In 2015, we are not seeing the pollen that we usually see this time of year. Autumn has been late this year; maybe because of all the rain, who knows? (I can still work out in my pool and that’s not usual either!) Patients are complaining of sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week, and runny noses with headaches this past week. This is right on schedule, according to the ancient Asians.

We didn’t have our usual “late summer colds” after the kids went back to school this year (it’s called “Wind Cold” in Chinese). What’s strange about these colds is they have associated with them sore throats and mild fevers. These symptoms started in early August this year, even before school did, and that’s unusual. In Oriental Medicine we call this Wind Heat. So I hope we don’t have a bad autumn season.

I believe the best solution is Acupuncture (Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. There are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.but the suggestions below also help with the symptoms that come with autumn/winter).

If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, here are some additional simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy season”:

  1. Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you worked in the yard wearing. After working in the yard take your clothes off in the garage. Then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it.
  2. Wash your hands, wash your hands and wash your hands!
  3. Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses or a netti pot with saline and water. Dr. Oz said also recommends putting a pinch of baking soda in it. (By the way, he also said Acupuncture was “THE BEST OF THE BEST” for pain relief!)
  4. Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey); any tea would do.
  5. Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt), and eat it quickly. The salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent according to Oriental Medicine.
  6. Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.
  7. Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face and breathe in and out.
  8. Cook asparagus (or use canned) and blend it up. You may add a little water or butter if needed. It has to be blended and cooked to mush. You will be surprised how much better you will feel.
  9. Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful.  In our clinic, have many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at our clinic.  These are very safe, very effective, and inexpensive. (You can call (386-734-4126) or e-mail me if you can’t get into the clinic and we will put together a prescription for you.)
  10. Rub your face gently but firmly around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples.  A “BIG” Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web.”
  11. Eat more vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal.  Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count. And, of course NO GRAINS!
  12. In Oriental Medicine, the following foods are recommended for allergies – green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots. They help dissolve phlegm and thin mucus.  Eating hot peppers and horseradish will open up your sinus also.
  13. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog in a heated swimming pool. It keeps your Qi flowing – one of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET the treatment protocol I developed – please ask us about it (read my personal testimonial here) or read more about it on our website. Also check out the video on the “Welcome Page” – “Take a Tour” here.

If you did the protocol above and still have problems, please CALL US ASAP at 386-734-4126. We want everybody feeling great. Last summer I ordered 500 new vials to treat you for your allergies, including new ones. Be sure you’re an AcuSET patient. That’s where we start!

And, please – do yourself a BIG favor – call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture four times a year will help keep you healthy.

Fondly, Dr. Rusty


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Do yourself a big favor: call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy, even through allergy season.

Do yourself a big favor: call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy, even through allergy season.

It seemed like autumn “popped” out in one day…and right on time. It also showed up with a vengeance.

Yellow pollen has been everywhere the past two weeks. While the rain the past few days will help keep the pollen down, it also makes the allergens worse.

People are complaining of sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week, and runny noses with headaches following that. Right on schedule, according to the ancient Asians.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy season.” Of course, I know the best solution is Acupuncture, but the tips below help with the symptoms that come with autumn/winter seasonal changes. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and there are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.

Try these tips:

1. Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you wore during yard work. After working in the yard, take your clothes off in the garage, then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it either.

2. Wash your hands, wash your hands and wash your hands!

3. Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses, or a netti pot with saline and water. Dr. Oz said to put a ‘pinch of baking soda in it’ recently. He also said Acupuncture was “THE BEST OF THE BEST” for pain relief!

4. Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey). Any tea will do.

5. Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt) and eat it quickly. Salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent, according to Oriental Medicine.

6. Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.

7. Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face, and breathe in and out.

8. Cook asparagus (or use canned) and blend it up. You may add a little water or butter if needed. It has to be blended and cooked to mush. You will be surprised how much better you will feel after eating this.

9. Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful to combat seasonal allergies. We have many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at our clinic. These are very safe and very effective, AND inexpensive. You can call me at 386-736-734-4126 or e-mail me at debra@acudebra.com if you can’t get into the clinic. We’ll assemble a prescription for you.

10. Rub your face gently, but firmly, around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples. A significant Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web.”

11. Eat more vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal. Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count.

12. In Oriental Medicine, green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots are recommended for staving off allergies.

13. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog…which you also can do in a heated swimming pool. It keeps your Qi flowing – one of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

14. If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET – the treatment protocol I developed – please ask us about it or go to our website and read more about it (http://www.acudebra.com/services/). Also, check out the video (“Take a Tour”) of our office, and learn more about what we do, and what we can do for you.

Please – do yourself a big favor – call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy. We’re here to talk with you – 386-734-4126.


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“I believe people are finally taking responsibly for their health more, and we need to do just that.” Dr. Rusty

Do you recall how last year, at this same time, it was cooler. As a matter of fact, just last week we had some of the hottest days in three years!

Labor Day is here and in lots of states that says summer is over, but it’s not over here, for sure! But, there’s also something interesting that happens around this time of year. Patients come in with different symptoms. We’re still treating nausea, a tight band feeling around heads and a general hot yucky feeling (late summer Spleen & Stomach Meridians).  In addition, this past week, people have started showing up with sinus, constipation and skin rashes. Usually this happens closer to the actual date of autumn.

The Lung meridian takes care of the lungs and skin. The Large Intestine Meridian works with the sinuses, throat and the bowels. They are affected by dry weather. The emotions for these the Lung and Large Intestine meridians are grief, sorrow and “letting go.” Are you feeling these emotions right now?

We have noticed just in the first two weeks after school starts, children come down with “colds.”  Adults start showing signs a couple of weeks after that.  Our “regular” patients – the ones that come in monthly or every three months — are not getting sick. We’ve seen just a few mild sore throats and sinus congestion.

I believe people are finally taking responsibly for their health more, and we need to do just that.  The time to depend on a “prescription” to fix us is over! Remember, Acupuncture can help eliminate these troublesome symptoms even in a few hours. We have many homeopathic formulas as well as herbal for these symptoms and to help prevent them from coming on.  And, we can do homeopathic injections (the needle is really tiny and short) to help prevent or treat.

If you think you are catching something try the following techniques and foods to eliminate the symptoms:

  • Rubbing around your nose, around your collar bone, from your thumb up your arm to your collar bone and by the nail bed (outside) on your second finger up your arm across your neck, on your face to your nose will help stimulate these 2 Meridians.
  • Foods to eat in this season for the Lung are carrots, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, grapes, green onions, honey, olives, peanuts, pears, peppermints, persimmons, radish, tangerines, walnuts, water chestnuts.
  • To help the Large Intestine Meridian, eat tofu, black pepper, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, honey, lettuce, nutmeg, persimmons, salt, and spinach.
  • For asthma problems, add pumpkin to your diet.
  • Constipation? Add bananas, Chinese cabbage, pears, spinach and sweet potatoes.
  • For coughs, use honey and lemon mixed together, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, tangerines, carrots and asparagus also help.
  • Sore throats feel better with pineapple juice.

For more information about these meridians and much more about treating things you’re experiencing, read my books, “Sensitivities,” and “Keys to a Vibrantly Healthy, Long Life” are available at Amazon.com or in our clinic.


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Debra Gaffeny AcupunctureIt seemed like autumn “popped” out in one day, and right on time. It also showed up with a vengeance! Yellow pollen was everywhere the past two weeks. The recent rain has helped to keep the pollen down but made the allergens worse. People are complaining from sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week and runny noses with headaches this past week; right on schedule according to the ancient Asians.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy season; of course I think the best solution is Acupuncture but these help with the symptoms that come with Autumn/Winter. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and there are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.

  • Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you worked in the yard wearing. After working in the yard take your clothes off in the garage. Then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it.
  • Wash your hands, wash your hands, and wash your hands!
  • Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses or a netti pot with saline and water. Dr. Oz said to put a pinch of baking soda in it. He also said Acupuncture was “the best of the best” for pain relief.
  • Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey); any tea would do.
  • Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt); eat quickly. Salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent according to Oriental Medicine.
  • Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.
  • Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face and breathe in and out.
  • Cook asparagus (or use canned) and blend it up. You may add a little water or butter if needed. It has to be blended and cooked to mush. You will be surprised how much better you will feel.

Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful. We have many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at our clinic. These are very safe and very effective plus inexpensive. You can call or email me if you can’t get into the clinic and we will put together a prescription for you.

Rub your face gently but firmly around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples. A “BIG” Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web”.

Eat more vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal. Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count.

In Oriental Medicine the following foods are recommended for allergies: green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots. They help dissolve phlegm and thin mucus. Eating hot peppers and horseradish will open up your sinus also.

