Wednesday 3 October 2012

The Canadian Medical Association Journal-National Institute For Health-Chronic Headaches

Acupuncture For Back Pain

For people receiving health care for low back pain, symptoms will improve significantly in the first six weeks, but pain may linger even after one year, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. As a holistic therapy, acupuncture for low back pain offers short-term decrease … read more..

Too Many Painkillers Maybe Causing Your Headache

Many people with chronic headaches take pain killers almost daily. But a report from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom asserts that taking too many pain killers is actually making your headaches worse. The guidelines define overuse of pain medication for more than 15 days out of the month. Types [...] read more..

If you have Federal BCBS group/enrollment 105 your acupuncture coverage is awesome!

If you have Federal BCBS group/enrollment 105 your acupuncture coverage is awesome!

That's right.  Enrollment code or group 105 of the Blue Cross Blue Shield federal employee plan covers 24 acupuncture treatments a year.  You could be the healthiest employee in your office!  Very smart of the Fed to cover Chinese Medicine/acupuncture as it is one of the best preventive medicines out there so saves them money because employees aren't missing work.  And, let's face it, Chinese Medicine is one of the places that people come who have tried everything else in modern medicine (expensive!!) and more or less given up on having good health.  My work is so gratifying because I so often see people get well, have a much better quality of life, or bring new humans into the world through my work with couples who are experiencing fertility issues.
Acupuncture works!
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Friday 28 September 2012

Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital-Archives Of Internal Medicine-National Institute Of Health

NY Times Cites New Comprehensive Study on Efficacy of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of tools on the superficial
aspect of the body to effect change of the life force
or Qi in the bodyA new study funded by the National Institute of Health and headed by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, has been published in the The Archives of Internal Medicine. It is the most rigorous and comprehensive western study of acupuncture and its effects to date, involving data on over 18,000 patients.
The study involving over thirty researchers from around the world, using the raw data of the most sophisticated trials to date, took six years to complete.
The study showed that acupuncture outperformed sham (placebo acupuncture) and standard western care therapies in pain relief.
It showed that over 50% of acupuncture patients suffering from chronic pain issues such as arthritis, migraines, and back pain, received relief in comparison to 30% of patients receiving western standard care.
The authors of this study showed statistically that the positive therapeutic effects of acupuncture were more than placebo effects.
For those of us who understand the power of East Asian medicine, this comes as no surprise, but for many people unfamiliar with acupuncture, this study will help open their perspective and willingness to  understand the wealth of healing strategies offered by East Asian medicine.
I encourage you to read the NY Times article at this link:
NY Times Cites Study on Efficacy of Acupuncture in New Groundbreaking Study. read more..

Monday 24 September 2012

Gastrointestinal Pain-Research Psychologist-Acupuncture Research

Research demonstrates that Acupuncture works!

As a Research Psychologist I appreciate that we are doing research to "prove" that acupuncture works. The latest report is that it works for pain.  Really!?  We have known that for thousands of years.  People forget that the case study (individual patient) is a bona fide research tool that demonstrates results and we have tens of thousands of those.  We have proven for years that acupuncture not only works for pain (migraines, sports injuries, PMS, gastrointestinal pain), works for fertility (PMS, seeming inability to conceive).  I hope to present a case study at the Society for Acupuncture Research about a 29 yr old woman who was told she had little to no chance of getting pregnant.  Just received a picture of her baby on ultrasound.  It works for keeping yourself healthy, warding off the flu and other colds, anti-aging - it is the TRUE anti-aging medicine because it keeps your body working well.
For more information on how Chinese Medicine (acupuncture) can improve your life, call 303-94706224 or email me at
I bill health insurance so let's see if you are covered.
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Wednesday 5 September 2012

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease-Acupuncture Successful-Acupuncture Treatments-Functional Dyspepsia

Acupuncture successful in treating digestive issues

The research conclusion: “Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of functional dyspepsia, and is superior to non-acupoint puncture"  -- which is one reason why it is important to see an Acupuncturist who is a Practitioner of Chinese Medicine rather than a professional w/ only 40 to 300 hours of training (vs 4 years of full time Chinese Medicine school).  Ask me more about this at You may notice that, in this study, the patients were treated 5 times in a week for 4 weeks -... this is why I have said for years that once a week acupuncture is not the most effective way to be treated.  Frequent treatment >>>> cure >>>>>see you in a month or so for future prevention.  You don't take your Nexium once a week do you?  Or your anti-depressant?  Why then rely on once a week treatment for relief or resolution of your symptoms/condition?Dyspepsia is indigestion and involves symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, an uncomfortable sensation of heaviness or fullness after eating, nausea, belching and heartburn. Dyspepsia is often linked to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), gastritis and gastrointestinal ulcers. In many cases, dyspepsia is not linked to an underlying organic disease which makes it another perfect condition to be treated with Chinese Medicine. In allopathic/Western/modern medicine, dyspepsia is often treated with prescription drugs (proton pump inhibitors). However, **long term use of PPIs is linked to gastric cell atrophy, which may lead to cancer**.Researchers examined a total sample size of 712 patients. Patients received 5 acupuncture treatments per week for a period of 4 weeks. Follow-up was documented 12 weeks following the treatment period. All groups improved, however, Group 1 ("real" acupuncture points) had over a 70 percent success rate. Group 1 received specific acupuncture points on the stomach meridian. The group with the lowest success rate was the sham acupuncture group with only a 34.75 percent improvement. At The Colorado Center of Traditional Medicine we bill health insurance when acupuncture or manual therapy is covered.  Follow this blog at read more..

Thursday 30 August 2012

Baby Boomer Generation-Interesting Story-Food Choices-Weight Loss-Eatthis

Focus on what you can eat

This morning NPR ran an interesting story discussing weight loss and food choices for women of the Baby Boomer generation. The take home message is simple, focus on what you can eat.  Rather than bemoaning all the desserts and rich foods you cannot indulge in, think about increasing the fruits and vegetables.  This will help [...] read more..

Saturday 25 August 2012

Weight Loss Success Story-Chinese Herbs-Acupuncture

Another weight loss success story for acupuncture!

Working on another weight loss success!  Patient started treatment seeing for weight loss about 8 weeks ago and has lost 13 lbs!  I was a bit worried too in the beginning because she wasn't really controlling her diet very well and doesn't get much exercise.  It is my policy that acupuncture and Chinese herbs are an adjunct to your exercise and food plan but I also believe that acupuncture will make the digestion work better and improve the overall metabolism.  So, she has been very faithful with her treatments and little by little she has been eating less because her appetite is well controlled.  She is also very faithful with her acupuncture appointments.
303-947-6224 - call me to see if your health insurance policy covers acupuncture
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Thursday 23 August 2012

Omega 3 Fatty Acids-Gluten Sensitivity-Food Processor-Staple Food-Chia Seeds

Vegan Chia Pudding: Delicious Super Healthy Treat!

