Phranque  Wright, Pain Management Specialist

Phranque Wright


4007 N Broadway Chicago IL, 60613


Phranque Wright is an acupuncturist practicing in Chicago, IL. Dr. Wright evaluates and treats patients based on the concepts of oriental medicine. Acupuncturists complete their evaluations by getting a patient history and looking at and touching the body. Then, they place very fine acupuncture needles into specific points on the body. Stimulating these points and nerves is how Dr. Wright treats the patients condition. Many of the bodys systems respond to acupuncture, and it can treat physical pain as well as emotional stress.

Education and Training

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 2007

Colorado School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Diplomate of Acupuncture 1998

Beijing Herbal Medical Acupuncture Institute Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Diploma 2000

Board Certification

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Provider Details

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Phranque Wright's Expert Contributions
  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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, 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. READ MORE

  • 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, 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 READ MORE

  • 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 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 READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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 READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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. 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. READ MORE

  • 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 other issues needling can address. Find a licensed acupuncturist in your area and see if they do or know someone who can help you. READ MORE

  • 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, but be sure that there isn't a serious issue creating the nausea first. READ MORE

  • How is arthritis treated with acupuncture?

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

  • Can acupuncture help with ulcer pain?

    Stomach ulcers are almost always caused by one of the following: A. An infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or B. Long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen Rarely, a condition known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers by increasing the body’s production of acid. This syndrome is suspected to cause less than 1 percent of all peptic ulcers. I would advise getting medications to eliminate the H. Pylori - which is the most common reason to have an ulcer and I would certainly stop taking any NSAIDS for pain. Acupuncture and herbal formulas can help with pain, but if it is a true H. Pylori ulcer, I would get medications to eliminate that and use acupuncture to reduce the pains that lead one to use NSAIDS. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat chronic fatigue syndrome?

    I had a patient diagnosed with CFS and treated her for a few years until I moved away. In the beginning, she needed to come twice a week, but eventually only had to come once a month. Each time she came in, her symptoms reduced from an 8 to a 5 (on problem scale) and in time went from 5 to 2, etc. So, symptoms became less problematic and less frequent in time. If you find a licensed practitioner in your area, I am confident they can help, but it will not be a one-time thing. You will need to stay with it for awhile. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in treating skin disorders?

    Acupuncture can do some help if you have a really well-trained needler, but you would probably have more luck with an herbal salve, rub or tincture. Find an acupuncturist who is trained in herbs and has good experience with skin. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture helpful in treating anemia?

    I believe you should find a qualified Licensed Acupuncturist to see if they can help. Also be sure to monitor your husbands diet and stay in touch with the MD's to monitor the blood levels and see if there is a reason the levels are staying low. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in relieving my mother's depression?

    Acupuncture can help with emotional issues for sure, but your mother would need to see one regularly and should be open to other modalities that can assist. If you see a "Worsley trained" 5-Element practitioner they are very well versed in working with emotional issues but most well trained Licensed Acupuncturists should be able to help. If your mother's condition gets extreme, I would advise she try medications to keep her balanced while getting other treatments as well. READ MORE

  • Lately I've been experiencing a lot of fatigue. Can acupuncture help?

    It can, but I do need to ask if you've had a regular check-up from an MD to determine if you have any thyroid issues or other conditions that we would need to be aware of. We would also need to know your sleep patterns, habits and other lifestyle issues. First make sure there isn't a serious condition that is affecting your body with some general tests, if the MD's are not able to find anything or if they do and they can help but you want complimentary help from acupuncture, then be sure to communicate this between both your MD and the Licensed Acupuncturist you decide to work with. Good luck READ MORE

  • How effective are acupressure slippers?

    I am not a big fan of products marketed to the general public that run along this trend. If you buy the slippers and they make you feel better because they massage your feet, then by golly go ahead and use them. They are not, however the same as getting an actual treatment through acupuncture or acupressure by a trained professional This is a bit similar to lying down on beads for a massage - sure it will press on some areas, but it is not massage therapy. I would rather people spend their money on services tailored to their specific conditions. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in treating depression?

    I have treated quite a few patients with acupuncture for many emotional disturbances. You will want to keep her moderated with her medications so stay in communication with the prescribing MD as well as the L.Ac. so dosages can be adjusted accordingly. It may be helpful if your daughter sees a Worsley Style 5-Element Acupuncturist because emotional issues is their specialty. They may also be called "Classical 5-Element" practitioners. If you cannot find a 5E practitioner, you can still have her treated by a Licensed Acupuncturist, just research a few in your area and find one who is comfortable treating her and one who will respect the medications and it's monitoring. READ MORE

  • Can insomnia be treated with acupuncture?

