Acupuncture Diagnosis of Sciatica

Acupuncture’s Approach to Sciatica

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine state that the body is interconnected; no one part can be separated from another. The diagnosis and treatment of sciatica is based upon identifying specific imbalances in the muscles and the body as a whole. Correcting the imbalance does not just treat the symptoms or mask the condition, but rather corrects the root of the problem by encouraging self-healing of the body. Acupuncture treatment of sciatica will focus on relaxing the muscles and stretching the tendons and fascia. It can also help strengthening the muscles.

Acupuncture Diagnosis for sciatica

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What is sciatica and how can acupuncture help?

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It consists of a large bundle of smaller nerves that begin in the lumbar spine, travel down the buttocks, and move through the leg.

Sciatica is a group of symptoms that affect the region of the sciatic nerve. Radiating pain is one of the more common and intense symptoms associated with sciatica. There can also be numbness and tingling starting in the lower back radiating down the leg. Acupuncture is very effective for relieving symptoms of acute and chronic sciatica.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica occurs when something pushes on the … Read More

Diet and Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

One million Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. They experience frequent diarrhea with pain and urgency, intestinal bleeding and bloody stools, cramping, and abdominal pain. Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been used to treat these symptoms for over two thousand years.

About Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine views the body as a network of interconnected organs and channels. The channels transport qi (often translated as energy) and other substances through the body. When the qi is sufficient and moves freely, there is health and wellness. Diseases occur when there is an imbalance in the body. The acupuncture and diet … Read More

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Patients and acupuncturist have long touted acupuncture as effective for weight loss, and the scientific community finally agrees.  A recent metanalysis in the International Journal of Obesity showed that acupuncture was effective at promoting weight loss.  For those who do not know, a metanalysis is more definitive study which examines many many previously performed studies.

The people who received acupuncture lost more weight and were more likely to reduce obesity that either people receiving placebo acupuncture,  lifestyle changes, or medication.

Sound like great news, how does it work?

Acupuncture works by addressing imbalances in your body, and correcting them removes … Read More

Prevent a cold with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and other Tricks


This time of year it is very easy to get a cold. The temperature is changing, wind is blowing, and leaves are falling. Chinese medicine, and many other traditions (and grandmothers too) have powerful natural remedies for treating and preventing colds.

Here are some recommendations you can do to boost your immunity or remove cold virus before it has a chance to get you.

Gargling with Salt Water  : We all know that salt has long been used as a preservative for food.  This is because it prevents the spread of bacteria by dehydrating the cells in which they live. … Read More

Stop Excess Sweating with Chinese Medicine

Everybody sweats. Sweating normally occurs when a person becomes too hot or in reaction to emotions such as nervousness, anxiety, fear, and anger. But some people sweat a lot without being hot, nervous, or anxious. The sweating usually occurs on the hands, feet, armpits, and the head. This is called hyperhidrosis which may be very uncomfortable and embarrassing. This even causes some people to avoid social situations. But there is hope, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help reduce the excessive sweating by addressing the underlying imbalance at the root of the problem.

What are the causes of hyperhidrosis?

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Acupuncture and the Mind Body Connection

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 … Read More

Overactive Bladder Help with Acupuncture

Overactive bladder is a syndrome characterized by the frequent, strong, and sudden urge to urinate. Often, those with overactive bladder will urinate eight or more times during the day, and may also experience frequent urination at night. In some cases, individuals may experience urge incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine right after feeling the need to urinate. The syndrome can seriously disrupt your life by interrupting your work and make you avoid social situations. But Chinese medicine can help. Chinese medicine has been treating syndromes of frequent urination for over 2000 years.

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How Acupuncture Treats Pain

The majority of Americans are in chronic pain or have experienced it.  More and more, people are seeking acupuncture for relieve of all types of chronic pain, from back pain and neck pain, to headaches and migraines, or chronic pelvic pain.

Pain can affect almost every system in the body and develops from many sources.It can occur from a chronic immune disorder, after an infection, from a physical injury, or from emotional stress. Often, pain stays around a long time after an injury has healed.

As a teenager, I first sought out acupuncture to treat my own … Read More