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September 24, 2017

Stroke Recovery With Acupuncture 

Stroke is a very common & debilitating health issue with one stroke occurring every minute. In fact, stroke is one of Australia’s leading causes of fatality & disability. Post-stroke active rehabilitation, including therapies such as scalp acupuncture, may assist greatly in recovery from stroke, allowing patients to regain function & mobility.

stroke recovery Brisbane

What is Stroke?

A stroke occurs from of an acute lack of blood supply to the brain, caused by either a blockage (ischaemic) or rupture of blood vessels (haemorrhagic). The blood supplies the brain with essential oxygen & nutrients, it’s when this supply is interrupted that the brains cells become starved & stroke occurs. Stroke onset is immediate and can occur to anyone at any age. The region of the brain which becomes effected determines the specific set of symptoms which can persist post-stroke including limited mobility, memory loss & speech impairment.

Types of Stroke

  • Ischaemic stroke is the most common type of stroke which can occur. In fact, upwards of 90% of all strokes are of this variety. An ischaemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted as a result of a blood clot or plaque build-up that restricted blood flow to the brain.

An ischaemic stroke can also be either embolic (clot that forms & travels) or thrombotic (clot that forms but doesn’t travel i.e. atherosclerosis)

  • Haemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain rupture & leak, spilling blood into the brain, causing damage to nearby neurons & brain tissue. This type of stroke is much less common but much more severe.

Most people are familiar with the term aneurysm, this is in fact a type of haemorrhagic stroke and occurs when sections of the blood vessel walls begin to bulge, fill with blood & eventually rupture.

  • Transient Ischemic Attacks, otherwise known as “mini strokes”, occur when there is partial or temporary restriction of blood flow to the brain, rather than complete blockage. This type of stroke may occur prior to a more severe attack, therefore even if symptoms subside medical attention should be sought immediately.

Risk Factors

There are a number of well-known risk factors associated with stroke, some of which may be managed through regular acupuncture treatment, dietary changes & regular exercise. These include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arties)
  • Cigarette & alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet & exercise
  • Chronic stress
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Goal of Treatment

The goal of any treatment, medical or alternative, is to improve the patient’s quality of life & help them regain normal function & mobility. Assisting patients with management of emotional stress throughout the recovery process is also of great priority. With any treatment no results are guaranteed as recovery from stroke is always case-by-case dependent, no one recovery will be the same.

Scalp Acupuncture for Stroke Brisbane

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.

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.

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.

Remember Prevention is just as important!

Acupuncture may be successfully used, in conjunction with a healthy diet & exercise regime to prevent stroke, as it may assist in encouraging healthy blood flow & microcirculation within the brain. This may be especially helpful if a strong family history or a number of risk factors, including hypertension, high cholesterol & chronic stress are also present.

If you or a loved one has been affected by stroke and are interested in scalp acupuncture please call (07) 3399 1002, email info@artofacupuncture.com.au or click here to book a consultation.

 

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.

 

References

  1. Neuroplasticity Changes on Human Motor Cortex Induced by Acupuncture Therapy: A Preliminary Study https://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/2017/4716792/
  1. History and Mechanism for Treatment of Intracerebral Hemorrhage with Scalp Acupuncture https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/895032/
  1. https://strokefoundation.org.au/About-Stroke/Types-of-stroke/Haemorrhagic-stroke-bleed-in-the-brain
March 27, 2017

Treating Arthritis: A Chinese Medicine Approach

Acupuncture for Arthritis

Acupuncture for Arthritis

Western medicine and Treatment

According to The Current Medical Diagnosis, Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease whose major manifestation is synovitis of multiple joints. The cause is not known.Untreated, rheumatoid arthritis causes joint destruction with consequent disability and shortens life expectancy. Early, aggressive treatment is the standard of care.

Patients usually wake up complaining of stiffness in affected joints (usually hands and feet.) Deformities are common as the disease progresses. MRI and imaging usually find narrowing or joint spaces and osteoporosis along with joint erosion. Patients may also complain about dry eye and nodules forming over bony prominences.

 NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)  provide some symptomatic relief in rheumatoid arthritis but do not prevent erosions or alter disease progression. Large dosages of these drugs over time can cause gastro-intestinal ulcers and bleeding in the stomach. Steroids such as Prednisone may also be used but over time this too can lead to osteoporosis.

A Chinese Medicine Approach 

Acupuncture Therapy

According to Chinese Medicine, Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as wind dampness pathogen. Contributing factors such as  long living in a damp environment and contraction of wind, cold, for long periods of time affect the joints. Because blood flow is unable flow properly to that area for long periods of time, energy gets “stuck.” The goal of treatment of RA would be to expel wind and dispel dampness pathogens and warm the channels of the body.

Acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Youtube Video HERE

Youtube Video HERE

Herbal Therapy
Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan  (独活寄生丸)

Chinese Herbal are used expel the cold and dampness in the body (often seen in RA patients) when patients are not receiving treatment and give the body that extra boost it needs to keep the inflammation away.

There is a very effective patent formula called Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan  (独活寄生丸) for for lower back pain. The main ingredients include Angelica pubescens root and Loranthus stem which are used to treat arthritic and orthopedic disorders. These both have anti- inflammatory and analgesic properties.Your practitioner may prescribe these herbs to help relieve inflammation and kick start the healing process.

Acupuncture for Arthritis

Chinese Herbal patent formula for Arthritis

 

 

*All Videos Filmed With Written Informed Consent

*Results may vary from person to person. Pain relief lasts generally for up to 72 hours. Further assessment is needed to determine treatment outcomes. Videos are for demonstration purposes only. 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

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.

December 11, 2016

Shoulder Pain Acupuncture Treatment Instant Relief Scalp Points

Shoulder Pain Acupuncture Treatment Using ZSA (Zhu Scalp Acupuncture)

I recently have been getting quite a bit of shoulder pain patients come in and we have been using the scalp system to get rid of pain. Originally, the patient could not lift his arm above his head the first session. The shoulder was hurt from playing football. He was getting ready for a surfing trip and decided to give acupuncture a try. After the first session he was able lift his arm and was even able to paddle during surfing which he was not able to do for over 8 months. I’s hard to get rid of 100% of the pain in one session but we were able to make great progress with this type of old sports injury. This was the second treatment:

Youtube Video HERE

music: https://soundcloud.com/rogiermuller

All videos filmed with informed consent.


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 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 29, 2016

ZSA Neck Injury Acupuncture

Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP3xqco4qwk

 

 


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 29, 2016

Zhu Scalp Acupuncture for Knee Pain

 

Scalp Acupuncture for Knee Pain

 

Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhM9uokPrqk

 


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 27, 2016

Lower Back Pain Acupuncture Points Master Tung’s Ling Gu Da Bai

lower back pain acupuncture points

lower back pain acupuncture points

Master Tung’s Ling Gu Da Bai (灵骨大白) 22.04 -22.05

Two really great points for immediate relief of lower back pain. I learned about these points from Dr. Tan’s balance method seminar a few years ago.Located between the index and thumb between the first and second metacarpal bones. Ling Gu is more like a high LI4 & Da Bai is closer to Li3 in TCM.

Da Bai

Location: Lock fingers in a grip to locate the point in the depression 0.5 cun proximal to the junction between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones. (Young, 2008.)

Ling gu

Location: between the index and thumb, the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, 1.2 cun from Da Bai. (Young, 2008.)

back pain acupressure point

back pain acupressure point

This combo definitely has great effects for sciatica, lower back, and variety of different diseases. Because these points are located on the Yang ming channel (yang ming is abundant in qi and blood,) they are able get quite immediate effective result for many patients.


The Chinese character “bai” in Da bai translates to “Big White” which relates to lung because in TCM white is the color representing the lung. Therefore Da Bai treats respiratory diseases.

Ling Gu in Chinese translates to “Adroit Bone,” which treats lower back pain and Kidney diseases since Bone pertains to Kidney in TCM.

There are two dozen more reasons why these work but all I know is that they work.

youtube vid HERE

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 crap results, you should really look into Master Tung points.

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

References:

Young, Wei-Chieh, and Jingchang Dong. Lectures on Tung’s Acupuncture: Points Study. 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.

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

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