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.)

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.

IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, IBD and Crohn’s Disease

IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, IBD and Crohn’s Disease
By Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
One of the most effective types of treatments I have ever done over the past thirty+ years in private practice has been treatment of the range of digestive problems called inflammatory bowel disorders (IBD). The range of diagnoses’ that are treated include colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease, indigestion, gas, bloating, inflammation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and fatigue.

I have lectured extensively to support groups and I always emphasis the incredible effectiveness of holistic treatment. I have had patients who were unable to leave home for longer than a few hours at a time, who, after treatment had absolutely zero limitations on their travel from home. I have had many patients state that their lives had been totally transformed with holistic treatment.

Most of my patients had been living with these problems for many years, and had not realized there were safe, natural, and effective methods for treating their problems.

Although many patients respond to traditional Western treatment, some fail to respond to these drugs. In addition, there are always risk factors and side effects from the Western pharmaceutacal drugs; in contrast, natural treatments have no side effects and are risk free.

Smoking, nicotine, coffee, and steroidal drugs are known to make Ulcerative Colits and IBS much worse, although there is also a genetic factor to consider. Diet has also been shown to play a large role in the causation of IBS.

In Chinese medicine, we have our own methods for determining which dietary factors are involved in exacerbating IBS.

We use the tongue and pulse diagnosis in Chinese medicine. According to these methods, we can determine which diet would be the best for each unique person.

Common foods which should always be avoided in IBD are ice cream, iced drinks, wheat and gluten containing foods, corn, cow’s dairy products, peanuts, red meat, sugar containing foods, cold, raw or frozen foods, coffee, caffeine, oranges, alcohol, spicy foods, fried foods, and other foods which we label as “Yin” or “Damp” in Chinese medicine.

Correcting nutritional deficiencies is a major portion of the treatment as well. By analyzing blood, saliva, urine, stool, and/or hair tests, we can see where the problems arise, and gain an additional understanding in developing the individualized treatment plans.

Supplements which are often needed include Vitamin A and Beta Carotene, DHEA, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and the essential fatty acids, including omega-3, 6 and 9. Probiotics, such as Lactobacillus, and Bifidobacteria are also very helpful.

Also, we use Glutamine, Phosphatidylcholine and anti-inflammatory supplements such as Curcumin, Quercetin and Rutin.

We also use Chinese herbs and acupuncture to heal the digestive tract and strengthen the lining of the stomach and small intestines.

Please be sure to never take yourself off any prescribed medications without your doctor’s supervision. The quantities for supplements and herbs vary with each individual. Not all supplements work for everyone. This holistic program should be individually prescribed by your doctor to meet your particular needs.

In summary, the combined use of both Western and natural methods of treating IBD is quite effective. Some people respond better to one or more types of treatment, but everyone will do well with some combination.

Acupuncture For Stress

Acupuncture for Stress
One of my favorite types of acupuncture, both when I receive it myself, and when I perform acupuncture on my patients, is using acupuncture to relieve stress.

The technique I use is based on treating the energy centers in the body – the chakras, along with specific points called “4 gates” and “shen men”. I also add a special point in the ear for relaxation and balancing.

The net effect is to put the body/mind/spirit into a parasympathetic mode. This is the opposite of the state of mind we often function with: the sympathetic mode. The acupuncture treatment stops the flow of cortisol and increases the flow of endorphins and serotonin.

Endorphins and serotonin are the neurotransmitters secreted when you feel at ease and happy. If you exercise, they are why you feel positive and relaxed after a good jog, hike, dance or walk. Acupuncture when done for stress reduction will also put your mind in a relaxed “alpha state.”

If you would like to try this type of treatment, and you are either new to acupuncture or you haven’t been in for a while, I’m more than happy to give you an introductory fee – just shoot me an email. But remember that most insurance companies also cover the cost of acupuncture these days; even Kaiser, HMO’s and almost all PPO’s. I’m also a certified provider for Worker’s Comp. cases, and on the list of providers for veteran’s through TriWest.

You owe it to yourself and your stressed out body to give this a try….

For additional Stress Reduction, here is a link to the most recent Oprah Meditation:

Is Your Oil Warning Light On?

Is Your Oil Warning Light On?

You’re driving your car and your oil warning light comes on. What is your first thought? Is it: “I’ve got to figure out how to unscrew that damn thing?” Or is it: “I’d better take the car to the mechanic to figure out why the light is on, make sure there’s no leak. and that my oil is topped off?”

Most of us walk around with our oil warning light on….. and we tend to dismiss it as unimportant. Some of us try to unscrew the light. We take pain relievers for headaches, anti-depressants for depression, drugs to fall sleep, drink coffee and eat sugar to stay awake, and indulge in excess carbohydrates to numb ourselves from emotional pain.

Is this really the way we want to live? If you ignored your car, it would either blowup or fall apart. This is exactly what your body – mind – spirit will eventually do as well!

Would you consider an alternate solution? Are you willing to sit down and co-create an action plan to get to the bottom of things? Do some blood testing, saliva testing, and change your diet?

A comprehensive, individualized program using Chinese herbs, a classically chosen homeopathic remedy, nutritional supplements and regular Acupuncture tuneups, will keep your oil warning light off, and insure it doesn’t come back on.

With over 30 years experience under my belt, I can guarantee you this approach will work! Not only will you live longer and feel better, but you can more easily reach your peak, come from your core, and feel more grounded and connected to your energtic source of Chi (energy)!