Chinese Medicine A- Z

//Chinese Medicine A- Z
Chinese Medicine A- Z 2017-07-26T05:50:32+00:00

Select any of the following ailments or conditions to see which ones Traditional Chinese Medicine have been proven effective to either treat or help with their symptoms. It is important for you to understand that if you don’t find your health challenge listed below, it does NOT mean that acupuncture cannot help it! We have compiled the most frequently seen health problems seen in our clinic. Remember that we offer FREE consultations exactly for this reason. Just pick up the phone and simply ask. You have nothing to lose, it doesn’t cost anything to ask.

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A

Acid Reflux

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Acid reflux can have a variety of different causes. One of them has been linked to a weak lower esophageal sphincter muscle (LES) allowing stomach acids to get into the esophagus. Acupuncture, being able to alter the way that nerve cells signal one another, can affect muscle contractions. Traditional Chinese Medicine would typically focus on the “Stomach”, “Liver”, “Spleen” or “Kidney” systems in order to reestablish proper balance and proper muscle (sphincter) strength.

  • The words “Stomach”, “Liver”, “Spleen” and” Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not to be interpreted as a stomach, liver, spleen or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Being overweight, smoking and certain eating habits can contribute to acid reflux symptoms. Consider losing weight, stop smoking and eat small, frequent meals. Eat slowly and don’t eat 2 to 3 hours before bed. Certain foods should be avoided; alcohol, caffeinated drinks, chocolate, peppermint, onions, garlic, spicy, greasy and acidic foods.

ACL repair

(Refer to Knee Pain)

Acne

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers acne as an abnormal accumulation of “dampness” with more or less “heat” associated with it. Typically, we would look at the “Lung”, “Stomach” and “Spleen” systems.

  • The words “Lung”, “Stomach” and” Spleen” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not to be interpreted as lung, stomach, or spleen disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Avoid washing your face with soaps containing harsh chemicals. Cool water is sufficient. If your face is particularly dirty, steam it with hot water to induce sweating; then wash with cool water. Smoking, stress, constipation and the application of makeup will contribute towards making the situation worse. Avoid spicy and greasy foods, caffeinated drinks, alcohol and sugar.

Allergies

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Allergies represent the body’s inability to deal with a typically benign substance. This is the result of an imbalanced immune system. Traditional Chinese Medicine will look into the “Lung”, “Liver”, “Kidney” or the “Spleen” systems in an effort to restore balance.

  • The words “Lung”, “Liver”, “Kidney” and “Spleen” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not to be interpreted as lung, liver, kidney or spleen disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Daily bowel movements will lighten the burden on your immune system and may reduce the impact of seasonal allergies.

Spicy dishes are good to ingest since it thins mucus secretions and clear nasal passages. Ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant. Omega-3 essentials fatty acids are known to have anti-inflammatory effects. Good natural sources include flaxseed oil and salmon. Apples, berries, red grapes, red onions, capers and black tea contain Quercetin that is known to have an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effect. A lack of carotenoids is thought to promote inflammation in your airways. The most popular being beta-carotene foods include apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, butternut squash, and collard greens.

Ankle pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your ANKLE, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called SPRAIN, strain, arthritis, gout or tendonitis the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

Anxiety

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers anxiety as an imbalance of the “Heart” system or the “Shen”. Acupuncture can effectively produce a calming effect by not only restoring the balance within the systems but also by regulating serotonin levels in the brain.

  • The words “Heart” system have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not to be interpreted as heart disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

One must look at current life circumstances to find contributing factors to anxiety. Realistically, despite the best medication combination or being treated by the best acupuncturist in town, unless you consider ways to manage the never ending demands of your daily life, the outcome will only be partially handled. Regular eating and sleeping habits along with exercising and “time out” sessions spent reading, doing yoga, meditation or whatever it is that makes you feel good, is an essential part to secure your success.

Arm pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your ARM, ankle, neck, shoulders, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called ROTATOR CUFF TEAR, thoracic outlet syndrome, bursitis or tendonitis, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

Arthritis

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. The acupuncture points and herbs that are used will depend on each patient’s particular etiology.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Diet plays a crucial role in helping avoid or at the very least, control arthritis. To start, being overweight cause additional stress to your joints. Avoiding “damp” foods such as dairy products and greasy or spicy foods would be a big step in the right direction.

Asthma

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Asthma symptoms can be triggered by a multitude of factors; the environment, diet, emotional disturbances, congenital weaknesses and chronic illnesses, to only mention a few. Every individual is going to have their own set of triggers requiring a multi-faceted plan of action. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses mainly on the “Lung”,” Spleen” and” Kidney” systems to explain asthma symptoms.

  • The words “Lung”, “Spleen” and” Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not to be interpreted as lung, spleen or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Improving your cardiopulmonary fitness is an essential part of the recovery process. Intense cardio-vascular exercise regimen is not recommended. A balanced diet limiting to a minimum spicy, raw, greasy and sweet foods will also reduce the frequency of asthma attacks.

