Snohomish Brown LAc, CMT is a Physician of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture who provides relief for many kinds of illnesses and injury. He is an expert in soft tissue and lymphatic therapy as well.
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Yes, acupuncture can help treat your mother's depression. In fact, it can treat any mental emotional disorder identified or diagnosed by Chinese Medicine as a Shen disturbance. The Shen is defined as conscious awareness or mind. When it loses its natural qualities of health, we call that a Shen disturbance. Depression and anxiety represent two extremes of mental emotional expression, similar to yin and yang. As Chinese medicine operates upon specific principles to balance these pairs of opposites, it is capable of treating this kind of imbalance too. Many therapeutic points on the body are identified with the word Shen as part of its title, illustrating its importance in treating mental emotional problems. Depression is often also related to difficulty with the free flowing circulation of blood and qi throughout the body. Both acupuncture and herbs can assist with improving mood by also improving circulation, but without the negative side effects of SSRIs or other medications. Acupuncture effectively normalizes and modulates our lymbic and paralymbic neocortical network which is responsible for emotional expression in the human brain. There is a growing body of research that is demonstrating this fact and you can read more about that here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26007331 READ MORE
Acupuncture can help with depression by regulating the lymbic system responsible for emotional expression. Depending on the antidepressant your daughter is taking, ending treatment may do more harm than good, however. There is clinical evidence of some "withdrawal" side effects to consider before ending medication abruptly. You can ask your daughter's doctor about how safely to wean off whatever medication she is taking. That being said, there is also growing evidence for better outcomes with depression when treated with combined drug therapy and acupuncture. The authors of this systematic review seem somewhat skeptical about the benefit of acupuncture, but then express surprise mixed with caution at the results: "This systematic review and meta-analysis suggest that acupuncture combined with antidepressant medication is effective, has an early onset of action, safe and well-tolerated over the first 6-week treatment period. Moreover, this treatment combination appears to result in greater therapeutic efficacy than SSRI therapy alone." Read more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25704563 READ MORE
The answer to this question depends upon several factors, including what treatment goals you have, how long you have had the problem you want to fix, and how well you respond to treatment. There are certainly more factors to consider as well such as treatment protocols, frequency, and duration. These are factors along with accurate diagnosis which are dependent more upon the doctor's skill than the circumstances of the case, however, both are important. For instance, you may have an early stage sore throat or other cold and flu symptoms. Something like this might only need a couple of visits to treat, if we catch it before it gets worse. On the other hand, congenital defects that have been a problem since birth may take more effort to treat and probably will never completely improve. In cases such as these, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can still greatly improve quality of life and ensure better health outcomes, even if that means regular treatments for life. READ MORE
Yes, acupuncture and Chinese herbs will resolve the problem your sister is having. Also, having a look at her diet and examining the root causes of her eczema will prevent it from returning. READ MORE
Yes, absolutely acupuncture can eliminate back pain, especially if this is due to an excess condition or injury. In other cases, it might not be so simple. Certainly acupuncture can help calm your sympathetic nervous system and reduce pain caused by stress much more easily though. READ MORE
Many women who find it difficult to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to full term seek out the help of licensed acupuncturists. These treatments not only protect the pregnancy, but often allow those who experience frequent miscarriages to have a successful birth. I am sure that if your current acupuncturist is not experienced in this area, there are others who are and can assist you. READ MORE
Many factors will be used to determine the number of treatments you will need to address your back pain. How long that this has been a problem for you will certainly be one of them. Severity, duration and frequency of pain are additional factors. Then, how you respond to treatment is also very important. Usually a course of treatment will be five to seven sessions. In some cases, people who either don't respond well or who have had this problem for longer than a year or more will need several courses of treatment. Obviously, if no improvement is observed, then other factors will need to be considered or a second opinion needed, in case the diagnosis is wrong. As long as you notice improvement and the treatments keep you in good health, you are in good hands and may continue receiving care. What acupuncture does to the body is restore the dynamic of flow between the organs, harmonizing their activity. When the organs are in harmony, there is no room for disease to take root. Therefore, a lifelong commitment would likely serve you well into old age. READ MORE
Of course it can! So can Chinese herbs alleviate the feeling of nausea, but it is important to determine the cause of the nausea first. Frequently, the feeling of nausea is evidence of too much dampness in the body, but other factors can contribute to this as well. READ MORE
I'm sure they feel great, but probably only as effective as you are at standing in them the right way to apply pressure to the selected point that corresponds to your treatment. READ MORE
Yes, but the protocol will differ depending on the reason for your fatigue. For instance, if you feel tired after eating, this indicates a slow down of the metabolism is the cause. If you are tired because of insomnia, this may be due to insufficiency of blood causing you to wake up at night or anxiety interfering with falling asleep. These are only a few of the many possible causes. The best way to address your fatigue is to seek a consultation with me and we will identify the root causes and put together a customized treatment plan for you. We will use modern diagnostics as well as ancient techniques to assess your overall health and with the right set of questions, we will select the appropriate protocols and formulas to eliminate your fatigue. READ MORE
Hi there, Yes, acupuncture can help with weight loss in several ways. It can reduce appetite by venting heat from the stomach meridian. Also, ear acupuncture is helpful to curb impulse response and retrain your behavior in regards to eating. Of course, you need to manage what you eat and certain herbal formulas can aid in digestion of fats or carbs and proteins. Have a great weekend! READ MORE
- Morristown Medical Center
- Indiana University Medical Center
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Providing surgical care to indigent patients in central and south America. Co-founder of UHMLA (Unidad Hospitalaria Movil de Latino America)
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