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog in a heated swimming pool; it keeps your Qi flowing. One of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET the treatment protocol I developed

If you did the protocol and still have problems, call us right away! That is so rare and we want everybody feeling great.

Please do yourself a big favor and call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture four times a year will help keep you healthy.
Fondly, Dr. Rusty


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Two years ago, for months, I was plagued with a digestive/elimination problem that my gastroenterologists could not treat. He told me write to down everything I ate, figure out what foods caused the problem, and simply NOT eat them anymore. Meanwhile, I’d heard about Debra Gaffney from several individuals including a chiropractor and a neighbor. My neighbor claimed Debra Gaffney had cured her of her asthma. “HUH? How could that be? How could acupuncture cure anyone of asthma?” was my reaction.


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Dear Dr. Debra Gaffney,

I told you a while ago I would write you at some time about my wheat allergy. Well the time has come when I have done enough testing and time enough has lapsed so I feel comfortable about tell all! I told you to what extent my old body had become old reacting to just a little wheat. I mean just a crumb. I could have a crouton fall into my salad, I could pick it out and a crumb (unseen by me) would be left on my plate. Within one hour my body would be in bed. I would be suffering a lot of symptoms as though I was coming down with a strong case of the flu. I would be belching and have indigestion (which I thought was just a normal “fish stomach”) It was not a pretty picture. If you are eating while reading this you may want to stop reading until a more convenient time.


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Dr. Rusty Gaffney,

You have truly changed my life, and I cannot begin to thank you and your AMAZING staff enough for that! For the first time EVER I am able to go out to eat without interrogating the waiter about every ingredient used in what I am ordering… which I still didn’t believe half the time. I don’t have to spend hours at the grocery store reading every ingredient on every package of food I buy. It is truly as though I have been set free! Most importantly, I have an overall sense of peace that I have never known before. It is amazing how things you didn’t even know were bothering you can have such a huge impact on your quality of life. I am so glad that my mother found you! Thank you Rusty, from the bottom of my heart! I know you say you are just God’s instrument, but I am sure thankful for you! And for the sake of those going through the process …testimonials were such a wonderful comfort for me. Because of this, I recorded my testimonial slowly, and below is what the process was like…


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To all who may read this, I have been plagued with allergies for as long as I can remember. I had been thru the allergy shots for at least ten years when I was young and into my adult years. As I got older I acquired more allergies. An allergy is your body’s way of telling you it’s on overload. I have been thru the runny eyes and nose, my face itching all over. I know some of you out there know what I am talking about. My body would rash in various spots and I would use the creams and take the medicine to make it stop, but it was only a short reprieve. Then in my thirties my hands started breaking out in rashes and splitting open. I would put cream on them and keep going. In my forties I drove semi and got out of the kitchen. My hands got a little better. In my fifties my hands got worse and my finger nails peeled off my fingers. They would bubble with water blisters under them and lift the nail right off the nail bed. I went to a dermatologist and they gave me shots in my cuticles, talk about Chinese torture. I went once a week for three weeks. It didn’t work well enough so I went thru it twice. My finger nails came back.

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This is a picture of my hands then.

As you can see, they still have some rash and are a little swollen. That lasted for a few years and then it started all over again. So I just lived with it.


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I have been allergic to cats all my life. Within ten minutes of entering a home with a cat, I would start with itchy eyes and throat, runny nose and sneezing. It was as if I had a full blown cold. I became aware of acupuncture as a possible cure. I must admit I was skeptical but felt it was worth a try. I felt I was sure a candidate for a possible cure.

After 2 treatments, I was headed to my son’s house where Tasker (a cat) resided. Usually before arriving at my son Jim’s house I would start allergy medication and they would keep the cat in the basement during my stay. I always hated taking the allergy medication because it made me feel drowsy and usually wore off a couple hours before I could take another dose.

Still skeptical, I entered Jim’s house and as soon as I sat down Tasker came and sat on my lap. My first instinct was to shoo him off, but I said “well this will be a good test, it will be either a cure or I’ll be a basket case”. Honestly, it was a cure!! I had a wonderful week and enjoyed holding and petting Tasker, something I never could do before.

C. O.


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I wanted to truly thank “Rusty” Gaffney and her wonderful staff for diagnosing, treating and getting rid of my allergies. Including many allergies I didn’t even recognize as such.

