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Cold Bi syndrome of the thumb joint
By: George Huang LAc, MAOM
With the extreme changes in weather from warm to cold, I have been treating patients with joint pain and swelling of the thumb distal joint or DIP. For joint pain that worsens with cold weather either damp or windy or both weather conditions, I recommend using a heating pad around the joints instead of cold pack to help warm the joint and improve blood circulation to the joint. Pain that is related to cold weather is called Cold Bi syndrome; cold wind, damp, or both.
Heating pads or soaking in a warm bath will feel a lot better and overall, help in reducing pain and swelling of these joints.
In addition to using heat for self care at home, you may use Acupuncture to help improve blood circulation to the thumb joints.
I apply moxa spray or the warming herb Ai ye to the joints affected under a comfortable heating lamp. For the thumb joint swelling and pain, I will select points on the dorsal muscle web or LI 4 area between the thumb and index finger; I can also use a point on the palmar thumb pad and another point distal to the pisiform bone called Mu Guan and Gu Guan. Both are good for swollen joint issues. I may also select points on the big toe and LV 2,3 area of the foot to image the thumb joint.
These point combos usually are sufficient in helping with thumb joint pain management due to cold bi syndrome. To help further I use Golden Flower patent formula, Chase wind penetrate bone, to remove the painful obstruction of the thumb DIP, and reduce joint swelling.
If you are experiencing joint pain due to these cold weather changes, please contact me at 713-721-7755.
I am experienced in using Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Master Tung , and TCM to help manage your pain whether it be joint, neck, shoulder, knee, low back and sciatica pain.
Greetings and Happy Holidays!
Once again it’s flu and cold season so if you feel that notorious scratchy throat coming on or just tired and achy, stressed, coughing and sneezing with allergies from this roller coaster weather here in Houston!
Let’s us give you a relaxing but natural healing boost with Acupuncture and Chinese herbs to strengthen your immune system and protect your body over the holidays and the new year to come!
This December were are offering Holiday specials and discounts on Acupuncture packages so please give me a call to set up a 15min free consultation with me.
George Huang, LAc, MAOM
For patients suffering from chronic pain, seeking treatment at a Houston acupuncture clinic can often provide new avenues of relief for their conditions. Acupuncture is performed using thin needles that are inserted at specific points in the patient’s skin. These procedures have provided significant relief for a number of physical ailments and injuries. Understanding the benefits of acupuncture can help patients determine if this course of treatment is the right one for their particular conditions.
Benefits of Acupuncture Treatments
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine first developed in China and used for centuries by traditional practitioners. These treatments are believed to restore the natural balance of chi energy within the body and to reduce blockages that could otherwise interfere with the flow of that energy. Today, acupuncture offers a wide range of benefits for patients that include the following:
- Relief from chronic or acute pain, including fibromyalgia
- Lessening of nausea and indigestion symptoms
- Soothing of menstrual cramps
- Management of migraine symptoms
- Partial relief from labor pains
- Alleviation of stress and tension
Seeking the help of a qualified Houston acupuncturist can provide real relief for those suffering from these and other conditions.
Pain Management Applications
The most common use of acupuncture is in the treatment of pain. Houston acupuncture specialists use specially designed needles at key points throughout the body to address the source of the pain.
- For patients with fibromyalgia, pain can be a debilitating part of everyday life. Acupuncture treatments can often provide a measure of pain relief for these patients and can allow them to resume some or all of their regular work and home responsibilities.
- Migraine sufferers can often achieve a significant degree of relief from acupuncture treatments that can allow them to avoid the use of harsh medications. This can often provide added energy and alertness for conducting their daily activities.
- Patients suffering from chronic lower back pain can benefit from regular acupuncture treatments to manage their discomfort and increase their degree of mobility. Participating in regular physical activity can further improve the fitness of some patients and can provide valuable support in the recovery process.
- Acupuncture can provide some relief from the pain experienced during labor and may be useful in managing severe menstrual cramping in some patients.
Studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for patients suffering from nausea and indigestion due to the side effects of certain powerful drugs and radiation treatments, including those used in chemotherapy. Used in conjunction with other pain relievers and anti-nausea medications, acupuncture sessions are safe and effective in managing these unwanted symptoms.
One of the most important benefits of treatments at an established Houston acupuncture facility is the reduction in stress that these procedures can often produce in patients. Managing stress effectively can produce a number of positive effects, including the following:
- A lower chance of obesity due to stress eating
- Better sleep habits and improved alertness
- Reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders
- Lessened risk of digestive tract upset
- Improved ability to heal from minor injuries and infections
Even for otherwise healthy individuals, acupuncture treatments can provide solid support for managing the symptoms of stress and can help in reducing the health problems associated with this common issue.