B

Back Pain

(Refer to Pain Out)

Bell’s Palsy

(Refer to Paralysis)

Bone Spurs

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Acupuncture addresses inflammation, joint and muscle pain very efficiently. It works by removing “blockages”, improving circulation, stimulating the release of endorphins (natural pain killer hormones) and balancing the body’s energy. Typically, Traditional Chinese Medicine relates bone issues to the Kidney system.

  • The word “Kidney” system has a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Regular low impact exercise is the best way to strengthen muscles and surrounding joints, improve circulation, reduce weight and increase calcium absorption. In the long run, this will help to break the vicious cycle of pain and immobility.

To reduce inflammation, you need to avoid spicy, greasy foods, refined flours/sugars, red meat and dairy. Increase your intake of high-antioxidant and phyto-nutrient rich foods like colorful fruits and vegetables and omega 3 fats.

Bursitis

(Refer to specific joint such as HipKneeElbowShoulder Pain)

C

Carpal Tunnel

(Refer to Wrist Pain)

Cervical Pain

(Refer to Neck Pain)

Cholesterol

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Cholesterol is a multi-faceted disease that is difficult to treat, as you probably already know. There are several cholesterol lowering drugs on the market but unfortunately, they also come with significant possible side-effects such as digestive complaints, dizziness, headaches, rashes, muscle wasting disease, muscle tenderness, soreness, weakness, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage, numbness, tingling, pain in the hands and feet, CoQ10 deficiency and liver damage. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers interesting solutions attempting to correct imbalances typically linked to the “Spleen”, “Stomach”, “Liver” and “Kidney” systems.

  • The words “Spleen”, “Stomach”, “Liver” and” Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as spleen, stomach, liver or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

We will not enter the coffee and alcohol controversial debate here. There is plenty for you to read on the web about the subject. Eat small frequent meals. Good fats, fiber and garlic are recommended. Refined sugars should be avoided. Exercise regularly and stop smoking if you are.

Common Cold

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Here is the “secret”. If you make an appointment WITHIN the first 48 hours of feeling the very first signs of a cold or the flu, Traditional Chinese Medicine can not only dramatically reduces its duration but its severity too! The cause of both is viral, not bacterial. Antibiotics kill bacteria, good and bad but do nothing against viruses. So if you take an antibiotic, not only is it not going to rid you of the virus, it is going to weaken your already compromised immune system… A combination of acupuncture, cupping and anti-viral herbal medicines should be just what you need.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Dr. Perkins was published in the Suncoast newspaper back in 2005. She is referred to as Dr. Marie Page (her maiden name).

Got Flu?

Ancient Chinese medicine making breakthroughs in traditional Western practices

BY MARK BEYER
SUNCOAST NEWS FEATURES WRITER

The lack of adequate flu vaccine supplies in the U.S. this year has placed each level of government in the precarious position of offering advice. From telling us to wash our hands frequently to suggesting we stay away from people who show flu symptoms, such platitudes have been met with lots of frustration, and sometimes anger.

People are asking for an alternative.

Marie Page, DOM, has plenty of alternatives to treating flu. She also has methods by which people can understand how their bodies function and thus learn better how to take care of themselves so that if and when ailments appear, treatment can decrease greatly the duration of one’s suffering.

Page is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine practicing alongside both Western- and Eastern-medicine physicians at Advanced Healthcare Alternatives in New Port Richey. She is learned in the ways of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These include the use of herbs, acupuncture and acupressure to help rebalance energy, stimulate the immune system and regulate the Qi (pronounced Chi), or one’s life energy.

In TCM, a body’s organs are linked in one way or another. The balance of these properly functioning body systems creates harmony. When all organs work together in balance and harmony, the body is healthy. If one or more organs are out of balance with the others, symptoms appear.

Chinese medicine has cataloged these functions over its thousands of years of study and observations. “But we only know where problems are by asking questions,” Page explained. “We have to put pieces of the puzzle together.”

Diagnosis includes taking the pulse from twenty-seven different places on the body that tell how each organ is functioning; examining the tongue to observe its shape, color and coating indicates how the organs are working; and discussions with the patient of symptoms and personal and family medical history. When all of these pieces are put together, TCM doctors are able to make a link between the symptoms and the problem.

Now, lest one be tempted to dispel the effectiveness of Eastern medicine as “old ways” that no longer have validity because modern Western medicine has pills and surgery and such, be aware that several states, including Florida, recognize and license TCM practitioners. What’s more, insurance companies have responded to health care consumers’ demands and are now covering many TCM treatments.

Dr. Page believes an important key to overcoming flu is tackling symptoms as they appear. This requires treatment at the source.

“What the majority of people do not know,” said Page, “is that the flu vaccine is good for two strands of viruses. That is only 15% of flu strands out there.”

