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Top 5 Ways to Treat Your Allergies

Sniffling, sneezing, headaches, runny noses, itchy eyes oh my! These things are coming in to my office attached to people in one of the worst allergy seasons in years. If you have tried traditional ways of dealing with allergies and still do not get the relief you want or there are unwanted side effects of what you are using you can get relief, safely and naturally. Here are the top 5 ways you can use acupuncture to combat allergies.

1. Avoid Sugars & Alcohol: This includes refined carbohydrates and even dairy. These items can cause inflammation in the body and affect your immune system. All but the dairy also make your liver work overtime and as the main organ of detoxification, if it is overwhelmed, you are more likely to react to something that should not normally bother you.

2. Raw Honey: Locally sourced, raw honey, taken on a regular basis will expose your body to a little bit of the pollen that you are naturally exposed to making it less likely that your body will respond when assaulted with all the pollen floating around.

3. Probiotics: Probiotics are “good” bacteria and help your digestive system function and can also help your body’s immune system. Good probiotics are kept refrigerated and are a little expensive but you can get the same boost from several probiotic foods.

4. Nasal Rinse: At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we recommend a specific combination of Echinacea and goldenseal solution mixed with some water and sea salt. The physical action of rinsing the sinuses twice daily helps to clear out all the accumulated “gunk” you have been exposed to and the herbs help to regulate your immune system. The image below is the liquid herb that we recommend and we carry it in our clinic.



5. Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs: Of course, the best way to keep your allergies under control is with treatment. Acupuncture, often combined with Chinese Herbal medicine can work wonders for those who suffer. While this allergy season may be one of the worst, many of our patients remark that even though everyone they know is complaining, they can’t understand why everyone thinks it is such a bad allergy season…hmmm, I wonder why!

Many of these items are good for long term use and it is best to start an allergy regimen about a month before the season really sets in, but if you need some immediate relief, give us a call or book your appointment online at www.pa-om.com

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

Sniffling, sneezing, headaches, runny noses, itchy eyes oh my! These things are coming in to my office attached to people in one of the worst allergy seasons in years. If you have tried traditional ways of dealing with allergies and still do not get the relief you want or there are unwanted side effects of […]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Acupuncture Treatment

So, you are going to your acupuncturist for, let’s say, insomnia for the sake of this discussion. It could really be any ailment: pain, infertility, digestive issues, migraines, etc. You noticed an improvement after the first few sessions and you figure you’re really going to give this a shot and see if you can finally put the problem behind you. As you continue with treatment, you should be able to decrease the frequency of visits and maintain if not continue the improvement. But every time you try this, your symptoms come back or you keep going one step forward and then two steps back. You become frustrated and discontinue treatment. This is no good for anyone. You don’t get the treatment you need for your problem and you don’t shout your acupuncturists name to the hills singing their praises and telling anyone who will listen that they must try this! So how can you get the treatments to last longer. How can you get continued improvement? How can you get to the point that you only need “tune ups”, say once a month? Listen to your acupuncturist of course!

Tongue firmly in cheek here but acupuncturists have been trained in Oriental dietary therapy, lifestyle modifications and exercise among other things. Along with your acupuncture and herbal treatments, your acupuncturist may provide you with some modifications in one of these areas that will potentiate your treatment, making the treatments more effective and longer lasting. This will allow you to move to a maintenance and wellness phase of treatment more quickly and with better results. This is THE most difficult part of a treatment plan. Laying on a table, getting your zen on while you listen to some relaxing music at your acupuncturists office? That’s easy! Heck, I get folks who ask if they can just lay and rest for another half hour! Implementing changes in your life is much harder.

So why does this make such a significant difference? I love car analogies so I’m going to use one here. Your car is not running right. You take it to your mechanic and ask them to fix it. They do, it is running like new. You hop in your car and proceed to drive a hundred miles an hour, over potholes, slamming on the brakes and skidding to a stop at every turn. Basically, you take it out and beat the “bleep” out of it. So, when it is not running right again, you take it back to your mechanic and say, “Fix it right this time!” Hmmm, is it really your mechanics fault and how does this apply to acupuncture? So here you are with your insomnia. You go to your acupuncturist and things improve. But you continue to drink three cups of coffee a day, your stress level at work is off the charts, you don’t have time to get to the gym and your home life is chaos. Basically, you are beating the bleep out of yourself! What is the likely outcome? Either continual treatments just to keep you going or, more likely, you stop going for treatment. Implementing suggested lifestyle changes will provide you with longer lasting relief, a move to a maintenance schedule much sooner AND save you money!!

