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Acupuncture for Pain Management

A new study recently published in Brain, A Journal of Neurology, has found new evidence showing that acupuncture not only works at a local anatomical level, but that it also influences the brain to rewrite a mental map of the body. This is an incredibly important finding, especially during a time where people are seeking alternative treatments that are minimally invasive and cost efficient. Researchers in the study explored the efficacy of acupuncture in helping to reduce pain in patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, the most common entrapment neuropathy. The study was a single-blind, placebo controlled, randomized neuroimaging study where subjects received sixteen acupuncture treatments over eight weeks. They were divided into three groups by treatment type: electroacupuncture performed close to the affected hand,...

Natural Medicine for Children

When my three year old daughter had an ear infection recently, I was reminded of the power of Chinese Medicine when it comes to pediatric care. Otitis media, which is an inflammatory condition of the middle ear, is extremely common in children. The conventional medical approach is a course of antibiotics. However, given that my daughter had a mild case of otitis media, I opted to pursue natural remedies first and use antibiotics only if necessary. Our pediatrician fully supported this approach. Research has suggested that the microbiome affects our digestion, metabolism, immunity, skin health, mood, and even brain performance. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics leads to declining variety within the microbiome, which has been linked to autoimmune disease and increased susceptibility to chronic conditions...

Acupuncture for Allergies – IT’S AMAZING!

Asthma and allergic diseases, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), food allergy, and eczema, are common for all age groups in the United States. They are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Surprisingly, it is among the country’s most common, but overlooked, diseases. An allergy attack occurs when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen, which could be something you eat, inhale into your lungs, or touch. An allergen is any chemical substance of non-microbial origin that triggers an immune response in your body. An immune response is when your immune system, thinking the allergen is a foreign invader,...

Complementary vs. Integrative Medicine, Naturna blog

Complementary vs. Integrative Medicine

Naturna will soon launch a mini-video series on the topic of Integrative Medicine. This blog is written to give clarity to the subject before launching into further discussion. Particular focus is on the differences between and benefits of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. The basic definitions are as follows: Complementary Medicine refers to a variety of modalities, including but not limited to, acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy. Integrative Medicine is the combination of one or more fields of Complementary Medicine with modern Conventional or Western/Allopathic Medical approaches. Complementary Medicine is often referred to as alternative medicine. Although both definitions make sense, both are defining these various fields of medicine in relation to their “western” counterpart. The question is “complementary” or “alternative” to WHAT? Western/conventional medicine of course....

Why Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Fertility?, Christina Burns, Naturna Institute

Why Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Fertility?

Acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment option for women throughout the various stages of their hormonal life cycle. It’s very good at  restoring balance to the hormonal madness that may at times characterize the female reproductive system. As such, it has wide applications in the treatment of women’s health and fertility. Of course, this is not isolated to women. Men also benefit greatly from the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture has derived much wisdom from a long tradition of clinical trials lasting over 3000 years. Many dedicated practitioners recorded their findings so that the generations of doctors to come could benefit from and share their knowledge and build on it. Most of us still use formulas in our practice that...

Staying Healthy with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Winter, Naturna Institute, February 16, 2017

Staying Healthy with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Winter

The winter season in New York has arrived, demonstrated by weeks of snow, rain, wind, and colder temperatures. Staying indoors and sleeping are more appealing as our bodies try to keep warm and conserve. Cravings for certain foods may also be at the forefront of our minds and bodies. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an organ and an element belongs to each season. Winter is the season of the kidneys, which holds the essence of our being and the root of our energy. To harmonize with winter, one must align with the "Yin" aspect of Chinese Medicine. Yin is dark, its movement is slow, and it represents cooler temperatures. In contrast, the Yang of the summer season, which is light, is more active and warm. Yin...

Chinese Medicine and Sex — How much is too much?

Culturally, I would say that we are kinda messed up about sex. Talking about it openly seems to make people withdraw in discomfort, even when it relates to reproduction. I specialize in treating reproductive health and fertility and still many of my patients apologize when asking my opinion on suggested timing and frequency of intercourse. While getting into a sociological study about sex is beyond the scope of this post, we can touch on a few interesting tidbits.  Chinese Medicine gives an interesting perspective on male vs. female sexual practices. For example, for women sex is thought to diffuse negative and potentially toxic pent up energy. Without sufficient sex, we may end up in a disease state. Imagine that? Does anyone have that girlfriend that is...

Preparing for a Beautiful Birth: Empowerment and Education

The birth of your child will be one of the most important and memorable experiences of your lifetime! It can be an empowering and amazing experience that sets the tone for your earliest days with your new baby so it is worth the time and effort to learn about all of your childbirth options. Education Is Key What kind of birth do you envision for yourself? What is most important to you? How will you feel best supported to move through this amazing and challenging journey? Learning the details about your choices and options is the best way to start this journey into parenthood. So, start reading! Take a childbirth education course, enjoy prenatal yoga classes where you can connect with other new moms, take a breastfeeding course,...

Treatment of the Cancer Patient, Naturna Institute, Blog, Kelley Mondesiré

Treatment of the Cancer Patient Using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Chinese medicine addresses all aspects of the human being: physical, emotional and spiritual, which are all considered to be affected by the disease process and thus are included in the treatment. This all-inclusive approach leads to more comprehensive healing and a sense of well-being. It also encourages you, the patient, to be active in the healing process. From a western, biomedical point of view, acupuncture influences a number of physiological functions such as the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals. Acupuncture can also help with the restoration of proper circulation in diseased areas, stimulate hormonal glands and improve immune system function. During an acupuncture session, some patients feel a slight Qi1 sensation when the needle is inserted: most feel nothing at all. These...