“Western medicine has much better biotics to fight bacterias,” explained Page. “But TCM is much better at fighting viruses and chronic pain.”

The best MDs can suggest to flu patients is bed rest, drink lots of fluids, and let the virus run its course. They are treating the symptoms, not the source, said Page.

Those “medicines” found on the market-aspirin, nasal decongestants, acetaminophen, naproxen and others-merely mask the symptoms so we may get on with our lives. Chinese medicine addresses the source of the ailment.

“We diagnose very differently,” said Page. “What would be considered a symptom in traditional medicine becomes a diagnosis in Chinese medicine.”

Such differences, explained Page, is why there is a lot of misconception and misunderstanding of how to use Chinese herbs. People try to use herbs with a Western-style understanding of medicine, and therefore the view is held that certain herbs are used for the same problem by different people. In other words, what works for one person should work in every person experiencing the same symptoms. This, Page warns, is not how Chinese medicine works.

Page explained how typical flu symptoms, for example a headache or lower back pain, might be treated in different people.

“If a headache is due to a blood deficiency,” explained Page, “I know that this herb treats the blood, so therefore will treat that headache. Likewise, if that backache is from a blood deficiency, I can use that same herb to treat the backache.”

“There’s no such thing as a headache medicine or a low back pain medicine in TCM,” said Page. “The same medicine can be used for two different problems.”

So when Page prescribes a headache medicine to a patient, she explains that the medicine is for his or her particular headache, not the headache of a spouse, or neighbor, or child. This explanation comes with a warning: taking medicine not prescribed for one’s particular problem can have an adverse effect on the body.

By the same token, Page warns against self medicating using herbs purchased at health food stores.

“There are interactions between single herbs and interactions between pharmaceuticals and herbs. Chemically it changes and will take an identity of its own.”

Taking single herbs for the flu can be beneficial, says Page. For a person in general good health, vitamin shop owners can suggest several herbs to boost the immune system. But one’s homework should be done with even these supplements.

For example, almost everyone has heard of goldenseal. It helps chronic inflammation of the mucus membranes, which act as the first line of defense against bacteria and viruses by trapping their movement. However, long-term use can actually kill beneficial intestinal organisms. Also, those pregnant or with high blood pressure should not take goldenseal.

Garlic is also popular because it is a natural antibiotic and helps prevent colds and flu. But eating more than five cloves daily can cause heartburn and may slow blood clotting. Likewise, those taking anticoagulants or anemic should consult with their doctor before taking large doses.

Ginseng has immuno-enhancing properties, but at the onset of flu this tonic should be halted because the flu can use the herb to fuel itself.

The possible side effects of herbs may seem minor, but all effects of herbal medicines must be understood, advises Page, before embarking on some supplemental regimen.

Other herbs that have shown immune-system enhancement include astragalus, boneset, echinacea, forsythia and honeysuckle (for use at beginning signs of flu) and mullein. Dosage depends on body size, age and other specifics, such as allergies or metabolic rate. Dr. Page advises consultation with a physician before taking herbs to fight flu symptoms.

Besides herbs, foods can help in fighting flu symptoms. Dr. Page recommends eating smaller portions, cut down on miso and animal-based foods, and stop any tonic you normally take on a regular schedule. Cutting down on phlegm-producing foods such as diary, eggs, sweets, salty or fried foods allows the bacteria or virus to move through the body much quicker.

Recommended foods include bioflavonoid-rich foods like cabbage and greens, foods that warm the body if you have chills (veggie soup, parsnip, horseradish or garlic), cooling foods if you have fever (parsley, carrots, broccoli, turnips, kuzu and fruits).

Page believes TCM and Western medicine can be combined to achieve the same goal of keeping people healthy and treating problems as they arise.

“I don’t believe we need to choose one way or the other,” Page said. “I think they complement one another nicely. Chinese medicine is not only for prevention and Western is for curatives. There’s that gray area where both can work together.”

Constipation

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Treating bowel issues is one of many areas where Western and Eastern medicine work well together. It would be prudent to have a colonoscopy done simply to rule out serious issues. If the test results come back negative, then Traditional Chinese Medicine is the way to go…

Let’s talk about constipation. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view, several organ systems can be imbalanced. Believe it or not the “Stomach”, “Intestines”, “Liver”, “Spleen” or the “Kidney” systems can all play a role. No wonder it is not so simple to remedy this situation!

  • The words “Stomach”, “Intestines”, “Spleen” and” Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as stomach, intestines, liver, spleen or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Get moving… Regular exercise is an essential part in the battle against constipation. FIBER, FIBER, FIBER! Vegetables are phenomenal sources of fiber. You can also add flaxseed and of course the old prune juice. A high-quality probiotic along with digestive enzymes should also be part of your daily regimen. Increase your water intake. Depending on which type of constipation you suffer from, other dietary recommendations can be done.

