Phranque  Wright, Pain Management Specialist

Phranque Wright

Acupuncturist

4007 N Broadway Chicago IL, 60613

About

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
  • I take blood thinners regularly. Is acupuncture dangerous for me?

    There is a chance that the needle could prick a capillary, which to any person wouldn't be a problem, but could be a problem for someone on blood thinners because the blood thinners prevent normal clotting. I very rarely have any bleeding or bruising happen when I needle and this is true of most acupuncture practitioners, but when I was a student, a classmate of mine had caused an excess bruising on a family member who was on blood thinner medications. So, it isn't unheard of, but it is rare that this happens. If you got a flu shot or had some IV put in or had any other medical procedure, it too would be dangerous if you were on blood thinners, but I am certain your MD would not prevent you from getting those. It's all a matter of professionalism and open dialogue. I would advise you to be very open with your practitioner if you do choose to go to Acupuncture. It may actually help you get off blood thinners, but I cannot say without knowing your case. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Is tiredness normal after acupuncture?

    A very common response to acupuncture is a feeling of relaxed overall sensation. What I like to tell my patients and my students is that is because acupuncture puts your body into it's true state of "deficiency". What I mean by that is it lets you know how your body really feels. A lot of us overdo things and ignore the fact that we are stressed, overworked, unrested, etc. Acupuncture removes the excess stress hormones and brings us back out of "fight or flight mode" (which happens in any stressful situation). As a result, many patients feel tired, because, in fact, their body IS TIRED from all the overwork we load on it. This generally lasts a day and after a good nights rest you should feel normal again. Normal, here, meaning more well adjusted and in tune with your overall feelings. This is the start of new, better health. On the flip-side, some patients, after a treatment, feel super energized. This happens when the body has been holding back it's ability to utilize the energy we normally have and the treatment opens the blocked release allowing us to feel more energy. So, we never know how you'll react, but do allow for rest after i.e. don't plan huge activity after until you know how you respond. Have fun, good luck. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture raise blood pressure?

    I cannot speak for your friends specific condition, but odds are that there was another factor involved. If this was your friends first session, they may have had some anxiety, or excitement/anticipation. They may have been anticipating or experiencing some pain during treatment, etc. You do not mention how long after the session this happened - did you take b/p just prior and just after? In any case, just let the practitioner know this happened so they can assess and act accordingly. READ MORE

  • What does "Qi" mean in acupuncture?

    Congratulations on spelling it "Qi" - which is the Pinyin version. It can also be spelled "Ch'i" "Chi" or lay people usually would say "Chee". The term being used comes from a Chinese character that in one section is the symbol for "rice" and another section is the symbol for "air" or "steam" or "heaven". etc. Please keep in mind that Chinese characters refer to a pictorial/conceptual idea more than an actual "single word definition". With that in mind, Qi is something that is both physical and non-physical, hence the two parts combined as one. It represents the rice as well as the steam or the fuel we get from foods. Some translate it simply as "energy" others say it refers to "life force". In a sense, all things are qi in different forms, just as all things are energy in different forms. The character is almost the same as Einstein's equation E=MC2, where energy and material substance are the same thing. So, the simple answer is that it is the energy systems in your body (lung qi works with respiration and distribution, spleen qi transforms food to energy the body can use, heart qi circulates the blood and houses our ability to experience emotions and on and on...) But at the same time is also the physical body itself, which is make up of the energy we transform through the air that we breathe and the foods that we eat. The physical body is qi in a substance form (like the rice in the character) and the functions of the body (circulation, strength, activity of cells, thoughts, emotions, etc are the "non-tangible qi" that is represented in the "air, steam, heaven, etc" section of the character. With acupuncture, we are manipulating, regulating, moving, building and assessing the "qi" (which is actually a plural term, not just a singular item) when we treat you. I hope I was able to help you start to understand. READ MORE

  • Chronic constipation. Should I go for acupuncture?

    Usually, when western medicine doesn't see anything wrong, there may still be some issues that we in Chinese medicine are able to assess and help fix. I recently had a patient similar to your condition and after the 3rd or 4th treatment they were actually going twice a day. The only thing that made it get worse again was when the patient starting eating excess sweet or cheesy foods. Diet can be a huge part, as well as emotional factors and just general miscommunication of body functions. Western medicine separates the body functions into categories, but in Chinese medicine we look at how they all work together and how one body function (such as, say respiration) may affect another (like digestion) as can emotions, lifestyles, diet and a whole slew of other issues. If you're not getting help from the MD's and don't want to rely on laxatives, by all means, try a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in your area to get some relief. It may take a few sessions, but you should notice change quickly. If you're first choice isn't helping, find another - there are always better practitioners to find. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Can my rash be from acupuncture?

