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Many people find it hard to recover from an injury, even with rounds of therapy. Stellar athletes, weekend warriors, people trying to stay in shape, and those with repetitive stress from work all can have problems. After finding that other techniques have not worked find their way to our acupuncture office. Acupuncture has a unique effect to help individuals who have stubborn injuries and chronic pain which have not improved despite treatment. Not only does acupuncture reduce pain and inflammation, but acupuncture also stimulates the growth of muscle tissue. In a report at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting suggests that acupuncture helps to stimulate muscle tissue regrowth.  The research group showed that acupuncture reversed the decrease in muscle mass in

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Acupuncture is a holistic medicine which works to treat both the mind and the body.  Acupuncture is very effective at treating depression without medications or side effects.  Recently, a new study shows that acupuncture treatment for depression not only works quickly but also has long lasting results. In this study, 755 patients were given acupuncture, psychological counseling, or standard care which is depression medications. After only 3 months with an average of 10 visits, the depression levels in the acupuncture group were significantly less than in the group that took medications. This reduction in depression was not only fast but it remained constant at a 1 year follow up from the acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture for Depression Acupuncture treatment for depression

Constipation is an issue that I often treat in my NYC acupuncture clinic. I always teach my patients this simple two-step acupressure routine for relieving constipation to supplement the acupuncture treatment. Rub belly in clockwise circle Rubbing your abdomen will help wake up your digestive system.  Place your whole palm on the abdomen and apply even pressure.  Not so much pressure that it is painful but you should feel your hand. Rub your belly in a big clockwise circle touching the edge of the ribs and the top of the pelvis.  Do this motion for 30 seconds. You can also casually rub your belly in this way during your relaxation time, listening to music, or before you go to sleep.

Atopic eczema causes profound itching.  Often the itching is the first sign of the condition and scratching leads to the inflammation. A recent research report examined acupuncture treatment of itch in atopic dermatitis (1).  This study was quite sophisticated.  They compared acupuncture versus antihistamine treatment to reduce itching.  They also compared acupuncture and antihistamine to an acupuncture and an antihistamine placebo.  Finally, they looked at if acupuncture was better for preventing the itch or treating the active itching. The acupuncture was stronger than the antihistamine in its ability to reduce itching.  In fact, the acupuncture was the only clinically relevant reduction in the itch.  While the antihistamine also reduced itch, it was not as strong as the acupuncture.  Also, acupuncture

The bladder can have a mind of its own. Normally, the bladder relaxes as it fills and contracts only when you need to urinate. Bladder spasms can occur when the bladder muscles suddenly contract causing a sudden need to urinate.  In some people this can also cause pain. The symptoms of bladder spasms can be intense, impacting your work, education, and social life. Bladder spasms can occur in overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, and other conditions. Acupuncture is an excellent way to reduce bladder spasms. Acupuncture works by resetting the body to be healthy and allowing the bladder to relax. Acupuncture therapy for bladder spasms Acupuncture theory is based upon the idea that channels connect different parts of the body. These

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

Acupuncturists have a choice in terms of how long the needles are left in the acupuncture points.  Different times have different clinical effects. Most often, the acupuncture needles are retained in the acupuncture points for 20-30 minutes.  Traditionally we say it takes 30 minutes for the qi, the body’s energy, to circulate in the channels. But if it is an acute situation, such as a back spasm, it is generally better to leave the acupuncture needles in for about 20 minutes.  This is because the muscles will relax quicker in an acute injury like a back spasm. When the energy is weak, what we call qi deficiency, it is better to leave the needles in for a longer period of

My class Acupressure for Self Healing at the New York Open Center starts Tonight, Monday, June 6th. Register here at the The New York Open Center. 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 What will I learn in the class? This course will introduce you to the basic concepts and practices of acupressure, including how to locate points, how to diagnose imbalances in energy flow through the

This is the second post on herbs for traveling.  This one focuses on altitude sickness. Peru was our first high altitude trip.  In Peru, we went to the Canyon del Colca, the towns on top of Canyon de Colca are at 3700 meters.  At this height, altitude sickness is an concern. We had come from Arequipa, a colonial city in the Mountains, resting at about 2300 so there was some time for our bodies to adjust. We took a 6 hour bus ride over dirt roads with the locals and their smaller farm animals, chickens and a baby lamb. There, on top of the Canyon de Colca, we met Remijio, our guide for the three day hike.  Remijio made walking

These days I am getting a lot of people inquiring about acupuncture treatment for April Allergies.  Just look around, the trees are in bloom and April allergies are in full swing. Often, new patients are curious about how acupuncturists treat allergies.   Where do you do the acupuncture?   What is the acupuncture doing?  If I have nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes, and a headache, why are you looking at my tongue?  Are there any good herbs for April allergies?… Here are your answers… Where do you do the acupuncture? Because the body is connected by acupuncture channels, also called acupuncture meridians, acupuncturist do not always have to treat where you are feeling the symptoms.  Most often the acupuncture points I use