Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas are very effective to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease.  A person’s immune system attacks the myelin sheath that covers and protects the nerves of the brain and spinal cord.  A simpler way of understanding the disease is this:  imagine the outer casing that holds and protects many electrical wires wears away, leaving tears and holes that expose the internal wiring.  The wires inside the casing short-circuit, burn, smoke, and malfunction due to exposure to environmental elements (your bodily fluids, etc.).  The wearing down of the myelin sheath leads to injury and inflammation; consequently, electrical or nerve signals to and from the brain to different organs, muscles, nerves and other connective tissue are blocked.  The end result is debilitating – the patient can experience difficult vision, burning pain in the extremities, loss of muscle coordination and strength, loss of organ and other bodily functions, and a downward spiral of degenerating health.  Multiple Sclerosis can affect any sex or age group but is common in ages 20 to 40 years of age.   Women are twice susceptible to MS as men.
Read More

Remember Our Men and Women in Service

This Memorial Day weekend, while you’re having fun, spend more than a few minutes to remember and reflect what Memorial Day means to you. Take the time to shake a vet’s hand and express gratitude for his or her service. Be kind and treat a service person to a cup of coffee and engage into a conversation. Inquire about what his/her role was/is in the military and get to know where they are from and what their aspirations are after military service. You will find that many will want to share their experiences.
Read More

May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

Pelvic pain can be defined as chronic pain (experienced for more than 6 months) that is not menstrual (period pain for females). Pelvic pain affects both men and women and can present as some of the following symptoms:

  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Painful penetration
  • Painful orgasm
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Generalized pelvic pain
  • Post surgical pain
  • Prostatitis
  • PCOS/Endometriosis
  • Scar tissue pain
  • Yeast infections & Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation & bowel disorders
  • Postpartum pain

Read More

Great news for our men and women of service!  The VA has just published the new requirements for acupuncture benefits and you are eligible to receive first class services here at my clinic!  The Golden Acupuncturist clinic is a registered clinic with the Veterans’ Administration.  All you need to do is tell your attending physician at teh VA that you would like a referral to come to my clinic for acupuncture services.   Give them my name for the referral, then just email or telephone my office to schedule an appointment.  Be it for pain, PTSD, or any other medical condition listed on the approved list, you will be treated with the respect and level of expertise you deserve.  Click on the following link for the criteria to begin your journey to improved health and state of mind.  https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/57722/va-mission-act-what-is-the-latest-on-community-care/
Read More

The spring pollen is already in full swing the past 4 weeks here in the northeast corner of the United States.  It has been forecasted that this year, the pollen count will be extremely high causing many to suffer from seasonal rhinitis.  Prescription drugs and allergy shots can cause a number of unpleasant side effects and adversely affect a person’s overall quality of life and wallet.
Read More

The endometrium is the mucous membrane that lines the uterus.  During the menstrual cycle, this lining thickens, allowing the possibility of a successful implantation of an embryo.   Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the cells that line the endometrium of the womb or uterus lining are found somewhere else in the body. Common sights are the pelvic peritoneum, ovaries, bladder and bowels.  Some women with this condition experience mild discomfort, while many suffer from extreme pain, heavy periods and infertility.  Endometriosis is a long-term condition that affects millions of women worldwide.  It is commonly diagnosed in females age 25 to 40 years and rarely occurs after menopause.
Read More

Thyroiditis is a condition of the thyroid which is more common than most people believe.  There are two types of thyroiditis.
Read More

Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death for women?  Women frequently miss the symptoms of a heart attack because they mistakenly relate heart disease as a ‘man’s disease’.  Women who have heart disease tend to believe that symptoms such as sweating, chest pressure, nausea, and jaw pain are synonymous with menopause, the flu, stress or simply feeling under the weather.  Many women just don’t think they could ever have a heart attack.

Disregarding the symptoms of a heart attack can cause death.  Recognizing the signs of heart disease or a heart attack can save lives.
Read More

Happy New Year!  The last year of another decade in time as modern man knows it.  This month’s blog is not about making resolutions.  Most of us don’t keep them after two or three weeks and the guilt and disappointment that go along with promises once again not kept to ourselves aren’t worth the trouble to begin with.

Today, I’d like to share with you something a bit different.  It’s a little story, so stay with me and continue reading, because there’s a really good point at the end of the tale:

I was at the gym a few days prior to New Year’s Eve.  Just exiting from a HIIT class, I saw a woman who changed my life in so many ways and who I never had the opportunity to thank….

Let’s go back to 1995. 
Read More

HO HO HO and here we go!  As Linus would say ‘good grief, Charlie Brown’.  It’s December and everyone seems to get sucked into the holiday madness regardless of their religious beliefs.  So, some good advice is to calm down, take a breath and remember:  the holidays as we know them are market-manufactured and economically driven.  This year, try to remember what it is you are REALLY celebrating:  the festival of lights, the birth of your God, or celebration of family, community and culture.  If neither of the upcoming holidays resonates with you, just celebrate and be grateful for all the goodness in your life – a roof over your head, good friends, a meal on your dinner plate each evening.  I love to see my friends during this wintery time of the year and I’ll share with you a favorite cocktail of mine (non alcoholic version for my underaged and non-drinking friends and the designated drivers listed).  It’s not expensive and if you ask each guest to come with a plate of finger food, this can be the setting for a great get together!  Open up the Monopoly board, play a game or just tell fun stories of travel and adventure.  It’s a stress-free evening that everyone can enjoy no matter what their religious beliefs or cultural obligations are.
Read More