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

Chakra Balancing and Stress Reduction

Relaxing and Balancing Treatment

to Align the Chakras

 

 

 

What are the Chakra’s?  They are the 7 energy centers in the body.

 

By creating balance in the chakras, you feel more relaxed, less stressed out, and sleep better.

 

It will also improve your immune and hormone function and help with back and neck pain.

 

For those of you who have received acupuncture, you will already know how much better you sleep and feel after a treatment.

 

This type of therapy is complementary to acupuncture, and can be done either alone or combined with your acupuncture treatments.

 

The treatment is done with this light device called the “Crystal Bed”:

 

 

 

 

You will lay on your back and the 7 colored crystal lights will flash on and off during the treatment.  Each light is aimed at one of the 7 chakras to re-align that chakra with it’s colored flashing light.  

 

The cost is $40/session.  I have the device in my Encino office.

 

Here is another picture of the Chakras and what each of them does for you:

 

 

 

I am also offering a once a month reduced fee the first Thursday of each month for the “tune-up” chakra balancing for $25.

 

Please email me to schedule your appointment for this Crystal Bed Chakra Balancing type of therapy.

 

I look forward to working with you throughout 2014.

 

 

*Acupuncture*

*Homeopathy*

*Chinese Herbal Medicine*

*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*

 

Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH

Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

The Spiritual Value of Illness and Pain

 

 

 



THE SPIRITUAL VALUE OF ILLNESS
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, CCH, QME, PhD
 
“In meeting yourself, free of all shoulds and musts and wills, for even a moment, you realize that even if nothing gets fixed or done, simple natural fulfillment is already here.” – Gangaji
Often, we unconsciously use illness as an excuse for not achieving our deeper goals, or for limiting ourselves in some way. This is called a “secondary benefit” from the illness, and in psychology and counseling, this is a common subject of discussion.
It’s helpful to try to realize that in some larger, spiritual way, we have actually co-created with the universe our illnesses and our limitations—in some unconscious way, the illness is what is keeping us stable, even as it limits us.
Why? Well, in some skewed way, we have created our issues and illnesses in order to keep us safe and secure. In homeopathy, we call this our “unconscious defense mechanism.” The illness serves to “protect” us.
It’s not that the illness is in any way our fault, or that we have conscious control over it. We don’t. But if we stop and really think about it and are honest with ourselves on a very deep level, we realize that there is a part of us that’s afraid to live without the limitations caused by the illness.
This deeper realization is the beginning of learning to change and heal. Beginning to realize that we are exactly in the right place right now, and that we don’t really need to change anything about ourselves, is our first step to healing.
After this first step, this initial realization, we can begin to explore the complex web of events that went into co-creating our illness and our subsequent limitations. This web can be undone. In other words, piece-by-piece, we can learn to emotionally, intellectually, and physically remove the threads of the intricately crafted web that has limited our life.
We are human, and all people create these unconscious self-limiting webs in some part of their lives. Some people feel limited in their physical bodies, due to an ailment such as migraine headaches, uterine fibroids, psoriasis, or low back pain. Other people may feel limited in their ability to create a rewarding work experience or a fulfilling relationship. Still other people feel limited emotionally in their ability to connect with love and vulnerability to others. Through the use of spiritual acupuncture, classical homeopathy, and the creative application of Chinese herbs, we can slowly unwind the web that limits us and creates pain and discomfort.
But know this will be neither a fast task nor a simple one. Rather, it will be an ongoing commitment to work as a team with your health professionals to identify the kinks and knots in the web and to remove them one by one, to free your soul, and thereby free your body of the pain, dysfunction, and pathology that has been created over the years.
You might say, “Why me?” But a better question to ask is this: “Why am I blessed with the greater awareness that allows me to be consciously involved and evolving in this healing process?” Once you can ask this question, you can wholeheartedly and with gusto grab onto the loose ends of your web, ripping them apart and peeling them back to discover newly accessed freedom, personal power, and balance. Freedom from pain, freedom from patterns that have held us back, and renewed energy to accomplish our goals—these are the promises of the holistic approach to health.
Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Pain-Free Year
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

 

 

Encino Office:  PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

On the Web:  www.drrandymartin.com

 

 

 
Dr. Martin’s Book Optimal Health is now available on Kindle and in ITunes


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeopathy or Herbs? Which is Best

 

 

 



Which Treatment is Best for Me?
Q:   Why Use Homeopathy Instead of Herbs?


A:  I tell most of my patients to use both at the same time.
 

Use herbs for your immediate problem and homeopathy to eliminate the long-term source of the problem.
 
 Herbs work more like drugs, but without the side effects which often accompany drugs.
 


Homeopathy works on a cellular and energetic level to re-program the cells to make you healthier overall and to eliminate the cause of the problem, thereby preventing it from coming back. 
 

 
Q:   Why Use Acupuncture?

A:   Acupuncture works on the 12 meridians and organs in the body.  It works to re-direct energy so that it flows properly.  When your energy flows without obstruction, the body functions better and there is no pain.   When the energy is blocked, it causes all kinds of problems, such as pain, hormone imbalances, digestive issues, allergies, high blood pressure, etc.
 
 
Q:   Why should i change my diet?
 
A:  Some foods can be toxic to some individuals.   If you are eating a particular food that your body considers as toxic, then it will create weight gain, headaches, allergies, toxicity and other disease processes.  It’s important to identify those foods and eliminate them so you will feel better and get healthy overall.
 
 
Q:  Why get blood and other tests?
 
A:   Blood, saliva, stool, and urine testing will give you information that is impossible to obtain in any other way.  We can tell what your cholesterol is, if you are anemic, if you are low in calcium or magnesium, if you have lead or mercury poisoning, if your testosterone, estrogen, thyroid or adrenal hormones are too low or high, and if the neurotransmitters circulating in your brain are keeping you sharp, and your memory functioning well.  Stool tests check for candida, yeast, parasites, blood and other digestive functions.  Many people have parasites and don’t realize it.  It’s a good idea to check it out at least once.
 
Getting well involves so much more than just covering up your symptoms. That would be like unscrewing the oil warning light on your car.   I encourage you to make a commitment to your health, on a deeper level, and take the first steps that feel most comfortable for you.
 
Insurance often covers all or part of your treatment and testing.



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Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Pain-Free Year
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
*12-Step Program Friendly*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

 

 

Encino Office:  PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

On the Web:  www.drrandymartin.com

 

 

 
Dr. Martin’s Book Optimal Health is now available on Kindle and in ITunes


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I Need Medical Testing?

Dear Friends,

I’d like to thank all of you who came out to my lecture this weekend at the Conscious Life Expo!  I enjoyed seeing you and hope you had a great time at the expo.  It was another jam-packed weekend of holistic events.  I love how popular all this stuff is getting.  The LAX Hilton parking lot was full when I got there with attendees…. pretty amazing.  I think it says a lot that in the midst of much of the chaos and stress in our nation, and internationally, and in our individual lives, that so many people find it a priority to attend an event like this… See you next time…
Now, on to a more clinical note:  I’m asked a lot, and it was a major topic of discussion at my lecture this weekend….. When is it good to be tested and what type of testing is needed?  So I’ve written this short article to give you a primer on medical TESTING…
Do I Need To Be Tested?
This is a question I am often asked by my patients.  The question comes up in a few different contexts:
The first is when I ask a patient to get a blood test who has not had any testing in more than a year.  They sometimes object, saying: “This is alternative medicine; why do I need a blood test?”
I explain that testing can often lead to a better, more specific and thorough diagnosis, as compared to Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis alone.
The second is when the current tests are not comprehensive enough.  Often, and especially with HMO insurance, the type of testing done is not adequate and complete enough to form the type picture needed to diagnose accurately from the Chinese medical perspective.
In What Circumstances Will Testing Really Help Me?
The answer to this question is based on a number of variables.  It largely depends on you and your health goals and situation.  But frankly, and to be practical, it also depends to a large degree on your health budget and financial situation.
In my mind, and for me working with you as your doctor, it’s always preferable to see the results of scientific tests.  The more black and white information I have, the easier it is for me to diagnose you accurately and treat you effectively.
But if you’re on a tight budget, then I sometimes won’t require you to be tested.  The exception to this is that at a minimum, I like all my patients to get basic blood tests.
Testing gives us both a more scientific way of knowing where you stand and gives us the tools we need to treat you more effectively.
Because of my 30 years of medical experience, I can  sometimes predict some of your test results and spare you the extra fee.  Not with blood tests, but sometimes with neurotransmitter testing, or adrenal stress testing.
But this is not always the case.  And I can discuss your options with you.  In general, I prefer the tests, if at all possible.
Which Tests Might We Want To Perform?
The following is a list of some of the more common tests that I routinely perform on my patients:
Blood Testing – general CBC, cholesterol, Chem Panel, Hormones, kidney and liver functions, Vitamin D Blood Tests
Urinalysis – blood sugar, infections
Hormones – Blood and Saliva
Brain Neurotransmitter Testing – Saliva
Adrenals – Blood and Saliva
Stool Tests for parasites, yeast, bacterial overgrowth, leaky gut, and digestive function
Anemia Testing – blood
Blood – Food Allergy Testing
Blood – Digestive Function and Leaky Gut Syndrome Testing
The following is a partial list of symptoms and problems which you may have that benefit from testing to get a more accurate diagnosis and create a more effective treatment plan:
Acne
Herpes
Infertility
Low Sex Drive
Low Motility and Male Sperm Count
Excessive Sex Drive
Addictions, Compulsions, Panic
Compulsive Eating
Bulemia and Anorexia
Alchohol or Sugar cravings
Drug Usage
Chronic Fatigue
Low Energy
Epstein Barr Virus
Lupus
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Menopause
PMS
Low or High Thyroid
Hashimoto’s Disease
Depression
Anxiety
Phobias
Irritability
Chronic Insomnia
Chronic Pain Syndrome
Headaches
Migraines
Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity
Memory Loss
Candida
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Digestive Problems
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Gas and Bloating
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Testing?
In some cases, yes.  You will have to call and ask your insurance company about the specific tests.  Each insurance company has different rules.
How Do We Know Which Tests I Will Need?
This is what we will discuss during your consultation.  If you are already a patient, please schedule an appointment for a consultation to evaluate if you need testing and if so, which tests will help you to achieve your health goals.
Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Healthier Year
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

