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October 26, 2016

Plantar Fasciitis Acupuncture Points: Mu Guan Gu Guan

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis with Acupuncture

 

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is on the bottom of your foot. What happens is patients usually wake up early in the morning and their feet is really, really sore and takes about 10-20 minutes to really warm-up. They feel like they are walking in razor blades, there’s a sharp sensation at the bottom of the heel. Plantar Fasciitis is also common in runners. Roughly takes 10% of running injuries. It also accounts 11-15% of all heel pain.

Traditional treatments include Orthotics, going to Physio, doing exercises, shockwave therapy, PRP injections and these treatments are often expensive and ineffective. If you tried all these and nothing else has worked for you, acupuncture maybe an option for you.

With acupuncture, what happens is needles are placed either on the fingers, on the hands or on the scalp. This is used to stimulate the body’s limbic system. Once the body’s limbic system is stimulated the brain produces endorphins, which is your body’s natural pain killer. From then on, the patient is encouraged to move, stretch and actually do some exercises to encourage local blood flow. As treatments progressed should be able to see improvement with each and every session.
Thank you for watching this video. If you have any questions about treatment of Plantar Fasciitis using Chinese medicine, please send us an email at info@artofacupuncture.com.au

plantar fasciitis acupuncture

plantar fasciitis acupuncture

Mu Guan and Gu Guan is a set of points on the heel of the palm. They are great points for plantar fasciitis and “bone swelling.”

I first learned about these points from Dr. Tan’s Book, Twelve and Twelve Acupuncture. It’s a great little book with just 12 points, mostly from the Master Tung Acupuncture system. It’s a great for anyone starting in the Tung system but not yet ready to get bombed with theory. The book includes very straight forward descriptions, pics of the points, and case studies to learn from. You can read the book and literally, start using it right away and it works!

plantar fasciitis acupuncture points

plantar fasciitis acupuncture points from Dr. Tan’s book Twelve and Twelve Acupuncture.

Gu Guan

Location: in the depression (.05cun) distal to the prominence of the scaphoid bone. (or Ashi point will do) Needling depth: .02 -.05 cun (Tan,1991.)

Mu Guan

Location: in the depression (.05cun) distal to the prominence of the pisiform bone. (or Ashi point will do) Needling depth: .02 -.05 cun (Tan,1991.)

The Chinese Character for “mu” or “” means wood & “guan” or “” means gate. Wood in TCM pertains to the tendons and sinews which is why it is such a great point for heel pain. I’ve also heard from other practioners using these points for menses problems which makes sense because wood is associated with liver blood as well.

The character “Gu” or “” translates to bone which treats kidney and bone as well. (needling muscle treats muscle, tendon for tendon, bone for bone)

Lastly, the palm of the heel is just such a great image of the heel itself. You can layer the images as well with Du 20 (head treats foot) to get even better results (Thank you Brad Whisnant.)

I’ve also had great results for knee pain especially swollen joints since one of the indications is “bone swelling.”

Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCPDxWzSRFc

 

Master Tung came from one of the most prestigous acupuncture familes in Taiwan. This style of acupuncture is renowned for having fast and instantaneous results. If you are an acupuncturist and getting medicorce results, look into Master Tung points. No more “put’em in and pray.” 

For full Master Tung Trainings check out either Brad WhisnantRobert Chu, or Dr. Young. Def worth the investment as an acupuncturist.

Dr. Balance Method Seminars check out: Si Yuan Balance Method 

References:

Tan, Richard, and Stephen C. Rush. Twelve and Twelve in Acupuncture Unique Point Applications and Case Studies for Effective Pain Treatment. San Diego, CA: Tan, Richard, 1991. Print.


 

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

*All Videos Filmed With Written Informed Consent

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

October 23, 2016

Morning Sickness Remedies: Acupuncture point for nausea and vomiting

 Acupuncture point for nausea and vomiting

Acupuncture point for nausea

Acupuncture point for nausea

Pericardium 6 is a well known point in Chinese medicine for nausea and vomiting. It is located in between the two tendons of the wrist, just three finger breadths away from your wrist crease. This point has is used by postoperatieve patients and also patients undergoing chemotherapy. A study by the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine, found that this point can provide up to 8 hours of relief. If you are suffering from morning sickness or nausea give this point a try. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Below is a video that discusses how to find and use PC6:

Youtube video HERE

References:

Dundee, JW, Sourialm FBR, Ghaly GH, 1988,”P6 acupressure reduces morning sickness Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Volume81 August1988.

 


Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

 

 

October 23, 2016

Acupressure point for Bloating

 Acupressure point for Bloating 

Bloating is often characterised by abnormal fullness or swelling in the abdominal area. It can be due to a variety of related issues such as digestive disorders, hormonal problems, allergies, and in some cases even cancer. Most of us have experienced bloating at one time in our life or another.