Vegan Chia PuddingOK, remember the Chia Pet TV commericals?
Who would have thought that Chia seeds would be a superfood? Or so delicious!
Chia is a plant that is native to Mexico and Central America. It was cultivated by both the Aztecs and the Mayans who highly valued this food, and the word "Chia" actually means "strength" in Mayan.
Chia seeds are a source of complete proteins, they are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, are rich in calcium, are a terrific source of anti-oxidants and have a low glycemic sugar index.
The seeds, when soaked in a liquid, swell up and become like little miniature pearls of gelatin. They remind me of tapioca.
They are high in both soluble and non-soluble fibers and hence aid digestion.
Since this food contains no gluten, they make a good staple food for those with celiac or who have gluten sensitivity.
My colleague Anca Marinescu, L.Ac., shared with me this delicious recipe for Vegan Chia Pudding.
From a Chinese dietary viewpoint, this pudding is a great Blood builder and will nourish Yin. It contains food that will help you support your circulatory system, strengthen your digestion, regulate your bowels, and support immunity.  The spices warm and support the Spleen and will open and course the meridians while supporting the Kidneys.
Go ahead, try this delicious and healthy dessert!
 Ingredients for Vegan Chia Pudding
Vegan Chia Pudding
3 Tbsp of Chia seeds
2 cups of almond milk (or soy or rice, cashew, hemp etc)
1 cup raw cashews soaked in water for 2 hours and liquid discarded
5 dates roughly chopped
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp dried coconut flakes (optional)
1 pinch of pumpkin pie spice
1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Soak the Chia seeds in the almond milk for 2 hours or overnight.
Soak the raw cashews in water for 2 hours and discard liquid.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy.
Serve garnished with more coconut flakes and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice or try a garnish of fresh fruits or nuts..
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Chinese Watermelon Ice Drink for Hot, Humid Days

Chinese Watermelon Ice Drink for Hot, Humid Days

refreshing watermelon ice drinkIn the U.S. we are experiencing a drought summer. I'm sure this is due to the effects of global warming. It is reported that the polar ice caps are at their lowest in recorded history and that the melting of the ice caps will create ever warmer temperature patterns.
In this heat, there are dietary strategies to help the body cope with environmental heat and dampness (humidity).When the body is very hot we use foods in East Asian medicine to cool it down.Xi Gua (Watermelon) is a traditional food used in China during the summer to help people stay cool. It is served at the end of every meal as a sweet and delicious treat that helps clear both toxic heat and dampness out of the body, while replenishing the body with fluids.
In China, Hong Kong and Taiwan there is a favorite summer drink called "watermelon ice" that is really the most refreshing and delicious drink one could hope for in the midst of the worst hot and humid days of late summer which we refer to as summerheat damp season.
Here's the recipe:
Take 3 slices of watermelon and remove seeds and rind.Place in a blender along with 2 cups of ice.Add 1 tbsp of cane sugar and 1/4 cup of water
Blend ingredients together.garnish with mint leaves
This is a delicious, cooling and hydrating drink.
If you have a weak digestion do not over-indulge in this treat. Adding cold foods to a weak digestion will exacerbate your weak digestion. read more..

Saturday 11 August 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine-Perioral Dermatitis-Skin Conditions-Skin Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment of Perioral Dermatitis

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to treat skin conditions for thousands of years. While Perioral Dermatitis is a newly recognized disease, only about 35 years old, the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments for similar skin conditions remain helpful in addressing the condition. Symptoms of Perioral Dermatitis Perioral Dermatitis is a skin disorder which causes an [...] read more..

Thursday 9 August 2012

Acupuncture Treatment-Unexplained Syndrome-Connective Tissues-Adjunctive Therapy

Acupuncture Treatment For Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a medically unexplained syndrome affecting the muscles and connective tissues. Currently, the disease affects as many as 12 million Americans and has been reported two times as prevalent in deployed veterans. Acupuncture may be helpful as an adjunctive therapy for fibromyalgia.“Agonizing pain, debilitating fatigue, joint stiffness, and … read more..

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Painful Injuries-Heart Failure-Acupuncture

Acupuncture: The Hot New (Effective) Beauty Regimen?

I see a lot of patients in my practice that are battling serious diseases – cancer, heart failure, diabetes – or very painful injuries – torn ligaments, back pain. These patients have found that acupuncture can help relieve pain, ease symptoms and strengthen their body to better fight the disease or condition. But, it should [...] read more..


What goes into an acupuncture treatment?

The process of treating back pain with acupuncture, or any pain for that matter, is complex.  As an acupuncturist, we have many factors to consider in the treatment. Important factors for the acupuncturist to decide are what acupuncture points to use, how long the needles stay in, what position the patient should lie, the use [...] read more..

Sunday 5 August 2012

Important Developments in National Healthcare and Acupuncture

Important Developments in National Healthcare and Acupuncture

Dear Acupuncture Patients and Supporters,
The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments until January 31 about their plan to determine the list of services that will comprise the Essential Health Benefits package in future state insurance plans. The Acupuncture community is being advised that a strong show of support for the designation of acupuncture as an essential health benefit will demonstrate public demand and is critical for the inclusion of acupuncture into mainstream health care. Letters sent between now and January 31 will be counted by HHS, the time to act is now!
Please e-mail the Department of Health and Human Services as a patient at and CC the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Please include one or more of the following points:
1) you have received acupuncture care and found it effective and essential,
2) share your story if you are willing,
3) you would like acupuncture covered by federal and state insurance plans. read more..

Rheumatoid Arthritis-Gluten Intolerance-Roasted Barley Tea-Macrobiotic Diet-Humid Weather

Roasted Corn Tea for Summer

Well, the hot, humid weather has returned here in NYC prompting me to come back and check my previous posting on "roasted barley tea". There were a few comments and questions regarding options for teas that do not contain gluten. So, I want to share some more thoughts on the roasted teas.
To Lady EZ: I'm so glad that you are having some benefits with the symptomology of your rheumatoid arthritis from eating macrobiotically. One thing to monitor is if you get too internally cold from the diet. It has a lot of energetically cooling foods (very good if you have an inflammatory condition. But you also want to monitor that you don't weaken your foundational yang/warming energy of the body that gives functional strength to the organs). Its best to do the macrobiotic diet with a practitioner trained in this dietary therapy. Each person has a unique constitution so there is not one diet that is good for everyone. Keep attuned to your body and I'm sure you'll find the path forward.I want to repeat, if you suspect you have any gluten intolerance (which can contribute to inflammatory conditions) do not eat Barley.
For those who wish to branch out and try another roasted Asian tea I want to suggest"Korean Roasted Corn Tea" also known as "Oksusu Cha". For my readers who were asking for gluten-free roasted teas. Here is a terrific option!
This is a large kernel corn grown in Southern Korea and it is traditionally roasted then brewed in hot water to make a lovely, mildly sweet tea. It is traditionally used to support kidney health, help lower blood pressure and help with diabetes. Its mild sweet flavor is one of the five phase therapeutic flavors that strengthens the Spleen (considered the chief organ of digestion).Corn tea will help with stomach bloating and pain from indigestion and is also helpful in relieving fatigue and malaise. This is because its tonification benefits to the Qi of the Spleen help with digestion, with fluid metabolism and with the Spleen's role in building Qi and Blood which fuel and nourish the body.This tea, like "Roasted Barley Tea", is good for hot and damp weather. It will help the body metabolize fluids in the heavy, damp and turbid weather of summer that can cause so many issues around digestion (soft stools, cramping, bloating), swelling of joints, headaches, and malaise.Sometimes people mix the "Roasted Corn Tea" with the "Roasted Barley Tea". The sweetness of the corn tea will offset the bitterness of the roasted Barley.
If you go to Korean food stores you will often find the Roasted Corn tea in bags. It is simply the roasted corn.Here is an easy recipe for the tea:
1/4 cup of roasted corn5 cups boiling water
Bring water to a boil in a pot and add the roasted corn. Turn the heat down to a simmer and let the corn steep in the water for 15 minutes or until a nice light golden brown color.Strain the tea to remove corn.You can drink this tea hot or cold. Its absolutely refreshing as a chilled drink in summertime! read more..

Active Ingredients-Detectable Levels-Chickens-Tylenol-Arsenic

Are You Eating Chickens Raised on Arsenic, Prozac, Tylenol, Cipro and Benadryl?

