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.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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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.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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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 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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Health Tip of the Week: Rest or Exercise

Q: Some people hear from their friends or some medical staff that it is necessary to work through the pain of an injury by continuation physical activities and doing therapy.  The saying goes that without physical activity/ therapy muscle will atrophy and pain will persist.  There is also another saying that using supportive braces like a back brace will cause an overreliance on the braces.
A: In general, for conditions such as acute tendonitis, it is better to rest during the preliminary stages of acupuncture treatment.  If physical activity and therapy is continued during the early stages of recovery, it will not get the necessary rest, which may turn it from an acute to a chronic condition.  This makes it harder to treat.   Irritating a cut will only delay its healing and the same principal applies to the healing of muscle and tendons.  Wearing braces is also important during the preliminary stages of an injury because it helps lower the chances of a reinjury.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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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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