What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a highly effective therapeutic technique that has been developed and refined over thousands of years.  This was done by the brightest and best scholars of China, during each era, as well as in other countries around the world, and continues even to this day.

Acupuncture therapy works by tapping  directly into the body’s natural innate healing ability.  It does this through the comfortable insertion of  hair thin needles at certain points.  As the needle is gently and safely inserted into your body, healthy signals are conducted which essentially redirect your body’s energy.  This initiates a process by which therapeutic benefits, enhanced higher level functioning of the body and mind, and resolution of health issues can be achieved.

A concrete example will help you to get an even crisper clearer understanding.  To grasp the intriguing concepts behind the acupuncture technique, you can take a look in our case study section.  There you will find real life examples of how patients here at New England Acupuncture & Herb Clinic have gained success through acupuncture.

Swine Flu Prevention (H1N1)

The following message from Dr. Vinay Goyal is sound advice for preventing H1N1 infection as well as avoiding many contagious illnesses.

The only portals of entry are the ears, nostrils, and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

Wash hands with soap1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications) .

2. “Hands-off-the- face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation.  In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one.   Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

Neti pot4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral populations. *

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.Vitamin rich foods

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

I suggest you pass this on to those you love. You never know who might pay attention to it – and STAY ALIVE because of it.

— Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS, DRM, DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Toasted Walnuts

A crisp, sweet, and peppery salad.  Full of flavor and nutrition with roasted beets for soft texture with concentrated sweetness and packed with vitamins and minerals especially beneficial to the liver.

Difficulty Level = Easy
Serves 2

  • 4 small beets (slightly larger than an extra large egg)
  • 3 – 4 cups baby arugula, washed and drained
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 – 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400° F

Wash and trim beets.  Cut in half.

Place beets on sheet of foil, drizzle with 1 – 2 tbs olive oil, season with 2 pinches salt and 1 pinch pepper, and toss to coat.  Pull thyme from steams and sprinkle on beets.

Fold the edges of the foil to create an envelope to allow the beets to steam in their own juices.  Place in oven.  Cook for 45 –  60 minutes until beets are tender.

While beets are roasting, place walnuts in dry skillet, over medium heat.  Toss occasionally, until the nuts begin to show a golden color and become fragrant.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Remove beets from oven and allow to cool.

Peel skin from beets with small paring knife.  Cut beets into bite-sized portions (cut each 1/2 into halves or thirds).

In large bowl, place arugula, walnuts, and beets.  Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle with remaining oil and vinegar.   Toss