Holiday Secrets for Health

 

 

 

 
 
Holiday Stress Relief and 
Eight Essential Holiday Remedies
 
Dealing with Stress – Daily Meditation:
Give yourself at least 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, aggravation of already troublesome health conditions and, 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, increasing activity, and can cause the overproduction of hormones. The extra stress hormones over an extended period of time may wear out the body’s reserves, lead to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and a host of serious physical and psychological ailments.

Some signs of stress include:

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

Stress is often the cause of illness and the 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 pathogens to affect the body. Through acupuncture, these energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

Why does acupuncture help the symptoms of stress? Correctly placed needles help the body re-regulate itself from the effects of stress, depression and anxiety.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of 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 or saddness or emotional loss.
7.  Acupuncture -  acupuncture treatments for stress, muscle spasms, or digestive problems.  It works just wonderfully!
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 2014.
 
I look forward to working with you throughout 2014.
*Acupuncture*
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*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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Encino, CA 91316

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West Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Valencia, CA 91355

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Longevity and Rejuvenation by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD
LONGEVITY AND CUTTING-EDGE ANTI-AGING TECHNOLOGY
As many of us approach our “middle years,” we’re beginning to ask important questions about our ability to live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Americans are living longer and loving it! Over 50,000 of us have survived past the age of 100—almost double the 1990 total.
There are so many health scams, false health claims, and supposed “fountain of youth” remedies being offered right now that it’s hard to find a longevity cure that will really work, but I have some tips based on my repeated clinical observations.
Nutritional supplements will help you maintain your youthful appearance and basic cellular structure. Maintaining a healthy cellular structure helps create strong hair, skin, nails, and bones, while strengthening and balancing the hormones and endocrine glands that are so important in preventing aging.
Testing is also important. I’ve included in the following list two tests that I recommend repeating annually so that you can better pinpoint the supplements that are right for your individual body type.
Before starting on a program or using any of these supplements, I highly recommend consulting your medical doctor or other health care practitioner.
1. Alfalco: A liquid homeopathic tonic that improves energy, sleep, cognitive (mental) ability, and nerve function, it is to be taken two to four times a day. If you are going through convalescence or working to regain your energy from the flu or any other long-term illness, or if you need a little boost throughout your day, Alfalco can be of help to you. It can be used over the long term without side effects.
2. Reduced glutathione: This supplement helps to recycle the other antioxidants in your daily diet, including vitamins C and E and beta carotene, so you get more use out of them. This is also one of the first supplements I prescribe for cases of breast fibroids, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts, or for someone who fears that he or she may be genetically susceptible to any type of tumor formation.
3. Kelp: The macrobiotic diet is based on Chinese medical theory of yin and yang, and it includes a lot of sea vegetables, which are known to strengthen and support the thyroid gland. Since the common American diet is lacking in sea vegetables, you can get support for the thyroid by taking a kelp supplement. The thyroid gland is vital in keeping our energy up and our weight down. Often, with age, the thyroid gland will begin to weaken. There are over 70 minerals and trace elements in kelp, including growth hormones, vitamins, enzymes, and proteins. Taking it will help to prevent a decline in thyroid function, and will therefore help in anti-aging.
4. Coenzyme Q10: A nutrient best known for the support it provides for the heart and cardiovascular system, it’s also helpful in controlling blood pressure, diabetes, gum disease, migraine headaches, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as counteracting the side effects of prescription drugs and helping with weight loss. I recommend it to almost all my patients.
5. L-tyrosine: A non-essential amino acid which is known as a “brain nutrient,” it is helpful for increasing mental alertness and mental arousal. It is also used as an appetite-suppressant, a substitute for coffee, and an anti-depressant to elevate the mood.
6. Resveratrol: A nutrient known as a major player in anti-aging, it is also known to help with inflammation, pain control, and stabilization of blood sugar, as well as preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.
