Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

The weather is warming up, and we’re getting outside more to enjoy ourselves and start training. With the time of weekend warriors and marathon training arriving, injuries will also occur. Acupuncture therapies are a great way to reduce and prevent injuries and pain.

Acupuncture and Cupping for Training

Acupuncture helps people train by reducing pain, increases circulation (therefore healing) and decreasing inflammation (also important for healing). Electro-acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate healing in muscle rehabilitation. This is probably why many people with chronic injuries that flare up when you start training will see improvement because the … Read More

Acupuncture Beats Cancer Pain

Acupuncture has a long track record of treating the severe pain associated with cancer. A new acupuncture study at MSKCC shows that both electroacupuncture and auricular (ear) acupuncture are effective for reducing pain from cancer.

This acupuncture study is exciting. It had 360 patients which is very large for an acupuncture research study. Hopefully this will influence insurance companies to increase coverage for patients living with cancer.

Acupuncture Helps with Cancer pain

The study showed that both electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture helped patients relieve cancer pain.  However, the electroacupuncture was stronger for pain relief.

The patients in the study received … Read More

10 Things to Know about Acupuncture for Pelvic Pain

Acupuncture is very effective at helping to reduce pelvic pain and the associated symptoms through reducing pain and inflammation, as well as releasing trigger points and taught fascia which cause referred pain.

I have extensive experience helping people with pelvic pain through acupuncture and have published a number of articles on the topic.

The research shows that acupuncture is better than standard pain management and anti-inflammatory medication for pelvic pain.

What is Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome?

Pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, or Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) is a chronic condition that causes much suffering.  Those with pelvic pain can … Read More

Acupuncture and the Healing Process

bamboo Acupuncture works by stimulating the body to heal itself.  In Chinese Medicine this is done by identifying the underlying imbalance in the body and tailoring the acupuncture treatment to correct this imbalance.  I like to describe this process as hitting the reset switch bringing the body back to balance.

Acupuncture also works by releasing pain relieving chemicals and reduce inflammation.(1)

Treating the Root and Branch

In Chinese Medicine we say we need to treat both the root cause of the issue and the branch, the symptoms.  The process is focuses on getting to the root cause of the issue in … Read More

QiGong Exercises for Back Pain

tai chi in field copy 2I have been practicing tai ji and qi gong for over 20 years. These practices have been a huge part of healing my own back pain and have helped prevent it from returning. Over the last decade of my acupuncture practice I have been treated many patients with back pain and pelvic pain.

I  often teach my patients tai ji positions and movements as part of their rehabilitation.  I saw how the exercises helped my patients the same way in which the tai ji helped me improve.  Eventually, I created this qi gong exercise routine for my patients to compliment … Read More

The Acupuncture Map

blog acupuncture for itch 1Acupuncture has a powerful ability to address pain all over the body. Often, the acupuncture treatment will focus on areas that are far away from the pain.

This is because an acupuncturist can use acupuncture channels to address pain and illness throughout the body.

Acupuncture channels connect different parts of the body and run along different places in the body. The acupuncture channels create a type of map that interconnects different regions of the body.

Acupuncture Channels



I like to think of the acupuncture channels as an map of the body to address pain in specific areas. The acupuncturist will … Read More

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Does Acupuncture Hurt? No, acupuncture does not hurt.

There are many positive feelings, albeit a little unusual feelings associated with acupuncture.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncturist use very thin sterile solid needles which means they do not feel like a doctor’s needle.  To insert the acupuncture needle we use a small plastic guide tube.  This pressure on the acupuncture point creates a distraction for the skin and you do not feel the needling.

The acupuncture needles remain in the acupuncture points for 20-30 minutes. At acupuncture point can have a lot of feelings.  You may feel a little numbness, … Read More

How Cold Causes Joint Pain

wintery landscape 1Winter is here. It comes as no surprise that the cold and damp weather means achy and painful joints and an exacerbation of arthritis.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have understood this seasonal phenomena for thousands of years.

According to acupuncture, cold and damp can become stuck in the joints disrupting the normal function and circulation which leads to pain.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work to warm the body and increase circulation leading to a decrease in pain. Warming the acupuncture points and acupuncture channels helps to dislodge the cold.

How can acupuncture warm the joints?

In the west, most … Read More