By working with the Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic to set up a regular schedule of acupuncture treatments, patients can reduce chronic pain to a manageable level and can enjoy a host of other health benefits. We provide Chinese acupuncture services designed specifically to enhance your health, manage pain and increase your overall state of well-being. Our licensed acupuncturists will design a program specifically designed to meet your unique set of medical needs. Contact us today to set up an appointment or to learn more about the benefits acupuncture can provide for you.
I have used cupping recently with great results for treating chronic neck pain and muscle spasming tension in conjunction my acupuncture and herb treatment program.
Cupping is a technique where glass cups are heated inside and then quickly placed on the skin of the affected regions; upper back, low back, etc…
As the air inside the cup cools down, a vacuum is created gently drawing and sucking up the skin.
Cupping offers a great way to draw up toxins from underneath the skin and help lymph and blood circulate more freely clearing away toxins while bringing in nourishing oxygen and blood for healing and repair!
Cupping can be use to treat:
- Menstrual pain
- Fertility issues
- Muscle tension and spasm
- Colds and flu
For additional info you can check out our previous blog on cupping and improved performance with Olympic athletes!
Our most popular but limited promotion for 5 acupuncture treatments is still available so please call the office and book your appointment today and get cupping!
George Huang LAc
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is wrist pain from a median nerve compression by the forearm tendons; it is caused by trauma and overuse and found especially in computer office workers, musicians, assembly workers and many others.
Carpal Tunnel symptoms include pain, tingling, and numbness of the fingers especially on the palmar side of the thumb, index and middle fingers. This sharp tingling can wake the person up and is much worse during the night. There may be weakness and atrophy of the thumb muscles, too.
In Chinese medicine, CTS is an overuse injury to the wrist area whereby the tendons and sinews have a blockage of the vital nutrients like blood and oxygen to the wrist.
Instead of the Western Medicine approach of invasive surgery for CTS or steroid injections with potential unwanted side effects.
Chinese medicine takes a more relaxing, gentle and direct approach to treating this issue. Acupuncture and herbs can treat the root cause of CTS by improving the blood flow to the arm and hand by using a group of acupuncture points and herbs to strengthen the Liver which controls the body’s blood supply. Thereby bringing oxygen rich blood to the wrist.
Acupuncture alone has no unwanted side effects; the only good side effect is the gentle, increased healing of the effected wrist.
This month at the Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic we are offering “discounted” acupuncture packages for our Fall only promotion!
Each bundle includes the initial comprehensive assessment which is valued at $130 but is included in the bundle. Bundles must be paid up front.
- 3 Acupuncture Treatments: $300
- 4 Acupuncture Treatments: $390
- 5 Acupuncture Treatments: $475
All the acupuncture treatments do not include herbs which cost extra if prescribed and any other additional services will cost extra.
Acupuncture can gently and effectively help with this lifestyle change. Moreover, we also can prescribe herbal formulas that can also bolster the weight reduction process and help with stress as well.
OK! magazine has written that famed actress, Jennifer Lopez uses acupuncture for weight loss and after undergoing the treatment program, she lost 15 pounds. With such a strong desire to change her lifestyle, she was able to shed the pounds.
Many have tried and with strong commitment and our support, you can succeed, too!
This summer we have a very special “limited time” program that can help you lose weight.
We are offering 3 sessions each of acupuncture, fitness training, and 3 sessions with a nutritionist to to jump start your weight loss goals.
It can be stiff neck one day and then pain in the hips the next day. This pain can be dull and at times sharp but chronic pain that leaves your body tired and fatigue! In Chinese Medicine, we call this wandering Bi syndrome pronounced “bee” syndrome.
Western doctors will diagnosis this as Fibromyalgia or FMS and often prescribe pain medications with unwanted side effects.
Here we will use a natural but effective healing solution called Acupuncture to address the root cause of your chronic pain or FMS.
Instead of chasing this wandering pain, we will use a gentle, global balance approach to harmonize your body while reducing your pain.
We may also prescribe herbs and add ointments to reinforce and quicken the healing process.
During acupuncture, a group of effective, distal acupuncture points will be employed to move oxygen rich blood to these painful areas; flushing out unwanted waste products leaving the patient refreshed.
Eventually, you will be able to manage your pain and improve overall range of motion by continuing the course of treatment.
