Q: How does acupuncture work for
Amaro writes: The World Health Organization in its recently published report,
listed four separate categories of disease and disorders which acupuncture may
be considered effective. In its first and highest category "Diseases, symptoms
or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to
be an effective treatment", depression and depressive neurosis are included.
There is increasing evidence that many serious emotional
and psychiatric disorders have an organic cause either metabolic or allergic.
Acupuncture works on these conditions by restoring balance to the biochemical,
metabolic, endocrine and other systems of the body. When coupled with
appropriate counseling and herbal/nutritional therapy, acupuncture can be
extremely effective in a variety of emotional disorders.
Q: Can acupuncture help with hand
and Marc Raedschelders write: Eczema is a superficial inflammation of the skin
with redness, edema, vesicles, crusting, scaling and itching. Common types
include atopic, contact, nummular or seborrheic dermatitis, all of which may be
acute or chronic in nature. If this condition is located on the hand it can be
called hand eczema.
Yes, Acupuncture can help with hand eczema. Both local and
distal acupuncture points are usually selected based on the Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) pattern diagnosis. This means that the acupuncturist will
diagnose the hand eczema, based on a complex of signs and symptoms and mainly
the appearance of this condition. The acupuncturist may select a specific
acupuncture technique such as body acupuncture, electro acupuncture, "plum
blossom" needling, moxibustion, ear acupuncture or another modality of
acupuncture practice. Symptoms such as itching or swelling may disappear quickly
in some cases, since acupuncture can regulate the immune response and control
inflammation. In chronic cases, acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal
medicine may give better results. Your herbal formula may come in the form of a
topical application or an herbal decoction (also available in tablets) that can
be taken orally.
Patients with (hand) eczema should limit spicy, greasy or
deep fried food. Seafood should be avoided as well. Be careful with the use of
detergents or soaps that may irritate the skin and avoid scratching, which could
spread the infection. Decrease stress and relax with activities such as Qigong
or Taiji. If an external trigger is identified, contact with this trigger has to
About our Doctors:
John A. Amaro D.C.,FACC, FIAMA, Dipl.Ac.(IAMA)(NCCAOM), L.Ac.
is an internationally known author, lecturer and practitioner who began his
practice of acupuncture and chiropractic in 1971. He has led 13 diplomatic study
tours of The People's Republic of China escorting more than 500 doctors and
practitioners and has personally studied acupuncture in nine separate Asian
nations. He maintains a clinical practice in Carefree, AZ.
Jiulin Wang, BSc, MS, (P.R. China), RAc, DTCM, ADS (NADA)
graduated from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1985
with a Bachelorís degree. (5 years of study). He continued studying in
department of TCM at Nanjing University of TCM, receiving a Masterís degree in
1990. He joined the faculty of the Acupuncture Program of Grant MacEwan College
as chief lecturer in 2001.
Marc Raedschelders, B.Sc.PT, R.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), ADS (NADA)
graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium with a
degree in Physical Therapy in 1978. In 1983 he started his training in TCM at
the European University for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Belgium from which
he received his diploma in 1986. In 1999 he started coordinating the acupuncture
program for Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Canada and is now Chair of this