One of the most common questions that new patients ask me is often they should receive acupuncture treatment. Like any other therapy, acupuncture has a cumulative effect, with each treatment building on the previous one. At the beginning of treatment, more frequent appointments are recommended. The body may show improvement after a single treatment, but [...]
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Used properly, dietary supplements can provide necessary vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Some patients need supplements because dietary restrictions prevent them from obtaining all of the nutrients their bodies need from the food they eat. Other patients use supplements to treat the symptoms of chronic conditions without the use of medications that could have serious [...]
If you were watching the Olympic Games earlier this month, you probably saw Michael Phelps and a number of other athletes with round, reddish-purple marks on their body. You probably also saw an article or two explaining that the circular marks were signs of cupping – a pain relief technique practiced in ancient medicine for [...]
A lot of clients ask me if it is safe to receive acupuncture during pregnancy. The answer is “Yes.” Not only is acupuncture safe, it’s also an effective option for treating many common conditions that occur throughout pregnancy without taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. In the first trimester, treatments focus on fatigue, nausea, and [...]
A herniated disc happens when the soft interior of one of the discs that separate the spine’s vertebrae begins to bulge. These discs act like cushions between the vertebrae, giving the spine flexibility and absorbing some of the shock from everyday movement. The bulging is the result of a tear in the outer, more fibrous [...]
Last month, Kobe Bryant retired after 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing any professional sport for two decades, especially at Bryant’s level, requires a mix of skill, persistence, and conditioning – and, in Bryant’s case, a diet that includes bone broth. According to the Washington Post, Bryant and his teammates on the Lakers [...]
Acid reflux occurs when food or liquid in the stomach leaks into the esophagus. This irritation of the lining of the esophagus is commonly referred to as heartburn. More than 40 percent of American adults experience acid reflux at least once a month, and 20 percent feel it at least once a week. Chronic acid [...]
Two months ago, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel called for revised labels for antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, more commonly known as their brand names Cipro, Noroxin, and Levaquin. The panel wants the labels to say more about the drugs’ side effects, which can include severe nerve damage, ruptured tendons, and psychological impairment. Massachusetts [...]
Red meat made its way into the headlines earlier this year when a new World Health Organization (WHO) report classified red meat as “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The report had people asking a lot of questions about whether it’s safe to eat red meat. With dishes such as pot roast and brisket on many holiday [...]
Fibromyalgia syndrome is characterized by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain and often accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, cognitive dysfunction, and mood issues. It is the result of abnormalities in the nervous system; an exact cause of those abnormalities is unknown, but they have been linked to psychological, genetic, neurobiological, and environmental factors. Fibromyalgia [...]