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Mr. Michael andrew Chow, MAOM, LAC

Acupuncturist

Dr. Michael andrew Chow MAOM, LAC is a top Acupuncturist in Lake Elsinore, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Michael andrew Chow MAOM, LAC is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Michael andrew Chow MAOM, LAC is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Michael andrew Chow MAOM, LAC is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Lake Elsinore, CA, Dr. Michael andrew Chow MAOM, LAC is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Mr. Michael andrew Chow, MAOM, LAC
  • Lake Elsinore, CA
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Does acupuncture help with blood circulation?

We have a saying in Chinese medicine (TCM), “Qi is the commander of blood” & “Blood is the mother of qi.” Much like with modern medicine/research, blood is imperative for our lives READ MORE
We have a saying in Chinese medicine (TCM), “Qi is the commander of blood” & “Blood is the mother of qi.” Much like with modern medicine/research, blood is imperative for our lives and functioning bodies. Qi can be the product of the circulation like energy/electricity from the river. Because this quote is the essence of TCM, we have a great understanding of how we can use acupuncture to help with blood circulation.

For the various blood circulation issues sometimes we will incorporate or focus on using herbal supplemental formulas from ancient China. In any case, check with your primary to see if you would be a good candidate for alternative medicine. If you are on blood medications, definitely check with both your primary & acupuncturist before changing doses etc.

- Live Happy, Michael

Does acupuncture help getting pregnant?

Acupuncture has a good record in research for benefiting pregnancy. There is about a 67-73% increase with the use of acupuncture, and that increase also works for in-vitro chances READ MORE
Acupuncture has a good record in research for benefiting pregnancy. There is about a 67-73% increase with the use of acupuncture, and that increase also works for in-vitro chances as well. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the main focus is to concentrate on a regular menstrual cycle flow to keep things properly flowing. Then the treatments would focus on the current stage of the cycle. When the flow is proper for a couple of good cycles then the couple can concentrate on procreating. There is even acupuncture for mommy & baby once you’re pregnant. Check with your primary & OB/GYN to make sure you would be a good candidate for alternative medicine & best wishes!

- Live Happy, Michael

Can acupuncture cause flu like symptoms?

Having flu-like symptoms after acupuncture is a possibility, especially during this COVID season. I warn all my patients after the initial visit to wait at least a week to see READ MORE
Having flu-like symptoms after acupuncture is a possibility, especially during this COVID season. I warn all my patients after the initial visit to wait at least a week to see how they respond to the acupuncture. Sometimes they feel immediate relief, sometimes the relief doesn’t come until the end of the week. I’ve had some patients feel itchy right after and some who are allergic to metal/nickel which definitely can have a reaction to the standard acupuncture needles. Acupuncture sometimes is a way to reset the body into harmonizing itself. Usually, the patient feels subdued and so your immune system may even be down a bit before recuperating after the night. Definitely check with your primary to see if alternative medicine is a good option for you and mention this effect to your practitioner. The next treatment they can try to boost your immune system & prevent such side effects.

Can acupuncture cause pain?

Acupuncture can easily cause pain or damage if the practitioner is negligent or untrained. Pain can be from the skin grabbing onto the needle or the needle touching a nerve and/or READ MORE
Acupuncture can easily cause pain or damage if the practitioner is negligent or untrained. Pain can be from the skin grabbing onto the needle or the needle touching a nerve and/or worse. As an acupuncturist, we have the ancient knowledge to avoid medical anatomical risks.
A most common associated injury is pneumothorax, where the needle has pierced through the skin and even farther internally into the lungs creating a hole that releases the needed pressure in the lung cavity to escape and the lung fails to inflate. Many states have stopped physical therapists & other lesser professionals untrained and/or licensed for acupuncture in order to prevent any more injuries like this. A good pain felt during an acupuncture treatment is known as ‘De Qi.’ Deqi is the gathering of life energy/circulation (qi) at an acupuncture point during treatment and is commonly felt as a dull, pulling ache at the site. Ideally, it’s best to get that sensation at all the acupuncture spots but even if you’re too sensitive to it you can let your practitioner know & they will ease the pressure. Check with your primary to make sure alternative medicine is a good option for your condition.

Is acupuncture good for depression?

Yes, acupuncture is supported by research to have a very beneficial effect on stress/anxiety/depression. Check with your primary to see if you’re a good candidate for alternative READ MORE
Yes, acupuncture is supported by research to have a very beneficial effect on stress/anxiety/depression. Check with your primary to see if you’re a good candidate for alternative medicine.

- Live Happy, Michael

Is acupuncture good for dizziness?

