Alternative Treatments Acupuncture Acupressure Diagnosis  • Huge catalog of disease states • Method – Inspection ex: tongue – Observation – Inquiry – Palpitation  Acupuncture • Meridians – “transport qi and blood”  and Acupressure • Qi- body energy  • Zang & Fu organs  “Holistic” • Treat patterns of disharmony  – Stagnation, deficiency, obstruction • Exogenous pathogenic factors [4,5,9] Hearing Loss and Tinnitus  • • • • • Kidneys nourish ears Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Damp-heat in Gallbladder Damp-heat obstructing lesser yang channel Qi deficiency Acupuncture  • Inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on meridians • Sterile • May not be near affected area • Electric stimulation Acupressure • Physical pressure is applied to points by the hand, elbow or devices  • Similar to massage – May be performed at massage therapist office Herbal Supplements • • • • • Pills or teas “large” doses at specific times Sometimes months or years  Change with seasons “Pill for Deafness that is Kind to the Left Kidney”  Western Views • Research limited by design difficulty  • “side effects of acupuncture are extremely low”  – Use in conjunction • May increase awareness of overall health status World Health Organization [1,10] …2003 report concludes acupuncture has been demonstrated as an effective treatment for: Alcohol dependence Allergies/Asthma Anxiety/Depression Arthritis/Joint pain Back pain Bladder/Kidney problems Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Childhood Illnesses Colds/Flu/Cough/Bronchitis Constipation/Diarrhea Dizziness Drug Addiction/Smoking Eye, ear, nose & throat disorders Fatigue Gynecological disorders Headache/Migraine Heart problems/Palpitations Herpes High Blood Pressure Infertility Insomnia Fibromyocitis Neck pain/Stiffness Numbness/Poor circulation Premenstrual Syndrome Sciatica Sexual Dysfunction/Impotence Shoulder pain Skin problems Sports Injuries Stress/Tension Tendonitis TMJ/Jaw pain Weight gain or loss References 1. 2. 3. 4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupuncture http://www.amfoundation.org/acupuncture.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupressure Li Ding. (1991) Acupuncture, Meridian Theory and Acupuncture Points. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press 5. Scott and Monda. (2004) Golden Flower Chinese Herbs: Formula Guide 4th Ed. San Francisco: Jin Hua Press. 6. Bernie Clark. (2007) YinSights: A Journey into the Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga. Library of Congress. 7. Bensky and Barolet. (1990) Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. Seattle: Eastland Press. 8. 1997 NIH consensus panel 9. http://www.mcpt.com.au/acupressure.php 10. http://www.asianinstitute.edu/clinic/chinese_medicine.html Lao Tzu riding an ox Possible author of Daoist text Daodejing.