Arthritis is inflammation
residing in one or more of your joints.
The result is pain and
stiffness that may worsen over time. The most common types are rheumatoid
arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Diagnosis may be confirmed by
blood test. People with this condition may have elevated erythrocyte
sedimentation rate or ESR. A high C-reactive protein may indicate systemic
inflammation. Other tests more specific for rheumatoid arthritis include a rheumatoid
factor test and an anti-nuclear antibody test or ANA.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an
autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks itself. Patients
may experience joint inflammation, pain, fatigue and sometimes low grade fever.
The goals of a rheumatoid
arthritis treatment are to reduce and manage inflammation, relieve pain and
prevent further joint damage.
includes corticosteroids, biologics and surgery.
Osteoarthritis is marked by
joint stiffness, joint pain and inflammation.
Factors leading to osteoarthritis
may include excess weight, genetics, injury, overuse, nutritional imbalances,
toxicity and hormone dysregulation.
Typical treatments may
include: weight management, NSAIDs, physical therapy and surgery.
Top things you can do to
Check if you are on any long-term medications that may have side effects promoting inflammation or tissue degradation2
Find out if you have any current infections. Infections cause inflammation to occur.
Eat a low inflammatory diet. Eliminate all refined foods and sugars. Gluten sensitivity may contribute to arthritis. Stay gluten free to lower inflammation.
Detoxification: Heavy metals, pesticides, plastics and other toxic compounds may add to inflammation and arthritis. These poisonous substances may collect in the joints, bones, and other tissue causing stress on your organs, glands and other tissues. By using a scientifically based elimination strategy you can lower the harmful effects of your total toxic body load.
Get checked for high uric acid levels. Testing may be performed from a blood or saliva sample. Gout is a painful arthritis form also known as hyperuricemia.
Get checked for parasites. Parasite infections may move through body fluids. Some parasites such as the Borrelia (Lyme) prefer to eat on collagen in joints causing inflammation and arthritic like pain.
What other therapies may
Holistic therapies may excel in
the treatment of arthritis.
In our clinic, we recommend
the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture improves the circulation of oxygen and nutrients
to the cells and supports the removal of waste materials. This is an
anti-inflammatory process that assists in lowering pain. Other modalities include
micro-current therapy, an anti-inflammatory food plan, botanicals, supplements,
detoxification, weight loss, cold laser and electro-magnetic-frequency devices.
If so, you may have Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or dry eye
Dry eye syndrome affects over 33 million people in America.
Symptoms may include: scratchy eyes, stinging, gritty,
blurry eyes, eye fatigue, red itchy eyes, a dry burning sensation or excessive
Under normal conditions the eyes will blink every 5 seconds.
Blinking pumps the surrounding tear ducts which keeps the eyes lubricated. Eyes
need to remain moist to maintain aqueous and lipid mucus layers. By producing a
steady flow of basal tears, the eyes remain moist and comfortable. When tear
production decreases, an imbalance occurs responding in dry eye syndrome.
The most common causes of dry eye syndrome are:
Tear volume decreases with age. By age 65, there may be 65% decrease in tear
Antihistamines, codeine, decongestants, diuretics, birth control
Traditional Chinese medicine treats the body from a
standpoint of whole integration.
Symptoms in the eyes may also be systemic throughout the body.
In addition, any organ imbalances may contribute to dry eye
In Chinese medicine, the liver is said to: “open to the
eyes” and support eye health.
Any liver imbalances may have direct negative consequences
to the eyes.
Acupuncture and Dry
Acupuncture can both directly and indirectly stimulate the glands
around the eyes. Acupuncture increases the circulation of blood and fluid to
the eye. Increased blood flow adds more lubrication, oxygen and nutrients to
the eyes as well as the removal of waste.
In addition to increasing fluids, blood and oxygen,
acupuncture may have an overall anti-inflammatory effect on the eyes.
Needles are never placed in the eyes!
Acupuncture needles may be inserted around the eyes, on the hands,
feet and other locations.
Treatments usually last 20 -40 minutes and may be combined
with other modalities as necessary.
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After years of treating a
wide variety of patients with common complaints such as weight gain, fatigue, brain
fog, insomnia, joint pain, depression, infertility, fluid retention, night
sweats, anxiety, and low immune systems, I am confident that I see the marks of
Individuals are often unaware
that the symptoms they face may be the result of a poor functioning thyroid.
The thyroid is a gland located
in the front of the neck.
