Monday, February 18, 2013

Auricular Acupuncture for Drug and Alcohol Withdrawl

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing conducted a study to track patients' response to auricular (ear) acupuncture during abstinence from alcohol and illicit drugs.   Following the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol, patients reported feeling a sense of peacefulness and well-being that contributed to their ability to refrain from using.  

With more than 75 acupoints,  the ear represents a microcosm of the entire body.  All meridians and organ systems can be accessed via auricular acupuncture alone.  When patients seek acupuncture support for smoking or drinking cessation, addiction relief is addressed as well as underlying imbalances that may perpetuate the condition.  Body points are included along with the points found in the ear.  The needles are typically retained for 20 minutes and small seeds are subsequently taped onto the acupoints after the needles have been removed.  Ear seeds allow patients to self stimulate via acupressure in the days between treatments.  With clear intention and the restorative help of acupuncture, patients can be very successful in their goal to quit using and regain health.

Friday, November 30, 2012

For the Host with the Most!

If you're looking for a hostess gift for the holidays, don't forget about HeadEase!  HeadEase provides easy to use, pill free pain and stress relief.  What better way to give thanks to your party host this season?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ginkgo Acupuncture Has Moved!

Ginkgo Acupuncture is now located in northwest Oak Park, in the boyhood home of Ernest Hemingway.  Ernest's father, Clarence Hemingway, maintained his medical practice in the same space over 100 years ago.  I feel honored to practice in a space that is rich in history and healing.  Please check out this Sun Times article.  Appointments can be made by emailing, or by calling the new office number:  708-434-5206

Friday, November 16, 2012

Don't Forget the Gift of Health for the Holidays!

The holidays are upon us!  It's time to celebrate the joy of the season with family and friends.  Along with holiday fun can sometimes come the stress and headache of party planning, gift giving and maybe a little too much indulging.  Remember: HeadEase can help relieve stress as well as headaches!  What better gift to give the ones you love?  Keep an eye out for ideas and offers from HeadEase.  Best wishes for a pain and stress-free season!

Monday, September 10, 2012

HeadEase: The Original Drug Free Alternative for Headaches
A huge thank you to Jenny Yang and Chris Guillen for a great job creating the new HeadEase videos! Please check them out on Youtube!
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Introducing HeadEase®: The Original Drug Free Alternative for Headaches

I am thrilled to announce the availability of HeadEase®!  HeadEase® is a new acupressure product I developed as a drug free alternative for headaches. HeadEase® can be used easily by anyone, at anytime, to relieve head pain, including headaches, toothaches, earaches and TMJ syndrome.  It is a safe, natural, easy, effective, pill free alternative for you and your whole family.

The function of  HeadEase®  is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been used continuously for millennia.  It is based on the understanding that we have vital energy, or “Qi” that travels throughout our bodies along pathways called meridians.  When this energy is flowing freely, we experience health and well-being.  It is when this energy stagnates that we experience dis-ease and pain. The aim of acupressure is to remove energy blockages so that the body returns to a normal flow and can maintain wellness.

HeadEase® consists of two stainless steel rings that stimulate the point known as HeguHegu is the “command” point of the head and face and is useful to relieve many types of head pain.  While there are several points that can be used to treat head pain, Hegu is the “pain point” or anesthesia point, of the body and is the most effective and important point for pain anywhere in the head.  By using HeadEase® to stimulate the Hegu, you are choosing simple, pill free pain relief.  Hegu is found on the back of each hand, near the v-shaped junction of the thumb and index finger

For more information, or to purchase HeadEase®, please visit the website:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Acupuncture in the Military

The military is confirming what acupuncture patients already know:  IT WORKS!  It is wonderful that troops are offered an option to pain meds.  Check out the link:  Acupuncture Use in the Military

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Luscious, Healing Black Rice Congee

This week, one of my gracious student interns delivered beautiful Chinese yams to her cohorts and to me, which inspired this delicious and medicinal congee.  For the uninitiated, congee is a thick porridge or gruel that is typically made with rice.   The ratio of rice to water is 1:6, and the cooking time is increased significantly until what results is a smooth, heartwarming bowl of goodness.  Congee is so revered in Asian cultures for its nourishing qualities that it is often the first solid food given to babies, and is the food treatment of choice for the elderly or ill.  Think of congee as the Asian equivalent of chicken noodle soup. From a Chinese medical perspective, congee reinforces the digestive system and nourishes other organs.  It is a delicious and soul-satisfying way to start the morning, especially in the fall and winter, though it can be eaten any time of day or year.   

While most recipes call for white rice, I prefer brown or black rice for their higher nutritional content and lower glycemic load.  Congee can be sweet or savory.  I made this congee with chinese yam, ginger and garlic.  Ginger and garlic are warming and used in Chinese medicine to improve digestion and treat colds and coughs.  Chinese yam is sweet and strengthens the digestive center.  Enjoy!

Black Rice Congee with Chinese Yam, Ginger and Garlic

1c black rice
6 c water
1 inch cube of fresh ginger, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
pinch of sea salt
herbs or scallions for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately two hours or until the rice has broken down and a smooth consistency is achieved.  If you have a pressure cooker, reduce the time accordingly.  Add more water if necessary. That's it!  

Other common additions the rice include apples, pears, cinnamon, dates, walnuts, green onions and sesame.  Experiment and reap the nutritional rewards of this time-honored comfort food!

If you live in NYC, be sure to check out Congee Village on the LES for inspiration and tasty delights!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Report on the Benefits of Facial Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture improves your appearance and has the added benefit of whole body health improvement.

Check it out !