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Phranque Wright

Acupuncturist

Dr. Phranque Wright DAOM, is a top Acupuncturist in Chicago, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Phranque Wright DAOM is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Phranque Wright DAOM is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Phranque Wright DAOM is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Chicago, IL, Dr. Phranque Wright DAOM is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.

Dr. Phranque Wright DAOM is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Worsley-style Five-Element medicine so his focus is not only on the physical manifestations of ailments but the potential emotional and psychological roots to these issues. He treats the person as a whole - mind, body and spirit - instead of just chasing symptoms or treating based on a disease's name.
21 years Experience
Phranque Wright
  • Chicago, IL
  • Colorado School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

How long does an acupuncture last usually?

An acupuncture session lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the practitioner. When you call the practitioner they should be able to answer that question READ MORE
An acupuncture session lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the practitioner. When you call the practitioner they should be able to answer that question for you.

Is it normal to feel lethargic after my session?

Yes, acupuncture puts you into your body's real state. Because of that, sometimes you might come out super energized ready to take over the world and sometimes you feel tired and READ MORE
Yes, acupuncture puts you into your body's real state. Because of that, sometimes you might come out super energized ready to take over the world and sometimes you feel tired and want to sleep and sometimes it is not very noticeable at all.

Basically, this is your body telling you to take it easy for a little while. Allow yourself to rest and you'll be fine soon.

How often should I go for acupuncture?

If you are experiencing chronic pain and you are in pain in between your sessions then I think you should go more often. Maybe once a week or once every two weeks. I would start READ MORE
If you are experiencing chronic pain and you are in pain in between your sessions then I think you should go more often. Maybe once a week or once every two weeks. I would start by going once every two weeks and if you are in pain in between sessions then move up to once a week. After a few weeks you should notice it gets stays good longer, then you can lengthen the time between sessions.

Use your body's response and recovery time as a guide and discuss it with your practitioner.

How many points are there in acupuncture?

This is a multi-complex answer and not well known to those who aren't fully trained or in training, but here's a partial breakdown: 1. There are 362 points on the "regular" acupuncture READ MORE
This is a multi-complex answer and not well known to those who aren't fully trained or in training, but here's a partial breakdown:

1. There are 362 points on the "regular" acupuncture channels. This would be what you would see on an acupuncture model or in a typical acupuncture poster. It is the points that are on the 12 "organ" channels and the midline front and midline back of body (Du and Ren Channel)

2. There are about 2,000 of what we call "extra points". These are points on the body that have been used and inputed into the system of "known" points. These points, however, are not necessarily "on the channel" per se or a part of the "channel points" in the charts.

3. There are also points on the body that are part of "microcosms" - that means that a certain body area can represent the whole body, such as the ear, the hand, the abdomen, the scalp, etc. These microcosms are a part of the Chinese medical idea that any part of the body can represent the whole - similar to how any piece of a hologram looks like the whole hologram. In modern speak, we can say that "every cell has the DNA of the whole body". So, each microcosm will have up to hundreds of points on them or will be "zones" where treating an area isn't so point specific as it is when using "channel points".

4. Chinese medicine and acupuncture in particular has many disciplines as different tribes/families or systems grew from the basic understanding. This is true of martial arts, cooking and other disciplines. With that said, there are some systems that also have points that are a mix of "extra points" and "microcosms" that may or may not be listed in the above categories - these would include what we can "Dr. Tung" style or some other family style. I do not know that number.

5. As acupuncture moved across the globe, other cultures have developed other systems - so the Japanese, the Koreans, the Vietnamese et al have also developed points they have found useful through basic theory, extra point theory, channel theory, organ theory, other microcosm theory or through empirical evidence. I do not know that number.

Because of all the answers above, ANY point on the body could potentially be an acupuncture point - one of the extra systems has what we call "ah shi" points, which are on the "muscular channel system". These would be similar to what some people call 'trigger points' or just 'knots' but it is more than just that. "Ah shi" points can appear anywhere there is a muscle.

So, yes, it is important to know what points you are using, but also know WHY you are using that point based on which system or discipline you are following. In a similar mindset, any wire pulled out of a power system will affect the electrical system, but how is it being rewired, removed, turned on/off, etc that will determine the result.

We have an adage: "Chinese medicine is easy to understand, but it is difficult to practice - Chinese medicine is easy to practice but it is difficult to understand" That circular thought is very real.

Do you recommend acupuncture for neuropathy?

Acupuncture is very helpful with neuropathies and with diabetes. Be sure to find a trained professional a "Licensed Acupuncturist" and find one who is comfortable or who has worked READ MORE
Acupuncture is very helpful with neuropathies and with diabetes. Be sure to find a trained professional a "Licensed Acupuncturist" and find one who is comfortable or who has worked with this issue before. If you don't get good results from the first practitioner (do give it a few tries before feeling it isn't working) don't give up. Find someone else.

Good luck.

When should I get acupuncture treatment for fertility?

I am not a specialist in fertility, but I do know that you should see the practitioner in advance to trying to conceive and see them for a few months depending on your condition. READ MORE
I am not a specialist in fertility, but I do know that you should see the practitioner in advance to trying to conceive and see them for a few months depending on your condition. They will help regulate the cycles and regulate hormones, work with emotional issues, etc. It may take a few months or might fix things right away. Also have your husband go, we tend to only look to fixing the female, but the males need balance too.

Call a local acupuncturist who specializes in infertility and they will guide you.

Good luck.

Why is acupuncture recommended for cardiovascular disease?

Acupuncture is very good at keeping the body's functions moving in a proper way. The cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, et all are actually all READ MORE
Acupuncture is very good at keeping the body's functions moving in a proper way. The cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, et all are actually all related to each other and through a proper diagnosis, our practitioners can help the body communicate between these systems to function more properly and smoothly. Not only through physical means, but also by balancing emotional imbalances and psychological mishaps that could be affecting your health too.

Good luck.

How is acupuncture an alternative treatment in dentistry?

Dental pain is just another form of pain, it just happens to happen in your mouth. Acupuncture can help move blockages in the body's flow, can help relax muscles that are preventing READ MORE
Dental pain is just another form of pain, it just happens to happen in your mouth. Acupuncture can help move blockages in the body's flow, can help relax muscles that are preventing movement and can help the body to regulate growth properly for areas that may not be regenerating well. The mouth is no area of exception.

I can give you a personal experience: I had to have a tooth pulled out two years ago and had to have my jaw bone cut up in the process to help me get a dental implant. The doctor gave me a prescription for pain meds, but all I had to do was needle three points and I had no pain. I went back for more work and the doctor was pushing on my jaw the whole time he worked, so the next day I had a couple of my acupuncture students work on some other points to relieve the pain my neck endured from his jaw pushing work. I never used the prescription in either time. Once the body is flowing properly again, there is no pain.

In order to fully answer your question, I would need to know your full case. If you choose to go get acupuncture, you'll need to be assessed by the practitioner on which is the best route to take for you.

Good luck.

How can acupuncture improve blood circulation?

Acupuncture helps regulate many of the body's systems, including the digestive, the circulatory, the lymphatic, etc. No one really know the full reasoning behind the physiology READ MORE
Acupuncture helps regulate many of the body's systems, including the digestive, the circulatory, the lymphatic, etc. No one really know the full reasoning behind the physiology behind it and there have been many studies giving a variety of explanations. So, this shows that there are many aspects of the body's functions that are being activated with the acupuncture stimulation.

From a Chinese medical standpoint, we are adjusting the organs ability to function and setting the body to coordinate with the other organs functions, so it works smoothly on it's own. In other words, it helps the blood circulate because it helps the breathing and digestion circulate - together they "build blood" and "move blood".

How can acupuncture treat addiction?

