Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and is now used throughout the world. According to Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by promoting the flow of chi, or energy, throughout the body and by balancing yin and yang.
From a Western medical perspective, acupuncture has known effects at many levels – from the local effects of increasing blood flow and relaxing muscles, to complicated changes in neurotransmitters and neural pathways in the spinal cord and brain.
Numerous clinical studies have shown benefits with the most evidence for migraine prevention, and chronic neck and back pain. It works well for many types of pain including myofascial and neuropathic pain, as well as headaches, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, menstrual cramps and many other problems. Continue Reading »
Help me move: Regular bowel habits are key to colon health. Keeping a regular unhurried time for having bowel movements can keep things regular. This helps to remove toxic waste through colon in less time. Studies show that that exercising on a regular basis along with eating unprocessed food and adequate water intake helps in having regular bowel movements.
Best time to have a bowel movement may be after a meal when colon activity peaks. For more information, click here. Continue Reading »
Last week I gave an introduction to integrative medicine and how treatments can improve a variety of conditions such as headaches, cancer, anxiety and depression.
Each person’s treatment plan will be unique, tailored to what makes the most sense for them.
Possible treatment options may include: Continue Reading »
Many people are looking for additional ways to treat chronic medical problems. Integrative medicine offers a range of treatment options, including nutrition supplements, mind-body therapies, massage and acupuncture. Often the integrative approach helps patients manage their medical problems with fewer side effects than conventional medications and interventions. Medical problems that respond well to this approach include:
- chronic pain
- high cholesterol
- irritable bowel syndrome
- heart disease
- anxiety and depression
- rheumatic diseases
When I meet with a patient, we discuss all their medical problems and past treatments, as well as lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and any other concerns. Continue Reading »