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.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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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.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of The Week: Explanations of Acupuncture Treatment Process

Acupuncture treatments can be differentiated on the basis of two conditions:

  1. Acute conditions:The earlier the treatments are received after injury, the better the results will be. Three to five treatments may be sufficient.
  2. Chronic conditions (illness postponed for a long time without treatments): Under such condition, treatment is divided into four stages as illustrated below:

Stage 1: Intensive Tx Period: 3 Txs/week, until about 60% recovered.

Stage 2: Continued Tx Period: 2 Tx/week, until about 90% recovered.

Stage 3: Recovery Period: 1 Tx/week, until the condition does not      recur again during this period of time.

Stage 4: Observation and Maintenance Period: After you have recovered from the condition, you must take good care of your body, especially the weak point that needs special care.   Just as you need to perform annual car maintenance and undergo a dental check-up, you also need to schedule appointment for your check-up after the treatment. If a patient’s (including weight-loss patients) condition recur, he or she would need to come back to receive treatment as soon as possible

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Health Tip of The Week: Attention After Treatments Are Completed

After you are healed, please follow the doctor’s recommendations. Please take care of yourself and maintain positive posture to prevent reoccurrence of preexisting conditions. Even if the pain is gone it can still be a weak spot and needs care.

If the condition is to reoccur, please come back to us to get treatment as soon as possible.

In addition, you must understand that the responsibility of the doctor is to help you restore your body’s health condition. I am not a fitness trainer. Thus, you should not challenge your body or try any activity that may negatively affect your body during and after the treatments process.  Please take special care of your body so you can enjoy a healthy and happy life.

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Health Tip of The Week: Special Notes During The Treatment

1.  Treatment is based on your health condition:  The importance of describing your health condition during the appointment: As mentioned earlier, each person responds to acupuncture treatment differently, some are fast and some are slow and the treatment effect is also different.  The body’s respond to the treatment may be different due to other factors such as environment and lifestyle.  Thus it is necessary for doctor to ask about your health condition since the last treatment for each appointment so that I can evaluate and adjust your treatment based on your information.  That is how our treatments are personalized and tailored.  We require the patient or the person who takes care of the patient to describe in detail the health condition after the previous treatment for each appointment so we know your most recent health condition and the status of your recovery.  We will then provide you with the best treatment plan so you can get an optimal treatment effect. 

2. Follow the doctor’s instruction:  Things such as taking medication on time, pressing ear-seeds, getting acupuncture treatments as scheduled, and get plenty of rest for the injured area – do not carry heavy items, use braces to prevent injury again, apply cold pad or heat pad at appropriate times, adjust your diet: pay attention to what you should eat and should not eat.  Doing these will help you get the most out of your time, money, medical resource, and your and my effort.

3.  If you are planning for a vacation or will be out for work during your treatments, please notify me at your earliest convenience so I can adjust the treatment plan and time accordingly.

4.  Medical problem(s) is like a hole on your cloth, you need to treat it as soon as possible. If you delay treatment and the symptom gets worse, then more effort will be required to treat just like you need to repair a hole when it is small; once the hole enlarges, it gets more difficult to repair.  Thus, it is recommended that patients have the determination to receive treatments and complete the treatment process.  It is important that you avoid skipping, discontinuing, or delaying treatment during the process of treatment when your health condition just started to show improvement. By discontinuing your treatments half way you would be wasting your previous treatments and causing this source of medical problem(s) to remain in your body.  If you become injured or weak, the pains will show up again in your body.  If you wait till then you will have to spend more time and effort to fight it.  There is a Chinese saying: To kill a wildflower, you must extract the roots.

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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.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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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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Health Tip of the Week: Acupuncture for Headache

More than 45 million Americans get headaches time and time again. About 18 million of them suffer migraines.

If you have been suffering from severe headache for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years or 30 years, feel your condition worsen, and increasing your dosage of painkillers one after another. Try acupuncture treatment for your headache! Acupuncture is able to solve your problem completely, using the natural way to release your headache with no side effect at all.

Acupuncture works by stimulating acu-points to normalize the circulation of Qi and blood. I use different acu-points of meridian for different types of headache. For example, I use Shao-Yang meridian for temple headache. This way I can heal the headache most effectively.

Duke University researchers found out acupuncture treatment is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of choronic headaches.

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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