D

Depression

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine has effective treatments for mild to moderate depression that can be combined with Western Medicine prescription drugs. Studies show that acupuncture can change the levels of many neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, that profoundly affect mental states. For the most part, depression is viewed in Traditional Chinese Medicine as imbalances in the “Liver”, “Heart”, “Spleen”, “Lung” or “Kidney” systems.

  • The words “Liver”, “Heart”, “Spleen”, “Lung” and “Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as liver, heart spleen, lung or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Stress management is definitely an area that needs to be paid attention to. It will come a point where for every step forward you make, life stressors will bring you two steps back. Certain vitamin or mineral deficiencies can also play a very important part in depression, such as deficiencies in Zinc, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, and Vitamin B-6. Limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol will also help in the long run.

Diabetes

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine can help lower glucose levels in the body. It is imperative that patients continue to take their medication and follow the diet recommended by their prescribing physician. In order to consider adding alternative medicines to your arsenal, a joint effort between both physicians has to take place. Diabetes in Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered as an imbalance of the “Lung”, “Stomach” or “Kidney” systems.

  • The words “Lung”, “Stomach” and” Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as lung, stomach or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

One of the first dietary rules for all diabetics is to avoid refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Consider more complex carbohydrates and fiber-rich unprocessed foods. Eat your vegetables! The American Diabetes Association suggests eating plenty of spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, string beans and celery. Onion and garlic have significant blood sugar-lowering action as well as lowering lipids, inhibiting platelet aggregation, and reducing blood pressure. Fish and poultry are recommended over fatty cuts of meat. Fried foods are strongly discouraged.

Diarrhea

A variety of situations can cause diarrhea. Traditional Chinese Medicine will consider “exterior pathogens” or imbalances in the “Stomach”, “Spleen”, “Liver” or “Kidney” systems as possible roots.

  • The words “Stomach”, “Spleen”, “Liver” and” Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as stomach, spleen, liver or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

The length of time needed to treat chronic cases varies. Dietary habits usually play an important role when comes time to give a prognosis. Dehydration can occur very rapidly, so it is important to drink plenty of fluids such as water or broth. Plain white rice is the best solid food to soothe the stomach and firm up the stools until the condition passes.

Disc Herniation

(Refer to specific segment of herniation such as cervical, thoracic, lumbar pain)

Dizziness

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Dizziness is not a disease unto itself. It is a symptom of something else going on. It is important to investigate within the traditional western medicine to make sure you rule out possible issues that could require surgical interventions. If all your tests came back inconclusive, then alternative medicine could be a good choice. Traditional Chinese Medicine divides dizziness into four different organ systems; “Liver”, “Spleen”, “Stomach” and “Kidney”.

  • The words “Liver”, “Spleen”, “Stomach” and “Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as liver, spleen, stomach or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

If your type of dizziness is related to the Spleen or Stomach system, your diet may play a significant role in your ability to minimize the symptoms. You need to stay away from refined sugars, fatty foods and dairy.

E

Edema

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Edema in itself is not a disease. It is a symptom of something else going on. Some of those conditions can be serious conditions such as a blood clot, heart failure, kidney, liver or thyroid disease, even tumors. It is important that you have those possible conditions ruled out first since they can have serious implications. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine there are 2 kinds of edema.

Type 1 is called “Yang” edema which has a rapid onset, begins in the upper body; mainly the eyelids and face and lasts a short time. Normally the system involved is the “Lung”.

Type 2 is called “Yin” edema which has a slow onset, begins the lower body; mainly in the feet and legs and lingers longer. This type is considered an imbalance in the “Spleen” and “Kidney” systems.

  • The words “Lung”, “Spleen” and” Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as lung, spleen or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Immobility is a problem since the blood is pumped through muscle contractions throughout the body, not only by the contraction of your heart muscle. Certain pharmaceutical drugs also can cause swelling as a side effect. A diet low in sodium is recommended.

Elbow Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your ELBOW, neck, shoulders, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called TENNIS ELBOW, golfer’s elbow, bursitis or tendonitis, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

F

Fatigue

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Fatigue is too broad of a category to even attempt coming up with an explanation as of how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help. The answer can be as simple as considering a few lifestyle modifications and/ or dietary changes or as complex as imbalances in one or several organ systems.

Fibromyalgia

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

There are not blood tests or imaging tests that can diagnose fibromyalgia. This does not mean that it does not exist or that it is simply “in the head” of the sufferer. Since everyone has their own particular set of symptoms Traditional Chinese Medicine will customize each treatment plans specific to each individual depending on their constitution, emotional state, intensity and location of their pain, digestive health, sleeping patterns and an array of other signs and symptoms. The main focus will be on possible disharmonies of the “Liver”, “Spleen”,” Kidney” and “Heart” Systems.

  • The words “Liver”, “Spleen”, “Kidney” and “Heart” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as liver, spleen, kidney or heart disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Find some type of exercise that you really enjoy and just do it!

