What is Constitutional and Functional Treatment? How Can It Benefit Me?

What is Constitutional and Functional Treatment? How Can It Benefit Me?

Constitutional Homeopathy:
Homeopathy refers to the use of tiny white pills that dissolve in your mouth. They come in small blue tubes. We pick a homeopathic remedy that includes all your symptoms, including emotions, and personality traits. This is the deepest form of medicine I know of, based on my 30+ years of practicing functional holistic medicine.

Constitutional Chinese Herbs:
Using Chinese tongue and pulse diagnosis, we select a single Chinese herbal formula (either pills or powder) that matches your constitution from the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This single formula will help to bolster and support who you are on a deep level. Over time, you’ll begin to experience more energy, balanced hormones, better immunity, deeper sleep, mental clarity and balance.

Constitutional Acupuncture:
Acupuncture works on many levels. When we use the constitutional approach, acupuncture works to balance your overall system. The result will be a boost in immunity, mental clarity, better ability to cope with stress, better sleep, and feeling more “grounded” and “in your body.”

Constitutional Diet:
Most dietitians are recommending diets based on the latest fads. But constitutional dietary recommendations are based on your Chinese Yin/Yang and Five Element Constitution, as well as on your blood analysis. We may also do stool testing for leaky gut syndrome and parasites, hair analysis testing to determine if you have mineral deficiencies or heavy metal toxicity. We may also perform saliva neurotransmitter testing to see if the chemicals in your brain are balanced correctly. Based on the analysis and the tongue and pulse diagnosis, we design the best diet for your constitution.

Constitutional Supplements:
Similar to Constitutional Dietary Analysis: We determine which supplements are right for your specific constitutional type. We may use a few or all of the same diagnostic tools mentioned above. For supplements, we will also design an individualized program specific to your constitutional type.

Natural Treatments for Women’s Health

Alternative Natural Treatments for Women’s Health
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc

My specialty over the past 30+ years has always been Women’s Health. In fact, in 1985 I wrote my Ph.D. doctoral dissertation on Alternative Treatments for PMS using Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Nutrition and Classical Homeopathy.

Woman’s health issues are still the largest segment of health problems that I treat. Here is a summary of some of the issues you or your friends may have which are successfully treated using my Alternative types of medical treatments.

Infertility and Childbirth – with an increasing number of couples and single women chosing to wait to give birth, infertility is often an issue. Various alternative treatments are quite helpful in achieving your goal of having children. Acupuncture and homeopathic medicine are also useful to have in the hospital setting during childbirth, both to reduce pain, and help the birthing process progress more quickly.

PMS – food cravings, cramps, acne, and mood swings are just a few of the PMS symptoms that alternative treatments are very effective for. More than a few women have credited me with saving their marriages by alleviating thier PMS symptoms.

Menopausal Symptoms – hot flashes, mood swings, incomnia, headaches, dryness, constipation, and a host of other symptoms are common during hormonal change of life. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Classical Homeopathy can not only lesson the symptoms, but also ease the transition emotionally.

Natural Breast Enhancement – acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to help women not only firm, but also to enlarge and enhance the breasts.

Facial Wrinkles – cosmetic acupuncture is well-known to help lesson signs of aging. Many women come to me for acupuncture alone, and manuy others add facial needles to their other on-going acupuncture treatments.

Fibroids / Cysts / Endometriosis – the condition allowing for lumps and discord in the reproductive area, according the Chinese medical theory, is called Damp Heat in the Lower Burner. What this means is that there is severe “stagnation” in the area of the uterus/overies. We treat this using Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Changes in diet are also helpful. Treatment is quite successful!

Natural Hormone Replacement Alternatives – many women do need some sort of hormone replacement during life cycle transitions. We can use Chinese and Western herbs, instead of traditionally used parmaceutical hormones, or so-called “bio-identical hormones”….. and without the side effects.

Got Insurance?

Got Insurance?
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc

Many prospective patients inquire as to whether they have insurance that will cover the treatment of acupuncture. And I’m here to tell you that the answer is an emphatic “YES”!

