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Ask the Doctor

Q: I read an article where a lady said that a man was having seizures and she stopped them by pressing Heart 9 on his little finger of his right hand. Is this possible? And what is Heart 9?

A: Jitao Bai writes: Yes, pressing the point of Heart 9 is a possible treatment for seizure emergency rescue. In Chinese medicine, the Heart meridian is in charge of not only the heart and circulation but also all the nerve-related systems and symptoms. Conditions such as seizure or sudden fainting can be treated by a quick acupuncture treatment or pressing on the properly selected points.

In fact, for the seizure emergency rescue, there are some acupuncture points that can be more effective than the point Heart 9. Depending on the patient's condition, the points PC6, Ki 6 and BL 62 can be used. They are located around the wrest and ankle areas. The patient should consult with an experienced acupuncture doctor to decide if those are good points for his/her particular condition.

Q: I have a histemic reaction whenever I eat or drink. It is not food specific; tests have shown only mild reactions to a few grasses. The reaction varies from a runny nose to violent coughing, sneezing and difficulty breathing. This has been going on for many years. Prescribed pills and nasal sprays have no effect. Any ideas?

A: Karen Rowe writes: I like to work with a client from the ground up. Even though you do not seem to have food specific reactions I would ask you to keep a three-day food diary in which you would footnote if and when you experience any symptoms. I would also want to evaluate the supplements and any medications you take. Finally I would look at your living and work environment. Do you work in an office building, at home or in an industrial environment? Are you happy with your profession? Do you suffer from an inordinate amount of stress or Anxiety? Do you smoke cigarettes or use recreational drugs? Are you using birth control or hormone replacement therapy? Have you had a recent chest x-ray and what were the findings?

Although scratch tests and blood work can reveal histamine reactions in the body, they cannot detect energetic sensitivities. I have worked with many patients who have had traditional allergy screening through their medical doctors that did not reveal the full extent of their allergies. In my practice, I use both applied kinesiology (muscle testing) as well as electrodermal testing that measures how effectively a small electric current flows at the skin level when a patient is exposed to an allergen.

To treat the allergies I would first find an appropriate detoxification remedy for you that would cleanse your body of any toxicity that may be promoting your symptoms. Next, if your diet is an issue, I would create a diet plan that would better balance your nutrition. If we discover hidden food allergies I would eliminate them using the BioSET natural allergy elimination system. I would also look at this problem from a traditional Chinese medical perspective by taking your pulse and looking at your tongue. Depending on what my other findings were, I would treat points along the lung meridian with acupuncture needles and possibly moxibustion or cupping if warranted. I might also look at using some traditional Chinese herbal formulas that would drain phlegm and resolve the other symptoms. Lastly, I would counsel you on any environmental changes that might be involved. If your home or workplace has a high mold/dust concentration you may need to get these areas professionally cleaned. If you live in an industrial environment, you may need to take more breaks or wear a mask.

Q: Can acupuncture help with back pain? I have had two fusion surgeries and I still have pain.

A: Kathryn Hahn, DOM. writes: Acupuncture is very effective at removing blockages and obstructions in the body’s natural flow of energy. Obstructions or blockages are the cause of pain, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Blockages are caused by a number of factors including structural problems, surgeries, trauma or other injuries. Your body has many energy meridians that carry qi (energy) and blood throughout your body. When the meridians are free flowing and open, qi and blood move smoothly like a river. When an obstruction occurs, the flow slows down and your qi may stagnant, causing pain in this area or elsewhere along the meridian. Placing acupuncture needles in strategic points promotes movement and free flow of qi and blood along the meridians. This can lessen or completely remove the obstruction, relieving you of the pain.

Your pain has been with you for a long time. You had structural issues that led another practitioner to recommend surgery; however, surgery is traumatic and can cause additional obstructions. One or two sessions may not completely relieve your pain and you may need to commit to a course of treatments. Once your condition is stable and you are pain-free, you may want to schedule regular maintenance treatments to make sure you keep your meridians open and your energy moving freely. Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for pain relief and promotes the Vitality you are meant to enjoy.

About our Doctors:

Jitao Bai is a graduate of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has over 14 years of clinical experience treating patients both in China and the United States. Bai currently practices in Atlanta, Georgia.

Karen Rowe graduated from the East West College of Natural Health in Sarasota, Florida in December 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is certified by the NCCAOM in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. Rowe’s base of practice is in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a satellite office in Sarasota. She specializes in allergies, immune disorders, nutrition, pain management and weight loss/health restoration programs.

Kathryn Hahn is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine with a private practice in Santa Fe, NM. She holds a BS in Community Health/Health Education and a Masters in Oriental Medicine. Hahn is a general practitioner with an emphasis in pain management and menopausal treatment. She can be reached via email at

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