Eliminate processed foods, refined sugars, greasy foods, ice cold drinks, alcohol, raw and uncooked foods, spicy foods, coffee, too much fruit and sodas. Sodas are acidic in nature and loaded with sugar and chemicals. Sodas are detrimental to both the spleen and the kidneys.

Flu

(Refer to Common Cold)

Fractures

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

You may be surprised to read that Traditional Chinese Medicine has something to offer within the “trauma” department. Without a doubt, first stop is to the emergency room! Once they have provided you with the necessary front line treatment, it’s time to go home and let it heal. Acupuncture, massage, passive and active motion, electro-magnetic therapies and herbal formulas combined can shorten your recovery time by as much as 66%. Remember that Chinese Medicine has the ability to set your own “healing power house” on high gear; it can reduce swelling and bruising, expedite the bone fusion, muscle repair and of course offers natural pain management.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

How fast after the injury should you schedule your first appointment? As soon as you are allowed to get out of the house, would be a good time. Even if you have been given restrictions such as none or partial weight bearing, none or passive range of motion, etc… we can provide you with treatment while observing whatever recommendations you were given.

Frozen Shoulder

(Refer to Shoulder Pain)

G

Golfer’s Elbow

(Refer to Elbow Pain)

Gynecological Disorders

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

This category could be filling up an entire different website all together! Let me try to make this section as short and sweet as possible. Menstrual problems of any kind, too much, not enough, PMS, emotional distress, pain, venereal diseases, menopause, infertility, the answer is YES. To what extend? It depends on what we are dealing with. Just do yourself a favor, just call to schedule your free consultation. If I cannot help you, I will guide you to the person that will.

H

Hair Loss

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

We have to realize that hair loss can be considered primary (happening on its own) or secondary (caused by something else; fungal infections, dermatitis, eczema, lupus, chemotherapy, etc…). Depending on which type, your diagnosis will differ and subsequently the treatment will be adapted accordingly. Typically, primary alopecia will be considered as an imbalance in the “Liver”, “Spleen” or “Kidney” systems.

  • The words “Liver”, “Spleen” and “Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as liver, spleen or kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Being overworked, stressed or depressed can all be contributing factors that could trigger an “attack”. Since life stressors can be difficult to avoid, coping mechanisms have to be identified and put into action.

Hand Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your HAND, neck, shoulders, arms, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called ARTHRITIS, tenosynovitis or fracture, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!).

Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

Headache

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

“A headache is a headache”. Not so much, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are at least a dozen of different patterns! The location, the intensity, the nature (empty, heavy, binding) and the frequency of the pain are all factors taken under consideration. It is not unusual that a patient has two or three different dynamics going on all at once. Since there are so many different possibilities, several organ systems can be involved. The most commonly affected are the “Liver”, “Kidney”, “Spleen” or “Stomach” systems. ”

  • The words “Liver”, Kidney”, “Spleen” and “Stomach” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not to be interpreted as liver, kidney, spleen or stomach disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Many elements have been found to trigger headaches. Red wine, caffeine, pickled foods, hunger, perfume, cigarette smoke, stress, sunlight, glare, too much or too little sleep, weather changes and menses, to only mention a few. Low melatonin levels have also been linked to headaches, in some cases
omega 3 fatty acids to decrease inflammation.

Heart Diseases

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Interestingly enough, the “Heart” system in Traditional Chinese Medicine, does a lot more than just pump the blood. It is also responsible for the level of alertness, sleep patterns and a person’s cognitive abilities such as memory and concentration. So whether you suffer from an irregular or a rapid heart rate, angina, shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, once you have been checked by a cardiologist and you are not eminently in danger, natural alternative medicines can be a viable option for you to consider.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

I wish I could just list one or two recommendations but as you know, not so simple I am afraid and making only one change doesn’t seem to be affecting the whole picture either. Don’t get me wrong, any little effort counts but you need to consider your work versus play ratio, your stress management skills, your diet, regular sleep patterns, etc. This might seems like Mont Everest, but one step at the time, is the only way it can be done. CoQ10 is a great supplement to consider adding to your regimen.

Herpes

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

The herpes virus is associated to a group of different disorders. The most common manifestations include herpes simplex 1 (cold sores), herpes simplex 2 (genital sores) and shingles (varicella-zoster). Regardless of which type, Traditional Chinese Medicine offers interesting options to manage the symptoms. The virus cannot be eradicated from the body but can be put to “sleep” for a very long time by making sure your immune system is at its prime. The “Liver” and “Spleen” systems are going to be where the majority of our attention will go. Best and faster results are obtained when both acupuncture and herbal medications are used simultaneously.

