Natural Hormone Replacement

Natural Hormone Replacement

Natural medicine is good for treating a lot of problems. One of them is hormone imbalances. Whether it’s problems with fertility, menses, PMS, menstrual cramping, menopause, breast tenderness, low libido, moodiness, sugar craving, PCOS, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, or a host of other problems, natural medicine has solutions you can trust.

My 34+ years of medical practice has taught me that almost any hormone problem can be successfully treated using natural medicine.

Fertility Issues
Whether it’s male or female hormone issues, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and homeopathy can help. I can’t even begin to convey to you how satisfying it’s been to me to help so many couples get pregnant using natural methodes to being the hormones into balance.

(Photo curtesy of Bob Wong, Art of Acupuncture)

Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids, Cysts

These problems are almost all treated the same: to “dredge out” the congestion in the uterine area or ovaries. The body becomes congested for many reasons. It could be a hormonal imbalance, sexual trauma, genetics, or diet. Either way, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary changes and classical homeopathy can clear the organ and bring it’s function back to normal.

Low Libido

The Chinese are well-known for their “miracle cures” using Chinese herbal capsules and acupuncture. This is actually one of the easier problems to treat.

Moodiness and Sugar Cravings

Symptoms of PMS and other menstrual issues usually can be resolved within a few menstrual cycles. We use simple supplements such as fish oils, magnesium, vitamin B6, 5-HTP, and others to help balance the hormones and cravings. Sometimes I’ll also run either blood tests or saliva neurotransmitter tests to scientifically determine where the imbalance is.

Weight Gain or Loss

Most people don’t realize it, but issues with weight usually have at their core hormone imbalances. Whether it’s the thyroid gland, adrenal gland or pituitary, we can isolate the problem and treat it. We may also work to balance the neurotransmitters which regulate craving and mood.

Email today to learn how acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbs, homeopathy and dietary changes can be incorporated into your treatment plan for hormone imbalance.

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.

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)!

Do I Need Medical Testing?

Dear Friends,

I’d like to thank all of you who came out to my lecture this weekend at the Conscious Life Expo!  I enjoyed seeing you and hope you had a great time at the expo.  It was another jam-packed weekend of holistic events.  I love how popular all this stuff is getting.  The LAX Hilton parking lot was full when I got there with attendees…. pretty amazing.  I think it says a lot that in the midst of much of the chaos and stress in our nation, and internationally, and in our individual lives, that so many people find it a priority to attend an event like this… See you next time…
Now, on to a more clinical note:  I’m asked a lot, and it was a major topic of discussion at my lecture this weekend….. When is it good to be tested and what type of testing is needed?  So I’ve written this short article to give you a primer on medical TESTING…
Do I Need To Be Tested?
This is a question I am often asked by my patients.  The question comes up in a few different contexts:
The first is when I ask a patient to get a blood test who has not had any testing in more than a year.  They sometimes object, saying: “This is alternative medicine; why do I need a blood test?”
I explain that testing can often lead to a better, more specific and thorough diagnosis, as compared to Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis alone.
The second is when the current tests are not comprehensive enough.  Often, and especially with HMO insurance, the type of testing done is not adequate and complete enough to form the type picture needed to diagnose accurately from the Chinese medical perspective.
In What Circumstances Will Testing Really Help Me?
The answer to this question is based on a number of variables.  It largely depends on you and your health goals and situation.  But frankly, and to be practical, it also depends to a large degree on your health budget and financial situation.
In my mind, and for me working with you as your doctor, it’s always preferable to see the results of scientific tests.  The more black and white information I have, the easier it is for me to diagnose you accurately and treat you effectively.
But if you’re on a tight budget, then I sometimes won’t require you to be tested.  The exception to this is that at a minimum, I like all my patients to get basic blood tests.
Testing gives us both a more scientific way of knowing where you stand and gives us the tools we need to treat you more effectively.
Because of my 30 years of medical experience, I can  sometimes predict some of your test results and spare you the extra fee.  Not with blood tests, but sometimes with neurotransmitter testing, or adrenal stress testing.
But this is not always the case.  And I can discuss your options with you.  In general, I prefer the tests, if at all possible.
Which Tests Might We Want To Perform?
The following is a list of some of the more common tests that I routinely perform on my patients:
Blood Testing – general CBC, cholesterol, Chem Panel, Hormones, kidney and liver functions, Vitamin D Blood Tests
Urinalysis – blood sugar, infections
Hormones – Blood and Saliva
Brain Neurotransmitter Testing – Saliva
Adrenals – Blood and Saliva
Stool Tests for parasites, yeast, bacterial overgrowth, leaky gut, and digestive function
Anemia Testing – blood
Blood – Food Allergy Testing
Blood – Digestive Function and Leaky Gut Syndrome Testing
The following is a partial list of symptoms and problems which you may have that benefit from testing to get a more accurate diagnosis and create a more effective treatment plan:
Low Sex Drive
Low Motility and Male Sperm Count
Excessive Sex Drive
Addictions, Compulsions, Panic
Compulsive Eating
Bulemia and Anorexia
Alchohol or Sugar cravings
Drug Usage
Chronic Fatigue
Low Energy
Epstein Barr Virus
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Low or High Thyroid
Hashimoto’s Disease
Chronic Insomnia
Chronic Pain Syndrome
Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity
Memory Loss
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Digestive Problems
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Gas and Bloating
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Testing?
In some cases, yes.  You will have to call and ask your insurance company about the specific tests.  Each insurance company has different rules.
How Do We Know Which Tests I Will Need?
This is what we will discuss during your consultation.  If you are already a patient, please schedule an appointment for a consultation to evaluate if you need testing and if so, which tests will help you to achieve your health goals.
Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Healthier Year
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath



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


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23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

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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




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Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171


West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office:   


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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(All Products available from Dr. Martin by special order.  Note:  Testing available to determine exactly which products you need based on your blood, urine and saliva test results.  Tests determine mineral deficiencies, and neurotransmitter excesses, or deficiency.  Email our office for pricing and for more information.  Insurance often covers the costs of testing.)



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Tired of Being Tired???

Tired of being tired?



You could be suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiency.


Link to Blood Lab to Check your Vitamin and Mineral Levels Inexpensively on Your Own

Do you wonder why you feel tired, or don’t recover well from illness? It could be that you lack the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly.  As complex and amazing that our bodies are, they cannot produce these necessary nutrients on it’s own. Vitamins and minerals are found in foods and nourish our bodies to help keep us healthy. Keep in mind that it’s best to consume a variety of foods, instead of just taking a multivitamin, to make sure that your body is able to absorb the micronutrients properly. 

Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development and help cells and organs do their jobs.  Knowing exactly what vitamins and minerals your body is lacking or exceeding in allows you to give it exactly what it needs. Having the correct amount is important for the body to function properly.

Vitamins have many functions and influence the health of nearly every organ in the body. It is impossible to sustain life without all the essential vitamins. Minerals play a vital role in regulating many body functions. They act as catalysts in nerve response, muscle contraction and the metabolism of nutrients in food. They regulate electrolyte balance and hormonal production, and they strengthen skeletal structures.  

Below is a list of interesting facts about the vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy and keep our bodies functioning properly.



Vitamin A

Vitamin A keeps the immune system healthy. It prevents blindness and promotes healthy skin and hair. It is crucial for bone growth and tooth develpoment. Good sources are milk, liver, fish, orange vegetables and fruit. 

Deficiency: Night blindness, dry skin, poor bone growth and weak tooth enamel. Major sources are milk, eggs, spinach, carrots and almonds.

Excess intake: Liver damage, headache, abnormal vision and bone pain


Vitamin B

Vitamin B is a large family of vitamins which include B1, B2, B6, B9 (Folic Acid), Niacin, Biotin and Pantothenic Acid. They are vital nutrients for cell repair, digestion and metabolic activity. Vitamins B6 and B12 are found in most foods such as whole grains, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy products and leafy green vegetables. 


Deficiency: Short breath, dizziness, pale skin and irregular heart beats

Excess intake: Liver problems. numbness in feet and hand


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to reduce cholesterol levels and helps to regulate blood pressure. It resists infection in your body and is important in immune system function. The main sources for vitamin C are found in fish, oranges, tomatoes, lemon, spinach, onions and broccoli.

