Barb’s Story: Relief from Hip Pain and Arthritis

I have had pain issues for some years. The first I remember is the arthritis in my feet. I’ve had that pain for probably 15 years or so. The doctors showed me the x-rays of the calcium buildup on the bones in my feet and explained there is really nothing to be done except pain and anti-inflammatory medication.

Four years ago, our 13-year-old 65 lb. black lab was unable to use her hind legs. We had to help her outside to potty with a harness that we used to hold up her back end. I took her everywhere with me, including to the office in the morning and home at night, lifting her into and out of my car. One day while lifting her into the car, I heard and felt a pop in my left groin area. It hurt like the dickens, but I felt if I stayed off my feet for a few days that the pain would go away. It didn’t. I walked with a limp, which was starting to affect my left hip and entire left leg.

Two years later, I finally went to my doctor. They did ultrasounds and MRIs and determined I had partially torn some ligament from my pelvic bone. They couldn’t fix it. They sent me to a physical therapist who had me doing some stretching exercises to strengthen the leg muscle, explaining that it would help with the torn tissue. It helped some, but the next two years were becoming unbearable (with pain in the feet and the leg). I walked with a cane if I had to walk a distance (more than a half of block).

I had gotten a new dog and was unable to take it for long walks. Even walking with a cane didn’t help the arthritis on my feet. I was taking 600mn ibuprofen three times per day and 975mn of Ascriptin (arthritis medication) between the ibuprofen. That only made it bearable.

In June this year, my husband and I went on another cruise (we love cruises). We picked our shore excursions by the amount of walking required. I made it quite well, but would have loved to do some of the hiking things we used to do. On the cruise ship, the spa had an acupuncturist. There was a free little seminar about acupuncture and what it could help. I went to listen, but didn’t really believe it.

I July, I had my annual checkup at the doctor. My blood pressure was starting to go up. He gave me 4 months to get it back in line using exercise and diet or he was going to put me on blood pressure medication. Losing weight would also help the pain in my leg and feet (I’m about 70 lbs. over a comfortable weight).

Then in August, I went to State Fair with my friends, hobbling around with my cane. Acupuncture & Holistic Health Associates had a booth there. I took it as a sign from God. I stopped and asked some questions. They said it was possible I could be helped. I went in for my first consultation. Mary was very funny. She was serious about acupuncture, but made me comfortable during this visit. However, I still didn’t believe it would work. It just didn’t make sense to me, but everyone was so friendly and I was desperate.

Now, it’s the end of November. I’ve been going to my sessions and drinking that horrible tea (Mary calls it “dirt”) for about 3 months. The pain in my groin area is gone. The pain in my hip, leg and feet is nearly gone. In fact, most days there is no pain. I take one ibuprofen in the morning and I’m not really sure I need that. Not only that, but I had my November visit with my doctor and my blood pressure is well into the range he wants it. He’s impressed with the results. The “short tropical vacations” (I’m 67 years old) I was having 3-4 times per day have stopped. I used to wake up at 3:00am burning up- GONE. Bursitis in my wrist- GONE. Black Friday shopping was a breeze this year. My grandkids think I’ve gotten younger. I could write a book about all the difference this has made in my life. The only down side is that my husband doesn’t help me as much as he used to. He doesn’t need to vacuum for me, carry laundry or walk the dog without me. I even helped him clean up the trees and bushes around our house this fall after a wind storm. This Thanksgiving, I had to give thanks for Curry, David, Scott and all the girls at the clinic. They have made a real difference in my life. I have my life back!

-Barb O.

Do You Crave SUGAR?

What should you do about those unstoppable sugar cravings?

There are many things that you can do to reduce sugar cravings. The easiest is to drink lemon water (in Oriental Medical theory, sour controls sweet).  For longer term solutions, follow these seven steps:

1. Keep a food journal, logging everything you eat for 7-10 days.

2. Eat three meals per day at regular intervals.

3. Take vitamins.

4. Eat a minimum ratio of one part protein to two parts carbohydrates every time you eat (snacks too).

5. Increase consumption of complex carbohydrates.

6. Eat a baked russet potato w/o proteins or fat three hours after a protein-heavy evening meal.  Do this for 10 days to increase the brain chemical serotonin, which gives you impulse control.