It controls your body’s
metabolism. In other words, your metabolic process is dependent on a healthy
thyroid production and the proper cellular utilization of this hormone by the
Through a complex feedback
loop like a thermostat, the thyroid creates a substance known as T4 (thyroxine)
which is converted to T3 (triiodothyronine). T3 acts as the spark in your cells,
it converts the energy contained in glucose to ATP molecule, the body’s main
Millions suffer from hypothyroidism, but their condition is often misdiagnosed.
Laboratory tests check values
relating to TSH, free T4, T3, Reverse T3 uptake and more.
I always check my patient’s
core body temperature.
The proper body temperature
should be 98.6 F.
A low body temperature of
96.0 F or 97.5 F is enough to indicate that the patient may have a low thyroid.
Other positive findings
include weight gain, puffy face, ridging of the finger nails, a swollen tongue
and hair loss.
A low thyroid may occur over-time
because of the following:
Low testosterone in men
Treatment options include:
Levoxyl and Armour thyroid
Nutrition: Low inflammatory
Supplements: B vitamins, minerals and botanicals
Acupuncture and hypothyroidism:
Acupuncture can be an
excellent choice for the treatment of hypothyroidism.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture can stimulate both the
thyroid and adrenal glands, increase blood flow throughout the body, help to
move additional nutrients and oxygen to cells in the body, assist in tissue
healing and hormonal balance.
In addition, acupuncture can help to lower stress by
regulating levels of neurotransmitters, acting in areas of the brain to lower
anxiety, stress and stimulating the production of endogenous opioids that the
Combining regular acupuncture treatments with the
proper nutrients, food plan and botanicals can support any patient who is
experiencing a hypothyroid condition.
In 1984, Micro Acupuncture was developed in Denmark.
It is an advanced acupuncture procedure to treat medically diagnosed degenerative eye diseases.
The discovery of 48 acupuncture points on the hands and feet, not associated with other acupuncture points, will improve the vision of people who may be suffering from macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt’s disease, optic neuritis, diabetic retinopathy and more.
Micro Acupuncture was originally used to resolve arthritic symptoms, but much to everyone’s surprise, patients reported seeing brighter and clearer after the acupuncture treatments.
Currently, there are only a few practitioners in the world trained in Micro Acupuncture technique.
Some patients observe that Micro Acupuncture treatments may improve vision within a couple of days while others require repeated treatments.
Treatment frequency will depend upon the patient condition, age and length of time they have had their degenerative eye disorder.
The standard Micro Acupuncture protocol is two treatments per day for one to two weeks. Other frequency programs may be successfully implemented and are dependent on individual needs.
Most patients feel that two weeks of treatments may last up to one year before maintenance treatments become necessary.
Eye diseases should not necessarily be isolated to the eyes themselves.
We must understand and accept that the eyes are part of the body that they are housed within. The health of the eye is affected by the general condition and health environment of the body.
Micro Acupuncture may steadily improve the condition of the eyes and slow down the progression of degenerative eye diseases.
Micro Acupuncture treatments are provided by Marc Bystock, L.Ac. In New York City.
The weight loss is a hot topic in the U.S. because this country has one of the highest obesity rates in the world.
The CDC estimates that over 65% of Americans are over-weight and over 35% of the population is obese.
The rates are even higher for women.
Obesity and over-weight certainly increase health risks for women, men, and children.
Reduce food cravings: Like the way that acupuncture may treat addictions,
It also can lower food cravings.
Improve digestion: Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea. Acupuncture can harmonize the digestive process making symptoms disappear.
Metabolism: Acupuncture may help to increase metabolic activity including thyroid, endocrine glands and stabilize glycemic index.
Lower Stress: Acupuncture can produce a state of general relaxation producing endorphins and lowering stress levels.
Detoxification: Acupuncture can improve the function of the liver and kidney as well as peristalsis or exiting flow out of the body to ensure that detoxification is well supported.
Support and balance hormones: Acupuncture regulates and harmonizes hormones to work together in a synchronous manner.
Sleep: Acupuncture produces deep high-quality sleep patterns. Good sleep is necessary for your body to heal itself and for the weight loss.
When your body is under stress of any sort, your autonomic nervous system stimulates the adrenal glands to flood your body with cortisol. This gives a temporary boost in energy and increases your appetite causing you to eat more food.
Acupuncture is the reset button for stress reduction.
Treatments 1-2 times per week will lower stress significantly, improve sleep, boost your metabolism and balance hormones.
Acupuncture needles may be placed below the knees and elbows and around the ears.
Acupuncture needles are as thin as a human hair and treatments are painless.
In addition to acupuncture, patients are usually placed on a food plan with herbs and or supplements that are given based on their unique presentation.
For more information on how acupuncture may help you to lose weight, please contact me.