Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Acupuncture,Health,News on November 17th, 2011

I had a great time at the fair. A big Thank You to Michele Dobbelaere L.Ac. who carried a big part of the load and did many ear treatments for four straight hours! I got to do some baby colic treatments which I had not done in years but which was very helpful to the children and, of course, is lots of fun to do.

One woman was amazed at how a minute of acupressure relieved her sinus pressure. She thought it was magic. 

We informed people of acupuncture and massage treatments; discussed the benefits of tai chi exercise and distributed lots of literature.

Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Clinic,Health,News on September 15th, 2011

How likely is your “scientific” medical treatment going to be effective? Less than 40%. Just how “scientific” is it? Scary thoughts on this subject in the linked article. Nevertheless, you still need to see your doctor on a regular basis. I do.


Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Acupuncture,Clinic,Health,Massage,News,pain on December 28th, 2010

And yet another study showing acupuncture works. Thanks to Dan Poreda for this link.

Follow this link to WebMD for a video on acupuncture and back pain.

Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Acupuncture,Clinic,Health,Massage,News on November 5th, 2010

“Round up the Usual Suspects” is a line made famous by Claude Rains in the 1942 movie Casablanca. This is also true in medicine where we look for usual suspects in order to diagnose a disorder.

In my practice, however, the usual suspects should have been “rounded up” before the patient sees me. Most of my patients have already seen their doctors, specialists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. They have had X-Rays, MRI’s, CAT scans and other procedures and still no help. I am sure that most people find relief with this course of action. However, a small number don’t get help and are in pain for years. In these cases, I suspect, the problem continues because “usual suspects” have hid themselves either in misdiagnosis, or excess pain. In some cases the pain is something else altogether and the usual suspects are in the clear.

Misdiagnosis. The “usual” case of misdiagnosis comes from “chasing the pain”. Those following my blog know that the upper back is often treated in upper back pain. Unfortunately, this treatment does not address the source of the pain and is often unsuccessful. The usual suspect is left untreated. When the correct suspect is rounded up, treatment dramatically reduces the pain.

Excess Pain. Sometimes the usual suspect is so stressed that treating it does not elicit the desired relief. The practitioner then looks elsewhere. However, other signs do point to the usual suspect. When a patient who complained of pain for 10 years came to me in desperation I was greatly puzzled by her situation. After application of a general treatment the area of pain calmed down enough so that I could determine that the usual suspect was indeed involved. This usual suspect did not respond to initial treatment because the pain level was too high. Once the pain was somewhat reduced a treatment plan could be developed.

Unusual Suspect. A patient complained of sciatica and was diagnosed with piriformis syndrome. As the patient was not responding to treatment, her MD suggested removing the piriformis altogether. She was assured she could live without it. When I treated the patient, I too thought that the piriformis was involved since that was the usual suspect. Again the patient did not respond my treatment. That is, the relief experienced was temporary where I usually got a better response to this type of treatment. The patient’s other complaints were caused by damp heat aggravated at the time of ovulation. I then suspected that in addition to her main complaint, she also suffered from endometriosis and that this actually was involved in her sciatica. She was eventually told that she had severe endometriosis which has spread to the posterior pelvis and was pressing on her spine and causing the pain. A true unusual suspect.

Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Health,Massage,News,pain on October 29th, 2010

Cholesterol lowering drugs side effects include muscular aches and pains and peripheral neuropathy. If you are experiencing these effects with no known cause, then look to the possibility of medically induced pain.

Massage can help reduce these symptoms.

Don’t forget to tell your doctor about them as well.

See the full story in this linked article.

Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Acupuncture,Clinic,Massage,News on September 5th, 2010


This is my favorite time of year. Ragweed Season. Sneezing, eye itching, throat scratching, dripping. I feel like I am one big nose. A nasal irrigator twice a day brings a little relief. The irrigator removes trapped pollen in the nose and helps me fall asleep at night. I recommend the Nasaline Irrigator because it is what I wanted to design but they did it first (and better). Just be careful not to apply too much pressure and keep your mouth open. I don’t like the netti pot because if is much too messy and relies only on gravity for pressure. The best device is the Grosann Nasel Irrigator which about five times as pricy as the Nasaline and requires an electric outlet for power.

Be sure to cover your pillow with a towel during the day. Then remove the towel at night. This will remove some of the pollen which finds its way into your bedroom and which falls onto your pillow.

The bedroom air “purifier” is on 24/7 which also adds a little relief.

For total relief, schedule your vacation in upstate Vermont for this time of year. Antarctica is also starting to look good.

For more info on the Nasaline Irrigator click here.

Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Acupuncture,Clinic,Massage,News on June 27th, 2010

Image from Massage Today June 2010

Forward Head Posture puts undo pressure on the cervical spine, contributes to dimished lung capacity, intensifies low back pain and even disrupts the working of the large intestine. Call 718 258 1829 to ask Oscar how acupuncture and massage can help mitigate this condition.

For more information click on the link below to read Eric Daltan’s article on this subject in the June 2010 issue of Massage Today.

Posted by: Oscar in Acupuncture,News on May 31st, 2010

 In a study published in the journal, Digestion, acupuncture was found effective for treating Crohn’s disease.  

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease which involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The main symptoms of Crohn’s disease are abdominal pain, fever, fatigue and persistent, watery diarrhea. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can come and go with periods of flare-ups.

In this German study, 51 patients with mild to moderately active Crohn’s disease had a decrease in disease activity after receiving 10 sessions of acupuncture. Study members also showed an improvement in general well-being and reported an improvement in quality of life.

Source: Joos S, Brinkhaus B, Maluche C, Maupai N, Kohnen R, Kraehmer N, Hahn EG, Schuppan D. Acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of active Crohn’s disease: a randomized controlled study. Digestion. 2004;69(3):131-9.