Archive for the ‘Metabolic’ Category

The TCM Treatment of Lyme Disease


Chief-complaint: Recurring fatigue and joint pain for eight years

Western-diagnosis: Lyme disease

Medical-history: A 46 year old Caucasian male with a history of recurring fatigue and joint pain that would leave him bedridden. He received steroids for the initial bouts which relieved his symptoms temporarily. Many years later, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease and given approximately 8 weeks of antibiotic treatment. Patient reported little improvement with the antibiotic therapy.

He came into my office after being unable to work for several months. He reported extreme fatigue, brain fog, and severe pain in his right ankle.

Last modified: August 21, 2010 · al · One Comment
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The treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME, CFS) with Acupuncture


Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS):
Frequently tired with low energy
Achy limbs and joints
Has to sleep in afternoon
Frequent frontal headaches
Dry skin
Floaters in vision
Dizzy on standing
Normally feels cold
Achy lower back
All symptoms worse for stress

Last modified: January 12, 2010 · al · No Comments
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The Treatment of Fatigue with Acupuncture and Herbs


Chief Complaint: Extreme fatigue and pain in joints

Western Diagnosis: Adenocarcinoma of the Stomach

Medical History: Patient is a 67 year old male that outside of the diagnosis appears to be in good health. Blood panels are unremarkable. MRI reveals tumor of approximately 18 inches in diameter. Tumor is causing local as well as referred pain into the inguinal region.

Questioning exam: Most questions and answers were based upon the MRI findings. Surprisingly, his pain is not that severe. Has indigestion and diarrhea frequently, but better with medication (prilosec).

Last modified: September 8, 2009 · al · No Comments
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The Acupuncture Treatment of Muscle Atrophy


Chief Complaint: Fatigue, post viral muscle atrophy, arm pains along radial bones in both arms, extreme shyness

Western Diagnosis: Post viral syndrome, muscle atrophy.

Medical History: Male age 21, suffered sever CFS at age 13-severe fatigue, fevers, weakness, immune dysfunction. History of following hopefuls of herbs, vitamin/mineral protocols and biochemistry adjustments. The illness left him with the above mentions complaints. Particularly the atrophy of muscles of upper arms and back and upper body. Lower half of the body was strong.

Last modified: September 8, 2009 · al · No Comments
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Chinese Medicine for Fatigue


Chief Complaint: Candida

Western Diagnosis: Candida and fatigue

Medical History: 26 year old female Caucasian of A Blood type and high simple carbo diet and recent prolonged use of antibiotics for both URTI and bladder infections. Very noticeable “Geographic Tongue” with thick white coating in the areas that were not peeled. Patients pulse showed a locked and “Slippery” pattern only in the middle jiao both left and right.

OM Diagnosis: A: Damp Heat affecting the spleen organ due to diet, stress and antibiotics. B: Secondarily, Liver heat because of sensitive nature and highly intellectual nature and liver type voice.

Last modified: September 8, 2009 · al · No Comments
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Chinese Medicine used for Hypertension


Chief Complaint: Abdominal problems and hypertension for about 3 years, due to stress.

Medical History: The patient claims that she has been under a tremendous amount of stress in the past three years, which have lead to her development of hypertension and dysrhythmias. She has been on anti-hypertensive medications, but these tend to make her feel tired and weak. She states that her stress level is high which prevents her from having a good night sleep.

She complains that she has gained weight, her facial muscle tone has decreased and has generally not felt “like herself” in almost a year now. She asserts that her appetite has increased, she is always cold and her energy level is vastly decreased. She has never sought the attention of an acupuncturist, and is open to new ideas and treatments at this point.

Last modified: September 8, 2009 · al · No Comments
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Acupuncture and Herbs for Goiter


Chief Complaint: The thyroid was enlarged.

Western Diagnosis: goiter due to iodine deficiency

Medical History: The patient’s thyroid got enlarged, hard, accompanied with headache, stuffy nose, tending to catch cold and get tired, irregular menstruation, lumbago, neck soreness, and irritability.

Pulse exam: Pulse is wiry and thin.

Tongue exam: Tongue is red with white coating.

OM Diagnosis: Liver qi stagnation

Last modified: September 8, 2009 · al · No Comments
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Acupuncture used for Low Back Pain and Hot Feet


Chief Complaint: lower back discomfort, hot feet.

Medical History: Female approx 50 + y.o.

Presenting Challenge: Discomfort in lower back last 12 months or so, can vary from sore or can’t get comfortable, to a sense of tired, weak. Also digestive challenges leading to diminished appetite pattern of irregular food intake due to varying work schedule.

Irregular menses last 2 years, last period 6mths or so ago.

Otherwise feels general health to be pretty good tho work schedules can be a bit taxing when busy.

Last modified: September 8, 2009 · al · No Comments
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The Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Treatment of Yeast and Candida


Chief Complaint: yeast infections

Western Diagnosis: yeast infection/candida

Medical History: Patient complains of consistent vaginal yeast infections. She excercises regularly, eats a lot of sugar in her diet and is on the birth control pill. She is a first year lawyer and is under a great deal of pressure.

Last modified: September 8, 2009 · al · No Comments
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The Acupuncture Treatment of Fibromyalgia


Chief Complaint: Muscular pain/ achiness

Western Diagnosis: Fibromyalgia

Medical History: Patient: female, 42 years old

Since February 2000, patient had experienced muscular pain. In April 2000 she was diagnosed with Lyme’s dx and put on antibiotics. After no relief, a spinal tap and Tender Point Assessment test were performed. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the summer of 2000. Significant medical history includes saline breast implants in 1983, gall bladder was removed in 1984 and in 1993 the patient was diagnosed with severe allergies and asthma. Medication at the time of visit included Arthrotec and Maxalt.

Last modified: September 8, 2009 · al · No Comments
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