Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by Dr. Randy Martin

These days, who doesn’t spend a great deal of time on their computer?

And this results is what?

*Tight shoulders and neck
*Headaches – Migraine
*Arm Pain – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
*Lower Back Pain
*Facial Tension
*Jaw Pain – TMJ

For today, I’d like to focus primarily on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). This is one of the more common problems I see in this day and age of computers. (Feel free to email me with questions about any other of issues for a direct response!)

One of the funny things I see is that in the majority of cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), the individual has come to me for treatment of another problem altogether, and they just happen to mention the CTS as an afterthought.

When I finish inserting the needles for their primary problem, and as I’m about to leave the room, they typically say: “Hey doc, can you throw a few of those needles in my arm for my arm pain while I’m here?”

Which I do, of course, and inevitably they come back a week latter and say: “OMG – my arm pain is completely gone! What did you do?”

Well, what I did was to use some of my well – known, and historically effective acu-points on the arms, shoulders and neck, for CTS. And in fact, it works wonders!

Now, what can you do at home on your own, in addition to the acupuncture, to facilitate a quicker healing response? Here you go:

1. Rub Traumeel or Sports Gel on the arm 2 or 3 times per day
2. Take Vit E 400 i.u. and Vit B6 (P5P) 50mg daily
3. Stick a pin in one of the Vit E capsules and rub it on the painful area once per day
4. Take curcumin or turmeric caps, 2, 3 times per day
5. Magnesium glycinate 250 mg, 1, 3 times per day
6. Homeopathic Arnica, Hypericum, Kali phos, Mag phos, or Ruta grav. (If you are new to homeopathic medicine or not sure what this means, please just ask me and I’ll guide you to the right homeopathic, and email you where to get them and how to take them.
7. Finally, take a good look at the ergonomics of your desk and make sure your arms and hands are in the optimal position relative to your shoulders and the computer. Oftentimes, your workplace may be willing to pay to re-adjust your desk ergonomics, because it’s cheaper than paying for a worker’s comp. claim in the future. And at home, you can adjust the height of your chair, desk, and computor yourself. (just google computer egonomics.)

So — if you, or your friends or family, happen to have this type of arm pain, then please come on over to one of my three offices, and let me show you exactly how effective acupuncture can be.

And in the process, you’ll also have a nice 30 minute “acu-nap”.

And, oh! Did I say, you’ll also sleep better, experience much less stress, and gain some energy in the process?……this — as a result of the acupuncture treatments!

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.

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.

Why I Love Homeopathy!

Why I Love Homeopathy
Why am I in love with Homeopathy! heart
First and foremost, let me be clear: Homeopathy is NOT the same thing as Herbs or other natural supplements you may commonly think of.

In Fact, Homeopathy IS the use of little white “sugar” pills that come in those little blue tubes you may have seen at the health food store in the nutrition isle…… And they dissolve in your mouth and taste very sweet (which is why kids love them.)wink

Now then, having cleared that up, here are just a few of the many reasons I professionally love homeopathy.

NOTE: This is besides all my personal reasons – which you will have to ask me about privately….. because, well, “hello, they are personal!.”

But as a doctor here is a list of some of my most interesting reasons and healings from my patients:

Ipicac: It stopped morning sickness in a pregnant patient who had become severely dehydrated.

Arnica: It stopped swelling and pain in a teenage athlete who sprained her ankle.

Nux vomica: It stopped a hangover in my male patient who drank too much the night before and was chronically irritable and complaining.

Lycopodium: It saved a marriage where the man had been verbally abusive with his wife.

Sepia: It saved another marriage where the wife had no sex drive.

Sepia: It kept a female patient from being arrested for beginning abusive to her children due to her post-partum depression.

Pulsatilla: It started contractions in childbirth so the woman didn’t need an otherwise scheduled cesarian section.

Thuja: It got rid of venereal warts and HPV so the woman avoided cryo-surgery.

