Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala for Chronic Constipation

Cooked Okra pacifies all 3 dosha in Ayurveda, but in this recipe, it especially pacifies Vata, and is an excellent food remedy for chronic constipation and dry hard stools.

It can be adjusted to each of the doshas by altering the ingredients very slightly.

Want to know how to cook Okra without it coming out a slimy mess?

All this and more in my latest article on my website blog article

Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Chinese Medicine and Philosophy: Dogs and Virtue

Chinese Medicine and Philosophy: Dogs and Virtue

While Chinese Medicine and Philosophy do not speak about morality in the way Judeo-Christian-Islamic culture does, it does speak about morality in terms of balance between Yin and Yang and also the relationship between Heaven-Humans-Earth.

For example, the emperor rules in the name of Heaven (and here Heaven has none of the associations it has in Christianity or Islam, but is more associated with some kind of transcendant celestial spheres), and as such it is going against nature to revolt against the emperor (or to disrespect your parents.), because he rules with the mandate of heaven, or Tian, which is why the famous square in China that stands south of the famous gate to the Imperial City is called Tian-an-men Square, Men is gate, An is peace, and Tien is heaven.

On the other hand, if the emperor is corrupt and unjust, then it is our obligation as humans to overthrow the emperor, because he rules with the mandate of Heaven and this mandate requires virtue and justice.

What is interesting in Chinese philosophy and culture is the absence of our Western Judeo-Christian notions of sin, which involve many things not related to justice or virtue, per se, such as violation of the sabbath, or certain kinds of consensual sex acts.

On the other hand, most cultures look upon the taking of innocent life as some kind of sin, with differing conceptual frameworks.

Which leads us to dogs. Dogs are the most wonderful of pets as everyone, including people living in places where dogs are food, knows. So what is your obligation as a dog owner?

Fundamentally, it seems that if you are going to be a dog guardian, you should take the time to understand what a dog needs. If you dont, are you committing a JudeoChristian sin, or are you simply being unjust and unvirtuous?

Two of the items I noticed on the below list made special sense. One is to give you dog plenty of time to smell and explore her world. First thing I noticed as an adult when taking care of my friends dog and walking him in the park off leash, was just what an imperative he has to sniff his world, well beyond finding where to urinate. I really noticed this when walking him off leash on the trail in the mountains all the more, the degree to which is joy level goes up when the sniffing is in a new place...

The other is your obligation to teach your dog how to walk on leash without pulling. Training a dog can be done it only takes time.  Happy New Year!

11 Things Humans Do that Dogs Hate

11 Human Foods Good for Dogs/5 Human Foods Dangerous for Dogs

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi

 Great new article on the relationship between Winter, Sleep, and Kidney Qi, your body's deepest level of vitality that in Classical Chinese Medical physiology is associated with the seasonal Qi of Winter. The Nei Jing says, "...in Winter go to sleep early and wake up late, after the sun has warmed the ground (note: relatively speaking, that.). Here she is:

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Body Scanning for Vatta and Pitta Disorders

Body Scanning is an extremely valuable practice that originated in Yoga where it is an advanced aspect of Savasana, also known as the corpse pose.

It is sometimes referred to as Progressive Relaxation, and is has been used for years now in Western Medicine clinics that specialize in the treatment of chronic pain, because body scanning can help abort the anxiety/tension response that can be created by that feeling of helplessness that can occur with chronic pain. Body scanning also teaches you how to unwind the tension and knots that develop in your muscles and fascia with mental and emotional stress

In my San Diego Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine practice I find Body Scanning a really valuable aspect of the treatment of any of the disorders that involve nervous system over-activation. Western medicine now does a good job explaining the Gut-Brain connection, which is how an overactivated nervous system creates disease. This is the sympathetic nervous system drive associated with unrelenting stress response. The remedy is to cultivate the relaxation response which is so far from being woo-woo. The relaxation response, cultivated by progressive relaxation and body scanning, activates the para-sympathetic nervous system associated with all of the beneficial hormones, lower blood pressure and sugar, etc. Read the below article on my website to find out how body scanning pacifies elevated Vata and Pitta and how to do it...Thanks!

Body Scanning for Vatta and Pitta Disorder

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Great new article in Time Magazine on the efficacy of acupuncture and Alexander technique for treating neck pain with acupuncture. Acupuncture reduced pain by 32%, whereas Physical Therapy and Excercise by only 9%. And i think if you were to tailor the acupuncture to the individual you would get even better results, since these kinds of studies rely on the same treatment for everyone.


