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Chinese acupuncture for shoulder pain

Posted on 26 May, 2011 at 2:57 Comments comments (73)
What is Chinese acupuncture?
Chinese acupuncture began more than 3,000 years ago and is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture involves the placement of very slender needles into the skin along predetermined points for therapeutic effect. It works by unblocking the flow of energy along channels, or "meridians". The theory behind acupuncture is that when the body's energy channels are blocked, discomfort results.

What is shoulder pain cause?
Shoulder pain is an extremely common symptom, and there are many common causes of this problem. The major causes of shoulder pain include tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendinitis) or tendon tear, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), instability, arthritis, and fracture (broken bone). Other much less common causes of shoulder pain are tumors, infection, and nerve-related problems.

Can acupuncture control shoulder pain?
Chinese acupuncture is an effective treatment for both acute and chronic shoulder pain. In June 2009, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center reported a single-blind randomized, controlled trial. The participants were adults with shoulder pain for at least 8 weeks with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis or rotator cuff tendonitis and a total Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI) score of > or =30.

Thirty-one subjects were randomized to one of three treatment groups: individualized acupuncture points according to the approaches of traditional Chinese medicine; fixed, standard acupuncture points conventionally used for shoulder pain; and sham nonpenetrating acupuncture. After 6 weeks of treatment, the mean total SPADI score improved in all three groups, but the change was clinically significant only in groups 1 and 2, respectively. The conclusion is that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for chronic shoulder pain.

Why does acupuncture sometimes not work?
Traditional Chinese medicine, including Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, is a complex systemic science, which needs to take a long time to learn and practice. To obtain the best treatment result, at least two major things need to know: finding correct acupuncture point formula and finding correct point location. Otherwise, acupuncture may not work very well. This may explain the opinion reviews were inconclusive for shoulder pain, lateral elbow pain, and low back pain (Chin J Integr Med. 2011 March).

Is acupuncture safe?   
Yes. Acupuncture is a safe treatment. It may occasionally cause dizziness, local internal bleeding, dermatitis, nerve damage, and/or increased pain (especially when the acupuncturist is not well-trained). So a well-trained professional and experienced acupuncturist is vital for effectiveness and safety.

我在美国做针灸 (1)----急性腰痛

Posted on 10 May, 2011 at 10:35 Comments comments (25)

作者简介:卢全生, 中医学者,中西医结合学者,中国中医科学院中西医结合博士. 善长中西医结合治病,  倡导天人合一养生. 个人网站: www.wholelifeherb.com.

上 星期,我有一过敏病人。二年来,每逢花粉季节,眼痒、鼻涕,喷嚏,更严重的是全身瘙痒难忍,此起彼伏。她说看了我的网站,了解到我有深厚教育背景及丰富治 疗经验后,慕名而来。我告诉她,她的选择是对的,通过我的系统治疗,她将告别过敏。她告诉我,读了我的全生讲中医系列文章后,有一定的帮助。 但那还不够,应加上个人的治疗经验。我说,全生讲中医文章的初衷是普及中医知识,弘扬中医文化,让世界了解中医,让中医恩惠世界。

我不想改变全生讲中医专栏的初衷和目的,但为让读者更好地分享我个人的治病经验及成就,特开设我在美国做针灸专栏,作为全生讲中医的补充,共同见证中医神奇。

作为我在美国做针灸第一期,我想先写一最新病例。上周六(5/7/2011)下午,当我正在治疗病人时,收到一电话,说他腰痛厉害,痛的不能走路,不能开车,晚上不能入睡,问下午1点能否过来看个急诊。我立即看了一下表,已是下午2点,不知是他口误,还是痛昏了头。

当病人的车停下后,其夫人先下来,然后花了大概3-4分钟的时间才把他弄下车。然后在其夫人的掺扶下,侧弯着身体进了我的诊所。此人名叫Jose, 墨西哥人, 家在Potomac,身高185cm, 身强力壮。让其坐下,因太痛而不能坐,然后费了很大的劲才躺到治疗床上。 自述三天前因修车,长时间一个姿势5-6小时后,出现左侧腰跨部剧烈疼痛,痛及左下肢,不能按压。晚上不能睡眠,西药无效,去按摩后,也无好转。

我问他,怎么找到我的,他说通过 Internet, 比较了很多针灸师。 当他和妻子看到我的背景后,兴奋的指着我的照片说:“Just him !”  随即打电话给我。