7. Panplex 2-Phase: A high-potency digestive enzyme formula for total 2-phase digestion of all major food groups, it contains the highest combined enzyme-potency activity per tablet of any of the digestive enzyme formulas I’ve found. It is taken with food as an aid to digestion. One tablet will relieve that bloated and gassy feeling of indigestion within minutes after it is swallowed. As we age, our stomachs and pancreases produce less and less of the enzymes needed for digestion. Due to stress, most people over the age of 30 lack sufficient enzymes to properly digest an average meal. There are many health problems associated with incomplete digestion, including “leaky gut syndrome,” anemia, menopausal symptoms, headaches, poor immunity, fatigue, and insomnia, just to mention a few.
8. Gymnema sylvestre: An herb which helps to stabilize and balance blood sugar, it’s often used for both diabetes and hypoglycemia to help stabilize energy and mood. It is also known to help lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
9. MSM: Many people take this supplement for skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, for joint pain, and for detoxification. It works great, but only if your body is deficient in the mineral sulfur. I always recommend performing a hair analysis to determine whether you are deficient in sulfur before taking MSM.
10. Beta-glucan: Dr. Donald Carrow, MD, in the Townsend Letter for Doctors, touted this product as the “first and only true anti-aging supplement”. It has proven very effective in preventing the recurrence of tumors and has been shown to prevent colds and the flu, as well as to restore the immune response in stressed-out or chronically fatigued people. In addition, it has been shown to effectively treat Hepatitis-C, asthma, and food and environmental sensitivities. This is a great product for anyone with a history of repeated colds or allergies, or who is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
11. Phosphatidylserine (PS): This brain-friendly fatty acid emerged on the scientific scene with the results of a 1991 breakthrough study in the prestigious medical journal Neurology. Most of the research on PS is in the area of age-related memory impairment, including remembering people’s names and the ability (or inability) to concentrate when performing a task. It works by constructing a defensive barrier against stress hormones, such as cortisol, which otherwise damage your brain and impair memory.
12. Vitamin B12 with methylation co-factors: It’s important to take a highly active and easy-to-assimilate form of vitamin B12 that also includes folic acid. Long-term deficiencies of vitamin B12 result in mental apathy, fluctuations in mood, and memory problems. These nutrients are also a must for all women who are planning to get pregnant or taking birth-control pills, as well as anyone on a vegetarian or vegan diet. Often, folic acid also stops “restless leg syndrome” during sleep. A blood test can confirm if you are low in these vitamins.
13. Vitamin D3: More and more research is showing that almost everyone is deficient in this important vitamin. Hormones and immunity are dependent on Vitamin D3. It’s best to get a blood test to determine if you are deficient in D3 and then determine the right dosage.
14. Grape seed extract and pycnogenols (OPCs): These antioxidants have been shown to have fifty times the strength of vitamins C and E. Use them to prevent and treat herpes, colds, and the flu, as well as to strengthen the overall immune system. They are also helpful in treating the veins and strengthening the walls of the blood vessels for such problems as circulation and cardiac function, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and nose bleeding.
15. Alpha-lipoic acid: A natural catalyst that enhances the actions of all the other antioxidants you are taking, it is one of the least-researched but most effective antioxidants. It will help to recycle glutathione and vitamins C and E after the body has used them. Some of the common problems it’s used to treat are peripheral neuropathy, impaired brain function, cataracts, multiple sclerosis, and strokes.
16. Brain Link: This protein powder is composed of amino acids and vitamins designed for treating ADD and ADHD, and it also works well for people who want to increase their mental function, in terms of both memory and creativity. Many of my patients use this product for their children with ADD, while others take it themselves to increase their creative juices. Says one patient, “It jumpstarts my day, and I don’t feel foggy, groggy, or sick anymore. It also gives me a giant boost in my self-confidence.” Another patient states, “It’s easier for me to create a positive structure in my life now. I used to be very wishy-washy.”
17. Detoxification Factors (Phase 1 and 2): This detoxifies the liver, which most of us need to do from time to time, due to our diets. The unique aspect of this product over most other liver detoxification products is its two-phase effect. During the detoxification process, many people feel even more toxic as their liver eliminates the toxins. But the second phase of this product ensures that the toxins being released by the liver are more quickly eliminated from your body, so you won’t feel worse than you did before you started.
18. Acetyl-L-carnitine: This supplement is known to burn unwanted body fat and can be safely used to increase mental performance, slow the aging process, decrease symptoms of depression, and increase muscle strength.
