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Eczema and Psoriasis: Chinese Medicine To The Rescue.

Chinese Medicine is not just acupuncture

Aside from acupuncture I offer internal and external herbal treatments.  This post is about an external herbal product I have had great success with.  This product is very helpful for a wide range of skin issues.  I only sell or share information on products that I have found to be helpful with family, friends and clients.  The product I will share is one that has blown me away.  It is made with mild herbal substances that are safe enough to apply to babies. 

Do you suffer from any of these skin conditions:

  • Dry -type eczema
  • Flaking dry psoriasis
  • Cracked hands and cuticles
  • Dry cracked heels
  • Ashy skin
  • Dry, red, itchy rashes
  • Hands rough from overuse
  • General Moisturizing
  • Diaper Rash
  • Drool Rash
  • Winter Dryness

If you do this post should be helpful.

Illness and disease can be looked at as a learning experience

We are all human and my health is not perfect.  I strive to take care of myself the best I can with diet, lifestyle and exercise but I also fall victim to various health ailments from time to time.  I try not to stress and I do my best to figure out how to improve my health on my own.  It may sound crazy but I find it exciting.  There is no better feedback than trial and error on yourself.  I get a better look at what works and what does not and also have a clearer idea on how to apply different treatments.

My recent skin troubles

Recently I suffered a terrible rash.  It was very itchy, warm and red.  Both my legs to started swell.

Photo of Emily Skin Soothers
Photo of Emily Skin Soothers

The rash spread out over both my legs.  My wife was pushing me to seek out treatment but I decided to figure it out by myself.  I have successfully treated various skin conditions in the past.  Eczema, rashes, psoraisis, etc.  Usually the best combination is internal herbal medicine coupled with dietary adjustments.  For myself I wanted to try out a product which I have suggested to many patients in the past but had not experienced myself.  The product is called Emily Skin Soothers.  Emily Skin Soothers was created by an acupuncturist to treat his newborn babies eczema.  When he applied it to his child the eczema slowly disappeared.  My son also had eczema when he was about 6 months old.  We were not able to get him to take Chinese herbal medicine internally.  We decided to apply Emily Skin Soothers and it worked like magic.  Nothing else seemed to work with him.  The itching and redness just slowly disappeared.  

So back to my story.  Emily skin soothers has a line of products.  I used the preparation that was specific for red, hot skin.  As soon as it touched my skin the itching disappeared.  I applied the product 4 times a day for a week and it slowly disappeared.  It is now two weeks later and my skin is pretty much back to normal.  I have seen this product work so well for my patients, myself and my family that I am now carrying it in my acupuncture office in Mamaroneck.  


Pictures of the magic at work

Ira Wahrman acupuncturist skin rash
My skin before applying treatment.

Ira Wahrman acupuncturist skin rash
My skin after applying treatment for 1 week.

Ira Wahrman acupuncturist skin rash
My skin before applying treatment.

Ira Wahrman acupuncturist skin rash
My skin after applying treatment for 1 week.


I do not claim and and the Emily Skin Soothers company do not claim to have a cure for eczema or psoraisis or anything for that matter.  It has been their experience and my experience that these products are very soothing to various skin issues.


I am currently carrying the Emily Skin Soothers line of products in my acupuncture office in Mamaroneck.  Pick some up at your next visit for yourself, friends or family.

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Are Acupuncture Needles Reused?

This is a question I get asked a lot.  I have been in practice for around 15 years and I have been asked this question enough to warrant a blog post.  Prior to opening my acupuncture clinic in Mamaroneck I was seeing patients in various locations in New York City.  Frequently patients would ask if needles are reused.  Currently in the United States most acupuncturist use single use acupuncture needles.  I am one of these acupuncturist.  All of the needles I use are packaged in individual blister packs.  I open the package.  Then I insert the needle.  Once your treatment is over the needles are removed and disposed of in a sharps container.  The same type of sharps container used in hospitals and doctors offices all over the country. 


Single use acupuncture needles used by Ira Wahrman licensed acupuncturist
Single use acupuncture needles

Sharps Container used by Ira Wahrman acupuncturist
Sharps Container



When I was living and studying in China things were a little different.  A lot of the clinics I visited in Beijing the doctors were not using single use needles.  They were using reusable needles that were first soaked in alcohol and then sterilized in an autoclave.  An autoclave is used by dentists and other medical professionals to sterilize their instruments.  When used correctly an autoclave can sanitize acupuncture needles.  It is just expensive, time consuming and ittakes up a lot of space in the office.  That is why most acupuncturist in the West do not use them.  


Ira Wahrman L.Ac uses only single use acupuncture needles that are disposed of after every session.

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You do not need acupuncture! You are in control of your own health.