Encino Office:  PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

On the Web:  www.drrandymartin.com

 
Dr. Martin’s Book Optimal Health is now available on Kindle and in ITunes
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Acute vs. Constitutional Treatments by Dr. Martin

 

What Is The Difference Between Constitutional

vs. Acute Symptoms

by Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD

Q:             What is the difference between acute and constitutional treatments?
A:             Constitutional treatment is kind of like the Constitution of the United States. The US constitution deals with the principles upon which the United States was founded. It’s the foundation and the soil that the rest of United States’ history is based on and legally defined.
Constitutional treatment deals with your genetics, the biological foundation with which you came into the world. It’s your programming, and it’s what determines your predisposition and propensity to get acute diseases and imbalances.
Acute treatment is treatment of the actual current problem you may have, and it only treats that specific problem.
Q:             Can you give me some examples?
A:             Yes. For example, if you have hot flashesPMS, or uterine fibroids, I can treat either the acute symptoms, or I can work on the cause of the symptoms so that once they are gone, they are less likely to come back. This way, your overall health will also improve.
Another example: if you have herpes, I can either treat your herpes eruptions themselves (acute) or I can treat the underlying immune and emotional condition deeper within you (constitution) that is allowing the herpes eruptions to keep coming back.
Q:             Which treatment do you think works best?
A:             There is no single best type of treatment for everyone or for every health issue. It really depends on your individual goals. It also depends on when you are seeking treatment relative to the onset of your disease. About 80% of my patients seek relief for acute problems only. They prefer using alternative methods such as acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, and nutrition, instead of Western medicine. Using alternative medicine in this way doesn’t have the side effects that Western medicine has.
The treatment you receive is always up to you. There are different options, and your practitioner or doctor will select which types of treatments resonate for you. There may be some times when acute treatment is what you need most, and at other times you may want constitutional treatment.
Each person needs an individualized type of treatment. It is my belief that a doctor should never impose his or her personal beliefs or philosophy on the patient. On the contrary, it’s important to work as a team to create the best treatment approach possible, given each person’s unique situation and set of experiences.
Q:             What’s the next step?
A:             Always feel free to discuss with your doctor any questions you may have regarding your treatment or the approach you wish to take. Your doctor should be comfortable referring you to other health professionals, should he or she feel that you could benefit by a different type of treatment than the one they are experienced in.
Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Pain-Free Year
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

 

 

Encino Office:  PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

On the Web:  www.drrandymartin.com

 

 

 
Dr. Martin’s Book Optimal Health is now available on Kindle and in ITunes


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Smoking and Other Addictions with Acupuncture

 

 

 



USING ACUPUNCTURE TO HELP STOP SMOKING
And for Weight Loss or Other Addictions
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, QME, LAc
Do you smoke?  Do you want to quit?  Do you have a friend or family member whom you would like to see quit?  If your answer to any of these questions is an emphatic YES, then please read on…
(NOTE:  BY THE WAY, THIS SAME PROGRAM WILL WORK FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND FOR ANY OTHER ADDICTION.   I AM ALSO A BIG SUPPORTER OF TWELVE-STEP PROGRAMS FOR HELPING TO DEAL WITH ANY ADDICTIONS.   BY ADDRESSING THE PHYSIOLOGICAL COMPONENT OUTLINED IN THIS SECTION, YOU WILL SUCCEED!!!) .
How Will Acupuncture Help Me To Quit? 

