The holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means—parties.
Parties at work, parties at church, parties at school, fundraiser parties, caroling parties, Secret Santa parties…
It’s the season of so many parties that we long for a weekend night with nothing scheduled.
All the parties can lead to excess, but the biggest party of the season, New Year’s Eve, can be the topper. Many people drink so much that it can take days to feel healthy again. And even if you don’t drink to drunkenness, your extra alcohol intake in the month of December can take its toll.
I think it’s great to celebrate and enjoy the company of your loved ones, but I don’t want to see you sick. Find out how to not drink (or at least drink less) this party season. continue reading
Thanksgiving is a great meal. Friends and family come together to give thanks and celebrate the harvest season–
…and to overeat.
All of us know the feeling of eating too much, too heavy, too rich. When we should be enjoying our time with loved ones, we are uncomfortable. We exasperate our health conditions and catch a cold. We put on weight and feel lethargic.
I’m not going to tell you to make dramatic changes to your Thanksgiving meal. Usually that doesn’t work—and besides, it’s no fun.
Instead I suggest you just make small choices. Pick one food instead of the other. Make little positive choices and they’ll add up to a healthier, more enjoyable meal. continue reading
Smoking is a strong, complicated addiction. Quitting smoking is no small task and you will need lots of support to be successful. You need the best tools to help with the physical and emotional symptoms, and acupuncture is a great resource to help you succeed.
Here are the 6 things you should know about using acupuncture to quit smoking. continue reading
At East Side Acupuncture we try to incorporate modern knowledge with ancient wisdom. One way that we are doing that is through the addition of laser acupuncture to the services we offer.
Lasers we use at East Side Acupuncture
What is laser acupuncture?
Laser acupuncture is a needle-less technique that uses low level lasers (aka “cold lasers”) to stimulate the acupuncture points. They are called low level lasers because they have a relatively low output, and are sometimes called cold lasers because the output is not strong enough to create any heat.
Laser acupuncture is a great option for anyone who is afraid of needles and unwilling to try traditional acupuncture and for children. If you have been trying to get a friend or family member to try acupuncture but they have been resistant encourage them to try laser acupuncture.
Another great advantage is as an alternative to needling in sensitive areas such as the foot for treating plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, or foot pain.
Laser acupuncture will be available to patients at both our Syracuse office and our Oneida office. Rates are the same as traditional acupuncture.
A few weeks ago, I asked for your most pressing acupuncture questions. I’ve compiled the most common questions and I noticed one distinct trend—there are a lot of questions about the needles. Some of you must be nervous about getting needled!
If these acupuncture answers don’t put your fears to rest, call me for more information. Acupuncture brings good health, relaxation and vitality. I don’t want fear to stop you from getting treatment. continue reading
Don’t you love how great you feel when you work out regularly?
You’re alert, you sleep better, and it’s easier to stay calm and optimistic. Once you get in the routine of working out and keeping a healthy routine, it’s fun.
But there’s always something that stops you. For most of us, it’s either time or money. We don’t have time, and gym memberships are too expensive.
Let’s imagine a dream solution. You want the fitness tools you find in a gym but you want to do it at home so it’s convenient. You want aerobics, strength and stretching so you have a good holistic workout.
And most importantly, you don’t want to spend more than $50 on any piece of equipment.
Can you build a home gym with that budget?
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Normally I use this blog to tell you a little about my favorite topics, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture and natural health. But today I want to do something different.
I want to learn more about you.
Today I want to know what your concerns and questions are.
Ask me anything, basic or complicated. Ask about TCM, acupuncture or general health. Ask about injuries, illness or disease. Whatever is on your mind, ask the question.
Contact me here, and I’ll reply to your questions as soon as I can.
Recently a patient was asking me why some people need knee replacements even though they are not physically active and had no injury. “Do they just ignore the problem?” Not being an orthopedic surgeon I can’t definitively answer that, but certainly in many cases our health problems are made worse by not being proactive about treating them. Remember the old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure”?
As we continued to discuss the idea of being proactive my patient brought up a very good point. Maybe it is not that people are purposefully ignoring their health issues, but they are more afraid of the treatment than they are of the problem. I think he may be onto something.
The mindset in our country is that there is a “pill for every ill”. That’s all well and good but we’ve all heard the disclaimers on drug commercials. Certainly itchy eyes and runny nose is better than having a stroke. If it is a musculoskeletal issue then there is always the fear of needing surgery. For many people it is better to ignore a minor complaint than to deal with it and have to deal with possible risks or side effects. The problem with that strategy is not knowing when to stop ignoring the problem and deal with it. The longer it is ignored the bigger the problem may become and the scarier the treatments will get.
This may not seem like a big issue at first glance. Either people take care of their health or deal with it later and maybe have bigger problems. For myself and my fellow acupuncturists the problem is bigger. We know we can help these patients and we do our best work when the problem is still minor. However, our medical system still does not do a great job of offering alternative solutions. Doctors do not recommend them enough and insurance companies often do not cover them. We need everyone’s cooperation to help bring acupuncture out of the fringe and make it an option for patients.
For the patients and their family and friends – don’t ignore your health. Sometimes little issues do go away on their own and that’s great. Ignoring a problem, however, doesn’t make it go away. Those little aches and pains are a signal that something is wrong and needs to be fixed or something needs to be changed. Rather than ignore the issue see your doctors and other health care professionals and if they are recommending a treatment that might have some scary side effects ask them for more information about the risks. Seek out alternative methods. It might not be covered by insurance but treating an issue early with acupuncture might require two or three visits. Waiting and creating a bigger problem will make it more expensive to treat (regardless of how you treat it), more time consuming, and decrease the chance of a complete recovery. Speak up and let your healthcare providers know you want more options for treatment, write or call your HR department (or whoever determines your insurance options) and let them know you want policies with alternative treatments covered.
Acupuncture is great for children.
Children are very responsive to the acupuncture needles and often show great improvement after a treatment. Acupuncture is fantastic for many childhood illnesses like coughs, fevers, ear infections, bed wetting, digestive issues, colic, allergies, ADD and ADHD. And more and more research proves that acupuncture is safe for kids.
But many parents worry that their kids will hate the needles. They want to avoid a treatment that is traumatic and difficult.
How do you give a child a treatment which they may not like?
The answer is that you do it kid style. continue reading
If you asked the average person how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) keeps you healthy, they would probably answer that it uses acupuncture needles.
That is a good start.
TCM is a complex understanding of how Qi, or life force, affects your health. Qi flows through meridians passing through points which can be used to regulate and control that flow. When the flow of Qi increases, decreases or its quality changes, your health is affected. The most common way to manage the flow of Qi is with acupuncture needles.
But TCM is much more than needles.
In the second part of our two-part series “More than Needles,” you will learn three ways to keep yourself healthy using Traditional Chinese Medicine principles at home. By using these techniques in your daily life, you will be in charge of your health. continue reading