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Acupuncture Tinnitus Case Study

Welcome to the acupuncture blog of Core de Vie.  Each week we will highlight several clients who are in treatment for various conditions (and who have consented to being highlighted in our blog).  We will inform you of their progress using traditional Chinese Medicine: primarily acupuncture and Tui Na.

The acupuncture style that is used to treat conditions in this practice is from the style of Kiiko Matsumoto. She has refined a style based on the teachings of Master Nagano of Japan. In this style we rely primarily on abdominal palpation to obtain our diagnosis. We also palpate acupuncture points on the feet, hands, neck and backside as well as pulse and symptoms to treat the client. This style is interactive as we are looking for your feedback as well as release in the body to relieve symptoms and pain. Our clients usually love it, as they see results immediately on the table and can ask questions.

Tui Na, (pronounced twee-na) is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage. There are as many schools/styles of Tui Na as acupuncture. The style practiced at Core De Vie is from the rolling school. “Rolling” creates an oscillating motion with our hand to invigorate the connective tissue and to engage the meridian system. Then we use the acupuncture points and meridians to eliminate pain, tension or discomfort. Tui Na can be used gently for feelings of relaxation/wellbeing or deeply for musculoskeletal pain and tension.

Acupuncture is successful in treating most if not all conditions in the body.  We practice medicine from a very different viewpoint than western medical doctors. We look for a root diagnosis (through palpation) which will alleviate all the symptoms rather than treating symptomatically.  We find this is more efficient and more economical!  We will also work with you to make dietary and lifestyle choices that will help your underlying root condition. This style of practicing medicine is noninvasive, (with the exception of needles that are the size of a couple of hairs), has no side effects (except relaxation), and is fun and educational.

We hope you enjoy this blog that you will think about using traditional medicine for yourself, your family, and your friends.

The staff at Core De Vie

Client #1

Benjamin is a 47-year-old male whose primary complaint is ringing in the ears. The onset was 10 years ago after a course of antibiotics. He experiences high pitch ringing throughout the day and night 24/7. He is very healthy aside from some difficulty getting to sleep and slight constipation (he says is better with the introduction of yogurt).  He drinks several glasses of wine a week. He eats a good amount of dairy, and primarily broccoli and brussel sprouts for vegetable intake.

His first visit was on 7.23.09. He was experiencing vertigo, nausea, pressure in the ears, night sweats, and a headache on the frontal and side of the head. This was in addition to the ringing in the ears. The ringing was eliminated with the treatment, but came back that night. After the second treatment on 7.24.09 the vertigo, nausea, and night sweats disappeared.

Treatment #3

9.1.09 Ringing in the ears was eliminated for 2 days. He has begun to cut down on wine and dairy.  The reason for this in TCM theory is to eliminate heat. Products such as wine, tobacco and marijuana (he is not a smoker, just fyi) all add heat to the body, which rises to the head, and can contribute to ringing in the ears. The palpatory diagnosis of his abdomen revealed oketsu, blood stagnation in the abdomen. Palpation of acupuncture points in the feet reveals an excess of the liver meridian and palpation in the area under the right rib indicates a slight disharmony of the liver organ.

In Chinese medicine all foods are thermal in nature and influence certain organs. Foods and teas that help the liver were recommended such as: dark greens veggies, onion, scallion, mushroom, dandelion root. Dairy inhibits the action of the spleen organ. To function properly the spleen and stomach like warm and dry. In Chinese medicine the spleen sends energy up to the lung. The spleen and stomach need warmth to produce this energy. Dairy dampens the fire and process of lifting. If it is not lifting, fluids and heat will accumulate (just like a compost pile).

Why is the spleen important? The liver controls the spleen in the theory of 5 elements. (Wood controls earth, think of tree roots holding the earth under it). If the liver is in excess and the spleen is deficient (through overuse of dairy, not eating regularly, worry, overwork), then it will “invade” the spleen. The liver becomes too powerful (excess), because its not being held in check by the spleen. This too, can affect ringing in the ears.

A teacher once reminded us that the body will continue, even through illness to harmonize itself in the theory of Chinese medicine. And people, even though they may not be conscious of it, are trying to balance their bodies through their habits. In our medicine, people don’t just crave things; they crave what will balance them out. With acupuncture, we help the body to balance itself so that the person can make different choices in their life, which will benefit long-term health.

Treatment #4

9.23.09 Ringing in the ears was eliminated for 3-4 days. He has eliminated wine from his diet, cut out the milk, still cutting down on the yogurt and is thinking about including greens in the diet. He is still having trouble getting to sleep.

Benjamin has seen an increase in symptom free days after his treatments. Our goal is to increase this window until the ringing in the ears is eliminated. In most cases, acupuncture serves as a catalyst. It helps to balance the body until the person can make changes to diet and lifestyle to remain symptom free, or decrease their symptoms to a manageable level.

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