  • The words “Liver” and “Spleen” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as liver or spleen disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

It is a very well known fact that

Hip pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your HIPS, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, legs, ankles or feet, whether it is called BURSITIS, arthritis, post hip replacement surgery pain or fracture, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

Hot flashes

(Refer to Menopause)

Hypertension

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been proven to lowers blood pressure mainly through blocking Beta-acceptor and regulating the adrenaline-angiotensin system from a Western medicine angle. From an Eastern Medicine stand point, the “Heart”, “Liver”, Kidney” and “Spleen” systems would be considered as possible areas of imbalances.

  • The words “Heart”, “Liver”, “Kidney” and “Spleen” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not to be interpreted as heart, liver, kidney or spleen disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

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Inflammation

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Inflammation is self-protective mechanism triggered when the body needs to go in repair mode. Unfortunately, some of us are “stuck” in chronic state of inflammation and can’t seem to be able to get the repair phase going. The use of anti-inflammatory is very common practice in Western Medicine. Although efficient at offering temporary relief in some cases, it comes with serious side effects too. I am the first one to admit that even temporary, relief is an immense benefit when someone is in severe pain but what or who is going to start the healing process?

Several studies reveal that acupuncture can have a dramatic effect on both leukocytes (white blood cells) and their associated cytokines offering a reduction in the inflammatory process AND jump starts the healing process. You get two benefits in one without any side effects. Cold laser therapy is also scientifically proven to have a drastic effect on both the inflammation and the healing processes. We happen to offer this service also…!

Immune System Disorders

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Weaknesses in the immune system can set a person up for recurrent colds, viral or bacterial infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, mononucleosis and a host of other conditions. Initially the treatments will have to focus primarily on the symptoms. Over time, more emphasis will be reallocated to addressing the source, the origin of the problem.

  • The words “Lung”, “Spleen” and” Kidney” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. To not be interpreted as liver, spleen, kidney or heart disease referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Exercise, eat well, get enough sleep, and be well emotionally. Your emotional and psychological health will have a direct impact on your immune system. Another factor affecting your immune system is over-work. If you are working excessively, you set yourself up for immune weakness and emotional states like depression and anxiety.

Infertility

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Although the goals of alternative medicine and traditional medicine are the same, their ideas about what causes a disease, the nature of the disease itself, and the process used to regain health are very different.

Stress can create serious damage in our bodies, it

  • Reduces the hypothalamic-anterior pituitary-ovarian axis function. Since the hypothalamus regulates both stress responses as well as the sex hormones, it’s easy to see how stress could cause infertility.
  • The pituitary gland, when under stress, increases the production of prolactin which could cause irregular ovulation.
  • Stress is not only a problem for mom but for dad too. It can reduce sperm counts. Testicular biopsy specimens obtained from prisoners awaiting execution revealed complete spermatogenetic arrest in all cases.

Acupuncture can help by

  • Releasing endorphins that mitigate one’s response to stressful stimuli, thus enhancing the possibility of conception.
  • Activating the production of ACTH, producing an anti-inflammatory effect improving fertility for women afflicted by pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Increasing blood circulation. Enhanced blood flow to the uterine lining undoubtedly contributes to a healthier uterus.

In terms of Chinese Medicine diagnosis, as you can see, it is extremely involved. It is not usual that several different meridians are involved. Consult with an acupuncturist in your area to understand your particular dynamic.

Insomnia

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers insomnia primarily as a “Heart”, “Kidney” or “Liver” issue. Several mechanisms can be initiated such as facilitating an optimum flow of oxygen-enriched blood throughout your body providing deep relaxation, correcting the circadian rhythm providing the appropriate cortisol, melatonin and serotonin release.

  • The words “Heart”, “Kidney” and “Liver” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not to be interpreted as heart, kidney or liver disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Recommendations

Regular exercise helps with stress and reduces fatigue, both of which can exacerbate insomnia. Avoid heavy meals before bedtime or evening consumption of alcohol and caffeinated foods such as chocolate, tea, coffee and sodas. Stop watching television or working on your computer, at least one hour before bed. Instead, take a hot bath, read something soothing or listen to white noise or relaxation CDs. If your mind is racing, grab a pen and paper and write it down. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

(Refer to Constipation or Diarrhea)

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Jaw Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your JAW, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called TMJ or sprain, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!).

Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Joint Pain

(Refer to specific joint pain such as HipKnee, etc.)

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Knee Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your KNEE, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called MENISCUS TEAR, osteoarthritis, sprain, strain, patellar tendonitis, ligament tear or post joint replacement surgery pain, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

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Leg Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your LEG, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, knees or feet, whether it is called SCIATICA, fracture, quadriceps or hamstrings injury, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

Ligament Tear

(Refer to specific joint such as ShoulderKnee, etc.)

Lumbar Pain

(Refer to Back Pain)

Lupus

(Refer to Immune System Disorders)

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Meniscus Tear

(Refer to Knee Pain)

Menopause

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

In Chinese Medicine, the “Kidney” system governs the development of fertility. The “Kidney” represents the life-force that we inherit from our parents and determines our constitution, physical development, and how well we age.