I would like to start with a quote from Sun Si Miao.  He was a famous physician from the Tang dynasty.  Often referred as the medicine king and revered by doctors, Taoists and Buddhists.
“First, modify the patient’s diet and lifestyle and only then, if these do not effect a cure, treat with medicinals and acupuncture”
Most of my patients come to the office in Mamaroneck to receive acupuncture or Chinese medicine treatment.  Many of my patients also take herbal medicine.  I often combine acupuncture, massage, moxibustion with herbs for treatment.  There are times when I get a referral from patients at distance.  Either their friends or family members have had success with acupuncture and herbal medicine and they want to receive treatment as well.  I have worked with patients remotely as far as San Francisco.  We do a herbal consultation over the phone and I ship them their herbs.  We also take a deep dive into diet and lifestyle as well.  I really enjoy doing remote consultations for herbal medicine and lifestyle. I really get to see how the herbs, diet  and lifestyle changes are working on their own.   I did a remote consultation a few months ago and while the patient was waiting for her herbs to arrive she sent me the email below.  Prior to speaking with me she was passing loose stool 4-5 times a night. She would wake with nausea and had some other health concerns.  The only change she has made to her lifestyle was avoiding cold, raw foods and she started to drink hot water as her main beverage during the day.  Without taking herbal medicine or having one single acupuncture session she is already seeing big changes in her health.  I am so happy for her.  She is another example of how a simple simple adjustment can bring about drastic change.  I am sure she will stick with it since she saw how big the change was.  I hope you can be inspired by her example.
Below is an email I received from the patient:
I am shocked at how much of a difference drinking warm water and making sure my food is heated has helped!! I honestly didn’t realize how often I go to eat unheated food. I think it’s a habit I started when I became a mom. Your needs come last and next thing you know, all of your food is cold and you don’t bother to take the time to reheat! 🤔🤷
I admittedly haven’t been doing great at eliminating all of the foods to avoid, so I can only imagine things are going to continue to improve as I continue to be more mindful of my diet too!
My bowel movements are returning to normal for the first time in a couple years. I still haven’t been sleeping super well, but no more multiple bouts of diarrhea at 4/5am. I’ve even had a regular movement during the day. 👍
Remember you are in charge of your own health.  I am only here to help.
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Ira Wahrman L.Ac Testimonials

Allergies, Sinusitis, Back Pain

I started seeing Ira about 4 years ago in Manhattan, I was being treated for severe sinusitis, horrible allergies, anxiety, spinal issues with loads of back pain and digestion. I was treated by him for about 2 years and during that time I had no need to take a pill to alleviate any of my troubles because he pretty much “fixed me”…. due to his change in office I lost contact and it has been a rough time, now back to western “stuff” to keep my sinuses clear and back pains at bay…. luckily a month ago I was desperate and decided to run a google search for Ira and I found him! So I’m very ecstatic to say that I now travel from Manhattan to Westchester twice a week to get treated and after a few sessions I’m starting to feel like I’m back on track! Ira has great bedside manor, he listens to your concerns and makes you feel comfortable, he explains everything he does and is super caring about his patients. I absolutely recommend Ira 120% to anyone who is suffering from any of the things I do, I can honestly vouch that you will feel great in just a few sessions!

– Marcella. C

Headaches, Lower Back Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Ira Wahrman is one of the most gifted healers whose patient I’ve ever had the pleasure of being. He is a natural at his art. His practice of both acupuncture and Chinese medicine are profound and in just the first several sessions I’ve had with him, my pain symptoms have largely decreased and my level of wellness has dramatically increased. I went to him primarily for lower back pain. As mentioned previously, my pain has largely decreased, as has the pain from my chronic headaches. Every acupuncture session ends with me feeling relieved, relaxed, and enlivened. His expertise in acupuncture has also helped me with depression, anxiety and a cold I may be temporarily be experiencing. He gave me a recipe for Congee, a Chinese rice soup that helps relieve cold and flu symptoms. The recipe worked with lots of success. I plan to continue my sessions with Ira on an ongoing basis and I HIGHLY recommend him. Words can’t express the degree to which he’s helped improved the quality of my life. I’m eternally grateful that our paths have crossed. His wisdom and intelligence will serve your health and well-being to degrees you can’t even imagine.

-Mike B.

Hormonal Imbalance, Digestive Upset

I really can’t say enough good things about Ira, and I’m so glad we found him. I’ve received a lot of bodywork and acupuncture over the years, and I’m incredibly picky. Ira is not only a warm and kind person, but he’s incredibly knowledgeable and gives a thoughtful and thorough treatment. I’m seeing him for some hormone-related issues due to a medication as well as some chronic digestive issues. My husband is seeing him for something completely different. We have both seen significant improvements in a very short time. Highly recommended!

