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Home > Newsletters > August 2006 > Ask the Doctor

Points -  Ask the Doctor

Q: Can you treat Tourette's Syndrome with acupuncture?

A: In Traditional Chinese Medicine we don't diagnose a patient as having a syndrome as specifically as Tourette's; rather, we look at the individual pattern of problems a patient presents and base our treatments accordingly. I have assisted in treating a patient with a western diagnosis of Tourette's who also had severe spleen and kidney yang deficiency according to TCM. The patient primarily suffered from cold symptoms, such as diarrhea and poor circulation. He also had problems with dampness expressed as a rotund belly filled with air. Our approach was warming the yang and transforming/eliminating the dampness. During each session, we used moxibustion for about a half an hour to warm his cold abdomen. This was certainly a chronic case of earth/water deficiency and excess combined. The patient required a very lengthy series of treatments for his condition to improve. According to the patient, he admitted that the cursing did seem to decrease with the number of treatments that he was receiving.

About our Doctors

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

Anna K. Navida Dolopo graduated Cum Laude from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1998. During her internship she was exposed to patients at the campus clinic, at a homeless shelter and at a low-income community medical clinic. She began practicing in San Diego and is now practicing at The Alternative Health Center with Mary Pham, D.C., in Irvine.

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August 2006
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