Are You A Believer?

Are You A Believer?

When your friends and family don’t believe in holistic medicine, how do you convince them that it’s worth giving it a try?

Here are my five favorite talking points:

1. There are no side effects.

2. It’s backed by tons of scientific research.

3. In the long run, preventative and holistic approaches are much more cost-effective.

4. Even Western trained doctors recommend holistic approaches. I get referrals all the time from fertility specialists, G.I. doctors, general practitioners and orthopedic doctors.

5. But maybe the most important reason is that acupuncture is covered by almost every type of insurance. And if you don’t have insurance, feel free to discuss your personal financial situation to negotiate a sliding scale.

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Treatments for Insomnia, Stress and Anxiety

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Strategies for Sleep, Anxiety or Stress

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There are many effective strategies for sleep, anxiety or stress.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

*Special six point Acupunture Treatment

*Magnesium Glycinate

*Lithium orotate

*Kava Kava

*5HTP

*Curcumin or Turmeric

*Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Follow the above regimen and I can almost guarentee you of a good night’s sleep, and a feeling of calm and relaxation

Immunity – Colds and Flu – What Shall I Do?

Your Immunity – Colds and Flu – What To Do?

Today I’d like to share with you my program for better immunity. You can use these suggestions both for prevention to build your immune system, and also to treat colds and flu.

Please feel free to email me with your questions.

And remember: ACUPUNCTURE IS YOUR BEST RESOURCE TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND STRONG DURING THE COLD AND FLU SEASON!

Any products you would like can be ordered directly from me – and remember, I always offer a price match policy. I’m happy to meet or beat any pricing you see online.

Dr. Martin’s Immunity Regimen:

Stage 1: The Beginning: (Also use this in lower doses for prevention):

*Vitamin C – 1000 mg. 3X/day
*Vitamin E – 400 I.U., 3X per day and all the Antioxidants you can take
*Beta Carotene or O.P.C.’s or both! – 25,000 I.U., 2X per day
*Jade Screen or Astragalus or Immune+ – 3 tabs, 3X per day empty stomach
*Colostrum – 1 – 2 tabs per day
*A strong mushroom formula (shitake, etc.) – take as directed on the bottle
*Isatis Gold – 3 pills, 3X per day – for bacterial or viral infection
*Lonicera Complex – 4 pills, 4X per day – for the first 2-3 days
*Gentianna Complex – sore or strep throat – 6 pills, 4 X/day
*Oscillococcinum Homeopathic – as directed on the box
*Influenzinum Homeopathic for 2014 flu season – daily and also preventive
*Additional homeopathic remedy: Aconite, Eup perf, Pulsatilla, Nux vom
*Umcka syrup
*Airborne
*Kyolic garlic
*Eat lot’s of cooked garlic and onions and warm soups (miso and chicken)
*Don’t eat frozen, cold foods, ice cream, dairy, sugar, gluten, fried or fatty foods
*2 Tblspns Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water with honey and cayenne 2-3X per day
*Vira-Clear cherry syrup
*Vitamin D3
*Glutathione is important for detoxification

Stage 2: Head Cold:

*Mostly same as above, except oscillococcinum can be replaced with a
more specific homeopathic for your specific symptoms:
*Gelsemium, Arsenicum Alb or Allium Cepa
*Add Emphaplex for lungs, cough, and immunity

Stage 3: The Worst (fever, or other symptoms that won’t stop):

*Mostly same as above, except replace oscillococcinum with either:
*Ferrum Phos 12C for low fever
*Belladonna 30C / 200C for high fever
*Gan Mao Ling or Zhong Gan Ling – 4 pills, 4X per day- fever/chills/achy
*For coughing, add Lung Qi Relief from Kan, Spongia tost 30C or Hepar sulph 30C
*For persistent coughing add Immune+: 4, 3X per day and Respertrol Deficient
*Also Add from APEX: ImmuZyme and XViromin and Liquid Vit D

(Note: if you must resort to medicines or antibiotics, you should still continute to take your herbs, vitamins and homeopathics at the same time. When unsure, please email to schedule a brief email or phone consultation so that I can steer you in the right direction to get you back on your feet more quickly.)

