What is Qi?

blog acupuncture for itch 1The idea of qi has both mystical and practical aspects.  In Chinese philosophy, qi (pronounced “chee,” and is sometimes spelled “chi.”) is an energy that is in all things in the universe and comprises the building blocks of the universe.  Trees, rocks, and mountains all have a specific type of qi. It is the universal energy present in all of nature.

In Chinese medicine qi is the body’s energy is a very practical concept. Qi is the energy we use to keep us healthy. It allows us to work, grow, exercise, and reproduce. Imbalances in the qi can lead to … Read More

Smell the Flowers: Acupuncture and Allergies

Flowers 1Acupuncture offers an effective drug free treatment for allergies.

So you can smell the flowers without worrying about being too drowsy and foggy brained!

Acupuncture is different than taking a pill

Antihistamines are commonly taken for allergies.  These are medicines which block the chemicals called histamines that cause the symptoms of allergies.

Acupuncture is different than taking a pill.  Rather than a medication that will temporarily block a receptor, histamine in the case of allergies, acupuncture works to regulate the body’s functioning. The goals is for long term improvement from the acupuncture treatment.

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Chinese medicine for April Allergies

April allergies can be cruel.  Headache, itchy eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throat are overwhelming.   Chinese herbal formulas are very effective for reducing the runny nose and stuffiness, headaches, and itchy eyes,

Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Headache

For people with hay fever and sinus symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headache the overall most effective formulas is called Bi Min Gan Wan, the nasal congestion formula.  This is a mild formula that helps to reduce headache, nasal congestion.

Itchy Eyes

In Chinese medicine, itchy eyes from allergies is generally from heat.  The herbal formula best for itchy eyes form heat … 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

Acupuncture and Moxibustion

The Meaning of Zhen Jiu ( 针灸)

Moxibustion on HandAcupuncture is not just acupuncture.  In fact, the word for acupuncture in Chinese, Zhen Jiu, actually  translates to “acupuncture and moxibustion”  which shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture.

Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles.  Most often, this is done through burning an herb called mugwort.  It can also be done with heat lamps as well as herbal lotions.

In my office, we use smokeless moxibustion because it is treated and does not create much smoke.

How does Moxibustion work?

Just like with acupuncture, moxibustion focuses on correcting the underlying … 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

Why I Love Being an Acupuncturist

The other day in my office, a new patient lying on the table asked me, “ Do you like being an acupuncturist?”

I was taken back a bit.  “Yes, I love being an acupuncturist.”

“Why?” She asks.

Wow, she is quite an inquisitive patient.

So I thought about it for a second.   I thought about how I love that acupuncture works with the body to heal itself, that it focuses on resetting the body to bring it back to balance, and I love that patients can create their own tool box of techniques to participate in their own healing.

But

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Acupuncture Calms Itch from Eczema

Eczema causes terrible itching.  The itching in many cases is what leads to the development of dry, irritated, and inflamed skin associated with eczema.  I often use acupuncture to help control the itching in eczema.

A research paper from last year showed that acupuncture helps to reduce itching in people with eczema.  In this study, the researched caused a hypersensitivity reaction in eczema patients.  Then, they used acupuncture to help reduce that itching.

In my NYC Acupuncture clinic I often use acupuncture to help patients with itching from eczema.  I find that auricular and body acupuncture combination to be … Read More

Remedies to Prevent and Treat Common Cold and Flu

It is getting to the heart of winter and cold season.  Chinese medicine and acupuncture have many remedies for preventing colds and treating colds.  Here are some of my best posts about tricks from the Chinese Medicine Cabinet to prevent colds and flus.
Preventing colds for People with Asthma

Recipes for the Common Cold

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Hum Your Sinus Headache Away

I am always searching for simple remedies for preventative medicine and self care.  That’s why I was excited to see a short article last month in the New York Times that discusses how humming can help to relieve sinus infections and headaches.

Humming reduces sinus inflammation by stimulating the release of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule in the body which helps smooth muscle relax and causing vasodilation to increase blood flow.  Less inflammation means the body recovers quicker and can fight off infections.

Many of my acupuncture patients have asthma and allergies, making them more susceptible to sinus infections … Read More