You can continue to pay your acupuncturist to “keep you on the road” or you can get the most out of your treatment by making a few changes. At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we provide a comprehensive intake and evaluation for every patient so that we can make suggestions that will make a difference and ones you can live with. Call us today to see how we can help you or book your appointment at www.pa-om.com

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

So, you are going to your acupuncturist for, let’s say, insomnia for the sake of this discussion. It could really be any ailment: pain, infertility, digestive issues, migraines, etc. You noticed an improvement after the first few sessions and you figure you’re really going to give this a shot and see if you can finally […]

Why Acupuncture Works, Your Endocrine System

What really controls your body? Most people will say your nervous system. While the nervous system is integral to the control and functioning of your body, the endocrine system (which controls hormones) has as much, if not more, to do with how your body functions. The endocrine system is vital to regulating everything from reproduction, digestion, weight, metabolism, mood, immunity even sleep! It is almost easier to list the things the endocrine system does not regulate. So, wouldn’t it be great if you could influence the endocrine system, especially if you are having some sort of health issue? Well look no further! As I noted Top 5 Reasons Acupuncture Works, acupuncture can influence the endocrine system to produce a wide range of hormones.

Therefore, acupuncture can be so effective in treating things like infertility, weight gain, depression and anxiety, chronic illnesses and insomnia. Even pain can be influenced by the endocrine system. By utilizing specific acupuncture points, an acupuncturist can target specific systems that will induce the body to produce hormones that will affect each of these processes. There are other things that influence the endocrine system, like stress, diet and exercise. Acupuncture has been clinically proven to reduce stress hormones in the body and at Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we can help you design a diet and exercise program from a Chinese Medical perspective that will work synergistically with your treatment.

If you are suffering from any of the problems listed above, you don’t have to continue to suffer. Call today and we can talk about what is going on and how we can help you bring balance back in to your life. You can also book a free in person or phone consultation. It is free and the benefits you could receive is priceless!

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

What really controls your body? Most people will say your nervous system. While the nervous system is integral to the control and functioning of your body, the endocrine system (which controls hormones) has as much, if not more, to do with how your body functions. The endocrine system is vital to regulating everything from reproduction, […]

Top 5 Reasons Why Acupuncture Works

Many people ask me why acupuncture works. There are dozens of theories and hundreds of studies have been done to try and determine just that. I’m going to go in to five of the best answers I have found over the years. 

1)   Ancient Chinese Secret – The ancient Chinese healers developed theories, thousands of years ago that explained why acupuncture works. Hmm, that’s not quite right. You see, I don’t think the ancients really cared all that much why it worked, they just saw that it did and then came up with theories to fit the very real effects that they were seeing in their clinics. They did not have MRI’s, or chemistry, or computers, or even a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology as we know it today. So, they used concepts that they saw in the natural world around them and from their philosophies to describe the functioning of the body. Concepts of Yin and Yang balance, the flow of Qi or vital life energy/essence that they thought ran through the body. When Yin and Yang were out of balance or the flow of Qi was disrupted, disease ensued. They did not concern themselves with why so much and did not delve in to the actual mechanisms of action (from a physiological standpoint) as to why it works. You might as well ask “why is the sky blue” or “why do we stick to the ground”. We know the answers today (well sort of, we still do not know what gravity really is) but I think the ancients had a perspective like this: Now that we know why the sky is blue, what does that really change? They accepted what was rather than spinning their wheels finding out the why when it did not really change anything (I think that’s an Anglo-Saxon thing).

2)   Today (maybe thanks to those wacky Anglos) we have some concrete physiological reason as to why acupuncture works. One of those reasons is that the acupuncture needle causes an immune response in the body. Just like if you get a splinter or a cut, the body will martial an immune response. Healing factors and enzymes are sent to the area to heal the damage and those healing factors are sent to a large area (even to the underlying organs) since the surrounding area is on a shared blood supply.

3)   Stimulation of the Brain – Functional MRI’s have been taken of people’s brains while they undergo acupuncture. Different areas of the brain are affected by different acupuncture points. It is interesting to note that the MRI’s show a different reaction when acupuncture points are stimulated versus areas around them. Stimulating different areas of the brain can affect things like mood, digestion, pain and a whole host of other health problems.

