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

Smell the Flowers: Acupuncture and Allergies

Flowers 1Acupuncture offers an effective drug free treatment for allergies.

So you can smell the flowers without worrying about being too drowsy and foggy brained!

Acupuncture is different than taking a pill

Antihistamines are commonly taken for allergies.  These are medicines which block the chemicals called histamines that cause the symptoms of allergies.

Acupuncture is different than taking a pill.  Rather than a medication that will temporarily block a receptor, histamine in the case of allergies, acupuncture works to regulate the body’s functioning. The goals is for long term improvement from the acupuncture treatment.

In my 15 years of acupuncture experience … Read More

Acupressure to stop your eye twitching

Eye twitching is annoying.   A fluttering eye will buzz on and off throughout the day causing distraction and frustration.  Sometimes, the fluttering can be quite strong leading to total closing of the eye and impairing your vision.

Most often eye twitching is caused by stress, fatigue, use of alcohol, or irritation of the eye.  In some, the eye twitch becomes chronic which is called benign essential blepharospasm.   Benign essential blepharospasm not only is annoying but can lead to periodic trouble seeing.

In a very small number of individuals, chronic eye twitching is a sign of  a neurological condition.  If the … Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment of Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a rash on the face that may include redness, bumps, dry skin, and irritation around the mouth and nose.

Perioral Dermatitis in Traditional Chinese Medicine

My holistic approach to perioral dermatitis considers your whole a state of health including your skin, digestion, sleep, hormone balance, and stress levels.  My goal is to bring the body back to a state of balance, when you are in balance you are healthy.

To identify the imbalance underlying the perioral dermatitis, we will review your medical history and also examine the appearance of the skin. Which are the predominant perioral dermatitis Read More

How to Choose Acupuncture Points?

Patients are always curious how acupuncturists choose the correct acupuncture points.

The basic idea with acupuncture is to correct the underlying imbalance in the body.  By correcting the imbalances we stimulate the body to heal itself.

As an acupuncturist, I will determine the imbalance through the intake and examination.  For example, if someone is coming in for a migraine headache which is caused by a lack of circulation  of the energy, what we call qi stagnation, we’ll choose points to move the qi.  A common combination for moving the qi is Liv 3 and LI 4.

Evolving Acupuncture

I find … 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 is a significant aspect the Chinese medicine diagnosis process.

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 … Read More

Car Accident Back Pain

This is the second article in a series focusing on acupuncture for the treatment of back pain.

This is a case explaining how acupuncture can treat back pain after a car accident.

The patient is a young man in his early thirties who came to me for acupuncture for his back pain after being in a car accident.  The car accident had occurred over 2 years before he began treatment.  Despite therapy, the pain persisted.  The pain and tightness was focused in his lower back that sometimes radiated down his legs.

His back pain was very persistent, although he … Read More

Acupuncture Cure for the Insomniac Nation

Sleep.  We are supposed to spend one third of our lives sleeping.  But for many people, that’s a lot easier said than done.

More than half of American adults have trouble sleeping. sleeping.  Insomnia is associated with many chronic illnesses.  Pain is a significant cause of insomnia.

Can acupuncture treat insomnia?

Yes, acupuncture helps reduce insomnia and it is more relaxing than counting sheep!

Acupuncture works by addressing the root imbalance that is causing the condition.

The root treatment of insmonia addresses the heart, liver-gallbladder, and stomach.  The heart houses the spirit, yin and blood deficiency will irritate the spirit … Read More