If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking on your own, then you know how difficult it can be.  The reason is that your body has become chemically addicted to nicotine.  Acupuncture can get you over this chemical addiction.
It does this in the following way:  There are a group of hormones in your body called ENDORPHINS.  An endorphin is a morphine-like substance that is produced naturally within your body.
These naturally-occurring endorphins are themselves addictive, but in a positive way.  That is why joggers and people who exercise regularly are so fanatical – because their bodies are actually releasing endorphins as they exercise.  They are addicted, but in a positive way!
What Do Endorphins Do? 

Endorphins kill pain and give you the feeling of a “natural high”.  They also reduce body tension, eradicate anxiety, and can induce a state of euphoria.  To put it in simple terms, these morphine-like substances made make you feel good when an adequate supply is produced.
But the body stops producing endorphins under certain circumstances.  One of these circumstances is when an addictive substance, which competes with them, replaces the endorphins, which, in turn, competes with them.  Nicotine is one such substance.
How Does Nicotine Replace Endorphins? 

Within your body, endorphins and nicotine occupy the same specific spot at the end of a nerve cell.  When this specific spot at the end of a nerve cell is occupied by an endorphin, you will feel relaxed.
But when you smoke, then nicotine “wins out” over the endorphins and takes their place at the end of the nerve cell.  THE RESULT?  Your nerves get more excitable and you feel nervous, tense, stressed and irritable.
In long-term smoking, nicotine “permanently” takes the place of endorphins, since the body actually becomes lazy and “forgets” how to produce them.
Why Do I Crave Cigarettes (and carbohydrates and sweets and chocolate)? 

When you stop smoking (or eating large quantities of carbs,) you not only end your supply of nicotine, but your body is also unable to manufacture the endorphins it has now forgotten how to produce.
The result is that your nervous system becomes very anxious and overly excited.  Your body then begins to desire a supply of either nicotine or endorphins to calm it down.  This results in the CRAVINGS you feel.
Since your production of endorphins has stopped, and nicotine is easier and quicker to obtain, there is a big risk that you may simply resort to smoking because nicotine is the most readily available way to end the craving and relax your body.
Unfortunately, you may never stop smoking long enough to allow your body the chance to begin producing endorphins again.
What Does Acupuncture Do? 
Acupuncture replaces the need for nicotine by stimulating your body to start producing endorphins again.
Nicotine (and sugar) turns off your body’s production of endorphins.  But acupuncture turns your body’s production of endorphins BACK ON, even if you have been smoking for twenty years or more!
How Many Treatments Will It Take? 

In general, it takes six to ten acupuncture treatments to reactivate the natural production of endorphins in your body.  But since each person is physiologically different, some people may need a few additional follow-up treatments.
Also, participating in a regular aerobic exercise program will make it easier to stop smoking by increasing the body’s natural release of endorphins.
You will also be given specific herbs, homeopathic remedies, and nutritional supplements to help curb your cravings, more quickly detoxify your lungs and liver, and boost the power you strengthen your adrenal glands.
The following will help a lot:
Tyrosine* and Gutamine*, along with P5P*, will help, as will GABA*, 5-HTP*, and Theanine*. 
The homeopathic remedies Tabacum* and Nux vomica* are also used.
You will also need to drink at least a liter of water per day and eat healthy, high-protein meals.  I also recommend you take an electrolyte supplement, such as Emergen-C*.
How Long Will This Work?
Once you have stopped smoking, your body and mind both need a chance to adjust to the new behavior.  But if you are like many people, you may have a tendency to try a cigarette now and then, just “for the fun of it.”
A problem will occur, however, if you are under stress and you start smoking simultaneously.
When you are under stress your body stops the production of endorphins.  What really actually happens is that if you smoke while under stress, your body becomes lazy again and stops producing endorphins altogether.  You may then get easily become dependent on nicotine again to take the place of endorphins.
The ANSWER is for you to make a commitment to yourself and realize that if you are under stress and are tempted to start smoking again, you MUST come in for a couple of TUNE UP “tune-up” acupuncture treatments.
These tune-up treatments will be all that you’ll need to rebalance your body and to reactivate the process of releasing an adequate supply of endorphins.  (A good diet and adequate exercise is also a MUST at these stressful times).
This applies to whether you have been off cigarettes for only two months or for two years or more.  Whenever it is Whatever the case may be, you must “pre-program” yourself now to come in for the tune-up treatments if ever you should ever feel yourself slipping.
My most successful patients continue coming in for monthly tune-ups; over the long term a year or two later, they all thank me for insisting they stick to this program!
Is Acupuncture For You?
The way out of nicotine addiction is easy for some people; for others, however, easy, and for some, it’s not so easy.  Acupuncture treatment offers substantial help IF YOU HAVE THE DETERMINATION TO QUIT, especially if and you don’t want to suffer through it on your own.
“….You Got To Love Your Acupuncturist….”
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

