5 Things You Should Do (at Home) to Improve Your Digestion

blog constipation- 3Digestive health is central to feeling good and preventing illness. Unfortunately, many people have sub-par digestion include symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and lots of other uncomfortable symptoms that stop you from feeling good.

In addition to acupuncture there’s a lot you can start doing today to help yourself feel better.

5 things you should do to improve digestion

1. Acupressure at the acupressure point Stomach 36 can help reduce IBS symptoms. This point is one of the most important and frequently used acupuncture points. This point helps to stimulate gastric motility and can be used to treat all … Read More

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is experiencing a revitalization as a healthy tonic beverage. While only recently gaining the popular spotlight, kombucha is believed to have first developed in China over 2000 years ago.  From there it spread throughout Asia, and within the last century, to the West.

Some have said that kombucha can help with many types of illnesses, from insomnia, to poor digestion, and even reduce of gray hairs.  So does it do all that?  Let’s start with a little background.

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a delicious fermented tea beverage. Its taste is both sweet and sour. Known as hóngchájùn (red … Read More

Open Center Acupressure Class

acupressureThe introductory class for Acupressure for Self Healing at the New York Open Center is starting next week!

Monday November 5th 2012 at 6pm.

Interested in learning more about how you can use acupressure to relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, digestive problems, and improve overall health? Then you should come to my class at the New York Open Center in November 2012.

What is acupressure?

  • Acupressure is a traditional Chinese healing art in which physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the hand (rather than with needles as in acupuncture), so it can be practiced by everyone.

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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

How to Naturally Decaffeinate Green Tea

Green tea is well known for its health properties.  Recently, it has become popular for its antioxidants, which have been purported to reduce heart disease and cancer rates.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners sometimes will add green tea to an herbal formula, primarily for headaches.

In Chinese culture, green tea is the staple drink.  Unlike in the West, in China people will refill their tea cup many times with water, using the same tea leaves.

Not only is refilling the cup efficient and cost effective, by doing this one is drinking more of the antioxidants from the tea.

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Preventing Montezuma’s Revenge with Chinese Herbs

Anything with the word “revenge” can’t be good.   Commonly called Montezuma’s revenge, traveler’s diarrhea is a common illness for adventurers.

Traveler’s diarrhea was a concern of mine when we were trekking in Peru.  I’ve always known that I had a sensitive stomach when traveling, and I remember getting sick when in other countries.  I wanted to try to avoid it on this trip.

I was still in graduate school during my Peru trip, and I did not have that much experience with treating traveler’s diarrhea.  I asked my favorite teacher, Dr. Kejian Xiao, who is a master herbalist about what … Read More

Acupuncture for Gastroparesis

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be very effective for improving gastric motility and the treatment of constipation.

I have treated many people with gastroparesis and can tell you that acupuncture is very helpful for this issue.  Many research studies have shown that acupuncture and electroacupuncture stimulate gastric motility and can be helpful for gastropariesis.

Some of the most effective acupuncture points are ST 36 , Ren 10, And St 25 on the abdomen.

Acupuncture can also help by boosting the body’s energy and getting rid of the heat. From a western science perspective, we’re not completely sure how it works. … Read More