Lachesis: It helped to get rid of a rather large urterine fibrid so my patient avoided surgery.

Iodum: It helped to cure a thyroid lump and Hashimotos Disease in a hyperactive, very nervous and impatient female patient.

Symphytum: Healed a cesarian section scar on her belly post pregnancy. And in another woman, it healed a perineum rip occuring during childbirth.

Calendula: It healed a skin infection/bed sore in an elderly bed-ridden male patient.

Phosphorus: It got rid of a nasty bronchial infection accompanied by non-stop deep bronchial coughing.

Calc phos: It got rid of growing pains in the legs of a female teen jogger.

Chocolate: It got rid of a devastating/non-stop craving for chocolate leading to severe weight gain.

Arnica: It spead recovery after a breast reconstruction surgery.

Sabadilla: It got rid of incessant sneezing in a female allergy sufferer.

Sabal: It helped to shrink an enlarged prostate in a male patient.

Hepar sulph: It cured a severe strep throat infection in my secretary.

Natrum muriaticum: It helped a male patient recover who had been struggling with a cripping 10-year long grief from the breakup with his high school girlfriend.

Influenzinum: It prevented several children from getting the flu when all their school mates were home sick and with fevers.

Ignatia: It helped my close friend sleep after her understandable severe grief from having to put her cat to rest.

Apis mel: It got rid of a severe reaction to a wasp sting I had while on vacation.

Sanguinaria: It stopped a severe migraine headache in a female patient who was dealing with stress at work.

Kali phos: It reduced high blood pressure when my patient was trying to withdraw from the prescription medications her doctor had prescribed.

Mercurius sol: It cured a severe right sided sore throat in a patient who preferred to try not taking antibiotics and couldn’t afford to miss work.

Equisetum: It put an end to a chronic bladder infection that antibiotics had stopped working on.

Euphrasia: It stopped the red eye infection in a little boy who kept rubbing his eyes and was sent home from school.

Medorrhinum: It cured ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) in an otherwise sweet little boy who couldn’t stop violently hitting and throwing things at his little sister.

Nux vomica: It cured the craving for alcohol in a young woman who couldn’t otherwise stop drinking and was ruining her life.

Graphites: It ended hot flashes in a middle-age woman going through menopause who didn’t want to take artificial hormones.

Magnesium phos: It ended muscle spasms in the neck and back that kept a female athlete awake at night. And in another patient, it ended her restless leg syndrome which also kept her awake at night.

Want more reasons? Are you interested in how homeopathy may help you?

Read my Second Book “No Mud No Lotus” (Link Below).

It’s filled with loads of similar cases of patient’s who used homeopathy very successfully!

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)!

If Longevity and Optimal Health is Important to you

Want to Improve Your Emotional, Mental, and Physical Health and Well-Being?

Here’s How:

1. Blood Analysis – Learn what your blood says about your overall well-being.
~Are your adrenals stressed out?
~How is your immune system functioning?
~Do you take enough iron and Vitamin D?
~How is your cholesterol and risk of heart disease?
~Low Energy? It could be your thyroid!
~Kidneys functioning ok?
The blood analysis will tell you all this and more. It will even give us clues to the right type of diet for your body type.

2. Hair Sample Analysis
~Does your body have any toxic heavy metals stored on a cellular level?
~How is your mineral balance?
~Are you getting enough of all the minerals you need keep stress away?

3. Chinese Herbs – Did you know that in most cases Chinese herbs are just as effective as Western prescribed drugs, but have none of the side effects? We will select a Chinese herbal formula in capsules that will target your specific health issues, whether it’s insomnia, muscle spasms, prostate issues, infertility, menopause, or headaches… There is a Chinese herbal formula for every problem.

