Do You Have Anxiety? Natural Solutions!

Most of our symptoms DO have both physical and emotional components. The body and mind cannot be separated.

Learning to feel your feelings is valuable, but sometimes anxiety can be overwhelming, and that is the time to ask for help.

There is nothing innately good or bad associated with anxiety. Anxiety can be a warning that something is out of wack. Or it can be that something is wrong situationally. It can also signal an imbalance in your body chemistry, hormones and neurotransmitters. Sometimes we can use it as a signpost to make changes in our lives.

Most of the feelings and sensations associated with anxiety will subside in a few minutes, a few hours, in a week or so, or when the situation causing the anxiety has passed. The Buddhists have a saying: “Anicha” – basically interpreted as “This too shall pass, or nothing remains constant.”

Carl Jung, the renowned psychiatrist, talks about aspects of our unconscious rising up and then causing anxiety and feelings of discomfort. Learning to investigate these uncomfortable feelings Jung calls “Shadow Work.” In other words, learning to bring what is in the shadow, into the light.

If you can do it, it’s a great idea to be able to sit with the feelings until they pass; or to journal about them; or give them a name or label, and have a dialogue with them. But this isn’t always possible, until you train yourself to do it.

There are also great supplements, amino acids and herbs we can use to control or minimize anxiety and to lesson it’s frequency while you work on getting the situation under control that’s causing it, and/or work to balance your hormones and neurotransmitters.

Physical exercise is also vital, and eating to keep your blood sugar stable is also really important.

We can do a blood, urine, and saliva test to point us to the cause of anxiety physiologically.

Some of the supplements you can try are Calcium and Magnesium, 5-HTP, Tryptophan, GABA, Theanine, Kidney Yin Tonic, Kava Kava, Min-Chex, Stress Factors, and many others. I have great formulas in the office we can use to help you deal with your anxiety.

Once on a plane trip, I became extremely anxious. I was exhausted on the final leg of a trip to multiple countries in Asia, and I had not eaten. My blood sugar was spiking low, I felt like I was going to die, and my heart was racing really fast.

I had with me both natural supplements, which I could have taken, and also a tranquilizer my MD had given me for emergency situations. But instead, I decided to just close my eyes, explore my feelings from the inside, breath, and go more deeply into the physical sensations.

By going inside and feeling the feelings, instead of running from them, I became aware of the emotional components that triggered the anxiety, and the feelings of anxiety passed.

Going through this experience allowed me to understand and gain insight into what the Buddhists call “monkey mind.” Once on a two-week silent meditation retreat, I had a similar experience. After the first day of retreat, I felt I just had to escape immediately. I paced up and down, trying to get the courage to tell the meditation instructor that I was very sorry, but I had to leave.

But I decided instead to go into the meditation hall and join in the group meditation, and to just observe my thoughts and anxious physical sensations. After a half day, my panic passed, and I was able to relax and enjoy the silence of the retreat.

Our anxiety usually has old “tapes” and “voices” associated with it, which try and convince us of their reality and truth. They try and convince us that we need to do something right away. But in reality, unless there is a real situation that is threatening you, it will usually pass. And the more times you are able to get through it without letting it overpower you, the easier it is the next time.

Remember that diet is a major component in reducing anxiety. Making sure you eat at regular intervals and don’t let your blood sugar drop is very important in controlling anxiety. For many people, it’s important to eat protein rich foods every three hours. If you are not sure of the best diet for you, just ask me and we can discuss it and work out something that fits your metabolic and Chinese body type.