针灸行针期间,我让他旋转腰部,他不敢,我说尽管做。按我说的,他开始旋转腰部,幅度越来越大。45分钟的治疗后,他能自己下床。他和妻子都说:“Miraculous!  I can not believe it!” 然后自己走出我的诊所。

第二天,即星期天上午,他打来电话,说三个晚上以来睡了一个好觉,且没有吃西药。我告诉他,他的药忘记拿走了,还在我的办公室里。

今天,患者自己开车来我诊所。自述治疗后,疼痛大减,是自己开车回去的,让老婆坐 在旁边,以示“Happy Mother’s Day”,  因为星期天是母亲节。尽管女方只有32岁,年轻漂亮,但已是16岁儿子的妈妈了。年轻妈妈问我,能否祛除她的蝴蝶斑,我的答案是肯定的。

当他们大赞针灸神奇的时候,我会心的笑了。想吾等幼时即研习中医,大学、硕士、博士,一路走来,通古晓今,学贯中西,治疗汝等洋人之小疾,还不是小菜一碟?!

全生随想录(1)----公园漫步

Posted on 10 May, 2011 at 10:28 Comments comments (34)
 
2011年3月30日晨, 在家旁边College Gardens 公园池塘边散步。 和风细雨,鸟语花香,沁人心脾,爽人肺腑;  凉亭水榭,喜雀小桥,  鸳鸯喷泉,让人心旷神怡.  感自然之和谐,随拙笔录之,  与友共享.
 
和风细雨气馨香,亭台无语泉欢唱;
鸳鸯双双共戏水, 喜雀复见织女郎.
 
卢全生, 中医学者,中西医结合学者,中国中医科学院中西医结合博士。善长中西医结合治病,  倡导天人合一养生.  现旅居美国马里兰州.

全生讲中医 (1)------颈椎病的中医防治

Posted on 10 May, 2011 at 10:17 Comments comments (18)
全生讲中医专栏的目的是普及中医知识, 弘扬中医文化, 介绍中医进展, 传授专家经验, 提高人们认识、预防、治疗疾病的能力. 如果你热爱健康, 喜欢中医, 那就静下心来, 和全生讲中医一起, 探索中医奥秘, 见证中医神奇, 分享名医经验, 寻找济世良方吧。
 
大 家好, 我是卢全生中医师, 很高兴和大家见面了. 今天是全生讲中医第一讲,主讲颈椎病的中医防治.十年前, 我在中国中医科学院北京西苑医院做主治医师时,曾参加编写了<<颈肩痛>>一书, 里面详细介绍了颈椎病与肩周炎的发病原因,临床表现, 诊断治疗及预防.今天很高兴与大家分享颈椎病的治疗经验.
 
众 所周知, 颈椎病是临床上一种常见的中老年疾病. 调查表明, 50岁左右的人群中患病率为25%, 60岁左右的人群中患病率高达50%,而70岁以后则几乎达到100%.因此颈椎病正越来越为人们所重视. 那么, 到底什么是颈椎病, 其致病原因及临床表现如何, 临床上又有如何治疗和预防呢?
 
所谓颈椎病, 又名颈椎间盘综合征,是指因颈椎间盘退行性病变所致失稳、椎间盘突出、骨质增生等压迫刺激颈神经根、脊髓、椎动脉或交感神经等邻近组织而引起的以颈臂酸麻疼痛, 头痛, 头晕, 颈硬为主症的综合征.
 
颈 椎病的发病因素多种多样, 其中年龄因素, 慢性劳损及外伤是颈椎病的三个主要原因, 尤其是慢性劳损, 长期从事颈部过伸或屈曲工作者,如财务、写作、IT、实验室科技人员等发病率较高. 另外,情绪不好往往使颈椎病加重,而颈椎病加重或发作时,病人的情绪往往更不好,很容易激动和发脾气.
 
临 床表现是颈肩痛, 放射至头枕部和上肢, 少数有头痛, 眩晕, 猝倒, 或一侧面部发热, 出汗异常, 严重者双下肢活动受影响, 甚至瘫痪. 颈椎病的分型很多, 有按西医分型的, 也有按中医分型的. 我国著名骨科专家杨克勤教授将颈椎病分为神经根型, 脊髓型, 交感神经型, 椎动脉型和混合型. 中医辨证分为营卫不和, 风寒湿痹, 气滞血瘀, 痰湿互结及肝肾阴虚型.
 
中医治疗原则为调和气血, 舒筋通络, 解痉止痛. 根据不同分型, 配以不同方药. 常用穴位有风池, 风府, 肩井, 天宗, 曲池, 列缺, 合谷, 阿是穴等.
 
1997 年10月12日, 我跟随北京中医药大学名老中医程士德教授治疗一椎管狭窄病人, 30付药后, 病人头晕手麻症状全消. 现抄录方药如下: 葛根、钩藤、鸡血藤各30g, 桃仁、红花、桂枝、当归、川芎、羌活、穿山甲、王不留行、皂角刺、苏木、炙甘草各10g,细辛3g.
 
颈 椎病预防包括保持乐观态度, 避免高枕睡眠, 加强颈肩部肌肉的锻炼等. 特别对于长期伏案工作人员, 应定时做头及双上肢的前屈后伸及旋转运动, 既可缓解疲劳, 又能预防颈椎病. 中医认为胡桃、山萸肉、黑芝麻等具有补肾益髓之功, 长期服用可起到强壮筋骨, 推迟颈椎关节退变的作用.
 
专 业提示:  文中所用方药, 乃专家辩证用药的结果, 病人切勿独自盲目照搬, 以免发生意外. 请在专业中医师的指导下, 辨证用药,方可达到理想效果.敬请关注下期全生讲中医(2)—肩周炎的中医防治. 如果你有任何健康问题或什么建议, 请访问卢全生中西医结合博士的网站www.wholelifeherb.com, 或直接拨打中文热线电话301-919-9898, 以便得到及时的专业解答.

Chinese acupuncture for neck pain

Posted on 20 April, 2011 at 21:45 Comments comments (101)
What is Chinese acupuncture?
Chinese acupuncture began more than 3,000 years ago and is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture involves the placement of very slender needles into the skin along predetermined points for therapeutic effect.

How does acupuncture work?
In Chinese medicine, it's believed that acupuncture works by unblocking the flow of energy along channels, or "meridians". The theory behind acupuncture is that when the body's energy channels are blocked, discomfort results.

Neck pain causes
Most neck pain may result from staying in the same position longer that increase the tension of the neck. Neck pain may also arise from an injury. In adult, narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck (cervical spinal stenosis) is common. In Chinese medicine theory, external wind and cold, or injury, or excessive activities can block the flow of qi and blood in the neck, which lead to neck pain.

Neck pain symptoms
The most common symptoms include a knot, stiffness, or acute pain in the neck. The pain may extent to your shoulders, upper back, or arms. Sometimes, you may have a headache, have trouble in moving or turning your head and neck, or have numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm.

Acupuncture can control neck pain
Acupuncture is widely used for the treatment of neck and other musculoskeletal pain and there is some evidence supporting its effectiveness for short and long term pain relief. An Australian randomized controlled trial was designed to compare the effectiveness of acupuncture with simulated acupuncture in patients with sub-acute and chronic whiplash-associated disorders. The patients were conducted acupuncture treatment for 12 sessions during a six week period, with 3 and 6 months follow up.  Participants receiving the real electro-acupuncture treatment had significantly greater reduction in pain intensity at 3 and 6 months respectively in comparison to the sham electro-acupuncture group (Spine, April 2011).

Traditional Chinese medicine includes Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture/moxibustion, and so on. Chinese medicine therapy including herbal medicines and acupuncture for neck pain is very common and successful in China, even in Europe.

Safety of Acupuncture
Although acupuncture is generally considered safe, it may cause dizziness, local internal bleeding, dermatitis, nerve damage, and/or increased pain (especially when the acupuncturist is not well-trained). So a well-trained professional and experienced acupuncturist is vital for safety and effectiveness.

What is Dr. Lu's difference and treatment?

Posted on 14 April, 2011 at 10:17 Comments comments (38)
Dr. Quansheng Lu, CMD, PhD, is a licensed acupuncturist, specialist of Chinese medicine, and guest professor in China. He has 25 years of extensive academic, educational, and practical experience. With special PIN treatment system -personalized, integrated, and natural, Dr. Lu  is performing professional, effective, and safe treatment with traditional Chinese medicine in

    * Chronic and acute pains: arthritis, fibromyalgia, headache, joint and muscle pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and leg pain
    * Allergies, rhinitis, asthma, and other respiratory problem
    * Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress
    * Hypertension and related heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, hyperlipemia
    * Paralysis from stroke, injury, and Bell's palsy
    * Gastrointestinal issues
    * Hepatitis
    * Nephritis, kidney stone
    * Children's problems: hyperactivity, epilepsy
    * Gynecological problems like infertility and PMS
    * Cancer pain, and side effects of chemo and radiation therapy
    * And many more physical, emotional and neurological issues.


Who is Dr. Quansheng Lu?

