Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our very own, Amy Hausman, L.Ac. shares her thoughts on navigating the Coronavirus from a Chinese medicine perspective and the steps you can take to build up your immune system. As a healthcare professional, it is important for me to stay informed for the well-being of my patients and the community at large.  This post is about the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the disease it causes (COVID-19) and some important steps to take so you can be the first line of defense for you and your family.   I am sharing this information with you along with the hope that it instills confidence rather than fear as new cases are diagnosed.  While much about COVID-19 still remains unknown, it is prudent to parse out the real facts from [...]

How Sweet It Is

  How Sweet It Is… So…the white stuff. Oh how we all love it. I could write a novel on sugar, so I’m planning to break it into a few smaller posts. Who doesn’t love that feeling when you’ve been craving some chocolate and you finally get your hands on the dark, velvety stuff, and you pop it in your mouth and the world just feels nice for a second? (Then the kids pull at your jeans, the cupboard door hits you in the head, the doorbell rings, and the baby pees on the floor…but you had a nice second there when the sweet stuff hit your system!) Does this sound a bit like an addict talking??? That’s because it is. We can absolutely 100% be [...]

Aroma…puncture?

Ok, so the name needs work. But the technique is clearly workING. Since we don’t yet have a name for this technique, let’s first describe what it is. A few brilliant–and might I add, probably “crunchy”–acupuncturists decided to add therapeutic grade essential oils to their practice. The result? Amazingly elevated results and highly enjoyable treatments for their clients. I am lucky enough to see one of these acupuncturists who has been open-minded enough to let me bring oils into my treatments (you all know by now about my love affair with essential oils!)…and WOW. The body knows what the body knows. So let’s talk about this concept for a minute. As most of us in the holistic realm realize, not many studies with cold hard [...]

On Pins and Needles (Exploring Chinese Medicine)

Of late we’ve had lots of reasons to turn to alternative healing. I’ve always been a huge fan of acupuncture–it helped significantly reduce my chronic migraines more than 10 years ago–so it felt almost like a homecoming to be turning to it now for my latest ailment. And by latest I mean something I’ve been dealing with for about a year and a half now. What I didn’t remember about those acupuncture visits a decade ago was the fact that the practitioner also had me on Chinese herbs. They were capsules, so pretty easy to take. This time around, I’m on an herbal tea concoction. Now…I use the term “tea” VERY loosely here. Because it’s more like an herbal MUD. Which, consequently, is roughly what [...]

A Notice to our Patients Regarding Chinese Herbal Practices

Here at Scarsdale Acupuncture, we truly value our relationships with our patients. We know you have a choice when it comes to your healthcare and are honored that you continue to choose us to serve your needs. We think everyone deserves optimal health and wellness. It is with this in mind that we want to update you on our practices and protocols regarding Chinese herbal medicine. Herbal medicine has always been a foundation of Chinese medicine and most of the prescribed formulas used today are the same ones developed centuries ago. This tradition certainly speaks to the safety and efficacy of their continued use when prescribed by a licensed herbalist.  Today Chinese herbs are being used more and more in U.S. clinics and hospitals. As [...]

How Did You Decide To Become an Acupuncturist?

Being brought up in a Western society, I was taught that health care was about finding a cure to a problem. If I had a headache, I took an aspirin to rid the pain. It wasn’t until I actually experienced a period of recurrent colds, that I also realized the importance of preventing disease. I began to seek out Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); treating the root cause of illness, not only symptoms, made sense to me. That is not to say finding an effective treatment method to disease is not also important, but if we can find ways to enhance wellbeing, then we have the best of both worlds. In the mid 90's, after graduating college, I was working in San Francisco, as a Graphic [...]

Clinician Oath

The following oath provides guidance for study and practice in the profession of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I solemnly promise, as a clinician, to practice my profession to the best of my ability. I will use my knowledge and skills to aid in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of medical disease. I will try to help my patients to understand disease, treatment, and prognosis. I will encourage my patients to participate in decisions relating to their lives. I will endeavor to alleviate their fears and recognize that occasionally the most meaningful treatment may be to listen with kindness and understanding. I will treat my patients with dignity and will give to them the respect and privacy which I would hope to receive if I were ill. [...]

Stop and Smell the Roses!

With the start of warm sunny days, birds chirping, and flowers blooming, most of us want to run outdoors and enjoy the spring and summer seasons. However, for some, avoiding Mother Nature is seemingly more appealing. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, in New York, environmental allergens are now worse than ever. Many allergy sufferers rely on over-the-counter oral antihistamines for temporary relief of allergy symptoms. Over time, these medications lose their efficacy and include a host of side effects; drowsiness being the most common. In our practice, we’ve had excellent results in treating patients with asthma and allergies of all types. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to things in the environment, such as pollen, mold, pet dander and [...]

Finding Your Happy Place

In the years that I have been in private practice, I have treated various types of disorders such as respiratory, chronic pain, muscular-skeletal, gastro-intestinal, addiction, anxiety and depression, weight management, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction, chronic fatigue, and other illnesses including many forms of the common cold. The foundation of Chinese medicine dictates that each person is uniquely different. While some people may come to me with the same symptoms as others, everyone is diagnosed and treated differently based on one’s uniquely individual patterns and presentations in my office. On some people I incorporate acupuncture, on others I choose not to use any needles at all but to focus solely on Integrative Energy Medicine and/or Chinese herbal formulas. While the results and responses to treatment varies [...]

The Proof Is In The Pregnancy

The connection between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and enhancing fertility may be scientifically elusive, but when patients visit us at our practice in Scarsdale, New York, they are undeniably pleased with the results. This ancient comprehensive medical system which includes acupuncture, herbs, exercise and nutrition optimizes the fertility potential for both men and women.

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