are seeking acupuncture for relieve of all types of chronic pain, from back pain and neck pain, to headaches and migraines, or chronic pelvic pain. Pain can affect almost every system in the body and develops from many sources.It can occur from a chronic immune disorder, after an infection, from a physical injury, or from emotional stress. Often, pain stays around a long time after an injury has healed. As a teenager, I first sought out acupuncture to treat my own chronic pain. For several years I suffered from back pain. It was quite severe for my age, keeping me from playing sports, getting