July 15th, 2011
You have already made the decision to quit smoking. You are surrounded by warnings about the hazards of cigarette smoking. You have seen adds on TV, you have read articles in magazines and on line, and you have been counseled (aka nagged) by friends and family members. So now is the time to take the giant leap necessary to become a non-smoker.
The most critical component of a quit smoking program is the decision you make, the pledge to become a non-smoker. I can not over emphasize that it has to be your decision, and that you have to commit to it. Once the commitment is made, you can employ an acupuncturist to help you keep your promise.
Acupuncture is a tool for you to use in the quit smoking process. Acupuncture will support your body and your mind as you undergo the detox and change habits. Read More of this Article »
June 20th, 2011
Please take a look at this recent article posted on the ABC News web site. The article cites a study of women who were treated with acupuncture to reduce common symptoms associated with menopause. The women who received acupuncture experienced a significant reduction in symptoms such as hot flashes and anxiety. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/study-shows-acupuncture-curb-severity-hot-flashes-menopause/story?id=13075594
June 20th, 2011
Menopause is a time of transition, a natural process that all women experience. There is no typical menopause. The age of menopause, the duration of the change, and the symptoms experienced are different for each woman. On average, menopause occurs around the 50th year, but can begin as early as the late thirties. Typically, the change is gradual, lasting somewhere around 3 – 5 years.
Menopause, as with any other phase of life has its ups and downs. No longer is there a concern about getting pregnant. During the transition, menstrual periods become sporadic, and eventually cease completely so many women find this a reason to celebrate. On the other hand there may be disruptive symptoms. Not all women experience symptoms and most do not experience all of them, but examples include: insomnia, restless sleep, night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, anxiety, irritability, depression, head ache, fatigue, memory loss, inability to concentrate, weight gain, osteoporosis. This is a scary sounding list, but there is help, and acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine provide excellent options. Read More of this Article »
May 9th, 2011
Neck pain is one of the most common complaints in my acupuncture clinic. I will describe many of the different causes of neck pain and how acupuncture can help resolve this common condition.
The neck is a complicated structure with many muscles, a set of seven cervical bones (vertebrae) with disks between each bone as well as multiple nerves. Acupuncture treatments can address many of the problems associated with these structures.
When you think about all the work the neck does holding a very heavy head up through countless tasks as well as performing an unending number of bends, turns and twists it is not surprising that this very important part of the body is so susceptible to injury and that neck pain is a very common complaint.
I evaluate every patient individually. Some neck pain problems are due to tight muscles. Muscles can tighten (contract) due to normal daily activities. Muscles can also tighten from stress or from an injury or trauma. Normally, muscle, when it is not contracted is soft and pliable. When muscles stay in a contracted (tightened) position they form taught muscle bands and sensitive trigger points. Often when there is neck pain, other muscles in the upper body such as those of the shoulder and/or upper back become involved. Acupuncture is an effective way to release the tightened muscle and trigger points and thereby alleviate pain.
Other neck pain problems are due to the vertebrae, the discs and/or nerves. In this case the treatment focuses on increasing the flow of qi and blood to the area as well as releasing associated tight muscles. Qi is the body’s vital energy. This vital energy has some relationship with the nervous system though the mechanism is not fully understood. Qi and blood also play a role in nourishing and lubricating the joints. By releasing muscle tension that pulls on the bones, discs and nerves and by nourishing the joints and interacting with the nerves, acupuncture can relieve pain. Read More of this Article »
April 7th, 2011
Acupuncture is a very effective modality for the treatment of shoulder injuries and shoulder pain. Whether the problem is acute (recent) or chronic (long standing), acupuncture can provide relief and allow you to return to your regular activities. Often pain in the shoulder interferes with the ability to sleep. By taking care of your shoulder problem, your body will feel better and you will be able to get needed rest. The goal of treatment is to allow you to return to normal activities without pain as soon as possible.
The following are some typical shoulder injuries that respond well to acupuncture treatments: Read More of this Article »