Blog 2018-04-17T08:04:20+00:00

Health and Wellness Updates

1004, 2018

Acupuncture relieves the worst neck pain.

April 10th, 2018|

Have you ever woken up and felt a sharp stabbing neck pain? You know, the kind you get when you sleep in an odd position and wake up with a "crick”? I hear from my patients very often "I woke up this morning with such pain, and now I can't turn my head to the right at all” or "I sneezed earlier and thought I was going to cry.” At some point in our lives, each of us will most likely experience some type of neck pain. Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture, whether it's leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain. What' the remedy? Wait it out? Heating pad? Ibuprofen? See a Doctor? Most health care providers will hand you a prescription NSAID (Non -Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Agents) or stronger muscle [...]

1012, 2017

Meet Oleg Rivkin of NatureMed Acupuncture in The Loop

December 10th, 2017|

Interview with Voyage Chicago: See Original Article Here Today we’d like to introduce you to Oleg Rivkin. Oleg, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. I began my career in healing in Ukraine as what is called in the US a Physician’s Assistant – I was the equivalent of an RN who could also write prescriptions. I worked with patients who were recovering from surgery and injuries and began to study more and more about pain and healing as I observed those recovering patients. I learned medical massage, and saw how it helped patients recover quicker, and with less pain. After I moved to Chicago with my wife and daughter, I became licensed in medical massage and have been practicing for many years – sports injuries at Sub 5 Performance Center – a running facility that [...]

1011, 2017

How Acupuncture Helps Symptoms of Menopause

November 10th, 2017|

How Acupuncture Helps Symptoms of Menopause Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have long to be known effective in treating symptoms of menopause. While most menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats last only a few years,symptoms of vaginal dryness and atrophy often persist for decades after menopause. As the production of estrogen decreases with menopause, local genital tissues become dry and thin,which in turn leads to vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis (inflammation of the mucosa). Vaginal dryness and atrophy is usually associated with symptoms of itching, discomfort, decreased elasticity of local tissues,painful intercourse,and increased risk of injury and infection with intercourse. Vaginal dryness and atrophy is a painful condition that affects the physical and emotional health of women during perimenopausal and postmenopausal time periods. In Western medicine, hormone replacement therapy(HRT) is long considered the standard treatment for menopause and its related conditions.However,there is no longer a consensus as [...]

1010, 2017

Acupuncture “Nails” Migraine Headaches

October 10th, 2017|

Acupuncture "Nails" Migraine Headaches A young women came to my clinic yesterday with an excruciating one sided migraine headache that has lasted 3 days. Medication did not help. After examining where exactly the location of pain was, I employed the distal method of acupuncture. Within 5 min of treatment, to her big surprise, pain was down 80%.By the end of the treatment it was completely gone. That is a power of acupuncture, and that is how it works. Everyone either knows someone who suffers from migraine, or struggles with migraine headaches themselves. Migraine is not just a bad headache,its extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms. It's the 6th most disabling illness in the world. Western medicine response is mostly pharmaceutical-costly, damaging, and often addictive drugs such as Narco, Hydrocodone, Morphine are prescribed. These drugs have serious risks and side effects including dizziness,drowsiness,vomiting,rash,constipation and respiratory depression resulting in difficult [...]

1009, 2017

What is massage?

September 10th, 2017|

What is massage? Art, spiritual healing, or part of modern medicine with a scientific approach to its therapeutic possibilities? Massage always was an important part of medicine in all cultures and in different times. "Medical massage" as it is called in many countries, is not just a method of preventive therapy. It is a highly effective method of treatment and an important part of modern medicine. Multiple studies have shown that massage therapy can lower cortisol level, increase dopamine and serotonin (our happy,feel-good hormones), and lower our excitatory hormones like norepinephrine and epinephrine. When it comes to trying massage therapy, you have nothing to loose. With a good licensed massage therapist, the risks are almost nonexistent and far outweighed by potential benefits. Most of my patients report that they have a stronger sense of overall well-being just after one session. [...]

1008, 2017

Acupuncture for Athletes

August 10th, 2017|

Acupuncture for Athletes Athletic performance can improve, and recovery can be faster and more effective using Acupuncture. Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers has thanked his acupuncturist many times during news conferences since injuring his calf. You might be surprised by the list of pro athletes who use acupuncture regularly: NBA players Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neil and Charles Barkley, and professional golfers Fred Couples and Gary Player. But you don't have to be a pro to experience the benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been around for more than 2000 years and are known to be safe, effective, and drug free therapies that can help not only a wide variety of common ailments and problems – but also can be used as an Ergogenic aid. Ergogenic Aid – Drug-free performance enhancement Ergogenic aids are non-training methods that improves athletic performance such as nutrition, pharmacologic solutions [...]