Traditional Chinese Medicine
- An Integrative Approach -
- Systematically Applied Ancient Healing -
- Headaches- can be migraine, cluster or tension type, depending on location and severity.
- Low Back Pain -can be from sudden exertion, repetitive stress, disc injuries and/or aging.
- Arthritis/Joint Pain - can be from osteo or rheumatoid arthritis, tennis or golfer's elbow, sports injuries or repeitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel.
- Fibromyalgia - is difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat with conventional therapies. The cause is unknown or idiopathic. Electroacupuncture seems to have greater and longer lasting benefits to relieve pain and stiffness. There have been many studies done - please see one here at PubMed.
With all types of pain the key is to increase the blood flow in the area to get more oxygen and nutrients to repair damaged tissue and aid the growth of new replacement tissue. TCM has many acupuncture points and methods for the cessation of pain. We also use many different safe and effective Chinese herbs taken both internally and applied topically to alleviate pain. Cupping and acupressure (massage on acupuncture points) can do wonders. If you have never tried cupping you don't know what you are missing - especially for back and shoulder pain! In addition we like to show our patients specific Qi Gong exercises which are easy to perform and target specific areas and internal organs.
Did you know - there is an acupuncture point on the
lower leg to relieve frozen shoulder?
Surgery no better than placebo?
A controlled trial of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee. (2002)
Many patients report symptomatic relief after undergoing arthroscopy of the knee for osteoarthritis, but it is unclear how the procedure achieves this result. We conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of arthroscopy for osteoarthritis of the knee.
A total of 180 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly assigned to receive arthroscopic débridement, arthroscopic lavage, or placebo surgery. Patients in the placebo group received skin incisions and underwent a simulated débridement without insertion of the arthroscope. Patients and assessors of outcome were blinded to the treatment-group assignment. Outcomes were assessed at multiple points over a 24-month period with the use of five self-reported scores--three on scales for pain and two on scales for function--and one objective test of walking and stair climbing. A total of 165 patients completed the trial.
At no point did either of the intervention groups report less pain or better function than the placebo group. For example, mean (+/-SD) scores on the Knee-Specific Pain Scale (range, 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more severe pain) were similar in the placebo, lavage, and débridement groups: 48.9+/-21.9, 54.8+/-19.8, and 51.7+/-22.4, respectively, at one year (P=0.14 for the comparison between placebo and lavage; P=0.51 for the comparison between placebo and débridement) and 51.6+/-23.7, 53.7+/-23.7, and 51.4+/-23.2, respectively, at two years (P=0.64 and P=0.96, respectively). Furthermore, the 95 percent confidence intervals for the differences between the placebo group and the intervention groups exclude any clinically meaningful difference.
In this controlled trial involving patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, the outcomes after arthroscopic lavage or arthroscopic débridement were no better than those after a placebo procedure.