Check out the original study in the Annals of Internal Medicine


read more on my website article:

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

Great new article that explains the difference and similarity between Dry Needling and Acupuncture. Dry needling is, in effect, a specialized kind of acupuncture based on deactivation of Trigger Points. In recent year, new work has been done in the Sports Acupuncture field on the importance of deactivation of not only Trigger Points, but Motor Points.

The most effective treatment of Acute and Chronic Shoulder Pain is the use of Dry Needling of Trigger and Motor Points, ALONG WITH, the use of Chinese style acupuncture on the Ah Shi points and to open the flow of Qi through the channel in which the Myofascial pain occurs. This combines the best of both worlds--deactivation of trigger points and motor points, along with movement of Qi and additional "soft tissue" or fascial decompression. I call this Myofascial Acupuncture.

In addition, in my San Diego Myfascial acupuncture practice, I also use an advanced Chinese cupping technique called "Sliding Cups" utilizing the anti-inflammatory effects of both Ayurvedic Oils like Mahanarayan Oil, and Chinese liniments such as Golden Sunshine Pain Cream and Spring Wind Brand Dr. Shir's Liniment,created by Andy Ellis from his Chinese teacher's recipe.

When necessary, especially for frozen shoulder, I like to use electrical stimulation on the needles. I also use heat to move the qi and relax the sinews/connective tissue.

Very important are the home exercises I teach, which combine what I have learned form the Egoscue method with what I have learned from the Feldenkrais method.
At times I will refer my shoulder pain or neck and back pain patients who have a long history of bad posture or an inability to pick up exercises on their own, to local Feldenkrais or Egoscue practitioners.

Here is an in depth article from my website on Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Acupuncture for Bell's Palsy

  Acupuncture  for Bell's Palsy is a very effective treatment. It consists of a combination of local points on the face that disperse the wind cold stagnation in the channels that allows the virus to opportunistically reproduce, and that "chase the virus" out of the face by unblocking stagnation. It is often combined with moxabustion, a method that warms the channels and dramatically moves the Qi.

We use points on the hands and feet and legs, like Zu San Li and He Gu that are used to reduce the effects of stress on the nervous system, and to boost the immune system. Often Bell's Palsy occurs in the aftermath of a period of high stress that was followed by a common cold. Because the immune system is weak, the virus that causes Bell's Palsy can now opportunistically migrate through the nerves, which become inflamed, thus failing in their job of bringing information to the muscles, which as a result become paralyzed.

In my San Diego Acupuncture practice I have been treating Bell's Palsy successfully with a combination of Acupuncture to unblock the Qi stasis, warm the channels and boost the immune system, as well as to relax the sinews and help deal with the stress that weakened the immune system.

I combine acupuncture for Bell's Palsy with Chinese herbal formulas like Gui Zhi Tang and Huang Qi with Reishii mushroom, Cinnamon Twig combination with Astragalus and Reishii, to warm and regulate the channels and boost and strengthen the Qi.

Bell's Palsy is one of the cases where I am all for the combination of western treatment with natural medicine, because, in my book, whatever it takes to undo facial paralysis seems reasonable. Standard of care in western medicine is Prednisone to dramatically reduce the inflammation leading to the paralysis, and Acyclovir or Valtrex to kill the virus causing the inflammation.

I have had patients who even with that protocol did not get better until they added the Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I think anyone with this problem will get better faster with Acupuncture, Chinese, and Western Medicine combined. It generally only takes 3 treatments to see dramatic improvement, sometimes there is dramatic improvement after only the first treatment, and rarely has it taken more than 6 treatments. I recommend trying 3 to start with and then evaluating how much its helping.

Call or email for a free over the phone consultation to determine if acupuncture is for you.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

In Chinese Medicine Organic Food Has More Qi: Why?

Why eat organic? Because its better for you. Why is it better for you, because pesticide residues are poison. Especially for children, whose bodies have a long way to go, please give organic food. Our air is polluted, you have to breathe it. But you have a choice when it comes to food.

In addition, organic produce is higher in antioxidants (see article, below). But in Chinese Medicine the quality we look for in foods is Qi, or "life-force" if you want, something having to do with freshness and quality.