Some of the homeopathic remedies that often work for anxiety are the following:

*Aconite – the first one to think of for shock of any type.
*Argentum nitricum – anxiety with desire for sweets; anxiety with depression; headaches; performance anxiety; divorce; emotional upset; obsessional – phobic thinking wiht compulsive avoidances; superstition; exhaustion from heat; indigestion.
*Ignatia – anxiety or insomnia from grief, loss, exciting news or sad news, like loss of a loved one
*Mag phos – muscle spasms, tension, neck and shoulder or lower back pain with anxiety; body feels very tense
*Kali phos – nerves are on edge; nervous headache, weakness following stress; diarrhea from nerves; Dread of some upcoming event
*Sepia – anxiety and weakness before the menses; severe PMS; feeling better after exercising; irritable and wants to be alone, yet often anxious after pushing others away
*Lycopodium – anxiety and anger combined or alternating; flatulent, bloating, gas and digestive problems; thinks they are always right; afraid to be alone; insecurity around the opposite sex; potency problems; feels superior to others; haughty.
*Silica – weakness and fear with withdrawal; lack of self confidence in sexuality and fear of failure
*Arsenicum alb – very nervous about health; selfish; very organized and wants everything in it’s place or gets very anxious; lots of fears and worries; anxiety is worse at about midnight; inflexibility with tendency to deny problems; likes to look outwardly normal and confident despite inner turmoil.
*Gelsemium – Anxiety for future events; nervous diarrhea; this person does best with peace and quiet; does not want to be disturbed; works well for anticipatory anxiety with diarrhea and fear of being able to do it; lacks inner grit or courage.

Finally, of all the treatment modalities, perhaps the most effective is acupuncture. Acupuncture works to balance the neurotransmitters and hormones at the root of anxiety. Over time, acupuncture can sometimes cure anxiety on it’s own, without having to take supplements or drugs.

20% Auto-Immune Alternative Treatments

If you are willing to try something different but effective to treat your auto-immune disease, then this article is for you.

Auto Immune Disease?
~20% Acupuncture Discount~
Natural Treatment Alternatives
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD

I’d like to share with you some natural alternative and effective treatments for those suffering with auto-immune problems such as:

*Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease
*IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
*MS – Multiple Sclerosis
*SA – Psoriatic Arthritis
*Celiac Disease – allergy to gluten
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*SLE – Lupus

Acupuncture, Classical Homeopathic Medicine, Chinese Herbs, and Nutritional Counseling will help you to get rid of the symptoms and, in many cases, actually reverse the disease.

I’ll perform a tongue and pulse diagnosis, and determine your Chinese diagnosis. I’ll also discuss all of your individualized symptoms, and find you a personalized homeopathic remedy. And based on your blood work, I’ll work out a nutritional program with the correct supplements, and your optimal diet.

If you are confused about which supplements will work for you, or which diet to follow, and you are open to trying acupuncture, homeopathy, and Chinese herbs, then let me help you….. based on my 30+ years of experience.

I’m offering you 20% off your initial consultation and acupuncture, when you purchase a package of 10 treatments. Please email me for more information. This deal only applies to new patients or patients who I’ve not seen in over 6 months.

Insurance is also accepted in most cases.

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
*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.

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 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.

Holistic Treatment for Election Stress

Holistic Resources for Election Stress
By Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME
If you or your friends or family are feeling symptoms of stress from the election, here are some resources for you.
Chamamille Tea – very calming and relaxing; helps with sleep
Ginger and Tumeric Tea – relaxing and anti-inflammatory; pain and mental fatigue
Chinese Herbs:
Calm ZZZ – helps with all your symptoms of stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression
Western Herbs:
Kava Kava – used by many cultures for hundreds of years to reduce symptoms of stress
Valerian Root – very strong herb for relaxation or sleep
5-HTP – an amino acid which will help relax you; or for sleep
Stress Factors – a great formula combining herbs and minerals for calming and anxiety
The Mineral Lithium – good for all stress, anxiety, ADHD, phobias
Tyrosine – an amino acid for saddness or depression
Magnesium Glycinate – natural relaxing mineral; helps relax the mind, improve sleep
Curcumin – anti-inflammatory for pain or muscle spasms; increases mental clarity