Link to Dr. Martin’s Book on Amazon – also available as EBook

 

 

 

Encino Office:  MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

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Addiction, 12-Step Programs and Holistic Health

THE ROLE OF ADDICTIONS AND TWELVE-STEP PROGRAMS IN ACHIEVING OPTIMAL HEALTH

Twelve-Step Programs are extremely effective for many people in helping to control addictive behaviors.  But there are four parts to any recovery program.  The reason twelve-step recovery programs work for some people and not for others is that some people are very strong in one or two of the four areas, but weak in the others.  The four components to any recovery program are emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical.  The problem with twelve-step recovery programs is that they are very weak in the area of physical tools for recovery.
The tools and steps of the twelve-step programs focus primarily on the emotional and spiritual areas of the recovery process and, to a lesser degree, on the intellectual level.  But they offer almost no tools for the physical and physiological/chemical aspects of recovery.
How to pray, meditate, take a personal inventory, connect with others in the form of fellowship, community and sponsorship, inner dialogue and an ongoing assessment of how one is “working the program” are the hallmarks of successful recovery.
But on the physical level of recovery, only a few behavioral tools are discussed.  “Abstain no matter what,” is a common saying.  “Abstinence comes first,” “First thing’s first,” etc., are also common slogans.  “Use the phone” and “Call before that first bite or first drink” are other favorite sayings.  But these sayings, or tools, of the twelve-step programs do not give sufficient help.  They are part of a behavioral approach to addictions, but they do not address the physiological aspects of addictions.
If you are in a substance abuse program, you are warned of the evils of breaking abstinence on that particular substance, whether it is alcohol, drugs, or food.  And if it is a type of behavior you are trying to abstain from, such as obsessive sexual behaviors, co-dependence, or compulsive spending or gambling, you attempt to get some abstinence from these obsessive-compulsive behaviors by following the steps and using the tools of the program, as well.
Basically, the program only offers a “white knuckle” or behavioral approach to physical abstinence.  If you diligently follow the steps and incorporate the tools into your life, the “white knuckle” approach is workable.  But often a person is unsuccessful at abstinence, especially at the beginning of the program.  In fact, a very large segment of people who try to use the twelve-step programs drop out at an early stage.
In many cases, people who “fail” at twelve-step programs are “working” the steps and using the tools of the program as diligently as anyone can expect.  But these “failures” are due to the fact that they are experiencing physical imbalances, which are controlling them and limiting their recovery and ability to succeed.
It is common to judge one’s success in the twelve-step programs by how long he or she has achieved abstinence or sobriety.  This is based on the assumption that if they are “working” a strong program, he or she will also be successful at abstinence and sobriety.
Yet, there are many people who have a very strong connection to God or a “higher power”, have worked the twelve-step programs, have had a great deal of therapy under their belt, and who really try to work the twelve-step programs correctly, but are failures at permanently abstaining from their obsessive or compulsive behavior.
Why is this?  Why do some people succeed in twelve-step programs while others fail?  If people are working just as hard at the same program, why do some have an easier time of it than others?
There is a missing link, a hidden dimension, and a mysterious factor, which the twelve-step programs do not address.  What is this missing element?
To reiterate, the missing element is the physical component.  Without all four components being addressed, many people are doomed to failure. Some people simply cannot abstain, nor alter their behavior, no matter how hard they try or how good their connection with God is, or how well they “turn it over” and work the TWELVE-STEP PROGRAM steps to recovery.
There is also another category of “failure” in the twelve-step recovery programs.  This is the person who has long-term abstinence/sobriety and recovery in their program, but is still as obsessive-compulsive as they were before abstinence or sobriety.  They have just substituted one compulsive or obsessive behavior for another.
For example, some people will substitute another addiction, such as smoking or compulsive eating, when they give up drugs or alcohol.  Another example is the person who compulsively goes to Twelve-Step meetings even after they have achieved their goals, instead of finding a more meaningful activity in their life.
Still, another type of failure in the twelve-step program is the person who has achieved long-term abstinence or sobriety and is still, physically, not very healthy.
This is because all of these people are ignoring the physiological aspects of the addiction process.  There is a joke in Overeater’s Anonymous about the mother who keeps telling her overweight child that she doesn’t have an eating problem and that it is just a case of her thyroid being “under-active.”  Most people in OA think this is a joke, but, in fact, most Compulsive Overeatersm (CO’s) do have a thyroid problem, as well as an adrenal problem and an imbalance in their neurotransmitters!
The general thinking in the twelve-step programs is that the program is a complete system and all one needs to achieve sobriety or abstinence.  This is sad because there are so many tools available that are very compatible with twelve-step programs, yet come from other resources outside the program’s twelve steps and traditions.
