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Trigger Point Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017

I am reprinting this article on Trigger Point Acupuncture and Dry Needling that I wrote way back in the year 2009, for my dear friend Anthony Carey, M.S., the owner of Function First here in San Diego. Function First is a system of corrective exercises first developed by Pete Egoscue, and refined by Anthony, whose Master’s degree is in Kinesiology, the study of how muscles function. The Trigger Point Problem: Shortened Muscles and Fascia Muscles function by moving, but they move, only by virtue of contraction. The Trigger Point problem arises when muscles are in states of constant contraction, as...

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Acupuncture Meridians

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017

What are Acupuncture Meridians? Acupuncture “meridians” are the pathways through which our body’s Qi (pronounced “Chee”) energy  flows, as described in the seminal medical text the Nei Jing around 200 B.C.E.. But the term meridian, coined by the Jesuit Priests who first learned Acupuncture in China in the 17th century, reflects a mechanical western mode of thinking. Meridians are lines drawn on a map. And energy does not flow in lines on maps, lines merely denote locations. Its not such a critical difference for the receiver of acupuncture, but it is an important difference for those of us practicing...

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Can Western Medicine Explain How Acupuncture Works?

Posted by on May 18, 2017

I was recently responding to this question on Quora: “How does Western medicine explain acupuncture.” and wanted to share my response and to expand upon it. Can Western Medicine Explain How Acupunture Works? Western Medicine, or more exactly, Western Science, because Western Medicine is only sometimes Science based, may never be able to “explain” how Acupuncture works. But in a way, while potentially interesting, its almost the wrong question. What is much more interesting is enter the world of Chinese language and philosophy and find out how Chinese Medicine explains it. All systems have cultural reference points and bias. Western...

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Why Chinese Women Don’t Use Tampons—Its About Qi

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016

Why Chinese Women Don’t Use Tampons—Its About Qi The reason why Chinese Women Don’t Use Tampons has to do both with the lack of a tampon ‘culture’ which, in the USA was created by marketing from tampon companies, but also because of the shared cultural context between Chinese culture and Chinese medicine. Chinese people have basic notions of hot, cold, Qi and Blood, that come from Chinese medicine and philosophy. It is why they want their food fresh and hot with lots of vegetables. What a Chinese chef once called “wok Qi.” Remember Toxic Shock Syndrome? Where super bacteria...

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Perseid Meteor Shower: Five Elements in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016

Tonight’s annual Perseid meteor shower got me thinking about the power of cold and the theory of dosha and the five elements in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.. Chinese medicine describe life as a warm process of transformation of food and oxygen into energy.  This is a kind of movement, the breakdown of things from one into another, from food and air into blood and Qi and waste product. This is what fire does in nature, as well, it breaks things down, it turns wood into smoke and ash. The transformative nature of Agni, which lives in spades in Pitta...

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Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016

Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain is an integral part of Classical Chinese acupuncture  and is very useful for myofascial pain and sports medicine b/c it breaks up adhesions in the fascia and brings new blood to the area when capillaries are deliberately ruptured.. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelp’s circles in the attached article are quite dark b/c of all the tension or Qi and Blood stagnation in his sinews from the olympian demands made on his muscles and fascia. In Chinese medicine we also do “sliding cupping therapy” which affects a wider distribution of the skin, muscle, and connective tissue...

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the Large Intestine (Colon) intestines that causes diarrhea and/or constipation, abdominal pain and/or cramps, bloating, and gas. Most people with IBS that I have seen in the past 24 years have bloating and pain, and many have constipation and diarrhea that alternates like a see-saw.  Others will have diarrhea on a regular basis with occasional constipation, while still others have constant severe constipation with only rare diarrhea. The abdominal pain is often compared to menstrual cramp pain, while some will describe a different kind...

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Menopause Natural Treatment: Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016

In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Menopause Natural Treatment begins with the premise that menopause, and andropause, like puberty, like the transitions that occurs around ages 2, 5, and 36, are just that, transitions, not diseases. Change is hard on human beings. Moving from one city is a stressor. Even traveling on a plane to Hawaii for a wonderful vacation has certain elements of stress. Its always nice to come home. But what if you carried “home” with you, wherever you were, whatever stage of life you were in. How Change Affects the Body Mind in Ayurveda:Vata In Ayurveda change...

