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    April 25, 2011
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    Benefits of Cupping for Pain, Lung Health and What Ails You

    by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc and Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc - 12-3-2017

    Many patients have seen magazine covers of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow or Michael Phelps with cupping marks, and have us asked if cupping might be good for his or her's particular health issues.

    See Gwyneth Paltrow's cupping marks here
    and Michael Phelps' marks here.

    Well, cupping has a thousand-year-old history of healing, and has helped millions of people over these millennia. Chances are it can help you too.

    Cupping is an ancient healing method where a glass cup is applied to the surface of the body to help move your vital energy or ‘qi’ (pronounced “chee”). Because the inside of the cup is heated, there is no air in the cup. So, when it touches the skin, it creates a vacuum that literally sucks the skin up into the cup. This will pull the fascia (muscle coverings) off tight tissue, allowing more circulation to the area. This has been shown to be very relaxing to the muscles while it helps increase nerve conduction, clearing toxins, and replenishing blood flow to the area and surrounding tissue.

    The fascia which covers your muscles holds a lot of vessels and nervous tissue and is often constricted with medical conditions. Uniquely moving this tissue with cupping can have create profound healing. While other forms of physical medicine like massage and cranial sacral therapy can help relax muscles, cupping is the only form we know that can actually pull the fascia away from the muscles to create this amazing effect.

    While cupping is most associated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, cupping had actually developed independently among many different cultures. In fact, our Sicilian grandmothers used cupping on our parents and aunts/uncles as an old-world remedy. In fact, if you watch the Godfather II, there’s a scene where cups are used on Vito Corleone’s newborn Fredo to fight severe infant respiratory illness (

    see Godfather II movie clip here.

    Recent studies show cupping’s benefit for treating chronic pain, herpes zoster, facial paralysis, acne, plantar fasciitis, and even difficult to treat cervical spondylosis. Traditionally, it is also used for lung and respiratory conditions. One author (PB) uses it regularly to effectively stave off low back pain.

    Cupping is very safe and usually pleasant and relaxing, but is sometimes will cause momentarily uncomfortable tight feeling. Usually, it will create surface bruises that go away within a week. So, remember this if you plan on wearing your bathing suit after cupping, for people may see the marks - although, this doesn’t bother Michael Phelps or Gwyneth Paltrow!

    If you haven’t tried it for what ails you – give it a go. You might find it really helpful.

    References:

    Chi et al. The Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy on Relieving Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016 2016: 7358918.

    Cao et al. An Updated Review of the Efficacy of Cupping Therapy. PLoS One. 2012 7(2): e31793.

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    Victoria Liotta, LAc, LMT joins Inner Source in Huntington

    3-26-2017

    Victoria A. Liotta, MS, LAc, LMT holds a Masters of Science Acupuncture and is a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist as well as NY State Licensed Massage Therapist.

    “Vicky,” as her patients and friends refer to her, is a licensed acupuncturist whose philosophy on healing is “take care of yourself now.”

    She believes that acupuncture treatments, along with proper nutrition and a balanced life, contribute to better health. As a student of both Western and Eastern sciences, Victoria holds a BA from Villanova University, where she studied Electrical Engineering and Communications prior to earning her MS in Acupuncture.

    Originally, complimentary medicine was a hobby for Victoria. While living in Atlanta in the 1990’s, she stumbled upon an herbal shop and began reading books and pamphlets on nutrition, supplements and herbs. In 2002, Victoria began receiving acupuncture treatments and decided to turn her interest into a career - first with massage and then with acupuncture.

    As an acupuncturist and massage therapist, Vicky has over 15 years of combined experience. For the last 5 years, Victoria has treated patients in clinics in Stonybrook, as well as at a community acupuncture clinic in East Northport. She also has 10 years of experience as a massage therapist, specializing in medical massage, deep tissue and sports stretches. These skills, along with cupping and aromatherapy, are often incorporated into her acupuncture treatments.

    In her spare time, Victoria enjoys playing drums in a local rock band.

