Thursday, January 23, 2014

5 ways Acupuncture can treat Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches can be both painful and debilitating, making it difficult to carry on the normal activities of our day. Our work, families, and other responsibilities can suffer, often for months on end with little relief coming from typical pain relievers and pharmaceuticals. Here are 5 reasons Acupuncture is an effective means of treating and curing migraines.

1. Acupuncture manages inflammation: The pain that comes from migraines is often from inflammation, which is our bodies natural way of dealing with injuries or dysfunction in our bodies. Inflammation is your body's way of saying, "Don't do that." So that we can stop whatever harmful activity we are doing and allow our body to heal. Acupuncture triggers the release of internal anti-inflammatory chemicals that do not have the side effects of traditional anti inflammatory medications.

2. Acupuncture promotes increased blood circulation: Acupuncture regulates a process called vasodialation. This means that if your blood vessels are constricted due to stress or tight muscles, your blood vessels relax, and more blood is allowed to travel to tissues. Caffeine has similar effect, which is why it is included in over the counter migraine medications.

3. Acupuncture relaxes your muscles: Acupuncture triggers your nervous system to relax your muscles. Often times migraines are triggered by tight muscles in the head and neck. By relaxing these muscles the irritation and inflammation stop and normal function can return.

4. Acupuncture regulates hormones: Often times in women, changes in blood flow and blood vessels are brought on by imbalances in hormones. By balancing the hormones Acupuncture can prevent the recurrence of migraines.

5. Acupuncture releases natural pain killers: Acupuncture promotes the release of opiates and endorphins in the body that relieve pain and reduce sensitivity to light and sound.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Acupuncture as a Detox

Here's a question I was recently asked:

Q: Is it safe / okay to get acupuncture done while breastfeeding? Admittedly, I know almost nothing about how acupuncture works and I know you are supossed to avoid some detoxifying activities as it can get into your milk. I know detoxing through certain supplements and juice fasts, are not considered okay, but a massage for example, would be.

A: It is absolutely safe to have Acupuncture while breastfeeding. In fact there are Acupuncture protocols just for bringing in milk for a mother who is not producing, or is not producing enough.

Acupuncture has gained some notoriety as a detoxifying treatment mostly through its effectiveness in treating addiction based disorders like alcoholism and drug abuse. There are actually some counties in New York and Florida which include mandatory Acupuncture treatment as part of the probation requirements for alcohol and drug offenders. But Acupuncture doesn't work like most detox systems of cleanses you would be familiar with.

Acupuncture works as a detox system in two ways:

1. It balances and improves the efficiency of organs related to detoxing, like the liver and kidneys. If these organs are not doing their job because they are overwhelmed or weak, Acupuncture can give them a jump start and get them performing.

2. But most importantly, Acupuncture can help regulate and reduce the side effects that accompany the natural process of detoxing from any substance that is bad for us. These side effects are typically referred to as "withdrawal symptoms". They include anxiety, irritability, headaches, nausea, shaking, and sweating. This is typically one of the main reasons people cannot break their addictions, they cannot handle the withdrawal.

This scenario does not just apply to detoxing from illegal drugs and alcohol, I have also had success treating people who want to detox from prescription medications like opiates, cigarettes, and the most prevalent addiction in America: caffeine.

Of course there are many herbal supplements that can be used to detox organs like the liver, kidneys, and colon. These should be used under the supervision of a physician or trained herbalist, especially in cases of women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  

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Monday, January 6, 2014

5 ways to achieve your New Years Health Resolutions with Acupuncture and Qi Gong

I know many of you have Health Related New Years Resolutions, and, not to be negative, I know many of you won't achieve them. Here are some ways to ensure you will be successful in the New Year.

1.  Make A Plan: Many people plan to fail because they fail to plan. A trained Acupuncturist can help you develop a proper plan based on your individual qualities and constitution. By doing a diagnosis of your individual pattern, they can help you get faster and more targeted results.

2. Set an Achievable Goal: Often our goals are set too high and we give up when overwhelmed with the magnitude of it all. Because an Acupuncturist can give an accurate evaluation of where you are, they can also accurately tell you where you can expect to go.

3. Change your mind, Change you life: Research has shown that Acupuncture, Qi Gong, and Meditation have numerous effects on the brain. These effects can allow you to stay more focused and disciplined when working toward your goal.

4. Improve your Efficiency: No matter what your health related goal is, by tuning up your body with Acupuncture, you can increase your chances of success. Whether it be improving your metabolism to help with weight loss, healing an injury to allow you to exercise more, or relieving the effects of stress to keep your blood pressure down, Acupuncture can be your ace in the hole.

5. Supplement your Efforts: Most Acupuncturists are also trained herbalists, and can give you a targeted herbal supplement to help you achieve your goal.

To learn more about Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine, and how it can help you this year, visit or call 714-997-4861 to set up a free consultation.