    My very first acupuncture treatment was actually for insomnia and it worked like a charm. It may take you a few treatments depending on what the differential diagnosis is, but most people become extremely relaxed after a first treatment and many of my patients even fall asleep on the table during treatment. Give it a try and don't give up if it doesn't work right away. Also, it could be ok to start taking meds if the treatments don't work right away and eventually you can be weened off of them. I'm not saying to start taking meds now, but keep them as an option or compliment to the treatments. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating lower back pain?

    I like to say that Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can treat "anything you'd go see your doctor for". Except, of course, for major emergency stuff. I treat back pain on a regular basis, especially stress related pain is easily treatable. There will be residual recurrence, since it is work related, but if you go consistently, you should be able to work more with less pain in time. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture helpful in boosting fertility?

    It really depends on many factors, i.e. age, proper menstrual cycles, family genetics, etc. but acupuncture has helped many women get pregnant when other systems have failed. It can help regulate menstrual cycles, reduce stress, build blood quality, promote ovulation, etc. Since your plan is in the future, I believe you can start now to get your body in shape, work on proper diet, exercise, lifestyle maintenance, et al and work toward creating a body a baby can grow in. Also be sure to have your male counterpart keep up with proper diet, emotional health, lifestyle adjustments and maintain a healthy body so there will be good synergy between you. Good luck READ MORE

  • Is it safe for me to continue my acupuncture during pregnancy?

    Hi, Congratulations on your pregnancy, I hope your baby is happy, healthy and gives you decades of joy as a mother. The reason there is mixed reviews about acupuncture during pregnancy is multi-fold, but I can hopefully guide you to an appropriate choice for yourself. I cannot properly advise on your case since I have not met you in person, but here are some guidelines. 1. Acupuncture can actually assist with a healthy pregnancy when the mother has a healthy body, the problems come in with certain points that are traditionally considered "forbidden during pregnancy". Anyone properly trained in Chinese medicine is very aware of these points, even though, in modern times with the modern style of needles the risk is minimally problematic. Generally, points above the uterus or low back are avoided and points considered "forbidden" i.e. LI-4, SP 6, GB-21 are avoided because they have strong 'moving and descending' properties. Again, in a healthy body and later in the pregnancy they are less problematic - mostly only problems in first trimester. To be safe, though, most all practitioners know to stay clear of those, especially if mother is prone to miscarriage. 2. Depending on the health of the mother (you), points can be needled, activated and removed (called "in and out" needling or "non-retained" needle technique) but still be useful. This way, the points are still activated, but the needles are not left in the body, so they do not "drain energy". When the mother (you) is weaker, long retention of needles can be considered 'draining'. 3. Acupuncture can help regulate the hormones, the circulation, the emotions, etc, so acupuncture while pregnant can help with "pregnancy issues" i.e. you can get acupuncture to help your body do it's job as a baby making body instead of working on "cholesterol" issues and that way "build" instead of "remove". One potential problem I see is while maintaining cholesterol levels one might "drain" the channels. That would mostly be problematic if the practitioner was overly aggressive in their tactics - if so, they could reduce the aggressive nature of the treatment i.e. do "more mild" type approaches (such as "in and out needling" as mentioned above or select points that generically tonify the body's functions instead of pushing it in one direction). Again, a licensed professional, well trained practitioner would consider all of these possibilities and options, so speak to your L.Ac., let them know you are pregnant and that you want your treatments to continue but want to go slow while pregnant. 4. IF YOU ARE PRONE TO MISCARRIAGE - if you have had miscarriages in the past and getting pregnant was very difficult for you, I would most likely either reduce treatments or hold off until the baby is born. If not, then refer back to the previous paragraph. 5. Please make sure that you are getting acupuncture from a Licensed Acupuncturist, who has full training in Chinese medicine - not a DC or MD who took some courses and certainly not from a PT who only took "dry needling" classes. Good luck and again, Congratulations. :-) READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me in managing stress?

    Acupuncture is a fantastic modality to help both anxiety and pain. If you can find a practitioner who has had training in "Worsley 5-Element" style acupuncture they are very adept in emotional work, but most any practitioner can easily balance you for both anxiety and stress and pain. Because this is a work related issue, I believe at least one time a week to two weeks would be good for a while and if you start feeling better for longer periods you can drop to once a month or less. Your practitioner should also teach you breathing exercises, meditation skills or advise some other lifestyle activity. The 5-E practitioner would also be able to focus on how you can organize your life, time management, et al. Find a licensed practitioner, not an MD or DC who took some courses and definitely not a PT who only too "dry needling" classes. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Why do I have so much gas and bloating?