    Victoria is available in the Huntington practice for both acupuncture and/or massage therapy. To set up an appointment with Victoria, please call 631.421.1848 or email us at info@innersourcehealth.com

     


    Natural Treatment for Anxiety and Depression, Part 2

    November 22, 2016

    Dr. Ronald Hoffman, a leader in the integrative health care field since the 1980's, interviews Dr. Peter Bongiorno, author of "Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug-Free Program." What's the difference between fear and anxiety? What physiological reactions occur in the body when you're anxious? Is there a diet connection? What role does exercise play in ameliorating anxiety? Can acupuncture help mood? What key supplements combat anxiety? Are hormones involved? Is there ever a place for drug therapy?

    This is the second part of the interview.

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    Natural Treatment for Anxiety and Depression, Part 1

    November 22, 2016

    Dr. Ronald Hoffman, a leader in the integrative health care field since the 1980's, interviews Dr. Peter Bongiorno, author of "Put Anxiety Behind You: The Complete Drug-Free Program." What's the difference between fear and anxiety? What physiological reactions occur in the body when you're anxious? Is there a diet connection? What role does exercise play in ameliorating anxiety? Can acupuncture help mood? What key supplements combat anxiety? Are hormones involved? Is there ever a place for drug therapy?

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    Medicine Moves Toward A Merger

    Dr. Kachko was interviewed on the future of healthcare

    The healthcare field is moving toward full integration of all practitioner types, and Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture promise to be at the forefront of that progress. This article provides an update on where things currently stand, and Dr. Kachko was interviewed as an expert on the changing times.

    Photo credit: Energy Times Magazine

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    Stupid Cancer - Interview about Acupuncture with Cynthia Hewett

    03.01.2015

    InnerSource's Cynthia Hewett, L.Ac. talks about Acupuncture and Cancer Treatment on the Stupid Cancer Show (an advocacy and information organization for adults 15-39 diagnosed with cancer).
    Here's a link to the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/stupidcan…/337-acupuncture-and-cancer.

    The roundtable begins at minute 33.

    More about Cynthia Hewett LAc, Certified Herbalist: here

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    Acupuncture and Cancer Care

    Cancer Self Care and Acupuncture

    Complimentary medicine can offer a different perspective on you and your sense of wellness. While in treatment or even after treatment, acupuncture is a relatively non-invasive way to focus on your health and your self as a whole.

    Mirroring the increased use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by patients being treated for cancer, a number of cancer centers in the United States are integrating acupuncture into cancer care.1

    Clinical studies have demonstrated acupuncture as a an effective way to ameliorate many side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, fatigue, insomnia, dry mouth, post-operative pain and immune regulation.

    By reducing pain and stress, improving sleep and supporting the immune system acupuncture can go a long way to improving quality of life and offering an increased sense of well being to those in treatment for and survivors of cancer.

    If you’d like to learn more about how acupuncture can help when dealing with cancer, please join me on February 23, 2015 at 8pm for the talk radio podcast Stupid Cancer Show https://stupidcancershow.squarespace.com. Stupid Cancer, is a nonprofit organization, comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media.

    1. Lu W, Dean-Clower E, Doherty-Gilman A, Rosenthal DS. The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care. Hematology/oncology clinics of North America 200822(4):631-viii. doi:10.1016/j.hoc.2008.04.005.

    Click here to learn more about Cynthia Hewett, L.Ac.

     


    Why Repressed Emotions Affect Our Health

    12.10.2014

    Do our cells have embedded memory? Why is that important to know?

    Unquestionably, research has proven that every experience we have, has been imprinted into our cells. This occurs on every level and encompasses all the five senses. All this information is being logged into our bodies and stored in our cells. Our cells even “listen” to what we think. Our bodies respond to our thoughts. Be they positive and uplifting or negative and depressing.

    There is a saying, “Perception is Reality”. Your reaction to circumstances is based on your personal experiences and belief system. It is the way you see, feel, and express yourself in your life.

    So what does this have to do with our health and well being? Everything!!

    We all come from different walks of life. Some have had a very difficult childhood which could range from family trauma and abuse, to various debilitating health issues. Of course, experiencing trauma can come at any time of our life. Accidents, loss of loved ones, job loss. All these misfortunes affect our cells. Ultimately our health is compromised.

    How did we digest these occurrences, or did we? Perhaps consciously we didn’t and we just went into survival mode. This path takes us into the concept of repressed emotions and the toll it takes on our health in the years ahead.

    Candence Pert, (1944-2013), neuroscientist and pharmacologist, former Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry, Clinical Neuroscience Branch, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stated in her book Molecules of Emotions, “repressed emotions are stored in the body, the unconscious mind, via the release of neuropeptide ligands, and that memories are held in their receptors (i.e. emotions). The neuropeptides and receptors, the biochemicals of emotion are the messengers carrying information to link the major systems of the body into one unit called the body-mind.
    These chemicals in our body are the substrates of the emotions, and they are in constant communication with our immune system, the mechanism through which health and disease are created”.

    With more that 80 types of auto-immune diseases, the medical society is still wondering what causes them. Many have similar symptoms, which makes diagnosis difficult.

    Medications are helpful in treating certain symptoms, but the individual suffering needs to get to the source of the emotion to find out what may be repressed and causing their quality of life to deteriorate.

    Sondra Barrett, PhD, in her book Secrets of Your Cells, cites a study by psychologist James Pennebaker, in which he claims that when people hold back a painful or fearful story, the very experience of holding back is stressful, and their cells respond accordingly with symptoms of stress and anxiety. Once those thoughts have been released, there was a wave of relief, and their cells initiate the chemistry of peace.

    How To Take Control of Emotional Health

    There are effective ways one can take control of these emotional health issues holistically, since emotions are just one dimension of a greater whole. This is the body, mind, and spirit connection imperative to maintaining harmony and balance within.

    Integrating a supportive natural health care approach with your holistic healthcare practitioner will help you to maintain an emotionally balanced body-mind system. A custom tailored nutritional program will also give you a big boost in emotional stability and maintaining optimum energy levels.

    Speak positively to your cells. Remember. They’re listening!

    Bio: Donna L. Nesteruk is a Licensed Acupuncturist with National Diplomat NCCAOM Board Certification. Certified Instructor and Practitioner of Acutonics® Tuning Fork Therapy. Donna is advanced certified and specializes in Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation incorporating various modalities including acupuncture, non-invasive tuning forks, and facial cupping with jade stone gua sha. Donna is a Reiki Master, Certified in EFT, a Certified Drum Circle Facilitator, and Certified in Sound Healing, Vocal Toning, and is a member of the Sound Healers Association. If you are interested in more information, you can make an appointment with Donna in Huntington Long Island, or the NYC office by contacting her at (631) 848-8856 or e-mail: donna@innersourcehealth.com
    More about Donna here: here

    sculpture: Aristide Mallilol, Bronze, c. 1904, photo credit: P Bongiorno

     


    Keep Cool in Summer with Cooling Foods and Spicy and Pungent Herbs

    Summer is definitely here and with it, the heat and humidity. Many people find the heat very uncomfortable and even fatiguing. Chinese Medicine offers wonderful solutions on how to stay comfortable, no matter in the environment we may find ourselves.

    In the tradition of Chinese Medicine, each season is associated with an element. Appropriately, summer is associated with the element of fire. This makes sense, for the chief environmental factor in summer is quite obviously heat. When in balance, some heat can be good for us, but for many, too much heat can accumulate in the body and contribute to many common maladies. For example, heat in the body can contribute to sleep difficulties, irritability, skin irritations, restlessness and a host of other discomforts.

    Staying hydrated is the best way to stay cool during the summer. The bounty of fruits and vegetables available in summer is a great resource. Watermelons and cucumbers, in particular are very helpful. These stars of the summer fruit world are cooling in nature and have the added benefit of helping replenish body fluids.

    Another climatic factor in summer is humidity. Humidity can make you feel heavy-headed, sluggish and promote water retention (swelling). Pungent herbs help move energy upward and outward to the periphery of the body. The pungent flavor opens the pores so the body can cool down. Cooling or neutral pungent foods like mint, turnips, radish and kohlrabi can help keep internal humidity at bay. Other great summer pungent selection are basil and dill.

