Health Tip of the Week: Will I Develop Dependence on Treatment?

Q: After the treatment, my pain has reduced and I feel great.  But I was worry if the pain will come back after I complete my treatment.  Or will I develop dependence on treatment just like western medicine?

A:  As mentioned in Wave Theory, the continual treatment effect is like waves one after another that keeps on rising, allowing the treatments to take full effect.  When it reaches to the full effect and goal, the pain will not come back if you take a good care of your body and regular maintenance, just like once you tighten a screw it is most likely not to loosen

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of The Week: Prescription of Herbal Medicine (1)

Before herbal medicine can be prescribed, patient must undergo comprehensive examination and diagnosis by doctor to determine patient’s physical constitution through taking the pulse, checking the tongue, checking the complexion, and inquiring patient’s physical and medical history. The herbal medicine prescribed is personalized and tailored to the patient’s special needs.

The effect of herbal medicine is the same as predicted by the Wave Process Theory for acupuncture treatment. A patient should continue taking herbal medicine on schedule until fully recovered. Stopping half way; taking medicine intermittently; or postponing taking medicine will reduce or even nullify the effect of herbal medicine.

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Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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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.

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Health Tip of The Week: Protect the Lower Back When Lifting

 

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Using appropriate lifting techniques will help prevent a lower back injury. Lift heavy items slowly, breaking the motion into smaller parts, whenever possible. For example, if you must lift a heavy box from the floor to a high shelf, find a support midway. Then rest the box there for a moment before hoisting it onto the shelf. When lifting, bend at the knees, not at the lower back. If you must turn while lifting, pivot with the feet, instead of twisting the lower back.

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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: Why do you need to get treated as soon as possible?

A: If you have sprained, pulled your muscle, felt any pain or have an acute condition, you would need to get treated as soon as possible when symptoms just developed. It will only take about three to five treatments to get fully recovered.  But when you delay or receive inappropriate treatment, the problem may become chronic.  In this case, the number of treatment required increases and treatment time may be extended.

Treating your sickness is just like repairing a hole on your cloth, you need to get treated while your problem is small just like to repair the hole while it is small. If you ignore your condition, the problem, just like the hole on your cloth, becomes bigger and more difficult to treat or repair.  As described in handbook About Acupuncture How does Acupuncture work?, any pain or ill-health results when the flow of Qi through body is disrupted or blocked.  When the blockage remains in your body for a long time, it is more difficult and takes a longer to treat.

Acupuncture treatment is to help the flow of Qi through a network of channels just like removing the clog in the water pipes.  Stimulation of the appropriate acupoints through acupuncture treatments helps to restore sufficient, continuous and even flow of Qi and other nutrients throughout the body, thereby restoring health and balance to the body, while relieving pain and other symptoms.  When you have blockage in your body, you feel the pain.  The sooner you get treated, the easier it is to remove the blockage from your body.  Thus it is strongly recommended that you get an intensive treatment when symptoms just develop to obtain an optimal treatment effect. After fully recovered, the best way to maintain your health is to take care of any health problem as early as possible.  Make sure to take care of your body’s health just like maintaining your car and follow the doctor’s advice for any follow-up visit.

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Health Tip of The Week: Consultation of Acupuncture Treatment

Q: I am here for infertility and why is doctor asking questions such as how is my sleeping condition, digestive system etc, that seems to be unrelated to my visit?

A: Chinese Medicine treat patient by understanding the comprehensive whole picture of patient’s body’s constitution and thus it is important to ask and know detail about patient’s health condition so that doctor can do the differential diagnosis and treatment of Chinese Medicine for the patient.

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Health Tip of The Week: What You Need To Do Prior To Your Acupuncture Appointment?

The main difference between acupuncture treatment and western medicine is that acupuncture treatment uses a natural approach to treat the source of medical problem(s) or pain. It does so by understanding each person’s body constitution and treating each person by stimulating the acupoints of the body to activate the body’s self-healing process and increase Qi and blood circulation.  Please keep in mind that everyone’s body condition is different and only you know how your body feels, the location of your pain, and medical condition(s).  Thus, it is recommended that you make note of any pain or information related to your medical condition(s) prior to your appointment. Help yourself by helping your doctor know you better.

For patients with pain:  Make note of the location of your pain prior to each appointment and inform doctor during your appointment, use one finger to locate your pain point as precise as possible to help you get better sooner.

For patients with chronic condition: the cause or the source of medical problem(s) can be traced.  Please provide any related information to your symptoms in as much detail as possible so that doctor can better understand and evaluate your lifestyle or any of your habits that may be related to your medical problem(s). Doctor will then provide you with suggestions and recommendations for changes to any habit that may be contributing to your medical problems(s) based on the information you provided to help you live healthier and with a better quality of life for the future.

For other medical problem(s):  Do your best to prepare a detailed summary of your health condition from the time of your last treatment to your current appointment.  This will help doctor understand you better and provide an appropriate treatment or medication.

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of the Week: Acupuncture and Herbs for Insomnia

Insomnia ranks high, right behind the common cold, stomach disorders and headaches as a reason why people seek a doctor’s help.  There are about one-third of adults complained that they woke up in the midnight and couldn’t continue their sleep.

No matter if you can not continue the sleep in the midnight or can not fall asleep at the beginning, acupuncture and herbs are all very helpful to relieve the condition.

There is the theory of Yin-Yang in Chinese medicine. Yang is like the day time, sun, hot, fire, dry… Yin is like the night time, moon, cold, water, wet… If Yin and Yang are balance in your body, you will feel comfortable, peaceful and healthy. If Yin is too low (Yin deficiency), you will feel too much Yang (Heat) in your body, the heat will disrupt your sleep.

Having a good night sleep will increase the Yin. On the contrary, insomnia will cause your Yin deficiency, so your condition will be getting worse, this is a vicious circle.

If you are suffered from insomnia , you need to get help as soon as possible to change your sleep disorder.

Acupuncture and herbs work by increasing Yin and reducing heat in the body to treat this condition. They are the natural ways to release your insomnia with no side effect at all.

 

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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