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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

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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

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.

 

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

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.

September 24, 2016

Master Tung’s Fu Ke 妇科 point

Master Tung’s Fu Ke 妇科 point

Stroke Acupuncture Brisbane

 

I learned this great point from one of Dr. Robert Chu’s Tung point seminars. Its a really great reaction point of the uterus and is literally named “gynaecology” or “妇科“ (fu ke) in Chinese.

Located at the ulnar aspect of the proximal segment on the dorsal side of the thumb. This point connects to the uterus via Lung channel (tai yin) & Bladder channel (tai yang) and is therefore indicated for female diseases. (Young, 2008.)

It’s definitely an interesting and effective set of points for fertilty and a good way to avoid patients from having to take their pants off. :

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 at best with TCM, you should really look into Master Tung points.

Master Tung Acupuncture books by Dr. Young Here

*Not a paid endorsement.

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 is comes from a family background of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture. When not practicing and teaching, he is usually taking photos of things and making videos.

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