    Many people think spicy foods will make you hotter. In fact, the spicy stuff can actually cool you down. Spicier options like hot peppers, chilies and fresh ginger will help open the pores and allow us to perspire and release heat. This is a classic strategy for keeping a feeling of coolness. Remember, with these hotter choices a little can go a long way. Moderation is key.

    Summer is a season of expansion, growth and outward activity. Engage with others. laugh, enjoy the bounty of nature, and play just for the heck of it. And to keep in balance with the heat and humidity remember your:

    * cooling foods to keep heat at bay: watermelon, cucumber, celery,
    tomato, leafy greens, kiwi, mung bean, mung bean sprout and zucchini

    * spices to help release heat: hot peppers, chilies and fresh ginger

    * pungent herbs for humidity and swelling: basil, dill, peppermint, turnips, radish and turnip and radish leaves, lemon and tangerine zest, kohlrabi and green tea


    about the author: Cynthia Hewett LAc, Cert Herb brings her gentle blend of healing using Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, individualized Chinese Medicine formulas and Cranial sacral therapy. She practices at Inner Source Health in New York City. Click to learn more about Cynthia here

     


    Medicinal Mushrooms, Medical Marijuana, Menopause, Chinese Herbs, Pelvic Floor Diastasis,

    Issue 55 - May 1, 2014

    Dr. Pina on the Dr. Oz Show - Medicinal Mushrooms

    Dr. Anne on FOX's Hannity - Medical Marijuana

    Menopause? - Naturopathic medicine and acupuncture

    Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz - Chinese Herbal Medicines

    Pelvic Floor Diastasis - Rachelle Bojer LMT on News12 Long Island Naturally

    Dr. Peter Radio Interview - Depression, with Ronald Hoffman

    Dr. Pina on Dr. Couric - Where medicine is going?

    Research:
    - Flavonoids Reduce Thyroid
    - Ways to Help the Metal Taste from Chemothearpy

    Blog:
    - Fertility and Embryo Quality Using Acupuncture - by Dr. Anne Williams
    - Facil Rejuvenation and the Anti-Aging Process - by Donna Nesteruk, LAc


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    The Magic Bullet for Aging? Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

    by Donna Nesteruk, LAc - 04-25-2014

    What can acupuncture do to stop the aging process??

    Click below to find out….

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    Fertility, Embryo Quality and Acupuncture

    April 22, 2014

    Studies have shown that both embryo (fertilized egg) quality and embryo transfer rates are significantly increased with the use of acupuncture before and on the day of transfer.

    The study in reference to egg quality was done in a population of women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) – a constellation of symptoms that includes blood sugar dysregulation, polycystic ovaries, testosterone dominance and infertility.

    Additional studies on acupuncture may shed some light as to the reason for this effect. Progesterone production, which is essential for implantation and maintenance of pregnancy can be upregulated through acupuncture treatment.




    Dr. Anne Williams is a natural health expert who works with kids and adults to live life to its fullest, with energy and enthusiasm. Learn more about Dr. Anne here: here

    References:
    Effects of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. June 2013 Acupuncture in medicine: journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
    Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy. April 2002 Fertility and sterility.

     


    Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine for MENOPAUSAL Relief

    April 17, 2014 - 5:30PM at Inner Source Clinic in New York City


    Dr. Siobhan Hanlon and Donna Nesteruk LAc discussing the western naturopathic and eastern medicine approaches to balancing menopausal discomfort

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    Emotions and the Season of Autumn

    Donna L. Nesteruk, L. Ac.

    As autumn has "fallen" upon us, I would like to continue discussing how emotions relate to our organ systems, this time with the fall season (If you missed the first article, please visit http://www.innersourcehealth.com/news_blog.aspx?EntryID=551 to read the first in this series, entitled "Emotional Balancing with Chinese Medicine").

    In TCM (Tradition Chinese Medicine), it is beneficial to understand that the meridians (energy pathways in our body) connect with our body's organ systems. Each system has specific functions, which when out of balance, physically or emotionally, can create physical challenges (like pain or disease) or emotional imbalances (such as anxiety or depression).

    Autumn and Your Digestion

    The season of autumn is known as a time of harvesting - a time to collect and use that which we have cultivated on the earth. In Chinese medicine, the meridian system of the Spleen and Stomach is related to the Earth element, for it is the center and balancing point for our body. The seasons of late summer/early autumn corresponds to the Spleen (Yin) and Stomach (Yang) meridians.

    When speaking about the Spleen/Stomach, we automatically think of digestion. And that is correct! One of the main functions of the Spleen/Stomach meridian is that of food digestion and nutrient absorption which is supplied to our blood and Qi (our vital energy). In a way, this is the system that gives each one of us the ability to 'harvest' our food.

    When the Stomach/Spleen is Out of Balance

    However, worry, pensiveness, obsessive thoughts or over-thinking...yes, even over-studying, negatively affect our emotional makeup, and ultimately affect the proper functioning of this meridian system. Very often when one suffers with these emotions, they are dissatisfied about their past and worry about the future, which consumes their present moment.

    An imbalance of the Spleen/Stomach meridian may indeed be physically manifested by poor digestion, abdominal distention, loose stools, fatigue, lack of concentration, indecisiveness, bruising, or possibly bleeding disorders.

    How You Can Help Your Stomach/Spleen?

    Allow yourself five minutes in the morning to take three deep breaths. Deep breathing relaxes the nervous system, and brings circulation back to your digestive tract. The best way to deep breath is to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, feeling free to make any vocal sound to release any pent up emotions or energy. Doing this anytime during the day when feeling stressed or consumed by thoughts, will help you regroup and center yourself.

    Sometimes a simple 'AHHHH' is all you need.

    Also, acupuncture and the right Chinese herbal formulas can also help bring you back to the present moment and restore digestion, and help emotional balance

    Try it...You'll like it! Living in the moment is revitalizing!

    "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
    ~ Mother Teresa


    Donna Nesteruk, LAc practices acupuncture in Huntington, New York at Inner Source Health in Long Island. She is a NCCAOM diplomat and is certified Acutonics instructor and practitioner. More about her can be found by visiting: http://www.innersourcehealth.com/Donna.aspx

     


    Gua Sha - for pain, musclar tension, colds and more

    Ancient chinese remedy for modern day issues

    05-30-2103 by Cynthia Hewett LAc, Certified Herbalist

    When we think about Chinese medicine, we usually think about acupuncture needles and herbs. Another wonderful tool and healing technique used in Chinese medicine is Gua Sha.

    Gua Sha is performed by swiftly rubbing (called ‘Gua’ in Chinese medicine) the surface of lubricated skin with a round-edged, comb-like instrument in downward strokes. This action intentionally raises a small temporary rash (known in Chinese as ‘Sha,’ also known as petechiae/rash in Western terms) in the treated area. You will feel a rubbing and slight burning sensation, but it is not painful.

    In Chinese medicine, pain and disease are said to be caused by stagnation or congestion of qi and blood. Gua Sha increases the movement of qi and blood and allows the body to restore its natural functioning.

    What Conditions Can Gua Sha Help?

    Gua Sha can help release unwanted neck and shoulder tension that comes with computer work and the busy-ness of our day (like running around and commuting). It is also prescribed for chronic muscle tightness from overuse or injury. It can be effectively used in the treatment of colds and coughs to relieve congestion and help increase the body’s immune response.

    How Does Gua Sha Do This?

    The secret of gua sha lies in how this treatment encourages the vigorous movement of blood to the surface of the body. When blood moves and circulation is enhanced, the body can help heal the area that needs to be healed. This is how gua sha helps the body’s own healing process.

    Is there Scientific Research About Gua Sha?

    In the last decade, Western studies have started to investigate how Gua Sha works. A study from 2007 confirms that Gua Sha increases the surface circulation of blood by 400% and that increased surface circulation continued at a significant level for 25 minutes following treatment. Each individual experienced a subjective decrease or complete resolution of pain [1]. A 2009 study showed that as enzymes are released to breakdown the petechiae (small broken blood vessels under the skin created by the Gua Sha treatment), an anti-inflammatory effect is created [2]. This helps explain why Gua Sha is useful in the treatment of colds and even allergy symptoms.

    Other studies have looked at Gua Sha in the treatment of migraine [3], neck and lower back pain [4], chronic neck pain [5], and hepatitis [6]. Current studies have been small but warrant further investigation especially in understanding Gua Sha’s effects on the body’s immune process.

    Gua Sha Conclusion

    Gua Sha is a safe, non-invasive treatment that is usually applied to the back of the body or the limbs. The rash usually fades in 2-4 days and patients are advised to relax the day of treatment, avoiding working out, fasting or large meals and alcohol, to allow the body to repair.

    1. Nielsen, A., Knoblauch, N., Dobos,G., Michalsen, A., Kaptchuk, T. (2007),The Effect of Gua Sha Treatment on the Microcirculation of Surface Tissue: A Pilot Study in Healthy Subjects. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 3: 456-466. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2007.06.001)

    2. Kwong KK, Kloetzer L, Wong KK, Ren JQ, Kuo B, Jiang Y, Chen YI, Chan ST, Young GS, Wong ST. (2009), Bioluminescence imaging of heme oxygenase-1 upregulation in the Gua Sha procedure. J Vis Exp. 2009 (30): 1385. doi: 10.3791/1385.

    3. Schwickert ME, Saha FJ, Braun M, Dobos GJ. Gua Sha for migraine in inpatient withdrawal therapy of headache due to medication overuse. Forsch Komplementmed. 2007 Oct14(5):297-300. doi:10.1159

    4. Lauche R, Wübbeling K, Lüdtke R, Cramer H, Choi KE, Rampp T, Michalsen A, Langhorst J, Dobos GJ. Randomized controlled pilot study: pain intensity and pressure pain thresholds in patients with neck and low back pain before and after traditional East Asian "gua sha" therapy. Am. J. Chin. Med. 40, 905 (2012). DOI: 10.1142/S0192415X1250067X/000107731.

    5. Braun, M., Schwickert, M., Nielsen, A., Brunnhuber, S., Dobos, G., Musial, F., Lüdtke, R. and Michalsen, A. (2011), Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese “Gua Sha” Therapy in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Medicine, 12: 362–369. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01053.x

    6. Chan ST, Yuen JW, Gohel MD, Chung CP, Wong HC, Kwong KK, (2011) Guasha-induced hepatoprotection in chronic active hepatitis B: A case study. Clinica Chimica Acta, Volume 412, Issues 17–18, 17 August 2011, Pages 1686-1688. doi:10.1016/j.cca.2011.05.009

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    wrestling with wrist pain? some natural answers for carpal tunnel syndrome

    02-02-2012

    Carpal tunnel can be caused by a number of different factors.

    Most people who suffer from carpal have issues with repetitive motion: typically, we see patients who type at a computer: graphic designers, movie editors, etc. may be prone. In these cases, it is a key to keep the proper ergonomic form, meaning the way a person sits and holds their body can help stave off carpal tunnel.

    What can help carpal tunnel heal? Water, B vitamins, fish oil and anti-inflammatory herbs can be quite helpful, and will have little or no side effects (unlike conventional over the counter anti-inflammatories, which kill about 36,000 people a year). Anti-inflammatory diet choices such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish is very helpful to lower the body's immune reactiveness, which will contribute to pain. Sleep is important for repair. Sometimes, using a soft brace during physical stressors can help limit progression of the problem, but should not be used 24 hours a day, but instead only when support is most needed.

    In the patients we have worked with, we have found in about 30% of cases, the issue is actually not in the wrist area, but in the shoulder. So checking into tight shoulders and nerve impingement closer to the spine can be important.

    And finally, no matter what the factors that may cause it, we will use acupuncture and wrist adjustment/alignment techniques to help it feel better and heal faster. In many cases, even long term chronic pain, natural medicines have a lot to offer to heal carpal tunnel syndrome.

     


    Virtual Tour of InnerSource Clinic

    Inner Source Natural Health was originally conceived in 1996. At this time, Dr. Pina LoGiudice met Dr. Peter Bongiorno for the first time while working in a laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, outside of Washington DC. There, they were both completing research pre-doctoral fellowships in clinical neuroendocrinology.