There are almost no insurance companies these days that don’t have coverage for acupuncture.

30+ years ago, when first decided to go to acupuncture college and embark on this amazing career, I remember being told by many people I respected that I was kind of crazy. “Who would become an acupuncturist,” they would ask? I knew at the time I was being called to follow my heart’s longing.

At that time, there were no insurance companies that paid for acupuncture, so my business was strictly on a cash basis. But things have changed over the years, and today, virtually every single insurance company offers an acupuncture benefit.

If you want to find out, just shoot me an email and I’ll respond with a list of questions for you to call and ask. Meanwhile, here is a partial list of the companies that cover acupuncture that I’m aware of:

*Anthem Blue Cross

*Blue Shield

*Cigna

*Aetna

*United

*Aftra, SAG, Motion Picture, Directors, and Writers Guild

*Align

*Facey, ASH, Lakeside, Regal

*Oscar

*Landmark

*Kaiser

*Triwest / Veteran Administration

*Worker’s Compensation cases

*Auto Accident Cases

Email me for the list of questions for you to call and ask your insurance company to see your exact coverage.

~~I’ve got you covered~~

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Newly Published Article on Irritable Bowel Syndrome
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc

The following article of was just published in a neighborhood magazine here in Los Angeles. The subject is IBS/IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease). There are a wide range of digestive issues that my article addresses.

The suggestions it contains would be helpful for anyone wanting to improve their digestion. In Chinese medicine, we say that all healing begins in the gut. In other words, the range of problems that start and have their cause in the gut include:

*Leaky Gut Syndrome

*All types of Arthritis

*Migraine headaches

*Eczema and Psoriasis

*Bad breath

*Dental problems, including gums

*Sinus problems

*All ear, nose and throat infections

*Inflammation anywhere in the body.

This is why my article is so important. So many people have these types of problems and don’t realize that they all begin with digestion and assimilation of what we eat, first and foremost.

I hope you enjoy it. And feel free to email with any follow-up questions

(Note: I’ve included a copy of the article below, and if you have trouble reading it, it’s also in PDF format at the end of this newsletter.)

Holistic Choices for Treatment of Colds and Flu

Natural Treatments for Colds and Flu
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc

There is a lot you can do to help boost your immune system during cold and flu season. The four most effective treatments are getting frequent acupuncture sessions, exercising, sleeping enough, and eating well.

Here is a list of supplements and homeopathic remedies you can use to boost your immune system, for both prevention and treatment:

Stage 1: The Beginning (Use in lower doses for prevention):

The more of these products you can take, the better. After your first experience with these, you will find which specific combinations work best for you. Each person is unique and will respond differently:

• Vitamin C – 1000 mg, three times per day

• Vitamin E – 400 I.U., two times per day

• Beta Carotene or OPCs (or both) – 25,000 I.U., two times per day

• Jade Screen or Astragalus or Immune+ – Three tablets, three times per day, to be taken on an empty stomach

• Colostrum – One to two tablets per day

• A strong mushroom formula (Stamitz) – take as directed on the bottle

• Isatis Gold (or some Isatis Product) – Three pills, three times per day

• Lonicera Formula – Four pills, four times per day

• Toxic Heat Formula for sore/strep throat – Six pills, three to four times per day

• Oscillococcinum Homeopathic – As directed on the box

• Influenzinum Homeopathic – This is made for the current year’s flu season; be sure to purchase the current version of this remedy

• Consult with Dr. Martin to identify the best homeopathic remedy for your specific symptoms

• Umcka Syrup

• Airborne (from the regular pharmacy)

• Kyolic Garlic

• Eat lots of garlic and onions to boost immunity

• Don’t eat frozen or cold foods, cow’s dairy, sugar, gluten, fried food, or heavy fats

• Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water with honey and a dash of cayenne pepper two times per day

Stage 2: Head Cold:

• Mostly same as above, except Oscillococcinum can be replaced with a more specific homeopathic for your specific symptoms, such as: Gelsemium, Arsenicum album or Allium cepa as some of the most typical homeopathics for head colds or allergies.

