Got Insurance?

Got Insurance?
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc

Many prospective patients inquire as to whether they have insurance that will cover the treatment of acupuncture. And I’m here to tell you that the answer is an emphatic “YES”!

There are almost no insurance companies these days that don’t have coverage for acupuncture.

30+ years ago, when first decided to go to acupuncture college and embark on this amazing career, I remember being told by many people I respected that I was kind of crazy. “Who would become an acupuncturist,” they would ask? I knew at the time I was being called to follow my heart’s longing.

At that time, there were no insurance companies that paid for acupuncture, so my business was strictly on a cash basis. But things have changed over the years, and today, virtually every single insurance company offers an acupuncture benefit.

If you want to find out, just shoot me an email and I’ll respond with a list of questions for you to call and ask. Meanwhile, here is a partial list of the companies that cover acupuncture that I’m aware of:

*Anthem Blue Cross

*Blue Shield

*Cigna

*Aetna

*United

*Aftra, SAG, Motion Picture, Directors, and Writers Guild

*Align

*Facey, ASH, Lakeside, Regal

*Oscar

*Landmark

*Kaiser

*Triwest / Veteran Administration

*Worker’s Compensation cases

*Auto Accident Cases

Email me for the list of questions for you to call and ask your insurance company to see your exact coverage.

~~I’ve got you covered~~

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Newly Published Article on Irritable Bowel Syndrome
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc

The following article of was just published in a neighborhood magazine here in Los Angeles. The subject is IBS/IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease). There are a wide range of digestive issues that my article addresses.

The suggestions it contains would be helpful for anyone wanting to improve their digestion. In Chinese medicine, we say that all healing begins in the gut. In other words, the range of problems that start and have their cause in the gut include:

*Leaky Gut Syndrome

*All types of Arthritis

*Migraine headaches

*Eczema and Psoriasis

*Bad breath

*Dental problems, including gums

*Sinus problems

*All ear, nose and throat infections

*Inflammation anywhere in the body.

This is why my article is so important. So many people have these types of problems and don’t realize that they all begin with digestion and assimilation of what we eat, first and foremost.

I hope you enjoy it. And feel free to email with any follow-up questions

(Note: I’ve included a copy of the article below, and if you have trouble reading it, it’s also in PDF format at the end of this newsletter.)

Holistic Choices for Treatment of Colds and Flu

Natural Treatments for Colds and Flu
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc

There is a lot you can do to help boost your immune system during cold and flu season. The four most effective treatments are getting frequent acupuncture sessions, exercising, sleeping enough, and eating well.

Here is a list of supplements and homeopathic remedies you can use to boost your immune system, for both prevention and treatment:

Stage 1: The Beginning (Use in lower doses for prevention):

The more of these products you can take, the better. After your first experience with these, you will find which specific combinations work best for you. Each person is unique and will respond differently:

• Vitamin C – 1000 mg, three times per day

• Vitamin E – 400 I.U., two times per day

• Beta Carotene or OPCs (or both) – 25,000 I.U., two times per day

• Jade Screen or Astragalus or Immune+ – Three tablets, three times per day, to be taken on an empty stomach

• Colostrum – One to two tablets per day

• A strong mushroom formula (Stamitz) – take as directed on the bottle

• Isatis Gold (or some Isatis Product) – Three pills, three times per day

• Lonicera Formula – Four pills, four times per day

• Toxic Heat Formula for sore/strep throat – Six pills, three to four times per day

• Oscillococcinum Homeopathic – As directed on the box

• Influenzinum Homeopathic – This is made for the current year’s flu season; be sure to purchase the current version of this remedy

• Consult with Dr. Martin to identify the best homeopathic remedy for your specific symptoms

• Umcka Syrup

• Airborne (from the regular pharmacy)

• Kyolic Garlic

• Eat lots of garlic and onions to boost immunity

• Don’t eat frozen or cold foods, cow’s dairy, sugar, gluten, fried food, or heavy fats

• Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water with honey and a dash of cayenne pepper two times per day

Stage 2: Head Cold:

• Mostly same as above, except Oscillococcinum can be replaced with a more specific homeopathic for your specific symptoms, such as: Gelsemium, Arsenicum album or Allium cepa as some of the most typical homeopathics for head colds or allergies.