19. Yohimbe: For increased sexual vigor, this plant can be used in its homeopathic or herbal form. It plays a fundamental role in enhancing mood and arousal for sexual fulfillment in men. It’s a very potent libido stimulator and will enhance performance tremendously. With yohimbe, as with any supplement that has stimulating effects, it’s important to check with your doctor prior to taking it. It can potentially cause heart palpitations and insomnia in some men.
20. Vincamine or vinpocetine: For memory and clarity of thought, this herb, which is an extract of the periwinkle plant (Vinca minor and Vinca pervinca), is also used homeopathically and has been shown to help maintain healthy circulation in the brain, decrease cerebral vascular resistance, and improve cerebral blood flow, cerebral oxygen, and glucose utilization. It helps to increase the concentration of some of the neurotransmitters involved in the process of memory formation. Use at times when you need superior mental function. Many of my patients in the movie industry use it before a performance or before they sit down to work on a script. It’s also useful for students to take one tablet before sitting down to study for an exam.
21. Tribulus terrestris: Used for centuries in Europe, this herb is legendary for enhancing sexual strength and function in both men and women. It is also used to improve sports performance.
22. L-arginine: An amino acid that has numerous functions in the body, including the ability to relax blood vessels and help with vasodilatation, it will indirectly help prevent migraines, atherosclerosis and erectile dysfunction, and it will help with wound healing, interstitial cystitis and increasing brain function.
23. Hyaluronic acid: A component of connective tissue with the function of cushioning and lubricating, hyaluronan occurs throughout the body in joints, heart valves, and the eyes. Common problems that might benefit from taking this supplement include TMJ, osteoarthritis, joint pains, neck pain, fibromyalgia, and back and knee pains.
24. Growth hormone: Sold under the name Rejuvamin, this product is composed primarily of the amino acid L-glutamine. Research has shown large bursts of human growth hormone (HGH) following oral administration of two grams of the tasteless glutamine in Rejuvamin. People in their 20s release HGH in bursts four or more times a day, and Rejuvamin restores these bursts. Most people who take it notice a heightened sense of energy, better sleep, enhanced mood, improved skin texture, increased lean mass, and reduced body fat within 1–4 weeks. Said one of my patients, in reference to his ADD and overall health, “On Rejuvamin, I feel ten times better than on any of the Western drugs I’ve taken. My acne has disappeared and my skin tone is so much better.”
25. Maca: A “super food of the Andes” that raises male sexual desire and potency and helps with energy and combating depression, it is also used to rebuild a weakened immune system and re-mineralize poorly nourished bodies. Women also use the maca herb to increase sexual desire and help with fertility. Most research points to maca working on the pituitary gland, which explains its ability to help with many other problems in the body. It’s called an adaptogen, which means it is used by herbalists to balance and restore the body to health.
26. Chinese herbal Yin Formula: Most people lose their yin chi as they age. Yin is considered the feminine, receptive, cool chi, but it’s really a lot more than that. Yin is like a river. When kept flowing and consistent, it is very strong and can move mountains. But in both men and women, as we age, our yin diminishes and causes symptoms like diminished sex drive, graying or thinning hair, hot flashes, dry skin, brittle nails, weak eyesight, and poor memory. A Chinese yin-enhancing formula is to be taken over long periods of time to control and keep the yin strong and at its best. One patient said, after taking this formula for four weeks, “I’m much more balanced and mellow now, and my tolerance for stress is much better. I can keep my cool under pressure now, where I used to explode at people or get very anxious in stressful situations.”
27. Blood work: A necessity for anyone serious about achieving better health, a comprehensive blood workup every year will help determine your optimal levels of many vitamins and nutrients as well as evaluate your liver and kidney function, thyroid function, cholesterol and triglycerides, and many other important body functions otherwise difficult to track.
28. Acu-Pointer Pulse: A great handheld device used for eliminating facial wrinkles and sinus problems, such as sinusitis and allergies, it also will work to eliminate headaches in many people. It can be used on all the acu-points on your body that are normally treated with acupuncture or acupressure, so that you can give yourself a tune-up at home on a daily basis. It sends a very small electrical current into the point, creating a mild tingling sensation as it stimulates the acu-point.
29. Hair analysis: This has traditionally been used to determine if you are harboring toxic chemicals or heavy metals in your body, but recent research has shown its accuracy in assessing mineral imbalances as well. Some common problems that can be diagnosed with hair analysis include ADD or ADHD, adrenal exhaustion, calcium or magnesium deficiencies, and chemical imbalances leading to depression or anxiety.
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