Most CO’s do have a weak thyroid, just as most alcoholics have liver and other endocrine gland problems, co-dependants have adrenal gland problems, and sexaholics have pituitary gland imbalances.  Virtually all compulsive and addictive personality types also have serious imbalances in one or more hormones.  Additionally, all people with addictions or compulsive behaviors also have imbalances in their brain neurotransmitters.
In fact, most people in our culture today, whether they perceive themselves as having a compulsive or addictive personality or not, do in fact have addiction problems.   If caffeine and sugar were no longer available, the whole culture would come to a screeching halt, who could get to bed at night or wake up in the morning?
The purpose of this article is not to downplay the importance of working a strong twelve-step program as a pivotal key to recovery, but to fill in the missing link for those people for whom the program is not enough.
The people who most need the information in this article are the following:
1.  People who, despite well-intended behavior and motives, fail at twelve-step programs.
2.  People who succeed and then slip back into their old behavior.
3.  People who succeed, but don’t get as far as they would have liked to in the program; they only achieve their goals in part.
4.  People who succeed at the program and achieve their program goals, yet are still not in good physical or emotional health, even after two or more years of strong abstinence, sobriety, and recovery.
The common aspect of all these problems may be the same: a lack of understanding as to the role the body plays in addictions and the addictive process.  Understanding addictions and the physiology and anatomy of addictions can help people in all of these categories succeed in achieving their goals more effectively and efficiently.
As I said before, the twelve-step program is very effective at addressing problems on the first three levels, (spiritual, emotional, intellectual) but if the primary place of imbalance is on the physical level, which it often can be, then the TWELVE-STEP PROGRAM will be very weak and offer very little hope in terms of recovery.
Often, if one is successful at working the program, the physical imbalances will take care of themselves over time.  The liver will naturally detoxify, regenerate, and become healthier, if given the opportunity through healthy diet and exercise.  Prayer, meditation and visual imagery are also very helpful in this regard.
It is also very important not to take the addiction as the reality.   In other words, an addiction is only a symptom of imbalance on a deeper level.  The addiction is not the root cause of the problem.  The magic of the holistic approach, which takes into account the physical imbalance, is that often when removing the physical imbalance, the addiction is inadvertently cured as well.  Patients always have an easier time giving up alcohol, tobacco, sugar, drugs or caffeine if they are being treated using holistic methods.
Oriental Medicine and Addictions
According to the law of five elements in traditional Chinese medicine, each person is born with some weaker and some stronger elements, organs, and meridians.  And depending on the particular weakness, it predisposes a person to a particular addiction.
So when Western medical research speaks about children of alcoholics having a higher chance of becoming alcoholic because of being born with a particular enzyme in their body, this is something that Chinese medicine agrees with very strongly.
If one’s father was an alcoholic, then that person inherits a liver meridian (or wood element) that is more likely to be a precondition for substance abuse in the child.  Similarly, if a parent was obese or underweight, the child has inherited a weak earth element or fire element that predisposes them to also be obese or underweight.
Depending on the particular weakness you are born with, a person can be successfully treated using Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture to strengthen that particular problem.  In strengthening the weak organ and accompanying acupuncture meridian, the predisposition to the addiction will be removed or, at a minimum, it will be significantly reduced.
Endocrinology 

Another area where the holistic approach is very effective is in treating weak endocrine glands and hormonal levels in the body.   A weakness of any gland in the body can predispose a person to a particular craving and subsequent addiction.  This predisposition to imbalance and disease is a key to diagnosis and treatment.
By utilizing blood, saliva, and urine tests and questionnaires, we can quickly and easily determine the weak endocrine glands that are contributing to addictive behaviors.  Using various minerals, glandular supplements, herbs and homeopathic remedies can significantly strengthen these glands.   There are also specific exercises that can be recommended to strengthen each particular gland.
But please remember that any holistic program should always be undertaken with the advice and supervision of your medical doctor.  And never take yourself off of any medications prescribed by your medical doctor without his or her knowledge and approval.  Some people actually do much better with prescription medications, than Chinese herbal or natural products.  This is something I discuss with my patients during their first visit to the office.
Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of our body.  Recent research has shown that a lack of specific amino acids can contribute to emotional instability or be a root cause of obsessive or addictive behaviors.  Supplementing the diet with specific amino acids can reduce cravings or addictive desires.
Example of Recovery from an Eating Disorder 

