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December 27, 2017

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

 Can Acupuncture help with Peripheral Neuropathy

Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neruopathy (CIPN) is a common and often severe side effect of a number of chemotherapy treatments with symptoms generally appearing in a dose dependent & progressive manner throughout treatment. In fact, up-to 1 in 4 patients receiving chemotherapy may develop some form of peripheral neuropathy. Unfortunately for many, these symptoms rarely alleviate once chemotherapy have been ceased. Acupuncture has showed promising results when administered in adjunct to chemotherapy in order to alleviate symptoms & improve quality of life in a number of cases.

acupuncture perpherial neuropathy

acupuncture may help with peripheral neuropathy

What is Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy?

CIPN is defined as damage to the peripheral nerves resulting in weakness, paraesthesia “pins & needles”, numbness, loss of proprioception & pain. These symptoms mainly appear in the hand & feet of the individual, however can also affect many other areas &/or functionality of the body. The specific set of symptoms a person may experience is reliant upon whether sensory, motor or autonomic nerves have been affected.

  • Motor Nerves | control muscle movement.
  • Sensory Nerve Damage | control & receive sensations (i.e. temperature, pain, touch, vibration).
  • Autonomic Nerve Damage | control automatic processes (i.e. blood pressure, heart rate, digestion & bladder function)
Can acupuncture assist me?

Acupuncture has been clinically trialled & found to be up to effective in the management of CIPN. Research conducted by Donald, Tobin & Stringer (2011) reported 82% of patients receiving a total of 6 acupuncture sessions reported an improvement in CIPN symptoms. Treatment was also found to have additional benefits including improved sleep quality, stress reduction & improved moods.

A systematic review conducted by Franconi et. al (2013) found acupuncture to be effective in reducing pain scores in patients experiencing CIPN across most studies included in the review. A number of studies showed positive effects of acupuncture on motor & sensory symptoms associate with CIPN & improve quality of life for the participants significantly.

Acupuncture may also have a beneficial influence over inflammatory pathways which may contribute & precipitate CIPN symptoms such as pain & loss of mobility. Activation of the nervous system may also be responsible for the reduction of symptoms & rehabilitation of normal functionality including mobility, muscle control & sensory

For more information regarding CIPN & acupuncture please email info@artofacupuncture.com.au or click here to book a consultation.

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.

*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

November 30, 2016

ZSA for Lower Back Pain

 

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

 


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.

 

November 6, 2016

Acupuncture point SI3

Acupuncture point SI3 后溪

acupuncture point si3

acupuncture point si3

SI3 后溪

This Personal fav point for neck and lower back pain. Located on the ulnar border of the hand, in the substantial depres- sion proximal to the head of the fifth metacarpal bone (Deadman, 2007.)

It is a great point for neck and lower back pain because bladder channel (tai yang treats tai yang) and also because it is the shu-stream point of the Small intestine channel. As the confluent point of the Du channel it can treat spine. Shu-stream points on yang channels pertain to wood, which treat tendons and sinews as well. According to The Classic of Difficulties, the shu-stream points are indicated for “heaviness of the body and pain of the joints.””Moreover, the shu stream points are situated in the middle of the five transport points, which can be thought of as between interior and exterior.. which is why shu-stream points are excellent for treating conditions that come and go.” (Young, 2013.)

SI3 can be used as an image of the upper or lower back and occipital headaches as well. It works better when paired with BL65 which is also another shu stream point. As acupuncturists, we treat a wide range of of pain most of the time and it is definitely a great point to have in the tool box.

 


 

References:

Deadman, Peter, Mazin Al-Khafaji, and Kevin Baker. A Manual of Acupuncture. Hove, East Sussex, England: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications, 2007. Print.

Young, Wei-Chieh, and Jingchang Dong. The Five Transport Points. Rowland Heights, CA: American Chinese Medical Culture Center, 2008. 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.

 

 

 

November 6, 2016

Scalp Acupuncture: Mom’s Neck Pain

Instant Neck Pain Relief Using Zhu Scalp Acupuncture 

 

One of the best times of the year is when my Korean mother in law comes to town. She’s cooks the best food, takes care of the kids, and we get along great. I don’t speak Korean and she does not speak English so there’s nothing to argue over.

However, she’s been suffering from severe neck and shoulder pain from many years of working so hard. She had a very stiff neck to begin with and the flight over to Australia was very long as well. The pain was along the Du,GB,BL,LI & Sj channels.  We decided to do scalp acupuncture first. After needling the areas over hypothalamus (part of the brain responsible for controlling pain/ motor sensory) and neck area scalp points we had her do some breathing and stretching exercises and after about 5 minutes half the pain was gone.

We kind of hit a wall after that and the pain wouldn’t budge. The neck was alot looser and free but the pain along the Trap and shoulder was still there. We included opposite side Lv4 (shu stream point for pain) and same side San Cha San (Sj2) and Sj3. After a few more stretches and several minutes later the pain was completely gone.

The pain came back but much lower the next day and it will probably take a few more treatments along with plenty of stretching and exercises.

 

 


 

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.

June 28, 2016

Lower Back Pain Case Study Acupuncture Brisbane

Lower Back Pain Case Study Acupuncture Brisbane

May 28, 2016

Instant Knee Pain Fail

Instant Knee Pain Fail

May 28, 2016

Instant Finger Pain Relief Acupuncture Brisbane

Instant Finger Pain Relief Acupuncture Brisbane

May 28, 2016

Balance Method Acupuncture treatment for Stiff Knee & Elbow Pain Case Study

Balance Method Acupuncture treatment for Stiff Knee & Elbow Pain Case Study

April 16, 2016

Balance Method For Mom’s Wrist Pain

Balance Method For Mom’s Wrist Pain

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