    It could be an allergic reaction. It could be something unrelated to the acupuncture but just coincidental, it could be and irritation that occurred after the treatment or it could be a result of the treatment itself. (Sometimes, our treatment is "releasing heat" and that can result in a rash, but we want it to rash out because we want your body to release the pathogen.) I cannot know without knowing your case or what the rash looks like, so go back to the practitioner and show them. A topical, over-the -counter rash ointment might be all you need, but if it gets worse, check for infection. You can certainly ask the practitioner to use a different brand of needle, because some of them have silicon coatings to make the insertion smoother and that might be an irritant to you. So, go back to the acupuncturist and show them so they can assess - I cannot advise without seeing it myself. READ MORE

  • What can acupuncture do for the muscles?

    Acupuncture helps your muscle let go. Think of your muscle pain as a 'half flexed' muscle that won't let go until if finishes it's flex. Like if you wanted to lift a chair over your head but only got to your chest. Even when you put the chair down, the muscle stayed flexed - so it is tight, like when you're still holding a chair. The acupuncture helps your muscle finish the flex and return to relaxed position - it lets you put the chair back down without holding the flex. Another way to look at it is to think of a tight muscle as a stretched rubber band. It too is tight and stretched. The acupuncture would be like un-stretching the rubber band so the muscle again loosens and relaxes. The spasms are from tight muscles - the acupuncture keeps them more loose and also helps the nutrients be delivered through the blood, so that the muscles can be nourished and relaxed. Like a plant being watered to soften up, muscles need the fluids and blood to keep them soft, supple and relaxed. Acupuncture helps the body nourish the muscles. There are more ways, but those are the basics. Find a licensed practitioner and it may take a few treatments to fully help - don't give up after 1 treatment if the one doesn't seem to help. Also, if your acupuncturist isn't helping, you can always switch to another one. Just like auto mechanics and donut shops, some places are better for you than others, but everyone has their own personal favorite. Good luck READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a better alternative to opioids?

    When I had my tooth extracted because it was broken, they not only had to take out my tooth but also cut up my gum to put in some bone powder to allow my jaw to grow for when they were going to put in an implant. They gave me a prescription for pain, but I never used it because I was able to treat myself and have other practitioners I know also treat the issue. So, yes, acupuncture is a very viable alternative to opioids, but you may need to go more than once and depending on your issue, you may need to return periodically. In some cases though, you may only need a few treatments - it all depends on how the surgery went, how your body reacts to treatments and the lifestyle you have (work, exercise, activities, etc). It is important to go soon though, because the longer the pain lingers the more difficult it is to treat in any manner. In addition to needles, the practitioner may also have some salves, liniments or patches made from herbs or even an herbal formula to take to help as well. If it's herbal pills, they are not addictive like opioids and you should be able to use those without being dependent. They could also do what is called 'gua sha' (which is a scraping technique - think of it like getting a massage with a spoon or other blunt tool. Or they may do some cupping; both cupping and gua sha help the blood flow, which will relieve pain and assist in healing. They may also do some moxibustion, which is the burning of an herb on the needle or with a cigar looking thing that warms the body so again the blood can flow and healing can improve. We have many tools on hand to help relieve you of your pains and acupuncture is very effective when you see a licensed practitioner. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Where are the acupuncture points for fertility?

    It all depends on your differential diagnosis - not all people get the same points when getting treatments even if it is for the same type of issue. You can probably expect them to be anywhere, back, leg, arms, feet hands abdomen, etc. So, dress in layers or with very loose clothing that is easily moved around so the practitioner can get to many areas easily (no tight jeans or anything like that. The practitioner will tell you in advance of the needle part of treatment what areas you'd need to expose (i.e. roll pants up to knee, sleeves to elbow, lift shirt to ribs...) Sorry I can't help any further, but again, not everyone gets the exact same points each time. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Are acupuncture needles reused?

    In the United States and other "1st World Countries" we have very strict regulations on sterilization of medical equipment and and standards for the prevention of spreading diseases (especially blood born diseases). With that said, pretty much any licensed practitioner is going to use pre-sterilized needles and after removing them from you will deposit said needle into a sharps container (medical waste container) just like a doctor would do in a hospital. So, go to a licensed practitioner and you should be fine. READ MORE

  • How long does an acupuncture last usually?

