Heat Illness: A Balance of Yin and Yang

In New York City we have already had a number of heat advisories this July.  It is important to stay cool and hydrated to avoid getting heat stroke or exhaustion.

Symptoms of chronic illness often flare up during heat waves.  This can occur due to the extra stress on the body from the weather, but also because the heat itself can lead to many illnesses.

Chinese medicine see illnesses developing from imbalances in the body as well as imbalances between the body and the environment. Heat imbalances are very common

A Balance of Heat and Cool

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Cooling Summertime Tea

Finally, Summer is here. The weather is getting hot.

Chinese medicine recommends drinking herbs that are cooling in nature in the summer. This helps prevent heat conditions from developing.  And it this tea is delicious!

Chrysanthemum flowers and Wolfberry (Ju Hua and Gou ji zi) Tea


Ju hua (chrysanthemum flowers) and gou qi zi (wolfberries or gouji berries) 6 grams each
1 sugar cube
hot water

Combine ingredients in a cup and add hot water.  Enjoy!
When you finish, refill the cup again. The same herbs can be used a few times.

How Do Chinese Herbs work:

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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help Eczema

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.… Read More

Reset Your System: Long Lasting Effect of Chinese Medicine

resetThis year I have a fellowship at a hospital in New York City researching Chinese herbal therapies for asthma and allergies.

The other day we were in a meeting discussing an herbal formula’s effect. The study was in mice, focusing on asthma. It showed that the herbs had a long lasting positive effect even 3 months after the animals stopped taking the medication.

Many of the researchers were perplexed. Generally medicine only has an effect while it is still in the body, but these were positive effects for months afterwards.

Why could this be?

Sometimes medications can stay in the … Read More

Chinese herbs for traveling

Next week I am going to Mexico, and in addition to being very excited. I am reminded to prepare for my trip by getting some Chinese herbs which can take care of those stomach issues on the road.

The best all around herbal formula for travelers digestive woes is Huo xiang zheng qi tang, which translates to the Patchoui formula for correcting the qi. This formula is very useful for mild to moderate stomach problems like traveler’s diarrhea. Take it as soon as you feel a little bad. This is an aromatic formula which boosts digestion through pungent herbs like … Read More

Acupuncture for Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder is a syndrome characterized by the frequent, strong, and sudden urge to urinate. The syndrome can seriously disrupt your life by interrupting your work and make you avoid social situations.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating syndromes of frequent urination for over 2000 years as well as modern clinical success.

How Acupuncture Treats Overactive Bladder

Acupuncture helps reduce the symptoms of overactive bladder by relaxing the nerves and muscles associated with the bladder.  Overactive bladder may be caused from bladder spasm creating the sudden need to urinate or a sudden feeling … Read More

Resetting the Immune System: Allergies, Asthma, and Acupuncture

Mast Cells

The immune system is a wonderful thing.  Without it we could not live a second–we would be totally consumed by bacteria and viruses.  But, it is fickle.  It can overreact or react in response to something that is not a pathogen.

Allergies are caused by the immune system reacting in a way it should not, and giving us problems.  Asthma is also caused by the immune system overreacting.

Why do asthma and allergies often occur together?

Asthma and allergies are both caused by an over reaction in your immune system. And it is no surprise to those with asthma, that … Read More

Five Essential Stretches for Neck Pain

After sitting down at my computer for a few hours I often notice a nagging neck_mpain in my neck. More than the automatic updates, the random pop-ups, or the crashing of my computer, I attribute it to sitting for long periods of time without getting up to move and stretch.

An ancient Chinese medicine saying states, “When qi moves freely, there is no pain. When qi stops, pain occurs.” Qi, the body’s energy, must circulate for good health. When its flow is impeded, pain and disease occurs. (Here is a more detailed explanation of acupuncture and pain). The details … Read More

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

I received this question on an expert site which I wanted to share with you about acupuncture and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS.

Question: I was diagnosed with PCOS a year ago. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. I have many of the symptoms typical for PCOS including few and irregular periods, body hair, acne, and weight gain which is difficult to take off,  but do not have the actually cysts on my ovaries according to my ultrasound.

What would you recommend for my situation?

Answer: Hello,
Thank you for your question. I understand you’re in
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What to do about the Flu in New York City

teacupIn a press release yesterday, NYC has announced that the flu has come to New York City.

In Chinese Medicine there are two main ways to prevent getting the flu.  First, boost your own immune system, which Chinese medicine  (read this post for more info).  Second, fend off any invaders before you get sick.

It is best to treat a disease before you get it by boosting your immune system.  I recommend taking the mushroom reishi, also called ling zhi in Chinese, which will help boost your immunity and your energy.

But when the flu is going around, … Read More