Practical Acupuncture

Many people believe acupuncture is mysterious.  It’s not.   Acupuncture is practical. Billions of people around the world use acupuncture because it works to help them stay healthy and treat their health concerns.  It’s not about the body’s energy or imbalances that are the root of your problem. It’s about feeling better and staying healthy.

Feel Better, Get Acupuncture

Acupuncture modelAcupuncture is about staying healthy.  The acupuncture works by reminding the body how to be healthy.

Acupuncture works on many levels. First it works where the problem is to release tight muscles and reduce inflammation.  It works to heal the connective tissue … Read More

Acupuncture for muscle rehabilitation

man runningMany people find it hard to recover from an injury even with rounds of therapy. Stellar athletes, weekend warriors, and people working in an office with with repetitive stress injuries can all have problems recovering from an injury.

This is particularly an issue with  and older individuals as it becomes harder to build up muscle mass.

Many of my patients have tried dozens of therapies before finding their way to our acupuncture office.

Electroacupuncture for Muscle Rehabilitation

Electro-acupuncture has a unique effect to help individuals who have stubborn injuries and chronic pain. Not only does electro-acupuncture reduce pain and inflammation, … Read More

New Research on Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is famous for the treatment of chronic pain.  In the clinic we know acupuncture is effective for pain and recently research is supporting that acupuncture is effective for pain.

Recently, a very large analysis of research trials, called a meta-analysis, was published focusing on acupuncture for pain. The study shows that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of pain. This was across many pain conditions including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches, and shoulder pain.

Andrew Vickers PhD, the head author, and his team painstakingly reviewed virtually all of the acupuncture research trials which have focused on … Read More

What to do about Organic Food?

Yesterday in the Times there was an informative article about the corruption issues with organic food production.

Big companies have been getting into the organic market for years because it makes big profits. The author highlights how many corporations don’t care much about organic standards and healthy food. They care more about their profits.

For example many organic companies would be happy to have additives and herbicides, not caring about pollution or quality of the produce.  As long as it increases profits.

There are exceptions. Eden organic (I love their beans) maintains pride in their product and organic food.

As … Read More

How to Choose Acupuncture Points?

Patients are always curious how acupuncturists choose the correct acupuncture points.

The basic idea with acupuncture is to correct the underlying imbalance in the body.  By correcting the imbalances we stimulate the body to heal itself.

As an acupuncturist, I will determine the imbalance through the intake and examination.  For example, if someone is coming in for a migraine headache which is caused by a lack of circulation  of the energy, what we call qi stagnation, we’ll choose points to move the qi.  A common combination for moving the qi is Liv 3 and LI 4.

Evolving Acupuncture

I find … Read More

Acupuncture for Adult Acne Treatment

Some think that only teenagers get acne.  But many adults, mostly women, develop acne in their 20’s and remain with it well into their 40’s.

Adult acne is a very common issue I treat in my acupuncture clinic. The combination of acupuncture,  Chinese herbs, Blue LED Light therapy, and cupping are very effective for adult acne treatment.

One theory is that stress causes hormone imbalances which effect the development of acne. Also, as many people know, the menstrual cycle can influence acne.

Acupuncture helps the body to manage stress and encourages the body to relax. Chinese herbs work to … Read More

Integrative Urology

Integrative urology is essential.  The field of integrative medicine is about how to best combine mainstream medicine and alternative medicine.   It is essential because many people live with urologic conditions, such as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, and overactive bladder, without help. This impacts their work, education, social life, and overall wellbeing.

I have helped many people with these conditions in my New York acupuncture clinic.  The acupuncture and Chinese medicine approach works to correct imbalances that are causing the condition.   Mostly, urologic conditions are caused from inhibition of circulation and weakness of energy.

Here are … Read More

Acupuncture for N.F.L. Players

By Keith Allison (originally posted to Flickr as 112606 206) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsMany patients in my acupuncture clinic are talking about the article in last week’s New York Times.

This article tells how NFL players are now regularly using acupuncture to help heal from injuries and recover from their grueling schedule. It makes sense.  Acupuncture reduces pain, relieves stress, lowers inflammation, and makes you feel better overall.

Many pro athletes are now using acupuncture as part of their health maintenance program.  Acupuncture can help serious athletes by keeping muscles loose, decreasing inflammation, and increasing circulation.

Of course, it also can treat specific ailments as well, like rotator cuff injuries, … Read More