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

  • Is it normal to feel lethargic after my session?

    Yes, acupuncture puts you into your body's real state. Because of that, sometimes you might come out super energized ready to take over the world and sometimes you feel tired and want to sleep and sometimes it is not very noticeable at all. Basically, this is your body telling you to take it easy for a little while. Allow yourself to rest and you'll be fine soon. READ MORE

  • How often should I go for acupuncture?

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

  • How many points are there in acupuncture?

    This is a multi-complex answer and not well known to those who aren't fully trained or in training, but here's a partial breakdown: 1. There are 362 points on the "regular" acupuncture channels. This would be what you would see on an acupuncture model or in a typical acupuncture poster. It is the points that are on the 12 "organ" channels and the midline front and midline back of body (Du and Ren Channel) 2. There are about 2,000 of what we call "extra points". These are points on the body that have been used and inputed into the system of "known" points. These points, however, are not necessarily "on the channel" per se or a part of the "channel points" in the charts. 3. There are also points on the body that are part of "microcosms" - that means that a certain body area can represent the whole body, such as the ear, the hand, the abdomen, the scalp, etc. These microcosms are a part of the Chinese medical idea that any part of the body can represent the whole - similar to how any piece of a hologram looks like the whole hologram. In modern speak, we can say that "every cell has the DNA of the whole body". So, each microcosm will have up to hundreds of points on them or will be "zones" where treating an area isn't so point specific as it is when using "channel points". 4. Chinese medicine and acupuncture in particular has many disciplines as different tribes/families or systems grew from the basic understanding. This is true of martial arts, cooking and other disciplines. With that said, there are some systems that also have points that are a mix of "extra points" and "microcosms" that may or may not be listed in the above categories - these would include what we can "Dr. Tung" style or some other family style. I do not know that number. 5. As acupuncture moved across the globe, other cultures have developed other systems - so the Japanese, the Koreans, the Vietnamese et al have also developed points they have found useful through basic theory, extra point theory, channel theory, organ theory, other microcosm theory or through empirical evidence. I do not know that number. Because of all the answers above, ANY point on the body could potentially be an acupuncture point - one of the extra systems has what we call "ah shi" points, which are on the "muscular channel system". These would be similar to what some people call 'trigger points' or just 'knots' but it is more than just that. "Ah shi" points can appear anywhere there is a muscle. So, yes, it is important to know what points you are using, but also know WHY you are using that point based on which system or discipline you are following. In a similar mindset, any wire pulled out of a power system will affect the electrical system, but how is it being rewired, removed, turned on/off, etc that will determine the result. We have an adage: "Chinese medicine is easy to understand, but it is difficult to practice - Chinese medicine is easy to practice but it is difficult to understand" That circular thought is very real. READ MORE

  • Do you recommend acupuncture for neuropathy?

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

  • When should I get acupuncture treatment for fertility?

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

  • Why is acupuncture recommended for cardiovascular disease?

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

  • How is acupuncture an alternative treatment in dentistry?

    Dental pain is just another form of pain, it just happens to happen in your mouth. Acupuncture can help move blockages in the body's flow, can help relax muscles that are preventing movement and can help the body to regulate growth properly for areas that may not be regenerating well. The mouth is no area of exception. I can give you a personal experience: I had to have a tooth pulled out two years ago and had to have my jaw bone cut up in the process to help me get a dental implant. The doctor gave me a prescription for pain meds, but all I had to do was needle three points and I had no pain. I went back for more work and the doctor was pushing on my jaw the whole time he worked, so the next day I had a couple of my acupuncture students work on some other points to relieve the pain my neck endured from his jaw pushing work. I never used the prescription in either time. Once the body is flowing properly again, there is no pain. In order to fully answer your question, I would need to know your full case. If you choose to go get acupuncture, you'll need to be assessed by the practitioner on which is the best route to take for you. Good luck. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture improve blood circulation?

    Acupuncture helps regulate many of the body's systems, including the digestive, the circulatory, the lymphatic, etc. No one really know the full reasoning behind the physiology behind it and there have been many studies giving a variety of explanations. So, this shows that there are many aspects of the body's functions that are being activated with the acupuncture stimulation. From a Chinese medical standpoint, we are adjusting the organs ability to function and setting the body to coordinate with the other organs functions, so it works smoothly on it's own. In other words, it helps the blood circulate because it helps the breathing and digestion circulate - together they "build blood" and "move blood". READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture treat addiction?

    Nothing can help an addiction that is also feeding the addiction. That is why the patches and the gums don't work - they are still putting nicotine into his system. When it comes to substances that are legal (tobacco, alcohol, sugar, etc) it is difficult to quit unless the participant is WILLING and WANTING to quit. Without that will and want, there is nothing preventing the person from going out and getting the substance themselves - nothing inhibits a person's free will. How does acupuncture work? There are points that help the person stay calm, so they don't need the substance to keep them calm. It helps regulate the body's systems (digestive, circulatory, sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system, respiratory, et al). It doesn't work by itself and it will not work if the patient is not willing to quit the lifestyle and become a non-smoker. There is usually an herbal formula that assists the acupuncture treatment and there are counseling sessions the practitioner has with the patient and there is even a couple of points that can cause the patient to be repulsed by the scent of the cigarette. It is best to work with someone who is familiar with working with this type of addiction, someone who has had experience and knows how to work with an addicted patient. So, when seeking a practitioner, be sure they know it's a process and will help guide your son. Before that, though, be sure that your son wants to make the change, because we cannot change his habits, only he can. Good luck. READ MORE

  • How many sessions are needed for weight loss?

    There is no magic number for acupuncture treatments vs weight loss (or any other condition, really). The bulk of your weight loss regiment will be the diet and exercise portion. The acupuncture will help your metabolism, your digestion and your overall health and mental wellness, but it is not the object that will be reducing the weight. So, go as often as you like to see how it helps you along on your path. Stick to a good healthy diet and lifestyle and you'll reach your goals in an appropriate manner. You are in charge here, it is the work you do to reach your goal that will get you there - the acupuncture is only a tool to keep you overall balanced. READ MORE

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

    There are a variety of complications that can occur, the most extreme are the most rare - side effects rarely if never happen when done by a Licensed Acupuncturist with full training. This is why it is important to see a licensed practitioner, a Licensed Acupuncturist, instead of going to, say, a Chiropractor who "does acupuncture" or an MD who "does acupuncture" or a PT doing "dry needling (definitely stay away from that one). Minor things are local pain, maybe bruising and a drop of blood could come out. Even these are rare when done by a professional. More serious things would be nerve pain or a patient passing out. Again, those are rare and usually the passing out comes from the patient not eating that day, not resting well or because of their fears (similar to someone passing out when getting blood drawn is more from the fear than the actual draw). Very serious problems, such as pneumothorax (lung collapse) or piercing a vital organ, etc are so rare that I only know of one person doing it in my 20 years of practice. This type of occurrence happens by people who have minimal training or don't care about what they are doing Licensed Acupuncturists are trained to avoid such occurrences more vigorously than those who take the weekend courses to add to their scope (see MD/DC/PT note above). There really is no danger of them needling "wrong points" and you won't have any real adverse effects from the treatment itself, it isn't like a pharmaceutical that would poison you or have an overdose limit. You might feel more calm and sedated as your body regulates, many patients feel a better sense of well being and that can seem weird, but it isn't harmful. Any fear you have, be sure to just ask your practitioner. I promise you it is safer than the meds you are already taking. READ MORE

  • Is an achy feeling normal in acupuncture?

    There are a variety of sensations that can happen in response to an acupuncture insertion. It ranges from a mild ache/tingle to an itchy feeling or can be as intense as a muscle jump or "jolt" running up or down. There are many other sensations people experience, even in different parts of the body that weren't directly needled (i.e. "felt in the feet when needling the hands"). The key thing is to stay in communication with the practitioner - there are some feeling that we are actually looking for and some that may be inappropriate. If what you feel is "pain" i.e. too much for you to bear, than definitely tell your practitioner so they can remove or adjust the needle. READ MORE

  • Does a daith piercing help with migraines?

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

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

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

  • Is acupuncture safe during the first trimester?

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

  • Can acupuncture aid in autoimmune diseases?

    It can be helpful with your joint pain and fatigue for sure, the acupuncturist would need to do a bit of differential diagnosis, because "Lupus" is a western medical term and Chinese medicine diagnosis' differently. With a proper differential the acupuncturist can serve you more precisely. Find a licensed practitioner in your area, an L.Ac. (Licensed acupuncturist) not just and MD or DC who "does acupuncture too". Find a good qualified practitioner and if you don't like your first choice, shop around a bit to find one who you click with. Good luck. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture help boost the immune system?

