Five Ways Acupuncture Helps You Prepare for IVF

This is the second in a series about acupuncture and IVF  written by Jessica Yunker, my associate.  Jessica is an expert in infertility, women’s health, and acupuncture for IVF.

Acupuncture can help you prepare for the IVF procedure.

Five Ways Acupuncture Helps to Prepare for IVF

1. Improve ovarian function: Part of the IVF process involves stimulating the ovaries to produce more follicles and higher quality eggs, since healthy eggs are the basis for a successful pregnancy. Acupuncture can help increase the number of eggs and the quality of those eggs in the months leading up to the IVF … Read More

Acupuncture and IVF

The following series about acupuncture and IVF was written by Jessica Yunker, my associates.  Jessica is an expert in infertility, women’s health, and acupuncture for IVF.

IVF stands for in vitro fertilization, meaning that the egg is fertilized by the sperm outside of the womb. (“Vitro” means glass, referring to the lab equipment where the fertilization takes place.)

Typically, IVF is done in situations where a woman is unable to get pregnant through intercourse alone. This may be due to her age, previous health issues that have affected her fertility, or issues with a male partner’s sperm. IVF … Read More

Acupressure Class Tonight

acupressureMy class Acupressure for Self Healing at the New York Open Center starts Tonight, Monday, June 6th.

Register here at the The New York Open Center.

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.

How does acupressure work?

  • Acupressure can helps to circulate and balance our qi (energy) to improve our overall health and wellness or help address specific conditions

What will I learn in the class?

  • This course will introduce you
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April is the Cruelest Month

April 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

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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Understanding Acupuncture

The National Institutes of Health just published a very good short article on acupuncture, acupuncture research, what we know and what we don’t.

It features a number of  excellent acupuncture researchers discussing the positive work and challenges in acupuncture research.

One of my favorite researchers is Karen Sherman, who researches discusses the challenges of a placebo acupuncture needle and questions if it is possible to create a reliable placebo for acupuncture.   Richard Harris also discusses the placebo needling and how placebo studies may reveal some mechanisms of acupuncture.  His studies have looked at the physiology of acupuncture and placebo … Read More

Boost your Qi with Kidney Three

Because it helps to boost the energy in the body, KI 3 can help with many different conditions. In the last post, I wrote about kidney 3 for back pain, but it can also help with many symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, and sometimes PMS and reproductive health.

It works best for people with too little qi or energy, but it does not move stagnated qi as well as LI 4 or SP6 does.

KI 3 is located just behind the inside ankle bone.  To boost KI 3, gently massage in a small circle.  The point should feel warm and relaxed.  … Read More

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for Pompholyx Eczema

Pompholyx eczema is a specific type of eczema on the hands and feet that causes vesicles, itching, and often fissures.   This can occur on the palms and fingers in the hand and the soles of the feet.   Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help relieve the itching, swelling, vesicle, and inflammation in pompholyx eczema. The goal is to regulate the underlying imbalance causing the eczema, which can lead to long term improvement.

It is called also called dyshidrotic eczema because people with this condition often experience excess sweating from the palms of the hands.

Chinese herbs are thought to regulate the … Read More

How Acupuncture Treats Pain

The majority of Americans are in chronic pain or have experienced it.  More and more, people are seeking acupuncture for relieve of all types of chronic pain, from back pain and neck pain, to headaches and migraines, or chronic pelvic pain.

Pain can affect almost every system in the body and develops from many sources.It can occur from a chronic immune disorder, after an infection, from a physical injury, or from emotional stress. Often, pain stays around a long time after an injury has healed.

As a teenager, I first sought out acupuncture to treat my own … Read More