 

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Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

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Saturdays and Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

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You Are How You Feel

You Are How You Feel
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD
Doctor of Chinese Medicine – Certified Homeopath
During this time, which for many of us is a transition time, or a time of difficulty, I would like to give some advice and recommendations.
Discomfort, difficulty, and pain, generally, for most people, exist as physical sensations.  That is not to say we don’t have thoughts and ideas about what is going on….. because we most definitely do.  And our thoughts definitely affect how we feel as well.
But all too often we tend to focus on what we think is wrong, either in the outer world or with ourselves.
My suggestion:  to focus on the actual body sensations rather than the thoughts….
In other words, our thoughts immediately come in and try to explain how we feel, but if we take a few moments to focus on the physical sensations, they sometimes will shift.   And it is within this shift, we find out the truth in what is going on with us.
It actually amazes me, time and time again, to what extent our sense of identity, of who we consider ourselves to be, and what we identify with, is so tied into our actual physical sensations ~ albeit often in an unnoticed, or only semi-conscious, state.
Here is an article I’ve written on this:  I hope you find it helpful…..
YOU ARE HOW YOU FEEL:
TAKING A MOMENT TO FOCUS, FEEL, AND SET YOUR HEALTH GOALS
How do you feel right now? No joke. Honestly. Close your eyes, plant your feet firmly on the ground, take three deep breaths, and feel yourself. Take this moment in time to go inside and feel yourself. Is there another moment more sacred than this one right now? Catch up to it. Feel it. Savor it. Document it in your mind, or jot down your perceptions, your sensations, and your micro-feelings. Catch the gestalt of it all.
This was a vivid experience for me: once, while I was driving on my way to work on Fourth Street in Santa Monica, just passing by Santa Monica High School, something hit me—a quick thought led me to a fleeting feeling—the feeling of how I felt, the overall sensation of how I felt.
I realized in that moment one critically important fact: that this sensation was my reality—nothing more and nothing less. My perception of how I was doing at that moment, had someone asked me, would have been conditioned to some limited extent by my thoughts, but more importantly, would have been dictated almost exclusively by my actual physical sensations.
If you were to walk into my office, as so many patients do day in and day out, asking me to help them to feel better, to get rid of their pain, to help them conceive a child, to get rid of fibroids, to feel more energy, or to quit smoking, I would need for you to do one simple (but often vastly difficult) task: stop and feel.
Many people I’ve asked to do this say they have no clue as to what I’m talking about. They are not aware of how they feel, and even if they did stop and sit and breathe, they could not describe their bodily sensations to any degree of depth or accuracy.
Homeopathic medicine is all grounded in the subjective presentation of the human being—in who a person perceives him- or herself to be. Sure, to some extent I’ll want to rely on blood tests and other objective measurements. But mostly, I’ll need for you to divulge your self to me. I’ll ask questions: How do you feel right now? When your boyfriend left you, what did it feel like? When you are lying in bed at night trying to get to sleep, what physical sensations are you having, or what thoughts are streaming through your mind?
So right now, stop whatever you’re doing. Close your eyes, take a couple of very deep breaths in, and perceive your eyes, your face, your neck and shoulders, your chest, your torso, your beating heart, your pelvis and your sexuality, your thighs, knees, calves, ankles, feet, hands, and fingers.
Feel the extent of it all. Take this moment to be present in your own state of relative comfort or discomfort. Breathe in through your nose, hold it, and let it out through your mouth. Allow extra oxygen to filter in through your nostrils, to fill your face, your brain, and your lungs. Feel the circulation through every cell in your body. Feel yourself coming alive with energy.
And now, feeling yourself, are there any aches or pains? If so, what do they feel like? Stabbing, aching, stitching, tingling, numbing? Any discomfort in your shoulders? Tension, spasms, shooting to the hands? How about in the legs? How strong do they feel? Cold? Hot? Are your eyes sharp or dull-feeling? How are your nose and ears? Cold or warm? Your feet? How do they feel? Now put it all together in the complete sensation of the you that you are. What is that? Can you register in your brain that moment-to-moment perception of who you are? Can you feel who you are as a whole?
Does the sensation of who you are resemble anything in the past? Let’s let go of our thoughts just for a few moments to let our memory trail back in time to a place of this same-feeling sensation. If you have any of these thoughts, record them along with the physical sensations.
Some people are much more into their thoughts than their feelings. If this is you, then try to let the thoughts go for a few moments and fall into the physical bodily sensations. Think for a second of looking at a beautiful painting or photograph. Can you see the individual elements of the artwork that draw your attention? Now, can you let your gaze grow foggy and focus on the entire piece of art, instead of on any one particular thing?
This is what I want you to learn to do. Instead of just focusing on the tired and sore muscles of the neck, or the toothaches, or the head pain, or the knee soreness, or whatever you may be feeling, try to focus on the whole gestalt, the entire body sensation.
I see too many patients who are unaware of how they feel. They suppress their bodily sensations completely, and when I ask, they truly don’t know. I also see a fair number of patients who are overly focused on how they feel, dwelling on every nuance and detail. Neither is the ideal. People must not ignore how they feel if they wish to heal completely, yet they also must not focus too much on the details.
Patience and focus are very important tools in the healing process. Cultivating patience and knowing when to consciously focus is crucial to the healing process. Being patient with yourself and allowing your symptoms to dwindle away one by one in their own time, after registering them internally, is a key to the growth process around healing. Another key is not grasping and pushing on your symptoms.
Realistic goal-setting is also very important. Let’s take a few moments during this time of inner clarity to focus on what it is we truly want in our lives relative to our health. Is it to be pain-free, to have a child, to have more energy, to have fewer headaches, to be rid of moles and warts, to reduce the lines on our face, to have better digestion or less constipation? Whatever your goals are, take a few moments to jot them down. Goal-setting is very important when it comes to the process of optimal health and aliveness.
I encourage you to find a holistic health practitioner to work with you on achieving your goals. It may be a simple or an arduous path, but either way, it will be a path of insight, vulnerability, greater feeling and, ultimately, integration. I hope you find and experience the sense of wonderment that comes with true healing.