4)   Fascia or Connective Tissue – Fascia is connective tissue that runs throughout the body. It wraps muscles and connects them to our bones. It wraps our organs (including our brains) and is continuous throughout the body. Wrinkles, tears or other disruptions in this fascial system can affect any other area of the body, to a greater or lesser degree. Think of it like a bedsheet with a wrinkle. Trying to straighten the wrinkle at the spot of wrinkle is a futile exercise. Much easier to pull the bedsheets from the opposite side. This is like how the fascial system is influenced through acupuncture. An area of the body that might seem unrelated to the area of the complaint (such as using the wrist to treat the ankle) is an example of this.

5)   Hormones – The introduction of acupuncture needles in to the body can stimulate the body to produce a wide range of hormones that can regulate everything from pain to fertility to hunger. Hormones work along with our nervous system to regulate everything that happens in our body so the ability to induce the body to produce hormones can have wide reaching effects. 

For most, the why is not as important as the fact that it does work! Pain and mood problems are two of the things that we specialize in treating at Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. If you are suffering with one of these conditions, get in touch for a free consultation and while we may not be able to tell you exactly why it is working, we can certainly show you that it does!

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

Many people ask me why acupuncture works. There are dozens of theories and hundreds of studies have been done to try and determine just that. I’m going to go in to five of the best answers I have found over the years.  1)   Ancient Chinese Secret – The ancient Chinese healers developed theories, thousands of […]

Sympathy & Disease

We are at the fifth and final of the emotions that are said to cause disease in Chinese Medicine, sympathy. The western word sympathy does not encompass the entire spectrum of emotion that is typically discussed in Chinese Medicine however. There is also worry and overthinking wrapped in when talking about the imbalances that come about with this emotion. In some ways, when you feel sympathy for someone, you worry about them. This is different than the worry that is associated with anxiety for instance. When we consider overthinking, we are really talking about obsessive thoughts or pre-occupation. “Worrying” over a problem expresses this well. Sympathy, like the other emotions is a valid and necessary emotion for a balanced individual. It is when this sympathy becomes obsessive, for instance taking care of others without any consideration for one’s self, that the emotion is out of balance.

As with the other emotions, there are some behavioral patterns that we see when people become imbalanced and there are opposite or extreme ends for each behavior. A person can be smothering or not at all supportive; needy versus repressing ones needs; dependent versus isolated; lacking a center versus being stuck. Often, these behavioral patterns are a result of how a person was raised and nurtured. So how can any of this cause disease? Often, when someone received little support, they will turn around and nurture or care for others sometimes exhibiting smothering behavior. To meet their own needs for support, they overcompensate and will often care for someone else to the exclusion of everything else, even their own health and wellbeing. When a person is constantly needy, inevitably some of their perceived needs do not get met causing disappointment and even depression. On the opposite end, some will repress their needs because they anticipate that they will not be met. This type of behavior can lead to depression. People who are overly dependent have a tough time developing a real sense of self and often lack self-esteem. This again can lead to depression and other physiological problems. It is well documented that those who live the longest and with the most contentment have a strong social network and support structure. This is just not possible when a person isolates themselves. Lacking center means that one’s efforts are often scattered and life seems like you are constantly just spinning your wheels. Being stuck can be anything from being stuck in behaviors that are unhealthy to being stuck in habits and being unwilling to change and adapt.

If one is constantly worrying about things it is very hard to take much enjoyment in life. Obsessive thinking can lead some to barley meet their basic physical needs much less psychological needs. While there are many mechanisms in Chinese Medicine that can be disrupted and damaged resulting in disease, even in western medicine, it is well known that depression, isolationism, lack of engagement and enjoyment in life can lead to a whole host of real physical problems in the body (you can read more about in our article How Do Emotions Cause Disease).

If any of this is striking a cord with you and you feel like your life has been impacted, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help. Find out how by booking a free online consultation at www.pa-om.com.

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

We are at the fifth and final of the emotions that are said to cause disease in Chinese Medicine, sympathy. The western word sympathy does not encompass the entire spectrum of emotion that is typically discussed in Chinese Medicine however. There is also worry and overthinking wrapped in when talking about the imbalances that come […]

Fear & Disease

We’ve become acquainted with how ANGER, JOY and GRIEF can cause disease in my last few blogs. Fear is the fourth of the five emotions that are said to cause disease in Chinese medicine. If you have been following along, you have gotten a flavor of how emotions can contribute to actual physical symptoms and disease. So, what are the mechanisms that cause this emotion to affect the body in such a way that it negatively impacts our health. Let’s explore!

