Steamed Pears and Almonds: Dry Cough Remedy

Food is medicine

Asian culture has many food remedies for common aliments such as colds and coughs.

In the fall air is dry. This leads to a cold with a dry cough. Dry coughs also occur in the deep winter with the heat blasting (especially with steam heat here in NYC).

A dry chronic cough that is accompanied by deep congestion in the chest is perfectly suited for a healing sweet soup.  We call this dry phlegm because it is difficult to expectorate and causes and chronic long term dry cough.

Seasonal Foods

Most remedies come from foods and … Read More

New York Colds Part 2: Chinese Herbs

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 … Read More

New York City in the Fall: Colds and Acupuncture

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

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Home Remedies for Colds

woman with a cold copyCold season seems to be coming in early this year.  People are already coming into my office with the sniffles, sneezes, and headaches.

Try these quick natural remedies to prevent a cold.

Four Home Remedies for Colds

1. Vinegar–  Viruses do not like acidic environments.  Vinegar is somewhat acidic, so eating foods with vinegar can help prevent the flu.  You can also gargle with vinegar.

2. Garlic–  Eating garlic, especially raw, has a lot of antimicrobial effects on the body.  A clove a day keeps the doctor away!

3.  Vegetable soup–  Soup is a great and … Read More

Chinese Medicine Health Practices

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are focused on preventing illness not just treatment of disease.

Over the thousands of years of acupuncture’s history, many health practices developed to keep people healthy including diet, exercises, and mind body techniques.

In preventing illnesses, you are your own best doctor.

Food as Medicine

Eating healthy is the best way to prevent illnesses.  Here are some articles which share Chinese medicine dietary therapies and philosophy of food choices.

Exercising

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A Rainy Day Ginger Beef Soup

Herb pot with herbal decoctionYesterday was really April Showers here in New York City.  I was soaked to the bone when I got home from my office.  But, I was really excited to see that my wife had made ginger beef noodle soup for dinner, just the right thing to warm me up and fend off any colds from the storm.

Food is the best medicine

You’ve probably had this experience too.  Coming home in a chilly rain storm, you can feel the cold coming on.  It starts with an ache in your neck, the sniffles, and a slight fever and chills.  This delicious … Read More

What can Acupuncture Treat?

What can acupuncture treat?  This is one of the most common question I get as an acupuncturist.

Acupuncture can treat both physical and mental problems. Acupuncture, as a part of Chinese medicine, has been used as a comprehensive medical system and over one billion people still use Traditional East Asian Medicine as their primary means of health care.  That means that people use it to treat back pain, colds, PMS, infertility, asthma, strokes, migraine headaches, painful urination, acne, stomach aches, depression, anxiety, and all other types of diseases.

Generally speaking, people seek acupuncture for chronic conditions.  Here are some … Read More

Five Essential Stretches for Neck Pain

After sitting down at my computer for a few hours I often notice a nagging pain 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

What to do about the Flu in New York City

In Chinese Medicine there are two main ways to prevent getting the flu.  The first is to boost your immune system.  The second is to 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 (Ganoderma, also called ling zhi) which will help boost your immunity and your energy.

But when the flu is going around, it is important to take an herbal formula which will help prevent the sickness.  Gan Mao ling is a great formula for this. … Read More

Prevent a cold with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

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In my last post about home remedies for colds I shared some of the best tips like gargling with salt water and drinking ginger tea.

Acupuncture and herbs are a great way to treat and prevent colds too.

Acupuncture and Gua Sha: 

People don’t think of acupuncture for colds, but it is  a great way to prevent getting sick and help kick the cold once you have it.  Acupuncture helps boost your immune system to get rid of that pesky cold that won’t go away.  

  Gua Sha which is a massage with a spoon or hard tool helps the Read More