Stage 3: The Worst (fever, or other symptoms that won’t stop):

• Mostly same as above, except replace Oscillococcinum with one of the following:

• Ferrum phosphoricum 12C for low fever

• Belladonna 30C / 200C for high fever

• Herbal ABX – Four pills, four times per day

• For coughing, add Respirtrol, Spongia tosta 12C and/or Hepar sulphuris 12C

• For persistent coughing add Herbal ENT

For kids, I use homeopathy, dietary and nutritional counseling, and Chinese herbs. (Most kids don’t want acupuncture, but on occasion, if they see their parents receive acupuncture, and they want to it, I’ll also use the needles for the kids (and insurance pays if we do the acupuncture also.) 😀

When sick, I can consult over the phone for a reduced fee, without you ever having to come in or bring your child into the office – so you don’t spread the germs around.
….You’ve Got To Love Your Acupuncturist….and Homeopath…

Effective Pediatric Holistic Treatments

Holistic and Effective Pediatric Treatments
I happened to find myself at an MD Ear Nose and Throat doctor a few days ago. In the waiting room I saw so many mom’s with their kids. I realized that they simply are not aware that there are just as effective holistic treatments which are inexpensive, without side effects, and pleasant for their child. In fact, kids love taking homeopathic remedies!!!

If you know a family with kids, please pass this on to them:

Did you know that one of my specialties, in addition to all Women’s Health issues and Pain Management, is Holistic Pediatric Treatment? Yes, for 30+ years I’ve been effectively and gently treating kids for a wide variety of health problems, including the following:

*Ear Aches and Infections
*Colds and Flue
*Colic
*Teething Difficulties
*Developmental Issues such as speech delay
*ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders
*Eczema and Psoriasis
*Asthma, Coughs and Respiratory Problems

I extend my heartfelt hand in treating and helping to educate you and your family so that you can be my partner in treating your entire family using natural, safe and effective holistic methods.

For kids, I use homeopathy, dietary and nutritional counseling, and Chinese herbs. (Most kids don’t want acupuncture, but on occasion, if they see their parents receive acupuncture, and they want to it, I’ll also use the needles for the kids (and insurance pays if we do the acupuncture also.) 😀

Email me for more information. In most cases, I can consult over the phone for a reduced fee, without you ever having to bring your child into the office.
….You’ve Got To Love Your Acupuncturist….and Homeopath…

7 Essential Supplements

Dr. Martin’s Essential Seven (7) Supplement List
(Dr. Martin’s Holiday Hours Remain the Same Throughout the Holiday Season)
Wishing you and yours a blessed and warm-hearted holiday!
Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
Here is a list of what I consider essential supplements for everyone to take:
1. Multi-vitamin/mineral for your gender and age: not everyone eats right, and our soils are depleted in the nutrients we need. A good multi-vitamin/mineral formula is your insurance that you are getting you minimum daily needs met.
2. Vitamin D3: This vitamin is essential to so many metabolic processes in the body, not the least of which is immunity and healthy bones.
3. Vitamin K2: This vitamin protects bone and arterial/cardio-vascular health.
4. Fermented Cod Liver Oil: This essential supplement is great for reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity, and to increase your brain function.
5. Probiotic: The best and easiest way to keep your digestion functioning well is to take one or two daily.
6. Curcumin: Research has shown it works great for improving memory, as well as reducing inflammation and pain anywhere in the body.
7. Magnesium Glycinate: This mineral acts to calm the mind and relax your muscles. Great for your neck, shoulder, back, joints and leg pain. Also helps with insomnia.
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(Photo courtesy: Bob Wong, Art of Acupuncture)
Acupuncture: Of course, weekly acupuncture goes a long way in helping with sleep, longevity, weight loss, cravings, reducing pain, and helping you cope with holiday stress! Almost all insurance is accepted. Sliding scale for those in need.
Remember that both Veterans and Kaiser patients also qualify for acupuncture; just ask your doctor for a referral. And all HMO and PPO insurance plans now cover acupuncture as well as Worker’s Comp and Auto Accident Insurance. If you need help finding out, just send me an email.