In a recent NY Times article it was revealed that chickens tested in the U.S. contain detectable levels of arsenic, and the active ingredients found in Tylenol, Bendadryl, and Prozac. In addition, a class of antibiotics that includes the brand name "Cipro", called quinolones were found in chickens. These antibiotics are supposedly banned in poultry production.
If you are alarmed, you should be.
It seems that profit driven agri-business may not be telling the consumer what is in the foods that we consume.
The NY Times article went on to discuss how independent studies conducted on ground chicken feathers prove the presence of the substances since feathers will accumulate concentrations of chemicals in the food that chickens are fed.
Chickens are being purposely fed these substances to raise profit margins. Arsenic is used in low levels in the chicken food to lower infection rates and to cause the meat to take on a pink color which is considered more desirable by consumers. The Times article notes that chickens are fed caffeine to help them stay awake longer in order to eat more so that they will grow faster. They are fed the active ingredients of Prozac and Tylenol to keep them from being anxious which can affect the quality and size of the bird. Its ironic that they are being fed both stimulants and sedatives.All of this leads to increased profits for the producers.
What else are they not telling us?
Within one generation, sperm counts have begun to fall globally. Sometimes by as much as 50% in some populations. Nobody has yet determined the cause of this, but it is postulated that the increasing toxicity of food, water and the environment may be a contributing if not principal factor.
Cancer rates continue to increase.
I think this is a wake-up call. Until there is accountability for the products that we are consuming- it doesn't make sense to assume that the corporate foods that we are being fed are healthy.
I encourage you to eat lower on the food chain. Eat as many whole foods as possible and avoid processed foods. Consume less animal proteins. It is better for the environment, leaves a smaller carbon footprint and will ensure that you are eating healthier. Animal fats can have concentrations of toxic chemicals.Eat organic, local produce. Buy your food as close to the source of its growth as possible.Support local organic farmers.You can join local food cooperatives, go to farmer's markets and join community sponsoredagriculture groups which sell shares in a local organic farmer's harvest. read more..

Saturday 4 August 2012

Stonewell Acu News selected in top 50 blog

Stonewell Acu News selected in top 50 blog

I just got picked as one of the top 50 acupuncture blogs by a fellow blogger who runs a site called Sonography Technician. William Neeson the founder of the blog writes a wide range of helpful articles on different health topics. You might find his postings useful, as he does a fair amount of research on health blogs and then writes articles on particular topics with named resources. This week its acupuncture and yours truly was mentioned in his top 5.Thank you William. I'm honored. read more..

Please invite a friend and join the Wellness Celebration!
Stonewell AcupunctureMichael Ishii, L.Ac.
Start the new year by sharing the gift of health and wellness. I am hosting a special gathering for friends and family of my patients. Come join us to usher in the Year of the Rabbit and learn some great health and wellness strategies. I'll be demonstrating and sharing delicious and healthy Asian foods for the Year of the Rabbit. You are most welcome to bring guests. Its a great way to introduce people to East Asian Medicine!
Sunday February 13th, 20111pm-3pm
900 Broadway, Suite #404(on Broadway between 19th and 20th Streets)
PLEASE RSVP read more..

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Cancer Patients-Chicken Stock-Congee Recipe-Rice Porridge-White Rice

Five Phase Congee for Cancer Patients

Five Phases Congee for chronically ill or cancer patientsWhen your loved one is struggling to get enough nutrition into their system and the digestion may be effected, the foods that you cook for them ought to be very easy to digest. They should be cooked and warm which will support the Qi of the Spleen and the digestion.
In Chinese and East Asian medicine there is a long understanding that the prepared food of choice is a nutritious rice porridge known as "congee" in Mandarin or "jook" in Cantonese. I have discussed these in past blog updates.Today I want to discuss a congee for very chronically ill people, and in this case cancer patients.  But note that Five Phase Congee is good for any sick person and makes a very nutritious breakfast for anybody.
I call this Five Phase Congee and it is a congee that I use to impart nutrition, strengthen the Qi of the five organs and stop weight loss. 
The Chinese character for "qi" depicts a man eating a bowl of rice in his house and there are vapors of life sustaining essence rising from the rice. White rice is easier to ingest and digest than brown rice. It will also help arrest diarrhea, a common side effect of chemotherapy. 
The basic congee recipe is 1 cup of Japanese or Chinese white rice to 5 cups of liquid.This is easiest when cooked in a crockpot rather than a traditional pot on the stove. Its much simpler to cook, not requiring constant attention and stirring to prevent burning. The congee will require at least 4 hours of cooking for the rice to properly dissolve into a thick soupy gruel.
Basic Congee recipe:
2 cups of white rice 10 cups of homemade chicken stock 4 cloves of garlic, 2 ginger roots (size of your thumb) sliced
Put all ingredients in the crockpot and cook for 4 hours, stirring ocassionally.Start with high heat and turn down to low heat after 2 hours.
This will be your base and you can then use this for several days. Keep it refrigerated, then reheat portions as necessary.
Chicken Stock: Yellow GoldLet me discuss here the chicken stock as it is prepared by a dear friend of mine, Deborah Todd.
I call this Yellow Gold. It is the most powerfully delicious and nutritious chicken stock I've ever come across and it is like essence of chicken. This is powerful medicine.
In a large soup stock pot, put the skin and bones (the carcass) of a large organic chicken. Fill the pot with double filtered water (about 3 quarts). Add a whole head of garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced. Add a cup of thinly sliced ginger (use a mandolin). I should mention here that chicken is considered a powerful tonic for the Spleen and digestion. When the digestion is very weakened, making a stock is the best way to gain the benefits for your patient. The two aromatics will warm the digestion and the internal organs and strengthen the Spleen as well. Ginger will also help settle an upset stomach if the patient is having nausea. You can also add other cooking herbs/vegetables if you like: celery, carrot, rosemary, thyme, etc.
Add 3 quarts of water and 2 TBSP of sea salt.
Sea salt has more minerals in it and an enhanced flavor that is easier to taste and more palatable to chemotherapy patients who often lose sense of taste. You can always add more salt later, but start off conservatively.
I have altered this recipe slightly by adding 5 dried shiitake mushrooms. Mushrooms enhance the immune system and I use enoki and shiitake a lot in my decoctions.Cook this pot with the lid ajar for at least 6 hours over the course of 3 days. Add water whenever necessary. All of the connective tissue should dissolve and the bones should separate and sink to the bottom.
Chill this pot of soup whenever you are not cooking it and let the fat congeal on the top. Skim off and save this fat in a separate container and store it in the refrigerator.
After three days of cooking and skimming the fat there are two last steps to clean your broth.
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Tuesday 31 July 2012

Transformative-Yang Qi

Happy Year of the Yang Water Dragon!

I want to wish my readers a very Happy New Year! It is the Year of the Yang Water Dragon.The Qi of this time has great potential. Yang Qi is very transformative, Water Qi is dissolutive and Qi of the Dragon is the most powerful of all the 12 Chinese Animals, creating great change as it winds through space and time.
There is great potential to let go of old struggles and to transform and overcome difficulties.
I offer you best intentions for a year of Health and Happiness! read more..

Monday 30 July 2012

Western Medical Practitioners-Traditional Chinese Medicine-Traditional Medicines

NY Times Features Article on Chinese Herb Qinghao, Basis of Malaria Medication

Although many western medical practitioners are not familiar with traditional Chinese medicine, with time EAM is beginning to make inroads to the western consciousness. Western researchers are beginning to understand that the traditional medicines of the world may hold valuable insights into treating diseases, especially with herbs. In recent years much attention has been paid to a number of herbs and foods of Asia that are used in the treatment of cancer. Turmeric being one that has garnered much attention. In a recent NY Times article on Qinghao, the herb credited with providing the source of anti-malarial medication, they paid great tribute to the research and development by Chinese scientists who went back to their traditional medicine doctors to find an herb, Qinghao, (Artemisia Annuae, Sweet Wormwood), that contains chemicals that revolutionized pharmaceutical care in treatment of malaria, worldwide.Please follow the link here to read this fascinating NY Times article. read more..

