Achoo! Allergy Season Self-Care Tips

It's that time of year again when the days start getting longer and warmer, and trees and flowers start to bloom, which is so welcome! What's not so welcome is the return (or beginning) of the sneezing, runny nose/congestion, and itchy eyes and nose that can accompany the return of spring. Each morning I see a fine dust of yellow pollen sprinkled over my car, and I know that many patients will start suffering from allergy symptoms. Self-Care at Home Thankfully there are some things you can do … [Read more...]

Fertility Hormone Testing: What It Can (and Can’t) Tell You

Should I get my fertility hormones tested? Great question. I’ve had many patients call my office, having just left a fertility doctor’s office, in a complete panic. They’ve usually just found out their AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) is very low, and they need to start IVF immediately. This is traumatic news for any woman, especially those who are relatively young, have regular cycles and just went to the doctor as a precaution. Some women have been using hormone testing as a gauge of how long … [Read more...]

Best Supplements for Fertility

A question I frequently get asked is, "What vitamins or supplements should I be taking to help get pregnant?". Of course, what a patient takes should be tailored to their individual health history, diet, and lifestyle, but there are a few supplements that most people would benefit from taking. Here are my most recommended supplements for women trying to conceive: Fish oil - Fish oil is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are lacking in the typical American diet (high in Omega 6), and cannot … [Read more...]

New for 2016 ~ Acupuncture Treatment Packages!

Happy New Year! You can now purchase acupuncture treatment packages at a significant discount from the standard same-day price. There is no time limit on using your package and you can get a refund at any time. Packages are not transferable. If you are using an HSA account please check to see if purchasing multiple visits at one time is allowed. 6 Returning Acupuncture Sessions for the price of 5 ($400 = $66.67/session) 10 Returning Acupuncture Sessions for the price of 8 ($640 = … [Read more...]

Meditation Made Easy (with Apps!)

Ok, well that's a lie because meditating is never "easy", but technology can make it more accessible. The benefits of meditating are proven and numerous: reduced stress, better sleep, less anxiety, lower blood pressure... The list goes on. The trouble is, that it's hard to get in the habit. Smartphone apps are useful for learning how to meditate and making it more accessible. If you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or insomnia, I'd recommend incorporating just 10 minutes of meditation a day (or … [Read more...]

Acupuncture for Low-back Pain (or, what makes a physician jealous)

Low-back pain is the number one reason patients initially seek acupuncture treatment, and it's a condition I love to treat because it responds so well. I was reminded of this with a recent case of mine, which coincided with a chat I had with a a friend and patient... I was talking with this good friend of mine who is an emergency medicine doctor at Kaiser. He remembered the time when he had an acute low-back spasm and a lot of pain (as he was prone to on occasion), and I gave him acupuncture … [Read more...]