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The process of treating back pain with acupuncture, or any pain for that matter, is complex.  As an acupuncturist, we have many factors to consider in the treatment. Important factors for the acupuncturist to decide are what acupuncture points to use, how long the needles stay in, what position the patient should lie, the use of electro-acupuncture, additional use of cups, and other factors. 1. How to choose acupuncture points: Acupuncture points can be chosen based on location of the pain, type of the pain, and the underlying imbalances causes the pain.  Some pain, such as pain from sciatica, is best relieved by acupuncture locally in the lower back, around the sacrum, and throughout the course of the sciatic nerve.

Ear Acupressure Points

Constipation is an all too common issue causing discomfort, pain, frustration, and stress. (1) Digestion is central to health and wellbeing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), healthy digestion is central to overall health.  We obtain nutrients and energy, the Qi of the food, for all of our body’s activities through digestion. In TCM terms, the stomach’s digestive Qi extracts energy from food in order to make Qi for the heart, brain, muscles, and other organs to function properly. In my acupuncture clinic, I have helped many people with chronic constipation.  I find that a combination of multiple therapies is the most effective method, including acupuncture, herbs, diet, exercises, and acupressure. Acupressure for Constipation One of the great things about acupressure

The bladder can have a mind of its own. Normally, the bladder relaxes as it fills and contracts only when you need to urinate. Bladder spasms can occur when the bladder muscles suddenly contract causing a sudden need to urinate.  In some people this can also cause pain. The symptoms of bladder spasms can be intense, impacting your work, education, and social life. Bladder spasms can occur in overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, and other conditions. Acupuncture is an excellent way to reduce bladder spasms. Acupuncture works by resetting the body to be healthy and allowing the bladder to relax. Acupuncture therapy for bladder spasms Acupuncture theory is based upon the idea that channels connect different parts of the body. These

Electroacupuncture on abdomen

Acupuncture is a constantly evolving art.  Electro-acupuncture was only developed within the last 100 years. Electro-acupuncture can be used for many conditions such as hormone imbalances, menstural cramps, poor digestion, stroke, Parkinsons and other issues.   But it is most often used to augment the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory aspects of acupuncture.(1,2) The pain relief with electro-acupuncture can be so dramatic it has been used for certain types of surgery in China. Electro-acupuncture is very similar to regular acupuncture.  That is the acupuncture point selection is generally the same.  Electro-acupuncture provides additional small amount electric stimulation to the acupuncture needles.  The electric stimulation enhances muscle relaxation, the release of natural pain killers in the body, as well as decreases inflammation.(3) History

Yesterday morning I heard a distressing story on the radio about osteoporosis medication increases the risk of  unusual and serious fractures.  Women taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates are nearly five times as likely to have a serious unusual fracture.  Osteoporosis is a serious condition as hip and other fractures are terrible accidents, yet the side effects of the medication may be worse. One answer for many women may be tai chi.  This may particular a good choice for women who have osteopenia, when the bones are beginning to soften, but do not yet have osteoporosis, as the tai chi may be able to prevent the disease from progressing. Tai Chi for Osteopenia I always recommend my patients concerned about osteoporosis

  This acupressure routine helps promote sleep and relaxation. In addition, it can be used for improving concentration and reducing jet lag.  Often, I will give my patients these particular acupressure points to augment the acupuncture treatments for insomnia. Yin Tang- The Spirit Gate Location– on the forehead, in line with the nose above the eyebrows Stimulation– gently rub downward towards your nose Function– helps calm the mind and relieve stress Heart 7- Shen Men (The Spirit Gate)   Location- at the wrist on the pinky side of the hand Stimulation– If trying to go to sleep, gently rub towards the body.  If trying to concentrate or wake up, gently tap. Function– calms the spirit and nourishes the heart.  This

Headaches suck.  The pounding and pressure really can be very severe and greatly impact your life. But, there is hope, acupuncture can help by relieving the pain from many types of chronic headaches including migraines, tension headaches, and sinus headaches.  And recently, the research is supporting this idea. The Metanalysis on Acupuncture for Headaches A recent metanalysis of 31 studies, in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, showed that acupuncture was more effective than both medication and placebo acupuncture.  For those who do not know, a metanalysis is a more definitive study which examines many many previously performed studies.  The studies showed that acupuncture was stronger than placebo acupuncture for reducing headaches, and even stronger than medication for reducing headache frequency,

Although most patients come to see me for physical complaints, like back and shoulder pain, painful urination, migraines, or asthma, many find improvement in their mental state as well. A few of Chinese medicine’s good “side effects” include better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and help in stress management. After their first treatment, most of my patients notice that they feel more relaxed and often ask me why. A few of Chinese medicine’s good “side effects” include better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and help in stress management. For example, a patient who was coming in for a skin condition also found that his long time anxiety disorder was greatly improved. Another patient who was coming in for the treatment