Prevention:

In addition to many of the suggestions for Stage 1, the following is an excellent preventative program:

*Host Defense Community Herbal – 2 capsules daily
*Vitamin C – 1,000 mg Daily
*Telomere – 2 gel caps daily
*Vit E – 400 iu daily
*Clinical Nutrients Multivite/Minineral Daily
*Vitamin D3 – daily amount based on blood testing

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Holistic Treatment of Herpes and other Immune Problems

The Treatment of Herpes and Other Chronic Immune Problems

Today I had a patient I hadn’t seen in quite sometime email me inquiring as to whether I could effectively treat herpes. My answer was that YES! — herpes is one of many chronic immune problems I have effectively treated in my 30+ years of practice.

Among the problems that respond quite well to holistic treatment are herpes, lyme disease, psoriasis, auto immune diseases, eczema, epstein-barr virus, as well as many others.

Holistic treatment is really quite effective, and in many cases it’s greatest effectiveness is in cases that Western medicine doesn’t have a lot to offer.

I always want to work as a team with your Western medical doctor, and insist on a good diagnosis from your Western doctor. There are often holistic treatments which work together with your Western treatment. And we can always use Western diagnostic methods such as blood tests to help us along in our treatment.

If you are unsure which type of treatment would be best for you, we can discuss that also. Just send me an email to get going wth your treatment or to discuss any question you have.

Holistic Back Pain Relief

Holistic Back Pain Treatment

One of the most common conditions I treat is back pain, including sciatica, lower back pain, upper back pain, and neck pain. Often the symptoms alternate from neck to back and sometimes from left to right, etc.

Acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments I’ve found for back pain. Of course, there are other treatments such as chiropractic, physical therapy, herbs, Western medications, surgery, and exercise.

But whatever you decide to use, I suggest you add acupuncture to the treatment plan! The reason is because it works!

Some people are still fearful of needles. But after only one treatment, they quickly realize it doesn’t hurt at all. In fact, it’s quite relaxing! Most people just fall asleep during the process.

And insurance covers acupuncture for pain, including back, neck, shoulder pain and headaches. So if you are in doubt, I encourage you to come in and give it a try. You owe it to yourself to experience this fabulous treatment method.

A side effect is that acupuncture releases endorphines and serotonin, helping you to sleep better, and handle stress and anxiety better.

Women’s Health – Your Question’s Answered

Questions and Answers with Dr. Randy Martin, OMD on the most common Women’s Health Issues

Q. Why do you specialize in treating women’s health issues?

A. I noticed in my first few years of practice, back in 1983, all my patients were women. I quickly learned to treat the most common women’s problems. And then I ended up writing my doctoral dissertation paper on the treatment of PMS using alternative methods. Since then I’ve assisted in births, helped couples get pregnant, and assisted many woman with hormonal imbalances and in dissolving cysts and fibroids.

Q. What are some of the more common female health problems that you treat?

A. PMS, Menopause, Hot Flashes, Fibroids, Cysts, Infertility, Birthing Assistance, Eating Disorders, Postpartum Depression, PCOS, Acne, Sugar Cravings

Q. How do you feel about intermingling and working wth Western doctors or the women’s gynecologist at the same time you are treating the woman?

A. It’s very important to combine Western and Complementary medicine. Western medicine offers the best in diagnosis and when needed, it provides medications and surgery. Complementary medicine offers preventive treatment, as well as aggressive treatment using herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy and nutrition. The two forms of medicine work very well together. They are complementary.

Q. What is your attitude towards the use of surgery for women with ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids?

A. Surgery is sometimes needed. We can work together along with your MD to determine your best approach.

Q. Why should a woman consider complementary methods rather than just using Western medications?

A. I don’t really see a need to chose between Western and complementary modalities. There is a time and place for both. Western is great for it’s diagnostic tools, and also when surgery or pharmaceutical meditations are needed. Acupuncture, herbs, and homeopathy are good for prevention and to use prior to the use of drugs and surgery.

A. Do you have a success rate or have you documented whether what you do is actually effective?

Q. I have been practicing complementary medicine for over 30 years and have many return patients who love these methods. Most don’t need any other form of medicine because this is so effective. As they say: “The proof is in the pudding.” I also have many testimonials on my website of patients stating how well acupuncture, homeopathy and herbs work.

Q. What if a woman is afraid of needles or doesn’t like pain; and they are convinced that acupuncture needles cause pain?