Every day at work I would get a headache across my forehead and a very runny nose. It always started within 15 minutes of getting there. I knew I must be allergic to something in the store. Turned out it was the ink in the printed paper bags we used at the checkout. Rusty treated me for that and now I don’t have that problem anymore.

With my curiosity aroused about some other minor ailments, I had her do the whole allergy testing series. Lots of allergies, or rather sensitivities, showed up. After being treated for them, I no longer get a stuffy head when I eat ketchup, or get a bloated tummy when I eat red meat, or get shaky when I eat chocolate, or get a stomach ache when I drink milk, etc.! And I am not cold all the time anymore either.

Now that my body is rid of those problems I have more energy during the day, sleep more restful at night and have a better sense of overall well-being. And I thought I didn’t have any allergies! Thank you Rusty from the bottom of my heart.

M.E.


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I cannot thank you enough for taking the time and putting me through the allergy procedure. For the first time, in many years, I was able to attend a weekend of banquets and not worry about getting sick or just not eating. Weeks ago I spent three days in New Orleans; I ate cream sauces, steaks with little fat, food with spices and very rich desserts. What a wonderful time I had and with every bite I said a prayer of thanks for you. It was such a great feeling, I am sorry I waited so long.

J.F.


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Rusty is a God sent miracle worker with her needles and Acuset! I came to Rusty with my immune system completely destroying itself. I couldn’t eat anything without having an allergic reaction that got so bad that I didn’t have to eat to have a reaction – just a small smell of anything would set off a reaction. I couldn’t eat, couldn’t be around anything, anyone, and couldn’t go anywhere. I was living on water only.

My husband didn’t know what to think. At first he thought I didn’t want to go anywhere with him. Then when experiencing a reaction to food, he thought I was going crazy. When noticing a reaction to nothing at all; just a smell of what? He just didn’t know what to think. When sitting in the house and having a reaction, he utterly could not believe it. He would just look at me and say “now what?”


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For over 40 years I’ve been highly allergic to penicillin, getting itchy, swollen hives whenever exposed to it. In the past decade I became increasingly allergic to more and more things (the causes unknown to me) causing hives, even in my tongue! Then, this past summer the MD allergist mentioned that my bouts with shortness of breath, which were very scary to me, were probably caused by spasms in the bronchial tubes from an allergy! Later, during one of these episodes, I thought I’d “treat” it with a Benadryl-like antihistamine instead of the inhalers and other, harsher medication. It worked! It stopped the spasm and eased the breathing. In that moment I decided to call for an appointment with Dr. Debra “Rusty” Gaffney, having read her book and knowing someone who she’d treated with the AcuSET 10 years ago. My first testing by Dr. “Rusty” showed “sensitivities” to all 98 items except 4! After 2 1/2 months of treatment I was tested again and out of 317 items the allergies were down to 4 and I was immediately treated for them. The next day I stopped all 3 allergy medications, just keeping a prescription on hand at the request of my allergist. It’s been a month and I’ve felt so much better I walked around outside at an art show AND cooked the entire Thanksgiving dinner (turkey was one of the high sensitivities on the first test!) without any reactions – I certainly had a lot to be thankful for! And I am especially thankful for Dr. Rusty sharing this treatment – and in a most delightful and loving environment! Oh year, I have had only 1 very mild hive when exposed to something new (which I’ll be “treated” for at my next appointment), and no other symptoms, since the AccuSET treatments!

Gratefully, L.A.W. January 7, 2010


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Dear Rusty,
I waited so long since my return from Belgium to inform you – to my greatest pleasure – about my “allergies with dogs”.

Just before leaving for Belgium last June, you treated me one more time for this problem I’m living with almost my entire life: “Staying away from dogs” to avoid asthma attacks and puffy eyes, a real misery.

Well, this time: to my astonishment I didn’t get any negative reaction, moreover – I forgot my Zyrtec – and didn’t take anything.

My two daughters over there have both dogs and cats, well, I pet them, played with them – UNBELIEVABLE! My daughters couldn’t believe their eyes, the first time they could keep their dogs inside, in the same room as me. And, one of the little dogs became my beloved pet and friend with whom I Skype every week.

This story to say: THANK YOU, because for years now, you tried to help and something wouldn’t let go, until your last treatment in June2011; date to remember!

I feel so much better, more secure to go visiting friends with dogs. The bottom line: never give up, and it will happen! It did.

Merci beaucoup, Rusty you are a wonderful healer. Nicole Dumond, September 18, 2011


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