4. Homeopathic Medicine – Have you ever seen those little blue tubes in the nutrition island at the health food store. Those little blue tubes have magical little pills inside that taste great and dissolve in your mouth. (Great for infants, kids and animals too!) We can target whatever you have going on with the right homeopathic medication. And if you are healthy, then we can select a homeopathic to help with overall stress and emotional well-being. Homeopathy isn’t new! In fact it’s over 200 years old and originated in Germany.

5. Acupuncture – My patients who have been receiving a monthly on-going acupuncture tune-up treatments swear that they don’t get sick when others do, sleep better and cope with stress much better. It works preventatively to keep you stronger and works on your longevity.

With these 5 healthful tools in your tool chest, you will feel like a new person. Feel and look younger, and increase your energy and quality of life.

If longevity is your goal, this is your path!

Holiday Secrets for Health




Holiday Stress Relief and 
Eight Essential Holiday Remedies
Dealing with Stress – Daily Meditation:
Give yourself at least 10 minutes each day to practice Letting Go as a meditation.
Become mindful of each sensation, acknowledge it, and then be grateful for it.
Repeat this gentle process with each thought and feeling you experience.
As a normal part of life, stress enables us to get things done. If left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems. Stress causes a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body. These energetic imbalances can throw off the immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, menstrual irregularities, aggravation of already troublesome health conditions and, over time, more serious illnesses can develop.
Stressful situations that last over a long period of time can create an ongoing low-level stress that puts continual pressure on the nervous system, increasing activity, and can cause the overproduction of hormones. The extra stress hormones over an extended period of time may wear out the body’s reserves, lead to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and a host of serious physical and psychological ailments.

Some signs of stress include:

– anxiety or panic attacks
– feelings of constant pressure, hassled and hurried
– irritability and moodiness
– physical symptoms such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
– allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
– problems sleeping
– overindulgence in food, alcohol, smoking, or drugs
– sadness or depression

Stress is often the cause of illness and the deterioration of health. Finding a release valve for your stress can help you stay healthy. According to Oriental medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing pathogens to affect the body. Through acupuncture, these energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

Why does acupuncture help the symptoms of stress? Correctly placed needles help the body re-regulate itself from the effects of stress, depression and anxiety.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress. Acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

Eight Indispensable remedies for the holidays:
1.  Arnica montana – the first remedy to take for auto accidents, trauma, sprains, strains, back pain strain, eye strain, or after surgery or dental work
2.  Nux vom – the first remedy to think of for indigestion and over indulgence, especially if you find you are angry or short tempered or have constipation as well.
3.  Magnesium phos – use for muscle spasms, stress, pain relief, and headaches
4.  Rescue Remedy – for any kind of physical or emotional stress
5.  Ginger tea or capsules – great for indigestion, gas, diarrhea, stomach flu or over indulgence.
6.  Ignatia – for grief or saddness or emotional loss.
7.  Acupuncture –  acupuncture treatments for stress, muscle spasms, or digestive problems.  It works just wonderfully!
8.  Meditation, Exercise and Relaxation
Where to Get Homeopathic Remedies:  Any health food store or homeopathic pharmacy
How to Take Them:   The homeopathic remedies generally have directions on them.   If you are not sure, ask Dr. Martin.
Make sure you don’t eat or drink for about 20 minutes before or after you take them and don’t touch them.  Tap them into the cap and then under the tongue for maximum effectiveness.
Precautions:  If you are on any prescription medications, never stop taking them without first consulting your Medical Doctor.
First ask your doctor if you can take homeopathic remedies before you try these on your own.
If you or someone you know is experiencing stress, contact me for more information about how acupuncture, homeopathy, and Oriental medicine can help you regain peace of mind, regulate your immune system and stay healthy over the holiday season and throughout 2014.
I look forward to working with you throughout 2014.
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Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath







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Longevity and Rejuvenation by Dr. Martin, OMD




