Sustainable Self-Care For Women

I recently had the opportunity to speak about women’s health with a lovely gathering of fellow alumnae of the University of Rochester, where I was a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music many years ago. Women’s health is one of my favorite subjects, and I’ve devoted the last 20 years of my professional [...]

The Naturopathic Approach To Healing

When it comes to natural medicine, you have many different choices rooted in a variety of traditions from around the world: East Asian medicine, Ayurveda, Native American practices, Western naturopathic medicine, and numerous other regional systems. Here, I want to familiarize you with the foundations of naturopathic medicine since this is one of the pillars [...]

Picking a Bone With Arthritis

Does your body hurt, are your joints creaky, do you feel stiff like a board in the morning? You may have been diagnosed by your doctor (or yourself) with arthritis. Narrowly, the term arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Different forms of arthritis exist, such as osteoarthritis (the most common), autoimmune arthritis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis), [...]

How Your Pelvic Floor Is Holding It All Together

Deep inside your body is a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments attached to your pelvis, a group of bones at the bottom of your torso. Think of it as a flexible and adaptable system, similar to a trapeze, that helps hold your internal organs in place and yet is flexible enough to allow [...]

Relieving Anxiety With Acupuncture and Herbs

These past few months have undermined our expectations and presumptions about living in New York City in profound ways most of us have never experienced before. This has affected the health of many people in a variety of ways. Not only are we living in fear of contracting or spreading coronavirus, but we had to [...]

Give Your Immune System a Boost

Late summer, early fall is a season when most of us switch gears back to a busier schedule, the weather is getting chillier, and we start spending more time indoors. This is also a time when we need to boost our resilience to stress and ability to fend off cold viruses. Do you catch colds [...]

Suffering From Headaches and Migraines? Try Acupuncture

I’ve had only a few rare migraines and the occasional mild headache over the years, so I consider myself lucky. But several close friends and family members have struggled with severe migraines for many years and are still searching for the holy grail of cure. Headaches and migraines are often the reason why people seek [...]

Myofascial Release Restores Your Inner Communication

You may think the worldwide web is complicated, but have you thought about the complex web inside your body called fascia? Our bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessel, organs and the brain would all just collapse into an unsightly pile of mush if it weren't for the fascia suspending and holding all these structures in their [...]

Find Your Personal Stress Busters

You know it when you're stressed. You just don't feel like your best self. Stress is not what's going on in your life but how you respond to it, consciously or unconsciously. That's why we also call it the stress response. Hans Selye, a physician and professor at McGill University who was born in Vienna [...]

Nonpharmaceutical Alternatives to Painkillers

Experiencing chronic pain is no laughing matter. It can profoundly impact your quality of life, your ability to function---both physically and mentally---and undermine your livelihood. Maybe the only thing that's worse than experiencing chronic pain is when you have to rely on pharmaceuticals to manage your pain. The causes of pain are complex and so [...]

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