How Can Acupuncture Benefit Me?

Kelly Ripa acupuncturePerhaps you have heard about acupuncture or maybe you know someone who has benefited from treatment. Most Americans are familiar with the process but few have actually experienced acupuncture for themselves. Chances are that one or more of our most common complaints could benefit greatly from this alternative treatment. Let’s look at some of the areas where acupuncture treatment is usually beneficial with the right practitioner:

Acupuncture Benefits

Improved Digestion  

Digestive complaints such as heartburn or excess gas have both been treated successfully and issues such as chronic diarrhea or serious constipation have also responded well to acupuncture treatments. More serious conditions that involve allergies to food, IBS or severe colitis can also see improvement after treatment.

back painPain Management

More familiar to car accident victims, acupuncture has proved to be effective in the treatment of whiplash injuries. It is more common today for a doctor to suggest it as an alternative or in conjunction with more conventional treatments. Headaches also respond well to acupuncture, even migraines or cluster headaches. Increased pain relief for symptoms of arthritis has also been reported among patients. You can also heal from surgery faster with acupuncture.


Often turned to as pain relief for cramps and body aches, acupuncture can also help relieve bloating and even irritability and mild depressive symptoms. Infertility problems have also been corrected with treatment and even symptoms associated with menopause such as, night sweats and hot flashes, are lessened after seeing the acupuncturist. Many women will tell you that when it comes to regulating your cycle and balancing your hormones, some other treatments aren’t as effective.It is not common knowledge that acupuncture can be a viable treatment for stress – but time and time again this proved to be the case. Many patients report deep relaxation and relief of anxiety symptoms even after one session. It appears that it can also be helpful during a time of crisis or personal trauma as it is effective in reducing the high levels of stress hormones present during these times.

Holistic Treatments

Today, all forms of treatment should be explored in a comprehensive treatment plan. You can learn more about holistic treatments for your ailment via acupuncture by contacting us.


What is Acupuncture Used For?

acupuncture treatmentAlthough acupuncture is usually used alone to treat certain illnesses and diseases, it is a popular method in Western Europe and North America as a combination treatment. Acupuncture is usually used along with pain medication to help relieve pain after surgeries. Using acupuncture before surgery can greatly reduce the amount of pain one feels after the surgery is completed. Another popular use is to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder is soldiers from war.
The many benefits of acupuncture include managing pain, treating certain conditions, is completely safe, has no bad side effects, useful for those who cannot use standard medication, and useful for those who would rather avoid standard medications.

By Laurie Binder

Los Angeles Acupuncturist

Ear Massage

Traditional Oriental medicine states that the ear is the connecting points of all of the life energy (Qi) pathways of the body. Most of our Qi energy is said to travel to and through our ears. Ancient Chinese physicians used acupressure ear massages as a method for boosting general health and for disease prevention.

An ear massage is an effective acupressure relaxation technique as it reduces stress while also improving health conditions of other parts of the body. It can also increase the production of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the brain to reduce pain, improve mood and promote relaxation. Ear massages are also used for calming anxiety, relieving stress, reducing cravings for foods and drugs and helps the body clear toxins.

A great ear massage technique anyone can do involves the three simple steps below.

Step 1: Start by rubbing the ears in a small circular motions. Your thumbs should be touching the upper part of the ears while holding down the outside with the index fingers.

Step 2: Next, massage the thinner areas of your ear right below the widest part up top.

Step 3: Finish off the massage by gently massaging the earlobes by tugging on them while making small circular motions with the index finger and thumb.

Posted by Laurel Binder, Doctor of Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Facial Enhancement and Beauty

Oriental medicine can be used for enhancing beauty. Certain foods are said to improve the yin, as well as significantly enhance the organs and blood flow. Foods like seaweed, bananas, sweet potatoes, and rice help benefit yin, which results in hydrated and healthy organs. Consuming foods that benefit the yin provides the body with special nourishment which cannot be gained from anything else.

sweet rice congeeSweet rice congee is a special dish that is said to intensify one’s beauty and increase the lifespan of a person. This dish involves mixing Chinese dates, sweet black rice, and longan berries. Enclosed is a recipe by Dr. Xiolan Zhao which is said to be the best for facial Qi. You can find most of the ingredients at an Asian grocery store.


1 Cup of [Washed] Sweet Black Rice
10 Chinese Dates
2 Tablespoons of Raw Sugar
6 Cups of Water
½ Cup of Dried Longan Fruit
½ Inch of Thinly Sliced and Peeled Ginger

Add the sweet black rice, dates, raw sugar, longan fruit, and water to a large saucepan. Bring the water to a boil using medium heat. When the water begins to boil, reduce heat and bring it to a simmer. After two hours, with occasional stirring, garnish the dish with ginger. This will make four servings.

Acupuncture in Cancer Treatment – A Natural Healing Adjunct

Acupuncture and Cancer

Just to be clear in no uncertain terms: Acupuncture and other natural healing methods are no substitute for modern medical cancer treatment.  No patient in their right mind should eschew western medical treatment for this devastating and fatal disease.  Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine do have a role in the healing process as an adjunct to surgery and chemotherapy to quell side effects and stimulate healing and proper cellular function.

fu** cancerThe treatment of cancer has developed quite a bit over the years, though these treatments call for strong medications and methods with a large amount of negative side affects. Cancer treatment procedures have also been known to weaken the immune system as well.  Acupuncture has no negative side effects and has grown in popularity exponentially over the last 10 years in the US.  Not only does it reduce pain, help eliminate or reduce side affects caused by cancer treatments, and speed up the recovery process, but it also improves energy, mood and general wellness.

Acupuncture is usually used as a last resort, but people are starting to see that it should have been their first adjunct treatment along with western medical cancer treatment protocols.  Acupuncture has been used to negate the side affects from treatments from surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biological therapy.

The scientific reason to how acupuncture helps is that it causes a response in the pituitary gland that promotes the production of proteins, chemicals, and hormones that manage bodily function and immune health. It also helps hormones like endorphins to aid in reducing pain. Blood pressure and body temperatures are balanced during this process as well.

A few of the main symptoms that are caused by cancer treatments, but can be treated with acupuncture are hot flashes, pain management, vomiting, nausea, stress, night sweats, fatigue, dry mouth, and anxiety. Many tests have been done proving that acupuncture greatly reduced vomiting and nausea caused by surgery, morning sickness, and chemotherapy. Cancer treatments can also cause a deep cough, chest congestion, depression, high fever, weight loss, speech troubles, night sweats, and fluid in the legs or arms which can be alleviated by acupuncture. People who have been treated with acupuncture also had a large reduction in pain, enough to reduce or eliminate the need for prescription pain medication.  With the previous reasons, an increased white blood cell count, general wellness, and a better immune system, there is no reason not to pursue acupuncture as an additional treatment.

What is Acupuncture and How Does it Work?

acupuncture treatmentAcupuncture is a technique within Traditional Oriental Medicine that has been dated back to ancient times, originating in China. It is said that life energy, also known as Qi, is constantly flowing through your body. When the flow of this energy is disrupted or blocked, then a problem could occur such as discomfort or illness. Acupuncturists use small, sterile needles to manage this flow. There are many acu-points on the human body that allow them to do so. A disrupted flow of Qi can be balanced to help rid or reduce any diseases or illnesses in the body. Flow of Qi can also be re-balanced and improved in order to increase the physical and mental health.

Natural herbal therapies, where allowed by the patient’s physician, can also help extend the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatments and promote wellness and balance within the patient’s body.

cancer fighting vegetablesCancer Fighting Vegetables

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• Cabbage
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• Kale
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• Mustard greens
• Radishes
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