Longevity and Rejuvenation by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD
As many of us approach our “middle years,” we’re beginning to ask important questions about our ability to live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Americans are living longer and loving it! Over 50,000 of us have survived past the age of 100—almost double the 1990 total.
There are so many health scams, false health claims, and supposed “fountain of youth” remedies being offered right now that it’s hard to find a longevity cure that will really work, but I have some tips based on my repeated clinical observations.
Nutritional supplements will help you maintain your youthful appearance and basic cellular structure. Maintaining a healthy cellular structure helps create strong hair, skin, nails, and bones, while strengthening and balancing the hormones and endocrine glands that are so important in preventing aging.
Testing is also important. I’ve included in the following list two tests that I recommend repeating annually so that you can better pinpoint the supplements that are right for your individual body type.
Before starting on a program or using any of these supplements, I highly recommend consulting your medical doctor or other health care practitioner.
1. Alfalco: A liquid homeopathic tonic that improves energy, sleep, cognitive (mental) ability, and nerve function, it is to be taken two to four times a day. If you are going through convalescence or working to regain your energy from the flu or any other long-term illness, or if you need a little boost throughout your day, Alfalco can be of help to you. It can be used over the long term without side effects.
2. Reduced glutathione: This supplement helps to recycle the other antioxidants in your daily diet, including vitamins C and E and beta carotene, so you get more use out of them. This is also one of the first supplements I prescribe for cases of breast fibroids, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts, or for someone who fears that he or she may be genetically susceptible to any type of tumor formation.
3. Kelp: The macrobiotic diet is based on Chinese medical theory of yin and yang, and it includes a lot of sea vegetables, which are known to strengthen and support the thyroid gland. Since the common American diet is lacking in sea vegetables, you can get support for the thyroid by taking a kelp supplement. The thyroid gland is vital in keeping our energy up and our weight down. Often, with age, the thyroid gland will begin to weaken. There are over 70 minerals and trace elements in kelp, including growth hormones, vitamins, enzymes, and proteins. Taking it will help to prevent a decline in thyroid function, and will therefore help in anti-aging.
4. Coenzyme Q10: A nutrient best known for the support it provides for the heart and cardiovascular system, it’s also helpful in controlling blood pressure, diabetes, gum disease, migraine headaches, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as counteracting the side effects of prescription drugs and helping with weight loss. I recommend it to almost all my patients.
5. L-tyrosine: A non-essential amino acid which is known as a “brain nutrient,” it is helpful for increasing mental alertness and mental arousal. It is also used as an appetite-suppressant, a substitute for coffee, and an anti-depressant to elevate the mood.
6. Resveratrol: A nutrient known as a major player in anti-aging, it is also known to help with inflammation, pain control, and stabilization of blood sugar, as well as preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.
7. Panplex 2-Phase: A high-potency digestive enzyme formula for total 2-phase digestion of all major food groups, it contains the highest combined enzyme-potency activity per tablet of any of the digestive enzyme formulas I’ve found. It is taken with food as an aid to digestion. One tablet will relieve that bloated and gassy feeling of indigestion within minutes after it is swallowed. As we age, our stomachs and pancreases produce less and less of the enzymes needed for digestion. Due to stress, most people over the age of 30 lack sufficient enzymes to properly digest an average meal. There are many health problems associated with incomplete digestion, including “leaky gut syndrome,” anemia, menopausal symptoms, headaches, poor immunity, fatigue, and insomnia, just to mention a few.
8. Gymnema sylvestre: An herb which helps to stabilize and balance blood sugar, it’s often used for both diabetes and hypoglycemia to help stabilize energy and mood. It is also known to help lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
9. MSM: Many people take this supplement for skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, for joint pain, and for detoxification. It works great, but only if your body is deficient in the mineral sulfur. I always recommend performing a hair analysis to determine whether you are deficient in sulfur before taking MSM.
