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Q: My friend was recently diagnosed with Myositis. Can acupuncture be used to treat this disease?

A: Acupuncture is very good for reducing the swelling and inflammation in muscles. Acupuncture can help balance the immune system and pacify the overactive autoimmune immune response. Acupuncture together with Chinese herbal medicine can also help manage the further deterioration of muscles. Depending on which of the Myositis that your friend has been diagnosed with, such as dermatomyositis (DM), polymyositis (PM), inclusion-body myositis (IBM), or juvenile forms of myositis (JM or JPM), everyone is unique and they respond to treatments differently. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we always try to find out the underlying cause of illnesses. Our experience with chronic conditions is that they do take a lot of effort and time not just on the part of the healer, but also on the part of the patient in order to achieve improvements in their conditions.


Q: I'm suffering from bouts of insomnia. About every six months, I go a week getting less and less sleep. I've tried exercising and not exercising. I cannot swallow the Chinese herbal teas and I'm afraid of prescriptions. I'm thinking that acupuncture might be helpful. What is your protocol for sleep problems and what is the cost?

A: There are many causes of insomnia. In Traditional Chinese medicine, we always try to find out the underlying cause of illnesses. For sleeping disorders, we would do an evaluation using the Yin and Yang theory to find out the individualís imbalance. Depending on the extent of his/her condition, we recommend beginning with a session of 12 acupuncture treatments. Many patients respond with only a few treatments. Everyone is unique and so they respond to our treatments differently. Our experience with chronic conditions is that they do take a lot of effort and time not just on the part of the healer, but also on the part of the patient in order to achieve improvements in their conditions.

About our Doctor:

Ban Wong, L.Ac. practices acupuncture and Chinese herbology at the Tao of Wellness clinic in Santa Monica, California.

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