Acupuncture Treatment of Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness. Many people develop blood vessels as well as  red bumps. Because rosacea is on the face it is often very challenging and embarrassing for patients.

Acupuncture is effective for treating rosacea.  I will often use both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for helping people with rosacea.

The Causes of Rosacea

In acupuncture we think about health as balance. Imbalances lead to illnesses.  Rosacea is an imbalance in the hot and cold in the body. This is why rosacea can flare in the sun and heat or from spicy foods … Read More

Why am I so Hot? Heat in Chinese Medicine

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In acupuncture, one of the goals is to balance heating and cooling aspects of the body.  Now, as we move past the hottest summer on record, most of us are thankfully packing away thoughts of the heat of the summer along with it.

Not so fast for some people. Heat, in this case, refers not only to the environmental temperature but also your body.

Heat and Cooling in the Body

Our bodies possess qualities of heating and cooling. Health problems can occur if the heating and cooling goes out of balance.  That’s why some people are always hot and sweat … Read More

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Skin Conditions

Skin diseases are one of the most common reasons to see your doctor. Yet, they are often stubborn conditions which do not respond to medications.  Or even worse the medications have side effects. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers a natural and effective treatment for many skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, perioral dermatitis, and others.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating skin diseases for at least 3000 years. The treatment of many skin diseases were discussed in the first known book of Chinese medicine, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huang Di Nei Jing). In the thousands of years … 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

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

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Literary Medicine

“And when you do find one, observe with care…they almost always have crystals in their hearts.”

From Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

To understand Chinese medicine better, we also have to think about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine conceptualize and describe the body.

The Language of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical system with it own diagnosis and treatment.  The terminology and language is also unique.

Sometimes, acupuncture language may sound a little magical.  We may say that a headache is caused by liver qi stagnation in one … Read More

What Acupuncturists observe in a tongue

Observing the tongue and taking the pulse are two of the most common diagnostic techniques in Chinese medicine.

Why look at the tongue?

Chinese medicine uses diagnostic approaches, like the tongue and the pulse, because they reflect the imbalances that are causing your health problem.

What are we looking for in the tongue?

When I am looking at the tongue, I am looking at the the color of the tongue, the size and shape of the tongue body, and the coating on top of the tongue.

If the tongue is very red, or very pale that can show there is … Read More

Chinese Medicine Pulse

It takes many years for an acupuncturist to develop skills in taking the pulse.  A properly trained and skilled acupuncturist can find out a lot from your pulse.

The pulse is a significant aspect the Chinese medicine diagnosis process.

The pulse reflects the imbalances in the body and the strength of the body’s energy.  This helps to determine the root cause of your health concern.

What does an acupuncturist look for in the pulse?

The pulse is a reflection of the what is going on inside the body.  As an acupuncturist, when I take the pulse, I don’t just thin … Read More

Cooling Herbal Tea for the Summer

It is officially hot here in New York City.

Chinese medicine has many remedies to cool down and reduce the risk of heat conditions in the summer.  One of my favorite secrets is a cooling herbal tea made of chrysanthemum flowers and gou ji berries.

The Summertime Eight Treasures tea is also another way to cool the body down.  This tea has a couple more herbs like yi yi ren and bai zhu to drain dampness as well.  Good to humid environments like NYC.… Read More