Re-opening in Arlington!

Re-opening in Arlington!

Good News! After being closed down due to COVID concerns since March 2020, I am reopening my practice. I am fully vaccinated and currently able to see patients who are also fully vaccinated, with both of us wearing masks. I am following standard COVID cleaning protocols in between patients, and use a HEPA filter in the treatment room.

Great News! I have relocated back to Arlington, the community in which I have lived for almost 40 years. I am back in The Healing Center, at 259 Massachusetts Avenue, on the lower level, in a larger and sunnier room. There is free parking in the lot behind the building. If you are using public transportation, take the 77 or 350 bus to the Harlow Street bus stop. If you are biking, there are now painted bike lanes on both sides of Massachusetts Avenue. The Healing Center is easily accessible from the Minuteman Bike Path via Linwood Street near Spy Pond.

Thanks for your patience and forbearance as we negotiate these challenging times.

I look forward to helping you to regain or maintain your health in 2021!

Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

Did you know that over 22 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies? Are you one of these unlucky people? Seasonal allergies are the 6th most common chronic illness in the United States. If you suffer from them, then you know how uncomfortable the symptoms can be. Symptoms can include itchy watery eyes; runny nose; sneezing; post nasal drip; sinus pressure and pain; headache and nasal congestion. Some people suffer from fatigue, stuffy, itchy ears, dizziness and even tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Sufferers often utilize anti-histamines, decongestants, or corticosteroid nasal sprays. Sometimes patients report that the anti-histamines make them either tired or wired, that the decongestants dehydrate them, or that they see a rebound effect with the long-term use of nasal sprays. Additionally, some people, for example, those with a certain kind of glaucoma, cannot take anti-histamines.

What are some other options? There are many natural approaches that can offer relief. Studies have shown that avoiding foods that are pro-inflammatory make help reduce your histamine response. Try eliminating wheat, sugar and dairy products, as well as processed foods during your worst allergy season. Instead, eat a diet that is rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, and drink plenty of water. Try to get more sleep and reduce your consumption of caffeine. Take additional vitamin C and bioflavonoids, after consulting with your doctor. Use a neti pot to wash your nasal passages with warm salt water, which is highly effective in ridding mucous locally with no unwanted side effects.

Try acupuncture. In one study that included 45 people with hay fever, acupuncture worked as well as anti-histamines in improving symptoms, and the effects seemed to last longer. Many patients showed significant improvement and some showed complete elimination of their symptoms after a series of acupuncture treatments. A recent double-blind study conducted in Hong Kong showed that acupuncture was effective in decreasing the symptom scores for persistent allergic rhinitis and increasing the symptom-free days during both the treatment and the follow-up periods.

To arrange a free “meet and greet” appointment or to learn more click here  Should I Try Acupuncture.

Acupuncture assistance for new moms

“Acupuncture assistance for new moms”

Every new mother naturally has fears and anxiety. First-time mothers ask themselves ” Am I doing the right thing?” “Can I really take care of a baby?” “Why do I feel like I am on high alert all the time?” The stress of new motherhood combined with modern day stress can be detrimental to overall health. The “flight or fight” response is put on on overload, which can result in increased blood digestion, sleep problems, and stressed endocrine system, all of which can lead to exhaustion.

Acupuncture works by correcting imbalances of “Qi” or vital energy in the body. A proven effect of acupuncture is activation of the “rest and digest” or “tend and befriend” response, which is known as the parasympathetic nervous system response, as well as the calming of the “fight or flight” response, known as the sympathetic nervous system response.

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February Is American Heart Month

Acupuncture Can Help Keep Hearts Healthy

February is not just for Valentines Day. Since 1963, it has also been American Heart Month to underscore the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Every year more than a million Americans will suffer a heart attack.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), in 2009 heart disease cost the United States $304.6 billion for health care services, medications, and lost productivity. In traditional western medicine, before or after a heart attack, doctors may perform open heart surgery, remove blockage in arteries via angioplasty or insert a surgical stent after angioplasty to prevent an artery from collapsing. Recovery from such major surgery can be long and painful.

In recent years, however, West has net East through integrative rehabilitation, a comprehensive management program, in which traditional treatments are augmented with complementary treatments such as acupuncture. In numerous studies, acupuncture has been found to be beneficial for patients suffering from angina, relieving symptoms and lessening the need for drug therapy. It has also been found to help patients manage blood pressure. [Read more…]