Nothing can help an addiction that is also feeding the addiction. That is why the patches and the gums don't work - they are still putting nicotine into his system. When it comes READ MORE
Nothing can help an addiction that is also feeding the addiction. That is why the patches and the gums don't work - they are still putting nicotine into his system. When it comes to substances that are legal (tobacco, alcohol, sugar, etc) it is difficult to quit unless the participant is WILLING and WANTING to quit. Without that will and want, there is nothing preventing the person from going out and getting the substance themselves - nothing inhibits a person's free will.

How does acupuncture work? There are points that help the person stay calm, so they don't need the substance to keep them calm. It helps regulate the body's systems (digestive, circulatory, sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system, respiratory, et al). It doesn't work by itself and it will not work if the patient is not willing to quit the lifestyle and become a non-smoker.

There is usually an herbal formula that assists the acupuncture treatment and there are counseling sessions the practitioner has with the patient and there is even a couple of points that can cause the patient to be repulsed by the scent of the cigarette.

It is best to work with someone who is familiar with working with this type of addiction, someone who has had experience and knows how to work with an addicted patient. So, when seeking a practitioner, be sure they know it's a process and will help guide your son. Before that, though, be sure that your son wants to make the change, because we cannot change his habits, only he can.

Good luck.

How many sessions are needed for weight loss?

There is no magic number for acupuncture treatments vs weight loss (or any other condition, really). The bulk of your weight loss regiment will be the diet and exercise portion. READ MORE
There is no magic number for acupuncture treatments vs weight loss (or any other condition, really). The bulk of your weight loss regiment will be the diet and exercise portion. The acupuncture will help your metabolism, your digestion and your overall health and mental wellness, but it is not the object that will be reducing the weight.

So, go as often as you like to see how it helps you along on your path. Stick to a good healthy diet and lifestyle and you'll reach your goals in an appropriate manner. You are in charge here, it is the work you do to reach your goal that will get you there - the acupuncture is only a tool to keep you overall balanced.

If there are any complications of acupuncture, what are they?

There are a variety of complications that can occur, the most extreme are the most rare - side effects rarely if never happen when done by a Licensed Acupuncturist with full training. READ MORE
There are a variety of complications that can occur, the most extreme are the most rare - side effects rarely if never happen when done by a Licensed Acupuncturist with full training. This is why it is important to see a licensed practitioner, a Licensed Acupuncturist, instead of going to, say, a Chiropractor who "does acupuncture" or an MD who "does acupuncture" or a PT doing "dry needling (definitely stay away from that one).

Minor things are local pain, maybe bruising and a drop of blood could come out. Even these are rare when done by a professional. More serious things would be nerve pain or a patient passing out. Again, those are rare and usually the passing out comes from the patient not eating that day, not resting well or because of their fears (similar to someone passing out when getting blood drawn is more from the fear than the actual draw).

Very serious problems, such as pneumothorax (lung collapse) or piercing a vital organ, etc are so rare that I only know of one person doing it in my 20 years of practice. This type of occurrence happens by people who have minimal training or don't care about what they are doing

Licensed Acupuncturists are trained to avoid such occurrences more vigorously than those who take the weekend courses to add to their scope (see MD/DC/PT note above).

There really is no danger of them needling "wrong points" and you won't have any real adverse effects from the treatment itself, it isn't like a pharmaceutical that would poison you or have an overdose limit. You might feel more calm and sedated as your body regulates, many patients feel a better sense of well being and that can seem weird, but it isn't harmful.

Any fear you have, be sure to just ask your practitioner. I promise you it is safer than the meds you are already taking.

Is an achy feeling normal in acupuncture?

There are a variety of sensations that can happen in response to an acupuncture insertion. It ranges from a mild ache/tingle to an itchy feeling or can be as intense as a muscle READ MORE
There are a variety of sensations that can happen in response to an acupuncture insertion. It ranges from a mild ache/tingle to an itchy feeling or can be as intense as a muscle jump or "jolt" running up or down. There are many other sensations people experience, even in different parts of the body that weren't directly needled (i.e. "felt in the feet when needling the hands").