By late August, we will also combine acupuncture with fitness programs in clinic with Vintage Fitness to help maintain this balance healthy lifestyle
You can tell it’s allergy season when people at the office are sneezing and can’t stop blowing their noses and rubbing their red eyes.
Are you like these millions of people who suffer from these springtime allergies?
Do you have irritating nose congestion, sinus issues, red itchy eyes that water, and runny nose?
Do you end up taking decongestants like Sudafed and western drugs like Claritin and still suffer from allergies?
If the answered is yes to all these, then we have a solution for you.
Here at Houston Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic we are providing gentle, relaxing allergy relief by using Acupuncture.
You may not know that continually using decongestants may make your allergies worse from unwanted side effects like insomnia and increasing blood pressure. Likewise, antihistamines like Claritin and Zyrtec may cause drowsiness.
If you want to avoid these side effects and greatly reduce your allergy symptoms, you can consider Acupuncture.
Acupuncture relieves itchy red eyes, sinus congestion, and inflammation by using your own body’s immune system to heal and balance itself. Acupuncture primes or jump starts the body’s own defense system to rid they body of allergens.
Call us at 713-721-7755 to see how acupuncture can help you go about your day feeling healthy and symptom free!
My mother loves to tell her orthopedic doctors about why she is still walking. According to her xrays, she should not be able to walk at all. They all said it’s not a matter of if, but when she will need a knee replacement. Mom has been getting acupuncture treatments for her bad knees. It all started when her original bad knee (from a childhood skiing accident) was reinjured after slipping on some ice about twelve years ago. As she limped along favoring her bad knee, she damaged her good knee. So, two bad knees. A friend of hers suggested going for acupunture. Ironically, she started the acupuncture about the same time I went to get my degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She may still need to get a knee replacement at some point, but in the meantime, she is walking, virtually pain free about 85% of the time. So, the doctors keep saying, not yet…
The article below suggests via research that acupuncture is a good option for treating knee pain.
A new study concludes that acupuncture reduces knee pain and increases mobility for patients with osteoarthritis. This new randomized, controlled, double-blinded study also revealed some differences in acupuncture treatments. The researchers compared non-specific (sham) needling, modern acupuncture and classical acupuncture treatments.
The results showed that sham acupuncture only achieved a patient pain reduction rate in 48% of patients while modern acupuncture achieved a 64% rate and classical acupuncture achieved a 73% rate. Sham acupuncture did not improve knee mobility but modern and classical acupuncture made significant, measurable improvements in knee mobility. The researchers concluded that there is “a specific effect of acupuncture in knee mobility.” The researchers also note, “With respect to knee motility, individualised classical acupuncture achieved twice the effect of semistandardised modern acupuncture.”
Acupuncture for Knees
The sham acupuncture bodily points were those not specifically noted for the treatment of knee pain in Chinese medicine texts. The modern acupuncture points were those suggested based on the biomedical condition of knee osteoarthritis. The acupuncture points were: ST36, ST34, EX32, SP9, SP10, SP6, GB34, LI4. The classical acupuncture points chosen were based on a customized differential diagnosis based on tissue tenderness, tongue diagnosis, pulse diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and symptoms. Needles chose for the study in all cases were 0.22 X 40mm copper needles. Ear and hand points were excluded from the study. Needle stimulation was applied and needle retention was a total of 30 minutes per treatment.
The researchers note, “This suggests a considerable specific effect of acupuncture in objective knee flexibility, an effect that appears to be method-specific as well… we observed a rapid improvement of knee flexibility immediately after classical acupuncture, which was twice the effect observed after modern acupuncture and absent after non-specific needling.”
This is not the first study showing the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of knee disorders. One recent study discovered that acupuncture is more effective than both sham acupuncture and biomedicine for the treatment of knee pain. A meta-analysis of 14 random controlled clinical trials involving 3,835 patients states, “Acupuncture provided significantly better relief from knee osteoarthritis pain and a larger improvement in function than sham acupuncture, standard care treatment, or waiting for further treatment.” The study notes that acupuncture for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis is “better at relieving pain and restoring function” than both standard biomedical care and sham acupuncture.
Max Karner, Frank Brazkiewicz, Andrew Remppis, et al., “Objectifying Specific and Nonspecific Effects of Acupuncture: A Double-Blinded Randomised Trial in Osteoarthritis of the Knee,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 427265, 7 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/427265
Sau. Med J. 2012 May;33(5):526-32. Needle acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee. A systematic review and updated meta-analysis. Cao L, Zhang XL, Gao YS, Jiang Y. Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China.