Is a Pill Really the Only Remedy for Your Depression?

  Feeling sad and depressed? It happens to most people from time to time, and when it happens a lot,and really interferes with your ability to live a happy and productive life, many people turn to anti-depressant drugs. Drugs like Zoloft, Prozac and Clonapin are regularly prescribed by doctors, and there is certainly a place for them. But they also have many side effects and can cause problems. Acupuncture can often provide a drug- and side effect-free remedy for depression. It helps you balance key depression indicators in your body, like cortisol hormones that release when you’re stressed. Many studies show that after acupuncture treatment also releases endorphins from the brain – the same hormone that’s released when you exercise and makes you feel happy and light! Why not try acupuncture the next time you’re hit by the depression blues? It can help your improve mood and help with many other ailments as...

Can I Ask You a Personal Question?

Have you had a good poop today? What have your recent bowel movements been like? It might sound like I’m getting too up close and personal, but it’s actually a very important question for health. Chinese medicine practitioners rely on this information to make key diagnostic decisions — important both for your digestive health and your overall well being! The bottom line (no pun intended) is that while you may not think that you’re constipated, in reality, it’s very likely you ARE! If you don’t have a good bowel movement at least once a day, you’re suffering from constipation. This causes a buildup of toxins in your digestive tract, which can lead to many more, sometimes very serious, health problems. If you move your bowels after every meal, you have a healthy digestive system. In with the good, out with the bad! It’s that simple. Constipation can also make it much harder for you to lose fat while also wreaking havoc on your digestive system and overall health…really bad stuff. Just imagine all that rotted, disgusting food sitting there in your digestive system…yuck! Women tend to suffer from constipation more than men, especially, before menstruation. In Chinese medicine, the blood system helps promote bowel movements during premenstrual blood start-up and through the blood’s circulation in the uterus. The increased progesterone can cause constipation, so as an herbalist I would prescribe specific herbs to promote bowel movement and move blood and toxins. Formulas like Tao he cheng qi tang, GUI Zhi fu long wan, for mild constipation and bloating, and Da huang my dan pi tang for constipation and accumulation...

Holidays Are for Families…

For many people, the holidays are all about spending quality time with their families. It’s not surprising then that it’s also a time when many couples think about starting families of their own, and that can lead to thinking about ways to increase fertility.  In our modern, high-stress world, there are many factors that can make it harder for couples to conceive. That’s why when a patient comes to me asking if Acupuncture can help with infertility problems, the first thing I do is find out as much as I can about the lifestyle habits, including the diet, exercise, sleep routines of both the potential mommy and daddy! Then we can begin together a regime based on common sense, Chinese herbs and Acupuncture to increase the chances of conception. My experiences treating infertility using acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been very positive. Quite often, for instance, women who have been using birth control pills for long periods of time find that they are having difficulties conceiving. By balancing the Qi energy flow and improving the efficiency of the endocrine system, (including kidney and spleen function) in particular, a woman’s natural rhythms can be restored naturally and safely – making room for baby! Read more about Acupuncture and infertility here: http://infertility.about.com/od/alternativetreatments/i/acupuncture.htm and here… http://www.americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture.htm Happy...

Acupuncture “Flu Shot” Reminder

It’s estimated there will be 1 billion colds and 95 million cases of the flu in the U.S. alone during this year’s flu season. So I just want to remind everyone to get their “Acupuncture Flu Shot” – in combination with Chinese herbs for extra protection. Other tips include getting plenty of rest (I know that is difficult during the busy holidays) and take advantage of healthy dietary choices – try putting Miso soup on your holiday menu for instance! Read more about Miso soup and it powerful flu-fighting capabilities: read article http://www.selfhealingexpressions.com/miso_soup_recipe.shtml Stay...

The Acupuncture ‘Flu Shot’

With flu season coming up, many of my patients have asked about whether or not they should get flu shots for themselves and their children. They are rightfully concerned about potential dangers, because Flu vaccines can contain harmful materials like detergent, mercury, formaldehyde, ether, and sometimes even live flu virus. I usually advise people not to get the flu shot, but to opt for a combination Acupuncture/Chinese herb flu preventer instead. Specially formulated Chinese herbs support the immune system to prevent “wind cold” or “wind heat” – specifically a formula called “jade wind screen” that protects and helps strengthen immunities, as well as renowned formulations to resolve heat and toxicity like “gan mao ling” and “yin qiao san” can help the body fight the flu or cold virus once it has enter the body, especially when used in combination with Acupuncture. This “one-two punch” can not only help prevent flu and colds, but help to lessen the effects and help your body get well if you do catch one! Here is an article that explains how Acupuncture can help fight the flu! read more...

Thinking Needles …

Hi! Welcome to my new blog, “Thinking Needles.” One of the most exciting things for me about Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in general is that from the first day I began studying there has not been a single day when I didn’t learn something new. Whether it’s an article I read on the train going to work, something I heard from a colleague or a discovery I make in my own practice, there just seems to be no end to the fascinating work that is being done, and the potential for healing that’s all around us! For instance, here’s an article about how Acupuncture is being used in combination with western therapies to treat a patient’s sciatica problem. Sciatica and the pain associated with it is something I encounter with many of my patients, and I am always looking for ways to improve my treatment modalities. Read more: Article. In this blog I will try and share with you some of my enthusiasm and wonder at the world of Acupuncture, herbs and Chinese medicine. I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback and stories in the comments section as well. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. And remember to keep on “thinking...