Holiday Healthy Tips

Dr. Martin’s Holiday Tips and Holiday Hours
Dr. Martin’s Holiday Hours Remain the Same Throughout the Holiday Season
Wishing you and yours a blessed and warm-hearted season.
Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
Happy Holidays ~~ Here are some holiday healthy tips for you and your friends and loved ones.

Overeating and Indigestion: Homeopathic Nux vom 30C – 5 pills, am and pm. Or if you just ate too much, take an immediate dose. Remember that homeopathics are available at any health food store, and are taken under the tongue and dissolved.
Ginger: Use either ginger tea, or ginger capsules for any type of indigestion, gas, bloating, or overeating.
Magnesium Glysenate: Take 250 mg, 2X per day for stress, muscle tension
Glysen: 1 pill, 3X per day to stabilize blood sugar to cut down your sugar cravings and help in weight loss.

Acupuncture: Of course, weekly acupuncture goes a long way in helping with sleep, longevity, weight loss, cravings, reducing pain, and helping you cope with holiday stress! Almost all insurance is accepted. Sliding scale for those in need.
Remember that both Veterans and Kaiser patients also qualify for acupuncture; just ask your doctor for a referral. And all HMO and PPO insurance plans now cover acupuncture as well as Worker’s Comp and Auto Accident Insurance. If you need help finding out, just send me an email.

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?
By Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
Most people think that they don’t have leaky gut syndrome if they don’t have gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or pain after eating. But in reality, there are many more symptoms of leaky gut syndrome than just these common digestive problems. Other common symptoms of leaky gut syndrome are:
*Headaches and Migraines
*Sinus congestion
*Mental Fog
*Allergies
*Plugged up ears
*Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Auto-Immune Diseases
*Thyroid Problems
*Dental Issues
*Bad Breath
*Muscle aches and pains
*Chronic Fatigue
*Chronic Immune Problems
If you have leaky gut syndrome, it means that you’re not digesting and assimilating what you eat. The food passes through the stomach and intestinal lining as larger food particles, and causes toxins to enter the blood stream. It is these toxins that cause the problem.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IS TO TAKE PANPLEX 2 AND IFLORA. THESE ARE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES AND PROBIOTICS.
Not all digestive enzymes and probiotics are the same. They vary in quality tremendously. If you already have your own, please bring them in and compare them to what I recommend.
Next: Take Fermented Cod Liver Oil to heal your stomach lining the help assimilation while reducing inflammation in the body. I also recommend a strong Curcumin supplement. The one I have is the strongest and cheapest I’ve found.
For Immunity, I like the Stamitz Mushrooms which target your immune issues.
For the thyroid, we will also add a thyroid supplement which will help in weight loss, metabolism and overall energy.
For muscle pains, and joint pains I recommend a strong Magnesium supplement. The one I use is Magnesium glycinate.
For MENTAL FOG I use a product from Pure Encapsulations called Memory Pro.
ACUPUNCTURE IS YOUR BEST LINE OF DEFENSE FOR MENTAL FOG, DIGESTIVE ISSUES, SINUS CONGESTION AND ARTHRITIS — ALSO FOR MIGRAINES AND TENSION HEADACHES.
Acupuncture will also create a calm sensation, releasing endorphines and serotonine, helping with stress and sleep.
The best and cheapest way to deal with allergies and sinus problems is with Acupuncture, Evergreen Magnolia Formula, and D-Hist and Sinutrol Formulas
Veterans and Kaiser patients also qualify for acupuncture; just ask your doctor for a referral. All HMO and PPO insurance plans now cover acupuncture as well as Worker’s Comp and Auto Accident Insurance. If you need help finding out, just send me an email.