Homeopathic Medicine:
Magnesium phos – good for sleep and to relax the muscles; headaches, neck and back pain
Kali Phos – use as a tonic when feeling completely run down
Ignatia – an acute homeopathic for grief and loss
Nitric Acid – a deep acting homeopathic for deep-seated anger or resentment.
If you are experiencing insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, neck pain, back pain, hypertension or other symptoms of stress, acupuncture is very effective, and your insurance will cover your treatment.
Veterans and Kaiser patients qualify for acupuncture; just ask your doctor for a referral to see me. All HMO and PPO insurance plans now also cover acupuncture. If you need help finding out, just shoot me an email.
If you don’t yet have health insurance, then please sign up during open enrollment right now. If you are confused, I can refer you to an insurance agent. You may also feel free to ask me about my sliding scale if you have financial hardship and no insurance.
Note: All supplements are available for sale either in my office or can be shipped to you within a couple of days.
Final Note: Please never stop any medications you are taking from your MD without first consulting your MD. I have offered some suggestions in this article, but I’m also available to consult with you and recommend specific forms of treatment tailored to your particular issues. Just shoot me an email to schedule a personalized consultation in person, by phone, or email.

What’s Up With Homeopathy?

What’s Up With Homeopathy Anyhow?
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, CCH, QME

Q. Why is Homepathy so Unpopular Despite It’s Effectiveness?

A. The easiest explanation is probably that Homeopathy is confused with Naturopathy

Q. What is Naturopathy?

A. Naturopathy is any form of natural medicine, such as acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, supplements, chiropractic, or nutrition, for example.

Q. So then, what is Homeopathy?

A. Homepathaty is the use of the little blue tubes you will see at any health food store, which contain the little white pills, that you tap into the bottle cap, and then let dissolve under your tongue. The pills will stimulate your body to heal itself.

Q. So homeopathy is not the same as nutritional supplements or herbs?

A. No. Homeopathy is only the little white pills. Nutritional supplements and herbs are completely different and consumed by swallowing the capsules or tablets. Homeopathic medicines must dissolve under the tongue. The two are completely different.

Q. What are the other differences between herbs, supplements, and homeopathy?

A. Herbs are more like drugs, but safe, and without side effects. Supplements refer to your vitamins and minerals, and are used to fortify and strengthen your body, and prescribed based on your blood testing and hair analysis, to supplement the vitamin and mineral deficiencies in your body.

Q. What are the main things you would use homeopathy for?

A. Homeopathy is used for all problems, from heart conditions, to diabetes, migraines, back pain, anxiety, insomnia, eye sight, , neck pain, PMS, menopause, infertility, ADHD, and so on.

Q. Does homeopathy treat kids also?

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A. Yes, in fact homeopathy works really well on kids and also animals! Kids love the taste of the little white pills. Even infants can take the homeopathic medicines by dissolving them in water first.

Q. Why doesn’t homeopathy have wider acceptance among mainstream doctors?

A. In Europe, Canada, India, and South America, homeopathy is widely respected and used right alongside conventional medicine. In fact, the government of Sweden just made homeopathy an officially accepted form of medicine, equal to Western medicine. In Europe, many MD’s also prescribe homeopathy in conjunction with Western medicine.

Q. What makes homeopathy so unique among all the other healing methods.

A. Because it’s very cheap, it’s much more practical to use on a daily basis. The homeopathic medicines only cost about $10 each. But the big drug companies can’t get rich from them. This means that homeopathy isn’t taught in medical schools because there is not enough money to be made compared to high-priced drugs.

The other reason is that homeopathy only uses a very small amount of either plant, mineral or animal substances, so this makes it very controversial among mainstream doctors. But in fact, it’s very similar to vaccinations, insofar as it uses a small amount of a substance to stimulate the body to heal itself.

Finally, homeopathy also treats the emotional aspects of illness, and even reaches to the spiritual and energetic aspects of why we are out of balance and have a disease. This is obviously controversial, since mainstream medicine doesn’t generally see a connection between the physical and the emotional aspects of disease. Homeopathy sees and treats the interconnectedness between the mental, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of illness and disease.

Q. What is the cost of a homeopathic consultation?

A. Because the homeopath must assess what is going on emotionally as well as physically, the consultation takes longer and is more in depth than a typical ten minute medical consultation. I charge between $150 – $295 for the initial homeopathic consultation in order to give enough time to discuss childhood trauma and illness, as well as the entire history. Pediatric consults are $195. Some homeopaths charge as much as $1500 for an initial homeopathic consultation!

