Points - Ask the Doctor

Q: Iím losing circulation in the pointer finger and pinky of my left hand. They become numb and turn white when the temperature reaches the 50-degree range and below. Can you tell me why this happens?

A: The fingers of the hand are innervated through the cervical nerves. I suggest you check with your primary physician to determine if there are vertebral problems in your cervical spine. It is also possible that you are developing repetitive injury to the median nerve at the base of your wrist; you can have a test done to determine if this is the cause.

Once you rule these serious pathologies out, give acupuncture a try because sometimes energy pathways may be blocked and acupuncture can assist in unblocking them.

Q: Why do I get cramps in my fingers? I have had surgery. Could this be a factor?

A: Cramps arise when there is a disruption in the natural flow of energy, blood, and fluid circulation. This can be caused by a variety of factors. Lifestyle, work and recreational habits, and inherited genes are all important things to consider. I suggest you consult with your primary physician to rule out calcification or salt built up in the joints. Since you have had surgery, you may have congenital issues to consider as well. Your primary physician will be able to rule out these serious conditions. Then I suggest you contact a licensed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner to research your unique case and to look into what is contributing to the deterioration of your joints.

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This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, PhD, D.O.M., Dipl. ABAAHP . from his website:


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