How to Treat Back Pain with Acupuncture

Acupuncture close on backBack pain is one of the most common ailments for people to stay home from work and miss school.  The good news is that acupuncture is very effective at treating back pain.

Not all back pain is alike and each acupuncture treatment is tailored specifically to your experience of back pain.

These are the most important factors to consider.

1. What are the right acupuncture points?  There is not one specific acupuncture point for a given condition.  Acupuncture points are chosen based on location of the pain, type of the pain, and the underlying imbalances causes the pain.   For … Read More

Acupuncture Treats Depression

blog feeling better -1Acupuncture is a holistic medicine which works to treat both the mind and the body.  Acupuncture is very effective at treating depression without medications or side effects.  Recently, a new study shows that acupuncture treatment for depression not only works quickly but also has long lasting results.

In this study, 755 patients were given acupuncture, psychological counseling, or standard care which is depression medications. After only 3 months with an average of 10 visits, the depression levels in the acupuncture group were significantly less than in the group that took medications. This reduction in depression was not only fast but … Read More

Acupuncture Takes Care of a Back Spasm

Acupuncture close on backI used to have back pain and back spasms on a regular basis. Thanks to acupuncture and tai ji practice I have not had a back spasm in years.

Until last week.

A lot has been going on recently with me, moving into our new acupuncture office, we remodeled our apartment, and we have a little one on the way. I’ve had a lot on my mind. Also the New York weather has been humid which tightens my back muscles.

When my back seized up, the pain was mostly on the right side of my lumbar. My lower back was … Read More

What Makes a Great Acupuncture Treatment

The process of treating back pain with acupuncture, or any pain for that matter, is complex.  As an acupuncturist, we have many factors to consider in the treatment.

Important factors include:

  • What acupuncture points to use
  • Length of the acupuncture treatment
  • Comfortable positioning
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Cupping

1. How to choose acupuncture points:

Acupuncture points can be chosen based on location of the pain, type of the pain, and the underlying imbalances causes the pain.  Some pain, such as pain from sciatica, is best relieved by acupuncture locally in the lower back, around the sacrum, and throughout the course of … 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 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.” This  shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture.

Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles. This is done through burning an herb called mugwort.

Moxibustion is a wonderful treatment for chronic pain or chronic fatigue syndrome.

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.

We also use … Read More

Why Cold Causes Joint Pain

Winter 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 people … Read More

Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick

It’s that time of year again. You know what time, the holidays have past with the parties and get together.

Its time that people reflect on how they would like to improve themselves.

Its Resolution time.

Are you going to get in shape?  Eat healthier? Start meditation? Take care of that chronic back pain?

Its About the Future

New years is a natural time to think about the future.  That’s a wonderful aspect to New Years resolutions.  It gives us a natural moment to think about change.

But change is hard.  So it’s important to take a couple … Read More

Acupuncture for Stress Induced Back Pain

lower back painCar accidents, injuries, and training are not the only reason people develop back pain.

Stress is also be a significant cause of back pain.

Acupuncture is very effective for back pain because it can address both the physical and mental aspects of the cause of the back pain.

Case Study: Stress Induced Back Pain

This patient came to me with chronic back pain on the lower left side. When I asked where the pain was specifically, she pointed to the sacro iliac joint. This is a very common location for lower back pain.

She had back pain for a … Read More

An Athletic Back Pain

Back pain commonly challenges serious athletes.  In this post I wanted to share an acupuncture success story about a marathon runner who came to my office for acupuncture treatment.

This patient came to me after developing back pain while training for  the New York Marathon.  He was building up strength and running time when he developed pain in the lower back on the right side.  The pain was most intense after running and sometimes traveled down through the butt.  Back stiffness and spasms were also a problem.

After a visit to his orthopedist and an MRI, he was diagnosed … Read More