The Science Behind Acupuncture — Part 2: The Brain & Beyond


The Science Behind Acupuncture — Part 2: The Brain & Beyond

To continue exploring scientific findings on acupuncture, this post will cover its effects on the brain itself and structures of the central nervous system.  Primarily through Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) studies, we know that acupuncture activates specific areas of the brain and deactivates others [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].  Other studies show how these […]

The Science Behind Acupuncture — Part 1: Muscle & Connective Tissue


The Science Behind Acupuncture — Part 1: Muscle & Connective Tissue

Many of the patients coming to my office are seeking acupuncture for the first time, and one of the frequently asked questions in that first appointment is how acupuncture works. I’ll sum it up here for all interested. Since the medical research on how acupuncture works is extensive, this first post covers just the effects […]

Adopting a Pit Bull May Be Good for Your Health


Adopting a Pit Bull May Be Good for Your Health

October is Pit Bull Awareness month, so as it comes to a close I want to take the opportunity to share some reflections on wellness benefits of companion animals including the much stigmatized American Staffordshire Terrier, commonly known as the Pit Bull.  I haven’t always been a dog person; it actually wasn’t until after college […]

Training & Recovery for High-Intensity Mixed Martial Arts


Training & Recovery for High-Intensity Mixed Martial Arts

Last year I was inspired by Ronda Rousey’s tenacity to take my fitness to the next level by training 5, sometimes 6, days a week in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).  In addition to celebrating one year of exceeding my personal fitness goals, this post comes in anticipation of the long-awaited return of professional MMA to […]

An Insider’s Perspective on Cupping after Media on the Rio Olympic Athletes


An Insider’s Perspective on Cupping after Media on the Rio Olympic Athletes

Curious to get an insider’s medical perspective on the cupping marks Michael Phelps and other Olympians were sporting in Rio? I’ve had several people ask my opinion on the media hubbub and first, let’s get some things straight: The overwhelming majority of media attention on cupping due to the Olympics has not consulted medical professionals […]

Now offering custom herbal formulas!


Now offering custom herbal formulas!

I’m thrilled to announce that I am now offering custom herbal formulas for my patients.  In addition to my background in naturopathics, I just spent the last two years completing advanced training in traditional Chinese herbology.  It’s been a long road, and this blog has been quiet the last two years as I focused on […]

Medical Study Yields a Game Plan for Low Back Pain


Medical Study Yields a Game Plan for Low Back Pain

Now that it is finally edging on the beginning of spring and with the warmer weather many are reinvigorating their exercise routines, I’d like to address one of the most common complaints I hear in the treatment room: chronic low back pain. It is not just in my clinic that low back pain is a […]

Here’s to a Happy & Healthy New Year


Here’s to a Happy & Healthy New Year

In honor of the new year, I am revisiting one of the most popular New Years’ Resolutions I hear from my patients: to reinvigorate a healthy diet and fitness program to yield and maintain an athletic build.  Before I get to the point and discuss what I’ve found to be the best method to maintain […]

Top Tips for Indigestion


Top Tips for Indigestion

I’ve just contributed to another collaborative article with acupuncturists around the world in honor of the upcoming holidays and some of the less desirable elements that come along with them.  “Bloating and indigestion can be epic on Thanksgiving, and they can put a major damper on otherwise joyous celebrations.” My favorite at-home cure for bloating […]

Giving Thanks to Acupuncture Pioneers


Giving Thanks to Acupuncture Pioneers

Since this is the month designated for being grateful, I’ll take the opportunity to pay tribute to some incredible pioneers in the field, particularly those who set the stage for acupuncture to thrive right here in NYC.  In honor of renowned acupuncture practitioner and teacher Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Dr. Shadidi Kinsey and I will be […]

Is Gluten-Free another Diet Fad?


Is Gluten-Free another Diet Fad?

The simple answer is yes, and no.  Here’s why. First of all, gluten is a component of the protein found in many grains, including wheat, barley, rye, and oats.  In the past decade, gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance or Celiac’s disease have become common terms.  Eliminating gluten from your diet has become another catch-all solution […]

Staying off the Sweetness Roller Coaster


Staying off the Sweetness Roller Coaster

Ever wonder why you get an energy spike followed by a crash after a granola bar or even a glass of fruit juice?  These blood sugar crashes tend to send people on a roller coaster, making you hungry more frequently or having cravings that lead to excess or low-quality calorie intake.  This excess calorie intake […]

Do-it-Yourself Stress Release


Do-it-Yourself Stress Release

I recently collaborated on an article sharing simple do-it-yourself stress reduction acupressure techniques.  The points selected by myself and my colleagues are accessible for performing self-acupressure, so neither acupuncture needles nor an acupuncturist are required to benefit from these points.  These are simple help-yourself methods you can do on the train, at work, before bed, […]

Curing Muscular Knots & Pain


Curing Muscular Knots & Pain

Have your muscles ever tightened into ropey fibers and formed sensitive bumps or knots?  The medical term for those pesky knots is trigger points, and they are so common that studies estimate they are a primary cause in  75–95% of pain cases.  In addition to causing pain, trigger points can influence muscle activation patterns resulting […]

Simple Home Remedy for the Dreaded Common Cold


Simple Home Remedy for the Dreaded Common Cold

This time of year there is a buzz around the city about the common cold- who is coughing, who is trying to boost their immune system to ward it off, who is just recovering, etc. I’ve had several people come for treatment this season complaining of cough, congestion, sinus pain, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes […]