Understanding What is Acupuncture

1)  ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES

Complying with international standards, only disposable needles are used in this clinic.  No needles are shared or reused.

 

2) COMMON SENSATIONS DURING/AFTER ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

During an acupuncture session, patients might experience soreness and/or numbness in areas where the needles are being inserted.  This is a natural reaction of the body on the intrusion of a foreign object.  It is also based on this principle, that acupuncture stimulates and hence, induces the body to perform self-repair (healing) functions.  In some cases, strong stimulation is necessary and when this happens, an ‘electrifying’ sensation could be felt.  However, if the sensation is too strong or unbearable, it is important that patients alert the attending physician immediately.

Sensitive Patient may experience nausea, or superficial bleeding or tenderness on the acupuncture areas or encounter superficial hematomas (bruises) after treatment. This is considered normal and it will usually disappear after a few days.

In addition, moxibution and cupping might also yield the same effects.  As the condition of individual body’s varies, the extent of which, the body reacts to needle stimulation and the duration of these effects will also differ.

 

3) ANCIENT NEEDLE TECHNIQUE

Hook needle, charn needling and hot needling are kinds of ancient therapy. These therapies are commonly used on patients whose conditions require stronger stimulation, such as those suffering from chronic diseases and persistent problems and do often produce greater sensation than normal acupuncture treatments. These treatment methods involve applying strong stimulation on selected acu-points to remove blockage, promote positive re-growth and strengthen the immune system that will destroy the disease and prevent recurrence.

These methods are only performed upon special requests by patients or under the recommendation of our physicians. Before commencing such treatments, the physician will give further explanation and advice to the patient.

 

4) CASES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE COURSE ARRANGEMENT

Fever, flu, common cold, acute sore throat, cough, headache, stiff neck, twisted of wrist, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, insomnia etc. Normally required 1 – 3 treatments.

 

5) CASES THAT REQUIRE A COURSE OR MORE TREATMENTS FOR EFFECTIVENESS

Chronic headache, migraine, tinnitus, bronchitis, asthma, shortness of breath, dyspnoea, vertigo, mental disturbance, depression eczema, menopause syndromes, dermatomyositis. Required 2 – 3 courses with daily 1 or 2 treatments. Prevention treatments may be recommended.

Otorrhea, otitis media, rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, hey fever, chronic pharyngitis, chronic laryngitis, urticaria, herpes zoster, chronic gastritis, chronic colitis and diseases of gynecology. Required 10 – 15 sittings on alternate day. Prevention treatments may be recommended.

Neurological disorders, rheumatology and orthopaedic disorder, stroke-paralysis, neuritis, neuralgia, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, post-operative pain syndromes etc. Require a course of 15 sittings and prevention treatments are needed.

All patients will be given reading materials to help them gained further understanding on their cases.

Duration of standard treatment is about 15 – 20 minutes, full treatment about 30 – 40 minutes.

The estimated time needed to complete an acupuncture session on a new patient’s first visit is about 1 hour.  This includes waiting time, special acupuncture diagnosis, treatment time, explication of treatment procedures and basic TCM concepts governing patients’ complaints, and questions & answers session.

Acupuncture on Breast Cancer – Case #1

She had been diagnosed in hospital specialist clinic as CA Breast, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. Suffers from Post-operative Syndromes including pains, cold hands and feet due to poor microcirculation (Yang Deficiency), difficulty to raise up the right arm. Dark nails were observed in the hands and toes. No family history for cancer and she has been observing her diet and maintaining light exercises before diagnosis of cancer.

The auricular diagnosis was Bronchi38, Rec38, St33, Ub85, K75, T145 and T242. Patient received acupuncture treatments during her course of chemotherapy. Aim to reduce the severity of her symptoms and to increase her immunity. Major points prescribed were the ECIWO Lungs / Breast on the left, E-system Waiguan, Yanglao, Zhusanli and Tianzong.

Symptoms gradually subsided. On the 4th treatment, patient began to take Ling Zhi Broken Spores and Shark Cartilage. Her immunity and overall energy showed great improvements. After one course of 10 treatments, patient is able to do her own shopping.

To further increase nutrients into the blood and auto-immune system, in order to boost micro-circulation, she began taking Bazhen and Wu Gong Mi with her regular Lingzhi Broken Spores.

Her state of health has been maintained, with evidence of new hair growth on the head and weight increase. Also she was able to a few short overseas trips as a holiday. She is currently on Regular Health Maintenance Treatments. Points taken were Zhusanli, Yanglao, Tianzhong, Yintang and Sanyingjiao.

In July 2007, a local magazine and some reporters had interviewed and published her story on the battle of Breast Cancer.

Acupuncture on Infertility

Had no long standing disease or illnesses but leading a high stress lifestyle due to work. She was married for two years, with no children and no history of gynecology problems.

First visit energy reading at 94 / 65. UB 93, K 92, LU84 and LI 88. Acupoints selected were ECIWO KIDNEYS of the 2nd Metacarpal Bone, Guanyuan, Sanyingjiao, Chenjiang, Shenshu, Yaoyangguan and Waiguan.

