Blog Archive

Back Pain Jan 20th, 2021

Happy New Year to our IFM family and friends!   Doctors Seyedan and Dougherty are seeing a lot of suddenly intense low back pain in the last month or so, and so we thought it would be helpful to share some useful information with you about this trend.   Clinics...

Seasonal Depression Dec 21st, 2020

As we approach the Winter holidays it's easy to remember the sights, the sounds and warmth that usually accompany them. However for many, in the midst of the lights, darkness is also found.   Less sunlight, social pressures, financial strain, and perhaps the absence of recently passed loved ones are...

Overeating During the Holiday Season Nov 17th, 2020

As we enter the season of (over)eating, I thought it would be helpful to share a remedy from Chinese Medicine that is great for that "overstuffed" discomfort.   First and foremost, NOT overeating to begin with is best. Prevention is the best medicine after all. However, realistically I know many of...

PTSD Article Nov 9th, 2020

"Rigorous studies show that acupuncture positively influences Heart Rate Variability which measures the balance of the autonomic nervous system. A healthy autonomic nervous system means physiological, emotional and hormonal well-being." Chung, Evidence Based Complementary/Alternative Med. 2014   In ancient Chinese cosmology, all sickness is due to stagnation or stasis. They...

Book on Chinese Medicine Oct 12th, 2020

When patients ask which book I recommend to understand Chinese Medicine better, my go-to book is Ted Kaptchuk's The Web that Has No Weaver.   He does a great job making something so completely enigmatic to the average person very accessible and comprehensive. The book is concise, and can be enjoyed...

Migraines Sep 22nd, 2020

"The largest study investigating the effects of acupuncture on migraines revealed significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of migraines after 6 weeks of biweekly treatment." Diener, Neurology, 2006   Acupuncture helps migraine and tension headache pain by prompting the nervous system to release natural painkillers such as endorphins and...

Medical Cannabis Sep 21st, 2020

Cannabis has been used to treat a variety of health conditions for hundreds of years. In recent years, we have made great advancements in what is known as “Western Medicine”. Unfortunately, a divide has been growing between “Western Medicine” and “Eastern Medicine”. At Integrative Family Medicine we hope to bridge...

Anxiety/Mood Sep 14th, 2020

"Rigorous studies show that acupuncture positively influences Heart Rate Variability which measures the balance of the autonomic nervous system. A healthy autonomic nervous system means physiological, emotional, and hormonal well-being." Chung, Evidence-Based Complementary/Alternative Med. 2014   Modern research has shown that the central nervous system and the gut biome have a...

Insomnia Aug 27th, 2020

I see many patients for insomnia who have been taking pharmaceutical drugs for years and not only are not seeing an improvement but also have to deal with the side effects of those drugs such as drowsiness, brain fog, sluggishness in the morning, GI issues, and so forth... Scalp acupuncture...

Hypertension Aug 27th, 2020

Unknown to the West for centuries, acupuncture is finally making great headway in the American medical system. One of the more recent recognitions it is getting in the U.S. is the ability to successfully treat hypertension.   When looking up studies that measure the success for acupuncture in treating hypertension...

Insomnia and Acupuncture Aug 27th, 2020

Acupuncture is an ancient medical therapy that is safe, effective, and helps accomplish major health goals without pharmaceutical treatment. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's own ability for healing and self-regulation.    One condition that acupuncture treats very well is insomnia:   "In clinical trials including Western medications, sleep hygiene and...