Autumnal Changes at Red Coral

The transition from summer to autumn is well underway and soon cooler temperatures and brilliantly colored fall folliage will present itself on the North Shore. While this change is gradually underway, Red Coral Acupuncture and Heartwood Center have also undergone a few changes in the past month.

Red Coral Acupuncture’s New Herbal Pharmacy
In September, Mark was been busy readying Red Coral’s new granular herbal pharmacy in the newly expanded Heartwood Center. Mark is able to craft custom herbal formulas for each patient, based on their individual needs. If you’d like to learn more about what Chinese herbal medicine can do for you, let us know at your next appointment, or email at









Heartwood Center and Skylight Event Space Open House, Saturday, October 5th, 6-10pm!

heartwood_event_spaceThe renovation project is complete and we are delighted to show you how beautifully the expanded Heartwood Center and the new Skylight event space turned out!

We’re kicking off this new era with style. Dance and mingle under the stars with music, food and drink from our preferred vendors showcasing their offerings. As part of our new construction project, Heartwood is excited to announce the addition of Skylight, a 3,400-square-foot event space for all occasions! This space will be ideal for corporate meetings, weddings, workshops, parties, classes, lectures, and other special events.

Saturday, Oct. 5th, 6pm – 10pm
Heartwood Center and Skylight
1818 Dempster St

Come one, come all! Admission is free, no RSVP required, food and beverage, and entertainment provided.

Treating Disorders of the Ear

Ear-Trumpet-Vintage-Image-Graphics-Fairy.151735Recently in clinic, I’ve been treating quite a few patients whose chief complaint is related to the ear, due to various causes.

The most common symptoms that I’ve been treating with acupuncture and herbal medicine are tinnitus (ringing in the ear), blocked ears post-upper respiratory tract infection, fluid in the ear, loss of hearing, dizziness and vertigo.

Acute cases, typically respond quicker than diseases that have been around for quite some time.  There are some points in acupuncture, particularly, San Jiao 17 and a few others, which can influence the inner ear rather effectively.  A patient’s physician may prescribe decongestants or antibiotics in case of infection, but these drugs often do not resolve the patients’ symptoms.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may provide the relief a patient is looking for.

In chronic cases  as well, such as Meniere’s disease, I’ve also found acupuncture to also be useful in managing patients’ symptoms. Fullness in the ear, ear-ringing, pain, dizziness, and decreased hearing are effectively managed with Chinese medicine, minus the harsh side-effects that are present with drugs given to treat Meniere’s such as Valium, Antivert, Prednisone, etc.