A. Most people who have a fear of needles still allow me to try one needle and they immediately see that they don’t even feel it. People are used to medical needles but acupuncture needles are as thin as the hair on your head. If someone still is averse to needles, than we can use homeopathic medicine, Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling.

Q. What is your experience in assisting in the birthing process?

A. Assisting in the birthing process is one of the most rewarding types of treatments I’ve done. When contractions are not coming on time, acupuncture and homeopathy will help a lot. I was told at one birth that the doctors and nurses never saw such a quick and easy birth as with my help. I also help during pregnancy to assist with any problems, like nausea, headaches, back pain, etc.

Q. How about postpartum depression? Have you seen many women for postpartum depression?

A. Yes, quite a few over my 30+ years. I use acupuncture, homeopathy, and Chinese herbs to correct the hormonal, endocrine, and neurotransmitter imbalances. There are a few homeopathic remedies in particular that are the most common for this problem: Sepia, Natrum mur, and Lachesis, among others.

Q. Do you see a lot of women for menopause problems and in particular for anxiety and hot flashes?

A. Yes, menopausal issues, such as dryness and hot flashes, as well as panic, anxiety and depression are very common my practice. There are some specific Chinese herbs I use, sometimes also in conjunction with hormone replacement. I can work with the MD to find the right combination of herbs and hormones. Some women also will do just fine with acupuncture, homeopathy and herbs alone.

Q. How about PMS? What percentage of your practice deals with PMS?

A. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the alternative treatment of PMS so I have attracted many women over the years who want to utilize my expertise in this area. In most cases, we can make some dietary improvements, run some blood work, increase exercise, and along with acupuncture, it usually only takes 2 – 3 menstrual cycles before seeing some major improvement.

Q. If someone has a severe case of PCOS, or uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts, what can you offer her in terms of treatment?

A. PCOS, along with cystic acne, and breast or ovarian cysts are becoming more and more common. There is usually a hormonal imbalance in the testosterone and estrogen. We can run a saliva or blood hormone test to be sure. I treat using liver cleansing herbs as well as acupuncture to correct the hormonal imbalances. In terms of diet, I usually recommend the woman eliminate cow’s dairy and gluten containing foods.

Q. Do you only treat women or can you also treat the men in their lives?

A. I most definitely also treat men. Usually the women bring their significant other in with them. Men don’t tend to seek treatment nearly as often as women in my experience.

Q. Do you have any opinion or theories as to why women these days have these types of health issues?

A. Two things primarily: diet and stress. And both of these things can be changed. I work with my patients on the correct or optimum diet for each person. It’s an individual thing. Each person needs a slightly different diet and nutritional program. We can also do a lot to handle and respond to our stress. Meditation, exercise, relaxation, and other self-help methods go a long way in helping. And the right supplements help a lot as well.

Q. Where do you see holistic health going over the next 5 – 10 years?

A. It’s clear that alternative and complementary medicine are really seeing an insurgence in our time. I see this trend continuing into the future. Everyone wants healthier and more natural options now for their health care. My goal and life’s purpose is to help my patients integrate healthier options into their lives. I’ve been doing this since 1983 and I only see it continuing to grow in popularity.

Natural Hormone Replacement

Natural Hormone Replacement

Natural medicine is good for treating a lot of problems. One of them is hormone imbalances. Whether it’s problems with fertility, menses, PMS, menstrual cramping, menopause, breast tenderness, low libido, moodiness, sugar craving, PCOS, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, or a host of other problems, natural medicine has solutions you can trust.

My 34+ years of medical practice has taught me that almost any hormone problem can be successfully treated using natural medicine.

Fertility Issues
Whether it’s male or female hormone issues, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and homeopathy can help. I can’t even begin to convey to you how satisfying it’s been to me to help so many couples get pregnant using natural methodes to being the hormones into balance.

(Photo curtesy of Bob Wong, Art of Acupuncture)

Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids, Cysts

These problems are almost all treated the same: to “dredge out” the congestion in the uterine area or ovaries. The body becomes congested for many reasons. It could be a hormonal imbalance, sexual trauma, genetics, or diet. Either way, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary changes and classical homeopathy can clear the organ and bring it’s function back to normal.