7. Reduce and eventually eliminate sugar and alcohol (much more possible with high serotonin levels).

Read Potatoes, Not Prozac by Kathleen DesMaisons or go to http://www.radiantrecovery.com for more information.  To get started, look at these resources.  For a more in-depth look at this with some guidance, don’t hesitate to call and set up a time to meet with us in a Nutritional Consultation.

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Radiation- its more common than you think!

Fears about nuclear radiation have certainly come to the forefront in the past months. Whether natural occurring or man-made, it’s a peculiar kind of threat in our modern times – we can’t see it, nor, for the most part, do we really understand it. The truth is, we live in a radioactive world.  We receive radiation from the sun, from the earth, from the food we eat, from airplane travels, and from countless electronics in our day-to-day life.

Radon is the leading source of natural occurring radiation exposure, while the primary source of man-made radiation exposure comes from medical sources such as x-rays, radiation therapies and diagnostic nuclear medicine.  There are various other sources that expose us to small amounts of radiation such as the radiofrequency waves from cell phones, Wi-Fi and microwave ovens, airport security and even our smoke detectors.  While not all types and sources of radiation are the same, scientists agree their net effect increases your risk of health problems.

When we think of the damaging effects caused by exposure to radiation, we rarely consider the person’s nutritional or health status as a determining factor in the outcome.  In other words, the healthier you are prior to exposure, the better the chances your body has of detoxifying or getting rid of the damaging radioactive material and the less chance you have of experiencing long term damage or illness as a result of that exposure.

Here are some healthy suggestions for lowering your chances of experiencing any long-term damage or illness from radiation exposure:

  • Stay hydrated! Maintain fluid and electrolyte balance: take electro-mix by Alacer, homeopathic cell salts and/or Smartwater.
  • Congee – Why?  Simple and basic, congee is a sort of rice gruel or porridge that is eaten in China as well as many other Asian countries.  Rice is boiled in lots of water or broth until the grains have grown many times their size and are still swimming in excess fluid. The grains may also be cooked down until they completely disintegrate and become the texture of creamy rice cereal. Made either way, congee is very nutritious and highly recommended for people suffering from fatigue, digestive problems and illness. It is easy to digest and contains nutrients in ready form to be absorbed and used, thereby enabling quick revitalization of the body. What better way to “break” the “fast” of the night and begin a new day of productive activity than to partake of a vitalizing bowl of steaming rice soup!
  • Miso – Why? Restores immune, an excellent source of digestive enzymes, friendly bacteria, essential amino acids, vitamins (including vitamin B-12), easily assimilated protein (twice as much as meat or fish and 11 times more than milk) and minerals, miso is low in calories and fat. It breaks down and discharges cholesterol, neutralizes the effects of smoking and environmental pollution, alkalinizes the blood and prevents radiation sickness.
  • Drink Astagalus Tea. Astragalus is an herb that is native to China, and known for its anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Astragalus contains antioxidants which help to support and protect the body’s immune system. Astragalus has been shown to speed recovery and extend life expectancy in people whose immune systems have been compromised by chemotherapy or radiation.
  • Gan Mao Ling (literally “common cold pills,” available in our clinic) supports the health of the respiratory system, immune system, nervous system, sinuses, stomach and bowels, and the general well-being of the body. Clears heat and resolves toxins such as radiation.
  • Eating lots of orange and dark green foods (sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, carrots, kale, collards, chard, and spinach, for example) can protect you from radiation-induced cancers.
  • All cabbage family plants – including arugula, turnips, radishes, cauliflower, mustard greens, bok choy, brussel sprouts, kale, collards, and of course broccoli – protect your cells from the damaging effects of radiation.

You can learn more about radiation exposure and what steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of radiation by reading Clear Body, Clear Mind.

If you have any questions on this topic or anything else, don’t hesitate to call: 414-322-8888

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.


Acupuncture Beats Drug Injection In Survey on Neck Pain Relief

Health Report

When it comes to Eastern Medicine vs. Western Medicine, there is quite a different approach to needles. And, in a recent survey comparing the Eastern Acupuncture needle approach to the Western drug injection needle approach to neck pain, surprisingly it was Acupuncture that came out ahead.