  • The term “Kidney” system has a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Many women try Black Cohosh in an attempt to alleviate their hot flashes. Did you know that Black cohosh is considered mildly poisonous and should not be taken either in large quantities or over long periods of time! Traditional Chinese Medicine has great options herbal formula.

Migraine

(Refer to Headache)

Muscle Pain

(Refer to specific area of pain such as NeckBackArmLeg, etc.)

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Neck Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your NECK, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called WHIPLASH, muscle tension, bulging disc or torticollis, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

Nerve Pain

(Refer to specific diagnosis such as Peripheral NeuropathySciaticaCarpal Tunnel, etc.)

Numbness

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Numbness is a symptom that can be associated to a multitude of etiologies such as nerve damage, deficient blood circulation and multiple sclerosis to only name a few. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers interesting solutions attempting to correct imbalances typically linked to the “Spleen”, “Stomach”, “Liver” and “Lung” systems.

  • The words “Spleen”, “Stomach”, “Liver” and” Lung” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as spleen, stomach, liver or lung disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

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Osteoarthritis

(Refer to Arthritis)

Ovarian Cysts

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

In traditional Chinese medicine, ovarian cysts are considered to be related to an imbalance of two major systems; the “Spleen” or the “Liver”. Depending on the associated symptoms displayed through overall digestion, level of energy, emotional status, etc… a determination can be made to identify which organ system is primarily in need of readjustment.

  • The words “Spleen” and “Liver” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as spleen or liver disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Depending on your type, the recommendations will be different. For example, is your “Spleen” system needs some attention, cold, raw, fatty, sweets and dairy foods should be kept to a minimum. Icy drinks along with alcohol are also detrimental to that system. The “Liver” system although also sensitive to some food types, will be strongly influenced by your emotional status. Finding coping mechanisms to manage your stress are going to play a big role in your overall recovery. This is grossly simplified but it is simply meant to illustrate how Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the individuals as a whole when addressing a particular symptom.

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Pain Out

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your BACK, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called HERNIATED DISC, spinal stenosis, sciatica or compression fracture, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

Palpitations

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

This is one of the rare instances where Eastern and Western medicine consider the same organ as the origin of this problem; … the heart! Traditional Chinese Medicine is going to look at the “Heart” system to address a variety of different hear beat irregularities; rapid, slow, irregular, intermittent, etc.

  • The word “Heart” system has a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory that extend above and beyond actual cardiac issues. Even so, most of the time, a patient will also be diagnosed as having heart organ problems, in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Moderate, regular exercise and stress management is a must. A typical “cardiac” diet will tell you to reduce animal fat and salt, avoid trans fats and caffeine and add fiber.

Paralysis

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

People will typically assume that Bell’s palsy and a stroke are similar, since paralysis is involved in both cases. Their cause could not be more different. Normally, traditional body needles along with scalp acupuncture will be used in both cases. Time is of the essence. The sooner you receive treatment, the better chance you have to reverse the damage. Typically, if you seek treatment within the first three months of the insult, your chances of maximal recovery will increase exponentially.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Since Bell’s palsy is believed to be caused by a virus and a stroke from the vascular system abnormality, recommendations that would apply for one would not necessarily apply to the other. Universal advice; no matter what happens, invest in your health today, get the benefits tomorrow. Eat right, manage your stress and get your body moving.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Peripheral neuropathy typically will originate from diabetes, orthopedic problems, circulatory problems or chemotherapy side effects. Either way, Traditional Chinese Medicine can address “abnormal sensation” in the extremities, with great success. Depending on your type, an imbalance in either an organ system or in a specific meridian pathway will be identified and corrected. The prognosis will also be related to which type you are suffering from.

Plantar Fasciitis

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your FOOT, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or ankle, whether it is called PLANTAR FASCIITIS, tarsal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or stress fracture, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

PMS

(Refer to Gynecological Disorders)

Post-Surgical Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

When surgery is performed, skin, muscles, blood vessels and nerves are cut. After the fact, your body is left to do what it knows best; heal itself. Adding acupuncture to your rehabilitative regimen will save you time and money. You be able to resume your activities of daily living drastically sooner. This can be particularly important if you don’t have sick day benefits at work or if you are an athlete. We also offer several other services aside from acupuncture that contribute towards reaching your health goals such as kinesio taping, manual therapies and cold laser therapies.

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Quadriceps Injury

(Refer to Leg Pain)

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Ringing Ear

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine ringing in the ear also called tinnitus can be related to the “Kidney”, “Heart”, “Liver”, “Gallbladder” or “Spleen” systems. The prognosis will depend on which organ system is involved.

  • The words “Kidney”, “Heart”, “Liver”, “Gallbladder” and “Spleen” systems have a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as kidney, heart, liver, gallbladder or spleen disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Since ringing in the ears can be caused by several different problems, there is no way a single supplement, vitamin, herb or food item can be good for all. You need to know which organ system is involved in your case in order to, once again, customize your interventions accordingly.