The key thing is to stay in communication with the practitioner - there are some feeling that we are actually looking for and some that may be inappropriate. If what you feel is "pain" i.e. too much for you to bear, than definitely tell your practitioner so they can remove or adjust the needle.

Does a daith piercing help with migraines?

I cannot diagnose you without seeing you, but I know that daith piercings have helped people in the past. I would advise that you go to an acupuncturist, not just a body piercer, READ MORE
I cannot diagnose you without seeing you, but I know that daith piercings have helped people in the past. I would advise that you go to an acupuncturist, not just a body piercer, to get a treatment done. They may have better alternatives for you and can give you ear needling sessions that aren't as invasive as a full piercing

Can more than one condition be treated in an acupuncture session?

Yes, it can. The acupuncturist will have a differential diagnosis that addresses both conditions. The arthritis is more a chronic version of the back and shoulder pain, most likely, READ MORE
Yes, it can. The acupuncturist will have a differential diagnosis that addresses both conditions. The arthritis is more a chronic version of the back and shoulder pain, most likely, so the shoulder pain might relieve more quickly, but with time both should resolve.

Is acupuncture safe during the first trimester?

Acupuncture is helpful in any trimester and can even be used to assist the birthing process. Any well trained Licensed Acupuncturist will know points to avoid during pregnancy. READ MORE
Acupuncture is helpful in any trimester and can even be used to assist the birthing process. Any well trained Licensed Acupuncturist will know points to avoid during pregnancy. If you have had difficult pregnancies in the past, be sure to let your L.Ac. know that. If this is your first pregnancy let them know that too. If your baby is already doing well, the acupuncture really won't be damaging, if it is a difficult pregnancy, the acupuncture can help and again, a trained professional will know what would be more helpful and avoid anything potentially harmful.

Key thing is to always stay in communication with your practitioners.

Good luck and happy motherhood.

Can acupuncture aid in autoimmune diseases?

It can be helpful with your joint pain and fatigue for sure, the acupuncturist would need to do a bit of differential diagnosis, because "Lupus" is a western medical term and Chinese READ MORE
It can be helpful with your joint pain and fatigue for sure, the acupuncturist would need to do a bit of differential diagnosis, because "Lupus" is a western medical term and Chinese medicine diagnosis' differently. With a proper differential the acupuncturist can serve you more precisely.

Find a licensed practitioner in your area, an L.Ac. (Licensed acupuncturist) not just and MD or DC who "does acupuncture too". Find a good qualified practitioner and if you don't like your first choice, shop around a bit to find one who you click with.

Good luck.

How does acupuncture help boost the immune system?

There are a variety of ways I would like to answer this question, but it would take a bit of in depth answering, so I will try to keep it short for you. 1. Acupuncture is a modality READ MORE
There are a variety of ways I would like to answer this question, but it would take a bit of in depth answering, so I will try to keep it short for you.

1. Acupuncture is a modality of Chinese medicine and Chinese medicine looks at the body differently than western medicine even though some things seem to overlap. One of the differences involves how we see colds/flus manifesting in the body. In western medicine it is from a virus and in Chinese medicine it is from the body not adapting to the environment (and hence the virus takes over). In short, both medical styles require the body to be stronger than the virus. So far, so good?

2. In Chinese medicine, part of the process of maintaining balance with the environment includes keeping the blood flowing and the other body systems flowing properly (lymphatic, digestive, sweat glands, etc). If they aren't flowing well, then from a western point of view the white blood cells can't do their job as well, the lymphatic system and digestive systems can't eliminate the waste products as well and the skin and muscles tighten up preventing circulation everywhere.