Low Libido

The Chinese are well-known for their “miracle cures” using Chinese herbal capsules and acupuncture. This is actually one of the easier problems to treat.

Moodiness and Sugar Cravings

Symptoms of PMS and other menstrual issues usually can be resolved within a few menstrual cycles. We use simple supplements such as fish oils, magnesium, vitamin B6, 5-HTP, and others to help balance the hormones and cravings. Sometimes I’ll also run either blood tests or saliva neurotransmitter tests to scientifically determine where the imbalance is.

Weight Gain or Loss

Most people don’t realize it, but issues with weight usually have at their core hormone imbalances. Whether it’s the thyroid gland, adrenal gland or pituitary, we can isolate the problem and treat it. We may also work to balance the neurotransmitters which regulate craving and mood.

Email today to learn how acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbs, homeopathy and dietary changes can be incorporated into your treatment plan for hormone imbalance.

Using Classical Homeopathy for Behavioral Problems

Screaming and Defiant Children:
Holistic Treatments

Q. Is There An Alternative and Holistic Treatment for Difficult and Defiant Children?

A. Yes, most definitely!

First, let me assure you that we don’t have to do acupuncture on little kids. Instead of acupuncture, we use classical homeopathic medicine.

Q. What is Homeopathic Medicine, You may be Asking?

A. It’s the use of the little white sugar pills. Kids love them. You just suck on them. They think of them as candy so it’s never hard to get them to take their medicine.

Q. Which Medicines Do You Use for Kids?

A. It really depends on the child and their particular behavioral problems. Also, I’ll take into consideration any physical problems, like allergies, strept throats, digestive problems, or skin problems.

Here is a small sample of the homeopathic remedies I might use for your kids:

1. Calc carb: for this one, they may have constipation, have a stubborn personality, may crave eggs, and may have asthma or other bronchial problems. Ear infections, stomach pains, and sprained ankles are other common indications.

2. Tarentula: the child who needs this homeopathic remedy may be hyperactive, and jump around a lot. Defiant and talking back to his or her parents. Intense, excited and restless. Obstinate and disobedient. They may have trouble sleeping.

3. Tuberculinum: this child will have an inner discontentment. They may have an artistic aspect to their personality. They may have frequent ear or respiratory infections. Attention deficit disorder is common with hyperactivity. The child may have violent tendencies, hitting other children, shouting or throwing things. There may be autism or retardation. This child may have compulsive behaviors, and fear cats or dogs, or have allergies to pets.

4. Baryta carb: the child who needs this homeopathic remedy may be slow to develop, slow to walk, or slow to talk. Autism spectrum is common. They will lack self-confidence and need a lot of reassurance. They may fear people and suffer being laughed at, and have dificulty with school work. May bite his or her nails. Chronic swollen tonsils.

These are just a few of the many homeopathic remedies that may be successfully used for infants, todlers, and children. It’s important that I take the complete case of the child, including all the behavioral traits and physical history from birth. And in some cases it will also depend on the family history of illness, since genetics plays a big role in health.

Anyone who has used homeopathy knows how amazing it is for healing both the mind and body. I urge you if you have any health problem, whether it’s emotional or physical, to give it a try. You won’t be sorry.

Anxiety?

Do You Have Anxiety? Natural Solutions!

Most of our symptoms DO have both physical and emotional components. The body and mind cannot be separated.

Learning to feel your feelings is valuable, but sometimes anxiety can be overwhelming, and that is the time to ask for help.

There is nothing innately good or bad associated with anxiety. Anxiety can be a warning that something is out of wack. Or it can be that something is wrong situationally. It can also signal an imbalance in your body chemistry, hormones and neurotransmitters. Sometimes we can use it as a signpost to make changes in our lives.

Most of the feelings and sensations associated with anxiety will subside in a few minutes, a few hours, in a week or so, or when the situation causing the anxiety has passed. The Buddhists have a saying: “Anicha” – basically interpreted as “This too shall pass, or nothing remains constant.”

Carl Jung, the renowned psychiatrist, talks about aspects of our unconscious rising up and then causing anxiety and feelings of discomfort. Learning to investigate these uncomfortable feelings Jung calls “Shadow Work.” In other words, learning to bring what is in the shadow, into the light.

