Category Archives: Acupuncture

Osteoarthritis helped by acupuncture?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Will acupuncture help me? A: Yes! Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The usual treatment course will be one to three months of weekly treatments, dietary and herbal prescriptions, and tai chi or qigong exercises. There are various etiologies and…

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Acupuncture to quit smoking?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture stop someone from smoking? How many treatments would it take? A: Addictions are difficult to treat because of the biochemical dependencies our bodies have made to the addicting substance. I commend you on your decision to quit. I recommend that you look at a combined treatment that includes a…

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Acupuncture for pain behind my eyes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, For the past four weeks, I have had nearly constant Pain behind my Eyes, as well as temporal Pain. I have been diagnosed with Microvascular Ischemic White Matter Disease, and was taking NSAID, which didn’t help. My doctor says the only option for me is steroids, but I want to avoid…

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Acupuncture for myopia?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have been refused treatment by an acupuncturist for myopia because at 19 because I am no longer a child. If 19 is too old for treatment, is there a way that myopia can be reduced or eye problems relieved? A: I am surprised that you were refused a treatment. On…

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Eye conditions treated with acupuncture?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can refractive errors, especially myopia or shortsightedness, be cured by acupuncture? A: Acupuncture is effectively used in China for various eye pathologies, including myopia. Treatments only reduce severity of condition and slow the disease’s progress with effects lasting from days to months. Treatment usually includes acupuncture and adjunctive modalities to correct…

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Can acupuncture help Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT)

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am in my early twenties and I have just been diagnosed with Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT). Can acupuncture help? I have seen a cardiologist and he wants to schedule surgery. I would like to avoid surgery if possible. A: Although PSVT is typically not a life threatening condition and has…

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Can acupuncture help to quit smoking?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture help a person to stop smoking? A: Yes, acupuncture can assist in cravings and dependencies. There are several treatment protocols that work to curtail cravings and dependencies. In 2000, Yale University conducted a study of the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol and its effectiveness in smoking cessation. You…

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Acupuncture for wrinkles?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is it true that there is an acupuncture treatment for wrinkles on the market? A: Yes, you have heard correctly. Acupuncture has shown effectiveness in facial rejuvenation. Adjunctive or stand-alone treatments are used for wrinkle reduction, age line reduction, and general facial muscle tone, health and wellness. Acupuncture is also very…

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Can acupuncture help atopic dermatitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Would acupuncture help atopic dermatitis? A: Yes, acupuncture can help with dermatitis; however, there are many protocols that depend on localization, exacerbating conditions, and the underlying patient condition. A licensed acupuncturist will be able to prescribe an appropriate treatment protocol. Usually six to 12 treatments can clear a mild condition. Chronic…

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Acupuncture help pain from shingles?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture help with the nerve Pain from shingles? A: Acupuncture can assist with the pain associated with shingles. Depending on the acute or dormant state of the condition, the treatment will vary in length and frequency. I suggest that you consult a licensed acupuncturist to determine the proper course of…

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