    I cannot diagnose you without actually seeing you or knowing about other symptoms/signs in the body. The simplest answer, though, would involve your diet and/or your gut flora. Absent any serious medical condition (which you would need to see an MD to rule out), it may be as easy as getting some probiotics at a Walgreens, CVS, or other local store that sells supplements, or be aware of foods causing the problem. You can find a local practitioner by searching your zip code at Good luck. READ MORE

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

    Sexual drive has a lot of factors involved to it including hormonal issues, anxiety, emotions, lifestyle, diet, activity and ones general nature toward sexual activity or sexual drive individually. Some people are just naturally more sexually driven than others on a whole spectrum of variances. The lack of drive could also be a side-effect of medications (including some birth control pills). Also, forgive me for saying this, but it may be an aspect of the relationship between you two. I only state this as part of the list of things that can cause low sex drive - not knowing you or your wife, it is not a personal judgement at all. I would first have her get checked with an MD if she is on any medications has any nutritional deficiencies or if there is any physical issue. Absent any medical issue found by western medicine, you can go seek acupuncture to see if it can help. If there is a medical issue or an emotional issue that is known, this can be addressed both by western doctors and acupuncturists (and/or psychiatric counselors of sorts). Again, not knowing the specific case, it is very difficult to answer your question or help you. I cannot say acupuncture will help the issue directly, but it also can, but the practitioner would need to see the patient to know how to help. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a long-term treatment?

    I think what your question is asking me is "do you need acupuncture for a long time to treat an issue or not?" The answer varies with the types of conditions and the individual person. I have had patients who were treated once and had a life-time result and I have had patients that I needed to see twice a week for a few months to treat the issue completely. What is important to understand is Acupuncture is a part of Chinese Medicine and so it is a medical modality and with that one can understand that medicine treats conditions but we come up with different issues almost every day in our life. So, yes, it can be long term treatment for "a single condition" or it can take a few treatments for "a single condition" It is also a preventative medicine that helps someone stay healthy long term - so should also be used as a maintenance treatment throughout ones life. It can also be used for a variety of issues that come up i.e maybe you initially came in for "insomnia" but then got the flu - the initial treatments could have helped the insomnia, but now you would need a different treatment for the flu. The insomnia may return if you experience an extreme stress in your life and the flu could come back annually. So, here the answer is vague because the conditions of health constantly change. So, again, it depends on the condition, the patient and how life unfolds. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture improve sleep?

    The very first acupuncture treatment I received was for insomnia - it worked like a charm with one treatment. Will it work when you go? I do not know, no one has the power to see into the future like that, but it has helped many people in the past. Some with one treatment, others with more and the problem can return as life always throws us curve balls. The connection between acupuncture and sleep is the same as it would be for any condition. Acupuncture treats the body's imbalances and helps regulate the body so it can function more properly. I cannot go into full detail, because the education is a four-year medical degree and I cannot explain it all here. But what I can tell you is Chinese Medicine sees a variety of reasons for sleep issues - ranging from emotional disturbance, dietary problems, life cycles, habits, thoughts, external weather, and more. To know how to treat the practitioner must assess the individual and create a plan specific for them. Most acupuncture treatments (even if not for sleep specifically) help a person feel more balanced and in tune with their body's functions, emotional state and just calmer all over - and that alone can help someone sleep. Go find someone trained well and good luck. READ MORE

  • Is it advisable to take acupuncture treatment along with normal medication?

    Acupuncture will not interfere with your medications, but it could reduce your needs for them. So, stay in contact with the prescribing doctor if the medications start to appear "too strong". Also let your Dr. know that you are getting the treatments to help your condition, so they are aware of the need to monitor. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating diabetes?

    There are many alternative therapies you can try to help regulate your symptoms and your condition. Acupuncture might help regulate your body's systems including insulin production depending on the severity of your condition. It can help reduce pains, help you maintain proper weight (along with proper diet and activity). It could help regulate the cortisol in your body, which in turn could help regulate the sugars. It can help with peripheral neuropathy, if that is an issue you have. Chinese medicine also has herbal formulas that can help the body regulate the organ function and allow your symptoms to reduce. We also have some dietary suggestions, food therapy, physical activity modalities, etc. Find a practitioner that is comfortable treating your condition, one that you feel comfortable with and see if it is right for you. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture help in treating my loud cough?

    There are a variety of issues from a Chinese medical point of view that could be creating this cough - things like a digestive problem, a heat problem (from diet or outside weather), a cold issue (from diet or outside weather), dryness, allergy, etc. For the treatment, the practitioner would need to know the cause. On a more generic answer, the acupuncture can help because it can open the muscular tightness that is inhibiting deeper breaths that the cough is forcing out. The acupuncture can help replenish fluid circulation thus moistening the lungs and relieving the cough. The acupuncture can "pull out" the heat/cold or dry factors. Additional treatment strategies could include dietary suggestions (like eating pears) or using cupping treatment, gua sha treatment, etc. When western medicine sees nothing, we usually have the tools to help because we see differently. READ MORE

  • Are medicines also involved in acupuncture treatment?