If you can do it, it’s a great idea to be able to sit with the feelings until they pass; or to journal about them; or give them a name or label, and have a dialogue with them. But this isn’t always possible, until you train yourself to do it.

There are also great supplements, amino acids and herbs we can use to control or minimize anxiety and to lesson it’s frequency while you work on getting the situation under control that’s causing it, and/or work to balance your hormones and neurotransmitters.

Physical exercise is also vital, and eating to keep your blood sugar stable is also really important.

We can do a blood, urine, and saliva test to point us to the cause of anxiety physiologically.

Some of the supplements you can try are Calcium and Magnesium, 5-HTP, Tryptophan, GABA, Theanine, Kidney Yin Tonic, Kava Kava, Min-Chex, Stress Factors, and many others. I have great formulas in the office we can use to help you deal with your anxiety.

Once on a plane trip, I became extremely anxious. I was exhausted on the final leg of a trip to multiple countries in Asia, and I had not eaten. My blood sugar was spiking low, I felt like I was going to die, and my heart was racing really fast.

I had with me both natural supplements, which I could have taken, and also a tranquilizer my MD had given me for emergency situations. But instead, I decided to just close my eyes, explore my feelings from the inside, breath, and go more deeply into the physical sensations.

By going inside and feeling the feelings, instead of running from them, I became aware of the emotional components that triggered the anxiety, and the feelings of anxiety passed.

Going through this experience allowed me to understand and gain insight into what the Buddhists call “monkey mind.” Once on a two-week silent meditation retreat, I had a similar experience. After the first day of retreat, I felt I just had to escape immediately. I paced up and down, trying to get the courage to tell the meditation instructor that I was very sorry, but I had to leave.

But I decided instead to go into the meditation hall and join in the group meditation, and to just observe my thoughts and anxious physical sensations. After a half day, my panic passed, and I was able to relax and enjoy the silence of the retreat.

Our anxiety usually has old “tapes” and “voices” associated with it, which try and convince us of their reality and truth. They try and convince us that we need to do something right away. But in reality, unless there is a real situation that is threatening you, it will usually pass. And the more times you are able to get through it without letting it overpower you, the easier it is the next time.

Remember that diet is a major component in reducing anxiety. Making sure you eat at regular intervals and don’t let your blood sugar drop is very important in controlling anxiety. For many people, it’s important to eat protein rich foods every three hours. If you are not sure of the best diet for you, just ask me and we can discuss it and work out something that fits your metabolic and Chinese body type.

Some of the homeopathic remedies that often work for anxiety are the following:

*Aconite – the first one to think of for shock of any type.
*Argentum nitricum – anxiety with desire for sweets; anxiety with depression; headaches; performance anxiety; divorce; emotional upset; obsessional – phobic thinking wiht compulsive avoidances; superstition; exhaustion from heat; indigestion.
*Ignatia – anxiety or insomnia from grief, loss, exciting news or sad news, like loss of a loved one
*Mag phos – muscle spasms, tension, neck and shoulder or lower back pain with anxiety; body feels very tense
*Kali phos – nerves are on edge; nervous headache, weakness following stress; diarrhea from nerves; Dread of some upcoming event
*Sepia – anxiety and weakness before the menses; severe PMS; feeling better after exercising; irritable and wants to be alone, yet often anxious after pushing others away
*Lycopodium – anxiety and anger combined or alternating; flatulent, bloating, gas and digestive problems; thinks they are always right; afraid to be alone; insecurity around the opposite sex; potency problems; feels superior to others; haughty.
*Silica – weakness and fear with withdrawal; lack of self confidence in sexuality and fear of failure
*Arsenicum alb – very nervous about health; selfish; very organized and wants everything in it’s place or gets very anxious; lots of fears and worries; anxiety is worse at about midnight; inflexibility with tendency to deny problems; likes to look outwardly normal and confident despite inner turmoil.
*Gelsemium – Anxiety for future events; nervous diarrhea; this person does best with peace and quiet; does not want to be disturbed; works well for anticipatory anxiety with diarrhea and fear of being able to do it; lacks inner grit or courage.

Finally, of all the treatment modalities, perhaps the most effective is acupuncture. Acupuncture works to balance the neurotransmitters and hormones at the root of anxiety. Over time, acupuncture can sometimes cure anxiety on it’s own, without having to take supplements or drugs.

