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Home > Newsletters > December 2003

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Q: Do you think acupuncture or acupressure would help with my knee that has degenerative joint disease? My orthopedist says I am a candidate for total knee replacement, but I am reluctant to do it now because of my age (44).

A: Dr. Juli Walls writes: Yes it will help! I like to recommend that a patient begin any treatment with the most conservative therapy first. Acupuncture is one of the most gentle, but powerful, treatments available for pain and arthritis. Treatment should reduce or eliminate your pain unless you aggravate the condition.

You therefore need to consider what caused the early onset of arthritis and try to eliminate factors that may cause it to progress. Do you wear sensible shoes? Flat shoes with good arch support and cushion are best. Are you overweight? Do you exercise regularly? Look for information on the Arthritis Foundation's website about the necessity of movement for arthritic joints. Your acupuncturist should be able to advise you about these complicating factors. The pain is yours and you must take an active role in getting rid of it.

Q: Can acupuncture help with weight loss?

A: Dominique Mishkin writes: When the digestive organs (Spleen-Pancreas-Stomach) become sluggish and food and liquids are no longer processed optimally, weight gain can occur. Mucous, bacteria, viruses and yeast accumulate in the digestive tract creating dampness - an overly wet condition in the body. Dampness in turn causes stagnation and tends to block the flow of qi in the body. The resulting symptoms include heaviness, bloating, lumpy skin (cellulite), edema and fatigue.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) addresses the malfunction of the digestive organs using acupuncture and herbs in order to boost the Spleen-Pancreas-Stomach digestive functions, help transform dampness and therefore reduce weight. Combined with appropriate exercise and nutritional changes results can be remarkable.

About our Doctors:

Dominique Mishkin has been involved in the health and fitness field for most of her career having had her own yoga practice for twenty years and acupuncture for the past five. Mishkin’s focus is directed at enhancing physical appearance by looking at mental attitudes and blockages and helping patients make necessary changes through acupuncture and herbs, yoga exercises, mental relaxation and dietary counseling.

Juli Walls, D.C., L.Ac. - Growing up Juli Walls was a competitive athlete. As a springboard diver she suffered many injuries and was exposed to acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy and physical therapy as a patient. She always knew she wanted to combine acupuncture and chiropractic to bring the best of manual medicine to patients.

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December 2003
Volume 1, Number 10

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