Holistic Approach to Curing Allergies

 

 

 


 
 
 

Allergies:   A Holistic Approach by Dr. Martin Martin, OMD, LAc
Allergies can be divided into two general groups:  food allergies and environmental allergies.  Environmental allergies can be further divided into airborne and household.  Airborne allergies consist of pollens, dust, exhaust fumes, etc., and household allergies include animal hair, mites, molds, detergents, cleansers, bedding, synthetic fibers in clothing, etc.
My approach to curing allergies from the holistic perspective is two-fold. First, is to eliminate the allergen (i.e. the irritating substance).  Second is to strengthen your body so that the allergen no longer bothers you.  In my practice, I have seen many people cured of all types of allergies using natural methods without the use of drugs.
Symptoms of allergy are highly individual.  The most common symptoms are nasal congestion, sore throat, coughing, red and itching eyes, headaches, depression, fatigue, muscle cramps, indigestion, acne, runny nose, skin rash and hives, mental fog, irritability and anxiety.  But there are many other symptoms experienced by different individuals.
There are many ways to “test” for allergies.  These include blood tests, skin scratch tests, pulse tests, dowsing and muscle testing.  Depending on the person and their financial constraints, I use any variety of these test in my practice.  Each has certain strengths and weaknesses.
Food allergies are treated by eliminating the suspected foods while at the same time strengthening the digestive system.  Often there is “Leaky Gut Syndrome” and we need to treat that as well.
The most common foods that people are allergic to are dairy, wheat, gluten, chocolate, citrus fruits, sugar, red meat, and barley.  Other common food allergens are eggs, shellfish, tomatoes and potatoes.
The reason a particular food manifests as an allergen in your body is because your digestive system is sensitive to that food and cannot break it down into its basic parts.  As a result, whole food “particles”, so to speak, enter the blood stream as poisons and then circulate throughout the body to produce allergy symptoms in the weakest area of your body.  We call this Leaky Gut Syndrome.  And there is a blood test we can use to detect and accurately diagnose this condition.
The treatment used to cure food allergies is to strengthen the digestive tract, which will help with the breakdown and assimilation of food.  This is done by treating the weak meridians using acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas.  Digestive teas, specific enzyme formulas, probiotics, and homeopathics are also used.  Some of the most common herbs used include mint, gentian root and ginger root.
Depending on the individual symptoms, the following homeopathic remedies may also be used:
1.  Pulsatilla:  when fats are the major problem, in a person who craves fats, and is emotionally rather soft, needy, or desiring a lot of support;
2.  Nux vomica:  for toxicity in the liver with a craving for spicy foods and stimulants; constipation; rather angry and irritable emotionally and tends to be a workaholic type;
3.  Lycopodium:  for a lot of flatulence, right sided pains, sciatica, shoulder pain, irritability, craving for sweets and an explosive temper, but only around those he or she is close to; can be emotionally very sweet at work and social situations;
4.  Carbo veg:  for flatulence and general indigestion with bloating and a slow metabolism;
You can also use homeopathic remedies which are made from the foods you are allergic to, in much the same way as allergy shots work.
Allergies to airborne and pollens are also treated very effectively with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and homeopathy.  Specific homeopathic remedies for airborne allergies may include the following:
1.  Pollintinum:  composed of a variety of the most common pollens;
2.  Histaminum:  to suppress the histamine reaction of watery and itchy eyes, asthma or runny nose;
3.  Euphrasia:  for red, burning or itching eyes;
4.  Allium cepa:  for a runny and burning nose with much coryza;
5.  Sabadilla:  for uncontrollable sneezing;
6.  Baptisia:  for a skin rash and hives with itching;
7.  Cat or Dog Hair:  to desensitize you to an allergy to cats and dogs.
