A Word About Headaches

A Word About Headaches

by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME

The Treatment of Headaches is one of the most common problems I see in my practice! Almost all of us get a headache from time to time. Some of us get chronic Migraine headaches that can last for days and be completely debiliting.

If you or someone you know has a problem with headaches, please do yourself or them a favor and email me for an appointment today. Headaches are one of the easiest things to cure using acupuncture.

Insurance almost always pays for treatment of headaches using acupuncture!!! This includes HMO insurance plans.

The cause of headaches can be muscle tension, PMS, hormone imbalances, blood sugar swings, stress, lack of sleep, worry, anxiety; and sometimes even without knowing the cause, acupuncture will still work quite well in just a few treatments.

If you have headaches, stay away from sugar. It will make them worse! Try and eat a healthy diet of complex carbohydrates, healthy protein, and vegetables. Also drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. Headaches can often be caused by dehydration!

Headaches can also be caused by a low thyroid or imbalances in hormones. The best thing to do is for us to run a complete blood panel. We may also want to run a saliva and urine test to check your neurotransmitter levels. If you have low serotonin and high cortisol, this can cause your headaches.

Also be sure you are exercising at least 20 minutes per day with a brisk walk. Take the stairs instead of elevators; park your car as far from the entrance of buildings as possible and encourage yourself to walk whenever possible. Create time for a healthy lifestyle and relaxation.

Dr. Martin can help you reduce your headaches through acupuncture, nutrition, and diet; and insurance will cover the treatments!

Natural Facial Rejuvenation

Natural Facial Rejuvenation

by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME

My thanks to Sandee Whiteman who interviewed me a few weeks ago to write this article publised on http://perfectskintoday.com.

I’ve been doing facial, breast and other natural acupuncture cosmetic rejuvenation methods for many years. Here is Sandee’s article based on her interview with me:

In Los Angeles, you will find there are so many treatments to help with anti-aging, but one that has been used for centuries, is still a making a mark in this decade and that is Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a non-surgical treatment, which reduces the signs of aging. The treatment is based on treating not just the facial region, but also the whole body. This is because the face is a reflection of the mind, body, and spirit. By treating the whole person, Dr. Martin can help to bring a natural glow to your skin. The treatment is safe compared to invasive options and it is the only treatment that actually treats the whole body and improves the overall health in a person.

Now you may ask: how does it work? Well I was thinking the same, but decided to get a treatment done myself, by one of the best in Los Angeles.

Dr Randy Martin, OMD, is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and has three offices throughout the Los Angeles area. He has been practicing and teaching Acupuncture since 1983. He has published numerous articles on Oriental Medicine, as well produced various audio and videos on a variety of health topics at the National and International level. He considers his highest calling to help others become their own healer.

His first two books, 1.) Optimal Health, How to Get It, and 2.) How To Keep It, and No Mud, No Lotus, are available on Amazon.

During my initial consultation with Dr. Randy Martin, he asked me several questions regarding my general health and also asked if I may have any other specific health concerns. Of course being a woman at any age, we all have cosmetic health concerns, and I was concerned about the fine lines and a furrow brow line, along with some adult acne and some pain in my neck and upper back.

I found it interesting that during the consultation, Dr Martin found that stemming from my answers I may have digestive problems that would be related to my facial wrinkles. He suggested we work together on the digestive system along with acupuncture points on the face, such as the small fine lines and furrow brow.

Now some may say “Wait…I’m scared of needles!” Well these needles are not your average surgical needles, and Dr Randy Martin said that: “Acupuncture should never hurt.” So this gave me a strong sense of relief…

Dr. Randy Martin uses very thin needles and says these work just as well as some other acupuncturist’s thicker needles. Dr. Martin also uses a guide tube and this helps target each acu-point throughout the body, and further lesson the sensation of the needle. His main focus is to analyze all symptoms of imbalance in the body and mind together, thereby bringing you back into balance…

So after discussing the consultation issues and my concern about the needles, the treatment began. It was surprisingly very calming and relaxing. The needles were placed on meridians (invisible energy pathways) of the body based on the consultation; I fell into a deep slumber alpha state for 45 minutes.

After the treatment I noticed that my skin was glowing and that the small lines and furrow brow were less noticeable. I also noticed within a few days that my bowels and digestive system were more regular.