Chemotherapy Patients-Treatment Of Cancer-Moxibustion Therapy-Powerful Tools-Cancer Patient

Acupuncture for Chemo Side Effects

In my practice I have treated a number of people who are undergoing oncological treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation are powerful tools in the treatment of cancer. In the clinic I help patients deal with a number of the issues related to side effects from these treatments. Using dietary therapy, qigong exercises and treatments, acupuncture, moxibustion therapy and sometimes herbal therapy as well (when the western doctors will agree to it), there is a lot that the Chinese medical practitioner can do to help ease the side effects for the patient.I have also come to understand that the emotional strain of undergoing oncological treatment can be quite high and so I also help support the nervous system and a patient's will to continue forward.
I recently found a wonderful short video about the use of acupuncture for chemotherapy patients with neuropathy in the hands and feet. I'm posting it here so that my readers can get a further sense of what Chinese and East Asian medicine can offer the cancer patient.
I hope you find it useful. read more..

The Radiation Contamination-Radiation Sickness-Nuclear Radiation-Macrobiotic Diet

Foods to Clear Radiation from Body

The earthquake, tsunami and recent struggles with nuclear radiation in Japan have been a heartbreak to the world. I have been in contact with family and friends in Japan and all assure me that they were fortunate and are doing fine. Still we all hear and read of the dangers of the radiation contamination and this is something of great concern for all.Much of the media in the U.S. where I am living has been covering issues regarding widespread dispersal of radiation in the environment. While we are currently assured that the levels of radiation at this time are not a threat to human health in the U.S., traces of radiation from the nuclear plants in Daiichi have been discovered in Massachusetts, California, and now iodine 131 has been found in the milk of cows in Spokane, Washington.We are assured that the radiation in the cow's milk has a half-life of 8 days and poses no threat at its current rate of .8 pico-curies which is 5,000 times lower than the "intervention level" as mandated by the U.S. FDA.
Still, I would like to share with my readers some information at this time that may be useful to you.In Japanese culture and medicine we have long eaten sea vegetables (seaweed) and miso soup (fermented soy bean soup).These foods have an ability to help clear certain kinds of radiation from the body.In their book, The Cancer Prevention Diet, Michio Kushi and Alex Jack discuss the use of seaweeds and miso:
"Sea Vegetables: Kombu, wakame, nori, and other edible seaweeds are a small but important part of the daily macrobiotic diet. In Japan, a macrobiotic doctor in Nagasaki who survived the atomic bombing in August 1945 put all of his surviving patients on a strict diet of brown rice, miso soup, sea vegetables, and sea salt. In contrast to many patients at other hospitals and medical centers who contracted or died from radiation sickness, all his patients and staff were saved. "
Seaweed has historically been used in Chinese medicine to soften and help reduce masses in the body. Both seaweed and miso are being studied by modern medical researchers for anti-cancer properties and seaweed, for its tumor shrinking properties. Both are a mainstay of the macrobiotic diet which has long been famous for its successes in treating people with different cancers, including those caused by exposure to certain forms of radiation.
Seaweed is very potent, containing many minerals and vitamins. Only small amounts are recommended in the diet. Kombu is considered particularly potent. It is so strong in its effect, that for some patients with cancer it can actually have an adverse effect and worsen tumors if used excessively or under the wrong circumstances.
Similarly, there is conflicting data from different research on the use of soy and its anti-cancer properties. Certainly before considering the use of soy in the diet, one should consult your physician if you are a cancer patient.
The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recommends eating two to three ounces of seaweed per week for those exposed to radiation.
For the layperson, you might consider adopting some mainstays of a traditional Japanese diet. Two servings of miso soup (low sodium) per day with a small portion of seaweed and a serving of brown rice on the side. read more..

Sunday 29 July 2012

Qigong and Ritual Fasting on Mt. Qincheng

Qigong and Ritual Fasting on Mt. Qincheng

Many of my patients have asked me to explain "Qigong" to them. This is a Chinese word that derives from two terms. "Qi" is the character in Chinese that refers to "universal fire" or "metabolic force" if we're discussing medicine. "Gong" refers to the traditional character that means "practice". "Qigong" is a modern term that has come to describe breathing, meditational and internal energetic practices that strengthen the constitution, support spiritual transformation, develop sensory perceptions and if practiced in specific ways, can be considered longevity practices.Historically, these practices may have arisen from the shamanastic people of ancient China.While in the city of Changsha I had the great privilege to visit the MawangDui Museum. This an ancient archeological site that contains ancient tombs from the Han Dynsasty. It was discovered intact with many important artifacts including drawings of people doing "Daoyin" or stretching and health exercises. Each of the exercises is accompanied by explanation for which illnesses it can be used to treat. These are some of the earliest recorded Qigong exercises. (I'll discuss the shamanistic roots of Qigong in a future entry).In later times, both Buddhists and Daoists used internal alchemical practices/Qi practices to support spiritual transformation. Healers of all these traditions have used Medical Qigong.
On my trip to Sichuan, China this past summer, I traveled to Mt. Qingcheng to the Tianlonggong (Temple of the Heavenly Dragon Training Institute) where I spent time studying with my Qigong master.He is the recipient of many lineages that encompass, shamanistic, Buddhist, Daoist and Tibetan Qigong. It was transformational to do the practices with him in his ancestral home on the side of a mountain, considered a holy place. One of the central themes in the practices that kept coming back to me is that Universal Love is transformational. Doing these practices on the mountain under the sky it was easy to find this connection. Many people purportedly learn Qigong practices from classes or off the internet or DVD's, but often what is missing is the inner energetic methods that drive these practices like an internal engine. Without the knowledge of how to do this, the practices are mostly ineffective.
We had the great privilege of participating in a Daoist fasting ritual for several days. Traditionally this is called "bigu", or "giving up the grain". It is a Daoist practice that is used to purify the body and spirit and there are rituals of bathing and purifying the body, while using Qigong practices to nourish one's body during the fast. In Daoism these practices have been used for thousands of years. In some cases these practices are said to be used to attain immortality, as food is substituted first by herbs and then given up altogether and the practitioner then lives on Qi alone. This requires a tremendous amount of self-cultivation.
I found for myself that bigu was immensely beneficial. We would rise early each morning and perform ritual cleansing of one another, then we would practice Qigong together, and drink specially prepared Qi-water and herbs and we would repeat this twice more during the day.The cleansing ritual included "pai da". This is a slapping technique on the skin that breaks up stagnation/toxins in the flesh and in the meridians and benefits circulation of Qi and Blood. We used towels soaked in basins of soapy water and we would do this ritual on one another (slapping eachother's arms, legs, abdomen and back with the towels) and then we would each thoroughly clean ourselves. I found this ritual incredibly powerful. I felt very clean and purified afterwards. My muscles and skin felt incredible.
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Choosing Intentional Will over Fear