    In some cases, herbal prescriptions, herbal supplements, dietary supplements, specific food suggestions (either addition to diet or removal from diet) and other such things are advised or added to acupuncture treatments. As far as "medications" meaning "pharmaceutical drugs" are concerned, this is usually not in the scope of practice for the L.Ac. and would need to be worked through an MD. The acupuncture and work with MD can happen together, meaning you don't have to stop one because you are doing the other, but the acupuncturists would not be prescribing western medication and you should not be getting acupuncture from an MD unless they are fully trained in the medicine. READ MORE

  • Should acupuncture be a long term thing?

    Acupuncture is a great preventative medicine strategy and can be used for long periods of time as long as you are not doing it "every day" for long periods of time. If it is a chronic issue, five times a week is ok with a week off every 3 weeks. If you are going once or twice a week or just once every two weeks or less you can do that long term with no problems. READ MORE

  • Is there an acupuncture treatment for treating back aches too?

    Acupuncture can help the muscles let go and can help the nutrients in the body (including blood) circulate more effectively. In some cases there are local needles (in area of pain) and in some cases there's distal points (like on your leg or shoulders) or a combination depending on what the practitioner is trying to accomplish. In addition to the needles, there is cupping, warming techniques, massage and salves or patches to use when not on the table. Ear tacs can sometimes be put it to help carry a treatment over for a few days. Most of my patients have significant relief when they get off the table and the more consistent the treatment is the longer it helps. You should also ask your practitioner about stretching techniques, proper lifting techniques and other ways to help you stay pain free in lieu of your job. READ MORE

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

    First I would have your mother get checked for sleep disorders (apnea, narcolepsy, etc) or thyroid issues or iron deficiency or other issue that could be helped with some western medicines or dietary supplements. Absent those issues (or in conjunction with treatments for said issues) acupuncture could be helpful when diagnosed by a Licensed Acupuncturist to address issues from that point-of-view. I cannot answer if it would be a long term treatment without knowing what the root cause is. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat my digestive disorders?

    I have had wonderful success with a variety of patients who complained about each of the issues you mention. The situation would have to be differentiated for the practitioner to know the best treatment to use in your case. Absent any major issues (tumors, physical abnormality, etc) acupuncture and herbal formulas should be able to reduce or help relieve the problem. Be sure to go to a Licensed Acupuncturist for proper care. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture recommended for skin conditions like eczema?

    I do not know your mothers particular case, but I do know that I have treated many skin disorders with acupuncture or with herbal salves, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, etc. The treatment would depend on the differential diagnosis, so bring your mother in to a Licensed Acupuncturist if she is interested in pursuing this route. Make sure the practitioner is a Licensed Acupuncturist and call a few to find one that you feel is a good fit for your mother. You can check NCCAOM.ORG and search by zip code, then call some in your area and see who you feel you can work with. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Are acupressure and acupuncture the same?

    By definition, AcuPUNCTURE uses needles that are inserted into the skin, whereas AcuPRESSURE neither uses a needle nor penetrates the skin. The pressure is done with fingers, palms, elbow, etc. Both use the same "acupoints" but in different ways. They can be used together or done separately. Acupressure and Acupuncture both help balance the body's energy system, the acupuncture is more invasive by definition (because it penetrates the skin) and more can be done with the acupuncture i.e. moxa on needle, needle techniques to manipulate deeper or more releasing. Also, needles can be retained for a combination treatment where only a few points can be touched at a time. One is not necessarily better than the other, it just depends on the patient and practitioner as it would for any modality. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help treat thyroid imbalance?

    Acupuncture has wonderful effects on hormonal imbalances and helping the body learn to regulate itself. In some cases you may still need to incorporate western treatments with the acupuncture or herbs, but it can certainly help you. READ MORE

  • Is there a cure for acute arthritis in acupuncture?

    Chinese medicine does not treat by western medical term, so "arthritis" in Chinese medicine can be diagnosed as many different things depending on the root cause. Treating the root cause is what helps reduce or eliminate the flare ups. "Cure" is a strong word and even western doctors are weary of using the term. There are treatments that help arthritic pain and I have treated many patients coming in complaining of arthritis but don't complain about it anymore. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture really help with hair loss?

    I personally have never seen acupuncture work for hair loss directly for people who have genetic balding issues. But acupuncture does help nourish the blood flow and help skin and regulate hormones, etc. So, if the hair loss is a spotting issue or stress related issue or from conditions that are not primarily genetic then it can be helpful. READ MORE

  • Is there any way acupuncture can help treat asthma?

