Do You Have Arthritis?

Do You Have Arthritis?

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.

Conventional treatment 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 help arthritis:

  1. Check if you are on any long-term medications that may have side effects promoting inflammation or tissue degradation2
  2. Find out if you have any current infections. Infections cause inflammation to occur.
  3. Eat a low inflammatory diet. Eliminate all refined foods and sugars. Gluten sensitivity may contribute to arthritis. Stay gluten free to lower inflammation.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 be beneficial?

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.

Our  3 Tiered Arthritis Treatment Program:

  1. Resolve or manage inflammation, lower pain
  2. Detoxification diet with supplements & botanicals
  3. Acupuncture, Cold laser and EMF devices

Marc Bystock L.Ac.

280 Madison Avenue, 905

New York, NY

Do You Have Dry Eyes ?

Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Syndrome                                                                         

Do you have dry, burning or tired eyes?

If so, you may have Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or dry eye syndrome.

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 tearing.

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:

  • Age: Tear volume decreases with age. By age 65, there may be 65% decrease in tear production.
  • Medications: Antihistamines, codeine, decongestants, diuretics, birth control
  • Hormonal changes: Post menopause
  • Environmental quality: Tobacco, allergens, pollution
  • Diseases: Sjogren’s, rheumatoid arthritis, blepharitis, autoimmune disorders
  • Surgeries: Lasik surgery
  • Computer use: Over use of computers, tablets and cell phones

Common western medical treatment:

  • Eye drops: corticosteroid drops, antibiotic drops.
  • Punctual plugs: to block tear ducts
  • Special light therapy

Traditional Chinese Medicine:

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 conditions.

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 Eye Syndrome:

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.

For any questions or further information on this topic please visit us at our website.

Marc Bystock L.Ac.

Acupuncture for Eyes

280 Madison Avenue, 905

NY, NY 10016


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Hypothyroid Nation and Acupuncture

Acupuncture Can Support the Many Symptoms of Low Thyroid

Hypothyroid Nation and Acupuncture

We are a low thyroid (hypothyroid) nation!

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 hypothyroidism everywhere.

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 cells.

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 energy currency.

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:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Estrogen dominance
  • Low testosterone in men
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Toxicity
  • Surgery
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • And more

Treatment options include:

Pharmaceuticals: Synthroid, Levoxyl and Armour thyroid

Stress management-Acupuncture and meditation

Nutrition: Low inflammatory diet

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 body makes.

Combining regular acupuncture treatments with the proper nutrients, food plan and botanicals can support any patient who is experiencing a hypothyroid condition.


Marc Bystock, L.Ac.

280 Madison Avenue, 905

NY, NY 10016


Acupuncture for Eye Disorders

Acupuncture for Eye Disorders

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.


Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

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.

These risks include:

• Type 2 diabetes
• High blood pressure
• Heart disease
• Stroke
• Liver disease
• Osteoarthritis
• Gynecological disorders, infertility, PCOS
• Sleep apnea

Obesity rates in the USA really started climbing in the mid-part of the 1980’s.
Today, the levels of obesity continue to climb without any stopping point in sight.

Because the reasons for this rise in overweight and obesity are more complicated than any single source, we must take a comprehensive approach when attempting to treat this disorder.

The old pattern of belief to combat weight gain was simple: to eat less and exercise more.
That simply doesn’t work anymore (at least, not for everyone).

The many reasons for weight gain include, but are not limited to:

Toxic burden
Mitochondria dysfunction
Nutritional imbalances
Hormonal imbalances
Chronic Stress
Glycemic imbalance
Digestive dysfunction
Sleep deprivation


What Can Acupuncture Do for Weight Loss?

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.


Marc Bystock L.Ac.

NYC Best Acupuncture - by Marc Bystock

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