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Sick of Antibiotics? Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help

pill bottlesA lot of people come into my office who have taken a lot of antibiotics.

Often it’s for a sinus infection, which mostly resolves, followed by another sinus infection, and so on. Sometimes it’s for a urinary tract infection that does the same thing.

This happens easily with antibiotic treatment. The overt symptoms get better, but something is not quite right afterward. There’s some residual congestion, or you just feel a little foggy-headed and “off”. With a bladder infection, there … Continue reading

Get Ahead of Your Allergies

Anyone who has seasonal allergies knows: if spring is coming, so is pollen season.

If you’re looking for an alternative this year to the usual round of antihistamines, inhalers, and other drug therapies, Chinese medicine is a very effective way to get allergy relief. And right now — before allergy season really kicks in — is the best time to get started.

Chinese medicine, like Western medicine, sees allergies as an imbalance in the immune system. Western medicine describes this … Continue reading

Chinese Medicine and the Swine Flu

Have you gotten the swine flu (H1N1) yet? I haven’t, but I bet most of us know someone who has. Predictions were right, that this flu is very contagious and widespread; fortunately, it seems to be less deadly than originally feared. Nonetheless, it is a serious, and very unpleasant, illness, and there is still a lot of flu season ahead of us.

Chinese medicine is well-positioned to help with flu outbreaks; China has suffered through some extremely deadly plagues in … Continue reading

9 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

Fall is always the time of year when colds and flu begin to spread; but this year, thanks to the infamous swine flu, it’s being talked about more than ever. The whole thing may be overblown, but it’s certainly a good year to take care of your health.

Chinese medicine has a lot to offer in terms of immunity and prevention (in large part because of the history of terrible plagues in China when the medicine was being developed). If Continue reading

Acupuncture for Asthma

Treating Asthma in Children

Asthma is becoming increasingly common in children, and many parents struggle with decisions about medication and its effect on their childrens’ health.

Acupuncture and pediatric massage can be helpful in controlling asthma symptoms and decreasing inhaler use. Children respond very well to extremely thin, tiny needles; non-insertive techniques are also available, and parents can learn massage techniques to use at home.

Dietary changes can also make a big difference for children with asthma. Chinese medicine especially suggests decreasing phlegm-producing foods … Continue reading

Acupuncture for Sinus Infection

We all know the symptoms: stuffy nose, pressure and pain in the sinuses, post-nasal drip, irritated throat and coughing, clogged ears, and that foggy, heavy, can’t-taste-or-smell feeling in the head (one person described to me as having his brain sealed in a tupperware).  Sinus infections can start with a stubborn cold or allergies, and in bad cases can go on for months.  Even antibiotics often don’t help.

Acupuncture can help drain the sinuses by loosening mucus and stimulating movement in … Continue reading

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