SpineUniverse recently conducted a survey to determine the favored treatment for neck pain and to compare patient satisfaction with a variety of treatment methods. As this survey was conducted in the United States where Western medical treatment and drugs are often the favored treatment, one item of comparison stood out and caused surprise.

This portion of the study compared Acupuncture to injection therapy for neck pain. Of the 310 persons in the study, 43.6% of the patients were satisfied or very satisfied with Acupuncture. What surprised researchers was that only 41.3% said that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their drug treatment.

While the percentage difference between those who preferred Acupuncture over injections is not large, the results were quite surprising to research personnel bases on two main factors: The first had to do with the fact that while vast amounts of money are invested in pharmacological research and injection medication, participants yet favored Acupuncture. The second factor had to do with the fact that many Westerners are still a bit wary of Acupuncture, but those who responded found it to be quite favorable.

On the other hand, the results may be paralleling the growing acceptance of Acupuncture by patients and the medical community. Many are finding that the traditional Chinese art of healing seems to make patients happy and reduce their pains. Once people realize that Acupuncture helps to contribute to the total health of the person and does so with needles that cause little or no discomfort, they are more amenable to giving it a try.

“Acupuncture is a safe treatment option for neck pain, and when done properly by a licensed acupuncturist, it can provide much needed pain relief,” said Laurie Morse, a licensed acupuncturist and Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine. “Many people worry about all the needles, but they’re actually much thinner (almost hair thin) than injection needles. Additionally, you can’t possibly have a reaction to medication because no medication is used in Acupuncture.”

Source: SpineUniverse. Press Release. “Neck Pain Patients Prefer Acupuncture to Injections.”March 2008. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/4/prweb838904.htm

Summer Health Tips:

Some tips to help you make it through summer more comfortably.

  • Bug Bites can be itchy and annoying.  To help with itchiness and irritation associated with bug bites, we recommend using White Flower Oil.
  • For toenail fungus, Wan Hua Oil works great!
  • One can acquire a burn injury from fireworks and grilling, among other things.  To ease the pain and discomfort, we recommend using Ching Wan Hung- a Chinese liniment you rub directly onto the skin.
  • For sunburns, we also recommend using Ching Wan Hung .  The Arnica rub we carry works well too (although Ching Wan Hung works better)!
  • If you run into any poison oak or poison ivy, Rhus Toxicodendron (or Rhus Tox) is a homeopathic remedy that works well.  You can pick this up at most health food stores.
  • For swimmer’s ear, ask us about Moxa (Artemisia Vulgaris/ Mugwort).  It is an herb that is burned and the smoke is let into the ear canal.  Please consult us before using moxa.  Our Acupuncturists will be more than happy to show you how!
  • Remember to stay hydrated!  It is recommended that you drink half of your body weight in fluid ounces every day.  (Example:  a 150lb. person should be drinking 75 oz. of water daily!)  Taking homeopathic cell salts and electrolytes daily will help your body stay hydrated.  For the electrolytes, we prefer Electro-mix by Alacer, which can be found at Outpost and Whole Foods (instructions for use are right on the packet).   It sounds like a lot, but your body will thank you!  Drinking an adequate amount of water will also help prevent things such as heat exhaustion and kidney stones.
  • A lot of people experience breathing problems in summer as the sun reacts with air pollutants to form smog, which irritates the lungs.  Regular acupuncture can boost lung function to improve asthma, allergies, or any other lung-related condition.
  • Summer is a time when many people also experience headaches.  These could be related to the heat, squinting in the sun, heat exhaustion, or other things.  Headaches are among the top 5 things we treat in this clinic using acupuncture and Chinese Herbs.

If you have a question about something that is not covered here or experience any of these things occurring, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

We are here to help! (414) 332-8888

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment.

Colds and Flu: Our Guide To A Speedy Recovery

The lungs and spleen are the organs most involved with immune function.

The common cold and flu can be resolved easily if you take action within 24 hours of onset and if you know what kind of pathogen is involved. Although there are many variations, the table below explains general types of initial symptoms of colds and flu.

Type of Pathogen: HEAT

Symptoms (one or more may be present): Feeling hot, little or no chills, achy, headaches, stiff neck , sore throat, feeling flush, yellow mucus, yellow nasal discharge, cough

Best treatment (If you are uncertain which type of pathogen you have, do not hesitate to call!) :

1) Try Peppermint tea first. Purpose: To promote excessive sweating in order to eliminate a wind-heat pathogen from the body within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. Less effective as more time passes.

