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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

I have numbness after my acupuncture session. What should I do?

I am sorry to hear you are experiencing this. I have a few questions though: 1. Was this practitioner an L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) or was it a Chiropractor or MD who "does READ MORE
I am sorry to hear you are experiencing this. I have a few questions though:

1. Was this practitioner an L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) or was it a Chiropractor or MD who "does acupuncture" or was it a PT doing "dry needling?"
2. Did this rubbery feeling happen during the treatment sessions or is it happening now?
3. Have you told your practitioner about this numb rubbery feeling?
4. Did you get any relief from your tense muscles before this numbness happened?

I am not able to directly answer your questions, i.e., "will this go away," "why is it feeling this way?" because I cannot diagnose over the internet. I would need to see you personally. With that said, you should go back to your practitioner (if they are an L.Ac. or go to an L.Ac. if they were not) or go to another acupuncturist to see what is happening now.

If you did get relief, but this is something new, then you would need to fix this new thing. If you did not get relief, I would find another practitioner to assess and address the issue. One thing that it may be is the tendons have actually relaxed and the blood flow is healing all of the old tensions (this is common with my patients, but usually doesn't last more than two days. In rare cases, it has taken longer, though.

In the meantime, have you tried simple relief strategies such as "soaking in epson salt," "rubbing on some Tiger Balm," or an icy hot type topical? In addition to needling, your practitioner should also be able to supply you with a topical salve or "healing patch" to speed up recovery.

Again, my advice would be to return to the practitioner so they know what is happening or go to another L.Ac for a second opinion. I highly advise to avoid Chiropractors or MD's who "do acupuncture" and please avoid any PT doing "dry needling" they are laughingly minimally trained in this department. If you did see an L.Ac., you should seek another if this one does not help you recover.

How can acupuncture reduce my mental stress?

Acupuncture is very good for stress related issues. It helps the "fight or flight" aspect of our nervous system to rebalance and give people a better sense of well being and centeredness. READ MORE
Acupuncture is very good for stress related issues. It helps the "fight or flight" aspect of our nervous system to rebalance and give people a better sense of well being and centeredness. It can help your muscles relax and allow your blood to flow more easily and can help you rest better.

The work related stresses will continue, but the treatments can help you separate yourself from the work personally, thus allowing you to cope with the situations more readily.

The practitioner may also have some herbal formulas to take to keep the treatments moving or might put some "stay in" needles in the ears (very small and flat held in with a bandaid type adhesive). These will keep you calmer longer.

Be sure to find a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in your area and if the first one doesn't help, look for a few before you give up. If there is a Five-Element practitioner near by, seek them for sure.

Good luck.

Can acupuncture help in treating my enlarged uterus?

I do not know enough about your condition to clearly evaluate, but acupuncture is helpful with reducing inflammations and some growths. You would need to have an L.Ac assess you READ MORE
I do not know enough about your condition to clearly evaluate, but acupuncture is helpful with reducing inflammations and some growths. You would need to have an L.Ac assess you personally and let them know everything the MD's have advised or done for you. They would need to know if this is a normal growth from your body (ie. genetic) or if it was from some other reaction to something to assess properly.

The weight gain from an enlarged uterus is not something to see as "weight gain", so please have this looked at so that your uterus can be more healthy. If you haven't seen an MD about this, do that first so the L.Ac. will know if it is in our scope to address.

Good luck.

Is there an acupuncture treatment for weight gain?

Not that I know of directly, but there are treatments that help with digestive issues as a whole. You would have to get a differential diagnosis from a practitioner to see how READ MORE
Not that I know of directly, but there are treatments that help with digestive issues as a whole. You would have to get a differential diagnosis from a practitioner to see how the treatment strategy would work. We do not diagnose from a single sign, so we'd need to know more about you and your case.

If you would like to try acupuncture, find a licensed practitioner in your area.

Do you recommend acupuncture for children?

There is no age too young or too old to receive acupuncture or Chinese medicine. I'm certain if it were necessary for a surgery or other western medical treatment such as allergy READ MORE
There is no age too young or too old to receive acupuncture or Chinese medicine. I'm certain if it were necessary for a surgery or other western medical treatment such as allergy shots, you wouldn't hesitate to take your child. So, just think of this as another type of medical treatment to help your son.

Depending on his ability to sit still, the practitioner may just do some "in and out" needling or may opt for using a pressing tool instead of piercing tool. We have a lot of options and strategies to work with. My advice would be to ask around and find someone in your area who works with children regularly.

Good luck.

How does cupping therapy work?

Cupping isn't a treatment to keep the mind focused. It is a treatment to clear out stagnation in the blood or to remove external pathogens from the body. Cupping done on athletes, READ MORE
Cupping isn't a treatment to keep the mind focused. It is a treatment to clear out stagnation in the blood or to remove external pathogens from the body.

Cupping done on athletes, such as Phelps, that leaves the dark marks is usually indicative of what we call "blood stagnation" i.e. the blood in the muscles wasn't flowing freely (due to overuse and overstrain). The cupping sucks up the "stuck blood' (causing marks) and then the fresh blood can flow more easily. The marks are an indication that the stagnation was there, but marks do not always show up when people get cupped regularly.

In a sense, the muscle aches being released and the blood flowing better could help you focus more on skills than the pain, but it's not designed to help you focus as primary strategy.

On a side note, cupping is also used to help open the surface and clear out stagnation that leads the coughing and phlegm we get with colds and flus. Being a swimmer could make you more susceptible to catching these, so not only can it help relive muscle pain but can help remove or reduce the time you have colds or flu signs. Make sure you see a licensed practitioner if you choose to go, so they can advise you of proper pre and post session cautions.

Good luck.

How does acupuncture help in treating chronic fatigue syndrome?

I have treated patients in the past who have CFS. They usually see me once a week for best results. As time goes on, they do not have to see me as often. CFS is a western diagnosis, READ MORE
I have treated patients in the past who have CFS. They usually see me once a week for best results. As time goes on, they do not have to see me as often. CFS is a western diagnosis, the acupuncture practitioner will have to differentiate that diagnosis for your specific condition to know how to treat you properly. Keep in mind that with this syndrome, you may have some set-backs, i.e., good for a while then bad, then good again. The acupuncture treatments can hopefully keep you more stabilized, though it may take a few to get to where you want. So, please give it some time.

Good luck

How will acupuncture help my fibromyalgia?

Acupuncture is very good for pain. Fibromyalgia is a western term, so your practitioner would need to find a differential diagnosis to see how acupuncture would benefit you. In READ MORE
Acupuncture is very good for pain. Fibromyalgia is a western term, so your practitioner would need to find a differential diagnosis to see how acupuncture would benefit you. In other words, it can help, but we need to see what is causing it beyond just calling it "fibromyalgia." The practitioner may want to try needles and maybe moxabustion or cupping. This would depend on if your condition is what we consider "cold" or "hot" type of pain as well as "excess" or "deficient" type of issue. They may suggest herbal formulas, too.

Since you mentioned stress, the acupuncture will certainly help with your stress factors and help your body find its homeostasis. Because stress may be tied to your family and/or work, you will need to be on a maintenance strategy for a while and then keep regular intervals when you know things may get worse (higher stress times in life).

I cannot advise other things for you to do without actually seeing you, so find a practitioner in your area to help you find what is best for you.

Good luck

Does acupuncture require other medicines to be effective?

That all depends on your issue. If you are a cancer patient, or if you suffer from highly infectious diseases I would recommend you go to an MD in addition to your acupuncturist READ MORE
That all depends on your issue. If you are a cancer patient, or if you suffer from highly infectious diseases I would recommend you go to an MD in addition to your acupuncturist for help. If it is a broken bone, torn ligament or any other major trauma issue, I would suggest surgery, or some other outside modality to assist. If your condition is psychologically based and major, again, you should seek multiple modalities.

If, however, your condition is not a major medical problem i.e. pain problem, sleep problem, menstrual problem, cold/flu, skin condition, stress related issue, digestive disorder, respiratory, etc. Then acupuncture alone can help you balance yourself out. (if you are on medications already, you need to let your MD know that you are getting treatments so they can adjust medications as your body changes. For some major medical issues, such as asthma, you should always carry an emergency inhaler or other medication in cases of emergency even if the acupuncture treatments are helping you stabilize.

You need to converse with your practitioner who should be able to guide you to the limits of their scope - beyond that, you should seek outside help.

Of course, your health involves your choice in health, so if you yourself want more or less outside assistance, you can choose to do so. Those listed in the first paragraph, however, should pursue multiple practices.

Will acupuncture treat my menstrual cramps?

I have had tremendous success with treating menstrual disorders for many women. I even had a patient so happy, she bought me a scooter and one who was so shocked by the lack of READ MORE
I have had tremendous success with treating menstrual disorders for many women. I even had a patient so happy, she bought me a scooter and one who was so shocked by the lack of period pain that she didn't even know her cycle was going to happen when it did.

There were some patients, though, who were suffering from PCOS (multiple cysts on the ovaries) or some other cystic problem that had to be addressed first. A few have had success with Chinese herbal formulas in addition to acupuncture and some had to have surgery first to "start over'.

Not knowing your full case, I would suggest you rule out any major issue like cysts or copper IUD problems, etc. Lacking those, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be very helpful.

Make sure your practitioner is licensed as an acupuncturist (not just a DC or MD who "does acupuncture" and def not a PT doing "dry needling"). Find someone who is comfortable working with female issues (most are) who has had good experience with this issue. Find someone you are comfortable with and who will answer your questions, etc. Give it a few months to regulate and if one doesn't work, go find another practitioner before giving up - just like you would try different OTC medications, you can shop around for a good practitioner that fits you well.

Good luck.

Would you recommend an acupuncture treatment for treating a hyperactive thyroid?

I would, yes. I would expect you would stay in contact with your MD to maintain an appropriate level of medications they are prescribing so you can have that monitored and adjusted READ MORE
I would, yes. I would expect you would stay in contact with your MD to maintain an appropriate level of medications they are prescribing so you can have that monitored and adjusted as you get treatments. The acupuncture could help you reduce the needs, dosage, etc so it is important to keep open the communication of what types of treatments you are getting and how things change as you move forward.

Find a licensed acupuncturist in your area (not just a DC or MD who "does acupuncture but a fully licensed L.Ac.) and good luck to you.

Can acupuncture help me quit smoking?

There are a few layers to your question, so I will try to elaborate without being too wordsy. Yes, acupuncture can help with quitting smoking and yes acupuncture may be able READ MORE
There are a few layers to your question, so I will try to elaborate without being too wordsy. Yes, acupuncture can help with quitting smoking and yes acupuncture may be able to help you but there are perimeters.

First, you need to want to be a non-smoker. You have to embrace the idea that you never want to smoke again. Smoking is a habit, but also a lifestyle and for some people a social event or a coping mechanism. To quit forever, you have to decide and choose this to happen. In other words, acupuncture can help you quit, but if you don't want to acupuncture can't "make you" quit. The choice is always in your hands to buy a pack, bum a cig, etc. We have no control over your free will.

Because it is an addictive substance, nicotine can easily pull people back into the habit if they slip back into usage. To quit because someone else wants you to or you think it's a good idea might have you quit for a while, but if you really like smoking and take a few now and again, you will most likely become a smoker again. This is a repeat of paragraph one, which is the most important concept and trickles to this paragraph.

So, for the very end of your question "how will it get me to quit for good" isn't up to the treatment only, but up to you. It's like eating healthy, we can start you on the right track, but you have to stay on it.

What happens during a session varies with each practitioner and with each patient. The treatment will usually involve some needles on your ears (for the addiction) and some body points (to regulate body functions, emotional components, etc) and may or may not include an herbal formula. Some patients can quit right away, most after 3 days (I generally require a 5-day in a row strategy, but not all practitioners do) some need a repeat but most can be done in 3-5 days. Of course, this is dependent on paragraph one above - if you keep sneaking cigs or just don't care, we cannot force you to quit. We can only help your body regulate itself to clear out and help the organs function more adequately. There is an ear point that can help you be repulsed by the smell, so that can help too, but I had a patient rip it out b/c they hated the taste of the cigs (obviously they cared more about smoking than quitting if they rip out the needle to smoke).

The treatments will help you feel calmer, help you feel more settled, help your body process the toxins and function more smoothly without the habit, etc. Always be honest with your practitioner of your progress and be sure to get a licensed practitioner and someone who has done this in the past with success. Not all practitioners are well versed in an appropriate process.

Good luck.

Does having acupuncture hurt?

Yes, you can feel the needles, but it is not the same as getting a shot or getting a tattoo. The needles are thin like a hair and do not cut through the skin like a hypodermic READ MORE
Yes, you can feel the needles, but it is not the same as getting a shot or getting a tattoo. The needles are thin like a hair and do not cut through the skin like a hypodermic b/c it is a solid piece of steel. In most acupuncture sessions, the patient isn't aware of the needles, but some sensitive people feel the prick and some areas are more sensitive than others, so those areas are painful b/c of the sensitivity in that area. These include the bottom of the feet, the palms, inner wrist, etc. The feeling usually wanes pretty quickly though.

Keep in mind that different practitioners use different sized needle gauges and there are many different acupuncture techniques and styles. Thicker needles hurt a little more and more aggressive techniques you can feel, but it is all relevant to the skill and style of each practitioner as well as the reason for treatment. For example, If you are coming in for just relaxation, the needle session should be quite pain free. If you are coming in for tight muscles, there may be some technique that "jumps" the muscle - that can be an intense feeling, but it retreats immediately. It is basically the muscle twitching from tight to relaxed as it resets to normal from a tense state. Or you may feel some traveling sensation as the body is resetting itself, i.e., something going down leg or up to head. These are all normal reactions the body is doing as it regulates itself. You should never be "in pain" though. If you are "in pain" from an inserted needle, let the practitioner know so they can adjust it. No one really can explain an acupuncture treatment; you really have to go to experience what it is for yourself.
I hope it helps. Good luck.

