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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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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Monkey Metaphor

I want to share with you a metaphor that I have crafted. I created this metaphor to assist my patients in their process of healing with Chinese medicine. The metaphor is in the form of the short story, below. Not long ago, there lived a young monkey in a lush green forest. The forest was so popular with the local animals that there were many monkeys living in there. Food and other resources were becoming scarce. One day, the young monkey spotted a ripe and delicious looking peach at the…

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