Acupuncture Blog

What is Acupuncture?

by November 3, 2018

Acupuncture is an ancient system that has evolved over thousands of years, and is just one branch of Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture theory views the whole body as a living ecology that requires care and attention to maintain a healthy balance. This integrative approach allows Acupuncture to to address many illnesses, both physical (such as back pain) and emotional (stress or anxiety) by resolving the root cause – without causing further side effects.

How Acupuncture Helps With Inflammation

by March 10, 2018

Currently, the most common reason that people come in for acupuncture treatments is to help relieve physical ailments and address pain. This ancient traditional medicine has become increasingly accepted in the United States, and in my eight years of clinical practice I have seen it become nearly mainstream in the Philadelphia and surrounding Main Line area.  Local hospitals such as Jefferson University Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) offer acupuncture to their patients in the treatment of the following health issues.

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

by February 27, 2018

Acupuncture is a natural method to allow you to control your craving for nicotine, if you’re attempting to stop smoking. Acupuncture, together with hypnotherapy and Chinese herbs, may not be as well known as chewing gum or nicotine patches to help you quit smoking, but they can offer help. Acupuncture is particularly effective in the acute phase of withdrawal when you’re wrestling with tiredness and endless cravings.


Acupuncture and Chinese Dietary Therapy for Allergies

by February 27, 2018

Acupuncture can be very helpful for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, and can help address the root cause of allergic reactions as well as the common symptoms. If you suffer from allergies you are probably familiar with these symptoms – all of which I have seen shift with patients in my acupuncture clinic – including nasal congestion, sore throat, itchy eyes, a sensation of fogginess or heaviness in the head, or just general fatigue and overall sluggishness. A recent study and CNN report confirms that Acupuncture can be an effective tool allergy sufferers.

Five Element Acupuncture

by February 27, 2018

The focus of your treatment is not only on addressing an isolated complaint, but engendering vitality in your whole being. This is the perspective of integrative-or holistic-medicine that arose naturally out of Chinese Classical Medicine and philosophy. Five Element Acupuncture is a unique and treasured tradition within Chinese Medicine.

Tibetan Foot Soak Benefits

by October 26, 2017

For good health this fall, healthy circulation is key as temperature drop and outdoor exercise routines become less routine… This is where a traditional Asian therapy can help.

This special line of therapeutic footsoaks was once reserved for the Lamas of Tibet and the Emperors of China and are now part of everyday healthcare in Asia. Comprised of medicinal herbs that can improve circulation throughout the body, they address many common health concerns. This healing blend of herbs is a relaxing complement to your self care regime and is part of my own nightly ritual. It can be used to address specific health concerns OR for prevention and wellness maintenance.

This therapy has been used historically in Asia to ease pain – including back pain, plantar fasciitis, headaches, arthritis, and menstrual pain. They can also improve immunity and reduce inflammation, which gives them far-reaching therapeutic implications.

From a mental/emotional perspective these herbs help to move through blockages (such as stifled expression, feeling constantly thwarted or frustrated, for example). They can address insomnia in some patients.

For more information on the herbs and how they work, listen to the podcast below from the doctor who is helping to make this medicine available to the west. They are tested for quality and purity, ethically and sustainably-sourced. A portion of proceeds goes back to the local region where they grow, making it a truly full circle healing approach.

We are always looking for ways to empower our patients, and Tibetan footsoak therapy, as an in-home practice, is one of those modalities. If you are curious about trying them, please schedule an in-office consult.

To your best health,

The podcast on how these herbs work, the region they are from, how they became available to our clinic, is quite fascinating. Highly recommended!

Episode #33: Tibetan Footsoak Therapy Pharmacology and Use

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