Autoimmune disease is viewed and treated very differently by Chinese medicine and doctors as compared to Western medicine and doctors. In this blog, I will explain these differences and how I treat these diseases.
A little more than ten years ago, I first visited Dr. Feng Liang, of the Fifth Avenue Acupuncture & Herbs Center, who treated me with acupuncture for shoulder pain. The pain was caused by a combination of a very awkward style of tennis serve and sleeping with my shoulder jammed up against a hard pillow. Before seeing Dr. Liang, I had an appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon. I could no longer take the pain I was having in my shoulder and needed relief. The Orthopedic Surgeon gave me an X-Ray and MRI. After not seeing anything noticeable in both results, he gave me a Cortisone shot. For those who have never had a Cortisone shot, you get immediate relief from the shot. However, within approximately 45 minutes, the pain that you first had returns, and it returns with twice as much intensity. The Orthopedic Surgeon then referred me to a physical therapist and told me that I would probably need six months of physical therapy. I was not happy to hear this!
With so many New York City acupuncturists, Dan Globus interviewed Fifth Avenue Acupuncture & Herbs Center Director Dr. Feng Liang to find out what makes her treatment methods so different and why her treatments have been so successful when other acupuncturists have not achieved the same results.
Acupuncture does in fact really help people who suffer from anxiety. It is one of the oldest natural remedies for this disorder that has been used by thousands and has a very high success rate. Let’s look at exactly how acupuncture works to address this and why it is successful. Before we do this, let’s look at other ways that people treat and deal with this condition.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism will tell you that they generally feel tired all the time. This is one of the primary symptoms of this disease. Synthroid, the medication prescribed for most people, is intended to offset the thyroid hormone that the thyroid no longer produces and to bring your energy levels somewhat back to normal. After the Synthroid dosage is tweaked by a doctor, patients are supposed to feel much better and feel somewhat energetic. The problem Is that even though Synthroid initially makes people feel a little more energetic, eventually, people who have hypothyroidism eventually start to feel sick and tired.
One of the biggest complaints people make about their doctors is that they have to sit in a waiting room for 1-2 hours and then once they finally see their doctor, they feel like he/she doesn’t spend much time with them. Unfortunately, the reality is that most doctors are so overbooked, that they cannot afford to spend more than a few minutes with their patients and have that doctor patient relationship that once existed. Is this the doctor’s fault for overbooking? Is this a mismanagement of time? Is this due to an overzealous office manager who books as many patients as possible? All of these are possibilities. However, you, the person who goes to his/her doctor to discuss their health issues and concerns, is not being given sufficient time to discuss these concerns and issues.
We are having unusually cold weather in New York City for the start of spring. Depending on where you’re located in NYC, it may be about 30 degrees. Still, allergy sufferers have felt for the last few weeks that the allergy season has already arrived.
We have just published a new video dedicated to acupuncture for hypothyroidism. To view this video, click here.
Candida is caused by mucus toxins in our body. It can be detected by a trained doctor practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by looking at the coating on the tongue. It appears as “thick and greasy tongue fur”.
Chinese herbs are a staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When coupled with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine can treat many different health issues as effectively as western medicine and in some instances, Chinese herbs and acupuncture can be far more effective than western medicine.