The Art of Electro-Acupuncture

The success of an acupuncture treatment lies in the details.  This is what I call the art of electro-acupuncture is in the details of how one uses the therapy.  The specific stimulation machine, proper selection of acupuncture points, how long you use the stimulation, and the proper frequency are all factors in success of the therapy.

Acupuncture Microstim

In my acupuncture clinic, we use the Pantheon Research microstim machine.  This is one the highest quality machines ensure a safe and effective treatment.  Microstim means that the amplitude of the electric stimulation is much smaller.  This is much more comfortable for … Read More

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is mysterious.  It can come and go.  It can get worse, or get better.  Often without explanation.

Chronic pain is also very serious.  It interferes with work, school, and relationships.  Chronic pain is the most common issue that I treat and I have helped hundreds of patients reduce and relieve their pain. Pain can effect almost any place in the body: headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain, and any other location.

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Acupuncture is a complex therapy and works in a combination of ways to reduce pain and … Read More

April is the Cruelest Month

SunflowersApril 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

New York City in the Fall: Colds and Acupuncture

This year the New York City fall weather is particularly nasty.  Acupuncture can help fight off that cold in the NYC weather.Acupuncture gives your immune system a boost, which helps to fight off a cold.  Acupuncture can also reduce the symptoms of a cold, like sore throat, headaches, and body aches.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help to prevent and reduce the symptoms of colds in this New York City weather by addressing the specific symptoms and feelings of the patient.

Here are some acupuncture points and acupuncture point combinations that help reduce the common cold.   Lung 5 and Lung 7

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Seven Powerful Ways to Manage Stress

I’m not sure if New Yorkers experience more stress than others, but I can say that stress affects the health of nearly all of my patients.

We often forget that stress can have a profound impact on our bodies. Most people know that uncontrolled stress can increased our risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as cause insomnia, digestive issues, tension headaches, migraines, and back pain.

Now people also realize that it can also affect our reproductive system and has been shown to be a cause of infertility. In some people, stress causes damage to the immune system causing … Read More

Seasonal Allergies in New York City

New Yorkers love springtime.  Winter hibernation is over and we are instantly out enjoying the parks and the city.  But for many, spring time means seasonal allergies and hay fever.  And that means sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, skin irritation, and tickling in your throat.

Allergies are worse in the Northeast

It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.  And according to Greg Kress, the owner of Pollen.com, allergies are worse in the Northeast part of the country.  That means that a lot of those 35 million are living in our neck of the … Read More

What can Acupuncture Treat?

What can acupuncture treat?  This is one of the most common question I get as an acupuncturist.

Acupuncture can treat both physical and mental problems. Acupuncture, as a part of Chinese medicine, has been used as a comprehensive medical system and over one billion people still use Traditional East Asian Medicine as their primary means of health care.  That means that people use it to treat back pain, colds, PMS, infertility, asthma, strokes, migraine headaches, painful urination, acne, stomach aches, depression, anxiety, and all other types of diseases.

Generally speaking, people seek acupuncture for chronic conditions.  Here are some … Read More

Acupuncture for Sinus Headaches

headache cartoonSinus headaches stop some people in their tracks.   They come with pain, congestion, and pressure in your head around your eyes, forehead, and cheeks.  Sometimes, people with sinus headaches know when it is going to rain, because they feel so painful.  If the headaches become chronic, it can really get you down— literally, your head can feel like a million pounds.  Acupuncture has shown that it is effective to treat sinus headaches.


Why does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works to relieve pain by regulating the pain patterns in the brain, stimulating the release of natural pain relieving chemicals, and reducing inflammation.  … Read More

What to do about the Flu in New York City

In Chinese Medicine there are two main ways to prevent getting the flu.  The first is to boost your immune system.  The second is to fend off any invaders before you get sick.

It is best to treat a disease before you get it by boosting your immune system.  I recommend taking the mushroom reishi (Ganoderma, also called ling zhi) which will help boost your immunity and your energy.

But when the flu is going around, it is important to take an herbal formula which will help prevent the sickness.  Gan Mao ling is a great formula for this. … Read More

Help with Acupuncture for Somatization Disorders

Somatoform disorders are chronic pain and illness with no specific physical cause.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help treat somatoform disorders. It is only natural that acupuncture can treat somatoform disorders. In acupuncture we view the mind and body as connected.  The body is as an interconnected whole.

The Mind Body are Connected

It is only natural that our minds and emotions effect our state of health.  We do not divide the patients’ experiences from condition. Rather the condition is just what you are experiencing.

The approach is based upon identifying the underlying imbalance in the body causing the illness. … Read More