Treating Headaches with Natural Methods

Acupuncture for Headaches?

by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc

Here is a great link which reminds us that acupuncture is considered an effective treatment for Migraine Headaches.

Acupuncture Effective for Migraine Headaches Link

Here is an article I’ve written for my book on Headaches, including Migraines. I hope you will find it helpful. Please feel free to email me any questions or clarification:

by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD

First and foremost, remember that homeopathy and herbs are two totally different types of treatments.

Homeopathy is about 200 years old, discovered in Germany by an MD named Samuel Hahneman, and uses tiny white pills that dissolve under the tongue and must be taken at least twenty minutes from food or drink.

Herbal supplements have basically no rules and are usually taken in capsule form and swallowed.

There are quite a few great herbs for headaches. Some of the ones that I prescribe on a daily basis include Corydalyn, Curcumin, Herbal Analgesic, and White Willow Plus. These formulas are used in place of over the counter pain relievers.

If you suffer from headaches around 10 a.m. or 3 p.m., or if you wake up with a headache, it could be that you are either not eating enough protein or are eating too many refined carbohydrates or sweets, causing blood sugar swings.

Caffeine can also cause headaches although, in some people, caffeine can also alleviate a headache. If you think you might have a blood sugar type of headache, you can try taking the mineral chromium, or the herbal formula Glycen. These are not only good for headaches, but also effective for weight loss, and will curb the appetite, reduce cholesterol, and control blood sugar in diabetes and hypoglycemia.

Homeopathic medicine is the one true cure for headaches, along with acupuncture, Reiki, psychotherapy, cranial-work, and breathwork. Homeopathy and acupuncture are the safest treatment methods to use during pregnancy and nursing!

Some of the most common left-sided headache homeopathic remedies include Lachesis, Sepia, Bryonia, Spigelia, and Pulsatilla.

Some of the most common right-sided homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Sanguinaria, Natrum mur, Lycopodium, and Chelidonium.

Lachesis works particularly well if the headache comes on when you first wake up. A keynote for Sepia is that the headache is better after rigorous exercise, like dancing or jogging. Lycopodium is good for a person who has a temper, and Chelidonium often works well on headaches which originate in the right scapula area of the upper back and go up and into the neck.

If the cause is hormone related, as in puberty, pregnancy, PMS, or menopause, some of the possible homeopathics are Lachesis, Sepia, or Pulsatilla.

When the cause is due to an injury, the remedies most commonly considered will be Arnica, Natrum sulph, or Aconite.

When due to emotional trauma or grief, common remedies are Ignatia, Natrum mur, Aconite, or Pulsatilla.

This information is just touching the surface on the subject of homeopathy for headaches. If you have more specific questions, please consult with a qualified homeopath, such as myself. If you are on medications prescribed by your medical doctor, don’t try any of the previous suggestions without first checking with your doctor, and never take yourself off a prescription medication without the supervision of your MD.

(I’d like to thank the National Center for Homeopathy for inspiring this article on headaches.)

The Urge (and Durge*) of Dopamine

The Urge (and Durge*) of Dopamine

I got a giggle tonight when on the evening news I watched a segment on the “latest scientific” research suggesting a connection between Depression and Parkinson’s Disease.
Why I laughed is because to any holistic doctor it’s common knowlege the connection between Depression, Addictions, and Parkinson’s.
The connection is in the depletion of the neurotransmitter Dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that in normal amounts keeps us happy, motivated, in love, and our brain working correctly.
Depletion of dopamine will also be linked with restless leg syndrome, ADD and ADHD, tremors, lack of motivation, and fuzzy thinking.
Enough Dopamine is linked to exercise, success in life, being in love, and a fulfilling sexual experience.

The great news is that there is actually a simple saliva test to check your Dopamine levels, and if confirmed low, there is a simple and safe supplement you can take to raise it to normal levels.
If you know someone of any age suffering with Depression, any type of Addiction, Parkinson’s, ADD, ADHD, or who has trouble concentrating, send them over to me. We’ll run the test and get them set up on the right program to make them into a “happy camper.” ………And all natually, without the toxic side-effects of drugs!
*Durge: slang for a jerk, or “what were you thinking?” In other words, the behavior

of someone who doesn’t have enough Dopamine.

Allergies and Acupuncture

How Effective is Acupuncture for Allergies?

It’s great when an MD is stating that acupuncture may in fact be effective for treating allergies. But what’s not great is that she is saying it’s not been shown to be proven to be effective as of yet.

Here is the link to the article stating that acupuncture is effective: Acupuncture for Allergies Link

Actually it has been proven and there is plenty of studies on the treatment of allergies using both acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

Sometimes MD’s only read literature they have available to them as an MD and they don’t bother doing further research.

But there are plenty of journals which show many studies on exactly how and why acupuncture and Chinese herbs are so effective, and without the side effects of drugs.

I have had many allergy patients over my 30+ years of practice. As proof of how efective the treatment is, most of my allergy patients come in for a treatment at the same time – i.e. when there are Santa Ana winds, or during the spring season.

Body Piercings Affect Organ Health

Body Piercing Interfers

with Normal Organ Function

by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, Doctor of Chinese Medicine

I have been telling my patients for years that piercings interfere with normal organ functions. This is because the piercing causes a scar across an acupuncture meridian and depending on the area of the scar, the meridian and corresponding organ function will often be negatively affected.
The following article documents this in the case of tongue piercing on the area of the tongue corresponding to the stomach. In this case, it caused digestive problems and when the piercing was removed and the scar healed, the digestive function returned to normal.

Note that if you don’t want to remove your already existing piercings, we can work around it, quite literally, by doing acupuncture near and around the piercings, to “redirect” the energy flow along the meridians. This is also the technique used to work around any scars, such as from cesarian section from child birth, or gall bladder removal.

Stress and Indigestion – Remedies for the Holidays

Holiday Digestion and Stress Relief

Eight Essential Holiday Remedies

I would like to thank all my clients, family, friends and colleagues and wish you all a very happy and fulfilling holiday season.
I think that digestion, stress and over-eating are common concerns during the holidays, and I am hoping that the information in this short article will help increase your energy, immunity, serenity and peace of mind.
The most common digestive symptoms that people have are gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, fuzzy thinking, fatigue after eating, headaches from not eating or after eating, burning in the stomach, sinus congestion and irritability either from not eating or after eating.
Chinese medicine says that if your digestion is working well, everything else will work well too. In other words, if your digestion is not working well, you are assured to have other health problems. Poor overall health follows poor digestive health.
I will look at your tongue. Do you have a coating? Is your coating white or yellow? Do you have teeth marks on the sides? Do you have a bright pink tip? Do you have a crack in the center?
Probiotics are vital for everyone to take. These are the body’s own-naturally occurring bacteria, which become compromised with age or illness. I recommend a product called “IFlor”.
Digestive Enzymes should include both upper and lower GI tract enzymes. I recommend
“PanPlex 2-Phase”.
Many people tend to be allergic to the foods eaten most often, often including gluten, cow’s dairy products, chocolate, tomatoes, and oranges.
Acupuncture, probiotics, and digestive enzymes can help you overcome your allergies.

Dealing with Stress – Daily Meditations:

4 minute Soft Belly Live Meditation Safe Link

10 minute Mindfullness Meditation Safe Link

Give yourself 10 minutes each day to practice Letting Go as a meditation.
Become mindful of each sensation, acknowledge it, and then be grateful for it.
Repeat this gentle process with each thought and feeling you experience.

As a normal part of life, stress enables us to get things done. If left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems. Stress causes a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body. These energetic imbalances can throw off the immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, menstrual irregularities, and aggravation of already troublesome health conditions. Over time, more serious illnesses can develop.

Stressful situations that last over a long period of time can create an ongoing low-level stress that puts continual pressure on the nervous system. Stress can cause the overproduction of negative hormones like cortisol. The extra stress hormones over an extended period of time may wear out the body’s reserves, leading to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and a host of other serious physical and psychological ailments.

Some signs of stress include:

– anxiety or panic attacks
– feelings of constant pressure
– irritability and moodiness
– stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
– allergic reactions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or asthma
– problems sleeping
– overindulgence in food, alcohol, smoking, or drugs
– sadness or depression

Stress is often the cause of illness and can lead to the long-term deterioration of health. Finding a release valve for your stress can help you stay healthy. According to Oriental medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing diseases to affect the body.

Through acupuncture, these stressful energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Why does acupuncture help reduce stress?

Acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

Eight Indispensable remedies for the holidays:

1. Arnica montana – the first remedy to take for auto accidents, trauma, sprains, strains, back pain strain, eye strain, or after surgery or dental work

2. Nux vom – the first remedy to think of for indigestion and over indulgence, especially if you find you are angry or short-tempered or have constipation as well.

3. Magnesium phos – use for muscle spasms, stress, pain relief, and headaches

4. Rescue Remedy – for any kind of physical or emotional stress

5. Ginger tea or capsules – great for indigestion, gas, diarrhea, stomach flu or over indulgence.

6. Ignatia – for grief, saddness, or emotional loss.

7. Acupuncture – acupuncture treatments for stress, muscle spasms, and digestive problems.

8. Meditation, Exercise and Relaxation

Where to Get Homeopathic Remedies: Any health food store or homeopathic pharmacy.

How to Take Them: The homeopathic remedies generally have directions on them. If you are not sure, ask Dr. Martin.

Make sure you don’t eat or drink for about 20 minutes before or after you take them and don’t touch them. Tap them into the cap and then under the tongue for maximum effectiveness.

Precautions: If you are on any prescription medications, never stop taking them without first consulting your Medical Doctor.

First ask your doctor if you can take homeopathic remedies before you try these on your own.
If you or someone you know is experiencing stress, contact me for more information about how acupuncture, homeopathy, and Oriental medicine can help you regain peace of mind, regulate your immune system and stay healthy over the holiday season and throughout 2015.



I look forward to working with you throughout 2015.
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*

Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

What Does Your Tongue Really Show






This link will give you a short course in diagnosing your condition using the tongue.
If you begin to study Chinese medicine, you will find that your tongue is a window to the body and mind. The color, bumps, coating, and shape tells me where you have your imbalance.