Depending on the individual symptoms, I also often use Chinese herbal formulas.
Usually a person with allergies also has toxicity in their liver meridian andherbs to detoxify the liver can be very helpful. 
When you are allergic to household products, the treatment approach is to try to eliminate all the offending products, while at the same time work to boost your immune system.  The basic treatment consists of herbs and nutritional supplements and lifesyle counseling.  Acupuncture is used at well to balance and strengthen immunity.
Nutritionally, foods to avoid when trying to build your immune system include sugar, excessive red meat, coffee, dairy products and fats, but this list varies tremendously from person to person.
And, of course, acupuncture is very effective at healing allergies.  Many of my patients ask me to add extra allergy points when I am treating them for other problems.   
Specific vitamins and herbs which may be used to boost immunity include vitamin C (buffered), vitamin E (dry), beta carotene, zinc and selenium.  Bee pollen, barley green, sun chlorella, acidophilus, ginseng, codenopsis and astragalus are also commonly used as tonic herbs.
If you think you are experiencing allergies, please talk to me or another trained medical practitioner who has experience diagnosing and treating allergies.  It is often difficult to differentiate allergic reactions from Candidiasis (a yeast infection), dysglycemia (blood sugar swings), Epstein Barr Virus and (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).  So these problems must also be considered.
Here are the two most common herbal products I use for allergies:

 

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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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Meandering Thoughts for 2013

 

 

 



Meandering Thoughts for 2013

For those of you who know me well, or even I little well, you probably know that I don’t tend to take much time off of work.  People are always telling me to take time off of work, relax, and have more fun.
And I was listening recently to an interview with Warren Buffett, and he was asked how many days a week he worked.  He said that he went to the office 6 days a week and worked from home the other day.  When asked why he worked so hard when he already had so much money, his response was that he loved his work.
So I enter my 2013 with the gratitude that for me, my work is not “work”.  I was blessed to find a 2nd career path at age 28, when I switched from environmental planning to Chinese medicine.   I stumbled on this path, yet on retrospect, it was not a stumble at all.  Rather, I was guided.   And like Warren Buffett, I love my work. What else would I do?   
My work has so many aspects – helping people, using energy to heal, using intellect and intuition to find the right homeopathic remedy and herbs to cure people’s symptoms, discussing nutrition and nutritional supplements… and on and on and on.   Hardly boring – always interesting and challenging.  I am simply blessed with a career that I love.
I was discussing with my acupuncturist last month the fact that he and I are some of the only acupuncturists who have been practicing since 1983.   Most acupuncturists never made it — it must have been especially hard to make it in the 80′s before it became popular and insurance reimbursement became commonplace.  But I don’t remember any difficulties, probably because I was loving creating the clinic and workplace.
I did love my work as an Environmental Planner.    It was really rewarding!  I worked in Santa Cruz, CA and in Newport, Oregon.   I had a sense of purpose.  But issues with my own health made me seek the help of a homeopath and acupuncturist in Oregon, and the result of this inner work, coping with my mother’s health issues at that time, and a trip to Israel where I became an orthodox Jew, all led me to this new path.
So then in 1980, back in Los Angeles where I’d grown up, where I never ever thought I’d live again – I struck out on this new path – becoming a Doctor of Chinese medicine.  And then after that a Classical Homeopath.   All  the time just following what I loved and what was helping me to heal on a personal level.