As an example of one patient I treated for an eating disorder, I will share the case of Rebecca.  She had been overeating and compulsively binging for many years, and came to me with a goal of losing about 40 pounds.
The first step was to obtain her blood test results and take saliva and urine tests to assess her neurotransmitter levels.  The results of the two tests showed that she was very low in mineral/electrolyte levels and in her assimilation of protein.  Late at night when she was binging, her excitatory neurotransmitters were much too high.  This explained her need to sedate herself with carbohydrates.
I put her on a regimen of Chinese herbs and supplements to balance her serotonin and relax/turn off her brain so that she could more easily unwind at night.   We also used a homeopathic remedy to control her sugar and chocolate cravings. The remedy was called Sepia.
This homeopathic remedy is a “cousin” to Natrum mur and is a great remedy for water retention.  Both remedies are great for ailments that begin with sadness, loss or grief.  Not surprisingly, she had mentioned to me at her first appointment that her overeating began when she lost her mom many years ago.
Acupuncture helped her to control her cravings by balancing her nervous system and strengthening her Spleen meridian.  She also started on an herbal Chinese tea designed to burn fat each time she ate a meal.
After two months, she had lost most of her weight and was put on a maintenance program.  She also continued her twelve-step program of Overeaters Anonymous.  Her subsequent blood and neurotransmitter tests showed vast improvement.
Recovery of an Alcoholic 

Gene had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for about five years, and his cravings for alcohol had disappeared after about the first two years of sobriety.  But he still felt emotionally out-of-control and was in danger of losing his wife due to his frequent outbursts of anger.
This is fairly typical because alcohol creates what Chinese medical doctors call Stagnant Liver Chi, or Toxic Liver Syndrome.
When I performed blood tests, his liver enzymes were on the high side, so I started him on a program of Liver Detoxification using herbs, teas and acupuncture.  In addition, he was put on a homeopathic remedy call Lycopodium, a great homeopathic remedy for the liver and kidneys.  It has a keynote symptom of anger aimed at those he or she is closest to, although at work or with friends they may appear to be very sweet, kind, open, and communicative.
After about 6 weeks of treatment, his wife reported he had become gentler and was willing to start couples therapy.  About a year later I saw him for lower back pain.  He said his marriage had been completely transformed and that the two of them had never been happier.
This is a great example of how homeopathy and Chinese medicine can help someone with an addiction, even many years after they have stopped using the particular substance they were once addicted to.
Recovery from Smoking Cigarettes 

I have been told by many of my patients that cigarette smoking is the hardest addiction to break.  They have also mentioned that of the many different methods they have tried in order to stop smoking, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and homeopathy were the easiest ones.
My program uses detoxification herbs, relaxation herbs, amino acids designed to increase serotonin levels in the brain, and acupuncture to relax and create that post-exercise feeling of relaxation or “high.”
I have been told by many ex-smokers that acupuncture works quite well to help them get over their other cravings, as well.  During the process, they found themselves feeling healthier and craving less sugar and caffeine.  The entire process usually takes about six weeks, and most people have completely stopped smoking by week three.
The homeopathic remedy Tabaccum works great for many people by helping to decrease their cravings and eliminate toxins in the lungs.   For others, I might use Rescue Remedy, Magnesium phos for relaxation, or Kali phos for the nervous system.  Still, others require a more individualized approach to homeopathy called “Classical” or “Constitutional” homeopathy.  The bottom line is that there is simply no single treatment that is right for everybody, which is why everyone in my practice is always treated as a unique individual.
 Summary and Conclusions 

“This stuff really works,” is most often the remark people make after they are on their supplements and acupuncture for at least a week.  “Yes, it does,” is my response.  After 28 years, I am still astounded and amazed at the magic produced by a good diet, some exercise, a nice relaxing acupuncture treatment, and the correct homeopathic remedy.
It’s mainly due to a lack of knowledge that people say acupuncture or homeopathy doesn’t work; however, it always works when the treatment is tailored to the individual!
“….You Got To Love Your Acupuncturist….”
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

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Acupuncture for Emotional Health

Acupuncture Successful for Emotional Health

At some point in life almost everyone deals with major upheavals or emotional distress. These events can trigger a host of unexpected feelings and behaviors from depression and panic attacks to major disruptions in sleep or binge eating.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can alleviate symptoms associated with mental health issues in treating the root cause of the problem by helping to rebalance the body’s internal environment.