Posted on 14 April, 2011 at 10:05 Comments comments (51)
Quansheng Lu is a licensed acupuncturist in Maryland. He received his medical degree from Henan University of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China, and subsequently worked as a resident and attending physician of TCM at a general hospital in China for 8 years. During this period, thousands and thousands patients were recovered under his miraculous treatment with TCM.  Given his outstanding contribution in TCM, Quansheng Lu was awarded the outstanding doctor from local public health department. In order to further explore the magical Chinese medicine, Quansheng Lu pursued his master degree in TCM at Beijing University of TCM.

Quansheng Lu continued to pursue his PhD in cardiology in Chinese and western integrated medicine  at China academy of Chinese medical science and focused on exploring hypertension molecular mechanisms and looking for new anti-hypertensive natural herbs. His supervisor is professor Keji Chen, the president of Chinese association of integrated medicine, and academician of the Chinese academy of sciences. Acknowledging his excellent achievement in the field, Quansheng Lu was invited as a postdoctoral fellow in Georgetown University Medical Center and Children's National Medical Center.

Quansheng Lu is a holder of 3 patents of China, and has published 7 professional books on TCM. He also published about 30 peer-reviewed papers in the top journals in the field, and presented his scientific findings in the national and international meetings more than 30 times. His astounding findings have been reported and cited by important world media many times over. Due to his outstanding  achievement in the field, Quansheng Lu was invited as a guest professor at a famous university of TCM in China and continues to teach and inspire today. Having 25 years of extensive academic, educational, and practical experience in TCM, Quansheng Lu is performing the professional, effective, and safe treatment with TCM.

Wholelife Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Center is waiting for providing the professional traditional Chinese medicine service for your health.
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Dr. Lu's Education/Experience
MD in TCM, Henan University of TCM, China
M.S. in TCM, Beijing University of TCM, China  
PhD in integrated medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences
Fellowship, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC
                 Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC
Attending physician, Huaiying general hospital, Henan, China
                 Beijing University of TCM, Beijing
                 Xiyuan hospital, Beijing
25 years of academic, educational, and practical experience

Appointments/Achievements
Licensed acupuncturist of Maryland
Guest professor, Henan university of TCM, China
Outstanding doctor in China
Member, American society of hypertension (ASH)
Council member, heart board of China association of Chinese medicine
Editorial board member, international journal of integrated medicine

3 patents, including convenient insulin-injecting pump for diabetes patients
7 Books of TCM, including Neck and Shoulder Pains,
               Cardio-Cerebro-vascular Disease in TCM        
30 peer-reviewed papers, published in the top journals in the field       
30 abstracts, presented in the international conferences

Chinese medicine for sexual dysfunction

Posted on 14 April, 2011 at 9:58 Comments comments (401)
Before answering your questions, I want to introduce some background on kidney function in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory.  Western medicine and TCM are two kinds of medicine system. In TCM theory, the kidney is vitally important, which is considered as the "foundation of prenatal life". The kidney's main physiological functions include storing essence of the body; dominating growth, development and reproduction; regulating water metabolism and receiving qi (meaning energy). Some factors, for example, excess masturbation (once or twice a week is normal if you don't feel too tired and uncomfortable), can damage the normal kidney function, resulting in pathological situations. For example, kidney yin deficiency symptoms  include seminal emission, dizziness, tinnitus, back pain, lassitude, poor spirit, thin body, and so on; kidney yang deficiency symptoms, failure of the penis in erection, or weak erection,listlessness, soreness and weakness in lumbar and knees, aversion to cold, cold limbs, dysuria, or urination at night.

Right now let's go back to your questions. Excess masturbation certainly depletes kidney energy, and it also weakens parasympathetic nervous system.

In the thyroid, there are lots of sex hormone (SH) and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which is related to the normal thyroid function. So hyper or hypo thyroidism can affect the levels of SH and SHBG, and sexual dysfunction. Abnormal SHBG can also result in thyroidism problems.

Many herbs and herb formulas can strengthen parasympathetic nervous system, treat thyroidism problems and increase SHBG level and activity. But I don't recommend that you use them by yourself for the safety and effectiveness reasons. Because we need first decide which type of  kidney problem you have and then use the right herb formula, not single herb. In order to meet your interest, I give you some herbs for your try. Ginseng or fleeceflower root for parasympathetic nervous system, kelp for thyroidism problem, morinda root or eucommia bark for SHBG activity.

I hope this is helpful for you.

Feel free contact me.