Stage 3: The Worst (fever, or other symptoms that won’t stop):

• Mostly same as above, except replace Oscillococcinum with one of the following:

• Ferrum phosphoricum 12C for low fever

• Belladonna 30C / 200C for high fever

• Herbal ABX – Four pills, four times per day

• For coughing, add Respirtrol, Spongia tosta 12C and/or Hepar sulphuris 12C

• For persistent coughing add Herbal ENT

For kids, I use homeopathy, dietary and nutritional counseling, and Chinese herbs. (Most kids don’t want acupuncture, but on occasion, if they see their parents receive acupuncture, and they want to it, I’ll also use the needles for the kids (and insurance pays if we do the acupuncture also.) 😀

When sick, I can consult over the phone for a reduced fee, without you ever having to come in or bring your child into the office – so you don’t spread the germs around.
….You’ve Got To Love Your Acupuncturist….and Homeopath…

Effective Pediatric Holistic Treatments

Holistic and Effective Pediatric Treatments
I happened to find myself at an MD Ear Nose and Throat doctor a few days ago. In the waiting room I saw so many mom’s with their kids. I realized that they simply are not aware that there are just as effective holistic treatments which are inexpensive, without side effects, and pleasant for their child. In fact, kids love taking homeopathic remedies!!!

If you know a family with kids, please pass this on to them:

Did you know that one of my specialties, in addition to all Women’s Health issues and Pain Management, is Holistic Pediatric Treatment? Yes, for 30+ years I’ve been effectively and gently treating kids for a wide variety of health problems, including the following:

*Ear Aches and Infections
*Colds and Flue
*Colic
*Teething Difficulties
*Developmental Issues such as speech delay
*ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders
*Eczema and Psoriasis
*Asthma, Coughs and Respiratory Problems

I extend my heartfelt hand in treating and helping to educate you and your family so that you can be my partner in treating your entire family using natural, safe and effective holistic methods.

For kids, I use homeopathy, dietary and nutritional counseling, and Chinese herbs. (Most kids don’t want acupuncture, but on occasion, if they see their parents receive acupuncture, and they want to it, I’ll also use the needles for the kids (and insurance pays if we do the acupuncture also.) 😀

Email me for more information. In most cases, I can consult over the phone for a reduced fee, without you ever having to bring your child into the office.
….You’ve Got To Love Your Acupuncturist….and Homeopath…

7 Essential Supplements

Dr. Martin’s Essential Seven (7) Supplement List
(Dr. Martin’s Holiday Hours Remain the Same Throughout the Holiday Season)
Wishing you and yours a blessed and warm-hearted holiday!
Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
Here is a list of what I consider essential supplements for everyone to take:
1. Multi-vitamin/mineral for your gender and age: not everyone eats right, and our soils are depleted in the nutrients we need. A good multi-vitamin/mineral formula is your insurance that you are getting you minimum daily needs met.
2. Vitamin D3: This vitamin is essential to so many metabolic processes in the body, not the least of which is immunity and healthy bones.
3. Vitamin K2: This vitamin protects bone and arterial/cardio-vascular health.
4. Fermented Cod Liver Oil: This essential supplement is great for reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity, and to increase your brain function.
5. Probiotic: The best and easiest way to keep your digestion functioning well is to take one or two daily.
6. Curcumin: Research has shown it works great for improving memory, as well as reducing inflammation and pain anywhere in the body.
7. Magnesium Glycinate: This mineral acts to calm the mind and relax your muscles. Great for your neck, shoulder, back, joints and leg pain. Also helps with insomnia.
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(Photo courtesy: Bob Wong, Art of Acupuncture)
Acupuncture: Of course, weekly acupuncture goes a long way in helping with sleep, longevity, weight loss, cravings, reducing pain, and helping you cope with holiday stress! Almost all insurance is accepted. Sliding scale for those in need.
Remember that both Veterans and Kaiser patients also qualify for acupuncture; just ask your doctor for a referral. And all HMO and PPO insurance plans now cover acupuncture as well as Worker’s Comp and Auto Accident Insurance. If you need help finding out, just send me an email.

Holiday Healthy Tips

Dr. Martin’s Holiday Tips and Holiday Hours
Dr. Martin’s Holiday Hours Remain the Same Throughout the Holiday Season
Wishing you and yours a blessed and warm-hearted season.
Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
Happy Holidays ~~ Here are some holiday healthy tips for you and your friends and loved ones.

Overeating and Indigestion: Homeopathic Nux vom 30C – 5 pills, am and pm. Or if you just ate too much, take an immediate dose. Remember that homeopathics are available at any health food store, and are taken under the tongue and dissolved.
Ginger: Use either ginger tea, or ginger capsules for any type of indigestion, gas, bloating, or overeating.
Magnesium Glysenate: Take 250 mg, 2X per day for stress, muscle tension
Glysen: 1 pill, 3X per day to stabilize blood sugar to cut down your sugar cravings and help in weight loss.

