Acupuncture to Treat Carpal Tunnel

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.

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Weight Management

Acupuncture is a safe approach to managing weight and reducing obesity. It can help with gradual weight loss by regulating and strengthening the digestive system or stomach and spleen channels in Chinese Medicine. This in turn will increase metabolism and energy, and help eliminate the accumulation of water and dampness or what we call fat in the west.Plus, the extra energy boost can help you to get to the gym more often!It is important to remember that there is no magic bullet for weight reduction but a change in lifestyle to include regular exercise and proper diet is essential.

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.

Please call us today to get started at:
713-721-7755
George Huang LAc, MAOM
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Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic/Vintage Fitness – GRAND OPENING

Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic/Vintage Fitness 

GRAND OPENING

Thursday, September 18th 2014

4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please arrive no later than 6 p.m. in order to enter the building

 

We want to invite all our patients, families and their friends to come and view the updates that have been done to our clinic.

At the soft opening in May you were able to meet our Acupuncturist George Huang and our new partner John Ramirez as well as our Front Desk Coordinator Ann Lestarjette.

Our clinic is complete with the new one on one Fitness Studio that will enhance our services and help our patients live healthier and happier lives.

We will be doing a small demonstration with our New Yoga instructor JiJi and how Yoga can enhance your well being.

Also will be giving away some GREAT door prizes for those that attend the Grand Opening.

 

Door prizes are the following:

5 pairs of Houston Astros Tickets to their final home game series at Minute Maid park in the Club box level with an additional $10 credit on each ticket.  Value of $112 a pair!!

ParaSpa Parafin bath with essence salts   Value of $100

Kan Herb Company Travel Essential Herbs for the traveler includes:    Value of $75

Peaceful Earth:  Which is renowned for the treatment of upset stomach with symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea, or diarrhea.

Jade Windscreen is indicated for the initial stage of allergic rhinitis, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, hay fever brought on from exposure to environmental pollutants, or a predisposition to allergies.

Relaxed Wanderer aids with stress, fatigue, and the insomnia that often accompanies traveling.  It effectively settles anxiety and agitation

Yin Qiao treats the initial stages of a cold or flu.  Best when taken at the onset of a sore throat, headache, fever or cough

Move Mountains enhances endurance.  It is a useful tonic to boost strength and vitality at times of generalized fatigue and periods of apathy

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Dealing with Fibromyaglia

Today we are discussing chronic pain that migrates all over the body over several regions: neckshoulder, elbows, chest, hips, low back, ankle, and knees.

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

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Acupuncture, Nutrition and Fitness

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What To Do During Allergy Season in Houston, Texas?

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!

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Acupuncture for Knee Pain and Flexibility

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.

References:
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.

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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain-Research Study

The source of this study is from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Acupuncture has been used to treat chronic pain. Even so, there remains considerable controversy as to its value. The researchers of this study “aimed to determine the effect of acupuncture on four (4) chronic pain conditions: back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain. Individual patient data meta-analyses were conducted using data from 29 of 31 eligible RCTs (random control trials), with a total of 17,922 patients analyzed.”

“In the primary analysis, including all eligible RCTs (random control trials), acupuncture was superior to both sham and no-acupuncture control for each pain condition (P < .001 for all comparisons). After exclusion of an outlying set of RCTs that strongly favored acupuncture, the effect sizes were similar across pain conditions. These results were robust to a variety of sensitivity analyses, including those related to publication bias.”

The authors concluded that “acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option. Significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo. However, these differences are relatively modest, suggesting that factors in addition to the specific effects of needling are important contributors to the therapeutic effects of acupuncture.”

Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis.
Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, Lewith G, MacPherson H, Foster NE, Sherman KJ, Witt CM, Linde K; Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration.
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Source
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10065, USA. vickersa@mskcc.org

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Doctor Heal Thyself

Over one month ago I was eagerly picking Satsuma oranges off the drooping branches of the tree in my backyard. I was excited to have a big bowl of this delicious fruit in the office to give to patients as they checked out. I had my arms full with harvest and was walking over to put the oranges into a nearby bag when I tripped over a brick and twisted my ankle. Historically, when I’ve stepped funny or slightly twisted my ankle, I’ve been able to shake or walk it off. But this time was different. I couldn’t put any weight on my foot and I had that sick feeling that I did some damage.

