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Strange and Wonderful Experiences on the Acupuncture Table

It is not uncommon to hear colorful reports from my patients at the conclusion of their acupuncture session. Common are reports on the movement of energy, sensations throughout the body or in specific areas, or activation of affected body parts during treatment. Mostly, these experiences are minor, expected, and tolerable by the patient. I consider them to be interesting little artifacts of the acupuncture treatment effect. However, these are not the kind of experiences I will be discussing in this post. Instead, I want to describe to you some of…

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Case History

Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture in Stroke-Related Aphasia: A Case Study Submitted Toward Practitioner Certification in Zhu’s Scalp Acupunctureby Dr. Scott Whitfield L.Ac., D.A.O.M.San Jose, CaliforniaJune, 2017 COMPREHENSIVE CASE REPORT SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION Name: Sandy M.Sex: malePlace of Birth: Scotland, UKAge: 89Occupation: retiredMarital Status: marriedRace: CaucasianCase History Provider: Dr. Scott Whitfield L.Ac., D.A.O.M. Date Of First Visit: 12/16/2016Date Of Last Visit: 4/18/2017 SECTION 2: DATA COLLECTED FROM FOUR DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES 2.1 INQUIRIES 2.1.1 Chief Complaint: Aphasia and Cognitive deficits due to embolic stroke, secondary to atrial fibrillation, on 12/3/2016. 2.1.2 Present…

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My Capstone

The Effect of Acupuncture on Blood Stasis in Chronic Lumbar Pain: A Literature Review and Case Study By Scott A. Whitfield, L.Ac., Doctoral Fellow, Five Branches University, San Jose, California Chapter 1: Literature Review of Blood Stasis in Chronic Lumbar Pain Abstract Lower back pain is an exceedingly common medical complaint. According to Ma, et. al. in Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management: An Integrative Approach, “Statistics show that about 150 million Americans suffer from acute or chronic lower back pain and spend an estimated $20 billion to $50 billion a year…

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The 12 Keys of Healing Holistically

Healing holistically is not exactly an intuitive process to the Western patient’s mind. I have come up with twelve “keys” that may help to increase your understanding of how holistic healing works. 1. People are an inseparable part of their environment and are affected by it in palpable ways. Here I am referring to an expanded definition of “environment” to include not just your physical locale but also your diet, lifestyle, emotional life, family life, work life, spiritual life, etc. In Chinese medicine, we assume that a human being has…

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7 Strategies to Beat the Common Cold

As a busy acupuncturist, I cannot afford to come down with a common cold. I have a lot of patients that rely on me to “bring it!” and help them with their own health problems. Therefore, I have developed some strategies to beat a common cold before it has a chance to really dig-in and take me out. Please allow me to share these strategies with you. Keep on mind – these strategies work best (or in some cases, only) if you do them at the very first sign or…

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Support for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Patients dealing with multiple sclerosis need a lot of support to navigate their health concerns. The hurdles involved can be considerable but need not be insurmountable. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, when applied in specific ways, can play a significant role in achieving improvements for MS patients. We, as practitioners, cannot achieve this result all alone. Patient participation is required. What’s more, patients don’t usually have access to 24/7 acupuncture service. So what can one do for oneself away from the clinic? Exercise To paraphrase one of my teachers Dr. Ming…

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Ways of Delivering Acupuncture

Patients in my clinic are sometimes confused by the fact that my style of treatment often doesn’t match that of acupuncturists they have seen previously. This is a natural response. I like to say, “There are as many ways to practice acupuncture as there are acupuncturists.” One of my beloved (now deceased) professors of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz used to say, “There are many ways to get to San Francisco. You can take Highway 1… beautiful! You can take Highway 280 or you can take Highway 101. Just…

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Chinese Medicine for Seasonal Allergies

I was just today, out for a hike at Edgewood Park, California. I think it has, despite the amazing benefits it has had upon my health in general, also made me worse in a way. As a result of my hike, I experienced increased sneezing, irritated eyes, and general upper respiratory system constriction and decreased function. If, you too suffer from hayfever or seasonal allergies, you know how miserable this condition can be. The main symptoms of this imbalance include: nasal discharge (often copious), sneezing, post-nasal drip, headache, itchy & watery eyes, and…

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Help for Insomnia

So many people I know needlessly suffer from insomnia. This is a very common sleep disorder and it can affect people of any demographic. The causes are many and range from mood disorders to chronic pain to internal medicine issues.  There are a few things you can do on your own to ensure that you get a good night's sleep. Before I get into the specific technique to relieve your insomnia, allow me to briefly discuss some pertinent Chinese medicine theory. Bu Mei or insomnia is a disease category in…

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My Story

“You know, Scott, I can tell you are not that happy,” said Steve. “I think it’s affecting your productivity here at work. I care about you, both as an employee and as a friend, so I have decided to offer you some help.” He was right of course. I was in the midst of the darkest chapter of my life. I lived alone,  was in-between relationships, and commuted for hours each day. When I arrived home after work I indulged in junk food, alcohol and drugs in an unsuccessful attempt…

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