Acupuncture: Of course, weekly acupuncture goes a long way in helping with sleep, longevity, weight loss, cravings, reducing pain, and helping you cope with holiday stress! Almost all insurance is accepted. Sliding scale for those in need.
Remember that both Veterans and Kaiser patients also qualify for acupuncture; just ask your doctor for a referral. And all HMO and PPO insurance plans now cover acupuncture as well as Worker’s Comp and Auto Accident Insurance. If you need help finding out, just send me an email.

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?
By Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
Most people think that they don’t have leaky gut syndrome if they don’t have gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or pain after eating. But in reality, there are many more symptoms of leaky gut syndrome than just these common digestive problems. Other common symptoms of leaky gut syndrome are:
*Headaches and Migraines
*Sinus congestion
*Mental Fog
*Allergies
*Plugged up ears
*Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Auto-Immune Diseases
*Thyroid Problems
*Dental Issues
*Bad Breath
*Muscle aches and pains
*Chronic Fatigue
*Chronic Immune Problems
If you have leaky gut syndrome, it means that you’re not digesting and assimilating what you eat. The food passes through the stomach and intestinal lining as larger food particles, and causes toxins to enter the blood stream. It is these toxins that cause the problem.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IS TO TAKE PANPLEX 2 AND IFLORA. THESE ARE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES AND PROBIOTICS.
Not all digestive enzymes and probiotics are the same. They vary in quality tremendously. If you already have your own, please bring them in and compare them to what I recommend.
Next: Take Fermented Cod Liver Oil to heal your stomach lining the help assimilation while reducing inflammation in the body. I also recommend a strong Curcumin supplement. The one I have is the strongest and cheapest I’ve found.
For Immunity, I like the Stamitz Mushrooms which target your immune issues.
For the thyroid, we will also add a thyroid supplement which will help in weight loss, metabolism and overall energy.
For muscle pains, and joint pains I recommend a strong Magnesium supplement. The one I use is Magnesium glycinate.
For MENTAL FOG I use a product from Pure Encapsulations called Memory Pro.
ACUPUNCTURE IS YOUR BEST LINE OF DEFENSE FOR MENTAL FOG, DIGESTIVE ISSUES, SINUS CONGESTION AND ARTHRITIS — ALSO FOR MIGRAINES AND TENSION HEADACHES.
Acupuncture will also create a calm sensation, releasing endorphines and serotonine, helping with stress and sleep.
The best and cheapest way to deal with allergies and sinus problems is with Acupuncture, Evergreen Magnolia Formula, and D-Hist and Sinutrol Formulas
Veterans and Kaiser patients also qualify for acupuncture; just ask your doctor for a referral. All HMO and PPO insurance plans now cover acupuncture as well as Worker’s Comp and Auto Accident Insurance. If you need help finding out, just send me an email.

Holistic Treatment for Election Stress

Holistic Resources for Election Stress
By Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
If you or your friends or family are feeling symptoms of stress from the election, here are some resources for you.
Teas:
Chamamille Tea – very calming and relaxing; helps with sleep
Ginger and Tumeric Tea – relaxing and anti-inflammatory; pain and mental fatigue
Chinese Herbs:
Calm ZZZ – helps with all your symptoms of stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression
Western Herbs:
Kava Kava – used by many cultures for hundreds of years to reduce symptoms of stress
Valerian Root – very strong herb for relaxation or sleep
Supplements:
5-HTP – an amino acid which will help relax you; or for sleep
Stress Factors – a great formula combining herbs and minerals for calming and anxiety
The Mineral Lithium – good for all stress, anxiety, ADHD, phobias
Tyrosine – an amino acid for saddness or depression
Magnesium Glycinate – natural relaxing mineral; helps relax the mind, improve sleep
Curcumin – anti-inflammatory for pain or muscle spasms; increases mental clarity

Homeopathic Medicine:
Magnesium phos – good for sleep and to relax the muscles; headaches, neck and back pain
Kali Phos – use as a tonic when feeling completely run down
Ignatia – an acute homeopathic for grief and loss
Nitric Acid – a deep acting homeopathic for deep-seated anger or resentment.
Acupuncture:
If you are experiencing insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, neck pain, back pain, hypertension or other symptoms of stress, acupuncture is very effective, and your insurance will cover your treatment.
Veterans and Kaiser patients qualify for acupuncture; just ask your doctor for a referral to see me. All HMO and PPO insurance plans now also cover acupuncture. If you need help finding out, just shoot me an email.
If you don’t yet have health insurance, then please sign up during open enrollment right now. If you are confused, I can refer you to an insurance agent. You may also feel free to ask me about my sliding scale if you have financial hardship and no insurance.
Note: All supplements are available for sale either in my office or can be shipped to you within a couple of days.
Final Note: Please never stop any medications you are taking from your MD without first consulting your MD. I have offered some suggestions in this article, but I’m also available to consult with you and recommend specific forms of treatment tailored to your particular issues. Just shoot me an email to schedule a personalized consultation in person, by phone, or email.

IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, IBD and Crohn’s Disease

IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, IBD and Crohn’s Disease
By Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
One of the most effective types of treatments I have ever done over the past thirty+ years in private practice has been treatment of the range of digestive problems called inflammatory bowel disorders (IBD). The range of diagnoses’ that are treated include colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease, indigestion, gas, bloating, inflammation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and fatigue.

I have lectured extensively to support groups and I always emphasis the incredible effectiveness of holistic treatment. I have had patients who were unable to leave home for longer than a few hours at a time, who, after treatment had absolutely zero limitations on their travel from home. I have had many patients state that their lives had been totally transformed with holistic treatment.

Most of my patients had been living with these problems for many years, and had not realized there were safe, natural, and effective methods for treating their problems.

Although many patients respond to traditional Western treatment, some fail to respond to these drugs. In addition, there are always risk factors and side effects from the Western pharmaceutacal drugs; in contrast, natural treatments have no side effects and are risk free.

Smoking, nicotine, coffee, and steroidal drugs are known to make Ulcerative Colits and IBS much worse, although there is also a genetic factor to consider. Diet has also been shown to play a large role in the causation of IBS.

In Chinese medicine, we have our own methods for determining which dietary factors are involved in exacerbating IBS.

We use the tongue and pulse diagnosis in Chinese medicine. According to these methods, we can determine which diet would be the best for each unique person.

Common foods which should always be avoided in IBD are ice cream, iced drinks, wheat and gluten containing foods, corn, cow’s dairy products, peanuts, red meat, sugar containing foods, cold, raw or frozen foods, coffee, caffeine, oranges, alcohol, spicy foods, fried foods, and other foods which we label as “Yin” or “Damp” in Chinese medicine.

Correcting nutritional deficiencies is a major portion of the treatment as well. By analyzing blood, saliva, urine, stool, and/or hair tests, we can see where the problems arise, and gain an additional understanding in developing the individualized treatment plans.

Supplements which are often needed include Vitamin A and Beta Carotene, DHEA, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and the essential fatty acids, including omega-3, 6 and 9. Probiotics, such as Lactobacillus, and Bifidobacteria are also very helpful.

Also, we use Glutamine, Phosphatidylcholine and anti-inflammatory supplements such as Curcumin, Quercetin and Rutin.

We also use Chinese herbs and acupuncture to heal the digestive tract and strengthen the lining of the stomach and small intestines.

Please be sure to never take yourself off any prescribed medications without your doctor’s supervision. The quantities for supplements and herbs vary with each individual. Not all supplements work for everyone. This holistic program should be individually prescribed by your doctor to meet your particular needs.

In summary, the combined use of both Western and natural methods of treating IBD is quite effective. Some people respond better to one or more types of treatment, but everyone will do well with some combination.

Acupuncture For Stress

Acupuncture for Stress
One of my favorite types of acupuncture, both when I receive it myself, and when I perform acupuncture on my patients, is using acupuncture to relieve stress.

The technique I use is based on treating the energy centers in the body – the chakras, along with specific points called “4 gates” and “shen men”. I also add a special point in the ear for relaxation and balancing.

The net effect is to put the body/mind/spirit into a parasympathetic mode. This is the opposite of the state of mind we often function with: the sympathetic mode. The acupuncture treatment stops the flow of cortisol and increases the flow of endorphins and serotonin.

Endorphins and serotonin are the neurotransmitters secreted when you feel at ease and happy. If you exercise, they are why you feel positive and relaxed after a good jog, hike, dance or walk. Acupuncture when done for stress reduction will also put your mind in a relaxed “alpha state.”

If you would like to try this type of treatment, and you are either new to acupuncture or you haven’t been in for a while, I’m more than happy to give you an introductory fee – just shoot me an email. But remember that most insurance companies also cover the cost of acupuncture these days; even Kaiser, HMO’s and almost all PPO’s. I’m also a certified provider for Worker’s Comp. cases, and on the list of providers for veteran’s through TriWest.

You owe it to yourself and your stressed out body to give this a try….

For additional Stress Reduction, here is a link to the most recent Oprah Meditation: