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

Athletic Injuries and Lower Back Pain

Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc
Doctor of Chinese Medicine

I have been asked quite a few times over the last few weeks if I’m watching the World Cup. I’m not sure how to respond since I don’t want to sound anti-social. But in truth, it’s hard for me to watch competitive athletic events that have a lot of concussive types of injuries involved…… It brings up old memories for me.

Some of you may know that I competed internationally for the United States in pre-Olympic competition, when in high school and college, and that I was on a full gymnastics scholarship at USC. Gymnastics was largely my life.

As a direct result of working out for so many years and for so many hours every day, I had many gymnastics injuries. It was these injuries that were the primary reason I went to see my first acupuncturist. Acupuncture was very effective at curing those injuries.

I also saw most of my buddies with many injuries as a result of their gymnastics competitiions. And it’s now coming out in the press that many of our most popular sports heroes also have many concussive and chronic injuries. We can see in any typical day of the Worl Cup at least a few injured athletes.

Flash forward…

A patient recently contacted me with the following question:

“I have recurring back pain that resurfaces once or twice every year.” She said, “….and just recently, I have been seeing a chiropractor for the neck and shoulder pain I have as a result of a rear-end car collision. I was wondering, in your honest opinion, will acupuncture or other holistic medicine help me, and to what degree can it help?”

“Yes, acupuncture will definitely help to relieve your pain,” I answered. Then I went on to respond in a little more depth, because so many people do not realize how effective acupuncture really is for pain control and athletic injuries.

I had another patient tell me that after going to his chiropractor six times for a shoulder injury, it still hurt. The chiropractor recommended he add acupuncture to the treatments. And after only a few acupuncture treatments, he was almost completely healed and was able to get right back to weight-lifting again.

Acupuncture works great on neck, shoulder, and back pain, whether due to auto accidents, sports injuries, or other more chronic problems. Usually when someone is not healing properly from a car accident or sports injury, it’s because the trauma “kicked in” some deeper imbalance. The injury might actually be related to poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep or exercise, lifestyle issues, or other problems that will become clear to me as I get to know you personally.

There are also certain emotional factors that usually accompany lower back pain. Since according to Chinese medicine, the lower back is controlled by the kidneys, Chinese medicine says that lower back pain involves the emotion of fear. (Each organ and part in the body has a corresponding emotion.)

There are two ways I approach treatments. Option A is to just do acupuncture. This works very well, especially if there are no underlying imbalances. Many people with back pain report that after a few treatments, they feel substantially better. Option B is for more stubborn problems that have been around for a longer period of time.

For those, it’s best to have a longer consultation and devise a longer-term strategy, allowing me determine the underlying imbalances in your body based on your complete history, blood analysis, diet or other lab work.

In addition, we can do the Chinese tongue and pulse diagnosis. Then we create a plan based on acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, supplements, and homeopathy.

Some of the most common herbs and supplements I might use for lower back pain in conjunction with the acupuncture include the following:

· Pain X – a great anti-inflammatory and pain killer
· PSI Nighttime – a good pain reliever which also helps with sleep when you are in pain
· Magnesium and calcium combination – provides vital vitamins and minerals to help bring down the swelling in the back and around the vertebrae.
· Back Pain (Lower) – a good Chinese herbal formula to strengthen the kidney yin and increase the circulation in the lower extremities and back

Some of the common homeopathic remedies used for lower back pain include the following:
· Mag phos – used as a muscle relaxer and to help with sleep
· Colocynth – helps with muscle cramping
· Rhus tox – indicated when the lower back pain is better after you begin to move around a lot
· Bryonia – indicated if you are better not moving around, just lying still in bed

After the initial problem is better, I usually see people monthly for a tune-up acupuncture treatment and to assess if the herbal, homeopathic, and nutritional program is holding. If it stops working, then we sit down to figure out why and create a new and different program.

With normal life stress, most people can really benefit from getting on a program like this. If you want just a quick solution, and you don’t stick to it over the long-term, it might not work. Many of my patients start with just acupuncture alone, and when they see how effective acupuncture really is, they then choose to delve deeper into more of the underlying issues.
I like to work as a team with Chiropractic doctors, and practitioners of other holistic modalities. So if you are already having good results with your chiropractor, I would suggest sticking with him or her while adding the other treatment methods on.

It’ll result in a more effective and longer-lasting healing effect. I like my patients to get massages, chiropractic treatments, and sometimes counseling, energy work or therapy. Meditation is also helpful. It’s also important for patients to have an MD whom they trust and who is open to working as a team. This teamwork approach will be much more effective than any single type of treatment would be on its own.

How Should I Feel After My Acupuncture?