    Both Dr. Peter and Dr. PIna had a strong love for natural medicine, and decided to forgo the conventional medicine route, and pursue a degree in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. After medical school was completed, they realized their dream and opened InnerSource Natural Health, with offices in New York and Long Island.

    Inner Source Long Island started in Syosset in 2003, and is now located permanently in Huntington. InnerSource New York City is located in the central area of Union Square/Flat Iron, where patients come from all around the tri-state area, and the world.

     


    Healing Depression - ACBN Review
    Dr. Don Feeney of American Clinical Board of Nutrition Reveiw's Dr. Peter's Healing Depression book

    May 2011

    Dr. Bongiorno gave a fantastic lecture at the latest Council on
    Nutrition seminar in Orlando Florida (May 2011). His lecture was
    so riveting that I purchased his book.

    “Healing Depression” is an authoritative and comprehensive
    text that provides information on the underlying factors that
    contribute to depression. He then reviews the major
    pharmaceutical approaches with the drawbacks of each therapy.
    Dr. Bongiorno then goes through the protocols of slowly
    removing the patient from these drugs when you and the
    Psychiatrist determine that it is safe. He presents soundly
    researched natural treatment protocols for the diagnosis and
    treatment of depression. He discusses extensively nutrition,
    homeopathic, massage, exercise, acupuncture, and many other
    modalities for the alternative care physician.

    You will find this text as an excellent handbook for day to day
    patient care. I highly recommend this text for your office library.

    Click here for review

     


    Male hot flashes? Acupuncture works for prostate cancer care..

    April 25, 2011

    by dr. peter bongiorno and dr. pina logiudice

    Acupuncture is a well-known treatment for female hot flashes in menopausal women. Did you know that men who are undergoing prostate cancer treatment may also find themselves battling hot flashes as well? Hormonal medications designed to block testosterone cause hot flashes in about 60% of the men who take them.

    One small study suggests that acupuncture can help. In this study, 14 men who were suffering hot flashes were given half hour sessions of acupuncture twice a week for four weeks. The benefit at two weeks averaged around a 70% improvement, and by six weeks the improvement was 90%. Even after 8 months, the improvement was still around 80%, which is pretty remarkable.

    Although this was a small study, the results are quite strong. Previous research, and our clinical experience have shown acupuncture to be a safe and effective adjunct for patients using chemotherapy to reduce side effects, decrease nausea, and increase both mood and quality life. www.innersourcehealth.com

    reference:
    Ashamalla H, Jiang ML, Guirguis A, Peluso F, Ashamalla M. Acupuncture for the alleviation of hot flashes in men treated with androgen ablation therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Apr 179(5):1358-63.

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    October 2010 Health Letter - Issue 19

    In this issue:
    - acupuncture and IVF
    - acne, cow's milk and sugar
    - kids and cell phones
    - healthy fall mash up
    - who's Pam, where's Ann?
    - patient spotlight: reflux, allergies, sinusitis
    - InnerSource makes the Vegetarian Times

    Click here to read entire newsletter.

     


    Have a Headache?
    Pop A Pill and Increase Stroke Risk (even in a healthy person) or, try something natural.....

    9-25-2010

    The advertisement shown says 'less time awake.' They may mean 'less time alive.'

    It seems a harmless part of American life: you have a headache or pain, you pop an 'Advil' or other pain killer. Research is now showing us that is not a good idea for short term use of these type of drugs increases short in healthy people. This increased risk ranged from about 30% with ibuprofen and naproxen to 86% with diclofenac. The association was 'dose dependent', which means the more a person took the higher the risk. The increased risk of stroke reaching 90% with doses of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) over 200 mg and 100% with diclofenac doses over 100 mg. It has already been shown that these medications increase heart disease in the long term. This is probably why these medications are more often only by prescription in other countries. Naproxen, which is a prescription medication everywhere except the United States was not associated with increased cardiovascular risk, but is known to cause liver problems, and requires monitoring of liver enzymes if used for a few weeks.

