Posts Tagged "Acupuncture Articles"

Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Acute Compartment Syndrome

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

Interesting article today in Scientific American on acute compartment syndrome, a potentially devastating injury that can even lead to amputation of a limb, and that also gives a glimpse into the role of the fascia in organizing the tissues of the body. Releasing the fascia is a big part of what myo-fascial acupuncture does. And when i treat people with soft tissue pain involving restrictions of the circulation, such as in Raynaud’s disease, but even just if their hands and or feet are cold to the touch or reported as cold, I almost always use a Chinese medicine herbal formula...

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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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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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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. 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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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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Sliding Cups in the Treatment of Colds, Flu, and Pain

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012

Sliding Cups is a specialized method of cupping that involves moving cups along large areas of muscles and fascia, like the IT band or hamstrings, or along the rhomboids, after massaging the skin with Ayurvedic oil, lotion, or counter irritants like Tiger Balm. It is useful both in the treatment of Colds and Flu, but also sports injuries and chronic pain. Wind Evil and Cupping There is a concept in Chinese Medicine called Wind, or Wind Evil, which describes internal and external processes. Internal wind, can include stroke, bells palsey, migraine–all pathologies involving an excess of energy in the...

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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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