…..So this past holiday I did in fact take time off and traveled to Asia to study with Master Mantak Chia in Thailand.  He has a fabulous retreat and spa center focused on Taoist healing practices – about 30 minutes outside of Chiang Mai in nothern Thailand.  There I learned about some of the more esoteric aspects of Chinese medicine.   
This was a fabulous trip.  But more than that, I did my own, personal inner healing.   They also have a spa and I received some specific types of specialized Chinese body work which helped to intergrate me and my body and spirit on a deeper level.  I had quite a healing aggravation ~ and was most definitely down and out during the first part of the trip ~ having to take care of myself from far from home.
But I learned that I had the inner reserves to do just that – and that all the meditation and inner cultivation I’ve practiced was invaluable in keeping me centered, even when far from home.
I’m always amazed when I travel how I never am far from home.  I bring my mind with me everywhere I go.  And it’s always so interesting to me to watch how my mental process never really changes very much.   Some of the content changes based on the external reality, of course; but the content isn’t nearly as interesting as what my mind does with the content, how my mind comments on it and processes it.  The content is secondary to the process.
It’s kind of like having internet and email anywhere you go.  It’s the consistency of life.  And my observing my mental chatter, and content, and how my content organizes itself, is the interesting thing — not the outer changes, but observing the inner process and how the inner process works to process and create strategic change in the outer reality.
I’m attaching a few pictures of my trip to Thailand and at the retreat center.  This center is open to the public, for those of you intending to travel to Thailand, by the way.
I met all sorts of interesting people, including people who tried to scam me in the streets (one successfully,) and people who showered me with incredible depths of love and understanding.
Did you, like I, receive over the last two weeks many blogs, giving advice for the end of the year and 2013?  Have you noticed how everyone has become a professional advice-giver now with the web and email?   So many people seem to think they know what we should do and how we should think.  There is so much bravado!
But the only email newsletter I received over the past two weeks which I paid any credence to, was the one which said to turn inward, sit and be silent, and listen to your own truth.
Whether you use the tools of establised religion, or your your own, highly skilled intuition ~ it amounts to the same.   Turning inward to connect to your higher truth. At times this still small voice within is loud and at times it is mute.  When it’s mute, you can use your physical body and sensations, and the synchronistic events around you to be your guide.
What is that ache in your neck or sharpe pain in your back trying to tell you?  Each of us has our own answer – and the answer will likely change from day to day, moment to moment.
If it feels like you could use a friendly face and encouraging words to support you in 2013 on your personal healing path, whether it involves spirit, physical issues, heart-centered healing, or helping your brain and mind to function with more clarity, I’d love to help you and work with you as a team.  
I am really into what I do.  In other words, I personally use supplements, herbs, acupuncture, exercise, meditation and classical homeopathy to help myself stay balanced and in greater touch with my greater life’s purpose.   And I never deny the use of Western medications, X-Rays, MRI’s, blood tests, etc. as well — we need to integrate everything – that, my friend, is the definition of holistic!
It is a blessing to me and a gift to work with each person who decides to work with me in this holistic way, whether it’s also because your insurance covers my treatment, or whatever the reason ~ I consider it a blessing and a gift.
I wish I could say for certainty that 2013 will in some way create greater positive change in each of our lives.  A part of me wishes I was on board with all the “positive affirmation people” who honestly seem to believe that all their affirmations will change things for the better.
But I’m more of the belief that if we allow in the dark side, and the shadow, and consiously work to integrate these difficult aspects into our lives, that instead of having to “affirm” our strengths, that instead, the dark, difficult, shadowy parts will transform into our greatest strengths.  As Carl Jung says, get in touch with your dreams and all the difficult, unconscious images that arise for you.  This is the way to true integration.  Remember the Yin and Yang – they are equal in a healthy person. Denying the difficult stuff, only makes it stronger….  
Acupuncture and homeopathy are the two best ways to help integrate the Yin and Yang, the difficult with the happy and fun.   Laying on the acupuncture table, you can just feel the stress flow out of you.  Your heart opens, and sometimes the tears flow freely.  I remember during one of my first acupuncture treatments when I was about age 28 living in Oregon, I just spontaneously started singing.  And when given one of my first homeopathic remedies I just started spontaneously crying.  Yes – this stuff really works!
My blessings for 2013.  Together – shall we make it into a truely transformational treasure?