10. Beta-glucan: Dr. Donald Carrow, MD, in the Townsend Letter for Doctors, touted this product as the “first and only true anti-aging supplement”. It has proven very effective in preventing the recurrence of tumors and has been shown to prevent colds and the flu, as well as to restore the immune response in stressed-out or chronically fatigued people. In addition, it has been shown to effectively treat Hepatitis-C, asthma, and food and environmental sensitivities. This is a great product for anyone with a history of repeated colds or allergies, or who is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
11. Phosphatidylserine (PS): This brain-friendly fatty acid emerged on the scientific scene with the results of a 1991 breakthrough study in the prestigious medical journal Neurology. Most of the research on PS is in the area of age-related memory impairment, including remembering people’s names and the ability (or inability) to concentrate when performing a task. It works by constructing a defensive barrier against stress hormones, such as cortisol, which otherwise damage your brain and impair memory.
12. Vitamin B12 with methylation co-factors: It’s important to take a highly active and easy-to-assimilate form of vitamin B12 that also includes folic acid. Long-term deficiencies of vitamin B12 result in mental apathy, fluctuations in mood, and memory problems. These nutrients are also a must for all women who are planning to get pregnant or taking birth-control pills, as well as anyone on a vegetarian or vegan diet. Often, folic acid also stops “restless leg syndrome” during sleep. A blood test can confirm if you are low in these vitamins.
13. Vitamin D3: More and more research is showing that almost everyone is deficient in this important vitamin. Hormones and immunity are dependent on Vitamin D3. It’s best to get a blood test to determine if you are deficient in D3 and then determine the right dosage.
14. Grape seed extract and pycnogenols (OPCs): These antioxidants have been shown to have fifty times the strength of vitamins C and E. Use them to prevent and treat herpes, colds, and the flu, as well as to strengthen the overall immune system. They are also helpful in treating the veins and strengthening the walls of the blood vessels for such problems as circulation and cardiac function, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and nose bleeding.
15. Alpha-lipoic acid: A natural catalyst that enhances the actions of all the other antioxidants you are taking, it is one of the least-researched but most effective antioxidants. It will help to recycle glutathione and vitamins C and E after the body has used them. Some of the common problems it’s used to treat are peripheral neuropathy, impaired brain function, cataracts, multiple sclerosis, and strokes.
16. Brain Link: This protein powder is composed of amino acids and vitamins designed for treating ADD and ADHD, and it also works well for people who want to increase their mental function, in terms of both memory and creativity. Many of my patients use this product for their children with ADD, while others take it themselves to increase their creative juices. Says one patient, “It jumpstarts my day, and I don’t feel foggy, groggy, or sick anymore. It also gives me a giant boost in my self-confidence.” Another patient states, “It’s easier for me to create a positive structure in my life now. I used to be very wishy-washy.”
17. Detoxification Factors (Phase 1 and 2): This detoxifies the liver, which most of us need to do from time to time, due to our diets. The unique aspect of this product over most other liver detoxification products is its two-phase effect. During the detoxification process, many people feel even more toxic as their liver eliminates the toxins. But the second phase of this product ensures that the toxins being released by the liver are more quickly eliminated from your body, so you won’t feel worse than you did before you started.
18. Acetyl-L-carnitine: This supplement is known to burn unwanted body fat and can be safely used to increase mental performance, slow the aging process, decrease symptoms of depression, and increase muscle strength.
19. Yohimbe: For increased sexual vigor, this plant can be used in its homeopathic or herbal form. It plays a fundamental role in enhancing mood and arousal for sexual fulfillment in men. It’s a very potent libido stimulator and will enhance performance tremendously. With yohimbe, as with any supplement that has stimulating effects, it’s important to check with your doctor prior to taking it. It can potentially cause heart palpitations and insomnia in some men.
