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The Effect of Hot Weather on Anger

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014

Here is a link to a post on my old blog about the effects of hot weather on anger and the relationship between the feelings of frustration, anger, irritability,  even rage, and the sensations of heat in the body itself.  There is a link in the other article to an article in Scientific American about how hot weather sparks aggression, and, even historically, revolution. What is so interesting is that now that we know how the essential biological mechanism of the fight or flight response drives the sympathetic nervous systems, we can explain in biological terms what Chinese Medicine...

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Acupuncture for Pain Relief vs. Vicodin, Norco, and Oxycontin

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014

Acupuncture vs. Vicodin and Oxycontin for Pain Relief. One of my many pet peeves regarding the neglect of Acupuncture for Pain Relief in Bio Medicine/Western Medicine, or Allopathy as they call it in the British Commonwealth, is the same as my pet peeve with government. How can such smart people be so smart some of the time, and so dumb other of the time? The answer is blind spots, blind spots born from the self selection for overly confident people that leads at times to arrogance, at other times to Doctor Denial Syndrome. (such as in the willingness to...

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Allergies and Sinusitis in Autumn

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013

People suffering from allergies and sinus conditions in the Autumn in San Diego dread the dry heat that wafts in from the desert during the “Santa Ana” conditions. This movement of air from the east brings with it dust, pollen and other un-pleasantries like agrarian pollutants from the Imperial Valley. At its best the Santa Anas are simply dry, at their worst, dry, windy and very hot. Allergies and sinus conditions are worsened by this weather. What can you do? Acupuncture My first line of treatment for allergies is acupuncture and cupping. Acupuncture can help nip respiratory allergies (allergic...

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Cupping for Pain and in Sports Medicine

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks to Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps’ massive performances in the Rio Olympics while covered in purple cupping marks, the art of Cupping for Pain and in Sports Medicine has received a lot of buzz  (see NY Times Wellness Blog Article on Cupping). I use cupping for pain and in Sports Medicine every week, and find it an excellent adjunct treatment for myo-fascial pain disorders, including trigger point pain, tight painful muscles in the neck, upper, mid and lower backs, and in the kind of tight congested muscle that athletes like runners and bicyclists get in their hamstrings, quadraceps, and...

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Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis and Neurogenic Bladder with Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Posted by on May 31, 2013

Interstitial Cystitis and Neurogenic Bladder have a long history of treatment with  Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine’ Neurogenic bladder is a general term for a condition that can be the result of different diseases involving damage, by illness or injury, to the nervous system’s ability to adequately control the muscular control of bladder emptying. Bladder emptying is the result of complicated feedback mechanisms between the nerves and muscles, and when this is damaged, by disease, injury, or nervous system dysfunction it effects the critical muscles ability to tighten or relax the sphincter at the base of the urinary...

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Acuball for the Treatment and Prevention of Trigger Point Pain

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013

I recently discovered the acu-ball, a small, heatable plastic ball that is excellent for the relief and prevention of trigger point and other myofascial pains such as plantar fasciitis and rotator cuff trigger point pain..  I personally love using it on my rotator cuff and on the sole of my foot where I have mild plantar fascitis. What you do in the case of the foot is stand on the small acuball (there are two sizes) and, while balancing yourself with one hand on a wall, let the weight of your body sink into the ball while breathing well...

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Sulindac, Clinoril, and Taking Ownership of Your Health

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013

Today’s NY Times ( Generic Drug Damages Case)  has a sad article about a law suit involving a woman who is now legally blind after taking a prescription pain drug, Sulindac, and almost dieing. Sulindac, or Clinoril, is an NSAID, or non-specific anti-inflammatory drug in the same family as Ibuprofen, and was prescribed by her M.D. for her shoulder pain. What kills me, first and foremost about this case is, why in heaven’s name did this woman’s M.D. not have her try  Ibuprofen first, which is comparatively safe for short term use? Why give a prescription NSAID, which practically...

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Acupuncture for Trigger Point Pain Relief/Acupuncture in the News

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013

CBS News Video on Acupuncture for Trigger Point Pain and Other Pain at Montifiore Hospital in New York The M.D. in this video doing acupuncture for trigger point pain is going to hurt his own back if he does not improve his  bio-mechanics.  If I were him i would use a wheeled stool, which is what I use in my own acupuncture practice here in San Diego. This report makes reference to trigger point pain, which is what the woman being treated for back and leg/buttock pain is being given acupuncture for. Trigger points are a significant factor in...

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Shoulder Pain Treatment by the Myofascial Acupuncture Method

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012

Shoulder pain in the myofascial acupuncture clinic ranges from the tight, achy soreness and pain  common with stress and overwork injury, to the more severe sports injuries involving tendonitis, sprain, strain, and partial tears of the rotator cuff, to what Chinese Medicine dubs “50 year shoulder”, or frozen shoulder in the west. All the above injuries are very well treated with an anatomy based therapy I  call Myo-fascial Acupuncture, which included Dry Needling of Trigger Points and Motor Points. I began studying  Myo-fascial methods while  at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a San Diego acupuncture school in 1990, studying...

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GERD: Chinese Medicine vs. Bio-Medicine.

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012

From today’s New York Times, more short sightedness about the unwise use and overuse of drugs in primary care. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/combating-acid-reflux-may-bring-host-of-ills/ As many as four in 10 Americans have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and many depend on P.P.I.’s like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium to reduce stomach acid. These are the third highest-selling class of drugs in the United States, after antipsychotics and statins, with more than 100 million prescriptions and $13.9 billion in sales in 2010, in addition to over-the-counter sales. But in recent years, the Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about P.P.I.’s, saying...

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Anchor the Yang: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Moxabustion Therapies for Summer Solstice

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012

The Chinese and Indian View: Life is a Passage Through Cycles   In Chinese Medicine (as also Ayurveda)  a fundamental concept is to prepare for what is ahead. This is not just generalized prevention as in eating a healthy diet or sleeping well, but is specific to how we relate to the passage of time.   Chinese Medicine sees life as cyclical: a  series of transitions, changes, phases,  and cycles; as a continuous movement between the forces of yang and yin, rather than as a linear progression of fixed events. The hard thing about living is dealing  with change. Cycles...

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Hormonal Acne Natural Treatment with Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012

Hormonal Acne Natural Treatment with Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture In a certain sense most acne is hormonal, as it is often associated with increased levels of the hormone testosterone, in both men and women. Testosterone is made in the adrenals and the ovaries, as well as the testes. And it is the adrenal glands that are involved in the fight or flight stress response. That is why we often see the appearance of acne during periods of high stress. There are other factors besides testosterone and inadequate stress management skills. A Diet rich in sugar, processed foods and unhealthy fats...

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The Seven Essential Attitudes in Mindfulness Practice- Lesson1

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012

Mindfulness Practice Lesson 1: Non Judging My favorite book that I recommend to my Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine patients for learning Mindfulness Meditation, which I think is invaluable as a tool for stress management and to address the underlying nervous system issues that lurk beneath a lot of diseases from pain to digestive complaints,  and beyond that, for personal growth, is Calming Your Anxious Mind, , 2nd edition, by Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.  Pick up a used copy on Amazon. In this book Brantley outlines the 7 attitudes that one cultivates in a mindfulness practice. Notice I say practice, because...

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Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic

Posted by on Feb 25, 2012

I am very excited to have just received my copy of the new, comprehensive and annotated translation of the seminal text of Chinese Medicine, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic. I have studied this text before in various incomplete or limited translations, but this is the first complete and fully annotated translation by someone with both native level English and classical Chinese proficiency, along with excerpts from all the major commentaries, monographs and articles by Chinese and Japanese scholars over the past 1600 years. Familiarly known as the Su Wen, or Inner Classic, this text, like the Torah in Judaism,...

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Acupuncture in the Seasons and for Prevention of Illness

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012

While Acupuncture is most often used in the USA to treat an illness that has already occured, since ancient times acupuncture has been used to prevent illness. There are specific discussions on this topic in the Nei Jing, or Yellow Emporer’s Classic.   In general, it is recommended that even health people receive acupuncture quarterly, before the change of each season, to help the body adjust to the natural climactic changes and prevent disease. This is the practice of chrono-biological acupunture, and I have found it especially helpful for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and critical for people...

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