Blog Archive

Tips for a healthy Thanksgiving Nov 23rd, 2021

This seems like the right week for all of us at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain to tell you  how grateful we are for your support and the trust you’ve shown us as we work through your medical issues. We love our patients and hope it shows with the care...

How an ENT Office Watches the Olympics - Part 1 Aug 17th, 2021

  How An ENT Office Watches the Olympics - Part 1 I’m a swimmer. I grew up swimming competitively. My social life as a young person was defined by the time I spent in the pool, and my friends are still my “swim friends”. Therefore, the Olympics for me are...

A Need For Smell Retraining Even Without Sinusitis Jan 10th, 2021

The loss of smell (anosmia) has been a defining feature of COVID-19. Many of us have been faced with this new symptom for the first time in our life, while others have been suffering with this condition for years. Here at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center, we have been...

New Help For Obstructive Sleep Apnea...Acupuncture? Really?!!! Oct 1st, 2020

Sleep Apnea?  Try Acupuncture Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious health issue with an enormous impact in the US and worldwide. Approximately 936 million adults, throughout the world, experience this disorder and in the US alone, the cost of diagnosing it and treating it was 12.4 billion dollars in 2015....

Peri-operative acupuncture for sinus procedures Sep 9th, 2020

While there are many unique and excellent medical services that happen at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center, one that deserves some discussion is our preoperative acupuncture services. A large number of clinical trials have confirmed that acupuncture applied to surgical patients is beyond the scope of traditional anaesthesia and...

Trypanophobia and sinus procedures - How we work with you! Sep 1st, 2020

Our motto here at Exhale is “Feel Better, Be Better, Thrive”, and we put a lot of thought and intention into running our practice so that it truly reflects our motto. We want our services to help you be more than better. This week a client helped me see our...

Feel Better. Be Better. Thrive. Jul 13th, 2020

Feel better - Be better - Thrive   When you come visit us at Exhale, you might see these words written or hear them spoken. After all, it is our goal for you just as it is our goal for ourselves. But let’s talk just a bit about what we...

Do your sinuses let you keep your windows open? Jun 26th, 2020

This time of year, before we really need to close the windows and turn on the AC, my family has a ritual. One member of the family opens all the windows and celebrates as the Spring breezes and fragrances blow through our house. My daughter follows behind, closing all the...

A simple treat for summer health Jun 18th, 2020

While I love being available to offer acupuncture, herbs and other remedial aspects of Eastern medicine to people who are suffering with injury, illness or other dysfunction, what I really try to do as an Eastern practitioner is teach people simple little things they can do to take care of...

Inflammation: The Basics Jun 10th, 2020

Over the past few decades, I have seen an increasing amount of discussion and interest in the topic of inflammation and “anti-inflammatory” products or foods. As I sat down to write today’s blog, I realized that despite my years of education, including a background in immunology and microbiology, I couldn’t...

A slightly different way to look at inflammation in your nose and sinuses Jun 10th, 2020

In Eastern Medicine, inflammation is as ever present and multi-sourced as it is in Western Medicine.  To help understand the most common ways of interpretting it I want to talk about the various forms and sources of pathological heat in our bodies, and on the uniquely Eastern concept of Blood....

Sinusitis - An Eastern Medicine Perspective Jun 2nd, 2020

If you have already read the partner to this post, What is sinusitis? *A Western Approach*, you’ve learned a lot about exactly what is happening to the structures and tissues that comprise your sinuses.  This is such a great contribution from Western Medicine, to evaluate and understand the parts of...

Some relief from Rhinitis...give it a try May 27th, 2020

If you read my post on Sinusitis you will get an idea of how Eastern medicine works to understand dysfunctions in the area of the nose and sinuses.  A similar assessment goes into understanding rhinitis.  In his article on rhinitis, Dr. Vaughn describes the difference between allergic and non-allergic rhinitis,...

Rhinitis - A Western Medical Perspective May 23rd, 2020

Rhinitis refers to an inflammation of the tissue that line the nasal cavity and nasal airway. Over 24 million Americans have some form of rhinitis1. This tissue is referred to as mucosa and serves a specialized function by allowing the nasal passages to humidify and clean the air which we breathe...

What is Sinusitis? A Western Medical Perspective May 23rd, 2020

Sinusitis in its most basic form refers to inflammation of the sinuses. This affects approximately 12% of the adult population in the United States. To understand the problem, it is important to differentiate the “sinuses” apart from the “nose”, or nasal airway. Sinuses are pockets (or cavities) within our body....

What’s an acupuncturist like you doing in a place like this?!! May 20th, 2020

In so many places around the world we are divided, and lately pitted against each other.  So has been much of my time as a practitioner of East Asian Medicine. Western medicine v. Eastern medicine. Allopathic v. Holistic. Insurance coverage v. Self pay. The lines that divide us as we...

Why Exhale? May 20th, 2020

As I describe Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center people often ask me, “How did this concept come about?”. When I was in my second year of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) residency, my mom was suffering from symptoms of headaches, ear pain, ear fullness, facial pain and chronic sinusitis....