The results are in: Cosmetic Acupuncture WORKS, and is definitely a Cosmetic Treatment on the market that needs to be experienced for radiant skin and for your overall mind, body and spirit…. Feel good and take a trip to one of Dr. Randy Martin’s offices either in Valencia, Encino or West Los Angeles. For more information visit www.drrandymartin.com, or email Dr. Martin at drrandymartin@gmail.com

Moles, Warts – Holistic Treatments

Moles, Warts – Holistic Treatment

by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
 

 
Is There An Alternative Treatment for Warts  or Moles?
 
Yes, most definitely!  First, according to Oriental medicine, warts are connected to the Liver and Gall Bladder, or the wood element.  So if you have warts or moles that keep growing back, they are most probably an indication of an imbalance or toxicity in your Liver or Gall Bladder Meridians. 
 
From the Western medical point of view, the wart exists independently of any particular pathology.  But this should not surprise you, since most problems, according to Western medicine, exist independently of any other body function or cause.  Western medicine says that warts are caused by the HPV or the human papiloma virus.  But Oriental medicine sees every symptom as connected to other parts of the body and meridian system.
 
What Is The Meaning of A Wart?
 
First, it is important to remember that the wart represents an internal imbalance and toxicity and is actually  a sign that your body is trying to rid itself of this toxicity.  When the wart is burned off, it may drive the imbalance into a deeper part of the body, (usually the liver), thus creating an even more difficult time of overall healing.
 
You must learn to respect your body’s symptoms, no matter how benign in appearance or inconvenient they may be, and acknowledge the wisdom of the body to balance itself out by throwing toxicity to the surface where it will do less harm than if contained within the internal, more important organs.
 
What Can I Do To Treat Warts?

Here is what you can do.  Nutritionally, you can take the following supplements which have proven effective in removing warts: 
 
1.  Squeeze the contents of one vitamin E capsule on the wart and keep covered with a bandaid.  Repeat daily for about one to two months.
2.  Take vitamin E (in dry form) and beta carotene.
3.  Topically apply homeopathic Thuja ointment to the wart or mole.
4.   Reduce your intake of bad fats, refined sugars, white flour and dairy products since all of these could cause  further stagnation and toxicity in the liver and gall bladder meridians.
5.  Consider doing a gall bladder flush.  We can talk more about it during a consultation.
6.  There are many homeopathic remedies that are very effective in treating warts and moles.  Some of the most common are Thuja, Antimonium crud, and Causticum.  You will need the help of an experienced homeopath since a warts and moles are symptoms of deeper imbalances and you will probably need to be treated constitutionally and over a longer period of time to permanently remove them.
 
What Message Do Warts Have To Tell Me On An Emotional Level?
 
The Liver and Gall Bladder meridians relate to the emotions of anger and resentment, so you should examine your mode of dealing with stress in your life.  Establish coping mechanisms that allow you to release your stress patterns without harming yourself or others.   Meditation, acupuncture, guided imagery, walking, swimming, or psychotherapy are some possibilities.  You may have already noticed that more warts tend to “grow” during times of stress.  This is because the constricted energy is creating further blockage in the liver.

Acupuncture for Addictions

Acupuncture for Addictions

by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc

Here is a great article on MRI research proving that Acupuncture increases Dopamine in the brain and the receptors in the brain for Dopamine. A reduction in Dopamine, which is a very common result of stress, is at the core of Addications, Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression, ADD and OCD.

LINK – ACUPUNCTURE FOR ADDICTIONS MRI RESEARCH

This MRI research shows that the receptor sites and the Dopamine are increased, and their effects remain, after Acupuncture.

In my practice, I see this all the time. Acupuncture induces a deep sense of relaxation, and increases overall productivity in one’s life. Similar to Meditation. Acupuncture, when combined with meditation and Quantum Laser Light Therapy, does even more.

Additionally, when one takes a non-invasive saliva and urine Neurotransmitter Test, the test validates a depletion of serotonin and dopamine. Then we can also give a special supplement which will balance these Neurotransmitters in the brain.
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Dr. Martin’s Specialties:

Allergies, Headaches, Women’s Health, Anxiety, Insomnia, All Addictions, Fertility, Sciatica,

Back and Neck Pain, Digestive Problems, Breast Augmentation, Facial Cosmetic Treatment

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All Pain Management and Family Medicine.

Please email to schedule your appointment and check on Your insurance coverage.

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Also offer sliding scale for those in need

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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:

TREATING HEADACHES WITH HOMEOPATHY AND HERBS
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

and
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.
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*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

TONGUE

DIAGNOSIS:

 

 

WHAT DOES YOUR
TONGUE 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.
LINK TO TONGUE DIAGNOSIS
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