Completed 1 course of 8 treatments within 1 month and followed by resting the body for 2 months. On the return visit to follow up on her condition, she mentioned that she was pregnant from the first course of treatment. Subsequently prescribed 3 sessions of maintenance treatments to maintain her health but she took only 2 sessions. Reduced her work and focused on the pregnancy.

8 months pregnant- She revisited the clinic to bring the news that she had been in good state of health. No high blood pressure, diabetes or abnormal increase in weight. She had a healthy look and is in good spirit. Slight swelling was observed on the legs but had no difficulty in walking and was able to go about independently. Took leave from work to focus on the pregnancy.

Acupuncture on Depression, Low Immunity and Insomnia

A colleague, Ms Werner, introduced her to us for treatments. Had been suffering from Depression, Low Immunity and Insomnia. Seen several doctors regarding the various conditions and difficulties, and took many medicines for the combination of ailments including uncontrollable crying. With the many varieties of medications the symptoms still persisted and with little help on the depression.

Treatment:

  1. A-First visit was on 4 May 2007, arranged for 1 course of 8 treatments, together with herbal medicine to help with the sleeping difficulties. The results were effective and she showed great improvement on the overall.
  2. B-The follow up of the first course had revealed a cyst under the right breast about the size of a small egg. This was diagnosed and she was advised to have it surgically removed by the doctors she saw. She had very low immunity and stress at work had caused her fatigue and lumbago at the same time. Due to the return trip to London for visit of her family, 1 course of 10 treatments was recommended to her. I had also advised her to seek a second opinion on her condition- if it endangered her life she would have to seek surgical removal immediately.

Regular points taken on Tianzhong, Jianzhen, Jianqian, Jianxi, Dazhui, Zusanli, Sanyinjiao and Above the right breast outer point.

Also prescribed Ping Xiao Pian, Cordyceps and Liu Wei Di Huang Wan for her trip back to London. This is part of the treatment to maintain her condition and replace the treatments she would not be receiving.

On her follow up treatment after 2 months later, the cyst lump was disappeared. Her medical check up in London hospital showed that there was no longer any cyst presence in her right breast.

She had since taken up maintenance treatments for her health and took up quit smoking treatments to improve herself.

Acupuncture on Miscarriage, accompanied with Irregular Menstruation

Married with 1 child but suffered 2 times miscarriage, accompanied with Irregular Menstruation. Sought Acupuncture in London, 1 course of 8 sessions, and took up Herbal Remedies and Vitamins Therapy. Ultrasounds and blood tests were done several occasions to determine the cause for her hormonal imbalance and relation to her unnatural labour. However, scan results had shown no abnormality in the reproductive systems and blood results showed normal readings During treatment, points selected were ECIWO Kidneys, Guanyuan, Zhusanli, Sanyinjiao, Chensan.

Throughout the treatment, I had discovered that she had rather weak immunity, presenting with pre-cold syndromes often and having throat discomforts, respiratory problems, etc. Therefore following points were selected to treat the symptoms, including Dazhui, Mingmen, Yaoyangguan, Feishu.

She had completed 1 course of 8 treatments within 1 month, followed by recommendation to rest the body for duration of about 1 month. After which, she continued with treatments for health maintenance basis for another month, 5 treatments. Last course of treatments of 5 sessions reaped results. On the 2 treatment of the third course, she experienced temperature surges that relate to her ovulation. On the last session, she brought in good news of being pregnant for 4 weeks and her health was in good state with no experience of previously mentioned symptoms.

Maintenance treatments were recommended to keep up the health and energy unless necessary. Also advised were treatments to protect fetus if there are signs of breached fetus in the later stage of pregnancy.

Acupuncture on Thyroid Disorder of 3 years

Mr John I., 30, Indonesia, Businessman, 0701-15

A case of Thyroid Disorder for 3 years, maintained condition by western medications and regular follow-ups in the Endocrine Clinic. Blood results showed close to abnormal readings of TSH prior to the first visit to our centre. There was however inflammation on the thyroid glands which was recommended by the doctors in the hospital to surgically remove the gland. On the first visit in Jan 2007, readings was taken at 94/56, K90 and GB91. He was lethargic and obese (r/t thyroid disorder).
Points selected were ECIWO THROAT & THROAT of 2nd metacarpal bone, Neiguan, Zusanli, Sanyinjiao, Tiantu, Shang Yintang, Zhaohai, Zhongwan, Dazhui, Fengchi and Fengfu. Treatments were administered for 1 course of 5 treatments within 3 days. After the treatments, previous inflammation of the thyroid gland had subsided. Returned to Indonesia with Rhubarb and Tea herbal medicines as continuation of treatment.

On the next visit to Singapore, 8 months after, he had confirmed that the thyroid disorder was gone. The blood tests conducted at the Endocrine Clinic showed that he had normal readings without the thyroid medications.