Health Tip of The Week: The Difference Between Western and Chinese Medicine (2)

With Chinese herbal medicine, the prescription taken was adjusted accordingly by the condition of a body.   When the symptoms and health condition improves, the less amount of medication is required. The patient’s health condition gets better gradually as body’s constitution improves.    As a result, the treatment by Chinese medicine is usually with a better long-term result as it allows patient undergo changes day by day with decreased amount of medication and until the body get recovered ultimately and no longer require any medication.

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Health Tip of The Week: The Difference Between Western and Chinese Medicine (1)

The important difference between Western and Chinese medicine is that the Chinese medicine uses different approach to treat the source of medical problem(s) by understand human body’s constitution and activates body’s self healing process whereas Western medicine only diagnose and treat the symptoms regardless the body constitution.  With conventional Western medicine, it focuses on removing the symptoms and patient may show or experience “instant” improvement after taking the medication in the beginning of treatment.  But the patient usually requires medication for certain period of time.   If the symptom(s) persist or longer treatment requires, more medications may be taken.   If the medication stops during the treatment, the symptom(s) may persist or worsen and some patient may develop side-effect or become addiction or dependence on medication.

……to be continued

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Health Tip of The Week: Acupuncture and Herbs for Vertigo

Vertigo refers to symptoms of balance loss and the sensation that everything around you is spinning.
It often occurs along with blurred vision, sensory confusion, nausea, vomiting, perspiration or even fainting.

In Chinese Medicine Theory, vertigo is related to Qi/Blood deficiency, Dampness accumulation, Liver Yang rising or Kidney Essence deficiency. The most frequent pattern is Qi deficiency which causes dampness accumulation. Dampness accumulates in the meridian around the inner ear area, then disrupts and blocks the flow of Qi; this causes loss of balance and the sensation that everything around you is spinning.

Treating vertigo with acupuncture and herbs, I would choose SJ Meridian’s acupuncture points, because SJ Meridian connects the ears and is good at clearing dampness. Also, I would use herbal medicine that increases Qi and reduces dampness. Like I mentioned before, stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points through acupuncture treatments help restore sufficient, continuous, even flow of Qi through the body, thereby restoring health and balance, while also relieving symptoms.

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Health Tip of The Week: The Importance of Completing The Treatment Process

Q:If I am 70% recovered, should I let it heal on its own like a cold, and not continue the treatments?

A:  Acupuncture is used to regulate body’s Qi and blood circulations. 70% recovery is like clearing half way of a clogged drain pipe, it will definitely be clogged again. It can also be said that being sick is like a screw that is loosened. The doctor has to screw it back. If during the treatment process the patient feels better and stops the treatment on his or her own, it will be like a half-tightened screw that will come loose again anytime. So it is necessary to be patient and complete the treatment process so the sickness will not reoccur, just like a tight screw that will not loosen easily.  Make sure to continue the treatment until you are fully recovered to avoid any symptom from becoming chronic because of incomplete treatments.  If the condition becomes chronic, the treatment will cost you more time and money.

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Health Tip of the Week: Does Acupuncture Hurt?

 Acupuncture needles are completely different from injection needles used by Western Medicine.  The injection needles used by Western Medicine are generally bigger and the injections are targeted on area such as big blood vessels so they are painful.  Modern acupuncture needles are ultra-fine and quite flexible like hairs.  They are inserted on acupoints where they are at specific locations that are between muscles not big blood vessels, so they are not painful.  When inserted, patient has just a little sensation of soreness, numbness, distension, and or tingling.

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New Testomonial: Skin Problem

I found Dr. Fu’s practice by a stroke of luck when I saw it listed close to my work office in the Anthem Blue Cross insurance directory.  I decided to try acupuncture to help clear my complexion and balance hormones as my dermatologist and physician weren’t achieving much results from conventional western methods.  Scheduling an appointment was easy and accommodated my schedule well.  I was happy to hear that I would meet with Dr. Fu for a no cost in-depth consultation first and receive a treatment plan before having to commit to any treatment–and it made all the difference.  Never before has a physician sat down with me for almost an hour, going over every pertinent detail of my health, habits, sleep, diet, stress, work and family history to gain a comprehensive view of my complete health.  Never before have I ever felt a physician was truly listening to me and truly wanted to help.  After my consultation, he presented two options for treatment and together we found a course that worked for me, my budget, and health outlook.  I was happy to receive acupuncture treatment the same day.  I have had acupuncture before during college but Dr. Fu has a technique to make most needle insertion not even noticeable!  In fact, some points even feel good and relaxing to receive! The treatment rooms are spotless, tastefully decorated, and have soft lighting and relaxing music.  At each appointment, I felt welcome, warm, and a part of the practice family.  Dr. Fu did an in-depth analysis of my pulse and health indicators prior to each treatment and checked in with me regarding my progress with diet, rest, and herbal Rx. After two months of regular treatment, my complexion had improved as well as a drastic improvement in my sleep, stress relief, and overall health.  I looked forward to each treatment as I felt like a different person when I walked out of the office.  I swear each treatment felt like a relaxing spa treatment–much like receiving a massage or going to a yoga class.  When I decided to relocate back to the Pacific NW, I immediately thought of how much I would miss Dr. Fu, Jean, and his team.  It is not everyday you find a Doctor who sincere in his genuine desire to help improve your health.  He is an exceptional, caring doctor and acupuncture practitioner.