What is Qi?

blog acupuncture for itch 1The idea of qi has both mystical and practical aspects.  In Chinese philosophy, qi (pronounced “chee,” and is sometimes spelled “chi.”) is an energy that is in all things in the universe and comprises the building blocks of the universe.  Trees, rocks, and mountains all have a specific type of qi. It is the universal energy present in all of nature.

In Chinese medicine qi is the body’s energy is a very practical concept. Qi is the energy we use to keep us healthy. It allows us to work, grow, exercise, and reproduce. Imbalances in the qi can lead to … Read More

Acupuncture for Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic rhinosinusitis is a chronic infection of the sinuses that causes nasal congestion, sinus pain, and headaches. Chronic rhinosinusitis, commonly called chronic sinusitis, affects your energy, sleep, and work. Some research suggest that chronic sinusitis can even lead to depression and anxiety.

Conventional medication often is not completely successful in treating the symptoms. Many patients have been turning to acupuncture Chinese medicine for help.  In our New York City acupuncture clinic, we often use acupuncture, acupressure, and herbs to reduce the symptoms of sinusitis, especially during the spring allergy seasons which can exacerbate the sinusitis symptoms.

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The Body Acupuncture

Acupuncture can target chronic pain in any location of the body.  Sometimes, an acupuncturist will put needles in the place of the pain.  But other times an acupuncturist will place needles far away from the location, such as in acupuncture points on the legs and feet for chronic headaches.

The primary way acupuncturists can focus the treatment for chronic pain in specific places because of the acupuncture channels.   Acupuncture channels connect different parts of the body and run along different places in the body.  The acupuncture channels create a type of map that interconnects different regions of the body.… Read More

Hum Your Sinus Headache Away

Can humming help your sinus headache? Yes, it looks like it.

I was super happy to find an article in the the New York Times that discusses how humming can help to relieve sinus infections and headaches.

Preventative medicine and self care are very important in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. A simple exercise such as humming to heal headaches is wonderful and impressive.  If it works.

How does humming help sinus headaches?

Humming is thought to reduce sinus inflammation by stimulating the release of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule in the body which helps smooth muscle relax and causing the … 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

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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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

The Greatest Acupressure Point for Headaches

Large intestine 4, called He Gu in Chinese, is the best acupressure point for headaches.  It is especially helpful for sinus headaches and headaches that are centered in the forehead.

Large Intestine 4 works for headaches because this acupuncture channel goes to the head.

Acupressure works by relieving imbalances in the acupuncture channels on the body. Because the large intestine channel goes from the hands to the face, LI 4 can be used for diseases of the head and face including headaches, toothaches, and the common cold.

Where is Acupressure point LI 4?

To locate LI 4, hold your hand … Read More

Research Shows Acupuncture Can Relieve Your Headaches

Acupuncture helps relieve many types of chronic headaches including migraines and tension headaches.

I have seen this everyday in my acupuncture clinic.  Many research studies support acupuncture for treatment of headaches

The Research on Acupuncture for Headaches

A recent large analysis of 31 studies, in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, showed that acupuncture was effective at treating headaches. In fact, the studies showed that acupuncture was stronger than placebo acupuncture for reducing headaches, and even stronger than medication for reducing headache frequency, intensity, and improving overall physical function.

How does acupuncture work to treat headaches?

Acupuncture and Chinese … Read More