    There are a variety of ways I would like to answer this question, but it would take a bit of in depth answering, so I will try to keep it short for you. 1. Acupuncture is a modality of Chinese medicine and Chinese medicine looks at the body differently than western medicine even though some things seem to overlap. One of the differences involves how we see colds/flus manifesting in the body. In western medicine it is from a virus and in Chinese medicine it is from the body not adapting to the environment (and hence the virus takes over). In short, both medical styles require the body to be stronger than the virus. So far, so good? 2. In Chinese medicine, part of the process of maintaining balance with the environment includes keeping the blood flowing and the other body systems flowing properly (lymphatic, digestive, sweat glands, etc). If they aren't flowing well, then from a western point of view the white blood cells can't do their job as well, the lymphatic system and digestive systems can't eliminate the waste products as well and the skin and muscles tighten up preventing circulation everywhere. 3. Acupuncture (along with moxibustion and in some cases herbal formulas) keep the systems flowing, remove the tightness in the muscles, air out inflammation areas and coordinate the body's systems to flow more smoothly. To explain all of the intricacies here requires a 4-year medical degree or at least a couple of years of basic TCM theory and differential diagnosis - so I won't go into the nitty gritty, but I hope you can start to see what is happening. 4. Even western medicine is currently realizing that the weather does have a factor in people getting sick (even though the main culprit is the virus). People live with viruses and bacteria all the time, it is when the body functions begin to fail that the microbes start to take over. With acupuncture and other Chinese medical modalities, we focus on strengthening and regulating the body more than killing the virus. This is why there are less side effects and a quicker recovery. I not only help people prevent flus and colds with acupuncture, moxibustion or dietary and lifestyle advice, I also treat people who are currently active sick. 9 out of 10 who come in with a cold/flu leave with minimal to no symptoms - in effect they go from "day one" to "end of sickness" in the hour that I treat them. Others take an extra day or need to take some herbs to finish it off, but they can pretty much get on with their day when I'm done. However, I do my acupuncture slightly different than the average L.Ac because I use more needle techniques to eliminate and regulate as opposed to just sticking in needles (which is also helpful but may take the extra day or so). In short summary; Prevention is done with preparing the body for the season so body can be in harmony with environment (and hence stays stronger than virus) - treatment is done when the patient is already sick and we remove the sickness with needles/moxa/cupping and herbs. I hope I was able to answer your question. READ MORE

  • When is acupuncture not recommended?

    Acupuncture can always be an adjunct to other treatments or a stand alone treatment for pretty much anything. There are times when other modalities MUST take first precedence, i.e. someone breaks an arm - first one would need to administer first-aid, then (or soon) one would potentially need surgery to reset the bone. Acupuncture can help just before the surgery i.e. reduce swelling relieve pain, regulate bp, etc. Also, acupuncture would be useful just after the surgery - to reduce post-surgical pain, to reduce swellings, to initiate proper blood flow and increase rate of healing, etc. Acupuncture itself isn't useful if the break needs repair, but it is useful in incidents surrounding surgery itself. Keep this idea as you think about any and all other health conditions. If it cannot help directly, it can help indirectly. Now, for things we do not NEEDLE. We do not needle into open wounds, we do not needle pregnant women directly over the uterus as the baby develops (i.e. no lower back points or abdominal points surrounding growing fetus/embryo. We have certain points we do not needle while a woman is pregnant, but those same points are quite useful when the mother needs to initiate or help foster or induce labor (help the baby get pushed out - help reduce pain during labor, etc). We also do not needle into infections, lesions, infected skin areas (covered in staph, etc) and what not. However, acupuncture can help to relieve the causes of such things and/or give relief to such things (increase immunity, relieve pain, etc.). So, to hopefully answer your question properly - there is nothing that acupuncture cannot help/assist, but there is really no condition that it is not recommended (at least not by those who know it's full potential and proper usage). There is, however, things we do not needle when treating conditions. Can you see the difference here? I hope I answered your question. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture cure hypertension?

    "Cure" is a really strong word that most everyone in the medical field is forbidden to use legally. "Treat" and "Help" are more appropriate to use, as is "Reduce" in cases of hypertension. I have helped people keep their hypertension in check, but lifestyles and diet can exacerbate the issue, so there's really nothing that can keep it gone forever. Though we can help keep it in check, help you cope with stressors in your life, help you evaluate proper diet, etc. The acupuncture can help calm the nervous system and ease you emotionally and help regulate the hormonal balance as well. So, it can help and it can treat, but "cure" is too strong a word for anyone to use. I hope this helps and I hope you find a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac) to help you. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with the cold?