Can acupuncture help with TMJ?

Yes, acupuncture is very effective with pain issues including TMJ syndromes. The practitioner may use local points to relieve the pain and may use some distal points to help READ MORE
Yes, acupuncture is very effective with pain issues including TMJ syndromes. The practitioner may use local points to relieve the pain and may use some distal points to help with issues surrounding stress, tension or other emotional issues that may be related to the problem.

It may take a few treatments, but you should get at least some relief during the first session. Find a licensed practitioner in your area that you feel comfortable working with.

Good luck

Can acupuncture treat my digestive disorders?

I have treated many people with digestive issues using acupuncture alone. The practitioner will need to differentially diagnose what they see as the root of the issue, but they READ MORE
I have treated many people with digestive issues using acupuncture alone. The practitioner will need to differentially diagnose what they see as the root of the issue, but they should be able to get things moving smoothly. There may be more things involved, such as emotional turmoil, life style habits, work related or relationship related issues, too - so, if the practitioner starts asking about these things, know that it is part of their diagnosis to help get to the root of the issue. Be sure to use a Licensed Acupuncturist that you trust and are comfortable with.

Good luck.

I have arthritis, and I'm considering acupuncture. Will it help?

If you look at reviews for any type of treatment, you will find mixed reviews and there is a variety of reasons for this phenomenon of humanity that isn't necessary to go into READ MORE
If you look at reviews for any type of treatment, you will find mixed reviews and there is a variety of reasons for this phenomenon of humanity that isn't necessary to go into to answer you question.

To answer the question = if acupuncture is good for anything, it is good for pain management - both acute and chronic.

So, yes, acupuncture can help with arthritis pain when done by a trained professional. Do not just go to some DC or PT who stick in needles, find a Licensed Acupuncturist, and maybe one who already specializes in sports injury, pain, senior issues or the like. They don't really have to be specialists though, because, again acupuncture is great for pain management.

This is not something that will be a one-time-all-done experience though. It may take time, it may help right away and then return a day, week, month later. It may last a very long time or it may take a few times a week to get under control. There may be some salves, ointments, herbal patches, herbal pills, etc that may be recommended, but a good acupuncturist should be able to help with needles alone.

The extras (patches, etc) are good for in-between treatments if there's a flare up, or something and can assist the needle work.

Like any medicine or medical practice, some patients have different results from others, so if a formula, patch or treatment isn't working for you let the practitioner know the truth, so they can keep working on the right treatment for you. Don't give up on the first try and don't have high expectations and you might be surprised by how well it can and does work.

Find a practitioner that you trust, like you would find a mechanic you like - you don't have to go with the first one you pick unless they are helping you. If it doesn't work out, you can seek another practitioner. I have had people come to me when no one else could help them and I've had people go to others after my stuff didn't help - so remember it is just like any other type of help.

Good luck.

Can acupuncture help with weight loss?

Acupuncture can help with the body's metabolism and can help with hormonal balancing and help the digestive system work smoothly - but it cannot make you lose weight on it's own. READ MORE
Acupuncture can help with the body's metabolism and can help with hormonal balancing and help the digestive system work smoothly - but it cannot make you lose weight on it's own. You would need to consult with a dietician, and an exercise program tailored to your personal body to help it completely. Diets don't work alone and exercise doesn't work alone - it is a full life style adjustment that has to happen. It also takes time and work - and you should also check for any physical issues i.e. thyroid problems, etc to see what may be an issue with your body's mechanics.

Discuss your situation with a licensed acupuncturist who works with weight loss patients as well as finding a nutritionalist and proper coach.

Good luck.

Can acupuncture help treat an excessive sweating problem?

I have worked with hyperhydrosis patients in the past with varying degrees of success. There are some herbal formulas that could be helpful, depending on your case and there are READ MORE
I have worked with hyperhydrosis patients in the past with varying degrees of success. There are some herbal formulas that could be helpful, depending on your case and there are other issues needling can address.

Find a licensed acupuncturist in your area and see if they do or know someone who can help you.

Can acupuncture help with nausea?

It can quite easily as long as there are not extreme medical issues causing the nausea. Acupuncture can be helpful if the nausea is a side-effect of drugs or a general issue, READ MORE
It can quite easily as long as there are not extreme medical issues causing the nausea. Acupuncture can be helpful if the nausea is a side-effect of drugs or a general issue, but be sure that there isn't a serious issue creating the nausea first.

How is arthritis treated with acupuncture?

It can help with arthritis in many cases - find a licensed practitioner in your area for more information.