Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Atopic Eczema

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The itch in atopic dermatitis can take over your life. It is so intense, those with atopic eczema of wake up scratching. And after your scratch, the skin becomes more inflamed, itchy, dry, and lichenified.

Most people with atopic eczema have a family history eczema, hay fever, and asthma. Allergies to foods, mold, or irritant substances may cause a flare in the condition (1). Atopic eczema is increasing rapidly in industrialized countries. Atopic eczema is treated most often with topical steroids that suppress the inflammatory response. Unfortunately, steroids also have many side effects.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help reduce … Read More

How to Fix My Allergies that Ruin MY Bike Ride: Acupuncture Points

It finally warmed up here in New York (well kind of) and I was out for a bike ride in Central Park.  It was a beautiful sunny blue sky day.   The tulips are in bloom and buds on the trees are coming out.  Everyone is excited to get out on their bike or go for a walk in the park.

Spring is in the air.

Spring being in the air also means pollen is too.  During my ride, my throat became a little scratchy.  My eyes were becoming dry and irritated.   After I returned home, my sinuses felt full and … Read More

Allergies and Depression

Flowers 1I developed seasonal allergies in my 20’s.  For years I did not notice my allergies so much as I noticed I was moody when the flower bloomed.  I didn’t understand if everything is so beautiful why was I feeling so blue.

Eventually I realized my headaches, stuffy nose, and moodiness was allergies.

Scientists have reported that depression increases with allergy symptoms. Most people thought that mood changes during allergy season were simply related to feeling uncomfortable from the sinus pressure, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes.  Recently researchers have suggested there is a connection between the inflammatory processes that lead … Read More

How Chinese Herbs are Prepared

Chinese herbal remedies have been used for centuries for many conditions and to boost overall health.   For many conditions the combination of acupuncture and herbs is the most effective approach.  I almost always use herbs when treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.

The current Chinese pharmacopeia contains more than 5000 herbs and medicinal products.  A pharmacy will most often contain 500-1000 of the most commonly used herbs.  Some of the herbs are only used in the region they are grown and are not easy to find elsewhere.

Chinese herbs are most often combined into formulas … Read More

Chinese herbs for Altitude Sickness

 

Peru was our first high altitude trip.  In Peru, we went to the Canyon del Colca, the towns on top of Canyon de Colca are at 3700 meters.  At this height, altitude sickness is an concern.

We had come from Arequipa, a colonial city in the Mountains, resting at about 2300 so there was some time for our bodies to adjust. We took a 6 hour bus ride over dirt roads with the locals and their smaller farm animals, chickens and a baby lamb.

There, on top of the Canyon de Colca, we met Remijio, our guide for the three … Read More

April is the Cruelest Month

SunflowersApril is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland

In New York City, we love April. It is the time to come out of winter hibernation and breathe the fresh air again. But as T.S. Eliot writes, April is also has the potential to be cruel.

Chinese medicine physicians over the generations caution about the cruelty of April. The weather changes frequently so it is a time which we can easily get sick. The warmer weather also creates an environment for heat which … Read More

Hum Your Sinus Headache Away

Can humming help your sinus headache? Yes, it looks like it.

I was super happy to find an article in the the New York Times that discusses how humming can help to relieve sinus infections and headaches.

Preventative medicine and self care are very important in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. A simple exercise such as humming to heal headaches is wonderful and impressive.  If it works.

How does humming help sinus headaches?

Humming is thought to reduce sinus inflammation by stimulating the release of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule in the body which helps smooth muscle relax and causing the … Read More

Resetting the Immune System: Allergies, Asthma, and Acupuncture

Mast Cells

The immune system is a wonderful thing.  Without it we could not live a second–we would be totally consumed by bacteria and viruses.  But, it is fickle.  It can overreact or react in response to something that is not a pathogen.

Allergies are caused by the immune system reacting in a way it should not, and giving us problems.  Asthma is also caused by the immune system overreacting.


Why do asthma and allergies often occur together?

Asthma and allergies are both caused by an over reaction in your immune system. And it is no surprise to those with asthma, that … Read More

Seasonal Allergies in New York City

New Yorkers love springtime.  Winter hibernation is over and we are instantly out enjoying the parks and the city.  But for many, spring time means seasonal allergies and hay fever.  And that means sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, skin irritation, and tickling in your throat.

Allergies are worse in the Northeast

It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.  And according to Greg Kress, the owner of Pollen.com, allergies are worse in the Northeast part of the country.  That means that a lot of those 35 million are living in our neck of the … 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