Dizziness could be due to a variety of factors. The acupuncturist should be able to diagnose the causing factory-like bloody deficiency (not necessarily anemia) or even over physical READ MORE
Dizziness could be due to a variety of factors. The acupuncturist should be able to diagnose the causing factory-like bloody deficiency (not necessarily anemia) or even over physical activity/stress; sometimes what we Chinese medical practitioners refer to as gallbladder deficiency. If dizziness is due to a similar condition aforementioned it will most likely help, but may not help for concussions or TBI, traumatic brain injuries. Check with your primary to see if alternative medicine would be a great option.

- Live Happy, Michael

When should you do acupuncture for fertility?

The main focus is to get your menstrual cycle flowing properly & regularly. Any time is best to start acupuncture, but if you want to be the more conservative focus on your cycle, READ MORE
The main focus is to get your menstrual cycle flowing properly & regularly. Any time is best to start acupuncture, but if you want to be the more conservative focus on your cycle, and maybe after you finish the cycle you can tell your practitioner how it went so they can focus on the treatment. Check with your OB/GYN or primary to see if alternative medicine would be a good option.

How often should you have acupuncture treatment for headaches?

The frequency of acupuncture treatments will depend on the chronicity of the condition and your personal response to acupuncture. Some may take longer to respond to acupuncture READ MORE
The frequency of acupuncture treatments will depend on the chronicity of the condition and your personal response to acupuncture. Some may take longer to respond to acupuncture treatments and therefore need more frequent office visits or may be very sensitive to acupuncture and will require less frequent visits. It is best to get assessed by the practitioner and ask for his prognosis. Of course, check with your primary treating physician (PTP) to see if alternative medicine would be a good option for you.

How long does it take to fix a bulging disc?

A bulging disc can have the severity of needing corrective surgery or even a simple adjustment/manual therapy. From my experience minor bulging disc complaints usually resolve READ MORE
A bulging disc can have the severity of needing corrective surgery or even a simple adjustment/manual therapy. From my experience minor bulging disc complaints usually resolve within 3-5 office visits and major complaints are usually chronic, requiring at least 8-10 office visits for major relief. Double-check with your primary & specialist to see if alternative medicine would be beneficial for your condition.

- Live Happy, Michael

What is the fastest way to heal a herniated disc?

There are varying degrees of herniated disc conditions. The fastest way to heal severe ones I would believe to be surgically corrected. Milder conditions may be but are not limited READ MORE
There are varying degrees of herniated disc conditions. The fastest way to heal severe ones I would believe to be surgically corrected. Milder conditions may be but are not limited to healing thru manual therapies and/or acupuncture/cupping. Check with your primary care physician to see what is the best option for you.

- Live Happily, Michael

Leg problem after an acupuncture session?

I’m sorry but I don’t quite understand your question. You should consult the practitioner about the points they used in relation to your treatment and what prognosis to expect. READ MORE
I’m sorry but I don’t quite understand your question. You should consult the practitioner about the points they used in relation to your treatment and what prognosis to expect. Acupuncture can have a different effect on everyone individually. I usually tell my patients to wait a week after the initial treatment to see how they respond. Some respond well after the first day and some take a week before they got a response to the treatment. Usually, acupuncture is great for pain tolerance and quality of life; but some of my patient's initial responses to treatments have been increased flexibility & movement without affecting pain level. Again I believe the best thing to do is consult your practitioner about your concerns and/or seek hospital care if you feel this is an emergent situation.

Is acupuncture good for pneumonia?

Research studies show that acupuncture is beneficial for cases of pneumonia. Some studies have found acupuncture is best for stroke patients in preventing pneumonia and others READ MORE
Research studies show that acupuncture is beneficial for cases of pneumonia. Some studies have found acupuncture is best for stroke patients in preventing pneumonia and others suggest acupuncture will help the patient with reduced severity of pneumonia. With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) various conditions may be treated by various methods. Sometimes it is better to treat a condition with acupuncture, sometimes it’s better to treat it with herbs, and sometimes it’s better to treat it with both. To me, coughing & lung issues are already difficult to treat and it would be best to use a combination of acupuncture & herbal supplements for their synergistic effects. Check with your primary to see if you would be a good candidate for alternative medicine.

What is the success rate of acupuncture for quitting smoking?

