Preventing the a Cold during the Change of Seasons

Every year in early October I blog about home remedies for the common cold.  That’s because every year my patients come into the office coughing, sneezing, and with sore throats and ask me what to do.

Fortunately I don’t get a cold this time of year because I know a few techniques to prevent it.

Why do people get colds during the change of seasons?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine explain that you are more susceptible to a cold because body’s energy, or qi, is stressed. The qi is responsible for your immune functioning.  So when your qi is taxed, your … 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

The Causes of Migraine Headaches

This morning on NPR there was a very informative piece about the causes of migraines and why women suffer more from migraines than men.

The story explains the that one reason migraines occur is because of bursts of electrical activity in specific areas of the brain.   Often they begin in  the visual center, which is why people will get auras from migraines.  Then it will travel through different regions explaining why there can be so many different symptoms related to the migraine headache.

Originally women were thought to get more migraine was because women cannot handle stress.  However, now … Read More

Acupuncture for Stress Induced Back Pain

lower back painCar accidents, injuries, and training are not the only reason people develop back pain.

Stress is also be a significant cause of back pain.

Acupuncture is very effective for back pain because it can address both the physical and mental aspects of the cause of the back pain.

Case Study: Stress Induced Back Pain

This patient came to me with chronic back pain on the lower left side. When I asked where the pain was specifically, she pointed to the sacro iliac joint. This is a very common location for lower back pain.

She had back pain for a … Read More

Five Important Ways Acupuncture Helps You Prepare for IVF

Many couples are using acupuncture to improve chances of successful IVF.

Acupuncture is often done during IVF procedures and is also performed on the day of the embryo transfer.

Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Improve IVF Success

1. Improve ovarian function: Part of the IVF process involves stimulating the ovaries to produce more follicles and higher quality eggs, since healthy eggs are the basis for a successful pregnancy. Acupuncture can help increase the number of eggs and the quality of those eggs in the months leading up to the IVF procedures.

2. Lower FSH levels: A high FSH (follicular stimulating … Read More

Tai Chi: An Ancient Treatment for Osteopenia

Yesterday morning I heard a distressing story on the radio about osteoporosis medication increases the risk of  unusual and serious fractures.  Women taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates are nearly five times as likely to have a serious unusual fracture.  Osteoporosis is a serious condition as hip and other fractures are terrible accidents, yet the side effects of the medication may be worse.

One answer for many women may be tai chi.  This may particular a good choice for women who have osteopenia, when the bones are beginning to soften, but do not yet have osteoporosis, as the tai chi … Read More

Acupuncture Helps Two Moms with Neck and Shoulder Pain: Success Stories

One of the under discussed pains of parenthood is neck pain from baby carrying.  Continuing my series on acupuncture for neck and shoulder pain, I wanted to share a few success stories.

Today I will write about two young mothers with shoulder pain and how their individualized treatment helped them feel better.

Mother with Shoulder Pain from lifting a Stroller

New parents are prone to shoulder pain from lifting babies, diaper bags, and strollers, not to mention the stress associated with being a new parent.  This woman was in her mid thirties with two small children.  She developed nagging shoulder … 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

Acupressure for Insomnia, Jet Lag, and Relaxation

Acupressure is a technique of rubbing specific acupuncture points. Specific ones can be super relaxing and help you sleep.  Because you can do it anywhere, it can be helpful for you also on the road to help  reduce jet lag while traveling.

Often, I will give my patients these particular acupressure points to augment the acupuncture treatments for insomnia.

Yin Tang- The Spirit Gate

Location– on the forehead, in line with the nose above the eyebrows
Stimulation– gently rub downward towards your nose
Function– helps calm the mind and relieve stress

Heart 7- Shen Men (The Read More

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