    I have treated many patients for asthma and other respiratory issues. Just last week a patient came in because their meds weren't doing anything and the western medical doctors had no answers for them. They were clearly breathing by the end of my session and more so by the time they got home. I think it is important to keep your inhalers for emergencies and have your medication on hand too, but acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines can help greatly reduce your daily needs for them. READ MORE

  • How long does acupuncture treatment usually last?

    There is no standard answer to this question. It would be like asking "if I eat, when will I get hungry again?" or "If I become calm, when will I get stressed again?" Some people get immediate relief that lasts for months to the rest of their life. Some patients get relief for a few days, some for a few months, some for a few hours. For those that get the more constant returns, if they continue with the treatments it allows the body to continue balancing until the problems become less and less frequent. Health and wellbeing is never a constant state - it is always a continuous journey. I hope you find relief and I hope you find a good practitioner that will guide you to a long journey of health. READ MORE

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

    Why not? If you're not getting results from the treatment you are currently using, go see if acupuncture can help you. Make sure that your acupuncturist is licensed in your area and has full training, i.e., do not go to a chiropractor or MD who"'took some classes" or a PT doing "dry needling." A good resource is - you can search by zip code for someone near you. Call a few places and see which one you think you'd feel most comfortable with. Let them treat you for a few sessions, as it may get better right away, but may also take some time. If they don't help, you can try another or go back to your MD to try different meds. I hope you get help, I know how awful migraines can be for people. Good luck READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me lose weight?

    Health is never an easy task; as they say, "the correct road is narrow and easy to stray from" Acupuncture is not a 'magic bullet' that allows someone to lose weight easily, but it can help with the body's metabolism, with digestive issues, with hormonal balances, etc. You will still need to do the work, exercise, proper eating habits, etc. Losing weight too quickly is not healthy, but as long as your body is changing you are on the right track. Consult with a few acupuncturists in your area who work with weight loss as part of their programs and find one that you feel comfortable with. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture work for anxiety?

    The short answer is yes. Besides "pain" I think that anxiety is the number one reason people come to see me. The practitioner will have to find the root of the issue from a Chinese medical viewpoint, but your wife should start to feel better very quickly. It might also be helpful for you. READ MORE

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

    If you have ruled out any major issues that could be the cause of this situation, i.e., dietary choices, internal abnormalities, etc., acupuncture can help regulate the digestion movement and acidity. Your practitioner may also suggest herbal remedies, dietary suggestions or lifestyle choices. Be sure to also check with a western doctor to clear out any serious digestive issues. READ MORE

  • I am having a lot of stress due to menopause and I am unable to sleep soundly. Should I go for acupuncture treatment?

    It can certainly help your body regulate the imbalances caused from hormonal activity at this time. The practitioner may also suggest herbal remedies or food based solutions to your problems. READ MORE

  • Is there a treatment for bronchitis in acupuncture?

    I'm sorry that your son is experiencing this and I'm happy to hear that medications are helpful for him. In Chinese medicine, what we would call bronchitis, can come from a variety of "root causes". Each one would have a different treatment strategy and success rates vary by person, as expected. Since this is a chronic issue, it would be wise to find a practitioner you trust who can help in the times of large flare-ups as well as maintain so that flare ups are less common and less intense. This, again, would depend on the type of bronchitis diagnosed. Herbs could be a good choice for maintenance of symptoms and a good practitioner can also advise with dietary suggestions for both maintaining health and for prevention of flare ups due to seasonal issues or other reasons. So, yes, acupuncture can help, but the strategies will all depend on how the condition is differentially diagnosed. I wish your son a long healthy life. READ MORE

  • Can accupuncture help in bringing down my cholesterol?

    Acupuncture helps regulate the body's digestive system and can help with stress levels, which can assist you in your goals. Acupuncture can also help alleviate conditions that increase because of high cholesterol (such as blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes). Your medications are going to be an important start, a practitioner may also suggest herbal remedies and most important of all will be dietary adjustments you'd need to make along with an healthy exercise program. If you choose to see an acupuncturist, be aware they will be working on more than just the cholesterol when treating you and you should inform them of which medications you are on so that they can adjust herbs properly and consult about food choices more wisely. Acupuncture will not be the one answer, but it certainly can be one of the tools. READ MORE

  • Can an acupuncturist help me with my GERD?

    I like to tell people that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help anything you'd go to the doctor for. It can be helpful for GERD, but your practitioner would be looking for a root cause of the issue and it may take a few treatments and you may need to return periodically to keep control of it. Your practitioner may also prescribe herbal formulas or have dietary or lifestyle advice for you to follow as well. In addition to your medications or even in lieu of your medications this should help with your overall well being. Let your MD know that you are seeing a Licensed Acupuncturist so they can monitor your meds as needed. Be sure that your practitioner is a Licensed Acupuncturist, not and MD or DC or PT that took some courses, you want someone fully trained. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treatment go wrong?

