Acupuncture can be a great therapy for numerous women’s
health issues. Below are the most common women’s health conditions that we
treat with acupuncture and herbal medicine in our clinic – although there are,
of course, many more conditions for which acupuncture can be a useful modality!
Problems with periods:
Painful periods –endometriosis
, cramping, or
low back pain with periods
Irregular menstrual cycles – absence of periods,
short cycles, long cycles, or irregular menstrual cycles
Acupuncture for seasonal allergies has been in the news
lately due to anew study
published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine
month. The study of 422 people ages 16-25 found that acupuncture and anti-allergy
medication together statistically significantly improved disease-specific quality
of life and lowered rescue medication use after an 8 week treatment period,
compared to anti-allergy medication alone, or anti-allergy medication andsham
While definitive conclusions can not yet be drawn from this
study, it does offer promising evidence that acupuncture can be an effective
therapy for dealing with the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
It is that time of year – flu season. And it seems to be
particularly common these past few weeks – sick kids home from school, missed
work days, long lines outside of public health clinics. So how tostay healthy
? There are a multitude of things you can do to boost your immune
system and ready your body to fight off pathogens – these includegetting
,drinking enough water
, getting regularacupuncture
, and supplementing withChinese Herbal Medicine
. You can also give
yourself acupressure at these immune-boosting points – I’d suggest making it a
regular part of your daily routine.
Acupuncture can be a wonderful therapy for kids. Many people often ask what the youngest age is that I can treat. And the answer is, we can tailor treatment according to the child's age, stage of development, and comfort with treatment. I have been fortunate enough to treat newborns in the neonatal ICU, as well as toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-aged kids, preteens, and teens here in my clinic as well as a variety of hospital and public health settings. For babies and young children, I don't usually use needles, but rather non-insertive acupuncture techniques, acupressure, and magnet therapies.
A few days ago we were asked what health tips we recommend across the board to everyone. This prompted us to count down our Top 10 Health Tips for Everyone here on our blog. Today,Health Tip #6: Drink
a lot of herbal tea.
Herbal tea is a wonderful alternative to water or –ahem- coffee
as a beverage of choice to sip throughout the day. Herbal tea does not actually contain tea leaves, so it is a noncaffeinated beverage. First of all, because tea is warm, it is
gentle and soothing to the digestive tract.
We're continuing to count down 10 Top Health Tips for Everyone to get you into a healthy groove in 2012.
Health Tip #7. Limit
the amount of dairy you eat.
Dairy is a big problem in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a very common cause of
all sorts of health ailments in our patients – everything from digestive issues
to coughs to fatigue to skin issues to joint pain can be greatly improved when
dairy is eliminated from the diet. From an acupuncture perspective, the energy system
in charge of digestion controls your body’s processes on a day to day basis.
Most people in the United States seek
out acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain. Clinically, we also see an abundance
of chronic health conditions, and syndromes unexplained by allopathic medicine.
But did you know that you can use acupuncture and herbal medicine to
effectively treat the common cold and seasonal flus, as well?
As we move more deeply into fall and get ready for winter, it is important to
think about how to treat colds and flus when they arise.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, colds
are caused by an external pathogen called “wind.
few weeks ago we gave you information about how to prevent catching a
cold or the flu...but how do you treat yourself if you do come down
Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to make yourself feel better, right in the comfort of your own home!
In the Kitchen
Make yourself ginger tea. Boil 10 slices of fresh ginger in hot water
for 10 minutes. You can add honey to taste, and drink as hot as you can
stand it. This helps your body fight off a cold for a number of
The leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, the
nights are getting colder, and you can see your breath in the morning when you
leave the house to go to work: Fall is upon us, and winter is right around the
corner. While this means many wonderful things, like hot cocoa and warm fuzzy
slippers, holiday parties, and watching the world covered in the magic of the
first snowfall, it also means the onset of flu season. Already, it seems like
everywhere we go people are sneezing, pulling out their tissues, picking up
their kids at school with a fever or a sore throat, and calling into work sick.