Acupuncture For Pain

Relieve Pain Naturally with Acupuncture

Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medications. Acupuncture has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the pain is located. Some studies have shown the pain relief it provides can last for months.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain before and after acupuncture treatment for pain shows dramatic decreases in brain activity–up to 70 percent. This decrease in activity in certain areas of the brain is thought to be the reason why acupuncture treatments reduce pain.

In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to an injured area.

The basis of acupuncture is expressed in this famous Chinese saying: “Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong,” which means “free flow: no pain, no free flow: pain.”

In other words, any kind of pain or illness represents an obstruction in the normal flow of Qi, or life force. Simply put, acupuncture moves Qi, restoring free flow.

Studies on Acupuncture and Pain

Acupuncture has become readily accepted as a viable option for pain management and studies support its therapeutic effects.

In a German study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 1,162 adults with chronic, lower back pain were divided into groups treated with either acupuncture or the standard pharmaceutical and exercise therapy commonly used in conventional medicine. Researchers reported that acupuncture provided relief and lasting benefit to nearly twice as many lower back pain patients compared to drugs and exercise. Forty-eight percent of the acupuncture patients reported at least a one-third decrease in pain along with improvement in their ability to function, versus 27 percent of the patients treated with conventional methods reporting such benefits.

In another recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine analyzed 33 studies covering more than 2,100 patients from around the world on acupuncture for lower back pain. They found acupuncture provided definite pain relief in the short-term (defined as relief sustained for three weeks after the end of the acupuncture sessions).

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is a viable treatment option for chronic pain, lower back pain, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis pain, headaches and post surgical pain. Whether your symptoms are just beginning to crop up, or you are looking for a more natural approach with less side effects, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can bring relief.

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic or acute pain, call today to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you.
That’s The Point!

Some of the most effective points to use in acupuncture are local points of tenderness. These points are referred to as Ah Shi points, which in Chinese literally means “That’s the point.”

Ah Shi points are especially effective in the treatment of pain and are often used in conjunction with local and distal acupuncture points.

Ah Shi points were first mentioned during the Tang Dynasty (founded in 618 AD) in the classic book Thousand Ducat Prescriptions. These points become spontaneously tender when disease or injury occurs, or in locations where Qi has become congested. They are not among the regular acupuncture points on a specific meridian or pathway.

Ah Shi point locations are not fixed; they are the points that, upon palpation, are the most sensitive. In many cases a small knot or pea sized nodule can be felt under the skin at these points of tenderness.

If you have pain, palpate around the area of pain to see if you can find the Ah Shi points.

(photo credit Bob Wong, Art of Acupuncture)

Chronic Lower Back Pain Relief

Lower back pain is an extremely common concern, affecting anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of people at some point in their lives. Lower back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work, and it is one of the most common reasons to seek medical care, including acupuncture. In fact, one of the top reasons that people get acupuncture treatments is for lower back pain.

Despite the large number of pathological conditions that can give rise to lower back pain, up to 85 percent of cases are classified by physicians as ‘non-specific’. When lower back pain is examined from an Oriental medicine perspective, it is seen as a disruption to the flow of Qi within the area and associated with a specific disharmony, and it is treated accordingly.

The disruption of Qi that results in lower back pain is usually associated with the following three disharmonies:

1. Weak Kidney Qi
In Oriental medicine, the lower back is referred to as the “dwelling of the Kidneys.” The majority of chronic lower back pain conditions are associated with Kidney deficiency. Pain related to Kidney deficiency is typically dull and erratic. It is usually aggravated by fatigue and improves with rest.

2. Stagnation of Qi and Blood
When the flow of Qi along the meridians that traverse the lumbar region becomes congested, it is referred to as the stagnation of Qi and blood. This presents with a severe stabbing pain that is worse with rest and better with movement, tenderness to touch and can be accompanied by stiffness and tightness.

3. Invasion of Cold and Dampness
Cold, damp type pain is generally worse in the morning and when the weather is cold and damp. This type of pain improves with movement and the application of heat. Stiffness and contraction of back muscles that is aggravated by immobility indicates cold predominance. Swelling, numbness and a heavy sensation are indicative of dampness.

If you or someone you know suffers from acute or chronic pain, please email or call to find out more about how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you.