Deficiency: Nosebleeds, swollen gums and weakness

Excess intake: Upset stomach and kidney stones


Vitamin D

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced naturally by the body when exposed to sunshine, therefore we do not need to obtain it from our diets. Our bodies need vitamin D because it absorbs calcium which is essential for the development of strong bones and teeth. Direct sunlight, spinach and vegetables are all sources of vitamin D.

Deficiency: Osteoporosis

Excess intake: Irreversal damage to kidneys and heart, muscle weakness and high blood pressure   


Vitamin E

Vitamin E promotes formation of red blood cells and prevents appearance of wrinkles. Preventions external damage to the lungs by air pollutants, prostate cancer and heart disease. Helps maintain the tissues in your eyes, skin and liver. Foods rich in Vitamin E are whole grains, leafy green vegetables, sardines, egg yolks, nuts and seeds.

Deficiency: Loss of balance and anemia

Excess intake: Blood-clotting problems


Vitamin K

Vitamin K is important for the function of blood clotting in the body. It is also linked to preventing Alzheimers disease in the elderly. It regulates blood calcium levels and activates at least 3 proteins involved in bone health. Vitamin K is found in dairy products, leafy green vegetables and soybean oil. 

Deficiency: Bruise and bleed easily, prolonged blood clotting. However, these symptoms are limited to people that have liver problems and are very rare.

Excess intake: Some forms of vitamin K can cause anemia. Again this is extremely rare.





Calcium is important for making our bones and teeth strong and for maintaining healthy gums. It is also essential for the nervous system. Milk, fish, seafood, almonds and green leafy vegetables are good sources for calcium. 


Deficiency: Osteoporosis 


Excess intake: Tiredness, loss of appetite, upset stomach



Iron is the most important component of blood. It is used in the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body. Without iron, the tissues, muscles, and other systems do not receive adequate oxygen, and thus cannot function properly. Good sources of iron are spinach, beans, eggs, dried fruits and whole breads. 


Dificiency: Fatigue, difficulty in breathing and anemia


Excess intake: Hemochromatosis 



Magnesium is required for proper relaxation and contraction of muscles and for proper functioning of certain enzymes. Food sources include dark green vegetables, apples, bananas, milk products and meat


Deficiency: Fatigue, irritability, insomnia and poor memory


Excess intake: Nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and slow heart rate 



Phosphorus helps filter out waste in the kidneys and plays an essential role in how  the body stores and uses energy. It is also an important nutrient in building strong teeth and bones. Some health conditions such as diabetes, starvation, and alcoholism can cause levels of phosphorus in the body to fall. Good sources include milk, fish, eggs, apples and carrots


Deficiency: Painful bones and fatigue


Excess intake: Kidney damage and Osteoporosis 



Potassium is necessary for building a healthy nervous system. It regulates nerve impulses, heartbeat and blood pressure. Fish, meat, whole grain cereals, fruits and vegetables are good sources of potassium. 


Deficiency: Muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat and fatigue


Excess intake: Weakness and irregular heartbeat



Zinc is useful for the body in many ways and carries out various functions, such as cell growth and division, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and energy. It also helps in curing skin problems such as acne, boils, and also sore throat. If the proportion of zinc in the body is low, it can become a major cause for genetic disorders such as dwarfism. Other indications of low zinc are skin problems such as acne, weight loss, diarrhea, emotional instability, joint pain and hair loss. Food sources include oysters, lean beef, seafood, lima beans, nuts, poultry and dairy products. 


Deficiency: Genetic disorders, skin problems, weight loss, diarrhea, emotional instability, joint pain and hair loss


Excess intake: Nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, lethargy and fatigue

New Years Supplement Recommendations

New Years Resolution – Start Taking Your Supplements




Summary:  Everyone needs the most basic supplements, which include:

*Omega 3, 6, 9 Oils



*Multi Vitamin/Mineral Fromula for your age and gender

*CoQ10 for your cardio-vascular system

*Individualized program based on symptoms and blood analysis 


We all need vitamin and mineral supplements — Right?  With our higher levels of awareness for our body’s health and healing process, who could logically say:  “No—-not me, I don’t need vitamins?”  