Choosing Intentional Will over Fear

denoted by character "scholar" over character
for "heart/mind"In Chinese medicine there are five Yin organs or "zang", which refer to the 'storehouses' of Qi.The six Yang organs are called "fu", or 'hollow containers'. These organs hold fluids or food etc., but are not solid.  Each of these zangfu/organs have an associated emotion and virtue.
The Kidneys houses the emotion kong, translated as "fear"or "binding of the heart/mind".Fear is not necessarily a negative thing. When there is a proper relationship of this emotion and it isn't in excess, then there is a sense of precaution and judgement. Kong causes the Qi to astringe, to pull-inward, and in this way it gives us a sense of proper cautiousness. The virtue of the Kidneys is zhi, translated as "incarnate will" or "scholarly heart/mind". This is the deep will. It is our sense of fulfilling our deeper desires, connected to our sense of self and relationship to this life and our understanding of the world.Its not so much about "what do I want for lunch" but rather "how shall I actualize my life".
When people have experienced traumas of any kind, be they emotional or physical, especially in childhood, often there is a nugget of kong that remains stuck in the Kidneys if they didn't have a chance to express themeselves fully and heal from the effects of that trauma. We say that Blood is the matrix of the mind. What this refers to is our understanding that Blood carries emotion. And that when there is trauma and kong, the ensuing astringing of emotion is imprinted in the Blood and if not allowed to be expressed correctly, it stagnates. In a sense it "freezes" like a nugget of cold in the Kidneys as a result of the astringing nature of 'kong' which disrupts the Source Qi and its warming nature in the Kidneys.In some sense, this is a protective strategy. If someone does not have the fortitude or emotional resource to handle a trauma, it is frozenly stored. But it is nonetheless still there, and impacting our ability to assert our zhi and to live our lives fully to our potentiation.
We can use acupuncture, moxa, herbs, and medical Qigong to address this nugget of Kong.But its important to remember that a patient always has choice too. Each of us can choose to determine and embrace a plan for our lives. We can be reactively pulled along by the results of kong or we can map a course that doesn't salute the limitations set upon us by kong and early trauma. When the fear has been with us a very long time, it often appears to us as an inherent part of our personalities. "I was born this way", is how it seems to present itself to most people. In actuality, there is a person that is laboring under the burden of carrying around this frozen nugget of kong but hasn't realized that they are imprisoned and in some ways, limited. Fear can also take on odd driving force of its own- a powerful one. But its corrupted in a sense. Its not guided by an expansive, warming quality (as I'll explain shortly). It often has a controlling, self-interested quality and can be dangerous, because it lacks the "scholarliness" or upright intention of zhi.When a person chooses to live their lives according to "zhi", an intentional choice about fulfilling their incarnate destiny, then many things can become possible. The assertion of the zhi helps to reinforce the connection of the Will to both the Shen and Xin, the Spirit and the Mind, both housed in the Heart. I believe through observation that the zhi has an expansive nature, supporting the Kidneys ability to share Source Qi and send it to the whole body.It is this expansive nature that rectifies the flow of warming Qi in the body. I believe it is this powerful expansive nature of zhi that when combined with the Shen and Xin creates a powerful combustion of Fire and Water Qi elements, and is perhaps known as the transformative nature of universal love or agape. This is perhaps the most powerful transformative Qi. When zhi is asserted, often read more..

Friday 20 July 2012

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Off topic of acupuncture/TCM - need a women's soccer goalkeeper

Our indoor women's team needs a goalkeeper for Tues night sessions.  Any of you interested in playing that position w/ us or know someone who will or can lead me to a list (not Craig's, already done that) where we might contact a goalkeeper?
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Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Bad Breath

Not long ago I met with a business professional who I will not describe other than to say he had the worst bad breath that I’ve endured in a long time. It brought me back to a science teacher from my junior high school days, Mr. Y. His formidable breath was suffered so widely that it earned him the nickname Scope. In fact, many students didn’t even know his real name, rather, they would just say, “Hey, I’ve got Scope for seventh period biology.” . . . ? Read More: Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Bad Breath read more..

Saturday 14 July 2012

Bone Mineral Density-Dietary Calcium-Acupuncture

Acupuncture increases bone mineral density

According to a new study, acupuncture increases bone mineral density.  Remember too, dietary calcium is most important but if you must take a calcium supplement, take your 1200 mg/day in smaller doses (5oo to 6oo mg). Your body can't metabolize all 1200 at once!  Add Vitamin D, weight bearing exercise, and acupuncture and your risk of breaking a bone will go down.  I've been post-menopausal for about 7 years and according to my latest bone density test my bone density hasn't changed a bit!
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Tuesday 10 July 2012

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What to do about Organic Food?

Yesterday in the Times there was an informative article about the corruption issues with organic food production. Big companies have been getting into the organic market for years because it makes big profits. The author highlights how many corporations don’t care much about organic standards and healthy food. They care more about their profits. For [...] read more..

Monday 9 July 2012

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Headaches and Other Symptoms

A recent patient with headaches at my New York acupuncture reminded me of the powerful way acupuncture treats the whole person. She was coming in for tension headaches which were exacerbated by seasonal allergies.  Stress was also a major factor. The acupuncture had almost an immediate effect in reducing the headaches.  After 4 treatments she [...] read more..

Sunday 8 July 2012

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Treat Your Back Pain With Massage

Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improves function, according to a new Annals of Internal Medicine trial. This is the first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage. The trial found that both types of massage worked well with few side effects.“We found that massage … read more..

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Acupuncture is good for your heart!

Considering that heart disease is still one of the top killer diseases in the U.S. acupuncture is good news!  And lest you not forget that Traditional Chinese Medicine's (TCM) herbal prescriptions and nutritional/lifestyle advice are all about longevity and prevention of disease.
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Thursday 5 July 2012

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Finding Relief with TCM: Acupuncture for Pain

When I think about the most common ailments my patients are battling, pain is definitely at the top of the list. Whether it’s migraines, neck pain, joint stiffness, arthritis or lower back pain, dealing with pain is an everyday occurrence for many. Pain is – unfortunately – extremely common. In fact, a national NIH survey [...] read more..

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Everything You Need to Know About Gua Sha

Every so often I work with a patient who has a particularly tight muscle, a large stubborn knot, or a seriously wiry and tight connective tissue.  On those occasions, I pull out my Gua Sha tools and go to town.  While many people think of Chinese medicine as being all about acupuncture and herbs, there are many lesser-known healing methods that are a part of this medicine.  Among them is the practice of Gua Sha. Yes, Gua Sha sounds like something you would yell . . . ? Read More: Everything You Need to Know About Gua Sha read more..

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Brain Repair-Acupuncture

Acupuncture causes brain repair after stroke: it's powerful stuff!

Fascinating article about acupuncture's effect on the brain ... which means that it also treats hormonal issues, anxiety, depression, and other "brain" related issues.
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Sunday 17 June 2012

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Acupressure for constipation

Constipation is an issue that I often treat in my NYC acupuncture clinic. I always teach my patients this simple two-step acupressure routine for relieving constipation to supplement the acupuncture treatment. Rub belly in clockwise circle Rubbing your abdomen will help wake up your digestive system.  Place your whole palm on the abdomen and apply [...] read more..

Friday 15 June 2012


Acupuncture for Weight Loss

It’s something we all must manage on a daily basis. It affects every aspect of our health from how well we sleep at night to how strong our heart is… It’s our weight. Today, more than one out of every three U.S. adults are obese and this number is rising every year. Obesity-related conditions are [...] read more..

Ten Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

Ten Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

Here in Minnesota, there are two types of people. Those who love winter, and those who think it basically sucks. I’m one of the latter, but working hard to make my peace with the cold, dark days of January. I have new snowshoes to get me outside to play, really warm and fuzzy long underwear, every color of fleece imaginable, and some great looking boots. All of these things help, but I will never be a winter-lover. Whether you love winter or not, it’s . . . ? Read More: Ten Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter read more..

Thursday 14 June 2012

Natural Medicine-Procedures-Fertility

More evidence that Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine helps those with fertility challenges

I keep reading study results like this one and don't understand why more couples don't consider a natural medicine either before they start on hormonal and physical procedures or in conjunction with them. All hormonal and physical procedures cause more qi and blood stagnation so why not combat that using acupuncture?! Additionally, research has demonstrated that women who undergo hormonal procedures are at a higher risk for certain gynecological cancers. I've said this for years: our hormonal systems are BASIC to our existence, they don't tolerate hormonal intervention very well. read more..

