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 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

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Literary 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 person but in another person it may be from heat.

Similarly, anxiety can come from heart blood vacuity but it also can be related to heat irritating the heart.

It is very important that the language and theory is consistent throughout the acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.  In fact, if the wrong diagnosis is … 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 Diagnosis

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 about if it is too fast or slow.  … Read More

April is the Cruelest Month

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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

Heat Illness: A Balance of Yin and Yang

In New York City we have already had a number of heat advisories this July.  It is important to stay cool and hydrated to avoid getting heat stroke or exhaustion.

Symptoms of chronic illness often flare up during heat waves.  This can occur due to the extra stress on the body from the weather, but also because the heat itself can lead to many illnesses.

Chinese medicine see illnesses developing from imbalances in the body as well as imbalances between the body and the environment. Heat imbalances are very common

A Balance of Heat and Cool

Heat and coolness are … Read More