Rotator Cuff Injury

(Refer to Shoulder Pain)

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Sciatica

(Refer to Leg Pain)

Shingles

(Refer to Herpes)

Shoulder Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your SHOULDER, neck, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called ROTATOR CUFF INJURY, bursitis, tendonitis, frozen shoulder or ligament tear, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

Sports injuries

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

It is important to understand that in acute conditions, Western Medicine is your best and first place to go. Once your condition is stabilized then what? Healing Time!

Mild injuries;

R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) is traditionally what is recommended in Western Medicine. Although great advise, other options can be added to speed up your recovery… If there is a BEST time to ever incorporate Chinese Medicine into the picture, it is at this stage! Acupuncture has been proven to increase the production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!) along with the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone. Your recovery time will be exponentially reduced if you add to your regimen, acupuncture, manual therapies and cold laser therapy.

Moderate to severe injuries;

For those types of injuries, typically your doctor is going to recommend physical therapy. Once again, although absolutely the right thing to do (I am also an occupational therapist…), other options can be added to speed up your recovery…You probably guessed it… Chinese Medicine!

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury, severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses but also how many angles of healing are covered all at once. In some cases, more than one approach used at the same time is going to make a drastic impact on the level of function you will be able to reach. Imagine if you had Chinese Medicine on one hand reducing the inflammation, pain and scar tissue enabling your physical therapist to push your body faster and harder.

The majorities of our patients who combine both modalities (Physical Therapy and Chinese Medicine) recover significantly faster and reach higher levels. I tell my patients 1 + 1 does NOT equal 2…

Sprain

(Refer to specific joint pain such as WristAnkle, etc.)

Strains

(Refer to specific joint pain such as WristAnkle, etc.)

Stroke

(Refer to Paralysis)

Swelling

(Refer to Edema)

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Tendonitis

(Refer to specific joint pain such as ElbowShoulder, etc.)

Tennis Elbow

(Refer to Elbow Pain)

Tinnitus

(Refer to Ringing Ear)

TMJ

(Refer to Jaw Pain)

Tremors

(Refer to Muscle Spasms)

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Urinary tract infections (UTI);

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine usually looks at the “Kidney” system to differentiate which one of the five types of urinary infection you may have. The use of antibiotics is, in some cases, necessary but unless the source of the problem is rectified, usually it is just a matter of time before another one comes around. It is important to not only address the symptoms but also the cause.

  • The word “Kidney” system has a particular meaning within the Chinese Medicine theory. Not be interpreted as kidney disease as referred to in Traditional Western Medicine.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Wear cotton underwear to ensure that air circulates and prevents a damp environment. Limit your sexual activity to a minimum while the symptoms are severe in order to prevent further infiltration of bacteria into the urinary tract. Avoid sugar completely, especially during the infection. Don’t forget to take acidophilus while on antibiotics since they can cause yeast infections…!

Uterine Bleeding

(Refer to Gynecological Disorders)

Uterine Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your UTERUS, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called UTERINE BLEEDING, menstrual cramps, pelvic or perineal pain, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!). Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

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Vaginal Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your VAGINA, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called YEAST INFECTIONS or vaginitis, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!).

Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Vertigo

(Refer to Dizziness)

Viral Infections

(Refer to Common Cold)

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Whiplash

(Refer to Neck Pain)

Wrist Pain

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Pain, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is diagnosed in a very different manner that you are used to. We do not put much emphasis on WHERE the pain is but much more on its NATURE; Sharp vs Dull, Acute vs Chronic, Intermittent vs Constant, alleviated or aggravated by Pressure/Ice/ Heat, etc… So whether your pain is located in your WRIST, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs or feet, whether it is called CARPAL TUNNEL, arthritis, sprain or fracture, the answer is Yes, Traditional Chinese Medicine can HELP!!!!

Acupuncture is sending signals to the brain via the spinal cord, inducing an increased production of “pain relief” hormones called endorphins (200 times more potent than morphine!).

Acupuncture also has the ability to speed up the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and normalize muscle tone, all steps necessary to healing.

Full or partial recovery, permanent or temporary results will depend on a variety of factor such as age, type of injury (soft tissue injuries are much easier and faster to heal than degenerative bone or disc diseases).severity of injury, time elapsed since injury and treatment, prior surgeries or other illnesses, In some cases, optimal and permanent outcome will require more than an “intervention”. It will also require life style changes.

Most of the time, PIP (personal injury) insurance and worker’s compensation pay for acupuncture? So if you were recently in a car accident or are currently treated under worker’s comp, you might be covered!

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Pay attention to your work environment, your posture and daily activities that could put your muscles or joints at risk. Engage in none straining exercises, maintain correct posture and use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects. Safety is no accident!

If you need more information on any of these ailments or conditions, or how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with the treatment or symptoms please call to schedule your FREE consultation.