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Kidney Stones & Chinese Herbs & Acupuncture

Do you suffer from recurrent kidney stones?

If you do, the Stone Formula, formulated by Dr Mok, might be just the formula for you to keep recurrences to a minimum or to help you through an acute bout of kidney stones.

Kidney stones can form when the urine contains too much of certain substances. These substances can create small crystals that become stones.  Kidney stones may not produce symptoms until they begin to move down the tubes (ureters) through which urine empties into the bladder. When this happens, the stones can block the flow of urine out of the kidneys. This causes swelling of the kidney or kidneys, causing pain. The pain is usually severe.

The main symptom of kidney stones is severe pain that starts suddenly and may go away suddenly.  The pain may be felt in the belly area or side of the back.  The pain may move to groin area or testicles.  Other symptoms can include abnormal urine color, blood in the urine, chills, fever, nausea, and/or vomiting. continue reading »

Headaches, Migraines and Acupuncture

Do you suffer from headaches? If so, you are not alone. Over 50 million of us experience some form of headache at some point in our lives. Whether you experience minor head pain or severe migraines, headaches can take valuable time out of your day and your life, and leave you searching for relief.

One option is to reach for pain relieving drugs and other pharmaceuticals. This usually works for the short term, and is usually successful in stopping a headache quickly once it has started. Unfortunately, these medications do not address the “root” causes(s) of the headaches. I guarantee you are not suffering from a deficiency of aspirin. Many of these medications, when used over long periods of time, can also cause unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a safe and effective approach to relieving headache pain, without causing harmful side effects. Chinese medicine incorporates a comprehensive diagnostic protocol that can help me, as your acupuncturist, to understand and address the “root” cause(s) of your headaches. continue reading »

Parkinson’s Disease And Traditional Chinese Medicine

From a western medicine perspective, Parkinson’s Disease is one of a group of motor system disorders that are caused by the loss of dopamine producing brain cells. The general symptoms include tremor, slowed motion (bradykinesia) which makes voluntary movements such as walking difficult, loss of automatic movements such as swinging your arms while you walk, and a “frozen” facial feature many times with unblinking eyes.

Associated conditions such as depression, insomnia, urinary issues, constipation and/or sexual issues may also be seen.  Western treatment focuses on medication, surgery, and/or physical therapy.

From a Chinese medicine perspective, syndromes in which patients suffer from spontaneous shaking, or from other muscular manifestations such as paralysis or tonic spasm, are thought to be the result of yin deficiency of the kidney and liver leading to generation of “internal wind.” continue reading »

Your Body as a Garden

The concept of gardening gives us an excellent illustration for the theories behind Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Imagine you are a gardener whose job it is to help a garden thrive. To help nature along, you must provide necessities such as water and fertilizer. You must make sure plants receive the right amount of sun, and you must weed out any undesirable elements. Gardening takes time and effort, but the reward is a beautiful, healthy garden, abundant with flowers and vegetables.

Your body is just like a garden, and you and your acupuncturist are the gardeners. He or she will work closely with you to strengthen and balance your internal garden. By taking your entire self into account, your practitioner can help identify—and weed out—any imbalances that could cause problems. continue reading »

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