Thursday 7 June 2012

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Chinese herbal research: ginseng and fatigue

Ginseng has been used by us practitioners for centuries to boost core qi, Kidney qi, original qi thereby regenerating our good health.  This study is about how ginseng relieved extreme fatigue in cancer patients.
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Wednesday 6 June 2012

Acupuncture Treatment-Menopausal Symptoms-Hot Flashes

Hot flashes and other peri-menopause symptoms? Acupuncture works!

A 2011 study in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine tested 53 post-menopausal women who reported having menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes. Half the women were given acupuncture treatment that lasted 20 minutes twice a week for 10 weeks. The needles were inserted, then left in place without any further manual or electrical stimulation.
By the end of the 10-week treatment, the group of women who received acupuncture reported having significantly fewer hot flashes as well as hot flashes that were less severe when they did get them. No significant differences were found in hormonal levels between the two groups. Typcially, it is believed that hormonal changes cause the hot flashes, so this is somewhat surprising, and the authors suggest that the hormonal fluctuations were not considered to be the reason for the improvement in menopausal symptoms.
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You’re Graduating? Congratulations! (You Must be Stressed)

A cap-and-gown and pomp-and-circumstance can bring great excitement and usher in a new, change-filled and amazing phase in a graduate’s life. It can also bring endless job interviews, the reality of student loans and a move into either an apartment with a monthly rental bill or your parent’s basement. In short, it can mean STRESS. [...] read more..

Allergies and Depression

I developed seasonal allergies in my 20’s.  For years I did not notice my allergies so much as I noticed I was moody when the flower bloomed.  I didn’t understand if everything is so beautiful why was I feeling so blue. Eventually I realized my headaches, stuffy nose, and moodiness was allergies. Scientists have reported [...] read more..

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Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

I remember the first pregnant woman I treated with acupuncture. I was in acupuncture school at the time, and putting in my hours in the teaching clinic. A classmate of mine had become pregnant and had a wicked case of morning sickness. Most of the time she was a rock; she was young, strong, smart, and the person you wanted to work with in class. However, her morning sickness had become all-day sickness, and had turned her into a whimpering mess. With regular acupuncture . . . ? Read More: Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy? read more..

Tuesday 5 June 2012

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New services!!

New services at the Colorado Center of Traditional Medicine
- low level laser therapy: no needles, used for pain relief/healing, fertility issues, stiff back, and much more! Half hour treatments available (initial treatment is one hour).
- supplement discounts through Emerson Ecologics (you order online and the products are shipped to your door - no need for me to be the middle man)
- Mei Zen skin care products - Golden Radiance pearl cream, Immortelle toner, Mei Zen Revitalizing serum, Neroli eye cream, Juniper cypress oil (for stagnation i.e., fat, cellulite), Angelica fertility oil, and two fantastic masques (Shea rose and sea pearl). All products are natural and contain Chinese herbs.
- Colorpuncture treatments for emotional issues that can stem from prenatal and early childhood times. Those can be released or recognized to give you a better understanding your current patterns
- Axiatonal Alignments - these treatments, based upon Sacred Geometry, release emotional "stuckness" that is in our etheric bodies but that may be causing physical distress.
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Acupuncture for Dizziness

Dizziness can make your life a living hell. If you suffer from dizziness or vertigo, you’re no stranger to the feeling of the world whirling around you, unsteadiness, and even nausea associated with this miserable condition. Several years ago while traveling through Europe, my husband had a bout of vertigo with nausea that literally left him crawling from the bed to the bathroom on his hands and knees for the better part of a week. The symptoms of mild dizziness can include feeling lightheaded, . . . ? Read More: Acupuncture for Dizziness read more..

Monday 4 June 2012

Grandmothering and the bittersweetness of life

Grandmothering and the bittersweetness of life

Yesterday my oldest grandchild graduated from preschool.  I was crying a little as soon as they started to play the Grand March (so cute for those who are so little).  That was good though so that my camera eyes were ready when Jonathan began his march.  I cry a lot around the grandchildren issues but I think that my crying personifies the definition of bittersweet = arousing pleasure tinged with sadness or pain.  So tears are cried out of happiness and pride about the little one's advances but there is also that sense that time is moving on, the grands are moving on, things are going to change.  Ahhh, there's the rub: change.  They change who and what they know, make new friends and join activities that take their time.  They move to new schools so there's the possibility of seeing them less frequently.  Their "free time" for spending times w/ the g-parents seems like a smaller window of opportunity.  So I cry.  We finish a vacation where we've taken one of them (soon to be more), and I cry.  They are here playing in the yard pretending to mow the lawn, rake, and shovel, and I'm maudlin when they leave.  That's right: self-pity takes over. Why does change, growth sometimes engender that self-pitying feeling?  I can grow too; my life will change with theirs.  But, my life is changing toward the end, and while so is theirs, they have so much more left!  Every graduation that they each make is a "graduation" for me toward being older and my life changing.
Thank God I am healthy and active and plan to continue to be so.  For example, our oldest grandson is interested in rock climbing so I bought myself new climbing shoes yesterday.  Haven't climbed in at least 15 years but I feel a revitalization, a renewal.  That is how I prefer to look at the passing of time with my grands - they are allowing me to learn new things, practice new skills (like how to use all the new fangled technology out there), and relive experiences that I treasure and now show them (skiing, camping, mt biking, general exploration of the world!)  So I get a redo in many ways.
I guess that growth is tough and certainly change creates angst in many unless you are firmly entrenched in that idea that change is good; nothing good happens in a vacuum.  I remind myself that 2012 especially is about change: the year of the Yang Water Dragon.  Part of the power of this year is having the ability to flow with change - one can miss opportunities if you are unwilling to change.  Will, determination, ability to flow will all lead to abundance.  All these grandkids = abundance!!! read more..

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Acupuncture for Pain Relief

As an acupuncturist, I regularly see people in pain; people with arthritis, blown out backs, sprained ankles, sciatica, headaches, and those recovering from surgery.  If you’ve ever suffered from a painful condition, you know that your particular pain is unique.  It can be dull and achy, sharp and stabbing, throbbing, burning, or it can feel electric.  The pain may come and go or be ever-present. It may wake you at night or change with the weather. What causes pain?  There are actually a number . . . ? Read More: Acupuncture for Pain Relief read more..

Saturday 26 May 2012

Cosmetic Acupuncture-Laser Treatments

Cosmetic Acupuncture: Love your skin! Host a party and receive a $200 discount.

I started the day with Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture and love how my skin feels.  It's like I can feel the qi nurturing my skin and the collagen and elastin regrowing - most of the day actually (I know because I do these treatments pretty regularly).  The Chinese Medicine theory around Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture is that your practitioner (me) takes your pulses to do a complete examination of how your qi (energy) is flowing, gives you a general health treatment, and then puts in the cosmetic needles.  So in every Mei Zen treatment, your entire energy gets balanced along w/ your cosmetic treatment.  This is a wonderful option to surgery (well, almost anything is a good option to not have surgery), injections, laser treatments, etc.
If you host a Cosmetic Acupuncture party, you will receive a $200 discount on your own Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture protocol.  Email or call 303-947-6224 for details or to set up your FREE Cosmetic Acupuncture consultation.
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Friday 25 May 2012


Acupuncture to treat Raynaud's condition

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Acupuncture for muscle rehabilitation

Acupuncture has a unique effect to help individuals who have stubborn injuries and chronic pain which have not improved despite treatment. A recent report at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting suggests that acupuncture helps to stimulate muscle tissue regrowth.  The research group showed that acupuncture reversed the decrease in muscle mass in mice and in [...] read more..