    When practiced by a professional who is trained in good needle technique, you don't even need the other medications. I have recently worked on at least three patients this week who came in with a cold and left without one. One even had a flu, and one had seen other acupuncturists but they didn't help. Find someone who really knows good needle technique. Good luck. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture help my lower back pain?

    Many studies show that acupuncture is better for low back pain than pain medications. It works quickly and for longer times too. Once we get to the root of the issue we can get right to the healing. Find a practitioner who is familiar with muscular pain and you should be better really soon. READ MORE

  • Should I get acupuncture for my fibromyalgia?

    I have had great success with fibromyalgia patients using acupuncture. It helps relieve the muscle tensions, heal the muscles and helps you sleep more deeply. Lack of deep sleep is assumed to be one of the factors that leads to fibromyalgia - the time we sleep that lets the body heal isn't reached, so the small tears we get all day build up without the sleep. The acupuncture can help relieve the tension from the unhealed tissue, help blood flow more easily to help healing continue and helps you sleep so the issue isn't exacerbated. Find a licensed practitioner who works well with pain. Good luck READ MORE

  • My son has awful shoulder pain. How can I help him?

    I like to say "when western medicine can't find something wrong it is something we can treat." Western doctors using x-rays cannot see the surrounding tissue injuries very easily and doctors don't seem to palpate areas to get a feel for what is happening to the patients muscular tissues or myofascial tissues. Go see a Licensed Acupuncturist and see if they can help - they have options beyond needling, such as "gua sha" (a scraping tachnique), cupping (a suction technique), Chinese massage, herbs, salves, patches, etc. Find a licensed Acupuncturist in your area (and L.Ac. not a DC or MD who "does acupuncture). Find one who works with children and is good with muscle pain. Your son should be better soon, since the MD's already ruled out major problems. Good luck. READ MORE

  • How often should I get acupuncture?

    I cannot advise the frequency of treatments you need if I don't see you personally, but if you are happy with the seasonal treatments that is a good start. I generally advise my patients to come in each season to stay balanced, but if they need it more (anxiety returns often, stress from life change or work issue, emergency situation, etc) then they should come more. Keep in mind you can also get acupuncture for pain issues, for colds/flu, for sleep issues and a whole plethora of ailments. So, go when you feel sick for any reason. The amount of times to go, however, is determined by you and your practitioner. READ MORE

  • How should I prepare for my acupuncture session?

    Make sure that you eat before you go in to the treatment i.e. don't go on an empty stomach. Be sure to rest well the night before if you can. Dress in loose fitted clothing or in layers or bring some shorts so that many body parts can be exposed easily without having to undress too much. Be prepared to be there for a while and be prepared to talk about every aspect of your health (diet, work, home life, stress factors, menstrual cycles, skin, digestion and elimination, etc). Most practitioners are very thorough on intakes initially. Be willing to listen and ask questions but don't try to learn everything they are doing. The practitioner went to school for at least four years to learn what they are doing, so full explanations can't really happen, but they should be able to tell you things in a way that allows you to understand basically. Remember that if they use the word "liver" "kidney" "heart" or other organ it doesn't mean that organ itself, but a system of related functions in your body. With that, remember that Google isn't a school, so ask the pro before looking things up. If you experience any discomfort or pain let the practitioner know - we don't like to hurt our patients, but sometimes a needle hits a spot that can hurt, (most won't) so just keep open dialogue with the practitioner. That should do it. Good luck and enjoy. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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. 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 www.nccaom.org 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 www.nccaom.org - 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

  • Professor Pacific College Of Oriental Medicine 2008 - 2016
  • Professor Chicago College of Oriental Medicine 2018 - 2018

Awards

  • 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

Residency

  • Morristown Medical Center

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Official Sponsor for The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby League

Internships

  • Indiana University Medical Center

Fellowships

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Philanthropic Initiatives

  • Providing surgical care to indigent patients in central and south America. Co-founder of UHMLA (Unidad Hospitalaria Movil de Latino America)

Hospital Affiliations

  • LaPorte Hospital ( La Porte, IN )

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LOUIS A WEISS MEMORIAL HOSPITALl

4646 N MARINE DRIVE CHICAGO IL 60640

4143 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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367 ft
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4658-4698 N Marine Dr, Chicago, IL 60640, USA

THOREK MEMORIAL HOSPITALl

850 W IRVING PARK RD CHICAGO IL 60613

4143 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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855-877 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613, USA

METHODIST HOSPITAL OF CHICAGOl

5025 N PAULINA STREET CHICAGO IL 60640

4143 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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