First, none of us would be here if we did not have a healthy level of fear ingrained in us through hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. The edge of the cliff I’m standing on? Nothing to worry about. That huge animal with big nasty teeth and claws? Maybe he just wants a hug. Even a healthy degree of fear about putting food on the table (be it ages ago as hunter gatherers or modern men and women who “bring home the bacon”) helped us survive, propagate, and reach the top of the food chain. Our distant cousins, who we never got to know since they are not here because their ancient ancestors did not have enough fear and did not survive and pass down these traits, would tell us all about it if they could. So, there is a healthy and appropriate level of fear that keeps us safe and helps us make good decisions. Then what does it look like when fear runs amok.

There are two sides of the amok spectrum when it comes to any emotion. In the case of fear, one side is lacking fear altogether and on the other side is fear ruling our lives. Someone who completely lacks fear is prone to risk taking behavior. This can run the gamut from risky sexual behavior, to drugs and alcohol, dangerous activities like extreme sport and even criminal behavior. These people are often adrenaline junkies, seeking the next thrill, something with even more danger because what they have done becomes commonplace. Relationships get boring and don’t last long and fulfillment is not obtainable. It is easy to see how an unfulfilled life and risk taking behavior can negatively impact a person’s health. It is interesting to note that in Chinese medicine, the Kidneys (which the adrenal glands are attached to) are one of the organ systems that is associated with the emotion of fear. Further, in Chinese medical theory, our basic life energy is stored in the Kidneys and during times of great stress or duress or when we become elderly, we tap in to those energies to carry us through. You can think of this energy like our IRA and the food we eat, water we drink and air we breathe, our everyday savings account for everyday things. When we tap in to our “Kidney” energy prematurely (like with risk taking behavior) we are essentially tapping in to our IRA prematurely and it may not be there when we really want or need it.

Fear can also rule our lives, at the other end of the spectrum. This can manifest in a few ways. Some people will become completely isolated, fearing social situations, work situations and even diseases like agoraphobia at the extreme. For others fear, will drive them. People who are often thought of as successful are often driven by fear. Fear of not having enough, fear of losing, fear of not being the “best”. While these people are perceived to be successful, they can pay a price in terms of their health. The same type of adrenal fatigue that catches up with the adrenaline junkie also happens to people who are constantly operating in a state of fear. Anxiety disorders, heart disease and immune problems are just some of the physical diseases that can affect this type of person.

A balanced fear emotion will help keep us safe. We can recognize dangers (physical and even emotional) and take steps to avoid them. An appropriate level of fear will encourage us to be responsible and do a good job so that we can provide for our families. An appropriate level of fear will “drive” us to succeed, to overcome, to persevere. These things add value to our lives and enable us to lead content, fulfilled, healthy lives. If you feel like fear is something that drives your life out of control, in one way or another, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help. By balancing the body, mind, and spirit, we help our patients properly process their emotions so that the body does not come under assault on an ongoing basis. Call us today or book a free online consultation at www.pa-om.com.

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​We’ve become acquainted with how ANGER, JOY and GRIEF can cause disease in my last few blogs. Fear is the fourth of the five emotions that are said to cause disease in Chinese medicine. If you have been following along, you have gotten a flavor of how emotions can contribute to actual physical symptoms and […]

How Can Grief Cause Illness?

So, we’ve talked about anger and joy as causes for illness HERE and HERE. These are two of the five emotions that, from a Chinese medical perspective, can cause disease and illness. How can an emotion, that every one of us experiences, cause disease? Well, just like anger can be out of control and even joy can run amok (think manic behavior), when a person’s default is grief or they become “stuck” in the grieving process. The body can then be subject to real, physical harm. What do I mean when I say that someone’s “default” is grief? In Chinese medicine, all the emotions, in balance, are important for a person to live a fulfilled, satisfied life. Every person is said to “resonate” with one of the five emotions more strongly than the others. When a person becomes imbalanced, they tend to react more strongly with one emotion. In the case of grief, if there is an imbalance, this person will react to simple losses (a favorite pen gets lost, a favorite shirt gets holes in it, a knick knack gets broken) strongly and with an inappropriate level of grief. This person can get stuck in the grieving process when there is a major loss and be unable to move through it.

Being in a state of grief, repeatedly or for an extended time, can easily trigger depression or even anxiety (worry about future losses). Depression is known, even in western medicine, to cause a whole host of physical problems from pain to weight gain to a weakened immune system and even heart attacks. Anxiety can also result in a variety of physical problems. A person who is al-ways in a state of grief cannot possibly be engaged in life. How can they be fulfilled and pursue happiness?

