Feeling Better

The power of the body to heal and change is remarkable.  It is important to understand that the healing process is not linear.   Some days are better than others.  This is true not only for acupuncture, but for most changes in our lives.

Change happens slowly.  People don’t wake up one day and everything is better.  It is a gradual improvement.  You can’t learn how to play the piano or tai chi overnight.  What’s more, gradual change is more sustainable.

Acupuncture is not like a pill or surgery.  We are not cutting anything out of the body.  Acupuncture is simply … 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

A Few Favorite Articles about Acupuncture

During the past year I have been adding a section to my website focusing on the commonly treated conditions in my clinic.  It is not yet comprehensive, but over the next few months I will continue to build this section.  Currently, I have a number of in depth articles detailing the acupuncture treatment.

Skin Conditions

Chronic Pain

Urology

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Integrative Urology

Integrative urology is essential.  The field of integrative medicine is about how to best combine mainstream medicine and alternative medicine.   It is essential because many people live with urologic conditions, such as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, and overactive bladder, without help. This impacts their work, education, social life, and overall wellbeing.

I have helped many people with these conditions in my New York acupuncture clinic.  The acupuncture and Chinese medicine approach works to correct imbalances that are causing the condition.   Mostly, urologic conditions are caused from inhibition of circulation and weakness of energy.

Here are … Read More

Review of Alternative Therapies for Interstitial Cystitis

If you are a reader of my blog and articles, you know that I am interested not only in the clinical effects of acupuncture, but also acupuncture research, and physiology of acupuncture.  This is why it is unfortunate that there is a lack of studies for acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment of Interstital Cystitis, a condition which I have very positive clinical result with acupuncture.

There is one published case study which describes the acupuncture treatment course of a 31 year old women with IC for 5 years.  The treatment was very effective, over a course of 10 treatments there … Read More

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that causes pelvic pain, frequent urination, urgent urination, and sexual dysfunction.   Both men and women can get IC, although it occurs mostly in women.  People with IC can have symptoms similar to a urinary tract infection, but without an infection (1).  Often, there is painful, frequent, urgent, inhibited, or incomplete urination.    Sometimes there may be blood in the urine.  There may be a dull feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen and bladder.   The pain in the bladder can be intense or dull, and sometimes it is located in the pelvis, or on the … Read More

Interstitial Cystitis Helped with Acupuncture

Interstitial cystitis, also called Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) is characterized by painful and frequent urination.  Other symptoms can be tenderness in the lower abdomen, pelvis, and pelvic floor, a feeling of incomplete urination, sexual dysfunction, urinating at night, and also depression and anxiety.

IC has significant impact on people’s lives.  But acupuncture can provide significant relief of the pain and discomfort associated with IC.

How does Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat Interstitial Cystitis or Painful Bladder Syndrome?

Acupuncture works by correcting imbalances in the body.   The idea is that your body was once healthy.  But something disrupted the normal functions.  … Read More