The Use of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Many may not realize it, but herbal formulas enhance the benefits of acupuncture. Herbs are also commonly used as an effective stand alone treatment. I believe there is a formula for everyone, whether it is for a new symptom or for a chronic condition.
Here is a link to one of my blogs with a list of 25 of the top Chinese herbal formulas & their uses.
If you are interested in trying herbs as a stand alone treatment, all you have to do is schedule an herbal consult here.
It is also easy to add herbal formulas to your acupuncture and Shiatsu/Tuina treatments. Just let us know and I will choose the best formula for you at no extra cost!

Free Menopausal Transition Talk

Here is a LINK to a free one-hour talk I gave on It brings you to the ProD Seminars website where I have a 5-hour talk for purchase, which is more for acupuncturists and practitioners of Chinese Medicine. You have to scroll down the page just a bit. So, if you like to hear me talk and want to know more of what’s going on in my mind when treating menopausal transition patients, here is your chance. Enjoy!

Adapting for the treatment of Complicated Patients

Adapting for the treatment of Complicated Patients
To be successful in the clinic, you may want to consider becoming fluent in several treatment modalities. When one type of treatment does not work, move on and try another one. Here is an experience I recently had.
During an ordinarily stressful workweek, a patient called to schedule an emergency acupuncture treatment on my day off. On her voice message she talked about having excruciating pain for several weeks and she could not take it anymore. She sounded as if she was going to do something drastic. I made a special trip in to see this woman. All of my tools were ready and I mentally reviewed possible causes for different types of pain.
A 62 year-old woman hunched over and shuffling her feet came through the clinic door. No eye contact was made from her, only through her exhausted looking husband’s eyes could I get a feel for the pain she suffered. An extensively long intake of her history revealed a three week-long headache, chronic and untouchable body pain, nausea, three days of insomnia, extreme fatigue and a psychological/emotional history spanning close to five decades. All these symptoms were of course accompanied by a handful of prescription drugs, electric shock therapy and several stays in the psych ward.
It was unpleasant to watch her whimper with pain while she eased onto the treatment table. Her body twitched and her legs kicked following insertion of the first needle. After two more needles her anxiety escalated dramatically, so I removed the needles for her safety and my piece of mind. I still needed to relieve her pain, so I started lightly administering tuina. This turned out to be the wrong plan because […]

The 5 Pillars To Building a Strong, Healthy, and Functional Immune System

Cold and flu season is around the corner, or is it already here? Kids are now back in school and the weather is getting cooler outside. Germs are getting ready to pounce! Now is the perfect time to prepare and strengthen your body so it can fend off those nasty viruses!
How can we build a healthy and strong immune system?
Many believe the flu shot will protect them and rely on over-the-counter drugs and supplements to get them through the cold and flu season, but in reality, maintaining a healthy immune system is quite easy and more beneficial for your overall health in the long run.
To build a healthy immune system and a body strong enough to fend off those nasty cold and flu viruses, start with looking to balance the five pillars of Chinese medicine.
1. Maintain a healthy diet and functional digestion.
Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals and staying hydrated. A strong immune system needs this as its foundation. When our digestion works efficiently, it reaps the beneficial nutrients from the food, and transforms it into healthy qi to protect the body. Remember, quality vitamins and supplements are beneficial to help fill in the nutritional gaps. Acupuncture helps stimulate a weakened digestion to perform and work at its optimal state.
2. Keep Active. Move and exercise.
Keeping active means walking, enjoying outdoor hobbies (such as biking, skiing, tennis), and doing fun things that make you happy! Keeping active promotes continuous blood circulation and that keeps the immune system on high alert. Fatigue is a symptom of qi deficiency and acupuncture, herbs, qi gong exercise, etc. can change sluggishness into energy!
3. Balance your amount of work and leisure.
Work, success, achievement, and doing a good job are commendable, but we […]

Treating Pain with Acupuncture

5 links to research supporting acupuncture as a viable and often better solution to treating pain!
1. Evidence-Based Evaluation of Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Management in the United States
2. Opioid Solution 2016

3. Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED
4. Acupuncture at or Near the Top of All Treatments for Low Back Pain According to Study Commissioned by U.S. Government – Part 1

Acupuncture at or Near the Top of All Treatments for Low Back Pain According to Study Commissioned by U.S. Government – Part 1

5. Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis


Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy can be traced to several ancient civilizations in Asia, the Middle East, and South America. China developed cupping to treat many ailments including pain and made it a mainstay therapy in the Chinese medicine realm alongside acupuncture, moxibustion, and tuina massage.
Cupping therapy is commonly used to treat both acute and chronic pain. When the cups are applied to the skin, the vacuum seal works to pull blood through the local tissues to relieve pain, relax muscles, soften fascia, pull apart adhesions, etc. Once this happens, the body can repair and heal. It is common to have bruising after cupping therapy and depends on the individual. The more cupping is done, the less bruising will occur.
It is common to use cupping therapy on the neck, back, legs, shoulders, hips, and arms and can be used anywhere on the body.
Cupping is also used in sports medicine, detoxification therapies, cellulite breakdown, lymph drainage, respiratory issues, neurologic problems, digestive disorders, etc. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with acupuncture and bodywork.
There are many styles of cupping including flash cupping, sliding and stationary cupping, and fire cupping. Many styles of cups can be used too including glass, classic bamboo, and plastic. Home cups are also available with a suction pump system for easy personal use.
Cupping therapy is relaxing, safe, effective and inexpensive. Try it today!
Call us at 952-935-0600 or schedule online with the “booknow” button on our website:!
Dr. Brian Grosam

What You Need to Know About Treating Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture & Herbs

Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and some arthritic conditions are common problem for many people. Daily life and management of the pain can be difficult. To treat the pain, as practitioners and as patients, together we need work hard to get to the root of the problem. The true cause of fibromyalgia and chronic pain is often multifactoral and involves many components including, cardiovascular, digestive, neurologic, emotional, musculoskeletal, respiratory, and lymph system problems.
Successful treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic pain must address all of these issues and often utilize many modalities of treatment. Here at Sun Acupuncture we combine acupuncture, Asian bodywork, Chinese herbal formulas, topical liniments and patches, scraping and cupping techniques, along with, diet, exercise, lifestyle, and vitamin and supplement recommendations.
Our main goal is to work in conjunction with the patients to relieve the pain, improve the quality of life, and get the patients off the detrimental dependence of prescription painkillers and other long-term drug treatments.
Every individual person is different and will respond uniquely to treatments based on their particular lifestyle, diet, exercise, work, and sleep habits. Emotional, environmental and genetic factors will also play a role and are a necessary consideration.
People often ask me what is my success with treating fibromyalgia and chronic pain. I always use the “50% – 20% – 20% – 10%” Rule. This means that:

50%: Patients will naturally respond to treatments with full efficacy results.

20%: Patients will respond well, but slower and more gradually.

20%: Patients will need long-term care and will need to some significant lifestyle changes.                                                                                                          

10%: Patients will not respond.

Ultimately, a formula will not tell us if who will get relief and who will not, it really comes down to a case-by-case basis. If you […]

The 5 Useful Tips in Managing Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

1.) Walk More
You’re not running a marathon or joining a bootcamp. Spend 20-30 minutes twice per day walking and enjoying the fresh air and mindful freedom. You can start slow too! Work up to it. Before long, you will be craving that walk.
2.) Enjoy An Activity
Find something you truly enjoy doing. Having a hobby turns from a distraction into a passion and passion is hope.
3.) Try A New Food
We’re never in short supply of good food these days. Whether it’s a new restaurant, cooking magazine or blog, treat yourself to a new flavor, a new recipe, or new atmosphere, your mind and body will appreciate it.
4.) Take A Break
In our busy society, it is far too easy to be overly busy with daily work and activities. Sometimes it can be too much. Don’t be shy or scared to take a short vacation from certain activities. Also, say no to giving extra help when you are overtired and stretched too thin. Allow your body to distress from the overstimulation.  
5.) Go On An Adventure
We’ve all heard this, but life is temporary and short! You owe it to yourself to experience as much of this world has to offer as you can. Check out a new park, a new store, or even a new part of the world.

Asthma: Your Need To Know!

Dr. Brian Grosam
Definition: Asthma affects approximately 25+ million Americans today. It’s a pulmonary disorder characterized by wheezing and dyspnea due to obstruction and inflammation of the airways. Asthma may be triggered by allergy, exertion, irritant particles, weather, psychological stress, etc.
Etiology: There are many causes of asthma. Allergens such as pollens, smoke, molds, house dust and animal hair may trigger an asthma attack. Asthma may also be induced by non-allergy related factors such as exertion, cold air, stress, anxiety, crying, hearty laughing, and viral infection. Common morbidity associated with asthma includes sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, gastroesophageal reflux, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and hyperthyroidism.

Clinical Manifestations: In an asthma attack, there will be a combination of spasm of the bronchi, inflammation of the airways, and increased mucous secretion. In mild to moderate cases, the patients will experience shortness of breath, wheezing, hyperpnea, and use of accessory muscles (such as neck and chest muscles) to facilitate breathing. Anxiety and sweating are commonly seen in asthmatics as they struggle for air. In severe cases, the patients will experience marked respiratory distress, cyanosis, use of accessory muscles, wheezes, lethargy and possibly confusion. Patients with severe asthma may not have any wheezing, as there is very little air moving in and out of the lungs.

Diagnosis: Asthma is diagnosed based on the characteristic episodes of wheezing, coughing, dyspnea or chest tightness interspersed with asymptomatic intervals. Objective confirmation is made with repeated spirometry tests performed over symptomatic and asymptomatic periods. Spirometry is a device that measures the breathing capacity of the lungs and is helpful in making the diagnosis, assessing the severity of the illness, and monitoring the effectiveness of the treatment. If the asthma is allergy-induced, identification of the allergen is very important. Skin […]

How Well Do You Sleep?

The key to better night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed and full of energy is easily remedied!!!
A conservative average of 15-20% of the population suffers from problematic sleeping. It is commonly recommended for adults to get 7-8 hours of sleep to maintain health, live happier, perform well, and feel great. Less sleep gives rise to a weakened immune system, fatigue, and a less fulfilling life. Sleep problems and irregularities over time can lead to more problematic and possible severe concerns such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer, and a reduced quality of life and productivity.
At this event you will learn more about your sleep routine, the make up of good sleep habits, and simple ways to improve your sleep. Whether you have challenges falling asleep, staying asleep, chronic waking during the night, or early waking – you will get tips to help you immediately!
Some of what you’ll learn:

How stress from both your professional and personal life can affect your sleep.

Easy exercises to calm your mind by regulating brain chemistry and the nervous system.

The home environment: How it can affect your rest.

Hormones balance & sleep – OH BOY!

How digestion and eating habits are linked to your sleep.

Simple tips for winding down at night.

And what therapies can and will bring your sleep back on track!

Only 10 SEATS Available!!!
Reserve your spot now and take action to feel your VERY BEST.  Register Here! Or call Sun Acupuncture at: 952.935.0600!

Your Speakers:

Dr. Brian Grosam has his PhD in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He is a professor at the American Academy of Oriental Medicine and serves on the Minnesota Board of Acupuncture. He is an expert in treating menopause and lectures around the world on his research. Dr. Brian Grosam is a member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive […]