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Acupuncture helps Urinary tract infection

Clinical Example of how acupuncture helped urinary tract infection

A female, 58 years old, went to an M.D. for blood in her urine. The MD ordered many tests and could not detect any bacteria in her urine causing a urinary tract infection. The MD told her that blood in urine might be because of her age. She told the MD that 'there are lots of woman with same age as I have, but no one complains about blood in urine that I know'. When our clinic examined her, she had frequent urination, insomnia, hot flashes, palpitations, waking up 3-4 times during sleep, tiredness, and was very stressed. She could not drink water while she was driving due to her frequent urination.

From our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view, this symptom is the heat from the heart and transmitted to small intestine. We gave one acupuncture treatment with just four needles for eliminating heat from the heart. After one week, she reported that there was no more blood in urine and she had less urge for urination, and she woke only one time during sleep. One thing special was that her urine on one side was clear, but the other side was turbid. We still could not answer why two separate urines came out. She was treated another two times. She reported she could encounter all stressful situations without difficulties after her acupuncture treatments.

Overview of UTI on Wikipedia

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Acupuncture helps Bell's palsy

Bells.jpgAcupuncture at my clinic helps Bell's palsy

There can be many causes for bells palsy. This is a real case in our clinic.

Patient is a female, 50 years old. She slept with the air conditioner on, on a hot humid summer night. When she woke up, she felt a stiff feeling in her face. She noticed she couldn't close her right eye and it felt dry. When she tried to open her mouth, she felt her mouth deviated to the left side. When she try to smile her mouth pulled further to left side.

This is the history of her treatments.

She went to an MD on the first day. The MD diagnosed her with bells palsy and advised her to put warm compresses on her right cheek with hot towel. She found there was no improvement at all and decided to try an acupuncture treatment. The first clinic gave acupuncture treatments and some herbs. She took herbs everyday, and got 6 acupuncture treatments in this clinic. There was no improvement, so she went to second another clinic six times. There was still no improvement.

Someone told her ai-ye, a Korean herb, helps a lot with bells palsy. She went to buy ai-ye at a dried herb store. The store owner advised her to go to another clinic as he had same kind of bells palsy and recovered. The patient went to third clinic now. This clinic gave her about 50 long needles on her face each time and she got eight treatments. This clinic used long needle exactly like sewing cloth on her face.

She was desperate when she came to our clinic. She and her husband were very confused because each clinic used different methods and explanations. Some used acupuncture needles, some used herbs, some used suction cups and some used many needles. We explained all of these methods could be used for this kind of symptom. She argued, "why then there were no improvements?". We explained that every treatment might make some difference in her symptoms. They were not convinced by our explanation and asked us what kind treatments we offered. We answered, "of course, acupuncture, using only 4-6 needles each time".

We gave four treatments in total in two weeks. Whenever we asked her, she answered there was no improvement. After the third treatment, we noticed her smile did not pull to right side as much as before. We showed her face to her with a mirror and she finally admitted there was a slight improvement. She did not show up for the next appointment. I thought she might have recovered or moved to another clinic. She came back to the clinic one week later and said she felt some swelling on the cheek, but her mouth no longer pulled to one side.

This is what we did. One treatment was for sedation of liver. The second treatment was sedation of gallbladder. The third one was tonification of spleen. The fourth one was tonification of stomach. The fifth one was tonification of spleen. The symptom was liver yang rising with damp accumulation. We added GB2 or SJ 17, or ST 5-ST7 depending on each different method.

Please read the Western theory on Bell's palsy on Wikipedia

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There is no stiffness and no pain if oxygen and nutrition are enough in fingers

Many people believe finger stiffness is due to arthritis or because the nerve system is broken down. It might be right. However, the ultimate reason is due to poor blood circulation. When blood circulation can provide oxygen and nutrition into the fingers, all problems will be removed. No matter how much glucosamine is taken, it cannot reach to fingers due to poor circulation and absorption.

Most patients with finger stiffness also suffer with cold hands; some suffer with hot hands. These kinds of patients also have slow metabolisms. All these symptoms are due to yin and yang imbalance. Some have a difficulty opening their fingers. Some have a difficulty closing their fingers.. Symptoms affect the ring and little fingers most often.  The middle finger is affected next often. Thumb and second fingers problems are rare. Stiffness is usually more severe in the morning and gets better in the afternoon. This is not a national statistic. This data is only from this clinic.

Acupuncture helps a great deal for stiff fingers.

Method of treatment: Korean Acupuncture.



A female patient had stiffness on the left middle finger. She cannot close the middle finger at all. When she tries to close her hands, the middle finger remains open. Imagine how embarrasing this is. She always put her left hand behind her bag while talking with someone. When she has to show her left hand, she apologizes for her stiff finger and says that 'this is not really what I mean'.

 As soon as the author inserted just 4 needles, I asked her to try to close the middle finger. It closed instantly. She was amazed at the effect. How could it be possible with 4 needles? Her symptoms disappeared with two additional treatments.

The author uses just 4-6 needles to treat this kind of symptoms most of time.

 Chan Hur, Licensed Acupuncturist

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