-Katherine F.

Knee Pain

Wanting to avoid surgery for a torn meniscus I thought I would try acupuncture. I feel this treatment for my knee has been incredible. I am no longer limping, I feel like a miracle has occurred. But more important in the treatment of my knee is that Ira Wahrman goes out of his way to make people feel comfortable with his treatments. His care and concern to treat the whole person is a lesson that should be learned by Western medicine. I would recommend him to everyone I know!

-Mary Anne C.


Severe Lower Back Pain

I have chronic lower back pain. The pain was indescribable and debilitating. I tried anything and everything but nothing would give me relief. Then I met Ira. After only a few sessions I noticed a difference. Ira is incredibly smart & knowledgeable. It amazes me how he is always coming up with new ideas to help me with my pain. No matter what other ailments I throw at him he always makes me feel better. Ira truly cares about his patients. He’s very patient, professional, listens to you and always makes you feel comfortable. He’s the best!!! I highly recommend Ira because he has changed my life and I couldn’t be more grateful to him!!

-Pamela D.

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Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain

Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain Rego Park, QueensYou are probably reading this because you have tried everything to help your back pain and nothing has helped or the relief was only temporary. Advil, chiropractic, physical therapy, cortisone shots, muscle relaxers, hot packs, cold packs etc. Nothing seems to be helping.  Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints an acupuncturist treats. Acupuncture can be extremely helpful for lower back pain.  Lower back pain is also one of the leading causes of job disability in the United States. I occasionally suffer from lower back myself and acupuncture is usually what gets me feeling ok again.  The pain can be very frustrating.   For me I would have trouble standing straight or on occasion trouble walking.  Not fun. Many patients come to the office in Mamaroneck looking for acupuncture treatment to relieve their lower back pain.  Most cases are treated successfully.

causes of lower back pain

There are many causes of back pain and there are also many different ways to treat it.  Poor posture, poor diet, improper lifting, obesity, scoliosis, trauma, herniated disc, disc degeneration, kidney stones,tumor, pregnancy, stress, arthritis, autoimmune issues(fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus etc.),improper exercise, improper shoes or bed, etc.  From a Chinese Medicine perspective we also have Kidney weakness, exposure to certain environment (cold, damp etc.), blood stagnation, digestive issues, etc.  Not only are there many different types of back pain but the acupuncture points and/or the herbal medicines used will be different for each case.  Each patient has treatment designed specifically to fit their needs.


symptoms of lower back pain

The symptoms of lower back pain are:

  • Aching, soreness, sharp pain
  • Numbness and or tingling in the leg or foot.
  • Muscle tightness in back and legs
  • Decreased range of motion

For both acute and chronic low back pain acupuncture can be very helpful to reduce inflammation and pain.  Acupuncture is also great to help relax and loosen the muscles in the lower back.  Acupuncture is great for increasing circulation to the muscles, tendons and even bones of the spine.  Many patients are often amazed at how helpful acupuncture can be for lower back pain.  For more serious cases of lower back pain Chinese herbal medicine (internal and external), cupping, massage, gua sha, exercise etc. are often included in the treatment.

Dr. Tan and Master Tung Acupuncture For Lower Back Pain

I mostly practice the Balance Method and Master Tung styles of acupuncture.  Both of these systems are known for very quick relief of pain.  Many times patients will notice significant changes in their pain during the first few visits.  Sometime the shifts of pain come within seconds or minutes.  Using these styles of treatment on my patients has produced miraculous results and many patients often avoid invasive surgery. 

Recent lower back pain case

Recently I have been treating a case of lower back pain at my office in Mamaroneck.  The patient wakes up with with stiffness and a dull ache in his lower back.  He cannot bend forward without feeling stiffness and pain. He was in a car accident a few months ago and since then he has been to a chiropractor.  The chiropractic adjustments only gave him temporary relief.  Besides his back pain the patient also suffers from high blood pressure, constipation, upper back and neck tension and occasional headaches.  For this patient I focused on using acupuncture to not only relieve his back pain but to also relieve his upper back and neck tension as well.  Diet and lifestyle advice has been included in his treatment to improve his constipation.  After a few treatments his back is doing much better.  He is feeling more relaxed and his bowel movements are becoming more regular.  He is very happy with the outcome.

Many patients are often surprised at how much acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with not only their physical pain but it can also help tremendously in improving overall health.  This includes sleep, digestion, mood etc.  In the office in Rego Park all patients are looked at as an individual and treatment is designed to meet the specific needs of each patient.

Give me a call today at (914) 772-4044 to make an appointment at the Mamaroneck office to discuss your health concerns and we can figure out the best plan of action for you.


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