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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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Is an achy feeling normal in acupuncture?

Occasionally, one may experience an ache best described as deep, pulling and dull. We often refer to this feeling as "de qi," meaning the qi, life force, is flowing to that area READ MORE
Occasionally, one may experience an ache best described as deep, pulling and dull. We often refer to this feeling as "de qi," meaning the qi, life force, is flowing to that area and 'pooling' into the acupuncture point. As a practitioner, it's what we try to achieve in order to get the best, effective treatment, but will not always happen. If you're feeling a more intense, sharp or burning pain, it may indicate that the needle insertion is too close to a nerve and you should ask the practitioner to adjust the positioning of the needle. If there is still no relief, he should remove it. If any emergent situations arise, please seek Emergency Medical Services (EMS) [911].

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Michael

Can acupuncture help in treating my enlarged uterus?

We use acupuncture to harmonize the flow of life energy, which in turn will help regulate and harmonize the body itself. Acupuncture can definitely help with an enlarged uterus READ MORE
We use acupuncture to harmonize the flow of life energy, which in turn will help regulate and harmonize the body itself. Acupuncture can definitely help with an enlarged uterus whether it's due to inflammation or another cause. But definitely follow mainstream's medical advice as well.

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Michael

Can acupunture decrease my body weight?

Acupuncture can help stimulate your body's metabolism and harmonize the hormones affecting weight. Of course it cannot replace lifestyle change, which is the biggest impact on READ MORE
Acupuncture can help stimulate your body's metabolism and harmonize the hormones affecting weight. Of course it cannot replace lifestyle change, which is the biggest impact on the body.

Does acupuncture require other medicines to be effective?

Acupuncture is effective with needle manipulation alone, or even acupressure on the acupuncture points. Some diseases respond much better to or in conjunction with other methods READ MORE
Acupuncture is effective with needle manipulation alone, or even acupressure on the acupuncture points. Some diseases respond much better to or in conjunction with other methods of treatment like herbal supplementation. If the medicinal support you are referring to is mainstream medicine's prescription medicine, then by all means definitely follow your primary care's advice and ask to support it with alternative medicine so that you can be weened from prescription medicines safely.

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Michael

Does having acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is great for stress and headache relief! One can definitely be more sensitive and feel the needles 'prick' especially in areas where the nerves gather like closer to READ MORE
Acupuncture is great for stress and headache relief! One can definitely be more sensitive and feel the needles 'prick' especially in areas where the nerves gather like closer to the finger tips or toes vs. the elbow or shoulder/ankle or knees. Theoretically, when someone catches a cold, they are more sensitive to the needle insertion as well whereas if someone is deficient their body will welcome the needle insertions like a body massage. The needles are ultra-thin, filiform & usually stainless steel needles that more like push the skin cells aside during insertion. If the patient is super tense it is much more difficult for the needle to insert and will definitely be felt or if the needle hits a nerve. Usually, an experienced practitioner can make it easier and patients will be thankful. Other times, practitioners live by "no pain no gain."

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Michael

Can acupuncture help in relieving my mother's depression?

Depression can be due to many factors, some constant reminders in one's life. Acupuncture can help the individual deal with the depression easier, but it may not get rid of it READ MORE
Depression can be due to many factors, some constant reminders in one's life. Acupuncture can help the individual deal with the depression easier, but it may not get rid of it unless the individual can get away from the cause. I have had patients notice that the acupuncture will help them deal with their moods much easier, and that's definitely a first step.

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Michael

Can acupuncture help with nausea?

Acupuncture is well known for treating pain and anxiety/stress/insomnia. It has been known some Chinese medicine schools focus solely on treating digestion to harmonize the self READ MORE
Acupuncture is well known for treating pain and anxiety/stress/insomnia. It has been known some Chinese medicine schools focus solely on treating digestion to harmonize the self again. I have had success with patients who tried everything, especially prescription medications that either did nothing or worsened their condition, involving nausea as their main
condition. Heavily depending on the conditions and symptoms your mother presents, I believe acupuncture alone can help resolve this issue, but if not, herbal supplements are another powerful method of Traditional Chinese Medicine that will either work synergistically with acupuncture or alone.

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Michael

Does acupuncture help in treating depression?

Acupuncture is really great addressing pain and stress/insomnia issues. Of course, it’s important to find out what the root of the problem is; I have helped patients with their READ MORE
Acupuncture is really great addressing pain and stress/insomnia issues. Of course, it’s important to find out what the root of the problem is; I have helped patients with their depression through acupuncture treatments. Even chemical imbalances can be addressed with acupuncture, but it also depends.

My wife has no drive for sex. Will acupuncture be able to help at all?

There are many causative factors that may lead to this condition. Acupuncture can help with the emotional aspect as well as hormonal regulation, if either of these are the cause. READ MORE
There are many causative factors that may lead to this condition. Acupuncture can help with the emotional aspect as well as hormonal regulation, if either of these are the cause. There are also acupuncture and herbal formulas to increase libido, too.

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Michael

Can acupuncture help me in managing stress?

Acupuncture is known for pain and stress (insomnia). I have had and currently treat patients for their stress and pressures, not only from work, but even family/daily life or even READ MORE
Acupuncture is known for pain and stress (insomnia). I have had and currently treat patients for their stress and pressures, not only from work, but even family/daily life or even traumatic events (eg PTSD). It helps to get to the root of the stress, but even lifestyle improvements like exercise and breathing exercises can help in alleviating the pressure and
stress. A good night’s sleep definitely helps recharge one’s self, too.