Q. What is the training for a homeopath?

A. There is no standard training for a homeopath. I am certified by the Council for Homeopathic Certification. This is the only current certification board in the US. I have received training from the most well-known homeopaths throughout the world, and I have experience for over 30 years. I am one of the longest practicing homeopaths in the U.S.

Q. How long do you have to do homeopathic treatment for?

A. Most people after experiencing the incredible effects of homeopathy want to incorporate it into their life from that point on. I enjoy teaching people how to use it to treat themselves, family and friends for minor illnesses and emergencies. Similar to Acupuncture, the longer you do homeopathy, the healthier you will become. This includes the immune system, hormones, and overall energy and sleep.

In conclusion, I hope this answers your questions about homeopathy and I look forward to being of service to you, your friends, and family. Please feel free to call my office or email to schedule a homeopathic consult.

If you have already been a patient, then feel free to set up a shorter follow-up consultation. Acupuncture is included free with the cost of a homeopathic consultation as well as the Cold Laser Purple Light Therapy device at no extra charge. The Laser Therapy Purple Light is very healing, both emotionally, and physically.

Insurance will usually cover the cost of your acupuncture, which means that your overall consultation cost will be reduced by the amount your insurance pays for the acupuncture portion of your visit.

The Urge (and Durge*) of Dopamine

The Urge (and Durge*) of Dopamine

I got a giggle tonight when on the evening news I watched a segment on the “latest scientific” research suggesting a connection between Depression and Parkinson’s Disease.
Why I laughed is because to any holistic doctor it’s common knowlege the connection between Depression, Addictions, and Parkinson’s.
The connection is in the depletion of the neurotransmitter Dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that in normal amounts keeps us happy, motivated, in love, and our brain working correctly.
Depletion of dopamine will also be linked with restless leg syndrome, ADD and ADHD, tremors, lack of motivation, and fuzzy thinking.
Enough Dopamine is linked to exercise, success in life, being in love, and a fulfilling sexual experience.

The great news is that there is actually a simple saliva test to check your Dopamine levels, and if confirmed low, there is a simple and safe supplement you can take to raise it to normal levels.
If you know someone of any age suffering with Depression, any type of Addiction, Parkinson’s, ADD, ADHD, or who has trouble concentrating, send them over to me. We’ll run the test and get them set up on the right program to make them into a “happy camper.” ………And all natually, without the toxic side-effects of drugs!
*Durge: slang for a jerk, or “what were you thinking?” In other words, the behavior

of someone who doesn’t have enough Dopamine.

Addiction, 12-Step Programs and Holistic 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.

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….”
*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





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:   


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



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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.

Hair Analysis and ADD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia

Using Hair Analysis and Blood Testing
Hair Analysis Very Helpful in Identifying Autism, ADD and ADHD
This study sampled the hair in 116 children with and without Attention Deficit Disorder and/or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and found that a magnesium deficiency occurred in 95% of the children who had one or both of these two disease patterns.  Hair magnesium was more accurate in identifying deficiency then was blood testing.
In another study, it was found that hair analysis was quite accurate in diagnosing autism or autistic-like conditions in children.
Other studies have shown the effectiveness of both magnesium and vitamin B6 therapy in children suffering from autism.
Source of this Research:    Martineau, J., Long-Term Effects of Combined Vitamin B6 – Magnesium administration in an Autistic Child.  Biol. Psyc. 21, 1986 and Kosielec, Magnesium Res. 10,2, 1997.
Dr. Martin’s Comment:  I have been very successful in the treatment of various autism spectrum issues, anxiety, depression, phobias, insomnia, and ADD/ADHD.  My treatment approach is to use homeopathy, neurotransmitter testing, blood tests, and hair analysis.   I also look closely at diet and nutrition and eliminate all artificial ingredients, sugar, white flour, gluten and dairy.   The program has seen tremendous success.
In adults, I also add acupuncture to balance the energy pathways, called meridians,  to re-align the chakra energy centers in the body, and help to create clear thinking,  strengthen digestion, and boost immunity.

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:

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.