Got a cold? Herbs can help

herbal ingredients 1Can Chinese Herbs Help Your Cold? Yes!

Chinese medicine has been relieving and preventing colds for thousands of years.

Chinese herbs can help relieve your sore throat, coughing, headaches, fatigue, chills and fever. The key is using the right formula at the right stage of your cold. Before taking Chinese herbs, ask your acupuncturist or Chinese medicine doctor which one is right for you.

Early Colds and Preventing a Cold

Gan Mao Ling– Gan Mao Ling translates to the common cold pills. This herbal formula helps to fight minor colds as well as prevent you from getting a cold … Read More

How to Fix My Allergies that Ruin MY Bike Ride: Acupuncture Points

It finally warmed up here in New York (well kind of) and I was out for a bike ride in Central Park.  It was a beautiful sunny blue sky day.   The tulips are in bloom and buds on the trees are coming out.  Everyone is excited to get out on their bike or go for a walk in the park.

Spring is in the air.

Spring being in the air also means pollen is too.  During my ride, my throat became a little scratchy.  My eyes were becoming dry and irritated.   After I returned home, my sinuses felt full and … Read More

What is Chinese Herbal Therapy?

Yesterday, an acupressure student of mine asked “What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?”. This is a good question that deserves a proper explanation.

Chinese herbal therapies have been used for centuries for improving health and treating disease. Chinese herbs work to bring the body’s systems back into balance so the body can heal itself, naturally.

The Chinese herbal pharmacy consists of over 500 herbs. Herbs are taken as combinations of 5-15 medicinal substances, which is called an herbal formula. Each formula is tailored to correct the specific imbalance that is the cause of the illness.

The herbal formula can be taken … Read More

What is Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that refers to medicine practices developed in China and other parts of Asia.  Traditional Chinese Medicine generally covers many types of modalities including acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese Herbal remedies, Tui Na or Chinese Medical Massage, as well as other manual therapies including gua sha (spoon massage or coining) and cupping.

In China, the term Chinese medicine (in Chinese it is called Zhong Yi 中医) often refers to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.  Although it can also refer to the entire practice of Chinese medicine. While acupuncture refers to acupuncture and moxibustion.

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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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Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

I have often written about herbal remedies for treating common colds.  Today, I will expand on the two most common herbal formulas I use for preventing common colds: Ling Zhi and Gan Mao Ling.1.  Ling Zhi (ganoderma or Reishi): This Chinese herb is a mushroom that has powerful immune boosting properties.  We say it can boost the body’s qi, or energy. It can also be effective for fatigue and poor digestion.

This herb is best for preventing colds.  Now, the change of seasons, is the perfect time to begin taking Ling Zhi. When the seasons change it is

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How Chinese Herbs are Prepared

Chinese herbal remedies have been used for centuries for many conditions and to boost overall health.   For many conditions the combination of acupuncture and herbs is the most effective approach.  I almost always use herbs when treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.

The current Chinese pharmacopeia contains more than 5000 herbs and medicinal products.  A pharmacy will most often contain 500-1000 of the most commonly used herbs.  Some of the herbs are only used in the region they are grown and are not easy to find elsewhere.

Chinese herbs are most often combined into formulas … Read More

Five Things I am Doing For My Allergies

This week my spring allergies kicked in big time.  Sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat, congestion, and a headache.  All this means I feel crappy and tired.

Luckily, I have many therapies at my fingertips for my allergies.  Just as I do for my patients, I use a combination of acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal remedies for my allergies.  Here are the five things.

1.  Acupuncture for allergies is amazing.  Acupuncture for allergies help to decrease pressure, pain, and headache.  It can open up closed sinuses, and help to reduce itchy eyes and nose.  Some of the best acupuncture points are … Read More

New York Colds Part 2: Chinese Herbs

This fall is very cold and rainy here in New York, easy to catch a cold.  In my last post I wrote about acupuncture for the common cold.  In this post, I will discuss Chinese herbs and herbal formulas.

It is important to take the herbs that are right for you, as well as purchase high quality herbs.  So before you take any herbs, it is important to consult a trained herbalist.

Gan Mao Ling: Gan mao means “common cold” in Chinese.  This herbal formula is great for preventing and treating common colds.  Take it preventatively when there is … Read More

Acupuncture for Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder is a syndrome characterized by the frequent, strong, and sudden urge to urinate. The syndrome can seriously disrupt your life by interrupting your work and make you avoid social situations.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating syndromes of frequent urination for over 2000 years as well as modern clinical success.

How Acupuncture Treats Overactive Bladder

Acupuncture helps reduce the symptoms of overactive bladder by relaxing the nerves and muscles associated with the bladder.  Overactive bladder may be caused from bladder spasm creating the sudden need to urinate or a sudden feeling … Read More