20. Vincamine or vinpocetine: For memory and clarity of thought, this herb, which is an extract of the periwinkle plant (Vinca minor and Vinca pervinca), is also used homeopathically and has been shown to help maintain healthy circulation in the brain, decrease cerebral vascular resistance, and improve cerebral blood flow, cerebral oxygen, and glucose utilization. It helps to increase the concentration of some of the neurotransmitters involved in the process of memory formation. Use at times when you need superior mental function. Many of my patients in the movie industry use it before a performance or before they sit down to work on a script. It’s also useful for students to take one tablet before sitting down to study for an exam.
21. Tribulus terrestris: Used for centuries in Europe, this herb is legendary for enhancing sexual strength and function in both men and women. It is also used to improve sports performance.
22. L-arginine: An amino acid that has numerous functions in the body, including the ability to relax blood vessels and help with vasodilatation, it will indirectly help prevent migraines, atherosclerosis and erectile dysfunction, and it will help with wound healing, interstitial cystitis and increasing brain function.
23. Hyaluronic acid: A component of connective tissue with the function of cushioning and lubricating, hyaluronan occurs throughout the body in joints, heart valves, and the eyes. Common problems that might benefit from taking this supplement include TMJ, osteoarthritis, joint pains, neck pain, fibromyalgia, and back and knee pains.
24. Growth hormone: Sold under the name Rejuvamin, this product is composed primarily of the amino acid L-glutamine. Research has shown large bursts of human growth hormone (HGH) following oral administration of two grams of the tasteless glutamine in Rejuvamin. People in their 20s release HGH in bursts four or more times a day, and Rejuvamin restores these bursts. Most people who take it notice a heightened sense of energy, better sleep, enhanced mood, improved skin texture, increased lean mass, and reduced body fat within 1–4 weeks. Said one of my patients, in reference to his ADD and overall health, “On Rejuvamin, I feel ten times better than on any of the Western drugs I’ve taken. My acne has disappeared and my skin tone is so much better.”
25. Maca: A “super food of the Andes” that raises male sexual desire and potency and helps with energy and combating depression, it is also used to rebuild a weakened immune system and re-mineralize poorly nourished bodies. Women also use the maca herb to increase sexual desire and help with fertility. Most research points to maca working on the pituitary gland, which explains its ability to help with many other problems in the body. It’s called an adaptogen, which means it is used by herbalists to balance and restore the body to health.
26. Chinese herbal Yin Formula: Most people lose their yin chi as they age. Yin is considered the feminine, receptive, cool chi, but it’s really a lot more than that. Yin is like a river. When kept flowing and consistent, it is very strong and can move mountains. But in both men and women, as we age, our yin diminishes and causes symptoms like diminished sex drive, graying or thinning hair, hot flashes, dry skin, brittle nails, weak eyesight, and poor memory. A Chinese yin-enhancing formula is to be taken over long periods of time to control and keep the yin strong and at its best. One patient said, after taking this formula for four weeks, “I’m much more balanced and mellow now, and my tolerance for stress is much better. I can keep my cool under pressure now, where I used to explode at people or get very anxious in stressful situations.”
27. Blood work: A necessity for anyone serious about achieving better health, a comprehensive blood workup every year will help determine your optimal levels of many vitamins and nutrients as well as evaluate your liver and kidney function, thyroid function, cholesterol and triglycerides, and many other important body functions otherwise difficult to track.
28. Acu-Pointer Pulse: A great handheld device used for eliminating facial wrinkles and sinus problems, such as sinusitis and allergies, it also will work to eliminate headaches in many people. It can be used on all the acu-points on your body that are normally treated with acupuncture or acupressure, so that you can give yourself a tune-up at home on a daily basis. It sends a very small electrical current into the point, creating a mild tingling sensation as it stimulates the acu-point.
29. Hair analysis: This has traditionally been used to determine if you are harboring toxic chemicals or heavy metals in your body, but recent research has shown its accuracy in assessing mineral imbalances as well. Some common problems that can be diagnosed with hair analysis include ADD or ADHD, adrenal exhaustion, calcium or magnesium deficiencies, and chemical imbalances leading to depression or anxiety.
Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Pain-Free Year
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*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath







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