    Dr Gunnar Gislason presented this study information at last week's European Society of Cardiology 2010 Congress. He said: "If half the population takes these drugs, even on an occasional basis, then this could be responsible for a 50% to 100% increase in stroke risk. It is an enormous effect." He also lamented that "it is very hard to change the habits of doctors. They have been using these drugs for decades without thinking about cardiovascular side effects."

    Luckily, there are numerous natural modalities to work with pain: acupuncture, hydrotherapy, water intake, food allergy work, getting enough sleep, naturally lowering inflammation in the body, exercise, manipulative work, stretching, mind-body work, muscle relaxation, hormonal balance, inflammation reducing herbs and nutrients, etc....

    ref: Fosbøl EL, Folke F, Jacobsen S, et al. Cause-specific CV risk associated with NSAIDs among healthy individuals. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2010 3:395-405.

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    Sinusitis Solution - Testimonial

    July 2010

    Long Island patient with sinusitis and troublesome allergies describes her positive experience with Dr. Pina LoGiudice using naturopathic medicine and acupuncture

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    PREGNANCY, PANCAKES, WINNER: BEST of LI 2010

    January 2010

    A healthy, prosperous, and peaceful New Year to all. We firstly , we want to thank all patients, family and friends who nominated us best of Long Island children"s health, nutrition and acupuncture. We are honored to be chosen best in acupuncture. This Jan 2010 newsletter also includes interesting information about the association between gluten and miscarriages, as well as what pregnant women can do for nausea. We have a number of lectures coming up in both New York City and Long Island - we hope to see you there. - dr. pina and dr. peter

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    Eczema can be relieved by acupuncture

    Date: Jan. 5, 2010

    Eczema can be relieved by acupuncture, according to a German study in 30 people. Acupuncture seems to calm the feeling of itchiness after allergen exposure. When patient were exposed a second time, there were decreases in the flare up reactions.

    This study used three conditions: one where had their skin exposed to either pollen or dust-mite allergens, where patients received points used in Chinese medicine to lower allergic reaction. The second was placebo points, not correlated to Chinese medicine, and the third was a control, which received no acupuncture.


    Reference: Pfab et. al. Allergy 2009.

     


    Meditation Lowers Heart Attack Risk

    Highest Risk Group of African Americans find benefit

    November 21, 2009

    by Dr. Peter Bongiorno and Dr. Pina LoGiudice

    In most cases of naturopathic care, stress reduction techniques are a central part of helping the body to heal itself. In our practice, we find for virtually any condition, stress reduction modalities such as meditation, yoga, exercise, and acupuncture will help patients get healthier faster, decrease their dependence on medications, and sustain any gains. Heart disease is the number killer in the United States. One recent study announced at the most recent American Heart Association gives credence to this approach. A major study of stress reduction with the Transcendental Meditation program was associated with 43% reduction in risk for all cause mortality, myocardial infarction and stroke in a high-risk sample of African Americans. A selected stress reduction approach may be useful in the secondary prevention of atherosclerotic CVD. The subjects were 201 African American participants (half male and half female) with documented coronary artery disease. Subjects performed either Transcendental Meditation or another program called "health education control." Regular care was continued in all subjects. After 5 years of follow-up, the heart attack risk in the meditation patients was 43% reduced. Systolic blood pressure (the top number) decreased by mean of 5.1 mm Hg. Also, there were reductions in psychosocial stress in a high stress subgroup. There were no significant changes in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) or Body Mass Index. It was concluded that stress reduction with the Transcendental Meditation program was associated with 43% reduction in risk for all cause mortality, myocardial infarction and stroke in a high-risk sample of African Americans. A selected stress reduction approach may be useful in the secondary prevention of atherosclerotic CVD. It is likely that even greater benefits would be achieved in lower risk individuals. Also, greater benefits would probably result in those doing other lifestyle changes like exercise, the Mediterranean Diet, and proper nutrients. It is hard to know if other methods are equally as effective. If you are not including some kind of relaxation program as part of your health regimen, this is a great time to start. ref: Schneider R et al. Effects of Stress Reduction on Clinical Events in African Americans With Coronary Heart Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Abstract 1177: Circulation. 2009;120:S461