3. Acupuncture (along with moxibustion and in some cases herbal formulas) keep the systems flowing, remove the tightness in the muscles, air out inflammation areas and coordinate the body's systems to flow more smoothly. To explain all of the intricacies here requires a 4-year medical degree or at least a couple of years of basic TCM theory and differential diagnosis - so I won't go into the nitty gritty, but I hope you can start to see what is happening.

4. Even western medicine is currently realizing that the weather does have a factor in people getting sick (even though the main culprit is the virus). People live with viruses and bacteria all the time, it is when the body functions begin to fail that the microbes start to take over. With acupuncture and other Chinese medical modalities, we focus on strengthening and regulating the body more than killing the virus. This is why there are less side effects and a quicker recovery.

I not only help people prevent flus and colds with acupuncture, moxibustion or dietary and lifestyle advice, I also treat people who are currently active sick. 9 out of 10 who come in with a cold/flu leave with minimal to no symptoms - in effect they go from "day one" to "end of sickness" in the hour that I treat them. Others take an extra day or need to take some herbs to finish it off, but they can pretty much get on with their day when I'm done.

However, I do my acupuncture slightly different than the average L.Ac because I use more needle techniques to eliminate and regulate as opposed to just sticking in needles (which is also helpful but may take the extra day or so).

In short summary; Prevention is done with preparing the body for the season so body can be in harmony with environment (and hence stays stronger than virus) - treatment is done when the patient is already sick and we remove the sickness with needles/moxa/cupping and herbs.

I hope I was able to answer your question.

When is acupuncture not recommended?

Acupuncture can always be an adjunct to other treatments or a stand alone treatment for pretty much anything. There are times when other modalities MUST take first precedence, READ MORE
Acupuncture can always be an adjunct to other treatments or a stand alone treatment for pretty much anything. There are times when other modalities MUST take first precedence, i.e. someone breaks an arm - first one would need to administer first-aid, then (or soon) one would potentially need surgery to reset the bone. Acupuncture can help just before the surgery i.e. reduce swelling relieve pain, regulate bp, etc. Also, acupuncture would be useful just after the surgery - to reduce post-surgical pain, to reduce swellings, to initiate proper blood flow and increase rate of healing, etc.

Acupuncture itself isn't useful if the break needs repair, but it is useful in incidents surrounding surgery itself. Keep this idea as you think about any and all other health conditions. If it cannot help directly, it can help indirectly.

Now, for things we do not NEEDLE. We do not needle into open wounds, we do not needle pregnant women directly over the uterus as the baby develops (i.e. no lower back points or abdominal points surrounding growing fetus/embryo. We have certain points we do not needle while a woman is pregnant, but those same points are quite useful when the mother needs to initiate or help foster or induce labor (help the baby get pushed out - help reduce pain during labor, etc).

We also do not needle into infections, lesions, infected skin areas (covered in staph, etc) and what not. However, acupuncture can help to relieve the causes of such things and/or give relief to such things (increase immunity, relieve pain, etc.).

So, to hopefully answer your question properly - there is nothing that acupuncture cannot help/assist, but there is really no condition that it is not recommended (at least not by those who know it's full potential and proper usage). There is, however, things we do not needle when treating conditions.

Can you see the difference here? I hope I answered your question.

Can acupuncture cure hypertension?

"Cure" is a really strong word that most everyone in the medical field is forbidden to use legally. "Treat" and "Help" are more appropriate to use, as is "Reduce" in cases of READ MORE
"Cure" is a really strong word that most everyone in the medical field is forbidden to use legally. "Treat" and "Help" are more appropriate to use, as is "Reduce" in cases of hypertension. I have helped people keep their hypertension in check, but lifestyles and diet can exacerbate the issue, so there's really nothing that can keep it gone forever. Though we can help keep it in check, help you cope with stressors in your life, help you evaluate proper diet, etc.

The acupuncture can help calm the nervous system and ease you emotionally and help regulate the hormonal balance as well. So, it can help and it can treat, but "cure" is too strong a word for anyone to use.

I hope this helps and I hope you find a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac) to help you.