One might say that medical doctors and many scientific investigators don’t believe in the need for supplements, but this is no longer true.  In recent classes I’ve taught to medical doctors throughout the Los Angeles area, I’ve seen an incredible interest among many physicians  and an honest desire to learn what’s best for their patients.   Many of these docs are taking vitamins, herbs and other supplements themselves and seeing firsthand that they really work!


Some of the most common reasons for taking vitamin and mineral supplements are:


1.  Large-scale commercial agra-business has depleted our soils of nutrients.  Soil has been scientifically researched and found to be deficient in many necessary minerals.  Organically grown food is much better, and richer in vitamins and nutrients, but is more costly and still hard to obtain for our everyday needs.


2.  Pesticides are used around our homes, are found in most of the foods we eat, and are hidden in the form of ant and roach “hotels”, moth balls, mildew removers, fungicides, termite eradication and others.  These pesticides inevitably get into our body.


3.  Other environmental pollutants also claim a toll on the body, creating a need for more anti-oxidants and other minerals and vitamins.


4.  Smog:  Living in Los Angeles, we are all subject to the effects of poor air quality.  Breathing smog on a daily basis depletes the body of anti-oxidants.


5.  Smoking, prescription medications, recreational drugs and alcohol deplete the body of valuable nutrients and electrolytes.  This is why most people who smoke have a lot of dental and bone density problems:  The minerals needed to build healthy teeth and bones have been leached out of the system.


6.  Electromagnetic Field Pollution is everywhere.  From airports, cell phones, X-Rays, MRI’s, radio waves, microwaves, television and computer screens, we are constantly bombarded by radiation in every direction we turn.  If you own an electro-magnetic field detector as I do, you’d be amazed by measuring the amount of daily radiation you are subjected to.   Radiation alters your electro-magnetic field, your chi/energy, and personal gravitational center, thus causing stress-induced depletion of minerals and vitamins.


7.  We all live under tremendous stress.  Unless you live in the desert  and are on retreat 100% of the time, it’s likely that your endocrine system, including your adrenal glands and thyroid, are functioning on overdrive much of the time.  Stress depletes the body of its essential nutrients, including vital antioxidants and electrolytes.


8.  The “Quickening” — Few could argue that we perceive time as speeding up.  The physical body is dealing with a constant onslaught of energy, the mental body is constantly overwhelmed by too much data and information, and the emotional body is being called upon to integrate and make sense of all this additional information.  All of this contributes to stress, which depletes the body by sending it into “overdrive” much of the time.


But which supplements are the best ones for your particular body and mind?  Although we are all mostly exposed to the same common environmental problems,  not everyone needs the same products. 


Our bodies vary tremendously, and so do our physiological needs.  


In 1996, Dr. Roger Williams, the scientist who discovered Pantothenic Acid, wrote a book called Biochemical Individuality.   In this book, he discusses various research studies demonstrating people’s unique needs. 

This is why  the best way to determine your individual needs is through individualized testing and analysis.   And the most reliable form of testing uses the blood.


Health is relative, and a person who doesn’t have a known disease is not necessarily healthy.  So the best way to analyze blood chemistry is in terms of “optimum” rather than “normal.”


Your blood is alive!   By that I mean that your blood is electrically charged.  Each mineral molecule in the blood carries either a positive or negative electrical charge.   Each negative charge is attracted to a positive charge and each positive charge is attracted to a negative charge.


Problems like insomnia, low or high blood pressure, weight gain or loss, fluid retention, arthritis, colitis, constipation, allergies or asthma all begin to make sense when we look at the blood in this way.  


 Looking at the typical blood chemistry analysis and CBC, I have an entire picture of exactly which organs are weak, or “under-active,” and strong, or “over-active,” from the point of view of Chinese medicine.   


Taken together, these two methods of blood test analysis give a very clear indication of which supplements and herbs are needed to bring the body into balance for optimal functioning.  



The Problem with Low Blood Sugar – by Dr. Randy Martin

Hypoglycemia – How to Understand and Treat this Serious Problem by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD

Too often a patient comes into to see me with a list of various problems that their physician has no solution for.  Sometimes the underlying problem is the real cause, and sometimes this underlying problem involves faulty blood sugar metabolism.