One of the more common causes of bloating can be IBS (irritable bowel syndrome.) according to the Singapore Medical Association,Up to 96% of IBS patients(6) experience bloating, compared to 20%–30% of the general population.(7,8) Approximately 50% of patients with bloating also experience an increase in abdominal girth of up to 12 cm. Bloating has a significant impact on quality of life (QOL)(9) and brings about great psychological distress.

bloating acupressure

ST43 acupressure point for bloating

Often times bloating often categorised under “unknown,” it is often difficult to find a cure for it. A great acupressure point for bloating is an acupuncture point  called xiang gu (ST43.) It is located  directly between the two tendons of your second and third toes. Below is a video on how to perform acupressure on this point:

 

Youtube Video HERE

References:

Wong, WM. “Restriction of FODMAP in the management of bloating in irritable bowel syndrome.”Singapore Med J 2016; 5.

 


 

 

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

October 22, 2016

Instant Relief Acupressure Lower Back Pain

Great Acupressure point for lower back pain

Lower back pain is one of the most commonly treated conditions acupuncturists treat everyday. Most people that have tried acupuncture should be able to get good results in terms of pain relief but there also a few things patients can do on their own time in between the treatments to help expedite the healing process:

  1. Stretches and exercise: back bridges along with the right stretches help keep the muscles nice and loose.
  2. Avoid processed and sugary foods: These foods have an inflammatory effect and hinder the healing process.
  3. Acupressure: If the pain comes back (which it sometimes does) you can always try acupressure to keep the pain at bay until your next appointment. Below is quick video on a great acupressure point that can be used for lower back pain:

 

 


Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

October 17, 2016

Sciatica Treatment Acupuncture Brisbane

 Sciatica Treatment Case Study using scalp acupuncture

Sciatica can be one of the most annoying pain people suffer from day in and day out. It affects people of any age or gender and is characterised with pain in the butt (literally) and a shooting pain that travels along the side of the leg or back of the hamstring. When the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, it can become irritated and send a numb sensation down the leg all the way down to the pinky toe. It is an uncomfortable feeling and often times people are unable to get relief through conventional medicine.

Below is a case study of how instant scalp acupuncture can relieve pain. By placing needles alone the scalp of the head, we are able control the pain which gives the patient more mobility. From then, we do a series of stretches and exercises to make sure the pain stays away.Sciatica treatment using acupuncture takes 6-9 treatments but is definitely an option worth looking at. Below is a video example:

 


Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

October 17, 2016

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September 25, 2016

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September 25, 2016

Zhu Scalp Acupuncture Cerebellar Infarction Day 45

September 25, 2016

Zhu Scalp Acupuncture: Coma case study

September 25, 2016

Stroke Recovery With Scalp Acupuncture

Acupuncture For Acute Stroke Case Study in Asia

Acupuncture in the west is mostly known for chronic pain. However, Scalp acupuncture can be applied in acute emergency situations as well.

What is Scalp Acupuncture?

Scalp acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to ancient China. In modern acupuncture today it is one the most common treatments used for post-stroke recovery and as the name suggests, involves inserting acupuncture needles into acupoints in the scalp. In fact, scalp acupuncture rather than regular body treatment appears to be much more effective at treating neurological conditions including stroke.

How can it assist stroke recovery?

Scalp acupuncture can be an effective way to improve neurological symptoms, including difficulty speaking/writing/reading, memory loss & reduction of motor skills, which can occur post-stroke.

The acupuncture needle insertion sites, being much closer to the affected areas of the brain, are believed to encourage the brains neuroplasticity by stimulating the cerebral cortex (region of the brain responsible for memory, perception, learning, cognition, awareness, language & motor function) (1). The needles are often stimulated slightly by the acupuncturist (this cannot be felt by the patient) and often left in for a number of hours afterwards.

M 90, family members woke up to find him unresponsive and rushed him to the ER. He was unable to speak and had scans done. Zhu scalp acupuncture was applied by Dr. Zhu and his team and the patient was able to speak again after 20 minutes. After 3 days of treatment this patient was able to be discharged and cleared to go home.

 

stroke recovery

Patient brain scan

 

Not only is this efficient and  cost effective, it also frees up doctors in the inpatient wards to attend to other life threatening diseases. Hopefully the hospitals in the west will start to integrate and use acupuncture in for these types of situations someday.

youtube video here

 

Research (2) has suggested that scalp acupuncture may be effective due to the influence it has on the following factors:

  • reducing brain odema (swelling)
  • promote repair of blood brain barrier to prevent further damage occurring from unwanted molecules crossing this essential barrier.
  • reducing chronic inflammation to allow for brain tissue repair
  • improving neuron function & communication allowing for faster recovery & return of normal functionality.

Stimulating the scalp may encourage the brains neuroplasticity by stimulating the cerebral cortex may help in stroke recovery.

One of the most important factors of treatment is TIME. The sooner treatment begins the better the outcome. However, this is not always the case, positive results may still be seen if treatment begins beyond the ‘3-6 month’ recommended recovery window. Even years later treatment may still be effective. It’s never too late to consider treatment.

For more information on Scalp Acupuncture training in Australia contact: soohian@gmail.com

  • Not a paid endorsement but I really do believe this is next level acupuncture. Acupuncture that works in acute situations that can actually save lives and make the world a better place.

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

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