Why Bone Broth is My Favorite Natural Winter Remedy

This time of year, I talk a lot about bone broth to my patients. Winter is the time to nourish the kidneys, and in Chinese medicine the kidneys govern the bones. Bone broth is a great way to warm and nourish qi (also known as vital energy in our bodies) and blood, as well as to help prevent and promote healing of bones and connective tissue. It’s very collagen rich too, which means it’s also great for skin and for healing digestive irregularities.

Here are a few places to get a cup of bone broth in the city, or you can make your own. 

Brodo, East and West Village

Brodo

Springbone, West Village

Springbone

Introducing Molly's Maternity Leave Coverage Team!

In preparation of baby Forsyth, Molly has entrusted two very dear colleagues to take care of the practice while out on maternity leave. Learn more about these practitioners! 

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Erin Kumpf DACM, L.Ac
Hours:
Friday's from 7:30 am - 3 pm 

Erin Kumpf DACM, L.Ac, is a nationally board certified and state licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the states of New Jersey and New York. She graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. After suffering from irregular menstrual cycles for over 10 years that no doctor could seem to rectify, she was reluctant to proceed with the aggressive treatment plans being recommended to her. Frustrated that no one could identify the root cause of her woes, she had read how acupuncture and herbal medicine are remarkably adept at addressing women's reproductive health issues. After embarking on a holistic endeavor of regular acupuncture, herbs and diet adjustments, she quickly realized the beauty and elegance of this medicine. After 3 months of regular treatments, not only did she have a regular cycle, but felt more herself than she had in a long time.

Her own experience was so profound that she felt compelled to follow her heart and achieved a Doctorate in Chinese Medicine in order to help as many people as she can who are also frustrated with stubborn health issues. She has since specialized in treating the root causes to menstrual irregularities as well as associated issues such as weight gain.  She approaches and respects each patient as a unique individual with unique ailments and strives to help them to wellness with personalized strategies.


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Klara Brown Lac, MS, Dipl. OM
Hours:
Monday's 12pm - 8pm

Klara Brown is a New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, board certified herbalist, and a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine as certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Klara graduated from the prestigious Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, where she earned a Master's of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine.

Klara continued her studies in Beijing, China where she holds a certificate of training from the Beijing Traditional Medicine Training Center of WFAS. As part of her clinical training in New York, Klara worked with Claudia Citkovitz at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she utilized her experience as a labor doula, providing acupuncture to women during childbirth for pain relief and research into improved labor outcomes. Klara has mentored with distinguished practitioners of infertility acupuncture in NYC where she developed the skill set and passion for working with couples trying to conceive.  

Klara believes in incorporating a variety of styles in her practice of acupuncture.  From traditional Japanese acupuncture techniques, Chinese herbs, electro-acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and eastern nutritional therapy, her ability to pull from multiple disciplines has rewarded her great success in the treatment of women’s health and infertility, pregnancy support, emotional and digestive disorders, and men’s health. As a former licensed massage therapist, Klara’s tactile understanding of the body equips her for thorough care of sports injuries, pain syndromes, and musculo-skeletal issues. 

3 Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter Season

via New Mobility

With temperatures changing, the holiday season in full swing and the everyday stressors of life, it's important to be proactive when it comes to self-care and your overall wellness. Here are 3 easy tips to stay healthy this season. 

1. Catch it Before It Starts

If you feel a cold coming on, it's important to catch it before it starts. If weekly acupuncture sessions aren't in your wheelhouse, come in for a session if you are feeling under the weather. Acupuncture and a cupping session can cut your sick time in half. 

2. Get Your Elixir Ready

Starting to get a sore throat or just indulged too much at a holiday party? Try an apple cider vinegar elixir. Just mix 2 tablespoons of warm water with honey once a day. This will help your immune system and balances blood sugar (for those looking to maintain or lose weight, this can also be helpful). 

3. Devote Time to Rest

Be sure to rest! The days are shorter and the nights are longer; we should be slowing down and resting more this time of year. Be sure to get good, quality, uninterrupted sleep at night. If there are disturbances to this, a few weekly sessions can get you back on track. 

 

Benefits Of Incorporating Acupuncture In Your Pre & Post-Marathon Training Program

Acupuncture has been shown to speed up recovery time in athletes, as well as treat orthopedic issues and internal conditions such as, fatigue, interrupted sleep, and digestive disorders.  Some of the ways in which acupuncture does this is by increasing circulation, decreasing inflammation, and improving quality of sleep. Cupping can also be beneficial. 

Common race training conditions we see and have treated:

  • Fatigue
  • Digestive Problems (by getting ahead of the curve we can make sure there are no hiccups to regularity on race day)
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorders (trouble falling and/or staying asleep)

Common musculoskeletal problems:

    •    Tight, sore or strained muscles
    •    IT Band syndrome and pain
    •    Plantar Fasciitis
    •    Calf tightness
    •    Achilles Tendonitis
    •    Knee pain
    •    Hip pain
    •    Back pain

So, when should you come in for a treatment?

Come in on your rest day, after a short run, or on your cross-training day.  Many people feel very relaxed after a session, so you may not feel like running long distances afterward. 

Contact the office by phone, email, or schedule your first session online.

 

An Introduction to Cupping

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With all the recent buzz over cupping on many Olympic athletes, I’ve been fielding a lot of curious questions. Here are the answers to what most people are asking.

What is cupping?

Cupping utilizes small glass cups to create suction over specific areas of the body to increase blood flow, disperse stagnation, and relieve pain.

Why do you do it?

We use it on patients for chronic and acute pain, muscle soreness and knots. Its also great at the initial onset of a cold- when someone feels like they are coming down with something, or to relieve congestion. I like to explain it as pulling the stagnation up to the surface for your body to fight and push out, rather than having it sit deep in the tissues.  It improves circulation to the area so that fresh qi and blood can enter and relieve pain.  

What conditions is it helpful for?

  • Asthma
  • Chest Congestion
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Muscle and joint pain

Where do you do it?

Cups are most commonly placed on the back.  For muscle soreness and tightness, we would place the cups over the tightness, and often over related organ points to help the body rebalance and heal (think: treating the surface, while balancing any underlying cause— so that it doesn't continue to be a bother in the same area). The meridians that run down the back have points that correspond to each organ.  For example, if you came in for a cold, we’d likely put cups at the height of your scapula.  

Do you use those fire cups?

In our practice we use the suction cups, with the suction created by a pump rather than fire (as seen in the photo). We find patients to be less fearful to try and therefore reap the benefits with this method. 

What does it feel like?

We often to describe it to patients as a reverse massage, it doesn't hurt, and many feel relief as soon as the cups are on.

How long do the marks last?

This varies from person to person, for some people only a day or two, for others it can last closer to 5 days. The darker the stagnation or circle left, the longer it can take to clear.

When isn't it recommend?

  • If a patient is deficient (think overly fatigued)
  • during a woman's cycle 
  • Over broken skin