    I would like you to be aware that when properly performed by a professionally Licensed Acupuncturist, the side effects of treatments are rarely negative. There are, though, people who are allowed to stick needles in people and say what they are doing is "acupuncture" though they have not been fully trained. There are also people who stick acupuncture needles in people and call it "dry needling" but are extremely minimally trained. When done by the latter, the side effects become more common and can be more severe and problematic. With that said, the minor side effects are bruising, a drop or two of blood loss, some minor pains or discomfort, bruising, etc. More severely there's dizziness, blood loss, fainting, headache, etc. Most severely, there is pneumothorax, an increase in complaint issues, punctured organs, drop in blood pressure, etc. The most common side effects I see are actually a sense of relaxation and stress reduction with some minor body aches when physical muscle tension is released. Keep in mind, that some of the side effects can be mitigated by having the patient eat well before the treatment and be well rested with no drugs or alcohol in the system (except for prescribed meds of course). Also, having the practitioner talk you through the treatment, i.e. checking that you are not uncomfortable, asking if you're ok as they needle, etc. You, as the patient, should definitely speak up if you feel any excess pain or discomfort. For your tension release, there are two aspects of that. Emotional tension is easily released with minimal side effects, physical pain can also be released easily but may have a side effect of "tired achy muscles" because the muscle itself is releasing it's flex and so becomes tired and sore like after a heavy workout. For that, a liniment or pain patch can relieve the pain and it should clear in two days tops. As far as "wrong points" go, there really is no terrible thing that would happen, it just won't be as effective - it's not like giving a wrong medication with terrible side effects, it just won't be as useful in treatment. In some cases, however, a wrong point can bring an exacerbation of the issue but again, a trained professional should be well aware of proper treatment from diagnosis of pattern. So, key here is 1. Eat well and rest well before your treatment. 2. No alcohol or drug use for at least one full day before treatment. 3. No excess sexual activity before treatment. 4. Ask questions of your practitioner and make sure they are Licensed Acupuncturists, not just DC's or PT's that had minimal training. 5. Let the practitioner know if you're nervous about anything so they can help relieve your nervousness. 6. Let your practitioner know if anything is making you uncomfortable or causing pain. The practitioner is there to help you and is very concerned about your total wellbeing, so please communicate with them. I promise they will not ignore you like some hospitals do, if they do, go somewhere else for treatment. Enjoy the experience. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture effective in treating blood related problems like anemia?

    Acupuncture can help with most any ailment, but as always we need to diagnose what we feel is the root cause of the issue. Along with acupuncture, the practitioner may also want to prescribe herbal formulas and/or have dietary suggestions. Don't expect immediate results, but look for other changes in the patient's health like sleep patterns, mood, energy level, etc. As she get's more healthy with treatments it is a sign that the treatments can help overall. READ MORE

  • I have headaches frequently. Can acupuncture treatment help?

    Just yesterday I helped a patient relieve a headache in two minutes using only one point. So, short answer is "yes" acupuncture helps with headaches and most any other pain. Your result may not be as quick as my patient from yesterday, but a qualified practitioner should be able to help you in just a few treatments. It all depends on the type of headache and root pattern. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating joint pain?

    Of course I think it will be effective, I use acupuncture to treat all kinds of joint pain on a daily basis. Be aware though that sometimes treatments work immediately and sometimes it takes a few sessions for full results to manifest. So, please take time and listen to other advices your practitioner offers you such as stretching, diet, heat/cold/rest or other. Some practitioners will use more than just needles i.e. moxibustion (burning an herb on the needle or around the joint), scraping, healing salves, patches, herbs, etc. This will all depend on the initial cause of your problem, again, it may take time, but you really should start to feel some relief even with the first treatment. READ MORE

  • How long does the effect of acupuncture last?

    There really is no standard answer to this question because everyone is different and like any health modality or issue, recurrence can happen periodically, frequently or not at all. The best thing to do is return to your practitioner for another treatment or series of treatments to see how your condition may have changed and what strategies need to be addressed now. READ MORE

  • Does it hurt when acupuncture needles are inserted in the body?

    The short answer is, "it can, but it's not what you might think it would be." Generally, it is less painful than any fear justifies. It certainly is not the same as getting a shot or blood drawn (depending on the skill of the practitioner) because those are done with hypodermic needles, i.e., they have a hole in the center, so they are thicker. Acupuncture needles are a much smaller gauge, i.e., I can fit about 40 of my needles into the hole of a hypodermic needle. If you have had any piercing (ear, nose, navel, etc.), then you have already pierced a thicker object into your skin. If you have a tattoo, that tattoo session is probably about 30 acupuncture treatments all at once. The one thing to remember is that you are already in pain with your headaches, the needling will release the stagnation to relieve the body. Does it hurt when someone takes out a splinter? Yes, but it is relieving the actual pain. Most people feel a prick and then nothing, but you can also feel a twinge, a zap, some warmth, etc. If what you experience is "pain," tell the practitioner and they'll reinsert or reset and you should be fine. Enjoy your experience, it will help you immensely. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in weight loss?

