Chronic Cough After a Cold?

What causes a chronic cough after a cold? Many of my patients are complaining of lingering cough after getting over a cold this winter. Why does the cough last long after the cold is gone? Several reasons are sited for that nagging cough that just won’t quit. Post nasal drip may be irritating the upper airways which are often more sensitive after getting over the common cold. Cold air, or even dust can cause a fit of coughing when airways are raw. Other more serious concerns are pertussis (whooping cough) or bronchitis which should be addressed by your doctor.

Chronic cough can last from 4-8 weeks and interfere with your sleep. Some spouses report sleeping in separate rooms due to a partner’s nagging cough.


Treat chronic cough with acupuncture!

If your cough is nothing serious and still lingers, it is recommended to try to suppress the cough so as not to keep irritating the airways.

Some natural remedies that may help are:

  • Fluids – drink, drink, drink to stay hydrated and thin mucus.
  • Marshmallow Root or Slippery Elm which are demulcent slippery herbs used to soothe mucus membranes.
  • Honey in herbal tea

According to Web MD you should see a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms with a lingering cough:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood, bloody mucus, or pink foamy mucus
  • Coughing up green, tan, or yellow mucus
  • Fever, chills, or chest pain when you breathe deeply

Acupuncture for Chronic Cough

And if all else fails, there’s acupuncture. I offer effective rapid treatment using just a few needles for cough and breathing issues from all sources. Check out our Bronchitis and COPD page for more information.

Peripheral Neuropathy Solutions

Peripheral Neuropathy Solutions

Do you experience tingling, numbness, or pain in the hands or feet? You may have Peripheral
Neuropathy. Neuropathy occurs in the feet or hands due to nerve damage. Over time, the nerves lose their blood supply due to constriction which causes them to degenerate. They start sending abnormal signals to the brain as nerve damage progresses.

Neuropathy Solutions Couple Walking Dog

Treat your neuropathy. Live your best life!


Symptoms of Neuropathy

People with Peripheral Neuropathy describe the pain as stabbing, burning, or tingling. Some people experience numbness as the nerve damage progresses. Once sensation is lost in the feet, balance problems start to occur and you may be at risk of falling. If it’s in your hands, you may experience weakened grip and begin to drop things.

What Are the Causes?

Neuropathy is often caused by diabetes but can also happen for other reasons such as injury or genetics. Sometimes the cause is unknown. Your doctor may recommend medications such as Gabapentin or Lyrica but these often provide limited relief.

Common Causes
• Diabetes
• B12 Deficiency
• Chemotherapy
• Kidney Disease
• Toxins or Infections

Neuropathy CAN be treated!

Your doctor may have told you that you’ll just have to live with your neuropathy symptoms but
we can help you find relief! At Inner Light Wellness Acupuncture we have state of the art solutions to help your neuropathy symptoms. As long as you’re less than 85% affected, neuropathy can be eliminated or reduced.

3 Things to Know to Treat Neuropathy

1) What is the underlying cause?
2) How much nerve damage has been sustained?
3) How much treatment will be required?

First we will provide a comprehensive neurological and vascular exam to determine the extent of injury to the nerves. Then we will discuss a treatment plan customized for YOUR neuropathy symptoms based on the length of time you’ve had symptoms and the degree of loss you’re experiencing.

3 Goals of Treatment

1) Increase blood flow
2) Stimulate nerve fibers
3) Decrease brain based pain

Our pioneering ATP Resonance BioTherapy combined with customized Neuro-acupuncture treatment has been shown to increase blood flow and expedite healing and recovery. Margaret has a 90% success rate in treating neuropathy either greatly reducing or eliminating symptoms completely.

What do patients say?

“I had neuropathy for years. As a teacher I have to stand all day but my tingling and burning were so bad I couldn’t wear shoes. I had to wear sandals, even in winter. Socks even bothered me. After seeing Margaret my symptoms went from unbearable to now I can wear shoes and work all day without discomfort. My only regret is that I didn’t come to see her sooner!”

Cindy A.

Acupuncture for PTSD – Research

Acupuncture for PTSD

Acupuncture proved an effective treatment option for lowering the symptoms of PTSD in a 2007 randomized control pilot trial published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.


Neuro Acupuncture Treatment

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential efficacy and acceptability of acupuncture for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People diagnosed with PTSD were randomized  and assigned to three groups:

A standardized acupuncture treatment group (ACU)

A cognitive-behavioral therapy group (CBT)

A wait-list control group (WLC).

The primary outcome measure was self-reported PTSD symptoms at baseline, at the end of treatment, and 3-month follow-up. The acupuncture group reported the largest treatment effects for PTSD, similar in magnitude to the group  who received Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Symptom reductions at end treatment were maintained at the 3-month follow-up for both interventions. Acupuncture may be an efficacious and treatment option for PTSD. Larger trials with additional controls and methods are warranted to replicate and extend these findings.

At Inner Light Wellness, we treat symptoms of PTSD, Anxiety, Stress and Panic Attacks, and Depression with Neuro Acuuncture. Neuro Acupuncture is an advanced skill that stimulates brain regions associated with psychological and emotional symptoms. Our patients report feeling very relaxed during the treatment. After a course of therapy, approximately 6 weeks, most report a significant reduction in symptoms of stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and PTSD.

Watch this video testimonial from my teacher, Dr. Jason Hao’s website website.

Acupuncture is a terrific addition to therapy, and medication if needed. It is a good adjunct to other forms of therapy and may help those interventions work even better. Don’t wait, call us and get started on the road to recovery!


Hollifield, Michael A et al. “Acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled pilot trial.” The Journal of nervous and mental disease 195 6 (2007): 504-13.