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    Can Chinese Medicine be the answer to my sleeping issue?

    New article by Dr. Dawn

    Can Chinese Medicine be the answer to my sleeping issue?
    By Dr. Dawn Siglain ND, LAc.

    When it comes to optimizing your health, getting proper sleep is key. Why? Because during a night of quality deep sleep is when the brain is able to detox. That’s right - you are extremely productive in your most relaxed state. So, if you have ever had a poor night’s rest, then you know exactly what it feels like when your brain did not properly detox.

    The Glymphatic System assists the brain in this very necessary process of detoxing as well as proper distribution of other compounds such as glucose, lipids, amino acids, and neurotransmitters. It clears waste during deep sleep and is suppressed while awake. An ebb and flow motion of cerebrospinal fluid into and throughout the brain tissue is what promotes clearance of interstitial fluid via drainage pathways. This pumping action goes into effect once we are in a deep sleep and allows for detoxing to occur. Accumulations anywhere within our body can cause imbalance. For optimal health, creating proper flow- especially in our brain- should be a top priority.

    When it comes to creating homeostasis within our body, acupuncture reigns supreme. This is because acupuncture nails it when it comes to optimal flow of blood and qi. Qi is the universal energy that flows within each one of us. We all strive for good qi. Even one solitary acupuncture treatment can create this peaceful state of balance. I see it all the time in my practice. It activates our parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which is our rest and digest system. Being in this relaxed state allows us to thrive as humans. Ultimately, we want to tap into our PNS as often as possible. It is especially important to enact this when drifting off to sleep.

    If you do not feel rested upon waking, you need to find out why. There are so many questions to ask about the topic of sleep. This is where naturopathic medicine shines because it gets to the root cause of your dis-ease. Combining naturopathic medicine and acupuncture is extremely effective when it comes to problems with sleep. By doing a thorough medical intake and taking into consideration digestive health, emotional walls, stress response, night sweats plus so much more - I am able to understand my patients to create an individualized health plan. Naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists need all of these details to help you.

    One of my favorite tools when using Chinese medicine to improve any sleep disturbance is the Chinese clock. Qi moves through our organs in a 24 hour cycle. Every two hours, qi is strongest in a particular organ. The three main organs that are affected include the gallbladder, liver and lung. I am sure you have heard that it’s important to fall asleep around 10:30 pm. From a Chinese medicine perspective, the reason behind this is because by 11 pm, the gallbladder has heightened qi activity. The gallbladder is intimately connected to the liver, so there is a connection with our ability to detox and process emotions. The gallbladder is responsible for our decision making. This explains why after a good night’s sleep, obstacles from the day before may seem a bit more manageable with clarity of thought. The liver is affected from 1-3 am. The liver is in control of our emotions and when it is out of balance, anger ensues. If you are waking during this time, there could be some unresolved anger or perhaps you consumed some alcohol the previous night. The emotion of our lungs is grief and they are affected from 3-5 am. If you are experiencing loss of any kind such as a loved one or a major life change - this could be the reason for waking at that time. Dealing with your emotions can help your body and mind to relax during sleep. Chinese medicine understands the mind/body connection.

    Using both western and eastern medicine is a gentle and effective way in approaching a sleep disorder. We need quality sleep at night to feel our best each and every day. Proper sleep helps us to handle stress better which is a huge benefit. Join me in my upcoming webinar to learn more about my approach to improving sleep. I’ll be talking about other factors such as proper testing, bedtime hygiene, effects of wifi, daily detox and stress.

    If you’re curious how acupuncture can help you, reach out to Dr. Dawn for a FREE 10 minute consult. or call 631.421.1848



    The Words of Acupuncture - with Dr. Victoria Liotta


    Shen? Stagnation? Blood Deficiency? What does it mean?

    Learn the language of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in this 30 minute webinar.

    Hosted by Victoria A. Liotta, Doctor of Acupuncture.

    Click Here for WEBINAR


    Holistic Pain Care Series

    According to the CDC, 20 Million Americans deal with “high impact” chronic pain on a daily basis. This means it impacts their quality of life regularly - limiting the ability to work or sometimes even take care of themselves. To make matters worse, we’ve got an opioid epidemic in the United States that has put people with chronic pain into an even more difficult position: getting access to appropriately prescribed medication that for years has allowed them to sustain some quality of life.

    Something has to change! Every National and International task force on chronic pain has clearly stated that a comprehensive, “biopsychosocial” approach to pain is the ONLY appropriate course of treatment. Sometimes, this may involve a prescription for opioids. But it ALWAYS involves:
    1. Meeting people where they are
    2. Helping them feel heard and understood
    3. Comprehensively assessing the ROOT cause of their pain
    4. Providing education on the nature of the pain to empower each person to help themselves

    A holistic, integrative treatment plan for pain will usually involve education around nutrition, sleep, digestion, and appropriate movement/exercise. It will usually also involve helping the person to reframe their experience of pain, acupuncture, and manual therapy.

    Together, we can change the lives of over 100 million Americans. Stay tuned for this month’s Holistic Pain Care Series, where we’ll get into the science of what works (and what doesn’t) for chronic pain.

    Source: Center For Disease Control

    Holistic Pain Care
    Dr. Robert Kachko

    More about Dr. Kachko Here


    The Wonder of Plants by Dr. Victoria A. Liotta

    June 12, 2019

    Victoria A. Liotta, Doctor of Acupuncture discusses how plants help us detox our homes and ourselves.



    Victoria Receives Highest Degree in Acupuncture!

    May 10, 2019

    Inner Source Health is proud to announce Huntington master acupuncturist, Victoria A. Liotta recently received her Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Victoria was a recipient of a gold cord acknowledging her 4.0 GPA in the highest level of degree in the field of acupuncture. Dr. Liotta is happy to share her advanced knowledge and skills with those of the Inner Source community.


    Carpal Tunnel - TRUE or FALSE? by Dr. Victoria Liotta


    How do you know if you have carpal tunnel, and what are your options?

    Dr. Victoria Liotta, doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, will explain the basics to understand carpal tunnel and related concerns, and help you make the best choices to heal.



    Acupuncture helps sleep in veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


    This research looked at 60 veterans (aged 24 to 55) with a traumatic brain injury and sleeping problems. Many of these patients were also diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Half the participants were given real acupuncture, while the other half were given sham acupuncture. Sham acupuncture needling is defined as giving a patient a treatment with needles, but using fake points that are not considered part of traditional Chinese medicine. It was shown that the real acupuncture significantly helpd both patients with and without PTSD sleep better. The authors are quoted as saying:

    “These results indicate that an alternative-medicine treatment modality like acupuncture can provide clinically significant relief for a particularly recalcitrant problem affecting large segments of the veteran population.”

    reference: Huang W et al. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 201980(1):18m12235

    Click here for reference article


    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.


    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


    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


    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.



    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?



    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

    Read the article here!


    Stupid Cancer - Interview about Acupuncture with Cynthia Hewett


    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:…/337-acupuncture-and-cancer.

    The roundtable begins at minute 33.

    More about Cynthia Hewett LAc, Certified Herbalist: here



    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 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


    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:
    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?

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

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



    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….



    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

    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



    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 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:


    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


    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.

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