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Michael

Can acupuncture improve sleep?

Sleep in Chinese medicine is related to the yin & yang energies. Just like hot & cold, day and night, simply yang is most present during the day and yin at night. Often, especially READ MORE
Sleep in Chinese medicine is related to the yin & yang energies. Just like hot & cold, day and night, simply yang is most present during the day and yin at night. Often, especially in modern times, we have electronics or disrupted activities of daily living that disturbs the body’s homeostasis, regulation of body’s cycle maintenance to achieve balance. Acupuncture is very effective in regulating the body’s homeostasis; it manipulates the energy flow, very similar to circulation, to achieve a balanced and harmonious cycle again. Depending on the cause of insomnia, one of the modalities of treatment in Chinese medicine may be the best option like acupuncture and/or in combination with herbal supplements, cupping, massage
and/or feng shui advice.

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Michael

How can acupuncture help in treating my loud cough?

With acupuncture, we use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory and its methods to address treating coughs. With TCM, we can treat the meridian(s) of related organs of cough, READ MORE
With acupuncture, we use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory and its methods to address treating coughs. With TCM, we can treat the meridian(s) of related organs of cough, like the lungs, and have a pleasant prognosis. We also seek herbal supplement to help reduce and ease cough, similar to lozenges, but more traditional and effective herbs. Hope this helps answer your question.

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Michael

Is acupuncture recommended for skin conditions like eczema?

Chinese medicine and acupuncture can view skin disorders almost in another dimension. Some conditions of eczema may be more related to seasonal allergies where others may be related READ MORE
Chinese medicine and acupuncture can view skin disorders almost in another dimension. Some conditions of eczema may be more related to seasonal allergies where others may be related to diet. All of which acupuncture can influence for a healthier individual too. I would recommend to see the primary first to rule out any infections, but the acupuncture treatment would most likely incorporate herbal supplements or moxibustion for a synergistic and effective outcome.

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Michael

My mother in law feels very sleepy all through the day. Can acupuncture help her?

There are acupuncture points to address energy. I believe acupuncture can help with the sleepiness; but it would definitely depend on the cause and it's hard to say how long she READ MORE
There are acupuncture points to address energy. I believe acupuncture can help with the sleepiness; but it would definitely depend on the cause and it's hard to say how long she will need treatment without knowing the root of the issue and her response to the acupuncture treatments. Of course, please check with her primary as many other issues can cause sleepiness and they might be able to help her pinpoint it easier.

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Michael

PS: walnuts are nutritious for the kidneys. If she can find honey fried walnut snacks from the Asian store, she might notice a difference if the root really is related to her kidneys.

Is there a cure for acute arthritis in acupuncture?

Unfortunately acupuncture cannot cure arthritis. It can improve the quality of life and prevent further progression but acupuncture cannot cure or reverse the effects of arthritis. READ MORE
Unfortunately acupuncture cannot cure arthritis. It can improve the quality of life and prevent further progression but acupuncture cannot cure or reverse the effects of arthritis. I do believe it would be worth trying acupuncture, it should help you find relief especially if nothing else seems to be helping.

Can acupuncture help treat thyroid imbalance?

We view thyroid imbalance (hyper- or hypo-) as body a harmony imbalance. And we address accordingly. Acupuncture can definitely supplement your treatment and we can work with your READ MORE
We view thyroid imbalance (hyper- or hypo-) as body a harmony imbalance. And we address accordingly. Acupuncture can definitely supplement your treatment and we can work with your primary in trying to reduce the medication and hopefully wean you off, should you choose.

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Michael

I have a migraine problem. Should I see an acupuncturist?

There was an MD doctor that came into my office once. She actually skipped her neurologist appointment to see me. She had been suffering from headaches since she was a little girl; READ MORE
There was an MD doctor that came into my office once. She actually skipped her neurologist appointment to see me. She had been suffering from headaches since she was a little girl; after her first treatment, she had been migraine-free for two weeks. This was the first time she was free of migraines ever despite everything she had tried. I do have other patients I help with migraines who are also tired of just taking prescription meds.

Acupuncture would be a good option, but definitely check to make sure it’s nothing serious causing the migraines.

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Michael

Does acupuncture work for anxiety?

Acupuncture is known to help ease pain and/or anxiety. I have helped quite a few patients with anxiety, stress, and even PTSD. For some, acupuncture was their last resort and luckily READ MORE
Acupuncture is known to help ease pain and/or anxiety. I have helped quite a few patients with anxiety, stress, and even PTSD. For some, acupuncture was their last resort and luckily they got the most benefit from it.

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Michael

Can accupuncture help in bringing down my cholesterol?

We have acupuncture treatments for speeding up the metabolism and treating "phlegm" or fatty issues, but what I find most effective for cholesterol is herbal formula supplements. READ MORE
We have acupuncture treatments for speeding up the metabolism and treating "phlegm" or fatty issues, but what I find most effective for cholesterol is herbal formula supplements. The main ingredient, hawthorn, is very effective in helping with moving and digesting cholesterol in the body.

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Michael

Can I go to an acupuncturist to get rid of my abdominal pain?

I have treated patients with similar conditions. One would even frequent the ER but only found lasting relief with acupuncture. Of course get it checked out by your primary first, READ MORE
I have treated patients with similar conditions. One would even frequent the ER but only found lasting relief with acupuncture. Of course get it checked out by your primary first, but I'm certain Chinese medicine can help.
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Michael