STEPS: Discontinue other herbal formulas as long as symptoms persist. Best done prior to going to bed. Note that your sleep may be disturbed. Bring 3/4 gallon of water to a boil. Steep 5 tea bags of organic peppermint tea in the water for 20 minutes. Drink 4-8 cups in a row until you break a sweat. Cover up well. Do not expose yourself to wind or cold for at least 6 hours. SWEAT.

2) Yin Qiao (helpful at any point while symptoms are present with this type of cold): tablets available in office.

3) Acupuncture: get in right away.

Type of Pathogen: COLD

Symptoms (one or more may be present): Chills, little or no heat sensation, achy, headaches, stiff neck, no sweating, clear or white mucus, clear or white nasal discharge, cough, aversion to wind

Best treatment:

1) Try Ginger tea first. Purpose: To promote excessive sweating in order to eliminate a wind-cold pathogen from the body within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. Less effective if more time passes.

STEPS: Discontinue other herbal formulas as long as symptoms persist. Best done prior to going to bed. Note that your sleep may be disturbed. Bring 3/4 gallon of water and 10 dime-sized fresh ginger slices to a boil. Simmer 40 minutes. Strain. Drink 4-8 cups in a row until you a sweat. Cover up well. Do not expose yourself to wind or cold for at least 6 hours. SWEAT.

2) Yin Qiao (useful only if used within first few hours of onset with this type of cold): tablets available in office.

3) Acupuncture: Schedule treatment immediately.


Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment.
If you have any questions on this topic or anything else, don’t hesitate to call. (414) 332-8888



Type of Pathogen

Symptoms (one or more may be

present)

Best treatment (If you are uncertain which type of pathogen you have, do not hesitate to call!)

HEAT

Feeling hot, little or no chills, achy, headaches, stiff neck , sore throat, feeling flush, yellow mucus, yellow nasal discharge, cough

1) Try Peppermint tea first

Purpose: To promote excessive sweating in order to eliminate a wind-heat pathogen from the body

within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. Less effective as more time passes.

STEPS: Discontinue other herbal formulas as long as symptoms persist. Best done prior to

going to bed. Note that your sleep may be disturbed. Bring 3/4 gallon of water to a boil. Steep 5 tea

bags of organic peppermint tea in the water for 20 minutes. Drink 4-8 cups in a row until you

break a sweat. Cover up well. Do not expose yourself to wind or cold for at least 6 hours. SWEAT.

2) Yin Qiao (helpful at any point while symptoms are present with this type of cold): tablets available in office.

3) Acupuncture: get in right away.

COLD

Chills, little or no heat sensation, achy, headaches, stiff neck, no sweating, clear or white mucus, clear or white nasal discharge, cough, aversion to wind

1) Try Ginger tea first

Purpose: To promote excessive sweating in order to eliminate a wind-cold pathogen from the body

within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. Less effective if more time passes.

STEPS: Discontinue other herbal formulas as long as symptoms persist. Best done prior to

going to bed. Note that your sleep may be disturbed. Bring 3/4 gallon of water and 10 dime-sized

fresh ginger slices to a boil. Simmer 40 minutes. Strain. Drink 4-8 cups in a row until you

break a sweat. Cover up well. Do not expose yourself to wind or cold for at least 6 hours. SWEAT.

2) Yin Qiao (useful only if used within first few hours of onset with this type of cold): tablets available in office.

3) Acupuncture: Schedule treatment immediately.

Curry’s Book: Now on Amazon.com!

You can now order Curry’s book online! (Click the book cover to go to Amazon.com)

Oriental Medicine has evolved over the past several thousand years to become the most comprehensive medical system on the planet. Initially communicated via oral  tradition  and later  via the  written word, Curry Chaudoir translates ancient Chinese  medical theory into layman’s  contemporary English terminology.

This book is intended as a reference for use by patients who are curious  about  acupuncture and  Oriental Medicine,  and/or  by acupuncturists  who  would  like  to offer their  patients   an   understandable   explanation  of   particular symptom(s) prior to beginning care.