One study shows an 88% success rate. Some older studies show there is no difference between acupuncture and other smoking cessation remedies. I think the main concern is how determined READ MORE
One study shows an 88% success rate. Some older studies show there is no difference between acupuncture and other smoking cessation remedies. I think the main concern is how determined both the client and the practitioner are to contribute to smoking cessation. In my practice, I require the patient/client to invest at least one week straight for early morning appointments to help get treated for smoking cessation. Thru thorough research, my treatments involved would include auricular acupuncture, cupping/massage, and herbal supplementation. Unfortunately, I haven’t had anyone as committed yet for such aggressive treatment, but with the very few treatments of acupuncture for smoking cessation as a side complaint my patients have mentioned, they have an easier time cutting down on smoking regardless of habit and/or craving. Definitely check with your primary to see if alternative medicine would be beneficial for your condition.

Is acupuncture effective for carpal tunnel?

I know acupuncture will help for carpal tunnel (CTS) because my aunt, twice your age, had surgery for CTS then still complained about it. So I treated her and she said it felt READ MORE
I know acupuncture will help for carpal tunnel (CTS) because my aunt, twice your age, had surgery for CTS then still complained about it. So I treated her and she said it felt better and I haven’t heard her complain about it since. It took a couple of treatments, acupuncture isn’t a one-shot miracle, but I believe it will help. Check with your primary to see if alternative medicine would be a good option for you.

Can acupuncture lower creatinine?

Acupuncture is most notably known for its beneficial effects on pain & anxiety/insomnia. But it has also been found to be very beneficial for influencing the organs.

Is acupressure good for knee pain?

I have and continue to treat knee pain with acupuncture. It is very beneficial for relieving my patients’ knee pain. For a family friend, I didn’t have needles on me at the time READ MORE
I have and continue to treat knee pain with acupuncture. It is very beneficial for relieving my patients’ knee pain. For a family friend, I didn’t have needles on me at the time so I used acupressure. Initially, after the treatment it didn’t seem to make a difference, she still had knee pain. But months later she told me her chronic knee pain went away within the month from me doing the acupressure.
Acupressure is like the massage technique of acupuncture, so it will still, help but may take a longer treatment time than the 15 minutes of acupuncture. Check with your primary to see if alternative medicine would be good for your knee pain.

Does acupuncture help vitiligo?

There are plenty of references of acupuncture treating vitiligo and/or their symptoms. In TCM, it is mostly addressing the liver and gallbladder disharmony that helps with the READ MORE
There are plenty of references of acupuncture treating vitiligo and/or their symptoms. In TCM, it is mostly addressing the liver and gallbladder disharmony that helps with the vitiligo. I haven’t personally treated this condition, but have heard the skin blotches slowly fade away with treatment. Check with your primary to see if you would be a good candidate for alternative medicine.

Live Happy,

Michael

How often should you have acupuncture during pregnancy?

The frequency of acupuncture treatments will depend on the reason for the treatments. If it is related to pregnancy like a disharmony with the baby, always moving around, the treatments READ MORE
The frequency of acupuncture treatments will depend on the reason for the treatments. If it is related to pregnancy like a disharmony with the baby, always moving around, the treatments will depend on the response from both mommy and baby. If it is related to back pain/muscle aches/affecting mommy, the treatments may be as needed save the excluded caution/contraindicated acupuncture points. Unless these cautionary points are intended for the purpose of expediting the delivery of the baby due to prolonged carrying/labor, the
number of treatments will be minimal. Generally speaking, acupuncture sessions may be as often and needed as the condition requires. A general maintenance for acupuncture during
pregnancy may be but not limited to once a month. Definitely ask your primary and OB/GYN if alternative medicine would be beneficial, then check with your practitioner performing the acupuncture and make sure they know you are pregnant.

Live Happy,

Michael

Tremor occuring?

At 28 years old, you seem too young to have this condition bothering you. I’m uncertain, but it sounds as if electric stimulated acupuncture was done.

Is it bad to move during acupuncture?

That question depends heavily on the practitioner’s method of treatment and theory. When I was a student, I helped treat a prospective student who was a massage therapist; I inserted READ MORE
That question depends heavily on the practitioner’s method of treatment and theory. When I was a student, I helped treat a prospective student who was a massage therapist; I inserted the needles into his hands and expected him to relax, but he told me he ended up twisting them constantly to have a better effect. Another time as a student, my professor told me to acupuncture the patient’s spine and told her not to move, but she kept turning her head and ended up bending the needles which made it very tender. Often for neck/back/leg pain, I will now ask the patient to synergistically move the limb/trunk with the acupuncture to stimulate the energy flow to those areas for the best relief. Definitely check with your primary to see if alternative medicine would be a good choice and ask your practitioner if you should move or not. Oftentimes you’re expected to relax and let the magic work.
Have a Happy New Year!

Live Happy,

Michael