Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Up to 45 million of people in the US live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that comes with a number of uncomfortable symptoms including, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or mixed diarrhea and constipation.

When your digestion feels unwell it can affect your whole life. People with IBS are often anxious about what foods they may eat that will cause discomfort.

Throughout my 15 years in practice, I have helped many people overcome IBS. Research shows that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are helpful in treating IBS.[2,3]

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The nature of Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment is based upon the … Read More

Preventing Montezuma’s Revenge with Chinese Herbs

Anything with the word “revenge” can’t be good.   Commonly called Montezuma’s revenge, traveler’s diarrhea is a common illness for adventurers.

Traveler’s diarrhea was a concern of mine when we were trekking in Peru.  I’ve always known that I had a sensitive stomach when traveling, and I remember getting sick when in other countries.  I wanted to try to avoid it on this trip.

I was still in graduate school during my Peru trip, and I did not have that much experience with treating traveler’s diarrhea.  I asked my favorite teacher, Dr. Kejian Xiao, who is a master herbalist about what … 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

The Greatest Acupressure Point for Nausea, Reflux, and Hiccups

Pericardium 6 (PC 6), called nei guan in Chinese, is one of the most famous and well researched acupressure points.

It is used to treat many conditions, most famously nausea.  It works for any type of nausea: morning sickness, car sickness, and sea sickness.  In fact, this point is the reason those magnetic wristbands work while you are on a cruise.

Recently on a trip to Guatemala, I had to massage PC 6 for many passengers during our bus ride through the mountains.

It worked well.   Gentle pressure needs to be applied in order to prevent the nausea from coming … Read More

Diet and Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

IBSOne million Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis causing much pain and stress in their lives.  Acupuncture can help people with Crohn’s and Colitis and has been used treat these symptoms for over two thousand years. I have helped many people with IBD in my practice over the last 15 years.

Acupuncture for Crohn’s and Colitis

Acupuncture views the body as a network of interconnected organs and channels. The channels transport qi (often translated as energy) and other substances through the body. When the qi is sufficient and moves freely, there is health and wellness. Diseases occur when … Read More

Acupuncture for Gastroparesis

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be very effective for improving gastric motility and the treatment of constipation.

I have treated many people with gastroparesis and can tell you that acupuncture is very helpful for this issue.  Many research studies have shown that acupuncture and electroacupuncture stimulate gastric motility and can be helpful for gastropariesis.

Some of the most effective acupuncture points are ST 36 , Ren 10, And St 25 on the abdomen.

Acupuncture can also help by boosting the body’s energy and getting rid of the heat. From a western science perspective, we’re not completely sure how it works. … Read More