Treatments for Insomnia, Stress and Anxiety

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Strategies for Sleep, Anxiety or Stress

(photo credit: Bob Wong, Art of Acupuncture)

There are many effective strategies for sleep, anxiety or stress.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

*Special six point Acupunture Treatment

*Magnesium Glycinate

*Lithium orotate

*Kava Kava

*5HTP

*Curcumin or Turmeric

*Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Follow the above regimen and I can almost guarentee you of a good night’s sleep, and a feeling of calm and relaxation

Anxiety?

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.

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.

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.)

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)!

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.