How Should I Feel After My Acupuncture Treatment?
I’m asked this question a lot, and the answer is always the same: “It depends.”
But on what does it depend?
    That is the real question. Well, it depends on many factors, including the kind of problem you’re being treated for.
Depending on what you’re being treated for, you might experience different types of reactions to the acupuncture treatment.
            If you are being treated for a systemic problem, like migraines or ovarian fibroids, then you may experience a healing aggravation. This means your condition may appear to worsen or some other uncomfortable physical or emotional symptoms may arise, but these (as well as the original problem) will subside as your body works to heal itself. If you are being treated for a short-term, pain-related problem, then the likelihood of a healing aggravation is not as high.
            Systemic problems include anything hormone-related or having anything to do with one of the various organ systems in the body. Examples are the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, the emotional system, the urinary system, the digestive system, and the like. Because these systems are so complicated, often a problem related to one of the systems might take longer to heal.
            When undergoing treatment for these types of problems, a person will often experience a healing aggravation, or healing crisis. This could mean you experience a rash, headaches, or even nausea. Sometimes, certain emotions such as anger, or weepiness and saddness, may overcome you.
            These are all signs that your body is healing and correcting imbalances by releasing physical and emotional toxins that may have been held in the body. The healing aggravation occurs when the problem gets temporarily worse before getting better.
            Depending on the severity of your health problem, you may experience positive results immediately, or the treatment might take some time. The length of time it takes to feel the healing results of the treatment may be anywhere from one treatment to six months of treatments.
            I’ve seen many migraine patients who experienced relief with one treatment, and other migraine patients who didn’t experience complete pain relief for about six months or so after the treatment. In general, the more severe the health problem, and the longer you have had the problem, the longer it’s going to take to heal and establish permanent results.
            Please remember that this is a general rule and, depending on other factors, even a longstanding, severe problem can sometimes respond quite well to acupuncture in just a few short weeks. I recently treated a man in his 50s for long-standing asthma and coughing that cleared up in three treatments. I generally tell people that it’ll take half as long as you’ve had the problem to completely heal it. But that is not to say that you won’t experience significant relief and benefits from your treatments long before this time period. It has been my experience that most people find significant relief in just three or four treatments, regardless of the length of time they’ve had the problem.
Treatment time will vary depending on what result we are trying to accomplish and the following additional factors:
1. How many needles are used?
Some forms of acupuncture may use only one or two needles placed strategically on specific points meant to elicit a constitutional balancing. Other treatments may use 20 to 30 needles or more. Depending on the strength of the various types of treatments, you may feel entirely different after one type of treatment than after another and get entirely different results. In fact, even if you had the same treatment for two consecutive weeks, you might feel different after each treatment, because the energy traveling through your acupuncture meridians is constantly shifting and changing.
2. How many treatments have you received?
In general, the more treatments you receive, the better results you are going to have. This is also true in terms of frequency. If you have been feeling very depressed and come in for acupuncture, I will probably recommend you have treatments twice a week. This is not to say that you won’t get as good a result if I only see you weekly, or twice monthly, but you will receive the benefit more quickly if you receive treatments more often. Most people receive a very nice benefit from the treatment after about eight to ten treatments, and then after that they will decide to let the frequency trail off to every other week, or once a month.
3. Which type of acupuncture is being used?
There are so many different types of acupuncture. Each type was “invented” by a different doctor, and most have proven to be quite successful. You could go to 20 different acupuncturists and receive 20 different types of treatments. The important thing is that you experience significant improvement and that you feel comfortable with the acupuncturist and your treatments. Comparing types of acupuncture treatments is like comparing apples with asparagus. Each practitioner you see will tell you something different.
4. How much toxicity is stored in your tissues and cells?
Most people living in our culture do not eat and drink only perfectly healthy food. Also, if you live in a large city, you are breathing air that is not too pure. So for the average patient I see, there is quite a bit of detoxification that goes along with the acupuncture treatment. Often, people will report headaches, changes in bowel and urination habits, and emotional shifts. If you are someone who rarely expresses yourself emotionally, you might find that after receiving regular acupuncture treatments, you are more apt to say what is on your mind. On the other hand, if you tend to have an explosive streak in you, you might tend to become more calm and relaxed, as you detoxify.
            Above all, acupuncture allows the body to heal itself by releasing toxins and allowing a free flow of energy that helps you reestablish harmony in your body and in your life.
5. How much anxiety or stress are you under?
If you are a relaxed person and not stressed out, if you are not subject to worry and anxiety, and if you sleep well, then the acupuncture will relax you on a much deeper level. If you are someone who is under stress and has anxiety, then the acupuncture will still relax you, but it will last only a few days. The treatments compound themselves, so that the more acupuncture you receive, the longer and deeper your relaxation response will be.
6. What is your diet like?
If you have a healthy diet for your body type, the acupuncture will work more quickly. In fact, many of my patients who are balanced in terms of diet and nutrition experience a spike in their energy and better sleep after each acupuncture treatment.
7. How much water and other fluids do you drink to keep your body hydrated and flushing out toxins?
If you have ever received a massage, you probably remember that they usually give you a glass of water after the treatment. This is because your body will naturally release toxins after a massage. So, too, with acupuncture. It’s important to drink enough fluid to keep your body’s toxins moving out of you. It’s also a good idea to drink electrolyte water, so that the fluids you are drinking are more easily assimilated and you re-establish your sodium, potassium, and other minerals and micro-nutrients.
8. Do you exercise regularly?
Exercise is essential to effective treatment. If you exercise daily, your acupuncture treatment will feel better and you will get more out of it. Acupuncture gives your body a head start on the path to wellness, balancing your hormones and your neurotransmitters; exercise does the same thing, so they act in tandem.
In summary, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of eating right, exercising, getting a lot of fluids into your system, and learning to relax—not only for your health in general, but also for increasing the effectiveness of your acupuncture.