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Home > Newsletters > February 2007 > Ask the Doctor

Points -  Ask the Doctor

Q: The acupuncture treatment for my shoulder pain provided relief for only three days. Why? I have had this pain for the past few months, and it responds to the acupuncture very well. But the results do not last very long. Can acupuncture really cure my shoulder pain, or will it continue to provide only temporary relief?

A:  First, if your shoulder pain is responding to the acupuncture treatment immediately for three full days, that is a very positive result. If there are no other complications with the shoulder problem (in other words if your shoulder pain is purely caused by energy obstruction) acupuncture is best for restoring the energy balance from the viewpoint of TCM. Generally speaking, body energy rebalance from an acupuncture treatment usually lasts for about three days. After that, the energy may go back to the original physiological state of blockage if there is no further stimulation or treatment. Continuing treatments every other day or at least twice a week for a period of time is often needed to eliminate recurrences. The occasional follow-up is recommended to ensure that the condition is stabilized. Herbal medicine is generally used in conjunction with the acupuncture to aid in your recovery. And…I wouldn't recommend hoisting too many heavy beer steins this Octoberfest! Prost!

About our Doctors

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

Wing-benn Deng, BS, MATCM, PhD, Dipl Ac & CH (NCCAOM), LAc
BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego
MATCM, Yo San University of TCM
Ph.D., American Liberty University

Wing-Benn currently serves at Yo San University in Los Angeles as the Herb Lab Manager and he has his own private practice at the Yo San Clinic. He also teaches courses including Chinese Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Chinese Nutrition, Acupuncture, and a State Board Review class. His private practice includes pain management (sports injuries, arthritis, joint and back pain, migraines and chronic headaches), allergies, high blood pressure, stress management, male and female infertility, Tuina (massage), nutritional counseling, and treatment of senior citizen health problems. Wing-Benn delivered a well-received series of community lectures for seniors as part of YSU’s Advancing Healthy Aging program.

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