Mental health issues are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning which result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. The good news about mental disorders is that recovery is often possible.

Examples of serious mental health conditions that can be successfully treated using Acupuncture, Herbs, Nutrition and Homeopathy include:  depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),insomnia, and anxiety.

From an Oriental medicine perspective mental health disorders can cause a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or qi, through the body.   Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances and directly affect the way your body manages your mental health.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Oriental Medicine treats the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and Chinese herbs.

If 100 patients are treated with acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy and Oriental medicine for anxiety, each of these 100 people will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points, and different lifestyle and diet recommendations.

Here are just a few problems acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help with:

Depressive Disorders

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Anxiety, Insomnia, and Stress Disorders

Acupuncture, Herbs, Homeopathy and Dietary supplements, are an excellent addition to any treatment plan you are doing with an MD or mental health profession —  as it is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while also diminishing symptoms.

Essential Vitamins and Supplements for your Ongoing Health

Your Essential Supplements
 
Essential Supplements — These are some of my favorite supplements:
I’m asked every day what are the supplements that I like the most.  So here they are.
You can use the following links to see each product, and then either order directly through me by emailing me the codes, or open your own account with Emerson and receive a discount.
The access codes you will need to set up your own account through Emerson are:
1234ab
90025

I hope you have fun exploring the following links and ingredients in each product, and decide which are the best for you.

Trameel Cream - use topically on any injury, ache or pain, including fibromyalgia
Arnica 30c - use this homeopathic for any trauma, after dental work, whiplash, sprain, broken bone
Resveratrol Ultra High Potency  – use as an important anti-oxidant
CoQ10 - for cardio vascular health, strengthen the heart, and as a high potency antioxident
Vitamin D3 - most people are deficient in Vitamin D.   I suggest a blood test to determine exactly how low, or if you have enough
Iflora - This is the highest potency probiotic I’ve found that is also dairy free and does not require refrigeration
Panplex 2-Phase - these digestive enzymes are one of the best I’ve found.  Just take one at each meal.  They have both the upper and lower GI enzymes, so they cover everything.
Krill Plex - this is the best fish oil, and is a great anti-inflammatory, and also used to balance hormones, for energy, and for emotional stability;  also very easy to digest
Omega Man Essential Oils for Men - this oil based formula provides the basic nutrients in specifics oils for men’s health
Essential Woman Oils for Women - great product to assure woman are getting the oils needed for vital hormonal and emotional and mental balance.
5-HTP - an easy to break down and assimilatable form of the essential amino acid, tryptophan, which convert to serotonin, and is essential for anxiety, and nervousness, or insomnia
Vitamin E - essential for wound healing, cardio-vascular health, and one of the most important antioxidants
Emergen-C – my favorite form of Vitamin C – take 1 – 3 packets per day.  This one also has extra minerals in it and is easy to take on the run
Reduced Glutathione - one of the most important antioxidants, especially for cellular detoxification, production of co-enzymes and keeping Vitamins A and E active
Detoxication Factors - this is my favorite Liver Detoxifier formula – it works yet doesn’t cause side effects
Clinical Nutrients for Women - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for women
Clinical Nutrients for Men - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for men
Clinical Nutrients for 45-Plus Women - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for 45+ women
Clinical Nutrients for 50-Plus Men - the mest multi vitamin mineral formula for 50+ men
 Clinical Nutrients for Female Teens – if she takes only one pill per day, this should be it!
Clinical Nutrients for Male Teens - if they take one thing only, then this should be it!
Astaxanthin - an important antioxidant for immunity and the eyes
Chlorella - An important nutrient for micro minerals and to support the thyroid gland
In addition to these, I recommend everyone get a diagnosis from a Doctor of Chinese medicine using tongue and pulse diagnosis, and then take a Chinese herbal formula for whatever their particular imbalance is.   This will prevent problems in the future.
Also I recommend everyone get a blood test similar to the Comprehensive Wellness Panel on the following link, and take whatever supplements the blood test shows are lacking.
I also recommend a healthy diet for everyone.  In general this means to eliminate foods high in fats, sugar, white flour products, reduce gluten and cow’s dairy, and to eat a diet high in fiber, whole grains, low fat protein, and vegetables.   I create a unique diet plan for each of my patients, since each person has unique dietary needs obviously.