Hypoglycemia is defined as blood sugar dropping below the normal range. And while many people also have blood sugar within this normal range, their blood sugar may also swing too quickly from high to low or from low to high.  Either imbalance shares the same symptoms:  foggy thinking, headaches, blurred vision, muscle aches and pains, hypersensitivity, overly emotional, hypersensitive to noise or smells or light, anxiety, sweating, nervousness, faintness, palpitations, and the brain simply not working right.

The causes are sometimes genetic, or sometimes related to stress, over exercise, not eating well, or what we call in Traditional Chinese medicine, stagnant liver chi or weak spleen meridian.  Dietary causes can be a history of eating too much sweets, refined carbohydrates, such as white bread or pasta, or drinking too much alcohol or cold sweet drinks, such as soda.

The Traditional Chinese medical diagnosis for hypoglycemia can be complex.  There are quite a few types of diagnosis that could be associated by hypoglycemia.  According to E. Douglas Kihn, OMD, LAc, in an article published in The California Journal of Oriental Medicine (Vol 16, No 2, Fall 2005,) Liver yang rising with liver wind affecting the qui and blood of the head, is one of the primary causes of hypoglycemia.  There are other possible causes, however, including kidney yin weakness, disturbed shen and weak genetic qi.  My book, Optimal Health, How to Get It, How to Keep It, has a more extensive discussion of all these Chinese syndromes.

According to Dr. Kihn, the underlying reason for hypoglycemia is excessive heat caused by too much movement or friction. As a result, the liver overheats, causing Liver Rising, thus generating Liver wind.  Wind scatters and confuses the qi and blood in the head leading to dizziness, headaches, confusion, and the like.

The simple explanation or cause for this excessive heat is that at some point, we all experience stress and may become overworked.  In our culture, most of us are trying to accomplish way too much and don’t rest enough.  We worry and are constantly busy at trying to respond to stressful situations or trying to accomplish something. 

Many people in our culture have what we call in Traditional Chinese medicine stagnant liver chi. If you have gone to a Traditional Chinese medical doctor, you may have been told that you have this imbalance.  My patients always ask me what I mean when I tell them they have stagnant liver chi.

While Traditional Chinese medicine does use the name of the traditional organ system to describe the problem, Chinese medicine has a lot more to say about the organ.  In Chinese medicine, the term liver includes the actual organ, the meridian and the functions.  The meridian, or invisible energy pathway, travels from the foot, up the inner leg, and into the groin area, ending in the chest cavity area. Any problem along that meridian would be reason to treat the Liver meridian.

Hypoglycemia includes the classic symptoms of liver chi stagnation:  dizziness, headaches, sugar cravings, poor digestion, unstable blood sugar, mood swings, PMS and other hormonal imbalances.

From the Western perspective, our fast-paced lifestyle causes the adrenal glands to pump out too much epinephrine.  This hormone stimulates insulin production from the pancreas.  When the body is in this constant “flight or flight” mode, there is too much epinephrine being secreted and thus too much insulin production as well.  The net result is lowered blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

Western treatment for this is to eat more frequently, in order to keep the blood sugar at a more normal level.  Although this works in the short run, it doesn’t solve the problem from a traditional Chinese perspective.  In fact, overloading the body with food, when a person is not hungry, actually places a heavy load on the liver.  Even though this technique will relieve the current symptoms of hypoglycemia, it will actually worsen the problem in the long run by creating further liver heat and stagnation.

The long-term danger of maintaining the hypoglycemic diet is that may lead to exhaustion of the pancreas.  Every time you eat, the pancreas must secrete insulin.  But over time, the pancreas may become exhausted, and lose its ability to function properly. This will end in diabetes type II.  In the end, from the Chinese medical perspective, eating too frequently causes even more liver heat and stagnation, thus exacerbating the original problem.

Traditional Chinese medicine offers a solution by eliminating the heat, strengthening and supporting the liver and spleen.  The method of treatment is to detoxify and support the liver with herbal formula such as Xiao Yao Wan and Relaxed Wanderer.  Acupuncture points such as Spleen 4, 6, Liver 2, 3, 14, CV 4, Du 14, LI 4, 11.  For relaxation and stress, Pc 6 and Ht 7, and ear Shen Men.

Relaxation exercises, meditation techniques, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and daily exercise are also very important.