I look forward to working with you throughout 2013.
*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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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

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Equinox Thoughts

Sunday Spring Equinox Thoughts
Boy, what an incredible, fast paced, dramatic set of events continue to enter our conscious awareness.  It’s quite a balancing act to stay current, present, in our bodies, attached to our spirits, in touch with our soul purpose, and be responsible, playful, thoughtful and fully alive….  sometimes, don’t you want to just take a break ~ and float….   remember, that acupuncture will do just that – give you a 30 minute break, releasing endorphins, and allowing you to relax…  and health insurance usually covers acupuncture treatments…


Now ~ Regarding Radiation:  I’m not an expert in radiation, nor in the treatment of radiation poisoning, so I’ve been watching and reading everything I could find.  I’ve been in communication with many friends and colleagues asking their opinions.  I’ve poured over the literature, watched the news programs, and from what I can see, it’s very hard to accurately determine whether here in the US we have anything to fear, relative to potential radiation poisoning.   This is not to say that energetically we can’t treat whatever symptoms you may be having however, using the best energy medicine I know:  homeopathic medicine.
(Thanks to Diana Lang, yoga and meditation teacher in Woodland Hills, for reminding us that Violet has a very healing energy ~ needed at this time)

While the disaster is very active in Japan, and there is the reality of radiation escaping from the reactors, and ending up in the US, there seem to be too many factors involved to predict if this is a genuine concern for us.
If you are experiencing anxiety or fear, or other symptoms that you feel could be connected to the tragedy, remember that homeopathic medicine can effectively treat you.  Please email to set up an appointment for either an in person or Skype consultation so we can find your homeopathic remedy.
The websites I’ve seen that monitor radiation locally show no increase here in LA.  So for today, our prayers can be directed at Japan and in their recovery.
My heart goes out to the people and country of Japan.  What an incredible tragedy. Unspeakable and unimaginable…. And the effect on the economy all over the world will be huge.  How Japan can cope with this is beyond my rational thinking….
One positive thing we can do, is in our meditation, visualize sending healing light to Japan. This is much more productive than constantly dwelling on the destructive images we see in the media.  Another positive thing is to limit our time watching the news.  We can also lobby our president and legislators to stop funding to any new nuclear power plant, to phase out the ones we have, and to redirect this money to safer solar and wind options.   Join the many groups lobbying for environmentally safe, green energy.
Certainly the study of astrology is another helpful tool.  It’s more than a coincidence that the earthquake and tsunami occurred when the planet Uranus entered Aries.  Astrology is an interesting tool, that when studied as a science, can be used as an empowering tool your life.
If you are worried about the potential radiation, and if you tend to have a low thyroid on your blood and basal temperature readings, you can purchase kelp capsules, or just use kelp in your diet.  But I don’t recommend anyone take kelp without the advise of your health professional.
You can also begin to take care of your health by eating better, adding movement, dance, and recreation, reducing sweets, increasing healthy protein, and taking more anti-oxidants.
If you have not had a blood test in the last 6-9 months, I’d recommend one, including a thyroid test.  Because if you have hyperthyroid, you don’t want to take kelp or any other product that might overstimulate your thyroid gland.
Many people predicted an earthquake this week in the LA area.  So please take time to stock up on your first aid things like extra water, canned foods, first aid kits, flashlights, candles, matches, battery operated radio, fill up your gas tank, etc.
Hopefully Mother Earth is giving us rain instead of an earthquake as a way to discharge this pent up Spring Equinox Uranus in Aries energy.
Take time now to meditate and envision the positive and healthful things you want to see happening in your life and in the world.  Say your blessings many times a day.  Focus on gratitude for everything we DO have, and the every day blessings that occur.  Our bodies are amazing, nature is astounding in it’s complexity and ability to heal…  And we all play a part…
Some say we all play a vital role in the universe — each and every one of us…..