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Heartburn Medication Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: What Are The Alternatives? We face a national epidemic of Dementia as baby boomers who have spent years on Heartburn Medication like Prilosec, Protonixx, and Nexium,  hit their 60’s and 70’s, while at the same time medical researchers are now showing that heartburn medication is linked to increased risk for dementia and other cognitive problems.  Here is today’s Harvard Health Letter letter reporting on the latest research Research published online on February 15 in JAMA Neurology showed that there may be an association between chronic use of PPIs and an increased...

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Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015

Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Neck Pain A mainstay of my practice is the use of Dry Needling and Acupuncture for neck pain, both acute and chronic.  A recent article in Time magazine has this byline: ” Acupuncture Actually Works for Neck Pain study says.” Attitudes towards Acupuncture Have Changed I love the qualifier “actually” in this context, as if, after 40 years of acupuncture in the USA, anyone would be surprised. When I began my acupuncture practice in San Diego 24 years ago, I routinely had to deal with questions like “does acupuncture really work,” to which I would respond,...

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Mediterranean Diet, Red Rice Yeast, and Guggal for Cardiovascular Disease

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015

Mediterranean diet, and lifestyle; lots of exercise, warm family relations, help reduce heart disease. An alternative to statin drugs I have had very good results with even without any other changes in the variables is the Chinese herbal medicine called Red Rice Yeast. Its available on line at Vita cost, or from any health food store. The brand I have had consistent results with is Solaray. It lowers bad cholesterol. Another product I use, from Ayurveda, is Guggal, which is the resin of a tree related to frankincense. Its interesting, because Guggal clears Ama or Toxic Sludge from the...

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Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015

Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain What is Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain? Dry Needling is a style of myofascial anatomy-based acupuncture to relieve trigger points pioneered by Janet Travell, M.D., author of “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: Trigger Point Manual” (and personal physician to JFK) in the early 1960’s, before Chinese acupuncture had made its way to the USA. Dry Needling is a way of treating myofascial trigger points, a kind of contraction knot that occurs in tense, shortened muscles, and that is associated with with both intense localized pain (a common spot is between the shoulder blades or in...

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Insomnia Cure with Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ayurveda: Sleep Culture and the Idea of Sleep in Medicine

Posted by on May 31, 2014

Insomnia Cure with Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ayurveda–Sleep Culture and the Idea of Sleep   I recently had a treatment of insomnia cure of a patient with chronic insomnia whose husband insists on keeping an elaborate array of media devices that operate a stereo system and entertainment center in the bedroom. This patient was under a lot of stress from a family issue other than the problem of her husband refusing to compromise on this issue, and also with her high pressure job.   How does one cure a case of insomnia such as this with Chinese Herbal Medicine,...

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A Case of Vertigo and Headache treated with Dry Needling and Classical Chinese Acupuncture

Posted by on May 12, 2014

Vertigo and headache treated with dry needling and classical Chinese acupuncture combines the best of two worlds– the “dry needling” de-activation of anatomically described trigger points and motor points, with the manipulation of Qi and Blood through the related  Acupuncture Channels as described in Classical Chinese Medicine. But there is more to medicine than the mere physical. “Where this is stagnation there is pain and where there is pain there is stagnation (of Qi, Blood, and Fluids)” so says the ancient classics of Chinese acupuncture theory. They also say that, “the mind leads the qi.” These two pithy aphorisms describe...

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Chinese Acupuncture and Dry Needling for Acute and Chronic Pain

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014

Chinese Acupuncture and Dry Needling for Acute and Chronic Pain One of the most common reasons people seek help from Chinese Acupuncture and Dry Needling is for the treatment of pain. The great thing about Chinese Acupuncture and Dry Needling is that they provide rapid and complete healing of from the causes as well as the symptoms of pain conditions without the damaging and dangerous use of drugs. All drugs have side affects. None of them are beneficial side effects. Whether it is the liver toxicity of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Naprasyn, the damage to the lining of the stomach...

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