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Qi is the body’s energy (Qi is pronounced “chee,” and is sometimes spelled “chi.”) There is a mystical aspect to qi. In Chinese philosophy, qi is the building blocks of the universe. Energy combines and multiplies. It is the universal energy present in all living things as well as nature. But there is a practical aspect to qi as well. Qi is the energy we use to keep us healthy. It allows us to work, grow, exercise, and reproduce. Imbalances in the qi can lead to many health issues. Qi needs to be abundant and circulate through channels in the body or else illness occurs. In Chinese medicine, it is said “When the qi flows there is no pain, when

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 fall is very cold and rainy here in New York, easy to catch a cold.  In my last post I wrote about acupuncture for the common cold.  In this post, I will discuss Chinese herbs and herbal formulas. It is important to take the herbs that are right for you, as well as purchase high quality herbs.  So before you take any herbs, it is important to consult a trained herbalist. Gan Mao Ling: Gan mao means “common cold” in Chinese.  This herbal formula is great for preventing and treating common colds.  Take it preventatively when there is a cold going around or if you have a cold.   It is best to treat are sore and itchy throat, and

This year the New York City fall weather is particularly nasty.  Acupuncture can help fight off that cold in the NYC weather.Acupuncture gives your immune system a boost, which helps to fight off a cold.  Acupuncture can also reduce the symptoms of a cold, like sore throat, headaches, and body aches.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help to prevent and reduce the symptoms of colds in this New York City weather by addressing the specific symptoms and feelings of the patient. Here are some acupuncture points and acupuncture point combinations that help reduce the common cold.   Lung 5 and Lung 7 are effective for reducing cough and chest congestion.  If there is a lot of chest congestion, Lung 1 may be

Headaches suck.  The pounding and pressure really can be very severe and greatly impact your life. But, there is hope, acupuncture can help by relieving the pain from many types of chronic headaches including migraines, tension headaches, and sinus headaches.  And recently, the research is supporting this idea. The Metanalysis on Acupuncture for Headaches A recent metanalysis of 31 studies, in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, showed that acupuncture was more effective than both medication and placebo acupuncture.  For those who do not know, a metanalysis is a more definitive study which examines many many previously performed studies.  The studies showed that acupuncture was stronger than placebo acupuncture for reducing headaches, and even stronger than medication for reducing headache frequency,