I was scheduled to start seeing patients shortly after I fell, so I quickly iced the ankle and then wrapped it in an ace bandage. I hobbled to the office and remembered that my associate David would be there seeing some patients. What a stroke of good luck, as I knew I was in trouble and needed to have my ankle treated ASAP.

So, like a good girl, I had David treat my ankle two times that week and just assumed the healing would take place and it would be better in no time. I did go to the podiatrist the next day who confirmed my fears of having done ligament damage to the outer ankle and also to the inside tendons. He put me in a soft cast for a week and then told me to keep it iced and wrapped.

Since I rarely get sick or hurt, I just assumed after a couple of weeks I’d be back and up to my usual walking ability. Well, a good month or so later, I was still in pain. Not only was the outside of my ankle still swollen and tender, I was having horrible pain along the inside part of my arch and heel. I was having great difficulty walking as well as finding shoes that did not hurt as I am on my feet pretty much all day long.

I decided to go back to the podiatrist and suggest an x-ray since I was in so much pain. He did a few movements with my foot and concluded that there were no stress fractures or broken bones, but that the ligament damage would take months—emphasis on the “s”—to fully heal. His suggestion to me was, (get this): get acupuncture treatments two times per week for a few weeks and it will speed up the healing process.

Of course I laughed because that is exactly what I would tell my patients. I started off right with two treatments immediately after the fall, but I didn’t stay with it. Silly me, thinking I would be different and would heal faster than most people. After the doctor’s wise counsel, I went back to the office with my tail between my legs and told David what the podiatrist told me. We all had a good laugh at the obvious recommendation.

As I was lying on the table yesterday during my treatment, it occurred to me that I needed to share this experience about the healer needing to heal herself. After four treatments and taking the ankle herbal formula, I suddenly realized that I had not taken any Aleve in two days and that I wasn’t limping quite as much.

I am not completely pain free, but I can honestly say that my pain is down from a seven or eight out of ten to a two out of ten, and that it is no longer necessary to take pain pills. The moral of the story is that the healer as well as the patient must follow up and be consistent with acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is a wonderful facilitator of healing; I know it to be true from my patients. I just had not needed it myself until now. It’s what I tell patients all the time. I just needed to listen to my own advice.

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Acupuncture Helping Cancer Patients

I have a number of patients who come to my clinic to get help with managing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Without a doubt, the treatments required to battle cancer are strong and can be debilitating to quality of life. The diagnosis is emotionally devastating and then coping with the treatments which are physically challenging becomes a double whammy.

I was pleased to read the article below because for those of us who treat patients going through the rigors of cancer treatment, we know that acupucnture is a wonderful option. One of my patients came to me after her chemotherapy, radiation and surgery was finshed. She was exhausted, anxious, not sleeping, having hot flashes and night sweats. These symptoms were a result of the post surgery medications as well as finally connecting to the emotional trauma of the battle to fight cancer. What many people on the outside don’t understand, is that the healing only begins once the treatment and surgery is over. Most patients are just too busy and preoccupied with surviving the process of fighting cancer rather than really processing what it all means.

Another patient came to me after her second diagnosis with cancer. She had been diagnosed many years earlier, had gone through chemotherapy and surgery and had been in remission for ten years. Suddenly she was faced with the diagnosis once again. She remembered what the treatment did to her physically and emotionally and had heard that acupuncture could be an option to help her get through it better. As she started her chemotherapy, she came to me with the information given to her by her doctor about what side effects to expect from the drugs she would be receiving.

As would be expected these patients were nervous. Anxious about what would be. So much unknown but at the same time aware that they would be feeling worse than horrible as the chemotherapy progressed. All I can share with you is what not only these two but numerous patients have told me during the course of their various cancer treatments.

“I feel calmer now”
“My nausea and vomitting is less”
“My stomach doesn’t hurt”
“My bowel movements are better”
“I am sleeping deeper”
“My energy is improving”
“I feel I can get through this”
I don’t ache as much all over
“I’m not getting as many headaches
“My anxiety is better”
“My hot flashes are less frequent and/or less intense”

If any of these sound familiar for yourself or your friends and loved ones, it’s helpful to know that acupuncture helps. Based on what patients say, the tongue and pulse and an assessment, acupoints are chosen to address the constitiution of the patient as well as the symptoms. Please feel free to read this article that describes what many hospitals are now encouraging for their patients.

 

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