Quansheng Lu
CMD, PhD, L.Ac
www.wholelifeherb.com

Acupuncture for allergic rhinitis and asthma

Posted on 14 April, 2011 at 9:46 Comments comments (335)
Chinese medicine has been used therapeutically in China for thousands of years and is growing in prominence in Europe and the United States. Chinese medicine works by reestablishing balances within the body, the balances between yin and yang, between qi and blood, and so on. The main professional methods are Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture/moxibustion. Recent controlled studies indicate that Chinese medicine therapy including herbal medicines and acupuncture for allergic disorders is promising.

Acupuncture for itch
 Itch is a major symptom of allergic skin disease. Acupuncture has been shown to exhibit a significant effect on itch.  A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial concluded that acupuncture at the correct acu-points showed a significant reduction in type I hypersensitivity itch in patients with atopic eczema (Allergy,2010 July).

Acupuncture for allergic rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis affects 10-40% of the population globally with a substantial health and economic impact on the community. Ear-acupressure was as effective as body acupuncture or antihistamine for short-term effect, but it was more effective than anti-histamine for long-term effect (Clin Otolaryngol,2010 Feb).  Another pragmatic randomized trial of 5,237 patients with allergic rhinitis in German suggests that acupuncture is effective in the symptomatic treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis (Ann Allergy asthma immunology,2008 Nov). Acupuncture may help to improve the blood theology indexes with an increased volume of blood flow, and regulate the immunological function of the human body, thus giving therapeutic effects for allergic rhinitis.

Acupuncture for asthma
Asthma has become an important public health issue and approximately 300 million people have suffered from the disease worldwide. Nowadays, the use of acupuncture in asthma is increasing. A study on children with asthma finds that life quality activities of the group of acupuncture-like stimulation improved significantly more than those of the control group (J Asthma,2010 Dec). One review points to the potential benefits of pharmacopuncture for adults with asthma (Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,2011). Gene expression of immune response and steroid hormone may play an important role in the treatment of asthma (J Biomed Sci.2009 May).

Safety of Acupuncture
The risk of serious adverse events in the overall population is as low as 0.05/10,000 treatments (J Pediatr Hematol Oncol,2008 June). Some findings suggest that personalized medical treatment should be essential for acupuncture treatment in patients with allergic rhinitis ( J Altern Complement Med,2010 Jan). So a well-trained professional acupuncturist is vital for safety and efficacy reasons.


Acupuncture for side effects of cancer treatment

Posted on 14 April, 2011 at 9:28 Comments comments (36)
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture began more than 3,000 years ago and is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture involves the placement of very slender needles into the skin along predetermined points for therapeutic effect.

How does it work?
In Chinese medicine, it's believed that acupuncture works by unblocking the flow of energy along channels, or "meridians". The theory behind acupuncture is that when the body's energy channels are blocked, discomfort results.

Benefits of Acupuncture
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 8 million Americans use acupuncture to treat different ailments. Studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment of a host of non-cancer-related health issues, such as back pain, chronic headaches, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, infertility, and hot flashes. Acupuncture is also safe, tolerable and effective for a range of side-effects resulting from conventional cancer treatments (Current Treat Options Oncology, December 2010).

Relief of cancer pain
Forty percent of individuals with early or intermediate stage cancer and 90% with advanced cancer have moderate to severe pain, and acupuncture has a role in management of cancer pain. A recent study, published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, April 2010, found that individuals receiving acupuncture experienced significant reductions in pain and dysfunction when compared with individuals receiving standard care.

Easing chemo-radiation therapy side-effects
The preliminary data suggest acupuncture might be effective for chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, leukopenia, radiation therapy-induced xerostomia, insomnia, and anxiety. A recent study reported acupuncture reduces some of these common side effects and produces fewer adverse effects than antidepressant, venlafaxine (Journal of Clinical Oncology, February 2010). Another trial also suggested that acupuncture reduces vasomotor symptoms in breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen (Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, December 2010).

Increasing Quality of Life
Acupuncture can increased energy and provide a sense of well being to cancer sufferers.  A study, (International Journal Women’s Health, September 2010), was to examine the quality of life of breast cancer patients medicated with estrogen antagonists, 2 years after having acupuncture treatment for hot flashes. Patients treated with acupuncture complained less of hot flashes, and had a more positive outlook on life.

Safety of Acupuncture
Although acupuncture is generally considered safe, it may cause dizziness, local internal bleeding, dermatitis, nerve damage, and/or increased pain (especially when the acupuncturist is not well-trained). A well-trained professional acupuncturist is very important for a better treatment result.



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