Food high in Qi is grown in good soil and picked when ripe. There is plenty of lousy organic produce out there picked to green, so just because its organic does not make it automaticaly full of Qi, but the potential is there, because in most cases the soil is better, because the soil and plants have themselves been well nourished.

In the case of flesh foods, organic meat in addition to being fed organic grain, etc, will not have hormones and preservatives. Grass fed flesh foods or "pastured" are even better.

We eat too much meat as it is. My logic is I would rather have a healthfully raised chicken twice a month, than toxic chicken 3x a week, although the math is exagerrated. Pasture chicken is about 25 % more expensive, and well worth it. No bad smell because the birds are healthy and fresh.

I buy a whole bird, bake the legs and thighs and breast, and makes soup from the rest, even saving the bones from off my plate and using them in the soup. Just like in the old days. And the bones are full of minerals.

Fruits and vegetables are a function of the soil they are grown in. Healthy soil yields healthy prouduce, high in mineral content. In Chinese medicine these food products are high in Qi.

Here is a link to a recent article on current research in the New York Times Organic Produce has Higher Levels of Anti-oxidants

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects over 75 million people worldwide, but is often ignored until the symptoms become incapacitating. Unfortunately, at this point, drastic measures, such as surgery, are often recommended by bio-med doctors, who are often very unfamiliar with the powerful results one can get by addressing the causes of carpal tunnel with Acupuncture, Deep Tissue Massage, and Chinese Herbal medicines.

I have found over the last twenty years, that all-too-often, Western medicine primary care and/or internal medicine docs, really don't know very much about the treatment of painful conditions with physical medicine.
Their first line of treatment is typically vicodin, which relieves pain and causes constipation, but does nothing about inflammation. Or they will recommend ibuprofen, which relieves pain and inflammation, but has pretty strong side-affects (stomach and liver toxicity) in continued large doses, and does nothing to improve circulation.

What I prefer to use in my San Diego Acupuncture practice for the natural treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, are Chinese Medicine herbal formulas, made in the USA and tested for heavy metal toxicity and pesticide residue, that have been specially designed for carpal tunnel syndrome and other upper body inflammatory disorders. These herbal prescriptions relieve pain, reduce swelling, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation of blood and qi.

Their other standard response is physical therapy, which can be great sometimes, but again, all too often physical therapists have a standard response for everything: strengthen weak muscles. The problem there is that you cannot strengthen shortened weak muscles in the presence of inflammation; you need to get rid of the inflammation first. The other thing is that shortened inflamed muscles often are not "firing well" because the motor points have stopped working effectively. Treatment with myo-fascial style acupuncture releases the motor points so that can start firing again; this enables muscles to tolerate renewed strengthening.

Someday this information, God-willing, will make it to the Western medical profession, and we can start working cooperatively to help people in pain. In my opinion, myo-fascial style acupuncture should be a standard therapy option for all kinds of tendonitis, ligament sprain, repetitive use injury, and myofascial pain. It just works so beautifully.

The problem with surgery is that it is all too often counter-productive, because of its after effects (namely scarring and swelling) that often exacerbates the condition rather than alleviating it.

Acupuncture and Massage for Carpal Tunnel stretching, posture correction and massage therapy can often reverse the effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if it addressed early.

If you were looking at your palm face up and you flex your wrist towards yourself, the area beneath the wrinkles is the location of the carpal tunnel. Through this tunnel are blood vessels, nerves and tendons.

In carpal tunnel surgery the surgeon cuts the protective tissue covering this area allowing the vessels, nerves and tendons more room. The main reason the carpal tunnel becomes crowded is that the muscles become painfully tight due to overuse, which causes the tendons to be come inflamed (tendonitis). Once the tendons become swollen, the nerves and blood vessels become crowded and you experience weakness, pain and other discomfort.

Carpal Tunnel Massage Therapy when correctly applied can relax and release the affected muscles, which will reduce the swelling of the tendons thereby solving the problem without drugs or invasive and often ineffective surgery.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Is Breast Feeding Really Better? Of Course It Is...

Have a look at My recent posting on my website
which responds to an article in today's New York Times Well Blog entitled Is Breast Feeding Really Better?

 The bottom line? There are well documented benefits to the immune system for the immune system that this study fails to address, and there could well be emotional benefits for both mother and child that this study all fails to investigate.

More in the links above about how Chinese medicine views breast feeding relative to breast health and the acupuncture channels.

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