Don’t Use Ice

ColdAcupuncturists have long been against the use of ice for muscles soreness and repair of an injury. This is because of the idea that the cold literally gets into our joints and slows the circulation.

Within the last decade a number of research studies have come out questioning whether it is best to ice after an injury or for serious muscle fatigue.

The New York Times had an article outlining a recent publication that looked at the effect of icing muscles after a very strenuous workout. This study in mice showed that application of ice slowed down the healing process … Read More

Acupuncture Treatment of Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness. Many people develop blood vessels as well as  red bumps. Because rosacea is on the face it is often very challenging and embarrassing for patients.

Acupuncture is effective for treating rosacea.  I will often use both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for helping people with rosacea.

The Causes of Rosacea

In acupuncture we think about health as balance. Imbalances lead to illnesses.  Rosacea is an imbalance in the hot and cold in the body. This is why rosacea can flare in the sun and heat or from spicy foods … 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, Acne, and LED Light Therapy: Synergistic Effects

The best acupuncture therapy for acne incorporates many techniques including:  acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, and LED light therapy.  By combining different natural therapies, the treatment addresses specific aspects of acne during the cycle of development. The ultimate goal of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is to treat the root cause of the acne and bring balance to the body.

Customized For Each Patient

Not all acne is alike so treatment also needs to be personalized to the type of acne. Are there predominantly white heads and black heads, inflammatory acne, hormonal acne, or cystic acne? Is it hormonal acne?

Our … Read More

Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Eczema

acupuncture models historic 1 Acupuncture is an obvious choice for patients with atopic eczema because it is safe and has been used for skin conditions for thousands of years.

Here are some of the top reasons acupuncture helps patients with eczema.

 

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1. Acupuncture helps to reduce itch.  Acupuncture has been shown to reduce itching in those with eczema.[1] According to acupuncture, we say this is because acupuncture helps to reduce wind, dampness, and heat which are common causes of itch in eczema.[2]

Physiologically, acupuncture works in many ways to reduce itch. Acupuncture may reduce the itch feeling by changing the … Read More

Is Acupuncture Hocus Pocus?

acupuncture on back“I used to think that acupuncture was hocus pocus.  But now I am happy I tried,” a once skeptical now relieved patient said to me.

People new to acupuncture are sometimes wary because they think it’s magical.  But after experiencing an acupuncture treatment, they usually feel very different.

This is because acupuncture relaxes the body, decreases pain, and regulates the nervous system, so you physically feel different after an acupuncture treatment.

Research has shown that acupuncture works by regulating pain relieving chemicals in the brain , modifying pain patterns within the nervous system, as well as stimulating the

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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

Acupuncture for Acne Success Story

Acupuncture helps heal the whole person, not just the skin.  In this success story I wanted to share about a young woman who was coming in for acne and IBS with constipation.

Her Story

The two conditions, acne and IBS-C, developed simultaneously after the patient was prescribed a long course of antibiotics to treat food poisoning which she contracted abroad. She had already finished the antibiotics as of the first visit.

Despite taking supplements, she still had frequent constipation, severe pain, and difficulty moving her bowels, and occasional loose stool.

Her acne did not vary with her menstrual cycle. … Read More

Acupuncture Improves Your Immunity

As the change of season upon is upon us, many people get worried about coming down with colds. For some, every change of season brings with the a cold.

People always ask the question, can acupuncture help my immune system, and the answer is a loud, boisterous, YES.

Acupuncture can help prevent a cold and recover faster.

Acupuncture helps boost up your immune system

Acupuncture has an ability enhance health and keep people from getting sick. Historically, acupuncture doctors served the emperors of China.  These acupuncturists were only paid if they kept the Emperor healthy. So it has … Read More