Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am an elderly woman, and once a month, I suffer from excruciating pain on the outside of my ear. What could be the cause of this?
A: Pain arises when any number of things that block the natural circulation and flow of energy. Ear pain can be a symptom of many conditions ranging from common ear canal infection, inner ear infection, cochlear pathologies and even some serious conditions. The pain is the body’s way of alerting us to the problem. I suggest your consult with your primary physician to rule out serious conditions and to discuss what the causes of your specific situation are. Then contact an acupuncturist to determine the diagnosis and prescribe an appropriate treatment protocol.
To look for a licensed TCM practitioner in your area go to: www.acupuncture.com
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