Archive for the ‘Metabolic’ Category

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Hep C and Fatigue


Chief Complaint: Fatigue

Western Diagnosis: Hepatitis C

Medical History: Patient contracted HCV, genotype 1a, 30+ years ago. His liver enzymes are elevated and fibrosis level on biopsy shows stage 3 bridging fibrosis.

Questioning exam: The patient has a very positive outlook towards life in general, but feels weighed down by overwhelming fatigue. He also suffered from diarrhea and nausia. Fatigue did not improve with exercise.

Pulse exam: The pulse was wiry, slippery and rapid on both sides. The main hara finding was oketsu, or stuck blood.

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The Acupuncture Treatment of Fibromyalgia


Chief Complaint: body aches all over

Western Diagnosis: fibromyalgia

Medical History: the patient is an electrician who loves spicy food, exercises not at all. Being an electrician in Maine working in very hot and humid environments in the summer and very cold and windy environments in the winter

Questioning exam: Pain migrates, is better when cold, the pain is dull achy in nature

Pulse exam: pulse is slippery, slightly wiry, large joints appear swollen and red and are hot to the touch

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Oriental Medicinal Herb and Acupuncture for Fatty Liver and Diabetes


Chief Complaint: fatty liver and poorly controlled Type 2 Diabetes

Medical History: 55 yr old Caucasian male. Morbidly obese.

First appointment on March 2004 pt’s labs reflect triglyceride level of 1105, cholesterol of 230 and elevated AST (50’s) and ALT (80’s). Pt’s record of blood sugars indicate his blood sugars were consistently in the high 230’s. Pt was not (and is not) on any western medications. Even though pt had dangerously elevated triglycerides and blood sugars he consistently refused western medications. His MD finally referred him to acupuncture in the hopes that something could be done to stabilize the patient.

Patient does not drive and does not cook. He reports excessive appetite He either buys prepared meals at the deli counter of grocery store or goes out to eat. His only exercise was walking to the public bus.

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Acupuncture and Herbs for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue


Chief Complaint: fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

Western Diagnosis: fibromyalgia Jan 2001

Medical History: A 50 year old female, health care professional and PhD candidate, sought Chinese medicine for the first time on May 11, 2001, with symptoms of fibromyalgia for one and a half years prior to formal diagnosis in January 2001.

Patient’s physical activity had been limited, since exercise aggravated her symptoms. Symptoms were also aggravated by stress and inactivity. A physician prescribed Prozac, 10 mg on odd days, 20 mg on even days, Premarin 1.25 mg daily, and glucosamine chondroitin, dosage unspecified. The patient also took a daily multivitamin and calcium supplement. There was mild improvement in her condition on this regimen, but she was advised that she would “just have to live with pain.”

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Chinese Medicine for HIV, Nausea, and Fatigue


Chief Complaint: Fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite.

Western Diagnosis: HIV Positive

Medical History: Male, 33 years of age, 5’10”, 175 lbs., full time student/part time bartender. Diagnosed HIV positive in 1989 remaining healthy with no complications. Currently (2002) and since 1996 patient on triple drug therapy of Indinovir, 3TC and AZT due to high viral load. Current viral load measures 200,000 copies per milliliter. Most notable side effects are chief complaint of fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite. Irregularly exercises, meditates and practices Qi Gong daily. Eight hours of sleep consistently but restless with dreams most nights, Excellent organic non vegetarian diet, mealtimes at regular hours 3x daily. Exposure to smoke daily.

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Weight Loss with Chinese Medicine


Chief Complaint: obesity

Medical History: Patient “dieted” and exercised, but still could not lose weight.

Questioning exam: Fatigue after eating, gas and bloating, loose stools, feelings of heaviness (dampness)

Pulse exam: T: Pale, flabby, scalloped

P: slippery on right

OM Diagnosis: Spleen Qi Xu with Dampness

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Chinese Medicine for Obesity and Hypertension


Chief Complaint: Over Weight and High blood pressure

Western Diagnosis: Obesity, high blood pressure

Medical History: 45-year-female who has been overweight for nearly 30 years and has high blood pressure for nearly 12 years.

Questioning exam: Do you have a normal appetite?

No. Sometimes I can’t control myself even under the condition I don’t feel hungry I must eat.

Pulse exam: Heart and liver pulse are superficial.

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Acupuncture Treatment for Headache


Chief Complaint: Headache, right side

Western Diagnosis: Hypertension and temporal arteritis

Medical History: Hypertension for 40 year on regular medicine.

Questioning exam: Right sided headache for 1 month, worse at night

Pulse exam: Pulse: regular

Right side headache gets worse when palpated.

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Acupuncture Treatment for Fatty Tumors


Chief Complaint: Fatty tumors and dry, corrugated fingernails, occasional leg pain

Medical History: Elderly woman about 70 years old. In generally good health except for her main complaints.

Questioning exam: Visible fatty tumours on upper arms about one to two centimeters in diameter, deformed fingernails, occasional leg pain.

Pulse exam: Generally slippery, especially at the lung and spleen positions. Otherwise thin although not overly weak.

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Acupuncture Treatment of Fibromyalgia


Chief Complaint: shooting pain/tingling

Western Diagnosis: Fibromyalgia

Medical History: Patient reported suffering from environmental illness(sensitivity)for approximately 14 years. In this time she had been diagnosed as malabsorbtive and prediabetic. She also suffers from migraines. She eats all organic foods mostly greens. She juices.

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