    It can help, but Acupuncture is not THE answer to weight loss. We all know that the key to weight loss is proper diet and proper activity. There is really no way around the fact that one needs to adjust diet and increase activity if they wish to lose weight safely and properly. What acupuncture and Chinese medicine can do to help with weight loss is it can 1. Help regulate the digestive system - so you use your fuel and eliminate properly. 2. Help with emotional issues surrounding weight issues, self esteem, anxiety, worry, etc. Emotions are a huge part of any aspect of our health, with those in balance, our whole body can change. 3. Help with energy. Acupuncture helps calm people when stressed and it can help one feel more energized, more active, more attentive etc. It is important that your practitioner listen to all aspects of your health and wellbeing, they may offer herbal formulas or talk about nutritional choices. Always follow your gut on what you think is right for you and do get a few opinions from other professionals if you'd like more help (trainers, nutritionalists, dietician, etc.) Always remember too, there is never a short cut to good health - the work you put in will be the price you pay, the reward is being the person you want to become. READ MORE

  • Is it true that people suffering from high blood pressure should not try acupuncture?

    The acupuncture should not negatively affect your blood pressure numbers, though it is generally advised to maintain proper blood pressure before attempting any medical procedure. I do not know what you mean by "high" is it just a few numbers above average or is it in the 200's? If it is only slightly high there should be no problem, if it is highly elevated, then you should be on BP medications to help maintain that. The acupuncture should not have negative effects on your BP medications, though as you get the treatments and as you lose weight, your BP may naturally decrease. So, stay in touch with your primary MD who is prescribing the medications so that the BP can be monitored and proper dosages can be maintained. Most acupuncturists will not treat you unless your BP is in a normal range, so get that under control first. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating vertigo?

    My short answer is, "it should be able to help," in fact my generic answer to "what does acupuncture treat?" is "anything you'd go to the doctor to treat." My caveat to that is anything that requires emergency medical treatments or anything that is more easily treated through modern means (surgeries, infectious diseases, etc) should first go to western practitioners and let the Acupuncturists help with the side-effects or post-surgery treatments, pain management, et al. Most people's questions deal with a western medical diagnosis and ask "does acupuncture treat this?" The problem I have in answering these questions is the fact that western a western diagnosis can be caused by a variety of Chinese medical differentiations. For instance Acupuncture treats "the common cold" quite quickly and effectively but we need to differentiate what we would call "a hot," "a cold," "a damp," "a dry" type as well as others. We can treat "headaches" but need to differentiate a "deficient type headache" from "an excessive type" headache and also "blood related" or "qi related" or "diet related" problems. What westerners call "vertigo" we can call "Liver Qi rising" or "blood deficiency" or "qi deficiency" or some other differentiation that would determine the path of treatment strategy we would follow. Each has a different way of tackling the problem. So, again, it should be helpful, though it may not cure it if there is a more serious issue involved (tumors, genetics, etc). If western medicine has found nothing serious and hasn't helped, we can usually help for sure. READ MORE

  • I feel very sleepy after my acupuncture session. Is this normal?

    This is generally a normal response. We are greatly unaware of how much pressure the stresses of daily life put on us and how it truly affects our bodies. When we receive acupuncture (or massage or other treatments that help us releases stress) the body goes into what I call "it's true state of deficiency." In short, you're feeling tired because your body truly is tired. The rest will help you heal better, so take advantage of that restful feeling. This will also allow you to start taking better care of yourself i.e. rest well, eat well, play well... I hope this answered your question, if not feel free to follow up with another. READ MORE

  • Can an acupuncturist help me with my sleep disorder?

    There are many different techniques of acupuncture that can help with this. As always, though, a practitioner would need to see you to know the best course of action. Your lifestyle will be an issue (like a person with cough who still smokes, we can treat the cough but the smoking isn't helping). Even with knowing your lifestyle, the practitioner can do treatments to rebalance the body's sleep clock, can help to reduce the stress in your body (work related and other stressors) and can also help you sleep more deeply. The treatments can include acupuncture, maybe herbs, and lifestyle discussions on taking breaks, how to approach sleep, dietary advice, etc. I hope I answered your question, if not, feel free to ask another. Good luck in your health goals. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture treat indigestion?