Grief, however, is necessary. Our society discourages passionate and dramatic displays of grief. Be strong, be stoic, don’t cry, don’t show how much you are hurting. I think that this type of be-havior does not allow room for the grieving process to really do its job. Often people push the grief down and do not properly deal with it causing it to persist, unresolved for years and in some cases for a person’s entire life. This can lead to feelings of disappointment, yearning and regret. This can in turn lead to several spectrums of behaviors with the extremes being: fragile or un-yielding; closed off or seeking connection; resigned or over achieving; craving quality or feeling polluted; deeply motivated or uncaring. These behaviors can then manifest in things like anxiety, depression, and isolation, resulting in real, physical symptoms and diseases.

Nature is in a constant state of creation, life, death, and renewal as we, as human beings, are. When we do not move through the process of grieving or mourning in preparation for moving on, we never reach a state of renewal and the detritus that builds up pollutes our mind, body, and spirit. The attachment and love that we developed, the sense of reliance and dependence on someone ends up impacting us negatively, instead of becoming a source of strength and a kind of fond, if sad, remembrance.

The grieving process is different for everyone and where one person can move through it relative-ly quickly, it can take more time for others. But if you feel like you are “stuck” and identify with some of the extremes in behavior above, you may be having trouble processing your grief and in time, it can cause you physical harm. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help bal-ance the body so that your emotions do their (necessary) job and do not become pathological. You can book a free consultation online at www.pa-om.com or call us today to discuss your situa-tion and we can let you know what we can do to help.

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

So, we’ve talked about anger and joy as causes for illness HERE and HERE. These are two of the five emotions that, from a Chinese medical perspective, can cause disease and illness. How can an emotion, that every one of us experiences, cause disease? Well, just like anger can be out of control and even […]

THE TOP FIVE ACUPUNCTURE POINTS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY

OK, everyone has their kids back to school and the routine has set in giving everyone a breather before the holiday season. You know what else is back? Colds! Sniffling, sneezing, stuffy noses, headaches, these things are starting to walk through my door with people attached to them! Did you know that the cold and flu viruses are always around it’s just that in the winter we are in close proximity to many people, with the windows closed, breathing recirculated air? This sets our kids and us up for the cold and flu season. 

Now is the time to pay attention to and strengthen your immune system. How? Make sure you are drinking enough water to stay hydrated, get fresh air, even when it gets colder, exercise and get a few acupuncture treatments along with a customized herbal formula! You can also boost your immune system by massaging the group acupuncture points that I list below. 

Immune Points

li-10These points are located in the area of Large Intestine 10 and 11. If you bend your elbow at about ninety degrees and find the outside of the line that is the crease of your elbow, Large Intestine 11 is located here. If you slide down towards your hand, Large Intestine 10 is located two to three finger widths down. Using two fingers, one on each point, if you slide your fingers about a quarter of an inch towards your elbow, you will find some tender spots especially, if your immune system is run down or you are getting sick. Daily stimulation of these spots will give your immune system a good boost. 

Gallbladder 20 (GB20)

GB 20Named Feng Chi or Wind Pool is located at the back of the neck. If you locate the base of your skull in the middle of the back of your neck and run your finger over the muscles immediately to the sides of the spine, your fingers will drop in to a depression and the point is located there. Among other things, this point is good for the flu, common cold and stuffy nose. If you read my blog The Top Five Acupuncture Points For Headaches you also know that it is good for headaches. Diseases were thought to enter the body through the exposed back of the neck and stimulating these points can not only help when you get a cold but it can help prevent you from catching one (and wear a scarf as well!!). 

Governing Vessel 14 (GV14)

gv-14Named Da Zhui or “Great Hammer”, this point is located along the spine, in the space between two vertebrae. If you start from the base of your skull and run your fingers straight down, typically the first bone that you feel in your seventh cervical vertebra, the point is located just below this vertebra. This point is indicated for the flu, common cold, cough and asthma. In fact, if you move out, about a fingers breadth from GV14, there are two points named Ding Chuan or “Stop Asthma” that are good for coughs, so massaging this whole line is great for stopping coughs and building immunity. 

Lung 7 (LU7)

lu7Lie Que or “Broken Sequence” is located just above the wrist, on the side of your forearm. With your wrists facing up, it is on the outside of your arm, about three fingers above the wrist crease. The point is indicated for headaches, cough, asthma, and sore throat among other things. It is also a “command point” for the head and neck, areas that are commonly involved in most colds/flus. 