Fall Seasonal Tune-Up

Fall Seasonal



………… each seasonal change……….

The tune up will help keep you in balance:
According to Chinese medicine, we are particularly vulnerable to illness at each change of season. Receiving acupuncture at the seasonal change will help your body acclimate to the change in weather, boost the immune system, balance hormones and regulate your sleep/wake cycle.
1. If you like receiving the relaxing benefits of acupuncture, I’ll use those acu-points known to balance the organs related to the fall season we are now in.

2. If you prefer homeopathy, we’ll take the opportunity to discuss your ongoing constitutional treatment to determine your next homeopathic prescription.

3. If you prefer herbs, we’ll choose an herbal formula to match your constitution and the season. Or we can go with a detoxification program for fall.

4. If you want suggestions and advice on how to eat a healthy diet that is in keeping with the seasons, we can evaluate your diet and nutritional supplements as well.

Or, you can have your choice of all four modalities at your seasonal turn-up. Let us know when you schedule your appointment which modalities you prefer, and how long it has been since you last saw Dr. Martin, so that we can schedule you properly.


Justification for Homeopathy

Scientific Homeopathy Article

I often have patients ask me what the scientific basis of homeopathic medicine is.

I finally have an article which is very analytic, clear, and evidence-based as to why and how homeopathic medicine is, in fact, very scientific….. including double-blind studies!

For your friends who are skeptical, or for people who like reading in-depth scientific/referenced types of articles, here it is:

Link to Scientific Homeopathy Article

I personally know homeopathic medicine works. And it works for such a huge variety of problems, both emotional and physical.

On a weekly basis, I use homeopathic medicine effectively to treat hormonal imbalances, depression, insomnia, anxiety, migraines, back pain, joint pains, female infertility, male impotence and ED, IBS, fibroids, sciatica, neck pain, PMS, and chronic fatigue.

When I see something as effective as this…….. I use it!
That’s why I continue to use homeopathy as a powerful tool and adjunct to my acupuncture and Oriental medical practice.

and……the link below is a good one showing the connection between the successful treatment of Dementia and Acupuncture:

Link to Dementia and Acupuncture Article

How is Your Thyroid?

Treating Thyroid Problems with Acupuncture

When functioning properly, the thyroid gland secretes just the right amount of thyroid hormone to regulate almost all the metabolic processes in your body. Too much or too little of these vital body chemicals and it can drastically influence energy levels, body weight and your mental health. With over 20 million Americans living with some form of thyroid disease, much attention has been given to the many ways that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can treat thyroid problems.

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits in the front of the neck. It is responsible for energy, metabolism, hormone regulation, body weight and blood calcium levels. Thyroid disorders stem from either an overproduction (hyperthyroidism) or underproduction (hypothyroidism) of thyroid hormones. When your thyroid is not functioning properly, your body can experience a variety of symptoms:


Weight loss despite increased appetite

Increased heart rate, heart palpitations, higher blood pressure, nervousness, and excessive perspiration

More frequent bowel movements, sometimes with diarrhea

Muscle weakness, trembling hands

Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)

Lighter or shorter menstrual periods


Lethargy, slower mental processes or depression

Reduced heart rate

Increased sensitivity to cold

Tingling or numbness in the hands

Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)

Constipation, heavy menstrual periods or dry skin and hair

Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can be diagnosed by testing the levels of thyroid hormones in your blood. Hormones secreted by the thyroid are measured, as well as thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), a chemical released by the pituitary gland that triggers hormone production in the thyroid. Some milder forms of hypothyroidism can also be detected by a consistently low basal body temperature.

How can acupuncture help?

Both Western and Eastern medicine offer various methods to restore thyroid hormone levels. Western treatments rely mainly on drugs and surgery while Eastern treatments aim to restore immune function as well as balance the production and release of thyroid hormones through a variety of approaches ranging from acupuncture and herbal remedies to lifestyle changes and special exercises.

In the treatment to thyroid problems, acupuncture can be used to restore hormonal balance, regulate energy levels, smooth emotions and help manage sleep, emotions and menstrual problems. There are several powerful acupuncture points on the ear and the body that can be used to regulate the production of thyroid hormones. Treatments take all of your symptoms into account and are aimed at balancing the energy within the body to optimize health.

When it comes to lifestyle changes, a diet rich in protein, calcium, magnesium, and iodine helps support thyroid function while certain foods known as goitrogens may interfere with thyroid hormone production and should be limited. These include cruciferous vegetables (such as cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts), peanuts, and soy. Stress reducing exercises such as yoga or tai chi can also be beneficial.

If you have a thyroid problem, call for a consultation. A custom-tailored treatment plan will be created to suit your individual needs so that you can feel better quickly and safely!


Acupuncture for Overactive Bladder

Acupuncture for Overactive Bladder

This study confirms what I already know: That acupuncture is very effective for treating and curing overactive bladder. Three symple acu-points where used for this study. I use my own combination which includes these as well. I also use Chinese herbs and homeopathy.

Here is the link:

Sample Dr. Martin New E-Book the first section for free:

No Mud No Lotus Link to E-Pub