Acupuncture in the Seasons and for Prevention

Summer in Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016

The discussion of Summer in Chinese Medicine  begins with a book written in somewhere between 400 and 200 B.C.E., called the Huang Di Nei Jing, called The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic of Medicine. This is the Old Testament of Classical Chinese Medicine, our oldest text, studied and learned from by the physicians of Chinese Medicine without a break to the current era. The ideas below are primarily from this text, so when I refer to Chinese medicine I am referring to the teachings of the Nei Jing that those of us who practice Classical Chinese medicine still adhere to....

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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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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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Using Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine to Protect Your Digestive Fire in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

In summer we sweat and our yang energy or heat keeps getting dispersed and exhausted. On freezing cold days you feel cold, but on boiling hot days you sweat and become exhausted. In winter in every culture people eat heavy high-calorie foods, but in summer switch to lighter food. That is in part because our digestive fire weakens in summer because the yang is at the surface.Conversely, in summer, because it is so hot, we eat lots of cooling juicy food like fruit and more raw food. Raw food is cooling, because your body has to provide the fire...

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Trigger Point Pain, Acupuncture, Mindfulness, and the Anti-inflammatory Diet

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013

A patient came in recently for acupuncture with terrible upper and mid back trigger point pain that began one day recently after taking a nap. In fact, he had woken from this nap with such bad chest and back pain that he rushed to the ER, fearful of a heart attack. His cardiovascular system checked out fine, and the doctor, who examined him, actually did a physical exam and noted that his back was extremely tight. He also discussed the issue of anxiety, and this patient left the ER with a prescription for Valium. Upon this he came to...

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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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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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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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Moxabustion to Strengthen the Immune System

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012

In Chinese medicine moxa-bustion is done in summer and autumn to prepare for winter. Moxabustion warms the channels and stregnthens the organ complexes, especially the Adrenal-Digestive axis. Directions for Home Moxabustion. Please do moxa safely and at your own risk. If you don’t feel competent please don’t do it. This is one of those American legal warnings: USE MOXA AT YOUR OWN RISK. BY PEFORMING MOXA AT HOME YOU ARE TAKING FULL RESPONSIBLILITY FOR ITS SAFE USE. THANK YOU. Light a moxabustion stick and hold it close enough to your skin so as to feel heat gently and without...

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Myofascial Pain: Treatment with Dry Needling Trigger Point Acupuncture

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011

Myofascial Pain: Treatment with Dry Needling Trigger Point Acupuncture Definition and History of Trigger Points and Trigger Point Acupuncture The method of relief from pain, now called “Dry Needling” by physical therapists, and “trigger point acupuncture” or “myo-fasical acupuncture” by licensed Acupuncturists, has its origin in classical Chinese acupuncture which always looked at the human body and mind as a continuous whole. But modern western anatomists have had to reverse engineer their understanding of  the way that pain and inflammation can cross barriers that used to be thought of as fixed. Because once science understood the role of the...

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