    Hi, The short answer is yes, acupuncture can help with indigestion but a practitioner would need to communicate with the patient directly to find the best route for treatment. I have treated many patients with a variety of types of indigestion problems. In Chinese medicine, the digestion system can be disrupted by emotional causes or physical causes and the acupuncture treatments help to regulate each. In some cases the indigestion is caused from a historical problem, i.e. someone had poor eating habits or ate too many types of food that are hot or foods that are cold or too sweet or too bitter, etc. Eating at improper times, eating when emotional, eating while trying to do mental work (study, learning, etc), sporadic eating, depriving self for times, etc. can all create a problem in the digestive system. What I would need to know as a practitioner is what types of indigestion are happening, where in the body it is felt, what types of food is typical in your husbands diet (not just now but historically) and if there are any elimination problems. I would also ask about stress levels, life stressors, emotional issues he may be experiencing, his feelings towards work or the community you live in etc. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine look at all aspects of the self to help distinguish what is actually leading to the complaint. From there we're able to have a better idea of how to treat. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with my son's asthma?

    Hi, generally speaking, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are very helpful for chronic issues such as asthma, chronic pain, respiratory issues, sleep, etc. So, yes, it can be helpful for your son. However, "asthma" is a Western diagnosis and Chinese medicine would need to differentiate it a bit in their own system to know which treatment would be best. For example, it may be what we would call "hot" asthma or "cold" or "damp" asthma, it could be from a deficiency or from environment issues. To best treat, we would need to assess the patients signs/symptoms and come to a best treatment strategy. We can work in concert with your sons medications or other treatments he may be receiving from other doctors and we can do quite a bit of work that can clear his breathing quite quickly in many cases. In addition to acupuncture, we also have cupping (a suction treatment, which can help release tight chest to help with breathing) or guasha (a scraping technique that again would help release tightness and allow freer breathing). There are also herbal treatments, but those, again, would need a diagnosis to see if it is more cold/damp/hot environmental/deficient etc. There can also be dietary, stretch, exercise, advice that can be given as well as qi gong (breathing) exercises to help him build his strength and increase capacity. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture help in treating infertility?

    Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research. The goal of an infertility treatment from a Chinese medicine perspective is not just to get pregnant, but to stay pregnant and to have a healthy baby. So, regulating the menstrual cycle is the starting point, and keeping the body in balance throughout the pregnancy is vital. Among many other benefits, acupuncture can provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term. By reducing stress, acupuncture can prevent hormonal disruptions that are caused by cortisol, can help prevent stress related spasms in the uterus or fallopian tubes. Acupuncture can also help regulate the balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary and the reproductive organs. For men, acupuncture treatments can again, help with hormonal balance, with production and motility of healthy sperm. There are some things that acupuncture would not be able to help, i.e. blocked tubes or tubal adhesions, menopausal women would not be good candidates, etc. I do not personally work with infertility, but can help you find a practitioner if you would like more information from someone who works directly with this issue. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a complementary treatment or does it treat ailments by itself?

    I use acupuncture alone for many of my patients, some use me only, some use me in conjunction with other systems of health. In addition to the acupuncture needles, there are times when I use additional modalities i.e. Cupping (suction), Guasha (scraping), moxa (heat), Tuina (massage), herbs or other treatment tools at my disposal. There are times when dietary consultations are important, there are times when exercise consultations are important. Quite often there are discussions on a persons lifestyle/habits, emotional wellbeing, social life, family life and all other aspects of their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing are affected. This is particularly true in my clinic. I try to see all of the components of a persons life to help them achieve wellness in all aspects of daily life, not just when things go wrong. In addition to the treatments being done here, there is also the question of "what other medical practitioners are involved?" So, in conjunction with the acupuncture, et al, the patient may also be on western medicines, may need to be monitored for blood levels, glucose levels, may need surgeries, etc. I do not discourage patients from getting other work on them. It often helps to have them monitored by western medicine because the need for medications may reduce and we want to make sure the patient is safe at all levels. The western tests can also give objective findings to show that our treatments are helping. My services can greatly enhance the treatments provided by western medicine and vice versa. I think it is always important to utilize all the tools that medical fields offer us and I believe in the patient's autonomy to choose what directions they want to go in. The short answer, though, is YES, acupuncture can be a stand-alone treatment, but it is part of the Chinese medical field and so is only one of the tools available, others can and will be used if necessary. It can be accompanied by other medical fields and as cases vary, which is better can also vary. Emergency medicine should be left to the emergency rooms, once out of the emergency stage our services are quite effective. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

PainEmotional IssuesColds/FluDigestionMenstrual issuesQuit smokingSleepRespiratory

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • ProfessorPacific College Of Oriental Medicine2008 - 2016
  • ProfessorChicago College of Oriental Medicine2018 - 2018


  • Lifetime Membership Award2006Acupuncture Association of Colorado

Professional Memberships

  • Acupuncture Association of Colorado - Lifetime Memeber
  • Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Official Sponsor for The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby League

Hospital Affiliations

  • LaPorte Hospital ( La Porte, IN )

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