Thursday 24 May 2012

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Healing Heartburn with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

My first episode of heartburn was so intense that I can remember it to this day. It was New Year’s Eve over twenty years ago. I was celebrating with a group of good friends by sharing a catered dinner from our favorite Indian restaurant. The food was spicy and abundant, we ate late, and we washed it down with plenty of alcohol. Looking back, it was the perfect storm waiting to happen. I woke up in the wee hours of the New Year with . . . ? Read More: Healing Heartburn with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine read more..

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Curious Phenomenon-Sensation


Itching is an annoying and curious phenomenon.  Your body feels an annoying sensation so you irritate the skin by scratching.   It makes you feel extremely uncomfortable. This causes pain.  The pain trumps the itching sensation and you no longer feel the annoyance.  But the scratching causes inflammation and irritation in the area.  The scratch causes [...] read more..

Sunday 20 May 2012

Water Element-Dry Skin

Winter, Dry Skin, and Chinese Medicine

Dear Lynn: I read your book and understand that the water element is associated with the season of winter.  Why is my skin so dry in the winter if that’s the season of water? Dried Out in Minneapolis   Dear Dried: That’s such a good question!  It may seem odd that winter is the water element, even though it feels really dry, but there’s a good reason.  To understand why, we have to look at the nature of Yin and Yang and how they correspond to the world . . . ? Read More: Winter, Dry Skin, and Chinese Medicine read more..

Saturday 19 May 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine-Physical Medicine-Acupuncture

Acupuncture is physical medicine, not a mystery.

Acupuncture affects the body in real, tangible ways!  It is not a mystery and new studies are demonstrating that.
To see how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine work for weight loss (fixing digestion and giving you more energy), hormone balancing (peri-menopause, hot flashes, PMS etc.), cosmetic improvements and general aging gracefully and health-fully, IBS, chronic fatigue, syndrome, sports injuries, etc., call 303-947-6224 or email
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Thursday 17 May 2012

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Bee products and health

Bees create health products - royal jelly has long been revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its healing and improving longevity properties and now they're looking at beehive extract in the treatment of prostate cancer.
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Wednesday 16 May 2012

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease-Chronic Fatigue And Fibromyalgia-Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture helps chronic obstructive pulmonary disease plus weight.

The authors state: "We demonstrated clinically relevant improvements in DOE [dyspnea on exertion] (Borg scale), nutrition status (including BMI), airflow obstruction, exercise capacity and health-related quality of life after three months of acupuncture treatment."  
Not only did the patients' lung health improve but their weight improved!!!
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Tuesday 15 May 2012

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Just How Deep Do Acupuncture Needles Go?

As an acupuncturist, I get all kinds of questions from new patients about how acupuncture works, what I’m doing during my treatments, and how long will it take to get better. However, I probably get more questions about acupuncture needles from first-timers than any other topic. One of the most frequent questions (and interestingly, this is usually from men) is how many needles have I used on them. This is an easy one; I just stop and count them up.  I’m also asked a . . . ? Read More: Just How Deep Do Acupuncture Needles Go? read more..

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Acupuncture reduces itch in atopic eczema

Atopic eczema causes profound itching.  Often the itching is the first sign of the condition and scratching leads to the inflammation. A recent research report examined acupuncture treatment of itch in atopic dermatitis (1).  This study was quite sophisticated.  They compared acupuncture versus antihistamine treatment to reduce itching.  They also compared acupuncture and antihistamine to [...] read more..

Looking for one day week acupuncture space Broomfield/Westminster

I'm thinking of adding a satellite office to my practice up North.  Have been hearing of people renting 2 rooms one day a week (furnished) for about $100/month and so am looking for something like that. or 303-947-6224. read more..

Friday 11 May 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine-Bone Health-Acupuncture

Women's bone health, lack of effectiveness of phosphonates (ie., Fosamax), and how Chinese Medicine works!

The FDA has published an analysis  of the popular bone-building drugs suggesting caution about long term use because the drugs lead to weaker bones in some cases.  This is not the first time I've heard this.  I've had patients over the years who wonder why, after taking their calcium and prescription drug for 5 years their bones are still weak.  So I wasn't surprised by the FDA's concern.  Plus, many women don't know how to take calcium so that it gets used most efficiently by the body ..... or used at all!  Look to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for bone health.  In fact, I recently gave one of my patients who suffers from back pain some of my personal "back pain, inflammation, bone building" formula and she told me that she didn't need her estrogen patch for her hot flashes any more.  True!!  The herbs in the formula work on the cause of back pain - our weakened central, bone building qi.  That's how TCM works - we treat the cause not the symptom.
And in fact, I was taking the same bone building herbs prior to my last visit to a back surgeon who didn't say "bone on bone" for my lumbars after I'd been told that by everyone who had looked at xrays or MRIs.  So I'm happy - structural yoga therapy (w/ R Ziegler who rocks!) but I also DO the work, MT and rolfing with A Rach (great!), and regular acupuncture have worked.  Yes, REGULAR acupuncture, not just when I'm in pain or crooked and stiff.
Call 303-947-6224 or email me at if you need help moving through peri-menopause, help with fertility challenges, have any medical issues with digestion, sleep, depression, anxiety etc. or would like to talk about Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture.
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Wednesday 9 May 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine-Insurance Verification-Herbs For Weight Loss-Health Conditions

Worried about your weight - women especially your middle abdominal weight - call me!

Obesity continues to rise in our country and, especially for women of peri and post menopausal age, it's scary.  Too much weight increases our chances of a number of health conditions including having that first heart attack.  In my practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I specialize in improving digestion (your first step toward losing weight believe it or not), in using acupuncture and herbs for weight loss which may include herbs that make the digestive system work better but also those (in liniment form) that help detox fat cells.  As I am a woman in that "middle age spread" age group, I know the importance of removing the especially "bad" visceral fat that accumulates in some people's middles - again, the more dangerous fat for leading to conditions like heart disease and stroke.
INSURANCE: Your insurance may cover treatment; let's find out by having you fill out an insurance verification form.  If your treatment here is not covered by insurance, well, then it's time to figure out how important your future health is, how important it is to you to feel young and vibrant.  We can't put a price on good health. Call me at 303-947-6224 or email me at  I can email you an insurance verification form to see what your health insurance will cover (or not).  Our office works with all insurance carriers and know that there are United, Cigna, BCBS, and other companies who have SOME plans (not all) that do cover acupuncture and some are quite good especially if you work for certain companies.
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Tuesday 8 May 2012

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Healthy Hope: Never give up video + personal success story

This is a sweet video about someone who was told that he would never walk again but who DID the work and now walks!
In less of a way but still very dramatic for me, I've been told never to run again (and I still play soccer), that my back crookedness was basically incurable because of bone on bone lumbar spine - think about disc replacement or low back fusion.  I couldn't turn right in the mornings because my back was so stiff and muscles so tight - and, naturally, I was in pain.  I was starting to feel fairly depressed .. asking myself "is this it?".  It's going to be too hard to hold my grandchildren, I'll never be able to pick them up, no more extreme mt biking, soccer, hiking w/ a backpack, etc. etc.?!  I didn't like the prospect of back surgery - though have to admit, I was willing to do it if I could get function back and have less pain - I wanted to live my life!  Didn't like the prospect of taking Vicodin - how would my body look in 20 years of being wracked by pain killers?  (not to mention that they don't address the problem and since I practice Traditional Chinese Medicine I like to go to the cause.  So, I got faithful about receiving acupuncture treatments and taking anti-inflammatory and bone building Chinese herbal prescriptions, I see a fantastic structural integration MT (and have been rolfed), and I started to see a structural yoga therapist and DO the work.  Oh my gosh, you cannot believe the difference in my life!  No pain meds, play soccer, back to mt biking without (much) fear, play w/ the grands all I want.  My morning pain and stiffness (that "they" said is arthritis and just get used to it) is somedays non-existent.  Now, is this utopia?  No. I'm aging, having to  accept certain things about the aging but what a difference I have in my life now and I will never give up; aging back or not!, 303-947-6224.  Acupuncture works!
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Monday 7 May 2012

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Water Metabolism and the Triple Burner

Over the years, I have seen patients in my acupuncture clinic for conditions such as bladder infections, edema, chronic sinus infections, dehydration, problems with yeast, athlete’s foot, dry itchy skin, and obesity.  What do all of these conditions have in common?  In Chinese medicine, they all arise from your body’s inability to metabolize water effectively.  Most of us don’t think much about water; you drink it in, you pee it out.  Also, we’ve been repeatedly told to drink enough.  Beyond that, what could water . . . ? Read More: Water Metabolism and the Triple Burner read more..