SCM Points

stomach-meridianOK, so this is not one point but a collection of points along the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles in your neck. If you go right behind your earlobes, there is a bone that is part of your skull that protrudes down. This is where your neck muscles attach. If you follow those muscles down and around to the front of your neck, they attach to the right and left of midline. Three different meridians run through this area with many points located in the region. By massaging these muscles in a downward direction, you will stimulate these points which will help build immunity. The action enhances lymph drainage and will help clear you out if you do have a cold. Alternating heat and massage is a great way to get the most out of it. 

Eating right, staying healthy and coming in for maintenance treatments will help keep your immune system in great shape for the coming months and if you do catch something acupuncture has been shown to dramatically reduce the severity and duration of cold and flus!

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

OK, everyone has their kids back to school and the routine has set in giving everyone a breather before the holiday season. You know what else is back? Colds! Sniffling, sneezing, stuffy noses, headaches, these things are starting to walk through my door with people attached to them! Did you know that the cold and […]

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Herbal Cough Syrup Promotion

Cold and flu season is here (BOO!)  But we have just the thing (YAY!)  During the month of February, we will be giving away a free bottle of this natural, effective and safe herbal cough medicine with your next acupuncture treatment. AND it tastes yummy making it great for kids! Get your free bottle to use now or save it in case you start to get that tickle in your throat!

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Cold and flu season is here (BOO!)  But we have just the thing (YAY!)  During the month of February, we will be giving away a free bottle of this natural, effective and safe herbal cough medicine with your next acupuncture treatment. AND it tastes yummy making it great for kids! Get your free bottle to […]

Can Joy Cause Illness?

If you have been following along, I have been talking about how emotions can cause disease (see my post about how emotions can cause disease HERE). My last post HERE talked about the link between anger and disease and I think that there are some correlations that are easy to see. But joy?? How can joy cause disease? Well, first we are not talking about the joy of having a child or accomplishing a goal or your wedding day. At the extreme, what we are talking about is mania. Mania is joy that is not contained, the person is not able to shut it off. And when you think about it, does a manic person make good decisions. Does a manic person care about how their actions affect others, often, people suffering from mania cannot even talk care of themselves? These types of behavior can result in a variety of disease processes in the body.

Joy is associated with the heart and the fire element in the theory of Five Element Acupuncture in Chinese Medicine. It is an essential emotion for humans to thrive. When this element is balanced in the body, it allows us to give and receive love with appropriate degrees of emotional closeness. It allows us to cope with a wide range of differing relationships. While mania is at the extreme, it lies at one end of a spectrum with many behaviors that can affect not only our day to day lives, but our bodies as well. Being compulsively cheerful versus being miserable; being overly sociable versus being isolated; behaving foolishly versus always acting “correctly”; making oneself too vulnerable versus being over protective; being volatile versus having a flat affect. These are extremes and these extremes can cause real, physical problems in the body. Think about the person who is always cheerful. Do you think it is easy to be that way? This person feels like they always must perform, always has to be “on”, creating a tremendous amount of stress and tension and anxiety that have been shown to cause real health problems. People who isolate themselves and are over protective never develop the social support systems that have been demonstrated to be critical to both emotional and physical health.

We are not meant to live in a “joyous” state continually. I think that is part of the problem with our culture. We are always seeking happiness, when I think what we should be seeking is contentment. You can’t keep a party going 24/7. Eventually, the crash and the hangover set in to balance out the high. We often seek material goods to make us “happy” but that just creates a cycle that never really satisfies. Making love is one of the most joyous things we do but can you imagine trying to sustain that state for a long period of time (sorry Viagra!). Our lives are meant to be balanced and when our emotions are not balanced, we become prone to physical, emotional, and spiritual problems.

Chinese Medicine, at its best, helps balance the body so that it can do what it was meant to do. If any of these issues sound familiar, don’t let another day/week/year go by while you continue to struggle. Those struggles can, and most times will, turn in to physical problems eventually. It is your bodies way of telling you there is something wrong. Listen and get help. You can book a free consultation online at www.pa-om.com or call us today to discuss your problem and we can let you know what we can do to help.

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Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

If you have been following along, I have been talking about how emotions can cause disease (see my post about how emotions can cause disease HERE). My last post HERE talked about the link between anger and disease and I think that there are some correlations that are easy to see. But joy?? How can […]