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Chinese herbs infused into the products in the Mei Zen skin care line

Our artisan, hand crafted Mei Zen skin care line is expanding soon! Currently our products include our Japonica toner for cleansing and invigorating your skin. Our Mei Zen Revitalizing serum and Golden Radiance pearl cream are both super good for you skin; I use the pearl for my day treatment (it makes my skin radiant) and the serum at night. Everyone should be putting pearl on their face; it's loaded with minerals that improve the tone of your skin. Our Neroli Peptide eye cream is an essential part of a skin care regimen along with the Sea Pearl Masque and Frankincense Bamboo scrub. Masques are fun!!! and they make your skin feel like a baby's butt after you take it off. For those of you who may try to lose a few pounds in 2012, we have our Juniper Cypress oil to rub on fatty areas. It is also useful to get your digestive qi and lymph moving - both very important parts of weight loss.All of our products contain active ingredients that make your skin better. They are not just for moisturizing; they are for regenerating a youthful skin! And don't forget .... ALWAYS treat your neck and upper chest area too, not just your face! Start the year of the Dragon right! Get your orders in now for our January 3rd shipping date by calling 303-349-2932 or emailing to order. read more..

Sunday 6 May 2012

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Meditation Positively Effects Memory Loss

Mantra-based meditation can have a positive impact on emotional responses to stress, fatigue and anxiety in adults with memory impairment and memory loss, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have determined. Their findings are published in the recent issue of … Continue reading ? read more..

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Acupuncture Treats Depression, Prevents Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its symptoms, such as snorting, gasping or stopping breathing while asleep, are associated with depression, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For individuals experiencing depression, acupuncture can stabilize … Continue reading ? read more..

Friday 27 April 2012

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A Walk in the Woods Boosts Immunity

There’s no doubt that a walk in the woods feels good. Whether it’s the California redwoods, the boreal forests of Minnesota, or the pine forests of northern New England, getting out into nature is beautiful and feeds your soul. Now researchers from Japan are telling us that a walk in the woods is good for your body, too–and not because you’re exercising. Researchers in Japan have conducted a couple of studies that document positive physiological changes among groups of men who were exposed to . . . ? Read More: A Walk in the Woods Boosts Immunity read more..

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More on heart attacks and pessimism: don't block your heart qi and blood!

I'm still reeling from the Harvard review stating that optimists are 50% LESS likely to suffer that first heart attack.  It has really made me think about the negative impact that certain emotions can have on our bodies and I talk w/ my patients about it every day.  Pessimism, worry, sadness - they all stagnate the chest.  You can feel it!  Your chest feels tight, tears or angst or anxiety want to be expressed but aren't.  That feeling is, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the qi and blood stagnation around the heart.  How bad for us!!  That is a feeling that I will try to avoid for the rest of my life because I know how important it is for our hearts to have continuous qi and blood flow.   Think about it: our hearts work continuously.  Our heart never gets a break - never.  That continuous creation of life force requires flow, nourishment, calm ability to function which is negatively impacted by the stagnation that emotions like worry and doubt cause.
ONE OF THE GOALS OF ACUPUNCTURE: to minimize the negative impact of stress, emotions, environmental toxins, etc. on your body.  Call today for an appointment if you need to relax, destress, detox, get well, improve your digestive health, have fertility challenges, pain, or other health or emotional  issues.  303-947-6224.
INSURANCE BILLING: Not all Denver acupuncturists accept insurance. However, I understand the financial importance of allowing patients to pay through their insurer. We work with all insurance carriers that offer acupuncture benefits.  We process all the paperwork and deal with the insurance companies. As a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I want to allow my patients to concentrate on one thing: healing.  
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Tuesday 24 April 2012

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Smoking Cessation And Acupuncture

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an announcement and draft guidance which will protect consumers from future false and misleading health claims by the tobacco industry about its tobacco products. As a primary or complementary therapy, acupuncture is … Continue reading ? read more..

Monday 23 April 2012

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Ahhhh-choo! Acupuncture and Seasonal Allergies

Ahhh…daffodils, robins and budding trees. It’s spring! We must rejoice…right? Well, most of us will happily greet this warming up and greening of our surroundings, however for the 35 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose and dry or itchy eyes, the welcome is far more reluctant. And, this year, [...] read more..

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Acupuncture Can Reduce Prevalence Of Overweight

There has not been significant change in the prevalence of overweight in the U.S., with data from 2009-2010 indicating that about one in three adults and one in six children and teens are obese; however, there have been increases in … Continue reading ? read more..

Acupuncture for Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic rhinosinusitis is a chronic infection of the sinuses that causes nasal congestion, sinus pain, and headaches. Chronic rhinosinusitis, commonly called chronic sinusitis, affects your energy, sleep, and work. Some research suggest that chronic sinusitis can even lead to depression and anxiety. Conventional medication often is not completely successful in treating the symptoms. Many patients [...] read more..

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The Causes of Migraine Headaches

This morning on NPR there was a very informative piece about the causes of migraines and why women suffer more from migraines than men. The story explains the that one reason migraines occur is because of bursts of electrical activity in specific areas of the brain.   Often they begin in  the visual center, which [...] read more..

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Massage For Health And Wellness

Who gets massage? An average of 25 percent of women and 10 percent of men receive at least one massage annually—approximately 18 percent of adults, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Spas are where many people receive massage. Is … Continue reading ? read more..

Thursday 19 April 2012

First Heart Attack-Heart Health

Need more defense against the effects of stress?: Heart health and optimism

A Harvard U review of the literature found the most optimistic people had half the risk of a first heart attack when compared to the least optimistic. A 50% reduction in risk!!! read more..

Thursday 12 April 2012

The Healing Process

Feeling Better

The power of the body to heal and change is remarkable.  It is important to understand that the healing process is not linear.   Some days are better than others.  This is true not only for acupuncture, but for most changes in our lives. Change happens slowly.  People don’t wake up one day and everything is [...] read more..

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Acupuncture Can Reduce The Severity Of Allergy Season

While many people rejoice when the weather gets warmer, it’s not always a pleasant time for everyone. Those who suffer from seasonal allergies know to expect difficulties around this time of year, but the severity of allergy season can vary. … Continue reading ? read more..

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Acupuncture and Moxibustion

The Meaning of Zhen Jiu ( ??) Acupuncture is not just acupuncture.  In fact, the word for acupuncture in Chinese, Zhen Jiu, actually  translates to “acupuncture and moxibustion”  which shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture. Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles.  Most often, this is done through burning an herb called [...] read more..

Thursday 5 April 2012

Acupuncture Point

Electro-Acupuncture for Pain Relief

Acupuncture is a constantly evolving art.  Electro-acupunctrue was only developed within the last 100 years. Electro-acupuncture is used to augment the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory aspects of acupuncture Electro-acupuncture is very similar to regular acupuncture.  That is the acupuncture point selection is generally the same and the treatment time is also similar.  Electro-acupuncture provides additional [...] read more..